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On the South Park The Hits: Volume 1 DVD, Trey Parker and Matt Stone explain that the origin for Towelie began on a boat trip they took with several writers and friends, where people were constantly telling each other "don't forget to bring a towel" and the phrase eventually morphed into "Towelie says to bring a towel." Matt and Trey have asserted (in the VH1 special and elsewhere) that they were becoming increasingly aware as to how heavily merchandised and exploited their creations were becoming. Towelie was their way of poking fun at themselves. They designed Towelie as a shallow, two-dimensional (both literally and figuratively) character who has no real purpose except to spout catch phrases and merchandise the hell out of. This is why they threw in the fake commercial during the show, and also why Cartman calls him the "worst character ever."
During the development of the show, in the original script, the game console was a PlayStation 2. This was later changed to the Okama Gamesphere when Matt and Trey couldn't get Sony's permission. Other video game systems in the show have been referred to directly by name, including the Sega's Dreamcast, Microsoft's Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, Sony's PSP, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo's Wii have a strong plot point of various later episodes.
Okama is a Japanese word for homosexual.
The Okama Gamesphere is a parody of the Nintendo Gamecube, so the English name would be, the Gay (Homosexual) Gamesphere.
The original version of this episode has Comedy Central's actual phone number (1-800-4-COMEDY) at the end of the Towelie fake commercial. In all reruns and on the DVD version, it is changed to a fake number (1-800-555-TOWL).
At the end of the episode when the boys are seen playing Okama Gamesphere with Towelie, Towelie is the only one who is not actually doing anything with the controller.
Cartman breaks the 4th wall at the end by saying "You're the worst character ever Towelie."
When the boys and Towelie climb the fence at Tynacorp, Kenny can be seen doing a backflip.
This is the last episode to air before the events of 9/11.
This is the only season 5 episode in which Butters does not appear.
References to Popular Culture
Episode has lots of references to the android movies, such as 6th Day.
When referring to Stan’s mom’s tampon he found in the trash, Cartman quotes a few lines from the movies Sling Blade, "You shouldn't done that, he’s just a boy" and "poor little feller", imitating Billy Bob Thornton's character Karl and The Outlaw Josie Wales, "But it's not for eatin'. It's just for lookin' through".
The fictional military research developer of Towelie is Tynacorp, a take-off on DynCorp, a major supplier to the US Military.
The deformed Towelie clone says "Kill me" referencing a similar scene in the movie Alien Resurrection when the mutated Ripley/Queen fetus says the same thing. The scene was parodied again later in "Douche and Turd".
The music played when Towelie gets "high" is identical to the music heard when Popeye eats spinach.
When Towelie tries to remember the code for the gate to the military base after getting high, he begins playing "Funkytown" by Lipps Inc. on the keypad.
The scene where the boys are eyeballing the Okama Gamesphere at the toy store with their noses pressed against the glass, is a parody of the same scene from the film, A Christmas Story.
The boys seem to know nothing about tampons in this episode, even though they used them in a previous episode "Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus" when they mistakenly thought they were having their periods.
Sharon claims the bloody tampon to be hers, even though the events in Spookyfish suggest that she entered menopause during that episode.
During one scene when the boys play the Okama Gamesphere, the wire on two of their controllers disappeared.
The leader of the military group in the episode says to kill all towels in a 1000 mile radius, but later the reporting soldier declares that they had killed all towels in a 100 mile radius.
Even though the name of the company that made Towelie is named "Tynacorp" there are several instances where the characters say "Dynacorp" instead. This could just be a pronunciation issue as 'Ty' and 'Dy' sound similar.
The first game the boys play on the Okama Gamesphere called Thirst for Blood is shown as a two-player fighting game, yet all four of the boys appear to be playing.
When they first meet Towelie, the boys say "What?" but their mouths don't move at all.
There is an instance in the scene when the boys get Towelie to bring him to the military where you can see his arm off to the right of the screen just before he appears.
Falls into lava after the explosion.
A black visitor appears on one of the mutant Towelies in the tube to the man's left.