Stan becomes distracted from the upcoming football game because his dog is gay, so he turns to the gayest man in town for advice, Big Gay Al.

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Mary Kay Bergman ...
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Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Clyde / Bill / Fosse / Mr. Garrison / Bookie / Man in Crowd #1 / Man in Crowd #2 / Man in Crowd #3 / Ned Gerblanski / Robert / TV Announcer #2 / Carl / Big Gay Al / Frank Hammond / Richard Stamos / Pet-Owner #3 (voice)
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Kyle Broflovski / Kenny McCormick / Pip Pirrup / Jimbo Kern / TV Announcer #1 / Jesus / Gay Lion / Second Game Announcer / Man in Crowd #4 / Pet-Owner #4 (voice)
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Stan is upset that his dog Sparky is, by all appearances, gay. After repeated attempts to change Sparky's ways, Stan cries out, "I don't want a gay dog!" causing Sparky to run away. When Stan goes looking for him, he encounters Big Gay Al and his sanctuary for gay pets. Big Gay Al helps show Stan that gay people are just like everyone else and that being gay isn't something that can just be changed. Meanwhile, the South Park football team is facing North Park for the annual game, and everyone is depending on quarterback Stan to help the team beat the spread. Will Stan make it back from Al's in time? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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3 September 1997 (USA)  »

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When the episode was under production in 1997, it was relatively uncommon for a television series to openly address homosexuality in such overt terms, especially in a cartoon. As a result, Trey Parker and Matt Stone said Comedy Central executives expressed more concern about this than any other previous episode. Parker said of the network, "I don't think they ever really discouraged it, but they were definitely freaked out". The network, however, did object to scenes in which one of the football sports commentators made offensive jokes and was silenced by the other commentator. The network particularly objected to a joke in which, after watching Kyle run, the commentator said, "I haven't seen a Jew run like that since Poland 1938", a reference to the country's invasion by Nazi Germany (which actually took place in 1939). The jokes were based on a number of real-life offensive remarks sports commentators made and gotten in trouble for. Stone said the scenes were meant to parody the commentators, not the subjects of the jokes. However, they were only allowed to stay in after what Stone called "a big fight" with Comedy Central. See more »

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When Richard Stamos says "I can do it!" and Mr. Garrison says "Do what?", Garrison does not have Mr. Hat on his hand. See more »

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Richard Stamos: [singing] Loving you is easy when you're beautiful. Do, do, do, do, do...
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Richard Stamos: Ah!
[Off key]
Richard Stamos: Ah!
Jimbo: What the hell? He didn't hit the high F.
Gabriel: Richard Stamos can't hit the high F. He always screws it up like this.
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Gabriel: It's obvious where all of the talent in that family went.
Jimbo: Ned we are in big trouble.
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Referenced in Generation Kill: Screwby (2008) See more »

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Now You're a Man
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Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone
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Good episode
21 September 2008 | by (Canada(Montreal,Quebec)) – See all my reviews

Big Gay Al's big gay boatride is the fourth episode of South Park.This is where the show starts to get better.In this episode, Stan has a homosexual dog named Sparky.After his teacher Mr Garrison tells him gay people are evil and the other children make fun of him he tries to dissuade Sparky from being gay.Sparkey eventually runs away from home and goes to "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Animal Sanctuary".Meanwhile Stan is also the quarterback of the school football team.He is decent while the rest are pretty bad(this episode marks the speaking debut of "Pip"(though he was in a few scenes in the extended version of Cartman gets an anal probe).Stan's Uncle Jimbo and Ned bet on Stan's team and everybody else does too.They are not sure if the team will win or not, so they decide to rig the halftime show.Big Gay Al's big gay boatride is a good episode and the show starts getting better after this one.


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