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This is one of the few times Cartman saves the day, even if he was unaware of it at the time.
The archway above the door when the class returns to the planetarium reads: "Me transmitte sursum, Caledoni!". This is Latin for "Send me the top, Caledoni!", a reference to the famous phrase "Beam me up, Scotty!" from Star Trek.
Cartman's grandmother, Mabel Cartman appears for the first time on the phone to Cartman.
Mr. Mackey says for the first and only time "Drugs are good" in order to convince the kid from the planetarium that it was okay to let Nurse Gollum sedate him.
This episode marks the first time that Butters speaks, with the words "me too". His voice, however, sounds completely different from later episodes, and very similar to Stan's voice.
References to Popular Culture
The title to this episode mentions popular film critic Roger Ebert. It's entirely possible that this episode was done to make fun of him in light of the fact that he gave Trey Parker and Matt Stone poor reviews for their films Orgazmo (1/2 star) and BASEketball (star and 1/2), both films he reviewed in 1998.
At the beginning of the episode Mr. Garrison is forcing the children to watch and answer questions about the television series Barnaby Jones. It was a crime drama that ran from 1973-1980.
Mr. Garrison says that episode #203 of Barnaby Jones is called "Barnaby Under Siege". This is incorrect, as episode 203 of the series is called "Echo of a Murder". There is no such episode titled "Barnaby Under Siege".
The inspiration of this episode comes from an episode of Star Trek titled Dagger of the Mind. The premise follows Captain Kirk going to the planet Tantalus V, a prison colony for intergalactic criminals. There he is mentally tortured until his mind is healed by Spock using the Vulcan Mind Meld. Many of its plot elements are used in this episode.
The observatory is called the "Tantalus V. Observatory", this is another reference to "Dagger of the Mind" as Tantalus V is the planet that Captain Kirk travels to in that episode.
Dr. Adams from the planetarium gets his name from Dr. Tristan Adams from the Star Trek episode "Dagger of the Mind". In the Star Trek episode Dr. Adams is the director of the Tantalus V facility and is mastermind behind all the shady goings on at the sanitarium.
The little girl named Missy is based on the character Lethe, a female enslaved by Dr. Adams in the same episode.
The little boy who escapes from the planetarium named Van Gelder is based on the character Dr. Simon van Gelder from "Dagger of the Mind". Simon van Gelder was also tortured by the insane Dr. Adams and stows away aboard the Enterprise and reveals Adam's plot to the crew.
The scene where Mr. Mackey "mind melds" with Van Gelder is yet another plot point parodies from "Dagger of the Mind", in the episode Mr. Spock uses the Vulcan mind meld on Dr. Simon van Gelder to learn the truth.
After Cartman destroys the machine causing the hypnosis, the musical cue is reminiscent of that composed by James Horner for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
At the end of the episode while commenting on Dr. Adam's fate, Kyle says to Stan: "Can you imagine it, Stan. A mind, emptied by that… thing." This is a parody of the line that Captain Kirk says near the end of "Dagger of the Mind". Kirk's line was "It's hard to believe that a man could die of loneliness."
Before Liane tells Cartman to not pick his nose at the planetarium, you can see two glowing visitor eyes and around them, a visitor's body
Mr. Garrison's Learning Plan
Barnaby Jones as Cultural Text
Taking the children to the planetarium
Though Dr. Adams has a disorder that hinders him from saying the "T" in planetarium, he can be heard pronouncing the word correctly when Mr. Garrison is absent from the hypnotizing room.
Dr. Adams incorrectly refers to the star Polaris as the "Dog Star." The star Sirius, of the constellation Canis Major, is known colloquially as the Dog Star. Polaris, on the other hand, is known as the "North Star".
↑Official Script from Roger Ebert Should Lay off the Fatty Foods (Season 2, Episode 11)