A sign reads: "New York Obedience School: Turning 'doggie don't' into 'doggie do.'"
Franklin is seen reading the NYC Yellow Pages.
(end of the episode)
Jay: Goodnight, Critic fans! And a special goodnight to those just tuning in for Home Improvement!
Franklin: Forget the rivets, darling, Crazy Glue will hold any surface together! It's crazy!!!
Jay: Oh well...maybe it's just a big thing to me...
(looks up at the sky and sees a huge Fat Little Pig blimp flying over the house, oinking loudly.)
Shackleford: It's not the real Jay Sherman, but an incredible simulation!
Eleanor: Franklin, my life is an endless grey corridor.
Franklin: I've been there too. Usually there's a midget making googly eyes at me. I call him Mr. Pickalini.
Jay: This whole book is about me, isn't it?
Eleanor: No, no, a thousand times no. Well, yes, but so what.
Eleanor: Jay, you've just given me a great idea for a children's book!
Jay: Really? What's it called? "Jay Sherman: The Little Hunk That Really, Really Could"? Oh yeah...
A storyboard/Animatic/Completed comparison is available on the DVD, with comments from David Cutler, Art Director, and Rich Moore, Supervising Director.
This episode was the last episode to be produced in season 1 and was the last to air on ABC.
A Boy and His Dog: The episode title alludes to this story by Harlan Ellison, which was made into a movie of the same title starring a young Don Johnson.
The music heard at the very end of the episode (after Jay says goodnight to the fans) is the famous opening fanfare for the Looney Tunes cartoons.
Franklin walking over to his fence and asking his neighbor, Wilson, advice is a nod to Home Improvement, which aired in the timeslot after The Critic on ABC. This episode also references the show at the end of the episode when Jay says hello to the people just tuning in for Home Improvement. This was one of the top-rated shows on ABC at the time and there was a lot of pressure on the show's creators to make The Critic as audience-friendly as Home Improvement.
Jay: I'm not a pig! I'm a human being!
This is a parody of the ending speech from the 1980 film The Elephant Man, about a man whose face was deformed and ostricized from society, ending with him being chased through the street by a mob with torches and pitchforks until he makes them realize that they are really chasing their own insecurities within themselves.
Un Chien Andolou
Jay named his puppy Un Chien Andolou. This is the name of Luis Buñuel's 1929 classic French art film.
Franklin: Forget the rivets, darling, Crazy Glue will hold any surface together. It's crazy!
This was a reference to an old commercial for Crazy Glue that involved a construction worker that had glued himself onto a beam and was being held up by his hat, which was glued onto his head.
Franklin: "Who?" "My wife, Eleanor" "Who?" "My wife, Eleanor" "Who?"
When Franklin goes to the fence in the backyard to talk to his "neighbor" (an owl), it spoofs Tim's chats with Wilson on Home Improvement.