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Jared Has Aides
- When Jared is fired he's seen walking around town with a parody of Bruce Springstein's Streets of Philadelphia playing in the background, an homage to Philadelphia, in which a man is fired for having HIV.
- The "hangout in danger of being closed" scene was lifted from Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. The whole plot of the episode took off on several 80s ski movies such as One Crazy Summer and Better Off Dead.
- The Jud Crandall homage to Pet Sematary makes another appearance.
- The girl who helped the boys out had two dying Kuatos, from Total Recall (1990), under her sweater: In Total Recall Kuato said "Quaid... Start the Reactor..." to make oxygen on Mars.
- When Cartman is trying to convince his mother to go on the Maury Povich show with him, he says "I have such a pretty mother, such a wonderful mother..." These quotes and this tone were often used by Rhoda, the sadistic little girl in The Bad Seed to win favor from her mother.
- In the crowd of strikers, you can see characters modeled after Roy L. "Rocky" Dennis, the subject of Mask, and Sloth from The Goonies.
- The "True Freak Label" video that the freaks make is a shot-by-shot parody of the 'Look for the Union Label' commercial from the 70s, which showed the International Ladies Garment Workers Union singing.
- When Cartman appears on the Maury show and is arguing with the other out of control child about who's badder, he states he "ran for Congress, won, and then had sex with an intern, killed her, and hid her body." This is a reference to the Gary Condit scandal, referenced in the previous season finale.
- The scene where a man tells Maury that "the ratings have just started to plummet" is a play on Star Trek: The Original Series, where crew members often viewed computer displays in such a way.
Fun With Veal
- Stan's break-in to the veal ranch echoes Mission: Impossible, using the appropriate playset.
- Butters says good night to the calves the way The Waltons did to each other in the show of the same name.
- There are parallels between this episode and Dog Day Afternoon, including the airport sequence at the end, and Cartman's talks on the phone with the negotiator.
The New Terrance & Phillip Movie Trailer
- The theme song for Russell Crowe's show is a parody of The Lumberjack Song.
- Shelly Marsh insists on access to the television to watch Buffy.
- The Russell Crowe show spoofs Steamboat Willie (Russell spinning the ship's wheel), Crocodile Hunter (as he observed his next fight), Popeye cartoons during the fights, Teletubbies (in its graphics showing rays of sunlight behind a globe), Theodore Tugboat, and Crowe's own controversies.
- The TV robot's laser gun noises (along with the screams that accompany it) are taken from the computer game Empire Earth.
- The TV robot resembles ED-209 from Robocop, an image used more than once in South Park.
- The torrent of blood flowing out of the door references The Shining.
- The trailer for Asses of Fire II: Attack of the Cramps itself parallels the trailer for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
- The name for Butter’s evil alter-ego is similar to the Marvel comics character Doctor Doom and he dons a costume akin to Magneto from X-Men. His behavior in class is reminiscent of Calvin's with his Stupendous Man alter ego.
- The song played during the contest is a spoof of the Friends theme.
- The competition used to find a fourth friend and the use of roses to show who stays is a parody of The Bachelor.
Simpsons Already Did It
- In Cartman's "Sea People" song, the castle shown is similar to the castle in Disney's The Little Mermaid. Riding sea horses might also be taken from the Little Mermaid animated series.
- References to The Simpsons:
- Scheme to block out the sun comes from "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"
- Scheme to cut off the head of the town statue comes from "The Telltale Head"
- Scheme to get money for a monorail and the skip town comes from "Marge vs. the Monorail"
- Scheme to start a website that spreads rumors about the townspeople comes from "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes"
- Scheme to plant a fake angel skeleton as an artifact comes from "Lisa the Skeptic"
- Scheme to bring the World Cup to South Park so the fans riot comes from "The Cartridge Family"
- Scheme to shake up beer cans as to cause a massive explosion comes from "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show"
- Forget world domination and just run away and join the circus - "Homerpalooza" and "Bart Carny."
- Professor Chaos notes this plot was done with the Treehouse of Horror short "The Genesis Tub". Chef acknowledges The Simpsons got that from The Twilight Zone episode "The Little People".
Red Hot Catholic Love
- The 'Catholic Boat' sequence lampoons The Love Boat.
- The name Priest Maxi is a reversal of Maxi Priest, an English reggae singer.
- The great queen spider worshiped by the Catholics is a reference to the 1970s Doctor Who serial Planet of the Spiders.
- The old monk in the St. Peter's catacombs, and especially the line "What is your quest, Father?" is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- Priest Maxi's adventures through the catacombs after the Holy Document is a trip through Pitfall.
- When George Lucas doesn't give the boys the negative, he says "It is... too late for me, boys." This echoes Darth Vader's words to Luke in Return of the Jedi.
- When Spielberg arrives with his guards, their guns are walkie-talkies. This is because Spielberg really did change the guns in E.T. to walkie-talkies.
- In the fake commercial for the remastered South Park pilot, the Visitor's ship is straight out of the Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
- Most of the last six or so minutes of the episode parodies Raiders of the Lost Ark, with many lines being taken almost directly from the movie. The deaths of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola parody those of the three main villains in the film. (Coppola's head shrivels up like Colonel Dietrich, Lucas' head melts down to a bloody skull like Agent Toht, and Spielberg's head explodes like Rene Belloq.)
Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society
- The main plot of this episode parallels the movie Slums of Beverly Hills, in which the protagonist grows breasts and gains a new level of popularity among the male crowd, and attempts to get breast reduction surgery.
- Cartman plays a game called "Lambs" that is simply a scene out of The Silence of the Lambs.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey is parodied while the boys act like cavemen, particularly the scene where Stan discovers a bone can be used as a weapon. Planet of the Apes also gets mention when the space shuttle crashes.
- Stan, while in his caveman persona, calls boobs "ahta", a word meaning "fire" in the language of the characters of Quest for Fire.
- The scene of Bebe's boobs conspiring while she's asleep is a parody of a similar scene involving hands in Quicksilver Highway.
Child Abduction Is Not Funny
- The Ghost of Human Kindness is very like the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol.
- "And I would have gotten with it again if it weren't for you meddling policemen" references the common line in Scooby-Doo.
- The ram's horn and the way the children left the town is a bit like the Israelites leaving Egypt in The Ten Commandments.
- The sound effects when the Mongolians are attacking the city wall are the same sounds used when swordsmen attack buildings and walls in Age of Empires II.
- When Mr. Lu Kim pulls out his heat seeker, he says, "Say herro to my ritter friend!" This is a reference to Scarface (1983).
- When the 'Sweet and Sour Pork' falls on top of Mr. Lu Kim from the Trojan Mongolian Horse, he says "I am gonna get you Mongorians, if it's the rast thing I do." This is a reference to Gargamel from The Smurfs.
- When Stan's father, thinking Stan has forgotten his identity, slowly says to him "Stan, your name is Stan," it is another South Park nod to Star Trek. It parodies a scene from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, where Kirk tries to get Spock to remember their shared friendship in the past.
