The "To Babs or not to Babs" segment has numerous references to the works of Shakespeare:
*The title is a parody of the "To Be or Not To Be" speech from Hamlet.
*Shakespeare says "What fools these actors be", a parody of the "What fools these mortals be" line from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
*Babs lampoons the "Friends, Romans, countrymen" speech from Julius Ceasar, and the "Wherefore art thou, Romeo? scene from Romeo and Juliet.
*Babs pokes fun at The Taming of the Shrew by taming a real shrew.
*Babs recites the "Hubble bubble, toil and trouble" and "Life's but a walking shadow" speeches from Macbeth.
*Babs uses an Acme tempest machine, referencing The Tempest.