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During the first few letters being revealed in the Wheel of Fortune Game, the letter space is turned blue and then the letter appears, but when the letter A is revealed, the space is flipped which is the old format of Wheel of Fortune.
This episode parodies the aftermath of an incident at the Laugh Factory, California in 2006. Michael Richards had shouted racial remarks deemed to have hatred behind it at audience members, as opposed to an ironic, though perhaps still controversial, response to their heckling. He later apologised to civil activists Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, the latter of which was parodied in the episode.
When Cartman pinned Dr. Nelson to the ground, he made him say "Carol-Anne, don't go into the light", due to his voice sounding similar to former actress Zelda Rubinstein, who played the part of a diminutive psychic in the film Poltergeist. The line was actually, spoken by the character Diane Freeling, who was the mother of Carol-Anne, while she attempted to rescue her from evil spirits inside the portal.
The scene when Michael Richards is scolding Randy about being "another damn nigger-guy" is a reference to a scene from the movie Glory.
The scene where the rednecks want to shoot Randy is a very loose allusion to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird where Atticus protects Tom Robinson from being killed by the racist white people.
Dr. Nelson tells the kids to say; "Hello, fatso!" in an insulting way. In the original broadcast and in some editions they say "Good morning, fatso!" in a cheerful manner. This was fixed in subsequent airings and DVD editions.