- When the Mayor commands Mr. Lu Kim to "tear down this wall", it is a reference to Reagan's challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev.
A Ladder To Heaven
- When Cartman sees things through Kenny's eyes, the scenes are similar to scenes in Being John Malkovich.
- The song being sung by the people gathered around the ladder is strikingly similar to the one sung by the Whos in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
- When the boys build the ladder to reach above the clouds Cartman is annoyed that they haven't seen Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back yet. Stan mentions the lack of the giant.
The Return of The Fellowship Of The Ring to The Two Towers
- The episode is of course about The Lord of the Rings, but it also pays homage to the film in its plot. As the One Ring must be returned to its place of origin, so must the One Video Tape; it starts out as a game, but the plot eventually parallels. There are specific scenes from the movie that are mirrored throughout:
- To start with, the boys cower under a tree's roots in order to hide from the 6th graders, who try to sniff them out, exactly like the Hobbits’ first encounter with the Ringwraiths in The Fellowship of the Ring.
- In the scene when the 6th graders meet on their bikes, a building in the background can be seen which says “More Doors Doors” (Mordor’s Doors.)
- At Clyde's house, Cartman echoes Gandalf at the Gates of Moria, saying "Mellyn" to make the door open.
- The 'council' in Clyde's back yard mirrors the Council of Elrond at Rivendell. Clyde takes the role of Elrond, the kindergartener takes the role of Gimli, while Craig says the tape cannot be trusted to a dwarf, though he isn't cosplaying an elf. Stan takes the role of Frodo, saying that he will take it; Cartman closes his eyes mournfully in response, in the same way Gandalf did. Kyle is his loyal friend, and likely in the role of Samwise. Throughout the episode, Butters takes on the role of Gollum.
- Though Cartman is dressed as Gandalf, Jimmy is the one to take a stand and speak the famous line, "You shall not pass." The scene leading up to it has echoes of the scenes from Moria, with the conversation about being followed and the ominous, "They are coming."
- Crossing the river to evade the sixth graders is a likely reference to crossing into Rivendell so the ringwraiths are taken out by the spell in the river. (This came before the scenes in Moria.)
- The Butters knowses where the store is, just as the Smeagol knowses how to get to Mordor.
- Butters falling down the chute after the tape mirrors Gollum's fall into the Cracks of Doom after the Ring.
- The boys pass by another group of kids who are playing Harry Potter.
The Death Camp Of Tolerance
- The Lemmiwinks subplot is a parody of the animated Hobbit, music and all.
- The death camp of tolerance itself parodies Schindler's List.
- The song Mr. Garrison is humming when he rides in on Mr. Slave is On The Trail from the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé.
- After Mr. Garrison's angry outburst, a character responds "But the museum tells us to be tolerant." This character and event is a reference to Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Apple.
- There is an actual Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a museum in Los Angeles which focuses "on the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America" (this quote is used in the episode) and the history of the Holocaust.
The Biggest Douche In The Universe
- After Chef's mother exorcises Kenny's soul from Cartman's body, she says "this child is clean." This is a reference to Poltergeist, in which the house is declared clean after exorcism.
- The Intergalactic BDIU Committee's ship bears a passing resemblance to the Vulcan ship from Star Trek: First Contact.
- The ship where The Biggest Douche in the Universe awards show is held looks strikingly similar to Boddole Zer's command station ship from Super Dimension Fortress Macross.
- The music played just before the Biggest Douche in the Universe Award Ceremony, is a sample played in the Heroes of Might and Magic III computer game.
- The song in the closing credits is a parody of the song played for the winner of the Miss America pageant.
My Future Self 'N' Me
- The electrical storms created for the 'time travel' effect is a probable homage to Terminator, where wind and lightning heralded the arrival of a time travel sphere.
- The montage of young Stan and future Stan doing stuff together spoofs Silver Spoons, in which a 12 year old moves in with his wealthy, childish father after being brought up by his mother and spending time at a military school. The line in the little song, "One of them's messy, the other one clean!" is from The Odd Couple.
Red Sleigh Down
- Santa's Fortress of Solitude is from Superman.
- The title and some of the plot of this episode is from Black Hawk Down.
- The torture scene involving electrodes is a spoof of the torture scene involving Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon, including several of Santa's lines. It also spoofs the torture scene in Three Kings, with the torturer saying "My main man" and pouring oil down his throat.
- The two Iraqi children with large eyes are spoofs on the Rankin/Bass Christmas specials. At the end of the episode, the faces of Stan, Kyle, and Cartman also briefly reflect this style.
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Cause and Effect, the crew realize that they are in a temporal loop. In this episode, the boys had the same sort of realization scenes, especially the "and then you said" part of it.
- The scientist, named Jeff, who helps Chef and the boys looks like a South Park version of Jeff Goldblum. In a reference to Independence Day, when puzzling out alien technology and action, Jeff follows unlikely chains of thought to come to conclusions that, curiously, turn out to be exactly correct. Eventually he gets to a point about uploading a virus to the alien ships, which is pointed out to be ridiculous by Chef.
- The opening of the decrypted alien reality-TV show resembles the initial opening of Star Trek: The Next Generation, that was only used during the first and second season.
- "Reversing the polarity" is a phrase from Doctor Who, said more than once by the Third Doctor. The sound of the power shutting down when Jeff tries to reverse the polarity is the sound of opening and closing doors from Doom.
- Chef driving the boys away from the aliens and performing stunts with his station wagon while an announcer comments on the action is a Dukes of Hazzard reference, complete with the car horn playing 'Dixie.' The alien giving chase impersonates the cackling laugh of Sheriff Coltrane.
- The children wake up aboard the alien ship, sealed into cubicles with a slimy substance. This is likely a reference to the Alien movies. The titular alien also appears for a cameo.
- The alien appearing as Randy references Contact, as pointed out by Cartman.
- The other forms that Najix takes on are: Santa Claus, Michael Jordan (in his Chicago Bulls uniform), Don King, Mr. Roarke and Tattoo of Fantasy Island, George Burns, J.J. Evans of Good Times (complete with "Dy-no-mite!" catchphrase), Saddam Hussein (singing the song from Warner Bros. cartoon One Froggy Evening), Missy Elliott, and finally, Frank Sinatra.
- The clip where people are running scared across a bridge is from the Danish monster horror movie Reptilicus.
- The plot where aliens are using earth as a reality TV show and decide to destroy it in the season finale was previously done in Robert Rankin's Armageddon. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is referenced when the demolition ball arrives to destroy Earth.
- The scene where the Joozians suck on the phallic extensions on their shoulders is a reference to the Mugwumps of Naked Lunch by David Cronenberg, which is based upon the novel of the same name by William S. Burroughs.
- The Legion of Doom was the counter to the Justice League of America, which Superman was of course a member of.
- The appearance of Gene Hackman as Reeve's nemesis was a reference to early Superman films in which he played Lex Luthor.
