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Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (26)

  • Man: Howdy, Mr. Garrison. Nice gun. Mr. Garrison: Thank you. Woman: Nice gun, Mr. Garrison. Mr. Garrison: Thanks. Hello Officer Barbrady. Officer Barbrady: Nice gun. Mr. Garrison: Thanks. Is there somewhere in town where I can get a good clear shot- er, view of Kathie Lee? Officer Barbrady: You know, I think the book depository would be a good bet.

  • Clyde: Mr. Garrison, am I an Indian or Pioneer? Mr. Garrison: Do you have a feather on your head? Clyde: Yeah. Mr. Garrison: You’re an Indian. Clyde: Oh.

  • Mayor: Come on, people! We've got to turn this place around! Hang up those lights, put up that banner, castrate the cows! Cows: Moo?!

  • Mr. Garrison: I'm just sorry I ruined everyone's chances to be on TV. Kyle: Not Cartman, he gets to be on TV anyway! Mr. Garrison: Really? On what? Geraldo: Obesity, anaposity, corpulence. Whatever word you use, it still represents one thing. Being a big fat ass. We have now, live via satellite, Eric Cartman, who is now so obese he can't even leave his bedroom. Cartman: (Enormously fat) When is this gonna be on the air? Geraldo: Do you have anything to say to the viewers at home? Cartman: Follow your dreams. You can achieve your goals; I'm living proof. Beefcake. Beefcake!!

  • Mr. Garrison: (gasps) No Mr. Hat, I couldn't… kill Kathie Lee Gifford!

  • Mayor McDaniels: Kathie Lee Gifford loves kids. Mayor's assistant: When they're in a sweatshop that is!

  • (After being caught while attempting to kill Kathie Lee) Mr. Garrison: I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids!

  • Cartman: Dophins, Eskimos, who cares? It's all a bunch of tree-lovin' hippy crap!

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Notes (2)

  • This is the first appearance of Bebe Stevens.

  • Although shown third on original broadcast, this episode was the second one to be made, and is nearly always shown second on re-runs. The online episodes at southparkstudios.com also feature this episode as the second.

Trivia (29)

  • When Mr. Garrison asks "why are you looking at me like that Mr. Hat?" the wrinkles on his forehead are gone.

  • This is the first episode where Mr. Hat appears to be a separate entity from Mr. Garrison.

  • During Mr. Garrison's flashback, even as an 8 year old, he still has a bald head with gray at the side, yet in the flashback in the episode "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut," he has a full head of hair like everyone else only 8 years ago.

  • Butters appears during the play rehearsal scene beating Pip.

  • The Immortals - The people in the audience during the National Talent Show Finals some 30 or 40 years ago also appear during the Award Ceremony, and then on Geraldo.

  • When the kids are rehearsing the play, the crowd only appears when Mr. Garrison says "To hell with Kathy Lee Gifford." The crowd is nowhere to be seen before then.

  • In one shot, the security guards are on the ground surrounding Kathie Lee, and in the next shot, they are on the truck.

  • Right after Wendy tries to convince the crowd that Cartman's actual paper was 'Walden' with Cartman's name on it, Stan mentions something about Kyle's mom making tuna fish sandwiches. When he does this, you can kind of see him 'lift' off the background.

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Allusions (13)

  • Kathie Lee's vehicle resembles the Pope-mobile a lot.

  • Isaccs Hayes' Joy: Chef's song "Kathie Lee" seems slightly based on Isaac Hayes' song Joy

  • Walden: The essay which Cartman sent in was the novel Walden with Henry David Thoreau's name crossed out.

  • Magic: When Mr. Hat and Mr. Garrison argue over killing Gifford this is simular to the 1978 film Magic when the ventriloquist has multiple personality disorders and argues with his puppet.

  • Carnival Cruise Lines commercials: When Kathie Lee Gifford sings "If They Could See Me Now" this is a parody of her singing the same song in real life in Carnival Cruise Lines commercials from 1992 to 1995.

  • Doc Hollywood:
    As Mr. Garrison walks down the street with his new purchase, everyone calls out "Nice gun", This is similar to a scene in Doc Hollywood, in which Doc Hollywood (Michael J. Fox) walks down the street with a new pig given to him as payment for a doctor's visit. Everyone comments,"(that sure is a) Nice pig, Doc" etc.

  • The Exorcist:
    Mr. Hat's spinning head echoes that from the 1973 film The Exorcist.

  • Taxi Driver: Mr. Garrison:
    Are you talking to me? Mr. Garrison's line is from Taxi Driver (1976), starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster. This is the movie that would-be Presidential assassin John Hinckley saw over and over until he was obsessed with Jodie, a teenager then, and which led to his stalking Jodie while she was at Yale, and finally, to his spectacular bid to impress her by killing Ronald Reagan. The rest is history. The interesting thing is that Hinckley grew up in Denver, Colorado, not far from Park County, South Park's location.

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