• The title is a play on the word "downsized", or being laid off from employment.
  • Cleveland emulates the 1978 film Superman when he flies around the earth to roll back time.
  • Cleveland's dream of playing sax for the E Street Band after "The Big Man" went down refers to the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons in June of 2011.
  • Holt refers to Cleveland having exhausted his severance pay as having 'MC Hammered himself', referring to a period in the singer's life when his personal wealth was severely tapped out and he filed for bankruptcy in 1996.
  • Donna's speech about Cleveland alludes to Donky Kong, mentioning a giant monkey throwing barrels and short, stubby legs attempting to jump.

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