- The film The Cross and the Switchblade, about a preacher who moves to the ghettos of New York to turn the young members of several gangs away from drugs and violence against each other, has an ending quite similar to the one in this episode: the gangs are about to fight but are persuaded not to by the preacher's sermon.
- The Junkyard Band the gangs form is a Fat Albert reference.
- At the end of the episode, Christopher Reeve is trapped inside the Phantom Zone, a square that is floating in space. This is a reference to the fate of Jor-El's enemies General Zod, Ursa, and Non.
- When the boys arrive at Mrs. Dreibel's house, Kyle says "We didn't say nothin' about no kids, man," a reference to Tony Montana in Scarface (1983) saying, "I told you, no f*ckin' kids!"
- The scene in which the boys toilet paper Mrs. Dreibel's house while Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber plays in the background is a reference to Platoon.
- Josh, locked up for toilet papering houses, talks and behaves like Hannibal Lecter throughout the episode. His dialogue with Barbrady, his restraints, and his escape are all homages to The Silence of the Lambs or Red Dragon.
- The boat scenes are homages to the demise of Fredo Corleone in The Godfather II, though Cartman using a bat is more reminiscent of Goodfellas.
- Kyle's nightmares reference Nancy Kerrigan when she's being treated by medics after being attacked in 1994. In the second dream sequence is real footage of the skater crying, "Why!? Why!?"
I'm A Little Bit Country
- The main parody is of the Donny and Marie song A Little Bit Country.
- Skeeter's "Did you forget" song spoofs Have You Forgotten by Darryl Worley.
Fat Butt and Pancake Head
- The character of Ms. Lopez is based on the characters of "Johnny" and "Pedro" in the ventriloquism of Señor Wences.
- The scene at the mall, where Cartman has Ms. Lopez kiss Kyle, is taken directly from the 1979 movie The In-Laws.
- The last spoken line of Cartman's hand ("I wonder, will I dream?") was an homage to 2010: The Year We Make Contact, where the two computers HAL-9000 and SAL-9000 pose the same question when facing shutdown.
- The man working with Jennifer Lopez at La Taco is former Latin sensation Gerardo, famous for his hit Rico Suave.
Lil' Crime Stoppers
- Stan's clothing may be a reference to Detective Ray Nicolette from Jackie Brown. Kyle's' clothing may be a reference to Marge Gunderson from Fargo. Cartman's clothing may be a reference to Detective Nicky Dimes from True Romance.
- The scenes playing while the boys discuss the crime scenario reference C.S.I.
- The scenes and music which have the boys interact with the lieutenant and his men are a tribute to The Shield.
- The scene in which the boys go into the strip club and the accompanying music are taken from New Jack City.
- The Peppermint Hippo strip club is a spoof of the Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's Club, an actual place.
- The term "five-oh" for cops comes from the program Hawaii Five-O.
- Kenny's "Pakew! Pakew!" sound effect is likely a reference to the phasers in Star Trek.
Red Man's Greed
- "You had me at 'free blanket,'" is paraphrased from Jerry Maguire.
- The first time the Chief is moving into the town and the boys standing in his way is a reference to the famous incident in Tiananmen Square, in which one man stood in front of a line of tanks.
- Shock and Awe was a catchphrase used for the strategies employed during the operation to invade Iraq, which had begun when the episode originally aired.
- The main plot is of course an inversion of American history, switching the historical and economic roles of American Indians and European settlers. In history, American Indians were displaced from their homes by the U.S. expansion. In the episode, American Indians own a huge casino, and the superhighway they want to build through South Park is reminiscent of the First Transcontinental Railroad, which was built through Indian lands. The idea of giving the South Park residents S.A.R.S is a reverse of the Native Americans in history catching smallpox from European settlers.
South Park Is Gay
- The makeover scenes mirror the opening credits of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Randy and Cartman both have looks similar to Queer Eye's Kyan.
- Kyle's look after he gets his makeover is very similar to that of recording artist Mick Hucknall of Simply Red.
- The crab people could be based on the huge alien crabs in Doctor Who's The Macra Terror.
Christian Rock Hard
- Token's bass is fashioned after the bass Rudy played in the Fat Albert series.
- The tour of wealthy musicians is done in a similar style to the tour the Ghost of Christmas Present gave Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. The comment of an island without an owner is a direct paraphrase.
- Cartman on the bus writing lyrics on his palm is taken from 8 Mile. Eminem is shown doing the same thing on his way to a rap-off.
- The Faith Records building matches the Capitol Records building almost exactly; the main change was the cross at the summit.
- Cartman says "Mostly hippies go to farmer's markets... mostly". This is a reference to the character Newt from Aliens.
- The title of this episode and many of its scenes are a parody of Red Dawn (1984). Specific examples include the AARP troops parachuting into the town while Mr. Garrison lectures his class on Genghis Khan and sees them outside the window. Also many of the townspeople rounded up and held inside a prison camp, with Stan's dad talking to the boys through the fence and shouting "Avenge me!"
- The scene where an elderly couple kills a fisherman is a parody of Jaws.
- The music that accompanies the cars in the sequence where the boys and Stan's dad try to escape the elderly is a parody of John Carpenter's theme from the film Christine. The episode doubly parodies the film in how the cars are shown slowly approaching head on down a long straight road.
- The scene in the abandoned house, as well as the elderly people's attempts to get into Country Kitchen Buffet, are satires of zombie movies, specifically Night of the Living Dead (1968).
- The topical reference of this show is George Russell Weller's fatal car accident at the Santa Monica farmer's market in July 2003, in which he killed 10 people. The car Weller drove, a Buick LeSabre from 1992, is also featured in the episode, as the car which killed a man who was fishing when the car was driven off a bridge.
- "Meteor the size of Wyoming" is a probable reference to Armageddon, in which an "asteroid the size of Texas" is set to hit Earth.
- Zombies/radioactive cannibals seems to have a great deal in common with 28 Days Later. The homage is strengthened by Butters emerging and not knowing what's going on, much like Jim waking from a coma to devastation.
- Butters' new society is modeled after the one in The Road Warrior, complete with headband, shoulder-pads, and Australian Cattle Dog.
- Cartman's dive off the cliff as police are closing in on him pays homage to the dam jump in The Fugitive.
All About Mormons
- The depiction of the workers in the cigarette factory is a reference to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
- Rob Reiner tells the tobacco company "You've just been Reiner'd!", a reference to Punk'd.
- Cartman's commercial was a spoof of one starring Yul Brynner, who died from lung cancer. The commercial aired after his death and had this line: "I'm Yul Brynner, and I'm dead now ... 'cause I smoked cigarettes."
- The man who first tells Cartman to eat the cupcake greatly resembles Gríma Wormtongue.
- Reiner's cry of "My goo! My precious goo!" is reminiscent of Oogie Boogie's final words in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- In one scene during the montage of Stan grieving over lost love, he is seen standing on a brick bridge looking into the water below. This resembles a commonly used scenario on Peanuts. This is further reinforced when a child resembling Pig-Pen is seen briefly in the school hall. The scene where a depressed Stan is visited by friends in his bedroom references a similar scene from A Boy Named Charlie Brown where Charlie hides in his bedroom for being a failure at the spelling bee.
