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When the boys go into Mr. Jeffersons house a claw grab machine can be seen with a Clyde Frog stuffed animal as one of the prizes. Cartman is then shown playing the game but does not go for the Clyde Frog doll. This supports the integrity of the shows timeline since Clyde Frog had already been shown to be owned by him in previous episodes.
Mr. Jefferson refers to Cartman by his last name rather than calling him Eric as most adult characters do.
In this episode, the cops feel the need to frame and arrest rich black people (simply because of jealousy, according to Gerald Broflovski), but ironically enough, they never arrested Token Black's family.
A Mr. Hankey fountain can be seen in the hallway, when Mr. Jefferson is chasing the boys.
There are several toys inside Blanket's room that are references to "Free Hat", including the Ark of the Covenant, a toy imperial walker, and a stuffed ewok. An alien toy similar to the Tiny Alien is also seen in the room.
When Stan and Kyle are trying to sneak Blanket out from the bathroom window, they express their fear of being caught by Mr. Jefferson. Unbeknownst to them, Mr. Jefferson was already standing there, as a lock of his hair and a part of his left shoulder is seen on the right edge of the screen.
Despite his family being invited for dinner, Butters isn't there with his parents.
This episode is one of the few to feature Kenny's unmuffled voice, when he is taking Blanket's place.
Mr. Jefferson is said to be 50 years old. Michael Jackson was in fact 45 years old when this episode aired. Coincidentally, Jackson died at age 50.
Although Kenny doesn't speak while wearing his parka, he speaks while disguised as Blanket.
References to Popular Culture
Many of the events that take place in this episode make reference to the 2002-03 television documentary Living with Michael Jackson by Martin Bashir, where the journalist interviewed the artist and entrepreneur Michael Jackson during a lapse of eight months about different aspects of his life. Among the highlights that are parodied in the episode are:
A more exposed view of how Jackson's children had to wear masks to hide their identities.
Jackson climbing the "Giving Tree" as if he was a boy and inviting Bashir to do the same.
The whole "Neverland" thematic of his ranch and Jackson saying that he felt like he was Peter Pan, which in the episode is taken to a more literal sense by actually depicting him dressed as the fictional character.
Bashir mentioning Jackson that at one point, when talking to his son Prince Michael I, he told him that he didn't have a mother and the subsequent explanation by Jackson about how he had his children through the use of a surrogate mother (which contradicts a previous statement by the artist where he said he had his children as a result of a relationship with a woman).
The repeated use of the words "ignorant" and "ignorance" by Jackson, when referring to people who had attacked him in the past for, according to him, misinterpreting his actions.
Jackson defending himself against continuous allegations of child abuse and molestation.
Jackson admitting to often having slept in the same bed with other people's children, defending himself by stating that such activity was natural when the children were of close friends or family.
The "baby dangling" incident, an event where the singer dangerously held his then eight month old son, Prince Michael II, a.k.a. "Blanket", using just one arm around the baby's waist and over the edge of the metal railing while greeting a crowd gathered four stories below. This event happened during the time when the interviews were being made (November 19, 2002) and Jackson talks about it in the documentary.
The subject of Jackson's drastic aspect changes and the artist's insistent denial of ever having gone through aesthetic plastic surgery or any other treatments that would modify his physical appearance; only admitting having two operations on his nose in order to facilitate his singing.
Stan tells Kyle that Mr. Jefferson could be a burn victim. This possibly references a 1984 incident where the real Michael Jackson's hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial, causing second degree burns on his scalp.
Mr. Jefferson swings Blanket off the balcony of his house. This is reference to the 2002 incident, in which the real Michael Jackson nearly lost grip of his newborn baby while being on top of a balcony.
When Mr. Jefferson’s face melts - he bears a strong resemblance to Tar Man, a grotesque melting zombie featured in the 1985 horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead. Kyle, Stan, and Blanket’s reaction to seeing Jefferson in this state mirrors the same reaction in the movie when Tina, the zombie’s intended victim, first sees him and attempts to flee.
While talking to his wife, Officer Yates mentions how hard police officers tried to frame O.J. Simpson but eventually lost the case after "somebody messed up and said the N word out loud too many times". This is a reference to Mark Fuhrman, an author and former L.A.P.D. detective who was accused of perjury during the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995. While being cross examined by defense attorneys, he claimed that he had not used the N-word 10 years prior to the trial, but witness testimony and taped interviews later revealed that he had used it multiple times until the late 1980s, leading to him being labeled a racist and severely damaging the prosecution's credibility with the jury.
When Kenny says, "you guys owe me for this", after disguising as, and switching places with Blanket, Stan replies that at least he gets to do something. This is because Kenny had not taken any major role since before his death in "Kenny Dies".
This episode was the first time Kenny's hair changed - before this it had always been the same as it was in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Since this episode, though, it has always been changed in some way, even changing color slightly from "Lice Capades" onwards.
Wendy and Token are seen together on the ferris wheel, continuing their relationship that began in "Raisins".
Unlike his appearance in reality, Blanket isn't white.
While posing as Blanket, Kenny is killed when Mr. Jefferson begins to toss him in the air playfully, mistaking him for his son. However, Mr. Jefferson throws Kenny too high by accident and he is killed when his head crashes through the ceiling, making Stan and Kyle cry out their catch-phrase for Kenny's death. This is the second episode in which Kenny dies unhooded, the first being "Super Best Friends" and third being "Pee".