Matt Stone will be doing the voice for the fourth boy. Kenny, Butters, and now Tweek have come along, and Matt voices all three of them (interesting that all three characters are blond, and that Matt has been voicing Tweek for the sixth season). This way no one will complain that Trey does three voices and Matt one. Not Craig or Clyde - Trey does those voices. Sooo... who's next? Pip, maybe? So what if he was dismissed before?
When Mr. Tweek leaves Tweek to find his center, he walks away bald.
Both Mr. Tweek and Cartman walk off to the right side of the screen when each of them leaves Tweek. The thing is, that's where the window lies. The door is off to the left side of the screen.
The change in voice is apparent in Tweek, as Tweek's speech pattern comes more naturally to Trey than to Matt.
For Tweek, life goes by waaay too fast. And that's considering South Park is a sleepy little mountain town.
Where were the underpants gnomes? Tweek finally got some sleep in this episode. :)
The settings for Maury Povich's studio in "Freak Strike" and Ted Koppel's guest studio in this episode are strikingly similar, except that the "m Povich" show logo is replaced by a center window, and the carpet and wall trim are different colors.
Why did the signs that read "HAT DIDN'T DO IT" not read "IT WAS SELF-DEFENSE"?
Cartman rattling off the names of Jews is a reminder of the Jews' influence in media and finance, something sensationalist pamphlets trumpet as proof that Jews control the banking system and the media, from newspapers to film studios, all over the world.
Both Butters and Tweek have proved to be reluctant friends in doing stuff with the other three, Butters because he might get grounded if his parents found out, Tweek because it's too much pressure on him.
When Tweek decides to leave the group, Cartman runs up to remind him of his probation status as friend. Tweek turns his body to the camera, and his shirt appears buttoned as before, but on the wrong side. This is also the case in the meditation scene, after Richard tells him to find his center.
"It is... too late for me, boys." - Mr. Garrison said this to Wendy back in "Weight Gain 4000," which places the reference, once again, in Star Wars, Return of the Jedi.
Even when Spielberg arrives with his guards, the guns are walkie-talkies. They are walkie-talkies because Spielberg changed the guns in E.T. to walkie-talkies. Having children changed his mind about filming a few scene in E.T. with guns, and he waited for the technology to catch up before making the changes.
With all the stuff on the 3D version of the visitors' mothership, the ship looks like the one from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a Spielberg flick.
The Imperial walkers Matt and Trey created for this episode walk on two legs instead of four. They are AT-ST (all-terrain scout transport) models, rather than the larger AT-ATs.
Nice commentary on the changes made to classic films years after they come out. Lucas made changes to all three films in the second Star Wars trilogy, but the two most noticeable changes were one where Greedo is made to shoot first in the cantina, and then Han Solo fires back. Originally Solo fires first. The second one involves Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt. For a more complete list of changes made to the trilogy, go to Star Wars' Special Edition Annotations. Now, Steven Spielberg made changes to E.T.: The Estreterrestrial (turning guns into walkie-talkies and "terrorists" to "hippies"), and those can be found here. Now, the fact that Matt and Trey took note of these things doesn't let them off the hook. Most Saturdays, when new episodes reair, you'll see a different, cleaned-up version of the previous Wednesday's episode.
Films as pieces of art - The boys have a point. Filmmaking is an art, much like painting, music, sculpture, and architecture. But painting and scuplture are not xerographic, whereas music is. You can record music and play it back most anywhere, and any recordable thing is also editable. You can also record TV programs and films and play them back most anywhere. With the power to edit comes the power to make changes that can clear up plot points and scene errors and add scenes that could not be made for the original release (or removed in order to earn a certain rating - censorship). With the power to edit also come the power to add NEW (digitized) scenes and infuriate fans who like the original and see no need for improvements to it in any form. The two side of the argument come together when you consider the Roman Coliseum. It can remain unchanged forever or fall apart (as is the case now), yet new Coliseums could be built that look like the original, but with upgrades and improvements, much as new versions of a film can be made from the original, but with upgrades and improvements. There may come a time when people make pilgrimages to see the original version of a film (well, they do so now, in a few places), much as they make pilgrimages to the Coliseum. Here's some fan reaction to the episode from Ain't it Cool News
When Ted Koppel faces the boys (with his back to the camera) the part moves from the right side to the left (which is to say, they forgot to move the part with the rest of the head.).
CSLB (actually, CSULB) stands for Cal State Long Beach. Steven Spielberg went there to pursue a BA in film back in 1965, but dropped out in 1969 to focus on film-making. He returned to CSULB (who knows how long ago) to finish up the degree. He graduated with his BA on May 31, 2002. More info here.
Francis Ford Coppola seems to be the third man. George Lucas started his film career under Coppola's tutelage.
When Tweeks dad and Cartman enter Tweeks room they enter from screen right which is where Tweeks window should be. (Gnomes and Child Abduction Is Not Funny) Unless he moved his bed for a bit and then put it back! ;) Matt and Trey must have derived the "cool island costumes" from the ones they wore during the "Malakalaka Balance Board of Trust" scene in BASEketball.