takes the boys to Cave of the Winds and traps them inside while on the hunt for ManBearPig. Cartman discovers what he thinks is treasure which he tries to hide from the others.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Cave of the Winds is a real tourist attraction in Colorado.
- Dramatic Irony: The audience learns early on that the treasure Cartman finds is just a prop for a photo opportunity. Cartman doesn't find this out until the end of the episode.
- Due to the Dead: A memorial service is held for the boys which Gore uses as an opportunity to claim victory over ManBearPig. This is interrupted when the boys are discovered to have survived the cave-in.
- Freud Was Right: Invoked by a tour guide who points out many phallic-shaped stalagmites in the cave.
- Hard Truth Aesop: While you should try and be friends with someone who is lonely, if they use your friendship to behave recklessly, you have every right to avoid them.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Cartman's plan to eat the fake treasure he found in the cave literally backfires on him after the boys are saved when he ends up crapping it out, clearly writhing in pain all the while. To add insult to injury, a tour guide states that the treasure is actually a prop for children to take photos with, and that the treasure is only worth about $14.
- Laser-Guided Karma: As stated by Hoist by His Own Petard above, Cartman's plan to claim the fake treasure for himself by eating it and having the boys carry him to safety literally backfires on him after the boys are saved when he ends up crapping it out and finds out that the treasure is actually a prop for children to take photos with, the total price only being about $14. Cartman is clearly writhing in pain all the while, and he's well aware of it, knowing that he's hurting enough for all the bullshit he pulled in his latest plan.
- Opinion Flip Flop: The boys are hesitant to help Al Gore until he says he can get them excused from school.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: During Gore's assembly, the first movement of Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony plays.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Stan gives a brutal one to Al Gore after he tries taking credit for saving the boys from the cave:
Stan: Just stay away from us, asshole! I was nice to you because I felt sorry for you, because you don't have any friends! But now I see why you don't have any friends! You just use ManBearPig as a way to get attention for yourself because you're a LOSER!
- Reckless Gun Usage: Gore shoots the cave walls, trapping the boys.
- Take That!: Towards Gore's obsession with fighting global warming, though it's clearly directed more at Al Gore himself than at the issue he was super cereal about (later episodes, while still making fun of him as a person, acknowledge that he was still right to take it so cereal).note
- Temporary Bulk Change: Cartman from eating the fake treasure in the cave before crapping it out.
- Too Many Halves: According to Gore, ManBearPig is half man, half bear and half pig.
- Verbal Tic: Gore says "cereal" instead of "serious". This is a joke at Al Gore who, when once asked what his favorite cereal was, said Oprah, thinking he was being asked what his favorite serial (IE television show) was.
- Would Hurt a Child: Gore doesn't care if the boys die if it means stopping ManBearPig