Starscream's alternate mode resembles the vehicle form for the YF-19 from Macross.
At the beginning of the park scene, before Optimus learns where babies come from, a kid is wearing clothing similar to that of Red Star from the Teen Titans animated series.
Goof: Optimus Prime says that none of them can fly, but when Prowl and Bumblebee landed on the ground, Prowl can clearly be seen using a small jet pack to hover.
At the end of this episode, we learn where Sumdac got the inspiration for his robots, from studying Megatron. In fact, he currently holds Megatron's dissembodied head in his lab.
Goof: During the fight, Optimus throws his ax at Starscream and it gets stuck in his wing. However, when Starscream charges at Optimus, the ax is gone. Later, when Optimus is holding on to Starscream, he pulls the ax out of Starscream's wing.
Starscream: I have had enough of toying with you Autobots!
Bulkhead: (about the AllSpark) I got it! I got it! I...
Starscream: (Grabs the AllSpark) Fool! Did you really think you could keep the AllSpark out of the hands of... (Bulkhead hits Starscream and catches the AllSpark)
Bulkhead: I said 'I got it.'
Ratchet: Guess there's still some spark left in the old bot afterall.
Optimus Prime: (From a distance) Ratchet, think fast!
Ratchet: Oh crud.
Optimus Prime: Maybe Ultra Magnus is right. Maybe I'm not programmed to be a hero.
Prowl: You're not alone. A wise bot once told me that a machine is stronger than it's component parts. Only I had to learn that the hard way.
Bumblebee: Repairing bridges. Isn't this how we started out?
Ratchet: It's our worst fear come to life: The Allspark in Decepticon hands!
Optimus Prime: Not without a fight...
Starscream: (about the AllSpark) It's more powerful than I could've ever imagined!
Starscream: You call yourselves heroes? You think you defeated the great Megatron? You did no such thing... I defeated Megatron! I planted the device that overloaded his cercuitry. His fate was sealed before he even reached your ship.
Optimus Prime: They keep calling us heroes but I don't feel any more like a hero than I did repairing space bridges on Cybertron.
Ratchet: In my experience, heroes usually end up on the repair table or the scrap heap. And I'm not ready to join the well of AllSparks just yet.
(a police officer puts another ticket on Ratchet's windsheild. Ratchet transforms)
Ratchet: Hey! Can't a bot take a stasis nap around here?
Optimus Prime: Is this the well of the AllSpark?
Sari: (teary eyed) No, this is Detroit.
Bulkhead: Why are you crying if you're not upset?
Sari: You have so much to learn about humans.
(Sari tears up)
Bulkhead: She sprung a leak.
Sari: It's called crying. It's something we humans do when we feel sad, or scared... or totally helpless to save the people we care about most.
(Sari starts bawling)
Optimus Prime: Alright, (Sari immediately stops) I'll consider your plan.
Sari: It's also a really useful way to get what we want.
Optimus Prime: I said I would consider your plan.
Optimus Prime: A Decepticon? Here?
Starscream: The name is Starscream. Exalted leader of the Decepticons!
Bulkhead: I thought that was Megatron...
Starscream: Silence Autobot filth!
Starscream: Let go, Autobot!
Optimus Prime: Never! The AllSpark is life!
Starscream: Then let it end yours!
Pilot: Unidentified aircraft entering US airspace over Michigan. Identify yourself, or you will be considered as a hostile.
Starscream: You haven't seen hostile yet!
Optimus Prime: (pointing at plummeting train car) Bulkhead, Ratchet, help the others!
Bulkhead: What are we supposed to do? Catch it on the first bounce?!?
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Optimus Prime: Is this the Well of AllSparks?
Sari Sumdac: No, it's Detroit.
This is a reference to a scene in the film Field of Dreams, where Ray Liotta asks Kevin Costner "Is this Heaven?" and Costner replies "No, it's Iowa."
The Crimson Angels
A reference to the Blue Angels which is the U.S. Navy's flying aerobatics team and the Red Arrows, the RAF's aerobatics team.