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Cartman states that Jews, Mexicans and Gingers are not allowed in his pirate club, and even kicks one ginger boy out; however, he allows Ike to be in, possibly because he was adopted, originally being from Canada.
It is revealed that Kevin's last name is Stoley; thus, he is no longer identified as "Kevin C." This name was previously used in "Fishsticks", but not in direct reference to Kevin.
A new kindergarten teacher is shown. She has brown hair, wears a long purple skirt and a yellow top.
A kid with black curvy hair, a red top and brown shoes replaces Eric Cartman in the classroom.
Cartman's catchphrase in this episode is "The fuck?", said whenever he's shocked or angry.
The title of the episode is an obvious reference to the famous pirate, Blackbeard.
Kenny is seen briefly in the background in Mr. Garrison's class and that's his only appearance in this episode.
References to Popular Culture
The theme of the episode comes from the contemporary media attention placed on pirate attacks in Somalia.
The French schooner crew members are portrayed as pretentious cowards, an American and British stereotype of the French based on their surrender during World War II. This was previously referenced in "Make Love, Not Warcraft".
The scene which shows the boys traveling to Mogadishu is a parody and reference to the classic "traveling" scene in all four Indiana Jones movies.
The pirates theme sounds similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme.
The box of ammo in the pirates quarters is .303 ball, this is only used in the British Lee-Enfield rifle.
Les Misérables, a play that Matt Stone and Trey Parker are fans of and inspired several songs in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, 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, especially in tabloid newspapers like The Sun and the Daily Mirror.
When they decide to become pirates, Ike can be seen to be wearing the same outfit Jack Sparrow did in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Many times throughout the episode, Cartman can be heard imitating Robert Newton, who played Long John Silver in the film Treasure Island.
The end of the episode, where the Navy snipers shoot and kill the pirates near Cartman is reference to the Navy SEAL snipers killing the pirates who were holding Captain Phillips of the MV Maersk Alabama hostage on a life boat.