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- In real-life, Walmart is infamously known for destroying small businesses by having local residents stop shopping at their nearby grocery store and head to Walmart. This resulted in small grocery stores to shut down for business as residents no longer shop in their store. This is what the episode is based on.
- Wall-Mart is a parody of the real Walmart chain of mega shopping stores.
- Kenny does not speak in this episode.
References to Popular Culture
- The title (and some of the plot) comes from the novel Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, the title of which, in turn, comes from a line in Macbeth.
- The bar, in which the boys find the creator of Wall-Mart, is very similar to the Drunken Clam bar from Family Guy.
- Cartman is excited about the 1994 science fiction film Timecop, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme on DVD.
- The "Heart of Wall-Mart" scene is a parody of the Architect scene in The Matrix Reloaded.
- The greeter welcomes Randy to the Wall-Mart with the phrase "All are welcome, all are welcome"; another reference to the same film.
- When Randy first enters Wall-Mart he says "It's beautiful!" This is the same sound clip used by Steven Spielberg in the episode "Free Hat", during the screening of the modified version of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- When the South Park citizens are determining what to do with Wall Mart, Mr. Garrison suggests to burn it down and Chef suggests to freeze it. This is a reference to the book and film versions of Stephen King's The Shining; in the novel the Overlook Hotel burns and in the film version it freezes.
- Near the end, when the people find out Wall-Mart's weak point lies in the "heart", Chef says, "Spread the word to other towns" to a military telegraph operator in a parody of the end of Independence Day. A similar scene was in the Season Three episode "Chinpokomon".
- The sound used to display time passing (such as when Jim's drugstore increases in size during the last minute) is the sound used in Heroes of Might and Magic III when a new week starts.
- When assaulting the Wall-Mart, Kenny, Kyle, and Stan are dressed similarly to the Frog Brothers, the amateur vampire hunters in The Lost Boys.
- When Stan, Kyle, and Randy are going through the Wall-Mart with the changing bargains, the MP3s on sale are called iPee3, referencing the iPod. Also the company that makes the MP3 is Okama, which made the Okama Gamesphere seen in the Season Five episode "Towelie".
- The tune Cartman plays on his violin sounds very similar to Papa, Can You Hear Me? from Yentl.
- This is one of the many bets that Cartman wins where it was unlikely that he would win; e.g. the Leprechaun from "Imaginationland", getting a Platinum Album in "Christian Rock Hard" (though he gained the equivalent in Christian music, a Myrrh album) and "Red Hot Catholic Love".
- One of the grown ups in the Wall-Mart has a "Chinpokomon" doll in her cart.
- A Wall-Mart was previously mentioned as existing in South Park in "Red Man's Greed", well before this episode aired.
- When Randy stares at the Wall-Mart from his bedroom, Sharon Marsh is seen with and without her blindfold when she is in the bed.
- When they see Marvin Marsh as a Wall-Mart greeter, Sheila Broflovski asks Sharon if he is her father, to which Sharon answers yes. Marvin, however, is Randy's biological father, and Sharon's father-in-law. (This may not necessarily be a goof, as it is not uncommon for married couples to refer to their in-laws as "their" parents.)
- When Randy Marsh goes to the Wall-Mart at night, to the left of the old lady someone further behind somehow walks closer. A man in the back was walking to the left, while a woman closer to the door was walking to the right; when the two crossed, the man was over the woman, with only her legs being shown.
- When the boys walk up to the rebuilt Wall-Mart, the 'W' in Wall-Mart is lowered twice between the scenes where they were walking in and walking out.
- In one scene, the boys find Randy has taken a new job at Wall-Mart to take advantage of their employee discount. However, he is using a sticker gun to tag canned items, presumably with date labels. This is ludicrous and is never done in a real Walmart.
- The first Walmart Super Center opened in 1988, however, it is stated in the episode that it opened in 1987. This confusion may come the fact Walmart celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1962-1987 and opened the first super-center in 1988.
- The description of Wall-Mart as a "one-stop shopping where bulk purchases could keep prices incredibly low" is actually a more accurate description of Sam's Club, a warehouse club division of Walmart that charges a discreet yearly membership for shopping mostly general merchandise and grocery—commonly in bulk—though they also carry some seasonal items.