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This is the second time in which Cartman portrays Hitler, the first time being in "Pinkeye".
This episode was re-aired on August 9, 2006, following Gibson's July 2006 arrest.
In spite of the episode's popularity, Trey Parker and Matt Stone noted on its DVD commentary that this was not one of their favorite episodes, saying that it would have been much better had they more time to work on it.
When Cartman is on the phone to Stan, he threatens him by claiming that he is "like six feet tall" (1.83 meters), which is the exact height of Cartman's & Stan's voice actor Trey Parker.
The "Looney Toon" Mel Gibson character re-appeared for a cameo in the first part of the Season 11 "Imaginationland" episodes, in which he's shown to be just as crazy as he's always been.
When Cartman leads the townspeople in the march, they chant in German the following phrases: "Es ist Zeit für Säuberung", "Es ist Zeit für Rache", and "Wir müssen die Juden ausrotten." Translated in to English, these mean "It is time for cleansing", "It is time for revenge", and "We must exterminate the Jews" respectively.
The description of The Passion of the Christ by Stan, Kyle and Kenny, along with the movie theater, are incorrect to the actual movie.
References to Pop Culture
Mel Gibson's behavior through much the episode is a parody of Daffy Duck, specifically in a scene where Gibson parodies the cartoon Yankee Doodle Daffy, in which Porky Pig is trying to escape through multiple doors only to be blocked by Daffy in a different costume each time. Stan even refers to his behavior as "freaking daffy," at which point Gibson says, "You know, this means war!" a favorite saying of Daffy Duck. Another Daffy Duck saying he says is "And Good Evening Frieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeends-a!"
When Stan and Kenny leave to get their money back from Mel Gibson, Stan says that they had done the same thing after seeing BASEketball, which starred South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Gibson is heard saying "Gimme back my money", which is a reference to an often-used quote from the 1996 movie Ransom where Mel Gibson's character is heard screaming "Gimme back my son!" into a phone.
As Kyle's nightmare progresses the montage "speeds up", with the different Jesus and his crucifixion related scenes having less and less duration. He wakes up screaming after a split second "appearance" of Alan Alda.
Mel Gibson shouts the Klingon battle cry "Qapla'!" several times as he chases Stan and Kenny. The same cry was also used by George Clooney and other actors of the Film Actors Guild in Team America, which was also written, produced and directed by Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
The truck that Mel Gibson is driving in when chasing after Stan and Kenny is modeled after the vehicle he drove in The Road Warrior. The truck is even right-hand drive; Mad Max is set in Australia which drives on the left so cars are right-hand drive.
When Mel Gibson is chasing Stan and Kenny through his house, he stops in front of a mirror and says, "Two days ago I saw a rig that could haul that tanker. If you want to get out of here, talk to me," a line from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. When the boys later find his wallet, he is heard to yell "Freedom!" offscreen while looking for them—a reference to Braveheart.
The Mel Gibson Fanclub Hot-line phone number, when dialed, sounds like the Asia song "Heat of the Moment". This marks the second time "Heat of the Moment" has appeared in a South Park episode.
At the start of the episode, while the boys were playing in Eric's mom's new car, Eric said, "set phasers to stun." This is a popular Star Trek catchphrase, thus the boys could be playing Star Trek (incidentally, "Engineer" Kenny would, were he in an episode, be wearing red - the redshirts normally ended up dead).
There are actually three paintings that are flashed repeatedly during Kyle's nightmare. All three are by 15th century painter H. Bosch, one named Christ Carrying the Cross. The first painting that flashes is called Christ Before Pilate, also by Bosch.
The explicit use of the swastika or "Hakenkreuz" as a Nazi symbol has been censored out in parts of Europe, because the symbol is illegal in some European countries (particularly Germany and Austria, where showing Nazi symbolism is illegal unless it's put into historical context). It also has been censored the second time it aired on Comedy Central, in American, British and Australian syndication, and in the version available on iTunes, showing instead a red flag with a white circle in the middle without the swastika.
The episode wasn't aired in several countries, including Russia.
As of Good Times with Weapons, Cartman exhibits a deeper fascination with Mel Gibson, though he is seen to have a poster of a parody of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in his room. His hatred of the Jews is seen to be justified by Gibson's film, The Passion.
Cartman is grounded for this incident as it was mentioned in "AWESOM-O" which aired two weeks after this episode.
Cartman tells Kyle that The Passion of the Christ is the top-grossing film of all time. This is incorrect, as James Cameron's film Titanic was the highest-grossing film when this episode aired. However, it was the highest-grossing R-rated film at the time.
When Mel Gibson begins shooting at Stan and Kenny in retaliation for Stan calling him crazy, he uses a pistol. In the next scene featuring Gibson, as he chases Stan and Kenny through his mansion, he is carrying a revolver instead.