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This episode is a commentary on commercialization and lampoons the nature of America's free-market based economy. At the end of the 20th century and onward into the early 21st century, there was a surge in franchise stores (Wal-Mart, McDonalds etc) box stores popping up. Anti-corporate groups would argue that these box stores, with their low prices, would eliminate small businesses owners. This episode makes fun of the ridiculous efforts of both sides of the argument to try and get people to side with them.
Mr. Garrison compares the boy's reluctance to work with Tweek to the Chad Everett's character Dr. Joe Gannon on the TV series Medical Center (1969-1976). According to Mr. Garrison, Everett's character thought "Who is this woman with her gazungas and high heels? What does she know about medicine?" This is likely in reference to the character Nurse Wilcox played by Audrey Totter. However, unlike Garrison's assertion, there doesn't seem to be an episode where Nurse Wilcox saved Gannon's brother during a kidney transplant operation.
The Harbucks coffee corporation is a parody of the Starbucks coffee franchise. Starbucks was founded in 1971; it is one of the world's largest coffee chains.
John Postum offers Mr. Tweak a Cramsonite briefcase. This is a parody of Samsonite, a company that makes durable luggage and briefcases. It is a Colorado based company that has been in business since 1910.
Whenever Mr. Tweak goes into a spiel about how great his coffee company is, and its home grown origins, it is a parody of many coffee commercials that talk about their home grown origins and how their coffee is like "dew on an early morning".
It has been suggested by commentators that the Underpants gnomes in this episode are a reference to the Gnomes of Zürich, which is a disparaging term used against Swiss Bankers.
Tweaks parents state that Tweek has ADD aka ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. It is characterized primarily by inattention, easy distractibility, disorganization, procrastination, forgetfulness, and lethargy.
John Postum comes up with a mascot for Harbucks called Joe Camel to try and get young people to drink Harbucks coffee. This is a parody of Joe Camel the former mascot for Camel cigarettes from 1987-1997. The Camel cigarette company bowed down to pressure from Congress, the public and due to bad press from the impending Mangini trial to case using Joe Camel as a mascot. Critics accused Camel cigarettes of using Joe Camel as a mascot to make smoking more appealing to children.
The city manages to get the band Toto for Proposition 10 celebrations. Toto is a rock band that was formed in 1977. They are best known for their album Toto IV released in 1982.
Mrs. Tweak deplores the people of South Park for using the children like Rob Reiner. Rob Reiner is an actor, director, producer, writer and political activist. He is best known for playing the role of Michael Stivic on the sitcom All in the Family. In recent years, Rob Reiner has taken up many political activist roles. In 1997, he founded "I Am Your Child Foundation," now "Parents' Action for Children," a non-profit organization promoting early childhood development by producing and distributing celebrity-hosted educational videos for parents. He appears in "Butt Out".
The Spanish text on the Harbucks sign referring to "prop 10" is a reference to the California legislation proposition 10 from 1998 (the same year as this episode). That piece of legislation had to do with a tax increase on tobacco products. It is a common belief that people with addictions like nicotine will substitute another addictive substance if they are unable to get their primary substance. In this case it would apply that the Harbucks owners would want the price of nicotine to increase in hopes that smokers unwilling to pay the new price would switch to coffee for a caffeine hit to take the edge off. This is supported by the fact that the Mr. Tweak makes mention of the people using the children like Rob Reiner. Rob Reiner was actually responsible for the creation of the Proposition 10 legislation itself.
Near the end of the episode, Randy's hair and mustache are brown, this was later fixed when the show got remastered in HD.
Mr. Garrison divides the class into groups of five, yet there are thirteen kids seated as seen near the end of the scene in a wide shot, leaving three kids aside.
When Mr. Garrison is writing on the board, all the "n"s are backwards.
While in the mayor's office, a split second screen shows Tweek with brown gloves.