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  • This episode satires the difficulty the writers were having with coming up with ideas for the episode, especially due to the struggles with trying to make their film, Team America: World Police, and South Park at the same time.
    • Indeed, the ending of this episode mirrors the frustration that Matt and Trey experienced while also working on Team America. By contract, they had only one week to complete an episode.
    • The Student Conference Room looks similar to the writers' room of South Park Studios from inside.
  • Neither Stan or Kyle wear their trademark hats at any point during this episode; Cartman only wears his in a flashback.
  • Whistlin' Willy's was formerly known as Crust E. Krotch's in the episode "Child Abduction is Not Funny".
  • This is one of the few episodes Kyle and Stan call Cartman by his first name, yet Cartman pronounced it "Ric". Possibly, he wanted to use a cool sounding or professional reporter name in the news show.
  • During the report on cough syrup abuse, they show Middle Park Elementary. Their mascot appears to be a dog. It last appeared in "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride".
  • Matt Stone's dog Mr. Yes, and Trey Parker's cat Jake, can both be seen in Close-Up Animals with a Wide-Angle Lens.
  • Craig is recommended for surgical castration in this episode - however, since by "Pandemic" he still has one of the deepest voices in the class, he probably didn't go through with the operation.
  • In this episode, Craig's voice is somewhat higher pitched and less nasaly than usual.

References to Popular Culture

  • The boys struggle to compete with Craig's show is a satire of major news networks and the tactics they employ for better ratings. Kyle and Token's suggestion that they make reports about how dangerous it is to be alive is an example of sensationalism. Another example is Butters' idea to "lie about celebrities", which parodies tabloids.
  • The appearance of the boys as newscasters is a parody of 1970s-1980s newscasters, who were famous for big poofy hairstyles. It may also be a reference to the Will Ferrell film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
  • Cough syrup is really used as a recreational drug, especially in the united States. The slang term for it is "Purple drank".
  • During the boys' cough syrup trip the tune of 'Lucky Ganesh' shop from Postal can be heard in the background.
  • The cough syrup news report is made to look similar to the news reports done by Nightline and 20/20.
  • A parody of "Yakety-Sax", the theme from The Benny Hill Show, is played during Animals Close-Up With a Wide-Angle Lens Wearing Hats.
  • When Cartman tells Token to change his TV persona because people only like to see African Americans on TV and not hear them is a reference to music in the 50's. Record companies tried to hide the fact that their artists were African American because people liked hearing them on radio, but probably wouldn't listen to them if they knew they were African American due to the racism back then. Also, record companies tried to get white singers who sounded African American, with Elvis being a popular example of such. 
  • Butters mentions that he might have seen actress Sigourney Weaver, but then mistakes her for a dead horse.
  • When the news team tells Mr. Meryl that they did their best, he replies "Well I guess your best wasn't good enough" to the tune of Quincy Jones' 1981 hit Just Once.


  • The Raisins girls are seen again in Stan's news report - he has evidently gotten over Wendy since the episode "Raisins" since he says "If I were a little older, I would be aroused."
  • Cartman's rivalry with Craig is reinforced in this episode.
  • When the boys' news team is coming up with ideas for their show, a City Wok container can be seen.
  • When the Sexy Action School News is trying to come up with new ideas Crab People are mentioned. This was a last minute idea used in "South Park is Gay!" a year earlier.
  • Until "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset", Wendy was absent, so Bebe was on her own for a while.


  • At Whistlin' Willy's, Kevin Stoley is seen both sitting at the table and also standing behind Stan. This duplicate is also seen in the following scene.
  • When Kyle does the report on the girls' basketball team, he talks about how they had to forfeit their last game and haven't won one at all. However, Cartman makes the error of saying they had been on a 6-0 slide instead of 0-6 slide.
  • At Middle Park Elementary, a girl can be seen walking off screen to the left to reappear on the upper floor on the other side of the screen 1-3 seconds later.
  • When the children are shown from behind watching Close-Up Animals with a Wide-Angle Lens at Whistlin' Willy's, there are two girls who look like Millie briefly shown standing in the crowd.

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