Grover Frazee, the "sausage baron" who buried the treasure, shares a last name with this episode's co-writer Scott Frazee. Louis mentions that his neighborhood is called "Frazee Gardens."
Twitty says if he gets rich he'll buy a car, which he can drive in a couple of years. This indicates that he's still supposed to be 14 years old?
The Ren/Larry subplot is similar to one on the episode "The Parent Rap" of
The Simpsons, in which Bart and Homer are tethered together.
When Louis jumps over the crack in the floor when the cave starts caving in he lands on his chest and the sausage falls out of his hand and falls forward. But then not 2 seconds later he looks back and the sausage is behind him about to fall into the crack.
When Larry is dragging Ren across the floor, you see that it is clearly greased.
When Louis and his Dad enter the cave it is shown to be at least 200 ft high. Louis made the hole in his basement wall, which are usually 8 to 10 feet under the ground. When they are digging to get to the cavern they are digging horizontily, not down.
Steve: Louis, why you don´t are in school?
Louis: Why didn´t you went to work?
(they both smile)
(Steve is reading the Louis´investigation, then the sun clock starts to spin backwards very fast, like going back in the time)
Steve: I have to fix that clock!
Steve Stevens: Beans! Why are you dumping dirt in my laundry room?
Beans: Because there's a big scary bird in the back yard!
Steve Stevens: Is that an ominous rumble?
Donnie: You don't have to believe in what Louis is doing. You just have to believe in Louis.
Louis: Dad, it's not what you think.
Steve Stevens: (angrily) Did you just dig a giant hole through our basement wall?
Louis: Yeah, may...maybe that part is what you think.
Tom: You know, I...I need a more colorful bowling name. What about, Hot Pins?
Louis: Hot Pins? Tom, you pitch that for every sport we ever play!
Tom: But this time I think it's appropriate.
Fred Savage, who starred in the hit show The Wonder Years and the short-lived NBC sitcom Working, directs this episode. He also directed the episode "Secret World Of Girls."
The scene with Louis and his father digging the tunnel and Beans smuggling out the dirt in his pants is an obvious homage to the 1963 war movie classic The Great Escape, which was based on a true episode in World War II.
Louis: We'll start our own little flock right here at the Ponderosa!
The Ponderosa was the name of the huge ranch and homestead owned by the Cartwright family on the long running western TV series Bonanza (1959-1973). It starred Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts.
Louis: I saw this movie.
The movie he saw, of course, is Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg, from which the action in the scene with the golden sausage was suggested and from which this episode takes its name.
Louis: No no no! No, it's not half-baked! It's fully baked!
This is Louis' response when his dad says, "This is just another one of your crazy half-baked schemes!" This is VERY similar to some dialog in the 1967 movie The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman. In that film, when Hoffman's father (William Daniels) asks him, "Don't you think this is a little half-baked?", his son replies, "Oh no, Dad. It's completely baked."