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This is the first episode of South Park to be broadcast in 1080i high-definition format.
When Kenny returns from the concert with his purity ring, Cartman makes a brief allude to NBC's B. J. McKay and his best friend Bear. When he says Bear, he may be referring to Kenny's manhood, because the character Bear in that show is played by a 'monkey.'
Mickey Mouse and the Walt Disney Company feature heavily, with the former having previously appeared in Imaginationland. Mickey also uses his well-known "ha-ha" laugh at the end of most of his lines, in reference to his real-life appearances, and when he is shown as a large fire-breathing float it is a reference to his appearance as a float in places such as Disneyland.
The episode also addresses the affinity of young girls for teen idols such as the Jonas Brothers, with this being heavily parodied in scenes which also contain sexual innuendo such as the Jonas Brothers spraying their female audience at their 3-D concert with white foam.
Both Grey's Anatomy and the online DVD rental service Netflix, are both parodied in this episode, being used as the newfound interest of "boring" couples practicing celibacy due to their purity rings. Grey's Anatomy is seen having a powerful hold over Kenny at one point in the episode, as it is the only thing he will respond to.
During the funeral scene where Cartman talking to himself that he tried to warn Kenny about what he said earlier, Kyle continued with "Now we know." and Cartman responded with "...and knowing is half the battle." and looked at the audience thus parodies G.I. Joe's public service announcements.
During the concert when the young girls are seen getting aroused by the Jonas Brothers, we see a glimpse of Mr. Slave as well as his catchphrase "Ooh, Jesus Christ!" as he masturbates, marking his first appearance since Season Nine's "Follow That Egg!", noticeably his civil partner Big Gay Al is absent from the scene. Even though, Matt and Trey stated after "Follow That Egg!" that they planned to retire Mr. Slave.
Mickey Mouse makes his debut as a character, previously only seen as a crude, both literally and figuratively, drawing in "Eek, A Penis!".
In the scene where Kenny spoke to Tammy about going to T.G.I. Friday's, Tammy's face is a different color than her hands. The loop in her top where you see her skin is a different color as well.
Jenny Simons is seen in two places at once, with her family getting ready to watch the Jonas Brothers' concert as well as in the audience during the concert. It is likely that one of them is a look-alike.
When Kyle passes the basketball to Token, the net expands briefly as if the ball made into the basket.
Kenny's death occurs at the end of the episode after Kenny and Tammy decide to finally stop wearing the purity rings. Having tried to get a blowjob from her through the entire episode after having learned that she did one for a boy behind TGI Fridays, she invites him to go there with her to his delight. In the next scene we see his funeral, with Priest Maxi acknowledging the dangers of Syphilis which Kenny contracted during oral sex with Tammy, even though they used protection. This backs up Cartman's claim earlier in the episode that girls' mouths are the most disgusting place on Earth. We do not learn of Tammy's fate, but she did not appear at the funeral.
↑Season 3, Episode 1 - "Rainforest Shmainforest" - original airdate April 7, 1999
↑Season 3, Episode 2 - "Spontaneous Combustion" - original airdate April 14, 1999
↑Season 9, Episode 10 - "Follow That Egg!" - original airdate November 2, 2005
↑Season 2, Episode 14 - "Chef Aid" - original airdate October 7, 1998
↑Season 2, Episode 18 - "Prehistoric Ice Man" - original airdate January 20, 1999
↑Season 11, Episode 14 - "The List" - original airdate November 14, 2007