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  • This episode marks the first appearance of an entirely new opening sequence, which is a 3D-animation remake of the first intro.
  • In the preview for this episode, Craig Tucker was in the scene were Eric Cartman explains what "Shitter" is. He is replaced by Clyde Donovan in the televised version.
  • This is the second time in which a real background of a neighborhood is used since the Season One episode, "Mecha-Streisand".
  • Bill Hader voices Alec Baldwin in an uncredited role.

References to Popular Culture

  • The main plot is a parody of the TV show Dragnet, complete with the show's famous horn stinger.
  • Cartman says while talking on the phone that he went to Amazon to see if they had Grand Theft Auto V, where it was suggested that he might also be interested in the Blu-ray for Star Trek.
  • There are many referenced to the Department of Motor Vehicles in this episode. It is a name given to agencies in the United States that issue drivers licenses.
  • The NSA head says hooking up Santa Claus to a machine will help them find out "who's sleeping and who's awake", which is a reference to the song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".
  • This episode also heavily references the National Security Agency.
    • Indeed, when Cartman cries about discovering the NSA's conspiracy, he says he 'will have to move to Russia', a reference to Edward Snowden, an ex CIA employee who leaked information about the NSA. At the time, he was granted asylum by Russia as he fled the country.
  • Cartman compares the NSA to the dictatorial government depicted in the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
  • This episode satirizes Alec Baldwins misbehavior on social media site Twitter and in his daily life.
    • The Alec Baldwin had a real talk show on MSNBC network was called Up Late with Alec Baldwin. It was cancelled after five episodes due to a video that leaked of him verbally assaulting a paparazzi photographer with homophobic slurs.
    • Alec Baldwin reveals personal information about Kim Basinger. They were married in real life from 1993 until 2002.



  • When Cartman is shown pledging allegiance at the DMV, the overweight clerk is seen at the right end of the counter, whereas another clerk is seen instead when Larry walks there.
  • Alec Baldwin mentions having sex with the Queen of Monaco in 1992. In real life, Monaco is a principality.
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