- Stan's holding up his boombox while he stands under Wendy's window playing a Peter Gabriel song is from Say Anything... (but it's "Shock the Monkey" instead of "In Your Eyes," which is what John Cusack played in the film.) Later, the movie was referenced again when Stan talked to the goths about hanging out with them after losing his girl. John Cusack did much the same with a group of his peers.
- Goth!Stan is seen wearing an Edgar Allan Poe shirt. His Goth name is 'Raven,' clear reference to the famous poem by Poe.
It's Christmas In Canada
- The scenes in Canada closely spoof The Wizard of Oz film, starting with "I don't think we're in America anymore."
- The initial encounter with the Canadians emerging shyly from hiding is very close to Dorothy's first encounter with the Munchkins, and the arrival of Scott garners a similar reaction to the arrival of the wicked witch.
- After this is a song about following the road, closely aping Follow the Yellow Brick Road.
- In Oz a Wicked Witch watched the protagonists with a Crystal Ball, in this episode Scott apparently watched the episode as it aired live on television.
- They sing, 'off to see the Prime Minister' rather than 'off to see the Wizard.'
- As the boys travel through a field they encounter a Mountie, rather than a Scarecrow. Then they encounter a French-Canadian mime, who seems to represent the Tin Woodsman. Traveling through a dark wood they encounter Steve the Newfoundlander rather than the Cowardly Lion.
- The group attempting to wish themselves to Ottawa has a similar feel to Dorothy wishing herself back to Kansas, except that in this case it doesn't work.
- The door guard and the sobbing plea for entry to see the Prime Minister echoes Dorothy's encounter and sadness at the gates of the Emerald City.
- The boys discover that the apparent Wizard/Prime Minister is actually just an illusion being controlled by someone hidden behind a curtain next to where they are standing. In this case, "don't mind that guy hiding in the spider hole" references both the film and the fact that a spider hole is where the US forces found Saddam Hussein in December 2003.
- Ding Dong, They Caught Saddam! is similar to the song Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead!
Good Times With Weapons
- Amongst the weapons being sold at the weapons stand is a Klingon D'k tagh.
- The announcer recapping the episode and introducing the next one is a technique utilized in Japanese anime series, particularly Dragonball Z.
- The various designs of the boys' ninja forms are drawn largely from characters of the Street Fighter series of anime and video games. During their ninja battle, Stan does the same stance as Ryu. Kyle's appearance and pose when he first turns into a ninja is based off Fei Long. Cartman's design is based off many Street Fighter characters: his body is similar to E. Honda, his boots look just like Zangief's, his wristbands are similar to Chun-Li's, and his long hair is similar to Blanka's. Kenny's appearance is a combination of Ken, and Raiden from Midway's Mortal Kombat. Butters seems to resemble M. Bison from Street Fighter or Sigma from Mega Man X.
- Cartman refers to Mel Gibson as The Road Warrior.
- As Kyle struggles to throw away his weapons down a well, Cartman attempts to dissuade him and uses the words, "You know this to be true." This echoes Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back when he reveals he is Luke Skywalker's father.
- The idea to take Butters to a blind Veterinarian parodies a similar idea in Three Fugitives.
- The boys hiding Butters in an abandoned stove is reminiscent of the tv-movie J.T. in which the title character makes a similar home for a stray cat.
- The anime-styled scenes with the characters seen as shadows against a monochrome background may come from the opening credits of Fist of the North Star.
- This episode aired a month and a half after Janet Jackson's "Wardrobe Malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII. At the end of the episode, the townspeople are enraged that their children saw Cartman naked, rather than being angry at Butters having a shuriken lodged in his eye.
Up The Down Steroid
- The title is a play on Up the Down Staircase, a novel that was made into a film of the same name.
- Jimmy's storyline parallels A Body to Die For: the Aaron Henry Story, a tv movie in which a high school kid wants to be popular and play football, but doesn't have strength, size, or stamina. A guy at the gym "hooks him up" with steroids and, in ten weeks he's buff and angry, smacking around his girlfriend and yelling at his mom. He attempted suicide and suffered two heart attacks, bleeding kidneys, and kidney stones.
- When Jimmy beats up his mother and girlfriend, it plays "Adagio for Strings" then goes to a shot where he punches his wall, falls to the ground, and the camera zooms away in a spiral shot. This is taken from the film Lorenzo's Oil in which Francesco hits his mother, played by Susan Surandon, after taking steroids for a rare neurological disease.
- Cartman working on his handicapped act at the Special Olympics uses "Push it to the Limit", the montage song from Scarface (1983). The competition montage uses a remixed version of the same song.
- The scene when Jimmy's father asks Jimmy if he was masturbating is reminiscent of a scene in the comedy film, American Pie, when one of the main character's father asks his son a similar question.
- Note: Cartman's storyline could appear to be an homage to The Ringer, but this episode aired more than a year before the release of that film.
The Passion Of The Jew
- The boys play Star Trek, and Kyle wears vulcan ears.
- The clearest Shout-Out is to The Passion of the Christ.
- Mel Gibson says several lines from various movies he's been in:
- "Two days ago, I saw a vehicle that would haul that tanker. You want to get out of here? You talk to me." is a quote from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. (The truck that Mel Gibson is driving in when chasing after Stan and Kenny is also from The Road Warrior.)
- When the boys find Gibson's wallet, he is heard to yell "Freedom!" offscreen while looking for them - a reference to Braveheart.
- Gibson is heard saying "Gimme back my money", which is a reference to an often-used quote from Ransom where Mel Gibson's character is heard screaming "Gimme back my son!" into a phone.
- Gibson's blocking of doorways in different costumes and jumping around is reminiscent of a classic Daffy Duck cartoon titled Yankee Doodle Daffy.
- The eagle symbol that Cartman uses for his podium is the same one the US censors used to cover swastikas◊ in the NES game Bionic Commando.
- Mel Gibson shouts the Klingon battle cry "Qapla'!" several times as he chases Stan and Kenny.
You Got F'ed in the A
- This episode lampoons the 2004 movie, You Got Served, as well as elements of Save The Last Dance (Butters quitting dancing because of the accident he caused, like Julia Stiles' character quitting ballet because her mom died in a car crash)
- When the Goths dance, it's just a slower version of the dance one of the Peanuts characters does in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
- The name of the arcade, Flynn's Sinistarcade references TRON and a video game called Sinistar.
- The 'something in my front pocket' song bears a resemblance to the thermos song Steve Martin sings in The Jerk.
- The deaths in Butters' flashback are similar to the deaths shown in several films: Ghost Ship (the couple cut in half by a swift-falling cable), Saving Private Ryan (the bisected man collecting his organs as he bleeds to death), Final Destination (the man getting crushed by the stage light and the woman getting impaled by the rafters), and Carrie (the woman getting electrocuted by the stage light that fell on her husband, everyone running and screaming out of the auditorium, a man getting trampled as everyone evacuates, and Butters standing in the center of the stage covered in blood.)
