When discussing to use the shooting in Washington for advertising Vargas' campaign, Vargas' brother argues that McCain used this same technique in his campaign, and he is then interupted by Vargas stating that McCain lost.
Earlier in previous episodes, it has been made clear that there has not been a black president yet in the universe set by the series, so why would they mention a real life scenario involving someone who ran for office and lost to Barack Obama?
Hollis Doyle wrapping bacon around a gun at the gun range is an allusion to the time Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz wrapped bacon around an AR-15 rife, shot it and then ate the bacon, exclaiming "mmm machine gun bacon".
While discussing their Vice Presidential confirmation problems, Fitz and Cyrus walk past an oil portrait of Dick Cheney.
One of the documents Jake obtains from the "Briefcase of Doom" strongly implies that the organization he now heads is named after a nuclear weapon.
The house that was used as the one Fitz had built for Olivia is the same used in the series "The Mentalist episode 21 of season 6, Black Hearts as Michael Ridley's home. A different decoration was used.
Goof: When James is putting on his tie while talking to Cyrus, the over the shoulder scene has him folding his collar down. However when camera jumps back to his front his collar is up again, and he is folding it down once again.
Cyrus tells Fitz that B613 was set up in such a way that the president is not supposed to know about it, allowing for plausible deniability, but when Sally Langston was "acting president" the intelligence community told her about B613 when Olivia was trying to get Huck released so that he could catch Becky for attempting to assassinate the president.
The title of this episode comes from the movie Ghost in which Tony Goldwyn (Fitz) played the bad guy, Carl Bruner.
As per Sanders report: Stephen Finch is of Scottish descent. He was first in his class at Harvard law and once suffered a mental breakdown during a case.