Throughout the episode, Ozu frequently mentions that he dislikes the excessive use of cards in anime plots. His business card even says "I hate cards."
Mikey: You don't want me back, Guano, I'd just screw everything up.
Guano: Of course you wouldn't. That' what Gonard's for.
(scene cuts to Gonard serenely nodding his head twice)
(Mikey stumbles into LilyMu studios)
Mitsuki: OMG! Mikey, are you okay?
Gonard: Of course he's not okay, he's wearing sunglasses indoors!
Gonard (in girl's voice): Please let him go.
Gonard (in William Shatner voice): You'll...have to...kill me first.
Gonard (in girl's voice): You mean like this? (Gonard fights himself)
Guano: Gonard, what are you doing? You're already on the show.
Gonard: Oh... right. (embarrassed chuckle)
Ozu: This is terrible. All these actors stink.
Gonard: That last guy was GOOD.
Ozu: That was you!
Guano: But we already have a brilliant cast!
(Gonard puts his running shoes on his hands)
Gonard: Dude! Check out my laced gloves. Hey! Where'd my shoes go?
(Guano slaps his own forehead in frustration)
Lily: Yeah, it's Guano's show. Fire him, not the rest of us.
Guano: You're gonna find somebody else who can write and direct a new episode every week? Not to mention memorize all my character's lines?
Lily: All your character says is Guano!
Guano: That's what makes it a challenging role!
Ozu: People are losing interest in LilyMu. Even that show about the dancing sandwiches is more popular now.
(Yes Man holds up a placard with a dancing sandwich with arms and legs holding a top hat and cane)
In the scene when Mikey goes through the airport there is a character who resembles Kakashi from the anime series Naruto
Cameo: Edward Elric
Character: First Seen Audition:
The first character to audition resembles the character Astro Boy (from the anime/manga of the same name).
Character: Casting director
The sarcastic British man for whom Mikey auditions for at the beginning of the episode resembles Simon Cowell, the harshly critical judge from American Idol.
In the initial scene where Mikey arrives in Tokyo, one of the people passing by in the foreground resembles Chi, the persocom from the manga/anime Chobits.
The limo driver resembles an older, fatter version of Speed Racer (from the classic anime of the same name).