Francis Ford Coppola appeared in the episode "Free Hat" as one of the directors who is invited to see the premiere of the remastered Raiders of the Lost Ark. However, the truly terrible opening scenes of the film cause his head to shrivel up and imlpode, like Colonel Dietrich's in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Coppola's manner of death is a parody of the death scene of the Indiana Jones character Colonel Dietrich, who died in a similar fashion during the finale of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Late in the making of "Free Hat", Trey Parker and Matt Stone realized that they needed a third director for the finale. They chose Coppola because he had just announced that he was to release a new version of his classic film, Apocalypse Now (Apocalypse Now Redux). However, unlike the remastered versions of Star Wars and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Stone and Parker actually liked the changes made in Apocalypse Now Redux.