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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*According to this episode, [[Stan Marsh]] apparently has a stronger digestive system than [[Eric Cartman]], or as Cartman puts it "a golden rectum of the Gods."
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* According to this episode, [[Stan Marsh|Stan]] apparently has a stronger digestive system than [[Eric Cartman|Cartman]], or as Cartman puts it, a "golden rectum of the Gods".
==Cultural References==
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* While waiting at the Denver's Hospital for Children, [[Kenny]] is seen reading a Coco magazine.
*Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson from The Atlantic Paranormal Society(Taps) featured in the TV show [[Ghost Hunters]], are called in to investigate. All of which are made to look like complete idiots. Both have stated they loved the parody.
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* Cartman said that they still show Billy Mays' commercials. Mays' commercials actually continued to air after his death, including two new commercials he filmed shortly before his death. His commercials as well as his show, ''[[wikipedia:Pitchmen|Pitchmen]]'' were eventually taken over by his friend and co worker, [[wikipedia:Anthony_Sullivan_(pitchman)|Anthony Sullivan]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2009-jul-10-fi-mays10-story.html|title=Billy Mays pitches from beyond the grave|publisher=Los Angeles Times}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/03/30/pitchmen/index.html|title=Sales tips from the new Billy Mays|publisher=CNN}}</ref>
*Cartman made several references to the real restaurant [[Chipotle Mexican Grill]].
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* Billy Mays' son, Billy Mays III, has said that he is a huge fan of ''South Park'' and was proud of the portrayal of his father in this episode, finding it tasteful and funny. <ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1blpan/i_am_billy_mays_iii_only_son_of_billy_mays_also/c97sn2b/?context=5l|title=I am Billy Mays III, only son of Billy Mays. (Also known as Infinite Third) Ask Me Anything.|publisher=Reddit}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.tmz.com/2009/10/09/billy-mays-south-park-billy-mays-iii-mj-morning-show-audio/|title=Billy Mays' Son: South Park Did My Family Proud|publisher=TMZ}}</ref>
*Most of the products [[Billy Mays]] pitches are fake, with the exception of ''The Big City Slider Station'' and ''Mighty Mend-It''.
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*When Ike tells his therapist that he "Sees dead celebrities" he paraphrases the famous quote "I see dead people" from [[M. Night Shyamalan]]'s movie ''The Sixth Sense''.
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==References to Popular Culture==
*The episode parodies the movie ''Little Miss Sunshine'' and the show, ''Toddlers & Tiaras'', with the children's pageant.
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* [[wikipedia:Jason_Hawes|Jason Hawes]] and Grant Wilson from [[wikipedia:The_Atlantic_Paranormal_Society|The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS)]] featured in ''[[Ghost Hunters]]'' are called in to investigate. Both have stated that they loved the parody.
*The psychic from the hospital is a reference to actress Zelda Rubinstein, who acted as the eccentric psychic Tangina Barrons in [[Steven Spielberg]] and Tobe Hooper's movie ''Poltergeist''. Ironically she died within a year of the episode airing.
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* [[Eric Cartman|Cartman]] makes several references to [[wikipedia:Chipotle Mexican Grill|Chipotle Mexican Grill]], an American fast food restaurant specializing in Mexican cuisine.
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* Most of the products [[Billy Mays]] pitches are fictional, with the exception of ''The Big City Slider Station'' and ''Mighty Mend-It''.
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* When [[Ike Broflovski|Ike]] tells his therapist that he "sees dead celebrities" he paraphrases the famous quote "I see dead people" from [[M. Night Shyamalan]]'s film ''[[wikipedia:The Sixth Sense|The Sixth Sense]]''.
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* The episode parodies the film ''[[wikipedia:Little Miss Sunshine|Little Miss Sunshine]]'' and the show ''[[wikipedia:Toddlers & Tiaras|Toddlers &amp; Tiaras]]'', with the children's pageant.
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* The psychic from the hospital is a reference to actress [[wikipedia:Zelda_Rubinstein|Zelda Rubinstein]], who acted as the eccentric psychic Tangina Barrons in the in 1982 supernatural film, ''[[Wikipedia:Poltergeist_(1982_film)|Poltergeist]]''. This role was previously referenced in "[[With Apologies to Jesse Jackson]]."
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**Although she is introduced as Dr. Philips, her badge clearly reads "Dr. Tangina" in reference to her character from the film.
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* Dr. Philips description of purgatory--and the fact that purgatory really "is" an indefinite stay on an on-runway airplane--bears a striking resemblance to [[wikipedia:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (radio series)|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]], [[wikipedia:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Primary and Secondary Phases|The Secondary Phase]] (copied in the second book, [[wikipedia:The Restaurant at the End of the Universe|The Restaurant at the End of the Universe]]) when one of the lead characters comes across a seemingly abandoned spaceport on a practically dead planet, with one functioning aircraft that kept its passengers in stasis, its robot flight attendants waking them up once a year to feed them, despite their restraints, and then put them back to sleep, while they waited indefinitely for their supply of lemon-soaked paper napkins.
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* The song that Michael Jackson sings during the pageant,"[[Just a Little Girl]]" is a parody of his song, "[[wikipedia:You_Are_Not_Alone|You Are Not Alone]]".
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*Some of the celebrity ghosts that Ike sees or are waiting on the plane in Purgatory are listed below:
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**Adam Michael Goldstein aka DJ AM - Musician [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_AM#Death (March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009)]
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**Arturo Gatti - boxer [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arturo_Gatti#Death (April 15, 1972 – July 11, 2009)]
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**Bea Arthur - actress [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea_Arthur#Death_and_legacy (May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009)]
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**[[Billy Mays]] - TV pitchman [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Mays#Death (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009)]
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**David Carradine - actor [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Carradine#Death (December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009)]
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**Dom DeLuise - actor and celebrity chef [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom_DeLuise#Death (August 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009)]
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**Ed McMahon - TV game show host [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_McMahon#Death (March 6, 1923 – June 23, 2009)]
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**[[Farrah Fawcett]] - actress [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farrah_Fawcett#Death (February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009)]
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**John Hughes - director [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hughes_(filmmaker)#Death (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009)]
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**Les Paul - musician and inventor [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul#Death (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009)]
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**[[Michael Jackson]] - singer [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson#Death_and_memorial (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)]
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**Natasha Richardson - actress [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natasha_Richardson#Injury_and_death (11 May 1963 – 18 March 2009)]
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**Oscar G. Mayer Jr. - businessman [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_G._Mayer_Jr. (March 16, 1914 – July 6, 2009)]
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**Patrick Swayze - actor [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Swayze#Illness_and_death (August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009)]
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**[[Ricardo Montalban]] - actor [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricardo_Montalb%C3%A1n#Death (November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009)]
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**Steve McNair - American NFL Player [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_McNair#Death (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009)]
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**[[Ted Kennedy]] - U.S. Senator [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kennedy#Death (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009)]
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**[[Walter Cronkite]] - TV anchorman, journalist [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Cronkite#Death (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009)]
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==Continuity==
 
