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With Apologies To Jesse Jackson
- The way in which Michael Richards scolds Randy about being "just another damn nigger guy" is a reference to a scene from Glory.
- Cartman wanting the dwarf to say "Carol Anne, don't go into the light!" is a reference to Poltergeist.
- The comedy club in this episode, The Laugh Factory, is the same place where Michael Richards made his infamous racial slur.
- Bradley, Butters' accountabilibuddy, resembles Billy Bibbit from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, played by Brad Dourif.
- A homosexual re-education camp with clearly homosexual camp councilors is the setting of But I'm a Cheerleader.
- The suicides at the camp may have been a reference to Stuart Matis, instructed by his church to undergo 'reparative therapy' for his homosexuality. His suicide note said he hoped the Church of Latter Day Saints would learn to accept homosexuals.
- Travis running through the forest of hair may be a reference to Apocalypto, especially considering the soundtrack.
- Travis' attempts to warn the other lice is similar to Dennis Quaid's character in The Day After Tomorrow. They both warn a vice president, who ignores their warning until things go wrong.
- The initial scenes with the shampoo are highly reminiscent of Volcano.
- The half-dissolved louse falling on Travis and begging for help is directly from RoboCop (1987), in which a man bathed in toxic waste makes an identical plea.
- The "Forbidden Zone" is a reference to Planet of the Apes, where a similar desolate area exists beyond a civilization.
- While performing his test for lice, Cartman wears a jacket similar to the one worn by the character R.J. MacReady in The Thing (1982). The test itself is also the same way they tested whether someone was infected by The Thing or not in the movie (a fact that Kyle directly calls out)
- "If we find anything, we'll try to send help for the rest of you." is a line from The Poseidon Adventure.
- It is initially implied that Kenny will be punished by a soap and sock beating, an allusion to Full Metal Jacket, in which an underperforming soldier receives such a beating. In the episode, Kenny is washed instead.
- The scene in which Travis is rescued by the fly is a direct parody of a scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, in which Frodo and Sam are carried off of Mount Doom by the Eagles.
- This episode is a direct parody of the show 24, with Cartman playing the role of Jack Bauer and Kyle the role of Chloe O'Brian. The ticking clock and ring tones throughout are directly from 24, as is some of the jittery camera work and the frames of multiple people on screen. Suitcase nukes were widely used in 24's sixth season.
Fantastic Easter Special
- Stan discovering his father wearing bunny ears is a parody of the scene in Teen Wolf in which Scott Howard discovers his father is a werewolf.
- The episode parodies The Da Vinci Code throughout.
- The Hare Club for Men is a parody of the secret society Priory of Sion.
- Professor Teabag is a parody of Sir Leigh Teabing, and the way he introduces the conspiracy of St. Peter is very similar to the way The Last Supper is presented in both the film and book versions of The Da Vinci Code.
- When the ninjas are seen breaking into Professor Teabag's mansion, it is most likely a parody of Silas, who breaks into Sir Leigh Teabing's mansion.
- The scene where the ninjas attack Snowball resembles a similar strike against Katsumoto in The Last Samurai.
- When the rabbits are captured, the scene in which Randy asks another rabbit how he is comes from part of the opening scene in 3 Skulls Of The Toltecs.
- The scene in which Professor Teabag watches his "bomb" detonate, as well as the manner in which the detonation is shown, is a direct parody of the beginning of The X-Files: Fight the Future, in which a man from the bomb squad sits and allows a bomb to explode, blowing him backwards.
- A microwave is used as a bomb in Under Siege.
- Jesus's escape from prison by resurrecting elsewhere after Kyle reluctantly kills him is similar to the episode "Rapture" from Battlestar Galactica (2003), in which Sharon Agathon, a Cylon capable of being reborn in a new body upon death, convinces her hesitant husband to kill her so she can resurrect on a Cylon ship where their daughter is being held.
- The weapon that Jesus throws at Donohue is a reference to the Glaive weapon from Krull. The pose he does afterwards was from Blade: Trinity. The slow-motion sequence of Donohue's death is a parody of slow-motion sequences in 300, with each droplet of Donohue's off-focus, stylized blood shown spraying out.
- The pseudo-Latin hymn the Hares sing is a loose, faux-Latin translation of Here Comes Peter Cottontail.
- Garrison uses the insult, "Sugar tits," referencing Mel Gibson's arrest and comment to a female police officer.
- The bar's street number is 13280 which is "lezbo" in L33t L1ng0.
- The conversation between Garrison and Allison in the bathroom references The L Word. The same reference is echoed later between Garrison and Xerxes.
- This episode heavily parodies 300:
- During the first parley, Mrs. Garrison echoes the lines and actions of King Leonidas. Mrs. Garrison says, "Choose your next words wisely, Persian", to which the persian replies "This is crazy!", which is then followed by "No, this isn't crazy. This! Is! Les Bos!" She then kicks the Persian messenger — though, instead of kicking him in the chest as Leonidas does in the movie, Garrison kicks the messenger in the groin.
- Many scenes alternate between slow-motion and speed-up action, accompanied with heavy rock music. A narrative voice describes the current action.
- Sepia-toned cloudy skies hover over the Les Bos bar, defended by 30 lesbians; the Hot Gates were defended by 300 Spartans.
- The character of Club Owner Xerxes was lifted from 300's Emperor Xerxes with similar mannerisms, appearance, androgyny, deep god-like voice, extreme height, and excessive amounts of gold jewelry. Both make use of lavish transportation, and use servants to step down from their thrones.
- In Les Bos, Mrs. Garrison can be seen sitting and thinking in the same style King Leonidas does in 300.
- Towards the end, Mrs. Garrison and Xerxes have one final parley. Like the movie, Xerxes places his hands on Mrs. Garrison's shoulders while offering riches in exchange for surrender.
- The film 300 was criticized for the depiction of Persians. In mocking fashion, this episode stereotypes Persians for wearing gold chains, hair gel, silk shirts, tons of cologne, designer clothing and Gucci accessories, and other stuff "only a Persian would think is cool."
