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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5 Responses

  1. It’s kind of a Cloverfield spoof, so maybe they intend to leave the viewers wondering how everything ends. Could also continue, who knows…

  2. I would guess that there will be a part 2 next week. There is this trend in south park now to have a 2 part episode in every season. Like cartoon wars and imagination land. There haven’t been one this season so I think that this story will be continued next week.

    I for one would like to know how Craig is going to be the only one capable of stopping the guinea pigs….

  3. Wow…. Great ep. So does this mean that Craig will play a bigger role in the show from now on? I hope not, that guy is negative.

  4. I think the only special thing I know about Craig is that he ‘flips’ people off constantly. Maybe this power could possibly stop the ‘Furry Death’ in its ranks….Btw, you forget to mention that the Head of Homeland Security at the end actually kills a war general that is a bit suspicious about the whole pandemic from the start. He seems to kill the man by just lurching his tongue several feet from his mouth which injects straight through the man’s brain; killing him instantly. As usual, Matt Stone and Trey Parker seem to take the awkwardness of Hollywood to a new level, can’t wait to see how it continues next week 🙂

  5. […] To read about last week’s episode, “Pandemic,” click HERE. […]

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