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Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson from The Atlantic Paranormal Society(Taps) and Ghost Hunters are called in to investigate. All of which are made to look like complete idiots. Both have stated they loved the parody.
Some of the ghosts that Ike sees or are waiting on the plane in Purgatory are pop-star Michael Jackson, Billy Mays (who is advertising various products), Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson, Dom DeLuise, Ted Kennedy, John Hughes, Walter Cronkite, Ed McMahon, Adam Goldstein (DJ AM), Arturo Gatti, Bea Arthur, Steve McNair, Ricardo Montalbán, David Carradine, Les Paul, and Oscar G. Mayer, Jr.. Most of the aforementioned deaths have occurred within 2009 alone, a trend that has alarmed the media.
Most of the products Mays pitches are fake, with the exception of The Big City Slider Station and Mighty Mend-It.
The episode also refers to The Sixth Sense when Ike tells his therapist that he sees dead celebrities, reminiscent of the quotation, "I see dead people."
The episode features a spiritual medium reminiscent of Tangina Barrons from the film Poltergeist. Ironically she died within a year of the episode airing.
The episode parodies the movie Little Miss Sunshine and the show, Toddlers & Tiaras, with the children's pageant.
The psychic from the hospital is a reference to actress Zelda Rubinstein who acted the eccentric psychic in Steven Spielberg's movie Poltergeist.
Cartman calls Michael Jackson stupid, despite him being friends with him in, The Jeffersons; this is forgivable as Jackson was being a hindrance to Cartman.
This is Michael Jacksons second episode in which appears; the first was The Jeffersons.
One of the beauty pageant contestans resembles Estella from the episode Pip.
Most of this episode is uncensored on South Park Studios but near the end of this episode when Ike says "What the fuck am I wearing? " "Kyle, what the fuck is going on?" and "HOLY SHIT" it is censored
In the episode "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy" there was no trace of a closet in Ike's room. It's possible that that Kyle's house was destroyed in "Pandemic" or "Pandemic 2: The Startling" by guinea pigs forcing them to rebuild. This could be the reason because they decided to add in the closet. Of course, the houses in South Park are constantly being upgraded over time (e.g. Stan Marsh's kitchen is more modern in Season 14 than it was in Season 1).
When Billy Mays is trying to sell his products in purgatory he's seated next to Kennedy and Richardson, and behind some unknown people with no lines. 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 seen.
In a deleted scene, viewable on the Season 13 DVD and Blu-ray, where the boys and Michael Jackson were in Forest Lawn Glendale Cemetery, the tombstone actually shows Michael Jackson died on July 25th, which Michael Jackson really died on June 25th.
The male doctor says that he'll let Doctor Phillips take care of it, but the woman's tag says Dr. Tangina.
When Ike is announced winner of the pageant, a hidden Visitor wearing a wig and makeup is visable in the last row of the theatre.