A cameo is made by Tootie from "Facts of Life" during the convention scene.
This episode contains 2 of the same messages, first, Dante is worrying about being canceled when Randal holds up a newspaper which states; "ABC loves Clerks," under the headline it states; "Also Sports Night." Then, in the unaired final episode, Dante worries that ABC will cancel their show while at Comic-Con. Randal insists that would never happen, then holds up a trade paper which declares, "ABC loves Clerks, Also Sports Night." Both series were canceled that year.
The sixth episode they had written was prophetically titled "the last episode ever". However they didn't even get to the sixth show.
Kevin and the rest of the writers intentionally set out to make an episode that takes place entirely in the Quik-Stop, with Dante and Randal only hearing about what's going on outside from Jay and Silent Bob.
Dante & Randal hold hands, then quickly stop with Jay and Silent Bob walk in. But after whipping their hands, they go back to holding hands again.
When Randal points to the roof, the camera goes up and we see daylight outside. The episode is supposed to be during the evening.
When Dante & Randal are crouching behind the counter with the FBI outside, a rice-bowl can be seen under the counter. This is an error put in by the animation director from overseas named Mr. Haun who was fired by the staff after the 2nd show, but wasn't really fired by the animation company until the 5th show.
The window that gets broken is mysteriously fixed in shots near the end of the episode.
Randal: Can I ask you a question? If you were Steven Tyler from Aerosmith for one night, and you could pretty much get any woman alive, who would you pick?
Dante: Oh, Caitlin.
Randal: Her? See me, I'd pick Liv Tyler.
Morpheous: We don't have to talk about the Matrix. We could talk about bands we like, chicks who've broken our hearts...uh, the Matrix.
(Dante hangs up)
Dante: Open the shutters.
Randal: No way. Those steel shutters are the only thing standin' between us and certain doom if that Ferris Wheel breaks loose and crashes into the store. Those rides are put together by junkies and alcoholics.
Dante: No they're not.
(A junkie and alcoholic enter the store)
Alcoholic: Do you guys sell Elmer's Glue and thumb tacks? We're trying to put together a Tilt-A-Whirl.
Junkie: Do you guys sell black tar heroin?
Dante: No and no.
Alcoholic: Well, rubber bands it is.
Jay: I wanna get in line for that Caitlin chick's kissing booth.
Dante: What? Caitlin has a kissing booth, like for charity?
Jay: Yeah, only it don't cost nothing and it's not for charity . . . and there's no booth . . . and it's more than just kissing . . . and you don't have to be a guy . . . Dude, she's cheating on you.
Dante: I think I hate her.
Randal: You know what I hate? Soccer. Hockey is so much better.
Dante: What does that have to with Caitlin?
Randal: Everything. Like it's so stupid how they use nets in soccer.
Dante: Hockey uses nets.
Randal: Yeah but in soccer, the object is to get the ball past a goalie. That's so dumb.
Dante: There are goalies in hockey too.
Randal: Dude, Caitlin's cheatin' on you.
Mother: Oh my God! Someone let the gorillas out of their cage at the fair! They're rampaging through downtown, killing anyone in their paths!
Randal: Are you gonna buy something?
Mother: I lost my purse in the shuffle.
Randal: Well this ain't a museum, lady. If you're not gonna buy anything, you've gotta leave.
Mother: But there's certain peril out there!
Randal: The Ferris Wheel's broken loose?
Mother: No! The gorillas!
Randal: Don't waste my time! Out! Out!
Walt: You're just jealous because me and Steve-Dave are having a sleepover after the fair at my mom's house.
Randal: Would you two stop it with the sleepovers already. You're in your mid-twenties for God's sakes.
Walt: You're just jealous because me and Steve-Dave are going to do bodypainting at the sleepover too and play naked robber.
(Steve-Dave, Dante and Randal's eyes widen)
Steve-Dave: Uh, I'll have you know naked robber was one of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's favorite party games.
Randal: So, wanna catch a flick?
Randal: Dinner with the folks?