Night Of The Living Homeless
- A good deal of this episode has been credited to the remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004). The homeless closing in on the townspeople who take refuge on a roof is a staple in several zombie movies, one of which is Dawn of the Dead. The bus as a distraction was a reference to the modified buses in the film.
- The basement lab of the town's homeless expert is reminiscent of Dr. Logan's zombie experiment lab in Day of the Dead (1985).
Le Petite Tourette
- Cartman sings, "I've got a golden ticket! I've got a golden twinkle in my eye!" which are lyrics from a song in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
- When Kyle is forced to apologize to Cartman, Cartman cocks his head and blinks his eyes (with accompanying sound effects) in a manner similar to Bugs Bunny.
- The tics of the spokesman for Tourette's might be taken from the Internet's Tourettes Guy.
- This episode takes story elements from the docudrama The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters where an underdog, Steve Wiebe, tries to defeat the record holder Billy Mitchell in Donkey Kong. Wiebe beats the record but is told that his machine may be faulty/rigged and that he must do it live. He beats the record live but then is trumped by a mysterious tape sent in by Mitchell.
- When Bono answers the phone, he sings, "Hello! Hello!" in a manner identical to the chorus of the U2 song, Vertigo.
- The "bitty" reference was based on the British sketch comedy show Little Britain, in which a full grown man is breast-fed by his mother and refers to it as bitty.
- A Long List could be made of all the Imaginary characters alone.note In the meanwhile check this page South Park Imaginationland, for more.
- The Mayor is based on Dreamfinder from EPCOT's original Journey into Imagination.
- The scene in which Stan is crouched under the giant mushroom is an almost shot-by-shot recreation of a scene from Saving Private Ryan, in which Stan plays the part of Captain John Miller during the landing at Omaha Beach. The scene is spoofed right down to Ronald McDonald re-enacting the infamous shot of a man picking up his own dismembered arm.
- The mountain constantly in view is crooked in an identical manner to Gandalf's hat.
- "They are coming." was a statement of doom in a journal of Moria in Lord of the Rings. Gandalf's dramatic reading of the line seems to be referenced here.
- The last scene before the credits was from Rambo: First Blood, with Cartman dressed as Rambo.
Imaginationland Part II
- The Mayor is obviously attacked by a Xenomorph. Butters narrowly escapes Predator and an army of Stormtroopers.
- Cartman's description of his dream is reminiscent of Sarah Connor's description of hers in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The dream itself has a similar feel to a dream sequence in Gladiator.
- The Mayor's line about Butters tapping his heels together three times is from The Wizard of Oz.
- The imagination doorway is a Stargate. Kurt Russell is included with the troop of soldiers going through it to complete the effect.
- The path through the gumdrop forest looks like the board for Candyland.
- Castle Sunshine is Rivendell.
- Cartman reviving Kyle is the resuscitation scene in The Abyss, shot-for-shot.
- The way the evil imaginary characters of Imaginationland poked out Strawberry Shortcake's eye with a machete is just like a scene in the horror movie Hostel, where an Asian girl got her eye poked out with a knife by a torturer.
- Tintin and Snowy can be seen among the good characters.
Imaginationland Part III
- Aslan's speech is similar to King Theoden's in Lord of the Rings.
- The scene in which Kyle is sitting in front of the Lincoln memorial questioning his ability to stop the military from nuking Imaginationland is an allusion to a similar scene from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
- Perseus, Zeus, and Icarus are modeled after their characters in God of War II.
- Charles Kincaid, the manager for Stan and Kyle bears a rather striking resemblance to Reuben Kincaid, the manager of The Partridge Family band on the TV series of the same name.
- Thad sings "I quit. I quit, I quit, I quit." similar to Jonathan Schaech's character in That Thing You Do! when he quits The Wonders.
- The "sex and coke" party scene is a reference to "The Real Party" at Don Roritor's house in The Kids in the Hall movie Brain Candy.
- The owner of the bowling alley, Mick, bears a strong similarity to the Coach from the Rocky movies.
- There are numerous "ugly duckling" movies that have a girl get a makeover and become a total babe; the first step is usually to get rid of her glasses. Notably, The Princess Diaries features a girl with dark-rimmed glasses and fluffy hair. She's All That has a similar plot. It didn't work as well in this episode, of course.
- Kenny getting shot out of nowhere, and then the pop-tarts coming up out of the toaster a second later, mirror Vincent's death in Pulp Fiction.
- Cartman's outfit after he's diagnosed with HIV comes from Philadelphia.
- "Two brave little buddies who against all odds have journeyed across America to find a cure for AIDS; all they have is each other in a race against time." is an allusion to the 1995 Brad Renfro film, The Cure.
Britney's New Look
- Some of the plot of this episode comes from the short story, "The Lottery". There is an old man who says that in his time people were picked by lottery and stoned to death, and his line, "Sacrifice in March, corn have plenty starch" is a parody of a line said in the story: "Sacrifice in June, corn be heavy soon."
- When the boys are attempting to sneak Britney Spears away from the paparazzi at the hospital, one reporter emits a piercing scream while pointing at them, identical to the behavior of the pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
- The episode alludes to the animated television special Frosty the Snowman when Kyle and Stan buy train tickets to the North Pole in an effort to save Britney Spears. This includes a bit of Jimmy Durante-esque narration.
- The haunting melodic chant sung by the Britney stalkers is similar to Ave Satani from Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score to the film The Omen (1976).
- There was once a chicken who survived without much of its head, similar to the Britney Spears character here.
- This episode draws heavy inspiration from Heavy Metal in the animation style and action of the fantasy sequences:
- The songs Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride) by Don Felder, Heavy Metal by Sammy Hagar, and Radar Rider by Riggs are played when Kenny and Gerald are high. These songs were all on the soundtrack to the movie.
