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The policemen break the fourth wall by saying that Veronica Crabtree had not been in any recent episodes and was "one [character] that the fans wouldn't miss much".
Although dead, Ms. Crabtree's appearance is slightly updated in this episode.
Cartman and Kyle's backyards are very different in this episode.
This is the first episode to feature KFC.
If you listen closely, an episode of That's My Bush! (more specifically "Mom 'E' D. E. A. Arrest"), also created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, can be heard playing on Cartman's TV before he is kidnapped.
References to Popular Culture
This central premise of the episode is a spoof of the book and film The Dead Zone.
The psychic battle scene is similar to the one in the movie Scanners. When Eric Cartman is warning Kyle Broflovski he can make his head explode, it is also a reference to an iconic scene of the same movie. Both Scanners and The Dead Zone are directed by Canadian cineast David Cronenberg.
The scene in the killer's basement is a parody of a similar scene in the movie Red Dragon and, retroactively, a scene in the TV series, Hannibal. Cartman has to look at the killer's vacation pictures and see his "transformation". This is similar to Freddy Lounds, or Frederick Chilton, being captured by the killer Francis Dolarhyde and forced to look at the murderer's victims, while he keeps saying "Do you see?". In addition, the concept of someone with "special powers" aiding the police is similar to the plot of Red Dragon.
Alternatively, the line "Do you see?" may be a reference to the film Event Horizon. The film's scenes of extreme violence and torture served as inspiration for another South Park episode, "Woodland Critter Christmas".
Butters Stotch telling Kyle Broflovski not to fly too close to the sun because it will burn his wings and make him crash in the ocean is a reference to the story of Icarus and Daedalus from Greek mythology.
The psychic detective's line "Let this be our final battle!" references Skeletor in Masters of the Universe.
Eric Cartman has a vision of a man making "quadruple stuffs" by taking tops of two double stuffed cookies and putting them together. He previously expressed his love for them in "Chef Goes Nanners".
Veronica Crabtree and the bird that rests in her hair are killed off in this episode. They are murdered by Michael Deets off screen, who also removes the former's left arm and the latter's left wing. Since her death, the bus driver is now Jose Venezuela, who has yet to speak or play a role.
When Kyle tells the police about Cartman never having any psychic visions, the lines on the pillow his head is resting on go through his hat.