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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Introducing Tweek; the coffee addicted child
22 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Mr. Garrison is threatened with the sack for failing to teach his children anything relevant he is given one last chance; his class must give a presentation on a current event in South Park. The class is divided into groups and Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman end up in the same group as Tweek. Tweek is the highly strung son of the local coffee shop owner; he is clearly drinking far too much coffee but his parents think it is just ADD! Tweek suggests that they write a report on the gnomes that come into his room at three thirty each morning to steal his underpants… the other boys are suspicious of his story but agree to spend the night. Tweek's father has another idea about what they should do a presentation; corporate takeovers… all part of a ploy to whip up feeling against the coffee giant 'Harbucks' that is opening a shop next door to his. The boys are so busy listening to his suggestion that they miss seeing the gnomes! The presentation goes well… to well in fact; they are then asked to help raise the issue with the mayor before going on to speak to the town on the matter.

This is probably my favourite episode of South Park; the story is fun and includes some great new characters. Tweek is hilarious with his constant hair-pulling and complaining about the pressure of the situation. I must confess I liked this character enough to take my screen name from it! Tweek's father is also pretty funny as everything he says sounds as if it is something from a coffee commercial. The Gnomes' business acumen is a classic South Park moment with their 'stage one, steal underpants; stage 2, ?; Stage three, profit' motto. The regular cast behave as one would expect providing plenty of laughs; I particularly liked how they barely batted an eyelid as Kenny died while the gnomes freaked out. This is a classic episode; lots of laughs; somewhat surreal but not too much so and not too offensive… all in all; the perfect South Park episode!

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