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Whenever this episode reruns, most of its background music is missing for unknown reasons. The original version of the episode as it originally aired in 2001 with all background music can only be found on the Fifth Season DVD boxset.
This is the first episode with Butters' name in the title.
Although Stephen Stotch demonstrates obvious homosexual tendencies in this episode, having had several sexual encounters, he is horrified by the possibility that Butters might be bi-curious in the later episode, "Cartman Sucks". However at the end of that episode, he admits to being a little bi-curious as well, implying that he has not fully gotten over his time of man-on-man sex.
While in the bath house, looking behind doors for his father, Butters hears Mr. Garrison, albeit it is unclear that he recognizes him.
This is the first appearance of Mr. Slave, although we see only part of his body. After Butters leaves the sauna where Mr. Garrison is, he opens a room with two guys, one of which is Mr. Slave, quite recognizable by his characteristic voice.
During Stephen Stotch's confession, he goes off on a tangent which involves yelling "murderer" and "liar" while the camera pans over O.J. Simpson, the Ramseys, and Senator Gary Condit. A similar gag was employed during Jimmy's lesson speech at the end of "Up the Down Steroid".
Matt Stone and Trey Parker admitted that they actually felt bad and regretted the way they parodied Gary Condit and the Ramseys. It is unknown if they felt bad about parodying O.J. though.
Stan questions "Butters was missing?" when Stephen and Linda are making an announcement. This suggests that the boys don't even care about him, which is later on confirmed in season 15 episode "The Last of the Meheecans", where none of the boys are aware of Butters getting lost.
This is the first episode to directly focus on Butters.
References to Popular Culture
Caricatures of John and Patricia Ramsey appear in the episode. They were indicted by a jury in Boulder, Colorado in 1999. In 2013, those files were made public for the first time. They were officially exonerated of their daughter's murder by DNA in July 2008. The real killer has never been identified.
Gary Condit was a United States Congressman accused of murdering an intern (with whom he admitted to having an affair with) in 2001. He was exonerated of the murder of Chandra Levy in 2009 after another person was indicted for the death of Condit's intern. The person was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
O.J. Simpson was a former actor/athlete was tried and found not guilty of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. He was later sued by the Brown and Goldman families for their wrongful death and was awarded $40 million in damages. Although there are many theories, the case remains unsolved.
After finding out about her husband's activities, Linda is now extremely delusional, painting over the family portrait with green paint. Butters asks her if he should try to find out more about the present, to which she brushes paint on Butters' face. This scene is very similar to the 1999 movie The Rage: Carrie 2 opening scene where Rachel's schizophrenic mother Barbara is painting the living room to protect her and paints her daughter's face in the same manner.
The scene at the restaurant, where Simpson, the Ramseys, and Condit start chanting, "One of us! One of us! Gooble gobble! Gooble gobble!", is a homage to the famous scene in the 1932 horror film, Freaks.
The events of the episode parallel the well-publicized 1994 case of Susan Smith, who committed filicide by buckling her sons into their car seats and letting her car roll off a boat ramp and into the lake.
Even though it is stated throughout the episode that a "Puerto Rican" man is responsible for the deaths, Susan Smith actually accused a black man of carjacking her vehicle and kidnapping her sons.
The old man that tells Butters how to walk back to South Park is based on Jud Crandall from Pet Sematary. He appears again in "Asspen" telling the boys about the mountain "K-13", and also in "Marjorine", in which he convinces Mr. Stotch to use an Indian burial ground in an attempt to resurrect Butters who was thought to be dead at the time. He appears in "Insecurity", in which he tells the men of South Park that the UPS man is sleeping with their wives just like the milk man used to, and instructs them to get rid of him. His most recent appearance is in "The Damned " when showing Randy the Memberberries .
When Butters is in the bathroom, the song "It Feels So Good" by Sonique is heard playing.
Butters' parents meet the Ramseys at a buffet named I Am Siam, which is a reference to the Sean Penn / Dakota Fanning film I Am Sam which premiered the same month as this episode. The book Green Eggs and Ham also did feature prominently in the film which is where the title came from.
When Butters stops walking on the creepy road, three laser dots appear on his forehead forming a triangle. This is a reference to Predator, but the creature seen in the woods looked to be Alien.
One of the articles in the newspaper Mr. Stotch is reading states "Towelie Ban Lifted". This is a reference to the comment Towelie made in the episode "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants".
Shortly after Mr. Stotch walks in to find Linda about to kill herself, the picture of their family had paint over Linda and Butters, but after the camera zooms in a little, there is no paint over Butters' face.
When Butters first enters the room due to Stephen inviting him inside to talk about white lies, Butters leaves the door open. But when the shot gets up close to Stephen and Butters climbing up on his lap, the door is suddenly closed.
One of the handful of times, Stephen is called Chris.