As Thanksgiving approaches, the boys see a TV ad asking for people to sponsor starving children in Ethiopia. They decide to give it a try, motivated less by the thought of helping someone less fortunate, than by the offer of a sports watch for every sponsor. Expecting their watch to arrive, the boys are surprised to find an Ethiopian boy delivered to their door. When the mix-up is discovered, the FBI quickly swings into action, only to ship Cartman to Ethiopia instead. Meanwhile, Dr. Mephisto's new flock of genetically engineered turkeys has decided not to go quietly to the chopping block. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
After the episode aired, Trey Parker
and Matt Stone
received feedback that audiences felt it was especially unkind to Sally Struthers
. Although they did not speak to her themselves, the duo received word that Struthers was a fan of the show until this episode aired, after which she was very upset and reportedly reacted emotionally over her portrayal. Struthers was particularly saddened by the fact that her character steals food from the same starving children she had been working to help. Parker and Stone were slightly remorseful when they learned of her reaction and have said they did not have anything against Struthers personally. Nevertheless, Struthers was portrayed in an even less flattering way in South Park: Starvin' Marvin in Space
(1999) as a Jabba the Hutt-like creature. In a DVD commentary track, Parker said of Struthers, "Dude, you're really setting yourself up if you're going to be that fat and go on the air talking about [starving children]. ... We don't think she's a bad person, she's probably nice to try to do this, but cut down on the Twinkies a little bit before going on the air." See more
[on the phone
Hello? Is this Sally Struthers?... Oh.
What did she say?
Shut up, Butt-pirate, I'm trying to hear.