- Kenny drives a car in a barren landscape just as the astronaut does in the film's opening credits sequence.
- The bird-like creature that Kenny rides during his second hallucination is modeled after Taarna's mount, and the girl (and her outfit) has a certain resemblance to Taarna herself.
- The B-17 flying fortress that Gerald is flying is reminiscent of that in the film.
- A statue supporting the breasts of the girl that Kenny and Gerald are fighting for is referred to as the Loc-Nar, the same name as the green stone that plays a role in each of the segments in the film.
- The original film had numerous hidden breasts drawn into scenery like clouds. This episode satirizes this by having virtually all of the structures, inhabitants, and geography of the fantasy world sport breasts.
- Cartman hiding Mister Kitty in his attic references The Diary of Anne Frank. (Anne's diary entries were addressed to 'Kitty.') The sanctuary for multiple cats is a reference to Schindler's List; when he goes to rescue Rufus and his kittens, he's dressed as Oskar Schindler.
- Gerald taking part in a practice that he was publicly fighting against, followed by his sorrowful speech with his annoyed wife at his side, is a reference to disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. During his time as New York's Attorney General Spitzer openly and vehemently fought against prostitution rings; in 2008, it was discovered that Spitzer himself was a client of such a ring.
Canada On Strike
- Some Oompa-Loompas can be seen in the maple syrup factory during the strike song.
- All the 'internet stars' were based on actual Internet stars:
- Butters' video was a parody of a real What What (In the Butt) song on youtube.
- Tay Zonday, the Chocolate Rain guy. His YouTube channel remains fairly popular.
- Gary Brolsma, the Numa Numa Guy. He's attempted to replicate his success with similar videos of lip-synchs, but Dragostea Din Tei remains his best-known.
- Ghyslain Raza, the Star Wars Kid, one of the first YouTube videos to go viral. The attention and bullying that resulted reportedly landed Ghyslain in psychiatric care for a time, but he recovered and became a lawyer.
- Cute Laughing Baby, from a YouTube video called Hahaha that has nearly 200 million views.
- The sneezing baby panda video has more than 100 million views. In the video, the sneeze is high-pitched and quite loud to come out of such a tiny creature; the audio for this episode was a generic sneeze.
- Chris Crocker, best known for his Leave Britney Alone!! rant on his vlog.
- The dramatic look gopher video looks exactly as it's portrayed in the episode.
- Jay Maynard, the Tron Guy. His video talking about the meme his costume created has itself become a meme, with 4.5 million views.
- Afro Ninja, in which a man with an afro attempts a backflip, lands on his face, and stumbles around twirling nunchaku, was replicated faithfully in this episode.
- The Chinese Backstreet Boys and lonelygirl15 are visible in the background.
Eek! A Penis!
- Cartman's story is taken from Stand and Deliver. The school he goes to teach at is Jim Davis High School. Jim Davis writes Garfield, and the school Jaime Escalante went to teach at is Garfield High School in Boyle Heights. (In the movie, the students were accused of cheating and had to take the test again to prove that they didn't cheat the first time.)
- The body parts grown on mice is a reference to a picture on the Internet of a mouse with an ear on its back. The photo was a fake.
- References to Bill Belichick and the Patriots are from an actual cheating scandal that year; the Patriots were found to have videotaped signals of another team.
- Melita has a tattoo of Betty Boop.
- The sketch of Garrison's penis by the police is a drawing of Mickey Mouse circa 1920s with a large erection.
- The duet between mouse and penis is a parody of a scene in An American Tail where two mice separated by distance sing Somewhere Out There.
- The Marsh family's drive to "Californee," shown in black and white and accompanied by banjo music, the transient camp, and the song Randy sings all reference The Grapes of Wrath film. The mention of Silicon Valley evokes the burst of the Internet bubble in 2001, which raised fears about another Great Depression.
- The first reveal of the Internet is a reference to the shot in Independence Day when they show the alien ship for the first time.
- The scientist trying to communicate with the Internet via music keyboard takes the tonal communication sequence from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
- The end speech by Randy is inspired by the one Steven Seagal delivered about oil usage at the end of On Deadly Ground.
Super Fun Time
- The robbers are all characters from Die Hard, most notably Frans, who is a reference to Hans Gruber.
- The logo and decor of Super Phun Thyme is much like Nickelodeon slime; it may be fashioned after the Nickelodeon Blast Zone at Universal Studios Hollywood.
- Cartman's song is a version of Sigue Sigue Sputnik's Love Missile F1-11 with different lyrics. The song was featured in Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Cartman and Butters' entire adventure in Super Phun Thyme could be a reference to that film.
- When Cartman tells Butters he has to chill, it's an homage to one of the most popular quotations from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
- When Cartman and Butters are riding the motorcycle ride in the Super Phun Thyme it mimics the way Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh ride a motorcycle whilst handcuffed in Tomorrow Never Dies.
- When the park intercom system comes on with an announcement, the opening jingle is the popular 3 toned jingle from NBC.
The China Probrem
- The victim of the rapes is Indiana Jones. Nazi Agent Major Toht from Raiders of the Lost Ark briefly shows up in the second rape scene, before he leaves in disgust.
- Cartman's dream reproduces part of the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Beijing.
- The scenes in which Indiana Jones is raped reference Boys Don't Cry, The Accused, and Deliverance, respectively.
- When George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are arrested for their crimes, they are shown raping a Stormtrooper from Star Wars.
- The episode repeatedly references Mystic River in which a group of children are traumatized and confused by a rape they have witnessed.
Breast Cancer Show Ever
- Many details leading up to the fight, including Wendy's intimidation of Cartman, the focus on the clock, and Cartman's efforts to avoid the fight are references to Three O'Clock High.
- The music in the fight scene between Wendy and Cartman is taken directly from Snatch., as is the freeze-frame moment. Wendy's line at the end of the fight references There Will Be Blood.
- The Florida internment camp is drawn from a setting in Scarface (1983).
