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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