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A color swap of Craig Tucker in green instead of blue, can be seen in the cafeteria.
Kenny doesn't seem to know what a lesbian is, even though he has a vast sexual knowledge.
Listed on the hot lunch menu in the cafeteria are the options:
Cous Cous with Goose
Cream Cheese Surprise
Beef Jerky a la Hercules
Wendy's threats to Ms. Ellen marks the first time in the series that a female uses the F-word.
Stan puked 19 times, including the flashback scenes, in this episode.
This is the second time Stan does the infamous Charlie Brown-esque smile with the little hearts dancing around his head, the first being "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe".
This is the only Valentines Day themed episode of the series.
This is the only episode where Wendy felt someone was trying to steal Stan from her.
David Hasselhoff was the first celebrity whose head was used on the body of an animated South Park character.
References to Popular Culture
The actress Natasha Henstridge voiced Ms. Ellen, who at the time, was most famous for her appearance in the 1995 film Species.
During the opening credits for this episode she is billed as a guest star in the episode, however instead of Henstridge's name she's credited as "The Chick From Species".
When Mr. Garrison has reconstructive surgery, he ultimately chooses a face that resembles actor David Hasselhoff.
The plot of Garrison getting the Hasselhoff face is a parody of Knight Rider, a TV series which starred Hasselhoff. In the show, his character Michael Knight, first played by Larry Anderson, was shot and had to get plastic surgery done on his face, making him David Hasselhoff by the end of the episode.
When Chef is trying to gauge how attractive Ms. Ellen is, he offers the following female celebrities as basis of comparison:
According to Cartman, instead of teaching the children their multiplication table, Mr. Garrison was educating them on the thrilling subject of actress Yasmine Bleeth's romance life. Bleeth was best known for her role on the TV show Baywatch. According to Garrison, she dated actor Richard Grieco who is best known for his role as Detective Dennis Booker on the TV series 21 Jump Street. Garrison had also told the children that Grieco was on that show.
The mere mention of the 1997 sci-fi film Contact causes Mr. Garrison to become violently ill. The film stars Jodie Foster playing the role of Ellie Arroway, who is trying to contact aliens. The film ends with her meeting an alien which takes on the form of her father. Garrison slams the movie for having such a bad ending. Matt Stone and Trey Parker share this opinion towards the film and this is the first of many critiques of the film to appear in an episode of South Park.
Wendy asks Ms. Ellen if people her age require Depends undergarment. These adult diapers for incontinence were invented in 1980 by Kimberly Clark. The common stereotype associated to the product is that they are worn by the elderly who have no control over their waste functions.
Kyle mishears Chef explaining that Ms. Ellen is a lesbian. The word he hears is plebeian. The historical use of the word was to classify the general population of ancient Rome. In modern times, it's used as a derogatory term for those considered to be common or ignorant.
Whenever Mr. Garrison struts his stuff, the song "Shadow Dancing" plays. The song was sung by Andy Gibb. The song was released in 1978.
Cartman says that his mother told him that to become a lesbian, one has to lick carpet. Carpet muncher is a derogatory term for lesbian. In a later scene, Cartman can be seen eating an old cardboard box on the advice of his mother. Box is a slang term for vagina.
According to the record store owner Stan visited, to be a lesbian, you need to listen to the Indigo Girls, the boys mispronounce the name as "Indiglo Girls".
The Indigo Girls' song that the boys play is called "Make it Easier" from their 1989 album Strange Fire.
When Wendy is made over by Bebe, Cartman thinks she looks like Olivia Newton-John as she appeared in her role of Sandy Olsen in the 1978 film version of the musical Grease. However, he confuses Olivia Newton-John's with singer Elton John.
The line "we just got a call in the office: your grandma just died" is from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, when Ferris gets his girlfriend Sloane out of school.
Mr. Garrison decides that if he's going to be able to pose for more pictures, he's going to need more Smack. Smack is the street name for the drug Heroin. Drug abuse is a cliché of the modeling industry in the 1990's as the gaunt thin look was popular at the time.
Ms. Ellen's demise is extremely similar to that of The Enormous Crocodile from the Roald Dahl book of the same name, because they both have been shot into the sun.
When Cartman exclaims about Ms. Ellen's outfit, Wendy's hat turns dark red.
When Wendy leaves after yelling at Stan, the boy's hair that is similar to Kevin's turns black. A minute before, his hair was brown. Bebe's position also changes position from next to Wendy to in front of her.
For one moment when Wendy is yelling Stan, The table on the right is missing.
When the children see the new look of Mr. Garrison, Wendy is wearing her normal outfit instead of the leather one she wore to impress Stan. Then in the next scene, Wendy wears the leather outfit again.
According to the Iraqi soldiers who bust into Ms. Ellen's class, she's had an affair with Saddam Hussein, then the president of Iraq. It's interesting to note that Saddam is depicted in the full South Park style. This differs from future appearances where his physique is in the style of Terrance and Phillip characters and use an animated photograph of his head. While this isn't really a goof (considering they wouldn't have planned Saddam in future episodes), it is interesting to note.