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- The description in "The 1980 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" for the Superman balloon contains the following nod to Superman: The Movie:
1980 was also the year the largest balloon in Macy's history (at least up to that time), the Superman balloon, made its debut. It was created by Goodyear and made out of tire rubber. How did it play out? What did Ed say about it? You'll never know, because the tape ended before the parade got to his spot. Unless Superman flew around the world really fast, turned back time, and positioned himself into the parade earlier, that's all we got. (I just checked; he still hasn't.)
- From the review of A Snow White Christmas:
- After learning that the special focuses on Snow White's daughter, and that said daughter has the exact same name as Snow White, Peter remarks, "I guess that makes the Queen Snow White like Cranky Kong or something."
- Later, he borrows some lyrics from "The DK Rap" and a Saved by the Bell promo to describe the giants in the special.
- Once the cartoon finishes, Peter claims that after watching that and various other cheesy programming from The Eighties, he now has "...more sympathy for poor Sam and Lindsay Weir than [he] did before."
- Sonic's Christmas Blast contains the line "BOW DOOOWN, BOW DOOOWN, BEFORE THE POWER OF ROBOTNIK CLAUS! OR BE CRUUUSHED, BE CRUUUUSHED, BE CRUUUUSHED, BY HIS JOLLY BOOTS OF DOOOOOOOOOM!"
- From the review of For Better or For Worse: A Christmas Angel:
- Peter makes this comment on Taylor from The Elf on the Shelf Presents: An Elf's Story:
- Peter says of Laura Lindsey from 12 Wishes of Christmas:
It's not just you....Laura looks like a human Derpy Hooves in a lot of these shots.
- In Ted E's Thanksgiving, when Ted E. Bear realises that he can just deliver presents while Dracula is busy with his re-election campaign, Peter comments, "It's a job so easy, a Geico Brand Caveman could do it."
- During the Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July review, Peter describes what the North Pole was like before Santa Claus came along:
- The "Spring 1984" chapter of "The Ancient Lost Art of TV Guide Advertising" accompanies an ad for Carbon Copy, a movie starring Steven Segal as a Jewish businessman with an estranged African-American son, with the lyrics to "My Black Son", a song from the Family Guy episode "Road to Rupert".
- "The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special" ends a description of a CBS Newsbreak segment with, "And that's the way it is."
- When pointing out in the review of the third Nemi book that the English translations are in British English (and in turn, sometimes convert the Norway-specific references of the original to England-specific), Peter quotes this Dave Barry column.
- Part two of "Who is Archie Comics' Most Obscure Character?" describes the addition of an ally like so:
- From the Cricket on the Hearth review:
- From the Tandy Computer Whiz Kids review:
- Peter calls one of the students, "Napoleon Dynamite Before He Needed Glasses."
- The kids' unrealistically high levels of enthusiasm for school-related activities prompts Peter to quote the Animaniacs episode "Baloney and Kids":
"I love school so much, I wish I could marry it!"
- What Powell's Throws Out, Part Six contains an old Cheetos tagline at the end of this paragraph:
- In the second page of "So You Want a New Mario Game, Do You?", Peter comments on Super Mario World Plus 5's premise: "Training?? Mario didn' need no steenking training!"
- The "Fall 1989" installment of "The Ancient Lost Art of TV Guide Advertising" includes a promo for a TV movie called Brand New Life. The promo shows Barbara Eden, of I Dream of Jeannie fame, carrying seven little people on a silver platter, so Peter admits that he'd only watch the movie if Eden's character magically shrunk people.
- "Jack Valenti's Movie Ratings System" begins with Peter typing up a speech from the Freakazoid! episode "The Chip" about what each rating means. Additionally, the URL of the article references a running gag in that episode about Valenti's cheeks.
- In "When Disney Magic Goes Wrong":
- From the "For Your Consideration" bribery article:
- In "Siskel and Ebert's Holiday Video Gift Guide" Peter makes note of the LJN logo on the bottom left corner of the VideoArt box being displayed, saying, "Any angry nerd who plays video games knows what THAT means."
- In "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't", when Fortran unveils his robot workers, Peter comments on their design being similar to ALPHA 5, adding "Why don't we just replace the reindeer with Bulk and Skull while we're at it?"