Randal: Someone die?
Randal: Gonna kill your folks?
Dante: God no! Did it ever occur to you I might have a date tonight?
Randal: Eww, with your folks?
The pinheads are voiced by Kevin McDonald and Mark McKinney of "Kids In The Hall" (a Canadian sketch comedy group).
At the end of the episode, a parody of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire comes up. One of Kevin Smith's proudest moments was when Regis said "and coming up next, Clerks."
LOOK HARD: On the final scene behind Jay & Silent Bob, you can see J&SB Action Figures, A Bluntman and Cronik comic book, and a rough draft from an original artist of what they were going to animate Dante and Randal like.
The original cut of Clinton asking if they could "still see him pee" had a sound clip of him pulling down his zipper and taking a long leak. The network had them remove it.
The cartoon writers in the room are all drawings of the actual writing staff!
SIGN FROM THE COMIC CONVENTION: "Fanata-Comic-Con-Fest-Con" A sad, sad gathering of guys who've never seen a naked girl. Special Guests- The clerks from "Clerks" and a naked girl. Naked girl not guaranteed to show.
The original title for this episode is: The Last Episode Ever.
This episode did finally air on December 22, 2002 during a marathon on Comedy Central.
The pinhead sisters shown in this episode are based on the real life sisters Elvira Snow and Jenny Lee Snow, "The Snow Twins", AKA Pip and Flip, among other names and titles, who suffered from microcephaly, characterised by abnormally small craniums.
Josie & The P*ssycats.
The suits that Dante & Randal get painted into are a parody of the cartoon Josie & The P*ssycats.
Pin Heads: One of us, one of us!
This is a reference to the 1932 cult horror movie Freaks.
Outraged Fan #3: And when will Ellen be guesting on your very gay show?
He was referring to Ellen DeGeneres, a very popular openly gay actress. Ellen came out of the closet in her own sitcom Ellen and then got her own talk show.
Dante: Hey, check it out, Caddyshack!
A reference to the Caddyshack films.
The Golden Girls
Dante: I told you hating The Golden Girls would result in something like this.
Of course, a funny reference to the classic 1980's show The Golden Girls.
Black Screen: Frasier Stole This Device.This is a funny reference to the same title sequences used in the show Frasier. However, it should be noted that Frasier came out before Clerks the movie did. So in real life, Kevin Smith stole this from Frasier.
Writer: Hey guys! I just had the funniest idea ever!!! How about we send them to Gilligan's Island, AND make gay jokes about them the whole episode.A reference to the classic television show Gilligan's Island.
Newspaper Headline: ABC Claims CLERKS Is Great... So Is SPORTS NIGHT.
Apparently, the show was in competition with Sports Night on ABC. None of the staff could stand the fact that the network thought it was funnier than Clerks. Clerks did get some vengeance not only in this joke, but the fact that the show was canned that same year.
Book Name: How To Write Cartoons By Seth MacFarlane.For those of you who don't know Seth MacFarlane is the unofficial rival of Clerks, and creator of Family Guy, Johnny Bravo and American Dad.
Quick Draw McGraw
Horse: We're keeping it real folks!
A funny parody of the famous Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Quick Draw McGraw and his show of the same name.
Randal: It's the Matrix, Neo.
This scene and the several phone calls to the store from Morpheus are references to the film The Matrix.
Clerks (The Movie)
Randal: Sometimes we'd play some hockey on the roof or knock a casket over at a funeral . . . Both of these events occurred in the original 1994 movie, Clerks.
Leonardo: Yes, they'd already eaten two of their teammates before I discovered them.
The quick comment about a brazilian soccer team eating each other is a parody of the book and the movie Alive.
Jay: Ain't I a stinker? Naga-Naga-Nooch!
From the point where Dante and Randal have to deal with an annoying animator until the end of the episode with Jay as the animator, is a parody of the 1953 Looney Tunes short, "Duck Amuck," where Daffy Duck is tortured to no end by a mysterious animator that turns out to be Bugs Bunny.