- This episode was dedicated to Mary Kay Bergman and aired the week that she died.
- Starvin' Marvin has several family members, they are: David, his father, Joshua, his brother, and his younger brother, Click Click Derk.
- When the CIA come for the four boys, Cartman claims Kyle "went number two in the urinal". Going "number two" in a urinal is later a major part of the plot for the Season Ten episode, "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce".
- The language the Ethiopians speak is closer to the tribal people of Southern Africa.
- At the beginning of the episode Mr. Garrison calls the Hare Krishna's "totally gay". This sect of Hinduism was founded in 1966 by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in New York City.
- The unreleased DVDA song "I Am Chewbacca" plays during the end credits.
- This is one of few pre-season 5 episodes where Kenny doesn't die.
- Fourth Wall Break: One of the agents mention watching a cartoon making fun of Sally Struthers. This could be a reference to the episode "Starvin' Marvin".
References to Popular Culture
- Star Wars
- Sally Struthers as Jabba the Hut.
- Kenny is frozen in carbonite like Han Solo.
- Sally Struthers has a Tiberian Junker space ship like the Hutts.
- The CBC spaceship is modeled after the Rebel fleets X-Wing fighters.
- CIA agent Sphinx waves his hand in an attempt to use the Jedi Mind trick on Sally Struthers.
- The intro after the main credits fade in like in the Star Wars movies.
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The CBC spaceship's bridge is loosely designed like the bridge of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701..
- The Wormhole and the warping effect are similar in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- The Christian Broadcasting Channel (CBC) and the 600 Club are parodies of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and the 700 Club.
- Pat Robertson is a televangelist that is always using pledge drives to receive donations from their viewers.
- CBC are also the call letters of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
- Tom Brokaw was a very well known and liked TV newsman who worked for NBC from (1966-2004).
- The Marklar language uses "Marklar" as a verb like the cartoon Smurfs of the 1980s.
- The scene where Starvin' Marvin is flying over Australia, with the music in the background, is reminiscent of the 1980s film Flight of the Navigator
- This is the second episode with Starvin' Marvin, the first being the Season One episode of the same name. This is also the first one to feature him as the main character.
- The first time Marvin and the boys are in the wormhole (that teleports them to Marklar), there is a shot of all five of them in the cockpit yelling from the intense speed the ship is traveling (with a strange "ripple" visual effect covering the screen, to indicate they are in the wormhole). The second time the ship goes through the wormhole, Kenny was left back on Earth and is not on the ship. Yet, exactly the same clip from before is shown with all five of them in the cockpit, including Kenny.
- The red button that played the theme music for the rocket ship was also the same one that transported them into the wormhole.
- The spaceship's windshield is light blue. But in one brief shot, it turned red.
- When the boys are talking to Sally Struthers through the video screen, her crew appear to be Marklar from behind and then humans in green uniforms from the front.