"I'm telling my parents" - Shouldn't Cartman have said, "I'm telling my mom."?
Kyle writing a letter to Fidel Castro comes from "The Year Without Santa Claus," complete with music, drawings and scene transitions. That he succeeds in bringing democracy to Cuba is an instance of magical realism. The song he sings paraphrases "Blue Christmas," a song made famous by Elvis Presley.
Kyle writes right-handed here, but in "Chicken Pox" he wrote left-handed.
Kyle reenacts Ton Cruise's dance in "Risky Business."
The "following hot presentation for mature audiences only" is a Terrance and Phillip presentation. You can see the tops of their heads when Cartman stands in front of the TV.
The scene when the kids were standing in the town alone when they first figured out the parents were all gone comes from Omega Man about the man being the last one on earth.
On the Smiley Town sign, there is a mask of a clown with facial features that could match any clown from Bozo to Ronald McDonald to the Simpson's Krusty.
"Spaceman Spiff" comes from Calvin and Hobbes.
"What is that?" - A moment after Linda asks this, her legs are shown to be blue, but they return to the normal color when the toy truck passes by her agian.
"We already played with our parents.....now we wanna pway with you.." comes from "Pet Sematary".
This episode Craig doesn't flick anybody off.
South Park has a John Elway Memorial Park, with a statue of John Elway as the Provider..
The cutout boy Scott Evans uses is Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver, of Leave It To Beaver fame.
Timmy appears at Kyle's party after the parents are taken away. He doesn't appear again until Mark speaks about the true providers, the kids' parents. He sports a mohawk by then.
Butters appears under the Provider's statue before he's actually placed there by four boys. The boys are back in the crowd when Stan asks, "Parents?" and they all turn around. But Tweek's face appears for a split second and disappears, making it appear as if he's the only one not looking at Mark.
Butters' parents appear for the first time.
Fourth Grade does funny things to a boy's mind
In "The Mexican Staring Frog"Stan says "molested", yet here he says "molestered."
The whole Élian González thing has been forgotten
The boys are still eight years old, folks. Except for Cartman. He's 9.
TV and Movie References
- Star Trek ep.12 'Miri' - (Man's speech about adults at the end of the episode)
- Star Trek ep.46 'The Gamesters of Triskellion' - (Provider reference)
- Mad Max III: Beyond Thunderdome - (Many of the kids' costumes, and Stan explaining the present situation with drawings on a wall - the girl in the Oasis of the Children explained the plane crash and the captain's absence that way)
- Children of the Corn
-Kids getting rid of parents and take over the city.
-A couple driving down the road gets stuck in the town.
-Sacrificing people to the gods.
- Village Of The Damned
- Lord of the Flies - (Kids are split into two tribes --- one civilized, one predatory and savage).
- Logan's Run - (Carousel reference)
- Calvin and Hobbes - (Spaceman Spiff reference)
- "The Stand"
- Escape From New York
Edits: On Wednesday Mr. Evans said "raped", but on Saturday it was "molest"
Edits (8/18/2001) since this episode first aired:
- At Treasure Cove Elementary, as Stan finishes his speech he stays next to the picture of the two books separated by a line. Originally, he moved back to the picture of the Provider as he ended his speech
- The boys who took Butters up to be sacrificed are walking away from him when Cartman says "Yeah, we'll call the police and say you molestered us, too." Originally they were in the crowd (they should not have been) when Cartman said this. But if now the boys are walking away from Butters, the scene where Butters says "I'm here for you, Provider! Uh, take me!" must have been placed before Cartman's line. Is this the case?
- The phone Mark uses now produces dial tones when he calls the police. Originally, it made no sounds.