The music being played when Murphy is going for his Bebop Cola is from the James Bond movies.
All That Jazz:
The title of the episode is a direct reference to the name of the opening song from the musical "Chicago". The title itself had more meaning when the soda featured in the episode was originally named Jazz Cola.
The "billboard in space" discussion at the end is a direct reference to the Dilbert television series episode "The Knack", where a nearly identical conversation happens between marketers and The Boss.
The Black Hole:
There are several allusions in this episode to the movie "The Black Hole". At the end of The Black Hole, the mad captain, Dr. Hans Reinhardt, was crushed up to the shoulders under a fallen computer wall console. In this episode, the mad captain is crushed under a fallen soda machine up to the shoulders, while the scorpion offers him a can of Mango Reinhardt Cola.
MC Chris: The song 'Fett's Vette'
This song is all about Boba Fett and his role as a bounty hunter and his work with Jabba the Hutt. Also, on the shirts that the groupie Sealab characters wear at the end, the MC Chris logo is Boba Fett's helmet.
Murphy's Dad: Damn it, young Murphy! I'm watching Magnum!
This episode contains several references to the Magnum, P.I. episode "Solo Flight". In that episode, Magnum goes on a solo hiking trip, only to become pinned under the wreckage of an old fighter plane with no way to contact his teammates, who have no idea where he is. In this episode, Murphy is pinned under a soda machine while the rest of the crew is touring with MC Chris, and like Magnum, Murphy has flashbacks to his childhood and befriends an arachnid (a spider named Herman in the original episode, and a scorpion named Ben here).
mc chris, also known as Chris Ward, is the voice of Hesh as well as being an underground nerd-core hip-hop artist. His song "Fett's Vette" is featured in this episode.
Cola Machine: Wild Don Cherry
Don Cherry was a crazed jazz trumpet player, who in the late 60's-early 70's experimented with "pluse" or free-form jazz that had no meter, along with other greats at the time like Miles Davis. Cherry played a special "toy" sized horn, which allowed him to hit very high notes to be heard above portions of the chorus.
Captain Murphy and Murphy Senior in a Fl: "Poppa Poppa look I'm going for the record." Murphy Senor- "Damn it young Murphy, I'm watching Magnum" Young Murphy- "But Poppa"
This is taken from a flashback that occured on Magnum P.I.
which is most likely why that show as mentioned during the flashback.
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I doubt whether "Don Wild Cherry" has anything to do with a sports commentator. Don Cherry was a famous jazz trumpet player as well as being father to Neneh and Eagle Eye...
Name of Sodas in Soda Machine: Don Wild Cherry
Don Cherry is the name of a famous Canadian hockey coach and commentator, known for his in-your-face commentary
: Visual Reference: The names of the Sodas on the soda machine
Most of the names on the soda machine are plays on names of famous Jazz/Blues musicians, for instance:
Kiwi Holliday - Billie Holliday
Peachmo - Louis Armstrong (A.K.A. "Satchmo")
John Cola-trane - John Coltrane
Cab Colaway - Cab Calloway
Nina Limone - Nina Simone
Mango Reinhardt - Django Reinhardt
Fizzy Gillespie - Dizzy Gillespie
Marian McPinapple - Marian McPartland
Or'ngette Coleman - Ornette Coleman
Mingus Dew - Charles Mingus
Root Bird - Charlie Parker (aka the Bird)
Gilberto Grape - Joao Gilberto (or Astrud Gilberto)
Artie Shawberry - Artie Shaw
Dave Bruberry - Dave Brubeck
Dexterade - Dexter Gordon
Getzberry - Stan Getz
Vince Guavaldi - Vince Guraldi
Captain Murphy: Murphy to Robot: "I'm getting angry! You won't like me when I'm angry!"
This is a line from the first episode of the tv series "The Incredible Hulk" starring Bill Bixby. The Sealab staff seems to have quite a fascination with this show!
: Visual Reference to 'The Black Hole'
The robot that kept taking Murphy's teeth was the V.I.N.cent robot from the Disney movie "The Black Hole."