==Continuity==
*This is Michael Jacksons second episode. The first was "[[The Jeffersons]]". Despite this, the boys don't seem to recognize him afterwards.
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* [[Dr. Carroll]] from "[[Tonsil Trouble]]" is seen again; this time he works at the Children's Hospital of Denver and is wearing a brown wig.
*Michael's son Blanket is never mentioned in this episode.
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* A fictional version of [[Michael Jackson]] re-named Mr. Jefferson appeared in "[[The Jeffersons]]." Despite them knowing his real identity, the [[The Boys|boys]] do not seem to really recognize him afterwards.
*The scene when Billy Mays talks and the boys tell him to "shut up" references a scene in which the boys say the same thing to Butters in "[[Good Times with Weapons]]".
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** Stan seems to partially recognize his voice, but not precisely.
*One of the beauty pageant contestans resembles [[Estella]] from the episode [[Pip (episode)|Pip]].
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* The scene when [[Billy Mays]] talks and the boys tell him to "shut up" references a scene in which the boys say the same thing to [[Butters Stotch|Butters]] in "[[Good Times with Weapons]]."
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* One of the beauty pageant contestants resembles [[Estella]] from the episode "[[Pip]]."
   
==The Dead Celebrities==
 
Some of the ghosts that Ike sees or are waiting on the plane in Purgatory:
 
*Adam Michael Goldstein aka DJ AM - Musician (March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009).
 
*Arturo Gatti - Canadian athlete in professional boxing (April 15, 1972 – July 11, 2009)
 
*Bea Arthur - American actress (May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009).
 
*[[Billy Mays]] - TV pitchman (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009).
 
*David Carridine - American actor (December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009).
 
*Dom DeLuise - American actor (August 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009).
 
*Ed McMahon - TV game show host (March 6, 1923 – June 23, 2009).
 
*Farrah Fawcett - American actress (February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009).
 
*John Hughes - Movie director (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009).
 
*Les Paul - American musician and inventor (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009).
 
*[[Michael Jackson]] - Singer, dancer (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009).
 
*Natasha Richardson - English actress (11 May 1963 – 18 March 2009).
 
*Oscar G. Mayer Jr. - American businessman (March 16, 1914 – July 6, 2009).
 
*Patrick Swayze - American actor August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009).
 
*Ricardo Montalbán - Mexican-American actor (November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009).
 
*Steve McNair - American football athlete (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009).
 
*Ted Kennedy - United States Senator (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009).
 
*[[Walter Cronkite]] - TV anchorman, journalist (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009).
 
The aforementioned deaths have occurred within 2009 alone, a trend that has alarmed the media.
 