- The monsters destroying the city is a reference to Cloverfield. The shaky cam technique is also likely a reference, though there are times when it's also reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project, especially when Randy is running and breathing hard, and when he says, "I'm..so...startled," to the camera.
- The Director of Homeland Security says, "I really thought you had me at Miami," a quote from Jerry Maguire.
Pandemic 2: The Startling
- The two pilots who fly the boys to Peru bear a striking resemblance to Maverick and Goose in Top Gun.
- The temple with rope bridges and waterfalls is similar to settings in Tomb Raider games. The music in the scene is also similar to the game.
- When Randy and the survivors are in the grocery store, this references the film The Mist, based on a novella by Stephen King.
- The drawing on the cave wall of Craig parodies the film Damien: Omen II.
About Last Night
- When the McCain supporters are reacting to his loss, Mr. Mackey paraphrases a line from Aliens: "Game over man, mmkay!"
- The heist plot and characterizations are similar to Ocean's Eleven. Music from the film is used towards the end.
- McCain supporters rioting for a place in a bunker alludes to The Twilight Zone episode "The Shelter."
- The speeches for this episode are pulled exactly from actual speeches from election night, 23 hours prior to the episode's airing.
- The identification pages for the candidates that Ike marks as "Deceased" are identical to those appearing in RoboCop (1987).
Elementary School Musical
- The obvious parody of this episode is of High School Musical:
- The character of Bridon is modeled on Troy Bolton from the films.
- The song the boys find the school singing when they arrive is a parody of We're All In This Together.
- The intro to the song that Stan demands not be sung when he starts wondering whether he will lose Wendy is the same intro to What I've Been Looking For.
- Kyle's hair near the end of the episode is same style as Corbin Bleu's.
- The film has a song called Stick to the Status Quo, paralleled here with Go With the Status Quo.
- The game the class is playing as Mr. Mackey gives them unrelated directions is Call of Duty 5: World at War.
- The poem Vampir is reading is "The Vampyre" by John Stagg.
- One of the vampire kids claims to be like Bella from Twilight (likely the main culprit in the vampire craze.)
- Butters yells "The power of Christ compels you!" at the vampire kids, a famous line from The Exorcist.
- Some elements of the plot are references to Stephen King's vampire novel and the film 'Salem's Lot. In the film, the Marsten House is burned down, while in the episode it's Hot Topic.
- Obviously, The Jonas Brothers and the Disney marketing of them is heavily parodied here.
- "The Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Spectacular!" is a reference to the Jonas Brothers film, 3D Concert Experience. The scenes of foam being shot onto the crowd come from this film.
- There's a mention of Mickey Mouse feeding and slumbering in Valhalla, a reference to Norse Mythology.
- "Now we know." "And knowing is half the battle." is a reference to G.I. Joe and their educational shorts.
- The opening shots of this episode are directly from Watchmen, with Cartman's voiceover similar to that of Rorchach.
- "The city calls out for me to save her," is likely from The Spirit.
- There are numerous references to The Dark Knight. These include the phrase "Hero this town needs", Mysterion and The Coon's gruff voices, and the threat to blow up a hospital.
- The fight at the construction building is similar to Spider-Man 3 in which Spider-Man fights Venom and the Sandman before Harry Osborn comes to his aid.
- The man with the gold teeth and blue hat comes from a news report of a leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama. He's shown saying, "To me, it looked like a leprechaun to me. Who else seen the leprechaun? Say yeah!"
- The scene of multiple preachers in the town square is reminiscent of Monty Python's Life of Brian.
- Kyle is portrayed as a Jesus-like savior who makes a tremendous sacrifice to save the economy and pay off everyone's debt. A dinner he has with his friends is portrayed as the Last Supper. Cartman takes on the role of Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, while some of the South Park residents form a council.
- When Randy's group wants to get the "Jew," Cartman scratches the chalkboard much like the shark catcher, played by Robert Shaw, in Jaws.
Eat, Pray, Queef
- The title and design of the Queef Sisters' book is taken from Eat, Pray, Love, a memoir published in 2006.
- The "Road Warrior" queef is indeed almost directly from the film.
- The vineyard tour Terrance & Phillip take with the Queef sisters is reminiscent of Sideways.
- The song 'Queef Free' parodies Born Free and I Am Woman.
- The Queef Sisters is likely a parody of 2003's raunchy comedy The Banger Sisters.
- The whiteboard Kanye used for analysis is easily a House reference.
- Talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno, and Ellen DeGeneres were featured in the episode.
- Carlos Mencia's death scene, as well as his claims that he uses a catheter to relieve himself, are a reference to Lalin, a character in the crime film, Carlito's Way. There were some accusations at the time that Mencia plagiarized jokes for his show.
- Cartman's fantasy sequence involves him turning into the Human Torch of Fantastic Four fame.
- The Gay Fish song is a parody of the Kanye West song, Heartless.
- While stealing the superconducting magnet, Randy dresses like Princess Leia Organa from the Star Wars films (specifically, her look in the first one.)
- A reporter wonders whether the first contact with alien life forms will be like the films Star Trek: First Contact or Contact.
- Baby Fark McGee-zax talks in a similar way to Edward G. Robinson, an actor known for such 1930s and 1940s gangster films as Little Caesar and Key Largo.
- The "space cops" have the faces of Tucana Singers from the Battlestar Galactica (1978) pilot episode.
- The planet encased in a cube refers to Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "Encounter at Farpoint," where Q put his alien shining grid around the Enterprise.
- Many times throughout the episode, Cartman can be heard imitating Robert Newton, who played Long John Silver in the film Treasure Island.
- Ike indicates he will vomit if he has to hear more about Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer who gained worldwide attention around the time of the episode for her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables on Britain's Got Talent.
- When they decide to become pirates, Ike can be seen to be wearing the same outfit Jack Sparrow did in Pirates of the Caribbean. Much of the décor and music in the episode is influenced by the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride and associated film franchise.
- Kevin wields a toy lightsaber.
