The episode title is a play on Finnegan’s Wake, the 1939 comic avant-garde novel by Irish author James Joyce. Experimental in style, it is considered one of the most difficult works of fiction in the English language. Upon publication, critics were baffled and hostile, but it is now thought to be Joyce’s literary masterpiece.
The title of the novel comes from a 19th century comical Irish ballad, about a man named Finnegan who falls from a ladder and is thought to be dead, but comes back to life at his own wake. Death and resurrection is a central theme of the novel as well. No such luck for Cinnamon, however.