- The song the farmer sings to his duck is a parody of The Crawdad Song.
- The final lines of the episode where Butters is screaming "No, no...!" whilst being praised, is similar to the final scene in Evil Dead 2, complete with the "Raimi-Cam" shot into Butters' mouth.
- The 'Robot Pal' song is a play on the theme to The Courtship of Eddie's Father.
- Cartman/Awesom-o being taken by the government and Butters crying out after them is similar to E.T.
- "Program the memories of some eight-year-old boy who doesn't exist, and make the robot think he's real!" is a reference to Blade Runner, in which an android was implanted with the memories of an 8 year old girl and thinks she's real.
- The scene in which "robot"-Cartman, bound to an upright operating table, asserts to the military that he is human is reminiscent of a similar scene involving the Puppet Master from the film Ghost in the Shell.
- Cartman's reference to not wanting any Austrians in town could well be a reference to The Sound of Music, in which an Austrian Captain refuses to join Hitler's army.
- Mr. 'Jefferson' sings two songs to the tune of actual Michael Jackson songs: the song about the Wishing Tree borrows its tune from Childhood off the HIStory album, and the song about the power of change borrows its tune from Heal the World from the Dangerous album.
- The train and other rides in the backyard are taken directly from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Dangling Blanket out the window is also directly from an incident in which Michael Jackson yelled at reporters out a window with his infant son hanging precariously from his arm.
- Mr. Jefferson is seen at the end of the episode wearing a red jacket, shambling, with plastic surgery falling off his face: a nod to Zombie!Michael Jackson from the Thriller video.
- The appearance of the "time border" with the lighting storm immediately before its appearance and the growing sphere closely resemble the special effects used to show characters arriving from the future in the Terminator series.
- A reference is made to Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, in which a young man goes back in time through no discernible method.
- When the "time border" gets wider and many "time immigrants" come through, it resembles a scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
- The hovercar looks Back to the Future Part II-esque.
Douche and Turd
- Stan placed, bound and battered with a bucket over his head, on a mule and sent off into the wilderness like a scapegoat, is a pastiche of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
- The PETA Animal Sanctuary has some resemblance to Jurassic Park.
- The accented line, "Open the gate!" comes from Arthur, King of the Britons in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- The hybrid child of a person and an ostrich says "Kill me." This is a nod to a similar scene in Alien: Resurrection when the mutated Ripley/Queen fetus says the same thing.
Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes
- In the movie Something Wicked This Way Comes, an evil carnival comes to a small town, tempts the plain townsfolk with its delights, and is seen magically assembling itself rapidly in the night. Two young boys discover its evil secret.
- When the Wall-Mart is "talking" to Cartman, there's a box of "Golden Ticket" chocolate bars in front of him, a reference to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- When the boys infiltrate the Wall-Mart to get to the heart, Stan's father approaches the boys with an ax to show them the bargain price of it. This shot of Randy is reminiscent of Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
- The confrontation with the Wall-Mart mirrors Neo's confrontation with the Architect in The Matrix Reloaded.
- The way the Wall-Mart collapses in on itself is taken from Poltergeist. As is the way the greeter says "All are welcome, all are welcome."
- When the people find out Wall-Mart's weak point, Chef says, "Spread the word to other towns" to a telegraph operator in a parody of the end of Independence Day.
- Little Butters carries a blue blankie, a likely reference to Linus from Peanuts, never seen without his blue security blanket.
- The 'playing firemen' scene in which Miss Claridge gets burned is likely a reference to a horror film called The Burning, where a janitor at summer camp is horrifically burned in a prank that goes wrong.
- Trent Boyett's release from prison mimics Joliet Jake Blues' release from prison in The Blues Brothers, specifically the mentioning of items returned to him.
- Trent's character and quest for revenge are references to Cape Fear. He may also have a reference to The Punisher in his skull tattoo.
- Miss Claridge's condition and wheelchair are based on that of the character Christopher Pike from the Star Trek episode, "The Menagerie."
- In order to make the photograph of breasts, the boys consult Sex by Madonna.
- The "Little Gas Shack" into which Miss Claridge's out-of-control wheelchair crashes sells "Propane and Propane Accessories", a reference to Hank Hill's job at Strickland Propane in King of the Hill.
Quest For Ratings
- The music in Craig's show is a variation of the one used in The Benny Hill Show, "Yakety Sax" by Boots Randolph.
- Parts of the boys' trip scene, especially the fish-eye lens and distorted music, are an homage to Easy Rider.
- The monsters Stan sees in his cough syrup trip include Frank from Donnie Darko and Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars.
Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset
- While Butters digs the coal mine, he's singing a song that resembles Sixteen Tons, using a combination of the original lyrics and his own. ("You work eighteen hours/What do you get?/Your parents sell you/to Paris Hilton.")
- The Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset is made by Letcher-Price, a play on Fisher-Price.
- The four girls pictured on the box of the Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset are similar to the Bratz dolls.
Cartman's Incredible Gift
- The Greek myth of Icarus is mentioned by Cartman before he attempts to fly, and Butters makes an additional reference to Kyle, telling him not to fly too high or his wings will melt off.
- Cartman having an accident, waking from a coma with psychic powers, walking around in a long coat/robe with a cane, and assisting the police with investigations comes from The Dead Zone.
- The crime scene with Mrs. Crabtree's body looks like a scene in Hero and Terror. The quick flashes of the scene may be referencing CSI
- Cartman and the other psychics mimic the music accompanying the use of powers in the movie Firestarter.
- The killer kidnapping Cartman, tying him to a wheelchair, making him watch slideshow, and the line "Do you see!?!?" all come from Red Dragon.
- The character design of the killer, Mr. Deets, is based on Ed Gein, who collected body parts from his victims. His reference to his mother and having her corpse comes from Psycho. His yellow raincoat was an additional nod to The Dead Zone; Frank Dodd wore a yellow slicker when he killed. Other elements of his appearance, character, and death come from Manhunter and Red Dragon.
- The police montage with techno music directly parodies CSI
- Kyle blowing out the lights with his anger is a likely reference to Carrie.
Woodland Critter Christmas
- The voiceovers are written in the style of Dr. Seuss, closely resembling How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
- The premise is said in the commentary to be based on John Denver's Critter Christmas.
- Mousey Mouse comes directly from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
- The death of the mountain lion echoes that of Mufasa after Scar throws him to his death in The Lion King.
- The Jungle Book's Mowgli is called man-cub by Baloo and the other animals. The lion cubs call Stan man-boy.
- When the animals use their Satanic powers, Ave Satani from The Omen 1876 plays in the background.
- When Santa Claus draws a shotgun and begins firing on the critters, the music of "Adrenaline Horror" from the Half-Life soundtrack plays.
Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina
- "Jews can't play basketball!" could be a reference to White Men Can't Jump. (could also just be Cartman ripping on Kyle again.)