- The main plot is based on real-life piracy in Somalia, which began receiving increasing international media attention in 2008. The ending, in which the pirates are each shot to death by American snipers, reflects the resolution of the pirate hijacking of the MV Maersk Alabama in April 2009, where U.S. Navy SEALs rescued the captain after three snipers simultaneously killed three pirates with one shot each.
- Ike's scene in the psychiatrist's office and his whispered confession of seeing dead celebrities is an allusion to The Sixth Sense.
- The Ghost Hunters make an appearance.
- Dr. Tangina Phillips is a direct parody of Tangina Barrons from Poltergeist.
- The description of limbo referenced an incident when a plane sat on the tarmac for more than a day, not taking off and not allowing anyone to leave.
- Michael Jackson!Ike sings a song to the tune of Jackson's You Are Not Alone.
Butters' Bottom Bitch
- The pimp convention includes references to Pimps Up, Ho's Down, an HBO documentary about the pimping lifestyle, featuring real-life pimps. The scene in which the lieutenant calls his john a "nasty fucker" during sex, mirrored a scene from the documentary, Hookers at the Point.
- The Player's Ball has been a Chicago tradition since 1974, when it was first held as a birthday party for Don Juan, now known as Bishop Don Magic Juan. He is represented here by a pimp Butters talks to - the pimp's belt buckle reads "BISHOP."
- Various aspects of WWE are featured in this episode. John Cena and Edge, professional wrestlers who both work for the WWE, appear in a match against each other for the opening scene. The boys host a "W.T.F. Smackdown" event, a reference to the WWE SmackDown television program.
- Token's W.T.F attire resembles the attire of WWE wrestler R-Truth. Cartman's Rad Russian could be a take on the Mad Russian, who turned face later on and became the Happy Russion. Stan's costume resembles that of Stone Cold, and there is a wrestler called Stan the Man. Kyle's costuming is similar to Batista. Butters is costumed as The Miz. Jimmy takes after Mankind. Kenny, opting for a Mexican mask, is modeled after Rey Mysterio.
- The wrestling try-out resembles scenes from the Broadway musical A Chorus Line. One of the people trying out sings a musical number about why he wants to be a wrestler, which parodies the song "Nothing" from A Chorus Line. There are also likely references to the musical Fame, and the film Waiting for Guffman.
The F Word
- Featured in the episode is Emmanuel Lewis, an actor who is portrayed as the head editor of the dictionary. This is a reference to Webster's Dictionary and Lewis' most famous role, the title character in the sitcom, Webster.
- The music during Butters' speech comes from the film Glory.
- During one scene, a television reporter repeatedly refers to a Harley biker as a "fag" until he attacks the camera. This is a reference to an on-air confrontation between NFL quarterback Jim Everett and sports talk show host Jim Rome, whom Everett attacked for calling him 'Chris.'
- Father Maxi holding up a poster saying "GOD HATES FAGS" is a reference to Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church and their GOD HATES FAGS campaign.
Dances With Smurfs
- Casey Miller and the way he speaks is a reference to Casey Kasem, a radio host of America's Top Forty.
- Of course, The Smurfs is referenced. Oh, and Dances With Smurfs, itself.
- The video announcements that Cartman makes in the morning have an identical opening to the Glenn Beck Show. Also, the way Cartman explains his point on the chalk board is exactly the way Glenn Beck does.
- When Wendy resigns as student body president, she announces the publication of her book, Going Rogue on the Smurfs. This is a reference to Going Rogue: An American Life, the autobiography of former United States Vice President candidate Sarah Palin, who had recently announced her resignation as Governor of Alaska.
- Much of the plot satirizes 2012, in which much of the world is flooded.
- The Abyss comment is referring to the climax of the film, in which a diver breathes liquid oxygen to prevent his lungs from collapsing under the pressure of the deep cavern he must venture into.
- Randy holding a red shoe while coming to rescue Stan in the helicopter is a reference to Alive: The Miracle of the Andes. In the movie, a rescuer in a helicopter holds up a child's red shoe. A survivor on the ground holds up the matching shoe.
The Tale Of Scrotie McBoogerballs
- Shout-outs and references to the controversial novel, The Catcher in the Rye.
Medicinal Fried Chicken
- Cartman's plotline heavily references the plot of Scarface (1983), including reproductions of scenes such as a man being hung from a helicopter.
- The Colonel even says to Cartman word for word: "Just remember, I only tell you one time. Don't fuck me, Eric. Don't you ever try to fuck me." This references when Alejandro Sosa says that same thing to Tony in the movie.
- Randy gives a shout-out to the Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica.
- Cartman's references to the Pope come from then-recent reports that a priest who had molested 200 deaf boys was given sanctuary by the Vatican.
- Jamie Oliver is a chef and TV personality who is now campaigning for healthier food choices in schools in his show, Food Revolution.
- The song playing whilst the group of men bounce around on their enlarged testicles is Chicken on the Rocks, by Jean Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman.
You Have 0 Friends
- Cartman's podcast, Mad Friends, is a parody of a segment from the financial show Mad Money hosted by Jim Cramer.
- Kip Drordy bears a certain resemblance to Rocky from Mask.
- When Stan attempts to delete his profile, it responds, "I'm afraid I can't let you do that Stan Marsh," and that it is "going to have to put you on the game grid"; both lines are direct references to sentient computer programs HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the Master Control Program from TRON, respectively.
- The world of Facebook Stan is sucked into is a replica of the inner computer world of TRON.
- Mecha Streisand's new look mirrors the second rebuilt Mecha Godzilla.
- The opening and title cards throughout the episode directly parody Intervention, as do the interviews with Towelie's friends, and of course the intervention itself.
- Are you ready for the good times? is from Meatballs.
