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This is the first episode that Trey Parker wrote entirely by himself.
While eating at the all-you-can-eat buffet, Kyle Broflovski is seen slicing a ham. This is not normal, as pork is eschewed in Jewish cuisine. However, he could have been cutting it for someone else or it may just have been a deliberate throwaway joke.
Jerry Seinfeld sent a letter to Parker and Stone requesting an offer to voice a character because he used to be a big fan of the show at the time. However, because Trey Parker and Matt Stone tend to give celebrities obscure roles, they offered Seinfeld a non-speaking role to be "Turkey #2". Jerry refused his given character role and decided not to be on the show. This was revealed on Goin' Down to South Park.
This episode is one of the few episodes to be given a PG rating by the BBFC and TV-14 rating by the FCC. Most South Park episodes are rated 15 in the UK and TV-MA in the US.
References to Popular Culture
This episode parodies actress/activist Sally Struthers, best known for her role of Gloria Bunker on the sitcom All in the Family, especially her involvement with charity groups and the irony of her person weight gain when she is trying to champion starving people in third world countries. In real life, Struthers has been involved with Christian Children's Fund and International Correspondence School. It is also said that she was a fan of the show until this episode aired, which she was deeply offended by, despite Matt and Trey not having any personal grudge against her.
The Terrance and Phillip Thanksgiving Special is based on the Pilgrims first arrival in what would become America in November 1620.
Kyle incorrectly believes that Sally Struthers was on the sitcom Full House.
The Teiko digital watches offered by Sally Struthers' charity organization are a parody of Seiko a Japanese watch manufacturer.
The charity is for the starving people of Ethiopia, a country in Africa. Ethiopia, in spite of the fact that it is a quickly developing country, still has a high rate of poverty especially in rural areas.
Cartman calls Stan "Vas deferens", the Vas deferens is a duct in the human penis that allows the flow of urine and semen out of the body.
When Mephesto is showing Chef slides of Turkey DNA, apparently one of the slides is a close-up of Vanessa Redgrave's private parts. She is the matriarch of the Redgrave theater dynasty, and is known for her acting, especially her role in the 1977 film Julia which netted her an Oscar for best actress.
When Cartman is stranded in Ethiopia, he comes across the Red Cross. In reality, the Red Cross is an international humanitarian movement to aid those in need. It was founded in 1863 by Henry Dunant.
The entire battle between the mutant turkeys and the people of South Park is a parody of a scene from the 1995 film Braveheart. One of the turkeys and Chef also satirise Mel Gibson's character William Wallace. Furthermore, Kyle moons the turkeys as the warriors did in the film.
At the end of the episode, Stan and Kyle believe that people on TV are real too. They then believe that Angus MacGyver, the main character from the TV series MacGyver, is a real person.