Among the patrons at Burger Bot are an animated version of Marty Isenberg, the series' head writer, and people resembling the Transformers: Super-God Masterforce characters Hydra and Cancer.
Optimus Prime: We need to get to Sumdac Tower. Auto... uh, men transfor... er, uh, roll... uh, ah, let's just go.
Bulkhead: Hey, there's no anti-lock brakes on these servos!
Bumblebee: I think the humans call them "legs."
Soundwave: Initiating final phase of Operation "Autobot Reprogramming." Soon, the Autobots will unite with us. Soon, they will call themselves... Decepticon.
This is the first Christmas episode in any Transformers series.
The transforming scooter/jetpack that Sari gets for Christmas is similar to a transforming tricycle/jetpack that she rode in early promotional trailers for the series.
Soundwave: Autobots inferior, Soundwave superior!
This is a reference to Transformers: The Movie, where Soundwave declared "Soundwave superior, Constructicons inferior!"