- Many of the campers at Lake Tardicaca are parodies of characters from the cartoon series Looney Tunes. Nathan and Mimsy are strongly influenced by Rocky and Mugsy, with Nathan taking on the role of the diminutive mastermind who is constantly thwarted by his large but dim-witted accomplice. Other characters from the summer camp in the episode resemble the characters Elmer Fudd, Pete Puma, Droopy, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester, and Beaky Buzzard.
- The ukulele sequence, in which a potential victim's failure to set off an explosive musical instrument infuriates his enemy into showing him how to play it, thus setting off the explosion himself is a variation of a sequence seen in several Warner Brothers cartoons, usually involving a xylophone and the song Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms.
- The episode ends with a reference to 'Restore Stephen Baldwin,' a real-life website seeking to restore actor Stephen Baldwin's career and solicit donations to repay his $2.3 million debt. The joke compares Towelie's addiction and rehabilitation to that of Baldwin, who had a history of drug abuse before becoming a born-again Christian.
It's A Jersey Thing
- This episode begins as a spoof of Hoarding: Buried Alive.
- The plot of extracting ideas/memories, the multiple dream levels, and many of the characters are based off Inception.
- Randy Marsh becoming a butterfly is a reference to the anime film Paprika.
- The scene in which Freddy Krueger is visited by Dr. Chinstrap at his cabin is a parody of a similar scene from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Krueger comes from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, in which he kills victims in their dreams.
Coon 2: Hindsight
- The question marks flitting around and the appearance of the episode title is a direct homage to the opening credits of Batman Begins.
- Like Cthulhu, the Necronomicon is from the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
- The reference to a "retroactive spider" contributing to Captain Hindsight's powers is a shout-out to Spider-Man and his radioactive spider bite.
- The interaction between the Coon and Cthulhu in which Cartman climbs up a sleeping Cthulhu's belly and talks to him is a shot-for-shot reference to My Neighbor Totoro. Their song is also a direct reference to the anime.
- The name "Mysterion" may be a reference to the 1968 marionette TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, as that show's lead character is immortal; though he is killed in many episodes, he repeatedly returns to life, a power he has gained from the Mysterons, an alien race.
- The Coon riding a flying Cthulhu with both arms over his head mirrors Bastion riding Falcor in The Neverending Story.
- The 'What Should I Do?' sequence is a direct parody of a Nike commercial starring LeBron James.
Coon vs. Coon and Friends
- There's a minor shout-out to the Double Rainbow viral video meme.
- Cartman kneading Cthulhu's back comes from Marc Antony the dog and Pussyfoot the cat from Feed the Kitty, a Looney Tunes short in which the tiny kitten Pussyfoot would knead Marc Antony's back, and Marc would grin and let Pussyfoot sleep there.
- Mintberry Crunch's origin bears a strong resemblance to that of Superman.
- The theme song to Randy's cooking show is a parody of the Trololo song performed by Eduard Khil.
- The scene with Sharon and the Shake Weight sitting on beach chairs bears a striking resemblance to a series of Corona◊ commercials.
- Cooking shows referenced include, Good Eats, Hell's Kitchen, Paula's Home Cooking, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and Iron Chef.
- The commentary mentions Michael Landon during the final scene where Shake Weight says goodbye, likely a reference to his part in Highway To Heaven.
- Funnybot shares several characteristics with the Daleks, a villain species from the long-running BBC television series Doctor Who: in addition to a similar body shape, Funnybot also possesses a plunger-like apparatus similar to that of the Daleks, as well as the staccato delivery, harsh tone, and rising inflection of the Dalek voice. At one point in the episode, Funnybot delivers the Dalek catchphrase, "Ex-term-i-nate!" in the same frantic electronic voice.
- Funnybot is also partially based on the space probe called Nomad from Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Changeling", to which the episode contains other references, such as the manner in which the boys finally dispose of the robot, (confusing it with a Logic Bomb) and its frequent use of the phrases "I am Funnybot" ("I am Nomad") and "non sequiter."
- Funnybot's search mode for picking audience members to target resembles that of the Terminator.
- Bits of funnybot also come from Star Wars, specifically the appendage used to plug in to the computer coming directly from R2-D2, and the shape of the head bearing quite a resemblance to the interrogation droid seen advancing on Princess Leia in A New Hope.
- Funnybot playing all the roles in a family is a reference to Eddie Murphy's The Klumps.
- Tyler Perry spends the majority of the episode in his Madea character.
- Charlie Sheen's predicament is referenced with a poster outside Funnybot's dressing room for One And A Half Men.
- The song in Garrison's math lesson is Bibbiti-Bobbiti-Boo from Disney's Cinderella.
- The tiny mushroom people of Novia Scotia are reminiscent of Toad from the Super Mario Bros. games. Tooth Decay also resembles Bowser, and the castle resembles one from the original Super Mario Bros.
- The play bears an uncanny resemblance to Bert's Tooth Decay from Sesame Street.
- Ugly Bob's hideousness turning the monster to stone comes from the myth of Medusa.
- T.M.I. spoofs B.M.I. or body Mass Index, which has a semi-complicated formula. (This may also be a reference to the complex and nonsensical formula used by Harold Camping to predict the rapture.)
- In the beginning of the episode Butters is talking about the new Terminator movie, involving a child of the Terminator, born ten years ago, and the ensuing battle with "Skeletor." This is a reference to the recent events surrounding Arnold Schwarzenegger, his extra-marital lovechild, and Maria Shriver.
- The full name of a minor character named "Leroy" was revealed to be Leeroy Jenkins.
- There's also a shout-out to The Venture Bros., with the name "Brock Samson" on the chart.
Crack Baby Athletic Association
- The Sarah McLachlan commercials for crack babies are a direct reference to ASPCA commercials with her song Angel playing in the background, and a personal plea from the artist to adopt an abandoned animal.
- Cartman's scheming is a nod to Wall Street.
- Cartman giving his middle initial as 'P' (when his middle name is Theodore) is a likely nod to The Dukes of Hazzard's Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane.
- Cartman in a hot tub of gravy, eating his french fry, is reminiscent of Tony Montana in a hot tub smoking his cigar.
