South Park: Season 2, Episode 11

Roger Ebert Should Lay Off the Fatty Foods (2 Sep. 1998)

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The boys investigate a mysterious conspiracy centered around the South Park Planetarium. Meanwhile, Cartman auditions for a TV commercial.

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Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Barnaby Jones / Mr. Garrison / Cheesy Poof Spokesman / Dr. Adams / Van Gelder / Mr. Mackey / Teenager #2 / Clyde / Bill / Fosse / Competition Contestant / Judge #1 / Tom the News Reader / Officer Barbrady / Lighting Technician (voice)
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The class takes a field trip to the planetarium, but Cartman sneaks off to try out for a Cheesy Poofs commercial. Though the kids are bored at first, they come back from the trip eager to go again. The reason for this sudden change is explained when Mr. Mackey mind-melds with a frightened little boy who stowed away in the school bus. As the planetarium's secret is being revealed, Cartman is overjoyed to learn that he has been selected to be a Cheesy Poof. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The poor little girl with the windswept hair who is in the call back with Cartman and the others is none other than Cosette, the girl from Les Miserables. In the novel, her guardian, Jean Valjean, long before he met her, was thrown in prison for stealing bread. Cartman eliminates the girl from the competition by saying bread is being given away outside. And if you look at the board behind her, you'll see a poster for the Les Miserable musical which bears the question, "Who will be the next Cosette?". See more »

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When the class tries to persuade Mr. Garrison to take them back to the planetarium, he says that it's "right down the street" however, in the beginning of the episode, when they are headed there for the first time they are traveling down a highway towards Denver. See more »

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Barnaby Jones' Accomplace: Well, detective. It looks like ya fooled them again.
Barnaby Jones: [Sounding old abd labored] All in a day's work, I guess. I just hope that next time, I won't have to run so much.
[the end credits roll and the TV is turned off]
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Early South Park Classic -- Raw Satire And Dagger Of The Mind
24 June 2014 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

This episode is the best example of "raw" early SOUTH PARK. They start with a classic STAR TREK episode, "Dagger Of The Mind," and basically act out the entire plot, including legendary Star Trek bits like the "Vulcan Mind Meld." Stan and Kyle actually quote the episode word for word at the end, complete with Shatner diction. "Stan, can you imagine -- a mind -- drained by that thing." And Officer Barbrady, for no particular reason, is hypnotized into believing he is Elvis Presley, complete with the worst Elvis imitation ever. "Okay, man, okay. I'm the King! I'm the King!" Why this episode works so well is that it feels very homegrown and not at all put on -- just a bunch of guys goofing on a STAR TREK classic that every television watcher in America knows by heart.

If SOUTH PARK was the Beatles, this episode would be "Love Me Do."


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