- After becoming a woman, Mrs. Garrison flashes the cameras from the Girls Gone Wild pornography franchise.
- The song played when Mrs. Garrison and Kyle's dad are searching for Kyle is called Hunter Incoming, a track off the Metroid Prime Hunters soundtrack.
- Dr. Biber's name is a reference to Stanley Biber, a pioneer of sex reassignment surgery, who in 1954 was working at the United Mine Workers clinic in Trinidad, Colorado. His more ridiculous traits may be a reference to Dr. John Ronald Brown, who performed several slapdash sex changes.
Die Hippie, Die
- Cartman's hippy-busting gear resembles the gear worn by the characters in Ghostbusters.
- "Did you eat their brownies? DID YOU EAT THEIR BROWNIES?!" is a direct reference to 28 Days Later, featuring a similarly frantic question; "Did their blood get in your mouth? DID THEIR BLOOD GET IN YOUR MOUTH?!"
- Cartman barging in on a council meeting to talk about the hippie problem references The Day After Tomorrow with the line, "2 hippies are coming here every second" echoing "The temperature drops 10 degrees every second."
- The scenes involving the plan constructed by Cartman to use a drill to reach the center of the music festival is a parody on the film style of The Core and Armageddon. Both films have numerous references throughout the episode, such as the uniforms worn by the team, the drilling through the layers of hippies to reach the 'core' of the festival, which was the stage, the mention of nuclear weapons, and someone having to climb outside to fix the equipment.
- The drill machine itself bears strong resemblance to the Gotengo warship from the Japanese movies Atragon, The War in Space, and Godzilla Final Wars.
- The term "little Eichmanns," which the neo-hippies often use in the episode, is a reference to the controversy over University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill's article titled "Some People Push Back" in which Churchill referred to the people who worked at the World Trade Center in New York City as "little Eichmanns."
- The Chinese Mafia leader bears a strong resemblance to Kenji Kasen, from Grand Theft Auto III.
- There are several references to Scarface (1983) in the latter part of the episode. The entrance to the Chinese Mafia's mansion resembles the Coral Gables mansion that Tony Montana resides in. When Kenny dies, Kyle holds him and comforts him, much as Montana does his sister after she is shot. Cartman says, "You want to play rough? Okay..." which, in the film, precedes the famous line, "Say hello to my little friend".
Best Friends Forever
- The premise of a video game being used as a training device for a battle is very reminiscent of The Last Starfighter. The game being used to command the armies could be a reference to the novel Ender's Game.
- The line, "Open the gate!" is said when reinforcements arrive at Helm's Deep in The Lord of the Rings.
- The line, "Basically, Kenny, you... are Keanu Reeves." references the back-to-back messianic roles Reeves had played, especially his role in Constantine, in which his character battles the demons of hell.
- "No, there is another," is said by Yoda in Star Wars when it's said that Luke was the last hope.
- Kevin, the hooded, hissing figure advising (and apparently dating) Satan bore a strong resemblance to both Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, and Gríma Wormtongue, Saruman's right hand in The Lord of the Rings. The army of demons is very orkish and their preparation for war comes nearly shot-for-shot from Saruman's army of uruk-hai before setting out for Helm's Deep. Satan is also seen consulting a Seeing Stone, or Palantir. They go ahead and throw a lampshade on the homage when they have Michael compare what he's seeing on the battlefield with the epic battles in The Lord of the Rings films.
- There are also some parallels with Kevin Smith's Dogma, in which a coma keeps a soul (in that case, God) trapped on Earth and unable to save the universe.
- Heaven's army celebrates winning the war by cheering in a manner not unlike the moment of "much rejoicing" in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- The story parallels a high-profile case of a feeding tube being pulled from a vegetative woman named Terri Schaivo, who was almost entirely braindead. Her parents opposed her husband in taking her off life support, claiming she was aware, and President Bush signed legislation designed to keep her alive, hence Kevin's whispering to him in this episode.
The Losing Edge
- The song playing during the playoffs is Joe Esposito's You're The Best from The Karate Kid. This is also the song Randy is singing in falsetto as he goes after Bat Dad in the South Park bullpen at Coors Field.
- There are numerous references to the Rocky films in Randy's storyline. Some scenes are shot-for-shot: getting up early and cracking eggs into a glass, and agonizing about not being sure he can go through with the fight. This culminates with a shot of Rocky Balboa's manager Micky urging him to get up and keep fighting near the end, followed by an utterance of the line, "I didn't hear no bell." Music from the films is used during and after the big fight against Bat Dad, who parodies at least two opponents from the film franchise.
- In the scene where Randy wakes up early and has some eggs (scrambled rather than raw, as Rocky drank them) the appearance of his alarm clock, the time shown on it and the commentary of the newspeople are a parody of Groundhog Day.
- The pitcher on the Denver team (with the mustache) resembles Danny Almonte, the fourteen year old kid who pitched a perfect Little League game (and was found to be too old to play in Little League.)
The Death Of Eric Cartman
- The first part of this episode bears a resemblance to The Twilight Zone episode entitled "The Hunt," in which a man wakes up a ghost, invisible to friends and family.
- When Butters begins to believe he sees dead people, he is cowering under the kitchen sink with a flashlight. This is inspired by a scene from The Sixth Sense, where the kid hides from ghosts in a tent with a flashlight.
- Much of the plot could have been based on the film Once Upon A Scoundrel. In the film, a cruel land owner gets fed a sleeping potion and is then ignored by the villagers as revenge for his cruelty. He thinks that he is a ghost and that he has to do good deeds in order to go to heaven.
- The scene where Butters and Cartman go to the fortune-teller and the psychic freaks out, realizing she can see him, is a reference to Ghost.
- The scene where Cartman walks into the fields to "Rest in peace" is a reference to Field of Dreams.
- "Have you seen this? Have you heard about this?" - Questions Jay Leno always asks when presenting a news item to lampoon in his monologues.
- "Like a white Hitch." references the film starring Will Smith as a 'date doctor.'
- When Jimmy imagines everyone laughing at him on stage, the kaleidoscopic views resemble the scene in Carrie where she is being laughed at onstage.
- The establishing scene at Colfax Point alludes to Hookers at the Point, a documentary about prostitutes working the streets of Hunt's Point in the Bronx.
- "Let's get to r-r-rammin'!" is a line directly from the Prince song, You've Got The Look.
- For the talent show, Cartman does a select reading from Scarface (1983), quoting the lines, "You know what you are? You're all a bunch of f*ckin' cock-a-roaches. You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your f*ckin' fingers, and say 'that's the bad guy.' So say goodnight to the bad guy."
- The song playing when Jimmy takes Nut Gobbler to the Ho-Tel room is Joe Cocker's Up Where We Belong. The scene comes from An Officer and a Gentleman.
Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow
- The title and plot of the episode lampoons The Day After Tomorrow.
