The Three Stooges
Throughout the episode, references to The Three Stooges abound. Starting with the title, "A Fire Fighting We Will Go" is take off on the Stooge's short titled "A Plumbing We Will Go". The basic antics of Hank and the gang trying to be firefighters mirror the Stooges in many of their shorts. The song Dale keeps singing throughout the show is called "The Vowel Song", made by the Stooges for a record they cut near the end of their career. Bill's reference near the end of the episode about how there is an opening for plumbers somewhere else, after they are let go from the fire station, again harkens back to "A Plumbing We Will Go". The episode ends with the trailing notes of "Three Blind Mice", one of the themes used for The Three Stooges. Finally, note that in Bill's re-enactment of the accident, he's completely bald, just like one of the Stooges, Curly.