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This episode shows Mr. Mackey when he was a child along with South Park Elementary in roughly 1974 or 1975, judging from the poster in the school hallway that reads "Fall Fest '74".
Ironically while Freddy rescues Mackey from molestation, in his films he was originally envisioned to be a pedophile, though this wasn't explicitly stated until the remake.
The entire episode is a reference to how confusing the plot of Inception was.
The dream experts are based on the cast of the 2010 movie Inception.
The scene where Woodsy Owl is molesting Mr. Mackey is actually a reference to a real scandal involving Woodsy Owl.
Cartman and Kenny don't reappear after the scene when Stan's locker is being cleaned.
Upon the episode's release, Dan Gurewitch from the humor website CollegeHumor, noted several similarities between "Insheeption" and his own Inception parody video, "Inception Characters Don’t Understand Inception", which he had made with David Young and first posted to the CollegeHumor website on August 2, 2010. He discovered that many lines from the South Park episode seemed to be lifted almost verbatim from their sketch. Matt Stone later issued an apology, admitting when they had intended to parody complexity of Inception, they did not have a copy of the film to reference, instead turning to the internet for information on the film. Stone explained:
"We thought their joke was that a lot of those lines were actually in the movie, and they were banging them against each other, and showing that the Inception characters didn’t even know Inception. That was a mistake, and it was an honest mistake... It's just because we do the show in six days, and we're stupid and we just threw it together. But in the end, there are some lines that we had to call and apologize for."
References to Popular Culture
The episode opens with Cartman saying, "So then, the guy hits the ping-pong ball with his dick, and it goes right in the other guy's mouth. " He is talking about a scene in Jackass 3D, a movie that premiered in theaters the weekend before this episode aired.
'Hoarders' is a documentary TV program on A&E about people suffering from compulsive hoarding, and is what the episode parodies with the 'hoarders' dialogues.
The name of this episode as many of the reality scenes of the episode parody the 2010 film Inception. The episode alludes to the intricate (and confusing) plotline of the movie Inception. Most of the characters even appear in this episode but Ariadne is nowhere to be seen.
The scene where Freddy Krueger is recruited is a reference to Star Trek: Generations, down to the line "the greatest dream infiltrator of all time." (originally "starship Captain")
Freddy's line about "killing those teenagers to stop the Russians" was a reference to the A Nightmare on Elm Street films he spawns from.
Doctor Chinstrap's musical accompaniment whenever the complicated dream rules are explained may be a reference to a youtube video where the Inception trailer is re-dubbed A Capella, while the soundtrack itself is Mind Set composed by Zack Hemsey.
Mr. Mackey is seen watching ZOOM on his tv, which ran from 1972 through March 1978.
A poster that says "Space 1989" is seen in Mr. Mackey's room even in the 70's, this is a parody of the science fiction TV show Space 1999 which ran from 1975 through 1979.