- The townspeople running from Global Warming (especially when the doors to the gym are closed as the camera approaches) is a reference to the scene where the superfreezing followed characters through the city, into the library and was stopped by the doors being closed.
- Stan calling his father on the phone while the water level rises is a reference to a similar scene where Sam calls his father while trying to outlast the fatal coldness.
- The jammed road leading out of the town while people try to evacuate is highly reminiscent of Independence Day.
- The scene where Cartman forces Kyle to hand over his "Jew-gold" at gunpoint is very similar to the finale of Marathon Man.
- The final scene where everyone says "I broke the dam" is likely a reference to Spartacus where the title character comes forward as Spartacus, and the slave-crowd all claim to be Spartacus in an effort to protect him.
- There are several references to the response to Hurricane Katrina, particularly the various ad hoc explanations for the increased level of suffering from the hurricane and its aftermath and the anger and unwillingness to negotiate between all the parties in the Katrina relief effort, the media coverage that occurred during the hurricane's aftermath, and the Houston mass evacuation during Hurricane Rita.
- When the people conclude that George Bush was the cause of the beaver dam being broken, someone says "George Bush doesn't care about beavers!" in a parody of Kanye West's quote, "George Bush doesn't care about black people."
- The man with the shopping cart full of beer is a parody of the man seen wading through the flood after Hurricane Katrina with a bucket full of beer. He's known as the "Beer Looter Dude" and the "Looter Guy, Hurricane Hero."
- The giant penis Randy Marsh draws on the map of America could be based on a real National Weather Service wind distribution map for Hurricane Rita.◊
- During the evacuation, only white people are rescued, while a black man can be seen left stranded. This references the accusations of selectively racist rescue efforts and media coverage during the Hurricane Katrina crisis.
- Reference is made to the film Juwanna Mann, in which an NBA player cut from his team dresses in drag to join the WNBA.
- The scene with hazardous material suits and the quarantine shower spoofs E.T.
- Much of the storyline involving the Stotches is a reference to Pet Sematary, with the character of Jud Crandall warning about the Indian Burial Ground bringing things back to life after a man has lost his son.
- The scene when Butters comes to his parent's door after he gets the device is an allusion to a part in a short story called The Monkey's Paw, in which a couple's wish for their dead son to return is granted, but they're terrified when he actually knocks on the door. They also refer to their son as an "it".
- The last scene when Butters's parents lure a woman to the basement and hit her with a shovel to kill her, and then giving her corpse to Butters to feed him is directly inspired by the cult horror movie Hellraiser.
Follow That Egg
- The song Mrs. Garrison sings on love near the beginning of the show sounds very similar to Love Changes Everything, the theme song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Aspects of Love.
- When Stan is sitting at the coffee table and then at the kitchen table, his arms are drawn similarly to those of Linus and Charlie Brown from Peanuts; he has large forearms, with fingers splayed. At the kitchen table, one arm is resting on the table and his other hand on the side of his face, a pose often assumed by Peanuts characters.
- The scene in which Kyle reveals he had hidden the real egg and replaces the one "killed" by the assassin references Star Trek. Kyle asks Stan if he really thinks his hat is stupid (a comment made by Stan over the phone earlier in the episode). Stan approaches Kyle, and says: "As a matter of fact, I think it is the nicest hat I have ever known." Stan uses the exact same intonation and style of Captain Picard in Star Trek: First Contact, when he apologizes to Mr. Worf after calling him a coward by saying: "As a matter of fact, you are the bravest man I have ever known".
- "Daywalker" is a term used in Blade to describe Blade himself, who had the powers of a vampire with the ability to walk in the sunlight.
- The entire ginger convention in the Sunset Room at the Airport Hilton was a reference to the Roald Dahl book The Witches. In the book, the witches were working on a plan for exterminating children in a hotel convention room.
- The scene with Stan and Kyle in the barn is an homage to Night of the Living Dead (1968), in which people barricade themselves in a house against a wave of attacking zombies. The "breaking-in" scene has since become a staple of zombie films.
- The scene in which the ginger kids abduct non-gingers is a parody of a scene found in the mini-series 'Salem's Lot.
- When the little ginger girl is standing outside another child's house, she is singing the opening theme of The Amityville Horror (1979).
Trapped In The Closet
- The "alien souls" seen in Xenu's brainwash cycle resemble the Tholian race from Star Trek.
- John Travolta's voice is in the style of his character from Welcome Back, Kotter.
- Trapped in the Closet is the title of an R. Kelly 'hip-hopera' in which he describes events in detail; the device of R. Kelly singing the events is used throughout the episode.
- The episode's title and general concept are a parody of Free Willy.
- There's a reference to singer Lance Bass, who was in the news as training for a trip to space at the time. He didn't end up going.
- The main point of this episode is to compare twelve step programs to cults and religions, and to state that alcoholism isn't a disease. Penn & Teller have made a similar point in their show, Bullshit! including the point about cancer being a disease and consuming alcohol being a choice.
- In the dojo, Cartman is wearing a Japanese 'rising sun' bandana, similar to Daniel-san's in The Karate Kid.
- The sound effects used as the Pope inches closer to the bleeding statue and his Aside Glance are definitely from Looney Tunes.
The Return Of Chef
- When the boys learn that Chef has been brainwashed by The Super Adventure Club, the chords that play are sampled from the Heroes of Might and Magic III computer game, in which the same music sequence is used when a battle starts.
- The decor of the Super Adventure Club headquarters seems to be based on Disney World's Adventurer's Club, a club with a 1937 safari setting (L. Ron Hubbard once belonged to the Adventurer's Club).
- The scene in which Chef gets killed resembles the rope bridge scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
- Chef's fall from the cliff resembles Homer's fall from Springfield Gorge from The Simpsons episode "Bart The Daredevil".
- The rebirth of Chef into Darth Chef is a parody of Darth Vader's transformation at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
- The smug cloud from Clooney's Oscar speech entering Arizona is much like the clouds rolling into Area 51 in Independence Day.
- Stan's song, People Now is reminiscent of Get Together, an oft-recorded protest song from the sixties. The most well-known version is by The Youngbloods.
- The appearance of a radio DJ as a mouth and jaw may be a reference to The Warriors, where a DJ is seen as solely a mouth.
- The concept of storms colliding is taken from The Perfect Storm (starring George Clooney) in which a group of fishermen from Maine get caught in a thunderstorm created from the combining of three smaller storm systems.
Cartoon Wars Part I
- The end of Kyle's dream is similar to Sarah Connor's dream in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- The big wheel chase scene contains elements similar to the freeway chase scene in The Matrix Reloaded.
- Burying one's head in the sand is a behavior commonly attributed to the ostrich while feeding, and is typically used as a metaphor for hiding from reality.
Cartoon Wars Part II
- Cartman's "Let this be our final battle" line to Kyle before their fight references Masters of the Universe, in which Skeletor says the same thing to He-Man.
- During Cartman and Kyle's fight, they pass a sign for Cold Age: The Smackdown, a parody of FOX's Ice Age: The Meltdown, which was #1 at the box office at the time. Fox had placed static ads for the movie into their shows.
