South Park: Season 1, Episode 2

Weight Gain 4000 (20 Aug. 1997)

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Kathie Lee Gifford comes to South Park to present an award to Cartman, and Mr. Garrison hopes to use the event to assassinate her.




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Episode cast overview:
Mary Kay Bergman ...
Wendy Testaburger / Mayor McDaniels / Liane Cartman / Bebe Stevens / Woman Greeting Garrison (voice) (as Shannen Cassidy)
Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Mr. Garrison / Johnson / Commercial Warning / Clyde / Officer Barbrady / Man in Crowd #2 / Geraldo (voice)
Kyle Broflovski / Kenny McCormick / Ted / Announcer / Weight Gain 4000 Spokesman / Man in Crowd #1 / Man Walking Down Street / Jimbo Kern / Man Greeting Garrison / Bodyguard #1 / Bodyguard #2 / TV Presenter / Man in Crowd #3 (voice)
Chef (voice)


Cartman wins an environmentalism essay contest, and the prize is going to be awarded by none other than Kathy Lee Gifford. While most of the town is overjoyed, Mr. Garrison is still haunted by the memory of losing a child talent contest to Kathy, and vows to get revenge. Meanwhile, Wendy, angry over losing the essay contest and suspecting Cartman of cheating, starts doing some plotting of her own. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Mr. Garrison: Congratulations, Eric, on writing the award-winning paper.
Cartman: Kick ass.
Stan: That's impossible. Cartman doesn't know a rainforest from a Pop-Tart.
Cartman: Yeah, I do. Pop-Tarts are frosted.
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One of many classics from season 1
26 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm going to try to review this without any spoilers... The brand of humor Matt and Trey deploy in the earlier episodes differs slightly from the newer seasons, but it is for the better. Season 1 looks like it was animated with cardboard cutouts, and it probably was, though I'm only certain the first episode was. Anyways, this episode has two plot lines, one for Cartman and one for Mr. Garrison, and the viewer gets a very in-depth view of Garrison's quirks and secrets, etc, and Cartman's insecurities. Weight Gain spawned one of South Park's most popular catch phrases, later seen on t-shirts across America, and is overall laugh out loud funny. Dialogue is stripped compare to the newer seasons but the jokes hit home just as well. Stan and Wendy's relationship is also particularly well done in the earlier seasons, and this episode isn't an exception. After watching so much South Park over the past few years, it's funny that you can distinguish these South Park kids as 3rd graders and their latter renditions as 4th graders. These children are just as profane but much more innocent at the same time. They have yet to spend 15 seasons causing mayhem. To conclude, watch this episode, and all of season 1 while you're at it. It is easily one of the best, though nobody could objectively call it the best. In general, South Park's first 6 seasons have stood the test of time very well, and everything since has been hit or miss. Peace.

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