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Matt Stone and Trey Parker officially confirmed the name of Kenny's sister to be "Karen", after years of fans referring to her by that name.
This is Kevin McCormick's first appearance since the episode "Sexual Healing".
Kenny reprises his alter ego, Mysterion, in this episode - however, unlike previous appearances, the episode focuses on both "Kenny" and "Mysterion", rather than just one or the other. This is also the first time Mysterion appears alone without Cartman as The Coon.
This marks the first time people have acknowledged Cartman's peculiar way of pronouncing certain words and names, such as pronouncing "Kyle" as "Kyahl", "Kenny" as "Keeny", and saying "meem" instead of "mom".
This is the third time Kenny's parents have been seen arrested. The first time was in the episode "The Wacky Molestation Adventure", when they were falsely arrested under the belief that they were molesting their kids, and the second time was in the "Mysterion Rises", when it was revealed that they were arrested at a Cthulhu Cult Meeting ten years ago.
Kevin McCormick speaks with a slow slur and can be seen on the short school bus in earlier episodes, indicating that he is either mentally disabled or regularly intoxicated.
The meth lab at the McCormick residence was mentioned in "Lil' Crime Stoppers", when the mob boss mentions that they will have to have the McCormick's start making their meth again.
References to Popular Culture
Mysterion paraphrases Yoda's famous quote, "Do or do not, there is no try" from the movie The Empire Strikes Back, telling his sister, "Do not try Karen, do.".
The foster family is an exaggerated caricature of agnosticism, mocking the ambivalence of agnostic beliefs. It is also a parody of the narrative cliché of highly religious abusive foster parents.
This is the first episode to refer to Dr. Pepper by name.
A man witnessing the McCormick's arrest is wearing a Diablo II shirt
Kenny is unexpectedly killed by a "giant reptilian bird" moments before the end of the episode. His death is a callback to the "Agnostic Code" that his foster parents teach their adoptive children, specifically the part that reads "Then again, there could be a giant reptilian bird in charge of everything".
The "Oh my God, they killed Kenny" and "You bastards!" lines are not used, instead Stan simply replies, "What the fuck?".