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  • This episode's title is the shortest in the series, containing only two characters.
    • This is also technically the first episode in alphabetical order, even though its title begins numerically.
  • This episode has a scene that was intended to be in "201", where Cartman's mom interrupts his tea party with his stuffed animals. The scene was copied word for word.
  • Michael Moore  goes to South Park to support Butters and Jimmy, saying he is also the 99%. Due to his weight, he would most likely be among the 1%, like Cartman, had he taken the fitness test.
  • This episode introduces a new toy of Cartman's called Muscleman Marc, who is boiled "alive".
  • When Cartman is searching for Clyde Frog, he goes through his closet. A jacket and hat exactly like the ones he is wearing can be seen. This shows that Cartman has extra sets of the same clothing he wears everyday.
  • Stan, Kyle, and Kenny show they care for Cartman by keeping a look out for the fifth grade boys. This care was last shown in "Manbearpig".
  • In the scene where Cartman finds Muscleman Marc boiled alive, there is lighting and thunder, even though the weather is clear outside.
  • Polly Prissypants appears to demonstrate the same kind of autonomy Mr. Hat once did, as Cartman left his stuffed toys on Token's bed when he goes outside, only to find them "murdered" when he returns. As he was outside, he couldn't have physically done this.
  • In the creator's commentary, Trey Parker and Matt Stone mention that the original premise for the episode was that Cartman had a heart attack at school due to his poor health and it affects the remaining 99% of students.

References to Popular Culture

  • The episode is a parody of the Occupy movement, specifically
    • The slogan "We are the 99%".
    • Instead of protesting in front of banks and government buildings, the 99% Club "pickets" the parking lots of restaurant chains Red Robin and Macaroni Grill.
    • Director/activist Michael Moore showing up in South Park and offering support to the protestors, as he was a prominent supporter of the Occupy movement.
  • Cartman's tripping the wire and killing Rumpertumpkin is similar to how a character in the Showtime series Dexter died, when a police officer tripped a wire, killing a woman.
  • The bomb collar could be a reference to the Japanese horror/survival film Battle Royale.
  • Muscleman Marc is a likeness of fashion designer and business entrepreneur Marc Jacobs.
    • In the creator's commentary, Trey and Matt mention the idea for Muscleman Marc came after they found out that Jacobs actually has tattoos of Clyde Frog and Rumpertumskin on his forearms. Jacobs later sent a card to Trey and Matt to thank them, saying he was honored to be parodied in the episode. He also got a tattoo of Muscleman Marc to commemorate his appearance on the show, which they thought was funny.
  • The masked hippie protester is wearing a Guy Fawkes mask from the film and graphic novel V for Vendetta, made famous by its association to the internet activist group Anonymous.
  • Cartman finding Muscleman Marc boiling in a pot is a parody of the scene in Fatal Attraction, in which Michael Douglas' character finds that the same thing had been done to his daughter's pet rabbit.
  • When Peter Panda is dying after being burned, he tells Cartman to "stay cool", this is a parody of the scene in the novel The Outsiders in which Johnny tells Ponyboy to "stay gold".
  • When Cartman's room is raided near the beginning of the episode, one of the first things he searches for is Batman: Arkham City. A portion of the game's front cover can be seen.
  • When Cartman see's Clyde Frog's Corpse, the music playing is similar to a music sample from the horror movie The Shining (1980).
  • This episode contains multiple satirical political statements decrying Barack Obama, irrationally stating how it seems that a black person can't be blamed for anything these days.
  • The majority of Cartman's story symbolizes the German animated film, Felidae, as Cartman struggles to solve the murder of his stuffed animal toys.
  • In the cafeteria, Butters mentions that Skeletor had filed for divorce from The Terminator before Stan points out that he is confusing the He-Man cartoon villain with journalist Maria Shriver and her then husband, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger with the cyborg he played in the Terminator franchise. This is a reference to Shriver filing for divorce in July 2011 from Schwarzenegger after he had an affair with a housekeeper and fathered a child with her.


  • This is the first time we see South Park Elementary's new gym uniform, though Kenny couldn't afford one.
  • This is the first episode to feature the South Park auditorium.
  • This is the third time the students of South Park Elementary gang up on Cartman. The other times they did this were in "Breast Cancer Show Ever" and "The Death of Eric Cartman".
  • This is the first time Clyde Frog has been acknowledged since "Tonsil Trouble".
  • This is the second time Clyde Frog has "died", the first being "Tonsil Trouble".
  • This episode shows that Cartman has split personalities, not unlike Mr. Garrison and Mr. Hat, as his stuffed animals are killed by Polly Prissypants, and even sets fire to his house in order to kill Peter Panda.
    • This is the third episode that deals with split personalities. Previous examples are with Mr. Garrison, Mr. Hat, and Mr. Twig in "Chef Aid", as well as Tuong Lu Kim and his multiple personalities in "City Sushi".
    • Cartman also might have created another personality in Mitch Conner, a character he created by drawing eyes on his hand.
    • Since "magic realism" could be invoked by the writers, it isn't clear whether we are being led astray by unreliable narrators or whether inanimate characters like the toys and puppets are "meant" to be real. The insane characters who have suffered schizoid splits into alters might simply do all the actions, and we are meant to be seeing the episodes from their hallucinatory viewpoint.
  • An Okama GameSphere is seen in Token's room, next to his bed. The Okama Game Sphere was first seen in "Towelie", which was the obsession of Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny.
  • This is the fourth episode this season with a theme of growing up, or changing; the first was in "Crack Baby Athletic Association", where Stan tells the others to grow up, since they still believed in Slash. The next was "You're Getting Old", where Stan becomes cynical, and he loses interest in things he used to love. Following this was "Ass Burgers", where Stan comes to terms with change, but is then thrust back into his regular life. This episode is the fourth, with Cartman killing all of his stuffed animals after being told, and possibly even realizing, that he has to grow up.
  • When Butters and the others are in the cafeteria talking about Skeletor, Stan and Kyle were correct by saying it was a different show with real people and that "Skeletor" was actually a woman. This conversation was a continuation from an earlier episode.


  • At the assembly, there are duplicates of Sally Bands, Filmore Anderson, Quaid, Millie Larsen, and Brimmy in the audience.
  • The police say that the protest has quadrupled in size, then state that there are still only two protesters. Had the protest quadrupled in size as stated, the number of protesters would be eight. However, there were also two more people present; the drum player and the masked dancer. This means that the protest doubled, rather than quadrupled, in size. However, he could be referring to the fact that there were two original protesters.
  • Likewise, when Sergeant Yates asks the other policeman where the protesters are, the policeman says that the protesters were "these two here", when there should have been four protestors at this point.
  • When Cartman becomes paranoid that the children at school are having a 99% rally and are occupying the cafeteria, Craig Tucker momentarily replaces Jimmy on the table.
  • It’s unknown why Timmy was put into gym class with the other kids since he wouldn’t be able to climb the rope.
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Story Elements

Multiple Personality DisorderPresident's Council on Fitness, Sports & NutritionRumpertumskinClyde FrogPolly PrissypantsMuscleman MarcMichael MoorePeter PandaRed Robin


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