- The ending is a direct parody of the end of Miracle on 34th Street.
- One of the lines Dr. Janus spouts is from The Outlaw Josey Wales; "The horned toad says we should go to Mexico."
- The name of Dr. Janus himself comes from the Roman deity Janus Bifrons, most often depicted with two faces or heads. Other depictions of this sort are called 'Janus figures.' While the symbology is of looking towards the future and the past at once, it's also come to represent two-facedness or multiple personalities.
- The time-lapse tape Butters sets up looks very similar to something from Paranormal Activity, which is lampshaded.
- The "wouldn't even hurt a fly" ending is a direct reference to the ending of Psycho.
You're Getting Old
- Stevie Nicks gets a namedrop, and her song Landslide is used at the end.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan is namedropped too.
- An arcade version of the Atari 2600 game Custer's Revenge is in the bowling alley where Randy performs.
- The movie Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny go to is showing X-Men: First Class. Previews of Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill and Jim Carrey's Mr. Popper's Penguins are shown.
- Some of the "Tween Wave" bands mentioned include Downplay and Bruno Saturn.
- When the adults are trying to show the boys what "real" music sounds like, they play "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, from the album Synchronicity. Later, the doctor plays an unidentified Bob Dylan song to Stan.
- The Duck President is an allusion to the phrase "lame duck", meaning an elected official who is approaching the end of his or her tenure, especially one whose successor has already been elected.
- Terra Nova is lampooned in a preview for "Jurassic Park and Lost in the same TV show!"
- Cartman sings Heart Light by Neil Diamond.
- The Secret Society of Cynics has several expies from The Matrix, with the most obvious being the leader, who looks and explains the situation like Morpheus, and one woman who looks exactly like Trinity. (To go back into the 'matrix' world they knew, they drink whiskey rather than plug into a machine.)
- The fighting to reveal the illusion of "alien brainwaves" to everyone could come from They Live.
- Stan goes to see Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill.
- The mention of "rock creatures" is a likely reference to RuneScape.
- The annoying morning DJs talk about the new season of Two and a Half Men.
The Last of the Meheecans
- The episode title, and its appearance in the episode, was of course a nod to The Last of the Mohicans.
- Randy's Big "NO!" was a soundbite lifted from Star Wars.
- Butters waking up naked, throwing the wooden doors open, and being greeted by an unexpected crowd of admirers was a shot-for-shot scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian.
- The scenes at the border were a riff on Border Wars, especially the voiceover sequence.
- The chase commentary on the radio was done in the style of a soccer (or, as they would call it, 'futball') match.
- When Cartman joins the border patrol in Texas, he refers to himself as "Eric T. Cartman". It should be noted that his (longstanding) full name is Eric Theodore Cartman, so the name in and of itself may not be a shout-out.
Bass to Mouth
- The Eavesdropper website and the drama it causes in the school is basically the plot of Gossip Girl, and "Bass to Mouth" could be a reference to GG character Chuck Bass.
- The rat, Wikileaks, has hair resembling Julian Assange's.
- The return of Lemmiwinks means a return of music akin to the animated The Hobbit.
- Minor references are made to Twitter, a recent phone-hacking scandal, and reports of suicides resulting from bullying behavior.
- The two rodents in a Cain and Abel situation, as well as the pressure from the other talking animal characters, has led to some comparisons to be made with The Secret of NIMH 2; considering that the evil brother in both cases is pretty much Stupid Evil...
- Wikileaks is referring to wikileaks and the giant scandal behind that where American secrets were published.
Broadway Bro Down
- Broadway shows seen or mentioned by Randy and Sharon include Wicked, Jersey Boys, South Pacific, Cats, Anything Goes, Godspell, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Sunday in the Park with George, The Lion King, and Mamma Mia! Parker and Stone's Tony-winning The Book of Mormon gets a tiny ad at the end of the episode, after Randy and Sharon discuss musicals coming to Denver next. (The national tour of Book of Mormon was launched in Denver in 2012)
- Shelley and Larry play Settlers of Catan on X-Box.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber actually has a musical entitled The Woman in White.
- Randy "putting an end to Broadway" in a Spider-Man costume is a rip on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which suffered from injuries, citations for safety violations, budget overruns, and poor reviews before finally opening to some success. (Parker and Stone stated in an interview on The Daily Show that they had early fears of losing a Tony to Bono, and were glad the fears were ultimately unfounded.)
- Muscleman Mark bears a striking resemblance to fashion designer Marc Jacobs◊. (check for the Rumpertumpkin and Clyde Frog tattoos on Mark's arm.)
- The 99% vs 1% protest storyline is a Ripped from the Headlines take on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
- Muscleman Mark boiling on the stove recreates the famous scene from Fatal Attraction.
- The multiple personalities, ventriloquism, and violence could be drawn from the film Magic.
- The line, "Say hello to the sunrise for me" could be a reference to The Lady from Shanghai, which contains a similar line, as well as a statement that "killing you is killing myself."
- The chain of gruesome "murders" (many of them in a mansion) plot and the reveal of the culprit might have been a reference to Umineko: When They Cry and a parody of the absurdity of the Shkannontrice Culprit Theory.
A History Channel Thanksgiving
- The beginning of this episode heavily lampoons The History Channel running programs like Ancient Aliens and Monster Quest.
- The main parody running through the Miles Standish storyline is of Thor, though his comment about whoever controls the stuffing controlling the universe alludes to Dune.
- Nobody really cares about the Green Lantern Planet.
The Poor Kid
Cash for Gold
- Cartman's creature is based partly on legends of the Chupacabra. Of course, it goes from drinking goat blood to child blood fairly quickly in his rendition.
- The "bigfoot hunters" are a parody of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot team.
- Cartman's hallucination stems from Exodus in The Bible.
- The title card of Cartman's Passover Holiday Special starring the Jewpacabra is an homage to the title card of The Thing (1982).
