The "Essence of Elzar" television show and the Elzar character parody the 20th century Essence of Emeril show and its host chef.
As Bender goes through the robot wash the song Car Wash by Rose Royce plays; Bender sings his own version.
"Head Shop", slang for a shop where drug paraphernalia for potheads is sold; In/on Little Neptune, the "Head Shop" sells human heads.
Bender cooks wearing a chef's apron bearing the bold text "TO SERVE MAN". This is a reference to a The Twilight Zone episode based on the short story by Damon Knight, both with that title. In that story, the large book carried by giant aliens promising a bright future for Earth and its inhabitants turns out to be a cookbook; the premise of this pun is the same as the Moebius underground comic strip Is Man Good?.
In the Little Neptune Market, when Bender is looking through the shop glass, there's a parody of the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" advertisements which reads "I Can't Believe It's Not Slug".
One of Bender's prime minister's sash medals features an image of Homer Simpson. Also, there is a badge with a "Arm and Hammer" style emblem, which is an arm with a rolling pin, stating that he is/was the ships chef.