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Although he was referred to by name whilst off-screen in "Fishsticks", this episode confirms Kevin's last name is Stoley.
Gordon Stoltski, the ginger kid who does the morning announcements, makes an appearance at the pirate meeting. Previously, he was one of Cartman's lieutenants in "Ginger Kids", and was later murdered in "Dances with Smurfs".
With Cartman absent from class, a kid with black wavy hair, a red top, and brown shoes, sits in his usual spot.
Kenny's appearances are notably reduced overall after early seasons and in this episode is only seen briefly in the background of Mr. Garrison's class.
The French schooner crew members are portrayed as pretentious cowards, a common American and British stereotype of the French, based on the country's surrender during World War II. This was also referenced in "Make Love, Not Warcraft".
The box of ammo in the pirates quarters is .303 ball, this is only used for the British Lee-Enfield rifle.
References to Popular Culture
The theme of this episode revolves around the contemporary media attention placed on the pirate attacks in the waters surrounding, and in the country of Somalia.
The episode was also inspired by the hijack of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship by Somalian pirates. According to the audio commentary, the episode was well into production as the hijacking was playing out but was held back in case the captured Captain Richard Phillips was killed. Pinewood Derby, which had been on hold, would instead be finished and aired for that week's slot.
The troop of pirates being killed shot dead by navy snipers with the boys unharmed mimics the climax of the actual incident when, within seconds of the pirates shooting Richard Phillips, the group of pirates that held him on a life boat were all shot dead rapidly and without physical injury to Phillips by Navy SEAL Snipers.
The title of the episode, which refers to Cartman, is a rewording of the name of the infamous English pirate, Blackbeard.
The scene which shows the boys traveling to Mogadishu is a parody and reference to the classic "traveling map" scenes from the Indiana Jones series of films.
The pirates theme played in the episode takes musical cues from the Pirates of the Caribbean theme.
Les Misérables, a play that Matt Stone and Trey Parker are fans of, is referenced when Ike writes: "And if one more person talks to me about Susan Boyle's performance in Les Misérables, I was going to puke my balls out through my mouth."
Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer who became well-known at the time of the episode's airing, for her performance of the song "I Dreamed a Dream", from Les Misérables, on the British talent show Britain's Got Talent.
South Park's reference to Boyle received considerable media coverage in the British press.
When they decide to become pirates, Ike can be seen to be wearing a similar outfit to Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Cartman is wearing a red Pirate Captain's Coat and a Hook Hand, similar to that worn by Captain James Hook from Peter Pan animated film.
Many times throughout the episode, Cartman can be heard imitating Robert Newton's way of speaking, who played Long John Silver in the film Treasure Island.