Upon her arrival from Cole's apartment, Phoebe asks her sisters, "Has the tribal council spoken? Am I booted off the island?"
Her questions allude directly to the CBS reality-competition series Survivor, which was just beginning to come to be a national phenomenon when this episode aired. On Survivor, 16 castaways begin an adventure on an island to win $1 million. Each week, the losing "tribe" goes to tribal council to vote one of their members out.