Max: I totally thought I was gonna be putting the lotion in the basket...
Max is referencing a scene in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. Serial killer Jame 'Buffalo Bill' Gumb repeatedly tells captive Catherine Martin to put (or place) "the lotion in the basket" that he has lowered down into the pit where he is keeping her.
Penny: (to Alex) 'Cause maybe your dad is the head of some elite counter terrorist unit and he only has 24 hours to -- I don't know!
Elisha Cuthbert (Alex) previously played the role of Kim Bauer, daughter of Jack Bauer, a member of the elite Counter Terrorist Unit on the Fox television series 24 (2001-2010). In that show, each season depicted 24 hours in which Jack typically had to foil terrorist plots.