• This episode's title is based on the saying,"a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
  • Stan's possible Oedipal complex, which is explored fully in "Oedipal Panties" is foreshadowed in this episode when he describes his mother as "beautiful and sexy."
  • The music that plays as Francine climbs the stairs is "O Fortuna" by Carl Orff.
  • Stan keeps a snowglobe of the United States Capitol building on his dresser.
  • One of the paintings which Stan has hung in his hobby shop appears to be a picture of Klaus, with blue scales instead of orange.
  • When Stan attempts to gain control of television, the 'monstrous enemies' he displays to his superiors at the CIA are Osama bin Laden, Fidel Castro, Kim Jong-il and Paris Hilton.
  • The TV Station in Langley Falls which Stan takes control of is named W-ANG Studios.
  • The "instructions" for applying the ointment are really for saving Dick Cheney from his latest heart attack. At the time of the episode broadcast, Cheney had experienced four heart attacks from 1978, 1984, 1988 and 2000.

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