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This page contains trivia for "Red Sleigh Down". Remember, trivia must be factual, provable, and it is always best to cite your source for not-so-obvious trivia. If you would like to dispute a trivia point, please discuss it in the article comments.


Trivia

  • Jesus and Santa work together in this episode even though they are shown to have a rivalry in "Jesus vs. Santa".
  • This episode also marks the permanent return of Kenny.
  • Following this episode, Mr. Hankey was absent for nearly eight years until "201".
  • This is the first Christmas episode not to have the word Christmas in the title.
  • Kyle's parents and Kyle appear at the lighting of the Christmas tree despite being Jewish.
  • When Jesus dies Stan says, in shock, "Oh my God, Iraqis killed Jesus!" followed by Kyle, also in shock, saying, "You bastards!" The two usually say these lines when Kenny dies, but instead it was Jesus who died.
  • Upon Red Sleigh 2 crashing into the church, one Italian woman yells "La Morte Rossa!" which translates to "The Red Death!"
  • This episode has Stan say, "Dude, this is pretty fucked up, right here.". He last said this in "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!". Stan says this whenever something very strange or weird happens.
  • Chef's parents are seen at the lighting of the christmas tree.
  • Nurse GollumMs. CrabtreeTimmy , Butters and Tweek are no where to be seen at the lighting of the christmas tree.
  • Kenny looks slightly smaller than the other boys in this episode.

References to Popular Culture

  • "Red Sleigh Down" was heavily influenced by the 1999 movie Three Kings and the 2001 movie Black Hawk Down.
  • The scene where the Sleigh crashes after being hit by an RPG and the associated radio chatter and video feed are all directly copied from the film Black Hawk Down.
  • The robot dog that Cartman wants for Christmas reflects the robot dog fad of the early 2000s which started with Poo-Chi. However, it closely resembles Sony’s AIBO.
  • Santa’s palace closely resembles, and is named after, the Fortress of Solitude from Superman: The Movie.
  • The torture scene involving electrodes, Santa, "Santa's Balls", "I’m gonna fucking kill you!" and "We’re in for a long night because I don't know shit!", is a spoof of the torture scene involving Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon. It also spoofs the torture scene in Three Kings, with the torturer saying "My main man" and pouring oil down his mouth and the part where Santa shoots interrogator though he actually doesn't get shot in Three Kings. The torturer also looks like the torturer from Three Kings. There also is a scene very similar to this one in Team America: World Police, though that movie was made later. The line when Santa was tortured and then saved by Jesus also has some references to film Red Dragon, which was released in the same year as current episode.
  • Jesus says "You're a bad liar" to Santa when he gets shot and is about to die. This is a direct quote from 1996 film Independence Day.
  • The two Iraqi children with large eyes are spoofs on the RankinBass Christmas specials. At the end of the episode, the faces of Stan, Kyle, and Cartman also briefly turn into "Rankin/Bass" faces.

Continuity

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  • The scene where Kyle tells Cartman that because of his actions, no one will be getting presents for Christmas (followed by Cartman's "Christ" comment resulting in the boys asking Jesus for help) is a word-for-word recreation of the scene in Jesus vs. Frosty in which the two boys that are prototypes for Stan and Kyle, realize that they're going to need help from Jesus in order to defeat the killer Frosty the Snowman.
  • The butt-faced couple (The Thompsons from "How to Eat with Your Butt") make a reappearance in the crowd at the beginning of the episode, along with Dr. Mephesto, Big Gay Al and Chef's parents.
  • The Underpants Gnomes return in this episode serving the role of Santa's elves, claiming they work for him during the two months before Christmas.
  • Kyle tells Cartman that to redeem himself from all the naughty things he did, he would have to find the cure for cancer and the cure for AIDS. Coincidentally, he actually does find the cure for AIDS in the season twelve episode "Tonsil Trouble".
  • Kyle Schwartz returns from the episode "The Entity".
  • Kenny returns, having died in the Season Five episode, "Kenny Dies".  Here, he claims to have been hanging out, as if forgetting any of this ever happened.

Goofs

  • While Jesus is dying, the guns that Stan and Kyle are holding are missing a section.


  617: "Red Sleigh Down" edit
Story Elements

Santa ClausUnderpants Gnomes • "Poo-Choo Train" • Iraq • "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

Media

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Release

South Park: The Complete Sixth Season

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