The boys begin to exaggerate stories when their student news show falls behind in the ratings.



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Episode cast overview:
Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / TV Announcer / Jimmy Valmer / Mr. Maher / Whistlin' Willy / Clyde / Pharmacist / Mr. Garrison / Red Goth (voice)
Adrien Beard ...
Token Black (voice)
John 'Nancy' Hansen ...
Mr. Slave (voice) (as John Hansen)
Jennifer Howell ...
Bebe Stevens (voice)
Principal Victoria (voice) (as Gracie Lazar)
Chef (credit only)


The boys begin to exaggerate stories when their student news show falls behind in the ratings.

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17 November 2004 (USA)  »

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According to Trey Parker & Matt Stone, the idea for this episode came from when they were so tied up in the production of Team America: World Police (2004) that they had absolutely no idea what to write for South Park. The final scene is a parody of one of their writers meetings. See more »


While announcing the sports results, Kyle mentions that the girl's basketball team lost because one girl couldn't play because her father was on a business trip in Thailand. Cartman says that the "Cows are 6 and 0 since Kelly's father left on that trip". That would imply 6 wins and 0 losses, not the other way around. He should have said "the cows are 0 and 6 since Kelly's father left on that trip". See more »


Jimmy Valmer: [the boys suggest making news up to improve their show's ratings] Fellas, are you sure all of this is e-ethical?
Eric Cartman: We're in forth grade Timmy. We don't even know what ethical means.
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References Happy Days (1974) See more »

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Pretty funny
25 January 2009 | by (Canada(Montreal,Quebec)) – See all my reviews

Quest For Ratings had some funny moments, but was just an average episode of SP, nothing special.There is a fairly cool hallucination scene though.The boys have a kids news show, however they have a fear of getting canceled due to Craig's new show which is "Animals close up with a wide angle lens", the boys have to revamp their news show to compete with the ratings, so they make up a bunch of fake news stories and change their image, however, Craig makes another show which is the same as his old one, only the animals have hats now.The boys need to come up with another idea yet again, so they go buy cough syrup, take it and then start hallucinating.They watch Craig's show while high and think it's the best thing ever.They then realize that most of the school is high on cough syrup and make a big news story about it.The episode has funny moments and is pretty good, just nothing special.It is interesting how the episode is an accurate portrayal of a news team.

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