- The kid Cartman encounters at Fox studios is Bart Simpson, who tells the story of stealing the head off a statue from The Simpsons episode, "The Tell-Tale Head."
- When about to pull the episode, the network president begins his approval code with, "Zero, zero, destruct." This is a portion of Captain Kirk's self-destruct code for the Enterprise in the Star Trek episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."
A Million Little Fibers
- Part of this episode addresses a controversy over a book titled A Million Little Pieces, which was found to be part biographical and part fictional exaggeration.
- The voices of Mingey and Gary can be compared to certain voices commonly used by Terry Jones and Eric Idle of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Gary's death scene is also based on Lennie's in Of Mice and Men.
- Geraldo Rivera falsely reporting from Afghanistan is briefly lampooned here.
- Cartman's statement that he is "sorry he chained Billy Turner's ankle to a flag pole, told Billy his lunch milk had been poisoned, then gave him a hacksaw and told him that the only way he could reach the antidote in time would be to cut through his ankle," is likely a reference to the Saw franchise. (It could also be a possible reference to the Mad Max line, "You have a choice, hack through the metal or through your leg. Through your leg is faster.")
- The episode's lampooning of Nanny 911 shows a flash of 'Nanny Skeksis,' referencing The Dark Crystal. This scene is complete with the sound of the Skeksis Chamberlin's whimper.
- Cartman's line "Yes! Let the anger come! Strike me down while you can!" is a paraphrase of Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi.
- The first part of the transformation Cartman goes through, where ghost-like images of his face appear and say his next line before he does, is a reference to Contact. The following transformations closely resemble the final scene in Altered States, in which Dr. Jessup fights off an "altered state" of physical being. During this struggle, he repeatedly throws himself back and forth between the walls of a hallway while his shape changes. Both Cartman and Dr. Jessup appear to have changing appearances resembling the static from a TV without a signal.
- The camera slowly zooming into Cartman's smiling face while the song Ave Satani plays is directly from the last scene of The Omen (1976).
Make Love, Not Warcraft
- The French phrase Cartman throws at Clyde is directly from the song, Lady Marmalade.
- Clyde reading from a Playboy and Cartman reporting that they've lost Clyde comes from Dr. Strangelove.
- When Randy carjacks a passerby, it is choreographed similarly to the carjacking animation from Grand Theft Auto III.
- The in-game scenes were all shot in game. The Sword of a Thousand Truths is an item in the game called the Sword of the Hungering Cold.
Mystery Of The Urinal Deuce
- The Hardly Boys are a spoof on The Hardy Boys, a pair of detectives whose exploits were shown in the Hardy Boy/Nancy Drew mystery novels and TV series.
- The conspiracy theorist has some 8x10 color glossy photos with circles and arrows. (...and a paragraph on the back of each one?)
- "He died like a pig" is a line from The Untouchables.
- The Chicago scene was reminiscent of a scene in the 1989 movie The Wizard.
- Cheney's lousy marksmanship is a probable reference to a hunting accident he had, in which he shot someone in the face with buckshot.
Miss Teacher Bangs A Boy
- The song Cartman sings when he becomes "Dawg the Hallway Monitor" is a similar theme song with similar lyrics to the opening credits of Dog The Bounty Hunter, which Dawg is basing himself on. The appearance of Beth, Leroy, and Earl are similar to the appearance of Dog's teammates.
- "The Mel Gibson defense" - the defense that people often say things they don't mean or do things they don't normally do while drunk. Miss Stevenson says as much moments later. In Mel Gibson's case, it was for saying seemingly anti-Semitic things when arrested for driving drunk in the early morning of July 28, 2006.
- The premise was based on some high-profile cases of blonde, female teachers sleeping with their teenage students. The most likely candidates are Debra Lafave, Mary Kay LeTourneau, and Cara Dickey.
- Debra Lafave blamed bipolar disorder for her behavior, much as Miss Stephenson claimed alcohol was to blame.
- Mary Kay LeTourneau attempted to skip the country with the boy she'd had an affair with but was caught by the police; they were married when she got out of prison.
- Cara Dickey allegedly had a suicide pact with the student she had been accused of sleeping with, though neither of them carried it out.
Hell On Earth 2006
- Satan's giant floating head appears to his minions much as the holographic wizard in The Wizard of Oz.
- Satan's behavior was, as stated, based on the girls from My Super Sweet Sixteen.
- Three Stooges Shout-Out: The interactions and title card 'Three Murderers' was an homage to The Three Stooges, with Ted Bundy in the role of Moe, Jeffry Dahmer in the role of Larry, and John Wayne Gacy in the role of Curly.
Go God Go
- Freezing Cartman bears a certain resemblance to Jack Nicholson at the end of The Shining.
- The Flying Spaghetti Monster started as a statement that there was as much validity in "intelligent design" as there was in saying that everything was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster, and that if one was going to be taught in school, the other should be as well.
- The opening credits to Buck Rogers in the 25th Century are copied to transition Cartman to the future.
- The machine visible screen left when Cartman is revived bears a resemblance to Max from Flight of the Navigator.
- When Cartman is unfrozen, one of the people is hovering upside down. In Back to the Future Part II, an old man hovers upside-down because of a back problem.
- The conversation between Richard Dawkins and Mrs. Garrison about changing the future is almost identical in terms of music and style to the mental-conversations between Baltar and Number Six in the new series of Battlestar Galactica.
- The crates in the battle between the UAL and the UAA seem to come straight out of the DOOM games, and the laser gunfight seems to come out of the opening shootout from Star Wars: A New Hope, between the Rebel and the Imperial forces.
- "So, it begins." is from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; Théoden says it at the beginning of the Battle of Helm's Deep.
- The various fronts such as the Unified Atheist Alliance, Allied Atheist Allegiance and so on, which should really be on the same side, are reminiscent of the warring rebellious fronts in Monty Python's Life of Brian, such as People's Front of Judea and Judean People's Front.
Go God Go XII
- The opening credits spoof Buck Rogers once again.
- The army of ostrich-riding otters, along with the horn-blast music, references the ape cavalry in Planet of the Apes. This is also similar to the Ostrich Horses used by Earthbenders in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- The New New Hampshire Museum of Technology resembles the ruined Delphi Museum in the Battlestar Galactica episode "Kobol's Last Gleaming."
- The uniform Cartman wears while stealing the Crank Prank Time-Phone resembles the uniform worn by the electrical engineers in the sci-fi movie Brazil.
- The use of the timephone, and the effect that shows its impact on the future, is strikingly similar to Frequency.
- Some of the evolved sea otters are seen in hovering thrones resembling those of the Halo series' High Prophets; the Wise One's headdress also resembles that of the High Prophets in Halo 2. Otters are also seen with M41A Pulse rifles from Aliens.
- Doctor Who had a robotic dog called K-9 in certain runs of the show. The actual design of Cartman's robot, however, is closer to that of Twiki from Buck Rogers.