- There's at least some commentary about the 2012 documentary entitled Bully (most notably, the question of "why not put it on the internet?" after the film had problems with the "R" rating blocking their target audience.)
- Stan's video is a likely take-off on Lip Dub videos some High Schools and Universities have created to promote their schools. This one in particular.
- Butters flips out on The Doctor Oz Show.
- Stan's nude dance in San Diego references Kony 2012 director Jason Russell pacing naked in the street and muttering. (though not, according to video of the event, "jacking it")
I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining
Cartman Finds Love
- The rule changes turning football into the titular "sarcastaball" (players wearing bras, tinfoil hats, playing with a balloon instead of a ball, and hugging/complimenting eachother instead of tackling) are a parody of the Real Life NFL rule changes aimed at reducing concussions amongst players, which many players and fans are critical of.
Raising the Bar
- Jud Crandall from Pet Sematary delivers a warning about delivery men.
- The mask that Bane wears in The Dark Knight Rises is worn by several characters in this episode in order to intimidate the UPS man.
- Security system commercials are aped throughout the episode, from the dramatic camera work every time someone gets a call to the dramatic crimes in the commercials for INsecurity itself.
- Butters losing his temper and needing to return to his homeland is an homage to the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Amok Time", in which Spock goes through his pon farr and must return to Vulcan.
- The cruise ship sinking mirrored the ship sinking in Titanic (1997). (A woman can be heard screaming "I love you, Jack!" as the boat goes down.)
- Elvis Presley makes an appearance as the "King" of the "natives."
- The Mahalo Rewards Card and its associated discount on the island is not a real thing, but residents of Hawai'i can get discounts on tourist activities, called a Kama'iana discount.
A Nightmare on Face Time
- The episode is mainly a Whole Plot Reference to The Shining, while the episode title is a parody of the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
- The "gangnam style" costumes are a reference to the hit song by PSY; the song appears in the episode during the Monster Mash party.
- The boys are dressed as The Avengers.
- Randy gives the Kubrick Stare to Ted (making yet another Take That! to Seth MacFarlane.)
- A trick-or-treater seen in the background is dressed as Finn from Adventure Time, while another is dressed as Mérida from Brave.
- When Stan is "dying" he tells Kenny to stay gold, referencing The Outsiders.
A Scause for Applause
- The controversy of Disney buying the rights to Star Wars is central.
- Not only that, several scenes in an episode are blocked exactly like a Star Wars movie, specifically scenes with characters walking and talking, talking in shot-reverse-shot, and looking out a window at the exact same time.
Let Go, Let Gov
- Alec Baldwin recently lost his late night show due to controversy over homophobic comments. (Such comments on Twitter did not prevent the show from airing, but a video seems to have caused more problems.)
- The episode's NSA parodies Dragnet including its music cue and rear projection driving sequences. The NSA Chief is a parody of the character Joe Friday.
Informative Murder Porn
- Many shows featured on Investigation Discovery are the titular "informative murder porn," featuring couples who kill, people who kill for love, or vengeance killing over a cheating partner. (Real shows mentioned in the episode include Cold Case Files, Deadly Affairs, Southern Fried Homicide, Sins & Secrets, Who the (BLEEP) Did I Marry, On the Case with Paula Zahn, and True Crime with Aphrodite Jones)
- Minecraft is first mentioned, played, and finally the characters are shown within the Minecraft world.
- Cartman's treatment of Wendy comes from this video of mayoral candidate Ben Konop being heckled.
World War Zimmerman
Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers
- The idea of plants taking over the personalities of humans is reminiscent of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, though in this case the people are not replaced, only infected. Only not really at all, as it was an elaborate prank in the vein of Scare Tactics.
- Henrietta's posters parody several emo bands: “My Medical Relationship” (My Chemical Romance) “Bail Out Boy” (Fall Out Boy), “Hacienda Heights” (Hawthorne Heights), Zaozin” (Saosin), “Riot! At the Dancehall” (Panic! at the Disco), “Tommy Ate Earth” (Jimmy Eat World), and “C&C” (Coheed and Cambria).
- Game of Thrones is mentioned often, as well as being parodied.
A Song of Ass and Fire
- The title comes from A Song of Ice and Fire, the books on which Game of Thrones is based. (The books are also more detailed in their descriptions of "wieners" than the TV series tends to be. Many of the jokes on George R.R. Martin only make sense in this context.)
- The Black Friday shoppers stand as the White Walkers from Game of Thrones.
- The gift the Sony president gives Kenny is pretty obviously the Silver Crystal Compact from Sailor Moon S.
Titties and Dragons
- Game of Thrones references continue, particularly the "Red Wedding" and the general tendency of characters to be killed. (Or castrated)
- Misato and Gendou from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Chun-Li from Street Fighter, and Naota from FLCL were in the background when Princess Kenny leaped out a window to the street. Cartman's anime design is based on Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- An instrumental version of O Tannenbaum from A Charlie Brown Christmas plays as the kids make their way through the mall.
- Various moments in the trilogy, but particularly the very end, reference South Park: The Stick of Truth, and its multiple delays. (The costumes also come from the game.)
- Princess Kenny's interpretation of Cartman while reading the letter he sent made Cartman look like a slightly younger Iroh with a hat
- Kim Kardashian is mentioned multiple times, but never shown. note
- Kanye West is shown defending his fiance note and re-creating his infamous incident at the VMAs. (TIME Magazine did announce Pope Francis as Person of The Year the morning the episode aired.)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug being released is briefly mentioned (as well as being the title of the episode and the description of Kim Kardashian without photoshop.)
- Lisa Berger dresses up like Britney Spears and sings a parody of Work Bitch.
- Butters quotes "I Would Die 4 U" by Prince
Freemium Isn't Free
- Cartman's warning to Butters about the consequences of removing the Oculus Rift-like headset when he is not at the access point — namely frying his brain and killing him both in VR and real life — is reminiscent of the NerveGear from Sword Art Online.