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The character of the Jakovasaurus is a reference to fan reactions to the character Jar Jar Binks, a comic relief character inserted into George Lucas' Star Wars prequel Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The character was widely panned for being annoying, racially stereotyped and out of place in the series. Trey and Matt mentioned that after seeing the character in a trailer for Episode I, they said, "people are going to hate that thing."
At the beginning of the episode, Cartman is singing a typical form of the blues on a blues harmonica.
Ned and Jimbo are watching the House Shopping Network, a parody of the Home Shopping Network a 24 hour television network that caters to selling items live on TV which viewers can call in and order.
The government agents interested in the Jakovasaur is the Department of Interior, which prior to 9/11 was the name of the government agency that dealt with policing, national security and immigration. During the administration of George W. Bush in the early 21st century the department was absorbed into the newly formed Department of Homeland Security.
The Jakovasaur's name is Joon-Joon, which of course is a parody of Jar-Jar Bink's name.
According to the House Shopping Network, the samurai sword they are selling was once used by ancient Tokugawa samurai. The Tokugawa shogunate was a feudal regime in Japan that ruled from 1603-1868.
Jakov, Randy, Mr. Mackey, Mr. Garrison Gerald, Stuart and Chef are watching a football game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers. Here are some references:
Bubby Brister is playing for the Broncos. Walter Andrew "Bubby" Brister, III played for the Broncos from 1997-1999.
Terrell Davis played for the Bronco's from 1995 until he retired in 2002 due to injuries he sustained while playing with the Broncos.
Randy and Gerald suggests that the Jakov go to Fairplay a town four miles away because they sell better pretzels. Fairplay is an actual town located in Park County, it was established 1859. Fairplay is the town that provided inspiration for South Park.
According to Mr. Garrison, American rock 'n' roll legend Chubby Checker was a member of the British pop music icons The Beatles who left the group in 1972. In reality, Checker was never a member of The Beatles (obviously) and the group actually broke up in 1970 due to many creative and personal issues.
The people of South Park want to send the Jakovasaurs to Memphis, Tennessee a place that is populated with people just as annoying as they are.
Jakov refers to Memphis as the Promised Land. This is a biblical reference.
The Jakovasaurs get their own sitcom on Comedy Central. Comedy Central is, of course, the network that airs South Park. The Jakovasaurs is a parody of many sit-com spin offs such as The Jeffersons, which was popular means of creating new programs during the 1960s and 70's. Cartman's "role" on the Jakovasaurs is a reference to how occasionally characters from the originating series would make random and brief appearances on the series in order to lure viewers to a new series based on familiarity.
Jakov makes a joke about MTV having played a music video by someone other than Will Smith. MTV used to play nothing but music videos until the early 2000s, when the network began focusing on more reality based television and less on music videos. Will Smith is an actor and hip-hop artist, who got his start calling himself the Fresh Prince. When this episode first aired, Will Smith was becoming popular due to his roles in such films as Independence Day and Men in Black, leading to a resurgence in popularity for his musical career.
The Jakovasaurs are sent to Paris, France where the people there find them funny and liken them to Jerry Lewis. Jerry Lewis was an American comedian best known for his slap-stick comedy wherein he acts like an awkward and clumsy individual. His popularity in France completely baffled American comedy critics.