 
==Goofs==
 
==Goofs==
* When Billy Mays is trying to sell his products in purgatory, he's seated next to Kennedy and Richardson and behind some background characters. At the end when they land in hell, he's seated next to someone else. At the part where all the celebrities yell he is not present.
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* When [[Billy Mays]] is trying to sell his products in Purgatory, he is seated next to Kennedy and Richardson and behind some background characters. At the end, when they land in [[Hell]], he is seated next to someone else. At the part where all the celebrities yell, Mays is no longer present.
* In the scene where Cartman shows them Billy Mays selling a product for cleaning blood stains out of underwear, they start out in Cartman's house when they go to the TV. However, when they go back to see the boys' reaction to the commerical, they are in Kyle's house.
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* In the scene where [[Eric Cartman|Cartman]] shows them Mays selling a product for cleaning blood stains out of underwear, they start out in Cartman's house when they go to the TV. However, when they go back to see the boys' reaction to the commercial, they are in [[Kyle Broflovski|Kyle]]'s house.
* In a deleted scene, viewable on the Season 13 DVD and Blu-ray, where the boys and Michael Jackson were in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, the tombstone actually shows Michael Jackson died on July 25th, when Michael Jackson really died on June 25th.
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* In a deleted scene, viewable on the Season 13 DVD and Blu-ray, where the boys and Michael Jackson (in [[Ike Broflovski|Ike]]'s body) were in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, the tombstone shows a death date of 25 July - Jackson actually died on 25 June. However, many people believed this to be a clue that Jackson is alive.
* The male doctor says that he'll let Doctor Phillips take care of it, but the woman's tag says Dr. Tangina.
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* The male doctor says he will let Dr. Phillips take care of it, but the woman's tag says, "Dr. Tangina."
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* At the end when Michael Jackson gets on the plane Patrick Swayze can be seen seated on the far left. He disappears and reappears between subsequent shots.
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==Hidden Visitors==
 
==Hidden Visitors==
* When Ike is announced winner of the pageant, a hidden [[Visitor]] wearing a wig and makeup is visable in the last row of the theater.
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* When [[Ike Broflovski|Ike]] is announced winner of the pageant, a hidden [[Visitor]] wearing a wig and makeup is visible in the last row of the theater.
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Trivia

  • According to this episode, Stan apparently has a stronger digestive system than Cartman, or as Cartman puts it, a "golden rectum of the Gods".
  • While waiting at the Denver's Hospital for Children, Kenny is seen reading a Coco magazine.
  • Cartman said that they still show Billy Mays' commercials. Mays' commercials actually continued to air after his death, including two new commercials he filmed shortly before his death. His commercials as well as his show, Pitchmen were eventually taken over by his friend and co worker, Anthony Sullivan.[1][2]
  • Billy Mays' son, Billy Mays III, has said that he is a huge fan of South Park and was proud of the portrayal of his father in this episode, finding it tasteful and funny. [3][4]

References to Popular Culture

Continuity

  • Dr. Carroll from "Tonsil Trouble" is seen again; this time he works at the Children's Hospital of Denver and is wearing a brown wig.
  • A fictional version of Michael Jackson re-named Mr. Jefferson appeared in "The Jeffersons." Despite them knowing his real identity, the boys do not seem to really recognize him afterwards.
    • Stan seems to partially recognize his voice, but not precisely.
  • The scene when Billy Mays talks and the boys tell him to "shut up" references a scene in which the boys say the same thing to Butters in "Good Times with Weapons."
  • One of the beauty pageant contestants resembles Estella from the episode "Pip."

Goofs

  • When Billy Mays is trying to sell his products in Purgatory, he is seated next to Kennedy and Richardson and behind some background characters. At the end, when they land in Hell, he is seated next to someone else. At the part where all the celebrities yell, Mays is no longer present.
  • In the scene where Cartman shows them Mays selling a product for cleaning blood stains out of underwear, they start out in Cartman's house when they go to the TV. However, when they go back to see the boys' reaction to the commercial, they are in Kyle's house.
  • In a deleted scene, viewable on the Season 13 DVD and Blu-ray, where the boys and Michael Jackson (in Ike's body) were in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, the tombstone shows a death date of 25 July - Jackson actually died on 25 June. However, many people believed this to be a clue that Jackson is alive.
  • The male doctor says he will let Dr. Phillips take care of it, but the woman's tag says, "Dr. Tangina."
  • At the end when Michael Jackson gets on the plane Patrick Swayze can be seen seated on the far left. He disappears and reappears between subsequent shots.

Hidden Visitors

  • When Ike is announced winner of the pageant, a hidden Visitor wearing a wig and makeup is visible in the last row of the theater.

References


  1308: "Dead Celebrities" edit
Story Elements

Ike BroflovskiBilly MaysChipotlawayMichael JacksonPurgatoryGhost Hunters • "Just a Little Girl"

Media

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Release

South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season

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