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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".
  • 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 could not 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.
    • Alternately, 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. This type of mask is commonly associated with 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 sees 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 cannot 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 has filed for divorce from The Terminator; 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 could not 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 continues the ambigious nature of the characters Cartman creates. Like Mitch Conner and Hennifer Lopez, the stuffed animals appear to take actions independently, but Cartman's friends behave as if he is always controlling them. It remains intentionally unclear whether the show is engaging in magical realism, Cartman has split personalities, or is simply deeply involved in his own world of pretend.
  • 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 of the season with a theme of "growing up". In "Crack Baby Athletic Association", the boys are told Slash is just a story for children and stop believing in him. In "You're Getting Old", Stan becomes cynical and loses interest in things he used to love. In "Ass Burgers", Stan comes to terms with the changes getting older brings, but is then thrust back into his regular routine. In this episode, Cartman kills all of his stuffed animals after realizing that he needs to grow up.


  • 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.
  • In the scene where Cartman finds Muscleman Marc boiled alive, there is lighting and thunder, even though the weather is clear outside.
  • 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 is unknown why Timmy was put into gym class with the other kids since he would not 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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