Peruvian Pan Flute Bands, Furry Death and Government Conspiracy Abound in South Park Episode 1210, “Pandemic”

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Pan-Flute Epidemic = Pandemic

When the boys go to the mall so that Kenny can buy the necessary equipment to shave his balls, they notice an abundance of pan-flute Peruvian bands. A bit of empirical research leads Stan to the conclusion that there’s big money to be made with such a band, and so the boys (with Craig as their new recruit) start their own band.

At first their efforts are successful and the money starts filling the coffers, but when the government, justly concerned by the “Pan-flute Epidemic” or Pandemic that has swept the U.S. and the world, arrests all the bands, the boys wind up in a quarantine facility in Miami.

They manage to talk to the head of the Department of Homeland Security, who, convinced that the boys are some kind of white-Peruvian hybrid, decides not to send them away if they agree to infiltrate Peru and once and for all put a stop to the spread of pan-flute bands.

In the meantime, we learn that the Peruvian flute players were actually protecting everyone from the Furry Death, which starts wreaking havoc in South Park shortly after all of the Peruvians have disappeared. It turns out that this Furry Death is guinea pigs, and the only person who could stop them is on a plane to the middle of nowhere.


And then the episode stops. That’s right. It just stops. The boys are on a plane to Peru (supposedly). Disaster is spreading all over the world. A government conspiracy seems to be in the works with the director of Homeland Security, the disappearance of the Peruvian bands and the arrival of the guinea pigs – and it just stops. It doesn’t even say To Be Continued (or if it did my local network cut it off earlier). WTF?

I must say, I’m intrigued. The episode was getting increasingly ridiculous and I’m always down with ridiculous, but I really wanted to know where this was going. And then it stopped. Will next week be a continuation of this?

Why This Episode Hits Home With Me

So, my step-mother works for the CDC. She’s an epidemiologist and what she actually works on all the time is government preparedness for a pandemic, whether flu or otherwise. It’s fascinating work and she’s spent years trying to get the Bush administration to adopt this highly complex and thorough plan that she and her team has worked out. After adoption it takes enormous work to implement and make sure we’re prepared as a country but she goes all over the world – including Peru! – to get countries to adopt this excellent plan. But lo and behold, in January she’ll have to convince a whole new batch of people to do what’s best for the country.

Meanwhile, I told her that there was going to be an episode of South Park called “Pandemic” and told her to watch. Somehow I don’t think this is what either of us were expecting, but I’m still intrigued. Hopefully she is too….but I doubt it.

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Pic of the Day: Me with Fightclub author, Chuck Palahniuk, During Our Interview

Six years ago I was lucky enough to privately (well, one other person was there) interview acclaimed author Chuck Palahniuk, writer of such books as Fightclub, Choke, Rant and what he was there for at the time, Lullaby. My interview was part of a piece I wrote for the school newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Here is a picture that someone took of Chuck and I in the back room where we conducted our interview:

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South Park Episode 613 is “The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers”

Porno anyone? Yes, that’s right – this episode is about children getting a hold of a porno.

The episode makes fun of – and combines the names of – all three Lord of the Rings movies, and traces the adventures of the children as they try to return a video given to them by their parents (and which they don’t know is a porn) to the video store.

It’s an amusing episode, especially as we see the parents attempt to explain the sexual situations they think their children have seen on the tape that they never actually watched.

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