Calvinball: Crow and Tom cobble together various leftover board game parts into a board game version of The Unearthly. Joel spends so long explaining the rules, which mostly have to do with how players can lose a turn, they don't actually get to play the game before Commercial Sign comes on.
Crow: Maybe he's the guy that does all those Alan Rudolph films.note 0 for 3; that's Keith Carradine!
Joel and Tom: Oh, yeah, that must be it...
Played straight later on when Joel points out that John was the preacher in The Grapes of Wrath, one of his more iconic (and respectable) roles. Subverted a breath later when the bots go through some of Tor Johnson's fictional career.
Orphaned Punchline: Crow follows Carradine's request to 'retire' with "Why? Are you falling apart?" before excusing himself for using the wrong punchline.