The Secrets of
'An Elephant Makes Love To A Pig'

by Wild Willie Westwood, with sources from all over the Web


The Special Ed. bus driver is wearing a surgical mask. Those kids must be toxic.

One of the posters in the back of the classroom read "Our Pets" and one of the pictures was of an alien.

SOUTH PARK GENETIC ENGINEERING RANCH
  1. The sign above the gate has two bunnyfish facing out and down, one at each end.
  2. The genetic engineer is very much like Marlon Brando's Dr. Moreau in the movie, Island of Dr. Moreau. The geneticist is called Dr. Mephesto, and his assistant is called Kevin, who is based on Moreau's assistant Majai.
  3. The handle of the Genetic Engineer's cane is an ass.

Pip is directly from Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Philip Pirrip. He quotes from the first paragraph of the book, much as Cartman quoted from Thoreau's Walden in his winning Save Our Planet essay. Pip must have been expecting a fabulous lunch! It seems like he chose the first dish below.

  Hot Lunch Menu  

  1. Gumbo With Rice
    And Cornbread

  2. Cream- Chip- Beef
    On Toast
The second dish has a military name: Shit on a Shingle

The windows on the first floor of the Marsh house change in size several times in the episode. When Shelley throws Stan out the window the windows are very wide. This is also the case when Mutant Stan is taken to meet Shelley.

In the middle of the episode Shelley throws Stan around again. She throws him across the room and he lands on dry carpet. She walks over to him, and he's in a puddle of water. No explanation is offered as to how the puddle got there, but after some research, there is an explanation after all: There was a segment in there after Shelley walks over to Stan where she lights a match and throws it at him to light him up. Then she douses him with water a few times in regret and a puddle forms underneath him. When Comedy Central got the episode to air they asked Trey and Matt to take this piece out, because there have been real-life cases of children actually trying to set other kids on fire with lit matches. Mike Judge got in trouble over portraying this on Beavis and Butt-head, and CC didn't want that kind of trouble. Apparently, though, other nations DO get the original version, with Shelley setting Stan on fire and all.

One of the kids at table has an "Elway" lunch box. Both are Hasidic. Beyond them, on the wall below the clock, is a poster of an alien with the caption, "Have you seen me". The first kid says, "This fish is just hurting my anus", and the second one answers, "Naw, it's pretty fresh"

Terrence's henchboys are the same two that taunt Stan about his dog in Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride, but the shorter one's voice deepens here.

Pig and Elephant DNA Just Won't Splice - a fictitious song attributed to a not-so-famous group. Who bothered to check?

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Elton John! - George Michael's introduction of Elton John in Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Thank Buddha I found you boys - Mephesto is a Buddhist.

The part where Terrence yells "Daddy, Nooooooooo!" when his dad shoots the genetic clone of Stan, comes from The Omen. It's the next to last scene when Gregory Peck is in the church and is going to stab Damien.

Stan's father sure looks a lot like the geologist from Volcano - same haircut and mustache, pocket protector and attire - so one can assume that Stan's father is the town geologist.

The results of the Genetic Experiments

  1. K. C. is shown in his seat before he heads back to it with his weed.
  2. OOOPS - the first prize button is on Fluffy's cage for an instant, BEFORE she is awarded the prize, Mr. Hat awards the prize, but Garrison's right hand is visible!
  3. The last line of the show "That'll do, pig." is from the movie Babe after Babe wins the contest.

The Re-Rendered Version

When this episode first aired, it had a scene in which Shelley throws Stan across the living room and he lands in a puddle of water.
But where did that puddle come from? Turns out when that episode aired overseas there was an additional scene in there in which Shelley sets Stan on fire and puts the fire out a few times. Naturally, a puddle of water appears under Stan, and the question is answered.
But why was that scene removed from the US broadcast? For that, we have to go back a few years to 1993. That year, a 5-year-old boy set his family's mobile home on fire, killing his 2-year-old sister in the blaze. The boy's mother charged that episodes of "Beavis and Butt-head" -- in which the two animated adolescents set fires and said that fire is "cool" -- incited her son. Viacom didn't want to face that again with "South Park," so it had Comedy Central delete that living room scene before airing this episode for the first time.
In the commentary for the episode, Trey didn't mention any of this, simply saying "But look, I'm in a puddle of water for no reason there."
The official script doesn't mention Shelley setting Stan on fire, but does mention her beating him furiously. This shows how an episode can change from script to screen, which happens often on the show.
Now, all past episodes have been re-rendered, so when Shelley throws Stan across the living room this time, Stan lands on dry carpet. No sign of a puddle of water anywhere, and no visible signs of a furious beating.