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  • For this episode, the show has been renamed to "The Scott Malkinson Show" with an all new opening.
  • When the goth kid Pete is talking to Sophie, she mentions Scottsdale, Arizona. The Goth Kids previously sent Mike Makowski to Scottsdale in an attempt to get rid of the vampires in "The Ungroundable".
  • Cartman watches The Queef Sisters even though he was disgusted by it in "Eat, Pray, Queef".
  • M Burgers is shown when Clark decides to order food on the way to the Stotch residence, but the employee states that it is McDonald's.
  • The Get Cable Company from "Informative Murder Porn" is now renamed Park County Cable, but still retains the logo. Though it's likely a reference to how Time Warner Cable became Charter Spectrum in 2016.
  • One of the main topics of this episode is consumers shifting away from cable service providers and using streaming services instead, due to costs, being able to choose which content they want and watch it whenever they want and unique content, as well as not having to rely on poor customer service and long delays from the cable company.[1][2][3]
  • It was revealed in this episode that the Terrance and Phillip Show has 23 Seasons, which is exactly the same number of Seasons that South Park has. It is also revealed that The Queef Sisters has 10 seasons, which is exactly how many seasons it's existed in South Park (It first debuted in Season 13).
  • The Blacks' family made a speaking role after they appeared in the audience in "Shots!!!".
  • The Crab People make a brief appearance with their own show and, not counting any of the games, this is their first physical appearance since their debut in "South Park is Gay!"
  • At the end of the episode, a phone number is shown with the caption "Streaming Rights Available Now! Call Trey". The number is a real phone number from Fairplay, Colorado that leads to a recorded message by Trey Parker. Though it has also lead to misdialed prank calls with the South Park Twitter account later reminding fans to call the correct number.[4]
  • "Ploos" as in Canada+ (ploos) is a pronunciation of the word "plus" in French.
  • Scott Malkinson and Cartman's conversations were different from the aired version compared to the one on South Park Studios' YouTube video. Presumably done to avoid spoilers before the airing of the episode.

References to Popular Culture

  • Disney+ web series, The Mandalorian is mentioned throughout the episode.
    • At one point, Sophie compares it to being the best in the Star Wars franchise since The Empire Strikes Back.
    • An image of Baby Yoda is shown when Scott and Sophie begin watching the show.
  • "Marry Me" by Jason Derulo can be heard when Sophie tells the class about her diabetes.
  • "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby can be heard inside the cable van driven by Scott's dad.
  • Streaming services Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, HBO Max and Apple TV+ are mentioned throughout the episode. The Disney+ logo was parodied by the Canada+ (ploos) channel.
    • HBO Max obtained the rights to stream all 23 seasons of South Park on their platform from Hulu on June 24, 2020, for $500 million.
  • When Clark is arguing to Stephen about "Assholes in Hollywood making little niche programs for everybody" is a reference to how Hollywood were relying on streaming services for the original shows than on cable television since the mid-2010s such as House of Cards on Netflix.
  • The opening intro and music is a parody of the opening in many of the early James Bond films, as well as the opening for the anime series, Cowboy Bebop.
  • Sophie Gray may be a reference to the Marvel Comics character Jean Grey as well as actress Sophie Turner who portrayed the character in the films, X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix. Later in the episode, Scott wields syringes in a fashion similar to Wolverine's claws and has pie filling smeared on his face similar to Wolverine's facial hair style. Those characters have romantic interest in one another in the Marvel universe.
  • At the Royal Cinema that two of the cable company employees visit, posters for Doctor Sleep and Ford v Ferrari can be seen near the concession stand.
    • Other films shown on the timetable possibly include: Joker, Frozen 2 and The Good Liar
  • On the Disney+ homepage, the recommended section features real Disney films:
    • Frozen
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • The Mandalorian
    • Peter Pan
    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Real life retail pharmacy Walgreens is shown when Dave decides to get his cholesterol checked instead of picking up supplies at the electronics store.
  • Actress Becca Scott confirmed on Twitter that she played Sophie Gray in this episode. She was previously name dropped in the song during the match between Heather Swanson and the Board Girls in "Board Girls", as she is the host of the YouTube board game show, Geek and Sundry.[5]



  • In the scene where Clark and his co-workers are vandalizing cable lines, Clark calls one of his colleagues "Dave," however he had called Michael when he was meeting with them. The real Dave was not present in this scene.
  • On the M Burgers menu, the items "Fries", "Extra Mega Fries" and "Super Mega Fries" are all labeled at the same price of $2.99, while other items such as "Burger" and "Cheeseburger" are also labeled at the same price of $3.99.


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