Stan and Kyle Fight Over Gorack in South Park Episode 218, “Prehistoric Ice Man”

Playing outside in the winter in Colorado can yield all kinds of exciting discoveries, including frozen prehistoric icemen! Well, at least men frozen since 1996 (keep in mind that this episode is a late nineties one). Fortunately for such a frozen iceman, Dr. Mephisto is able to revive him and keep him alive in a special area where he won’t be too scared by all of the changes that have happened since his time.

What’s funny is how the characters and episode treat him like a man of a bygone age and insist that everything modern will be weird to him. As an example he happens to catch a little tv (remember it’s just after 1998) and the Falcons are going to the Superbowl (and they did too – and lost, sadly). The man flips out that this future is so different from his own that the Atlanta Falcons are going to the Superbowl. Why is that awesome? Because I’m from Atlanta, and after a decade the Falcons finally have another shot at the big title! And even if they don’t, we’re in the playoffs, baby! So, back to South Park….

Stan and Kyle each want to name the prehistoric iceman something else, whether Gorack or Steve, and when the news asks them his name, each claims the discovery and they begin fighting over this disagreement to the point that they stop being friends. Sad. By the end of the episode, however, they learn the importance of friendship when Gorack/Steve tells them how much he appreciates their friendship and help escaping to a place that he could start to call home again.

“You boys have really shown me the true meaning of friendship.  You didn’t care about anything but my happiness.  You put me in front of yourselves, and that’s what real friendship is all about.  After being frozen I’ve learned that all a person has in life is family and friends.  If you lose those, you have nothing.  So friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world.” For more South Park quotes on friendship, click HERE.

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April Fools! Trey Parker and Matt Stone Yelled with “Terrance and Phillip in ‘Not Without My Anus,'” South Park Episode 201

Definitely the funniest thing about this episode is why it exists. As you may have noticed, it’s the first episode of the second season. Well, the cliffhanger “to-be-continued” season finale of the first season was “Cartman’s Mom is a Dirty Slut,” and was all about learning who Cartman’s father was.

Fans eagerly awaited the second season so that they could learn who Cartman’s father was and when it turned out that this episode was supposed to be aired on April 1st, Trey Parker and Matt Stone thought that a little April Fool’s joke was in order and so they made this totally ridiculous episode that was all about Terrance and Philip and a whole bunch of other nonsense.

The fans were pissed off (I wasn’t a viewer at the time). They were on board when it came to ragging on other people but when the joke-stick was pointed their way, they were not amused. I think that’s hilarious, though if I’d cared at the time I’d probably have been pissed off too.

One notable moment in this episode is Terrance and Philip and the person at the airport having no ability to differentiate between Middle Eastern countries like Iran and Iraq, insisting that they’re all the same. A comment on American (or Canadian?) ignorance about important regions of the world, hmm?

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Tekko Watch, Sally Struthers and Starvin’ Marvin Come to South Park episode 109, “Starvin’ Marvin”

There are two Starvin’ Marvin episodes, and though the other is definitely my favorite (I mean, come on – it’s all about conservative Christianity, the Bible and missionaries. Can you blame me!?), this one is awesome too because it sets up all the greatness that’s sure to come when Marvin returns.

The boys want a Tekko sports watch that’s advertised on TV – and that can only be obtained by adopting a starving African child – but instead of sending the watch the boys are sent Marvin, an African child who is disturbingly malnurished.

They decide they like Marvin, but when the CIA comes to solve the mix-up, Cartman is accidentally returned in his place. In Africa, he wanders around, “starving,” and looking for food, only to fall in the sand and claim, “My God has forsaken me.” Lucky for Cartman, he discovers Sally Struthers hide-away where she is hoarding much of the food meant for the Ethiopians. The drama between Parker-Stone and Struthers erupted in the public sphere later, with Struthers claiming offense at her portrayal. In the next episode (311, “Starvin Marvin in Space), she is portrayed is Jabba the Hut.

In the meantime, back in South Park, Dr. Mephisto has genetically engineered turkeys for Thanksgiving, but when it turns out that they’re violent and crazy turkeys, the town has to team up (with Chef as their leader, Mel Gibsoning it up Braveheart-style) and fight the turkeys. This solves the problem of the starving Ethiopians, too, since the massacred turkeys are taken by Marvin back to his people.

It’s a Thanksgiving miracle and obviously a great week for a Thanksgiving episode.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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An Evil Stan is Engineered in South Park Episode 105, “An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig”

Oh, early season one of South Park: how folksy and classic.

In this episode all the boys must complete science fair projects and Kyle and Dr. Mephisto’s son get into a cloning war, with the latter insisting that he can clone an entire human being and Kyle believing that he can breed an elephant and a pot-bellied pig to make small pot-bellied elephants.

When the boys go to Dr. Mephisto, the local genetic engineer, to ask how they might do what they intend to, they are introduced to a variety of four-assed animals genetically engineered by the doctor. Secretly, he stabs Stan and takes a sample of his blood, which happens to be the blood used for the human clone. In the meantime, Chef advises the boys to have the elephant make love to the pig and Elton John comes in for a magical and sexy duet that, post drunk, gets every enjoying some coitus.

The Stan-clone grows huge and monstrous and eventually escapes from the genetic engineer only to terrify and destroy the town of South Park. And guess who’s getting blamed!? That’s right, Stan.

Fortunately for him and the trouble he’s going to get in, Shelley, who had been mean to Stan throughout the whole episode, claims that Stan had been with her the whole time and therefore not wreaking havoc about town. What a good sister.

Stan tells Shelley:

“Shelley, you saved my life. And yet, you’ve done so much more than that. Today you’ve taught me the meaning of family. Sure, families don’t always get along, but when the forces of evil descend upon us, we conquer them by sticking together.”

Curiously, this episode touches close to home right now because I’m in the middle of one of Michael Crichton’s books about genetic engineering called Next. It’s not as good as State of Fear or some of his classics but I’m entertained. I only got it because it was a few dollars for the hardback at Borders a few months back. And then we learned this week that Crichton died. He was a great author and a great addition to public debate about important issues. Thanks for everything, Michael.

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