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Intervention is a real-world TV Reality show, on A&E, that deals with people suffering from addiction and substance abuse.
One of the special needs kids (the one with the pink hat) made a cameo appearance during Cartman's montage in Up The Down Steroid.
When Towelie is huffing computer cleaner, this is a parody of an actual episode of Intervention featuring Allison who is addicted to huffing computer duster. She as well sings "I'm walking on Sunshine!" while huffing.
The idea of a Towelie intervention episode involving the boys dates back to around Season 10. The South Park staff had even begun work on such an episode, but it took a different turn and ended up becoming "A Million Little Fibers", according to that episode's DVD commentary.
"Are you Ready for the Summer" is a song made famous by the film "Meatballs". The song since then been used as a theme song for many camps and has appeared in other shows such as "Family Guy".
The competition between the blue and red teams, along with the fact the 'villain' team uses assorted over-the-top schemes that backfire, is very similar to the Hannah Barbara Laff-A-Lympics series.
Jimmy was shown to stand easily on a surfboard and play his ukulele during the talent show, without the use of his crutches, yet in "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes" he has trouble using his arms, and in all episodes he appears in he requires crutches.
Many of the crippled children are based on famous cartoon characters including Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Droopy Dog, Pete Puma, Beaky Buzzard, and Rocky and Mugsy. This as well has having some of their disabilities, such as the one that looks like Elmer Fudd's pronunciation of R as W.
In one of the Intervention-style text transitions, Towelie's name is mistakenly spelled "Towlie.", yet he spells his own name as 'Towelyey' in this episode. Other texts in the episode as well as the official site still call him 'Towelie.' Also in a Million Little Fibers he spells it "Toweleeeie." He probably misspells it because he is high.
The joke with Nathan playing the note that sets off an explosive is a tribute to the Bugs Bunny cartoons, Ballot Box Bunny and Show Biz Bugs. In both cartoons, the antagonist (Yosmite Sam in the first and Daffy Duck in the second) booby-trapped an instrument that when Bugs would play a certain note would set off some boobytrapped dynamite inside. However, Bugs continually messed up to the point where the antagonist, frustrated, goes to show him how its done, thus playing the booby-trapped note and having his plan backfire on him.
In the first UK broadcasting of the episode on Comedy Central the scene with Nathan venturing onto the Tardicacca Indian's land was for unknown reasons, cut out (possibly an error). In all later broadcasts of the episode in the UK the scene was left in.
Kelly Pinkerton Tinfurter can be seen in the crowd of handicapped campers watching the talent show.
One of the Handicapped Kids. the one who says, " AAAIIIEE ", bears similarities to Cartman's fake retard persona; both say simliar sounding noise after sentences, and both have similar speech patterns.
This will be the second episode in which Jimmy and Timmy are seen demonstrating their athletic prowess. The first time occurred in "Up The Down Steroid".
Nathan, the boy who offered Jimmy the steroids in "Up The Down Steroid" makes his second appearance in this episode as a lead character.
Cartman attempted to deliver a hate-speech against the Jewish people once before in "Le Petit Tourette", using his fake Tourettes Syndrome as his vehicle to get on Dateline. However, he failed to do so, due to his Tourettes becoming real, and causing him to reveal personal secrets and truths.
Cartman has once before attempted to organize the masses formally against the Jewish people in the episode, Passion of the Jew. His plot failed that time however, due to his followers discovering that Mel Gibson was completely insane.
Clyde Donovan is shown to be at Towelie's intervention, but he has no lines, nor any prior interaction with Towelie.
Butters claims a deep friendship with Towelie, but has never interacted with him onscreen before this episode.
In the opening statements of Towelie's drug abuse, it states he started smoking pot 9 years ago. Towelie was introduced into the South Park series 9 years ago, in the episode Towelie. In addition, all of the main children of the series are 9, but South Park characters don't age (not physically).
Jimmy and Timmy were in the Crips, who's color is blue, and the rival team is red, the color of the bloods, these gangs are rivals in real life.
On the blackboard for the events of the camp competition, the events are listed in this order: Swimming, Archery, Scavenger Hunt, 50 Yard Dash, 3 Legged Race, Bear Hunting, Basketball, Surfing, Canoe, and Talent Show and yet when the scores are posted, the canoe score is empty even though it was first event.
In one of the text transitions it stated that the 3 legged race was one of the blue team's best events, However, on the blackboard, it shows that they lost to the red team in that event. It is possible that The Red Team was simply lucky enough to beat The Blue Team.
Jimmy is shown being able to surf in this episode, even though his legs don't function properly. He was also showed standing without crutches in the singing contest.
Jimmy is able to sing without stuttering in this episode, even though in previous episodes, like where he sings the 12 Days of Christmas, he has a terrible problem with stuttering while singing. Jimmy could have possibly just gotten better control over his stuttering.
When The Elmer Fudd Kid yells, " YEAH!!! ", his voice changes from an Elmer Fudd sounding one to a normal childs.