South Park: Season 2, Episode 17

Gnomes (16 Dec. 1998)

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A school assignment pairs the boys up with Tweek, a neurotic boy who claims that gnomes are stealing his underwear. Meanwhile, Tweek's father fights against a corporation that is stealing his business.



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Episode cast overview:
Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Mr. Garrison / Mr. Tweek / Officer Barbrady / Johnson / Public Access Host / Prop 10 Commercial Voice-Over / Other Sign Hanger / Gnomes / Toto Fan / Coffee Customer #2 (voice)
Kyle Broflovski / Kenny McCormick / Tweek / Customer / John Postum / Ted / Public Access Announcer / Gnomes / Sanchez / Coffee Customer #1 (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ...
Mrs. Tweek / Committee Woman #1 / Committee Woman #2 / Mayor McDaniels / Protester #1 / Protester #2 / Billy's Mother (voice)
Jennifer Howell ...


Facing termination for not teaching anything, Mr. Garrison tells the students they have to give a current events presentation before the school board to demonstrate what they've learned in his class. The boys get partnered with Tweek, the jumpy son of a local coffee shop owner, and go to his house to put together their report. Mr. Tweek suggests they present a report on how big chain coffee shops are pushing smaller shops out of business, and gives them a report he's already written for them. The town committee is won over by their impassioned plea to fight the coffee chains, and the boys soon find themselves in over their heads when they are called upon to give another speech in a debate with the CEO of Harbuck's coffee. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Hilarious episode!
19 October 2008 | by (Canada(Montreal,Quebec)) – See all my reviews

Gnomes is a funny South Park episode.It introduces us to Tweek, a boy who is always paranoid because he drinks a lot of coffee.Tweek would later replace Kenny in the second half of Season 6.In this episode, Garrison risks getting fired due to not teaching the boys anything.So he makes them do a report on a current event.The boys have to work with Tweek.Meanwhile, Tweek's father who owns a coffee shop risks having to sell the shop because a harbucks coffee shop has opened right next to him.The boys do the report at Tweek's house, but end up drinking coffee and end up getting really hyper.It's at 3am when they get sick from the coffee and have not gotten any work done.Tweek's dad writes their report for them about how big corporations ruin small corporations.The boys give their report and a bunch of people start protesting Harbucks coffee.But after a visit from the Underpants Gnomes, little Gnomes who steal underwear.The boys realize they are a big corporation and why big corporations are good.Gnomes has some very funny parts and is overall a good episode!

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