South Park: Season 11, Episode 5

Fantastic Easter Special (4 Apr. 2007)

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In a parody of "The daVinci Code," Stan discovers the real reason behind Easter, decorating eggs, and the Easter Bunny.



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Episode cast overview:
Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Randy Marsh / Mall Easter Bunny / Bunny Man #1 / Bunny Man #2 / Bunny Man #4 / Grandpa Marsh / Man Searching for Rabbit / Bunny Man #5 / Professor Teabag / The Pope / Cardinal / Ninja #1 / TV Announcer / News Reporter / Bunny Man #6 / Bishop / Nick Donovan (voice)
Kyle Broflovski / Bunny Man #3 / Head Bunny / Bunny Man #4 / Nelson / Butler / Ninja #2 / Jesus (voice)
Sharon Marsh / Photographer (voice)


In a parody of "The daVinci Code," Stan discovers the real reason behind Easter, decorating eggs, and the Easter Bunny.

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[Jesus and Kyle are locked in a separate prison cell apart from Pope Benedict XVI's cell; Jesus furiously saws at a chain keeping the door closed with a file in his right hand]
Pope Benedict XVI: [in remorse] Forgive me, Jesus.
Jesus: [furious about Bill Donohue] We'll never get out in time to stop him!
Kyle: Don't you have any superpowers?
Jesus: [throws the file away] Not as a mortal. Only in death.
[he pauses for a second]
Jesus: [realizing] Wait. That's it. We have no choice, Kyle. You're going to have to kill me.
Kyle: [shocked] What?
Jesus: Stab me with...
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Spoofs The Da Vinci Code (2006) See more »

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4 April 2007 | by (Lake Forest Park, Washington) – See all my reviews

Wow. All I can say is, South Park has amazed me this season. There has only been one weak episode so far, and the other four have been pretty good to really great. This week added another strong entry to the Season 11 repertoire: Fantastic Easter Special.

Suffice to say, South Park has run this long and never done an Easter Special. They send up the Da Vinci Code, as Stan learns his father is part of a secret organization that protects the real story behind Easter. When Bill Donohue messes things up, it's up to Stan to discover the secret and rescue the bunny Snowball.

The last third of the episode is by far the best part of the whole episode. Trapped in a cage together, Jesus (who hasn't made an appearance since the end of season six) and Kyle are trying to get free to prevent disaster. When that proves futile, Jesus decides to have Kyle kill him so he can resurrect where the problem is. This is probably the biggest laugh of the season, as Kyle makes Jesus, "promise not tell Cartman." And then Jesus dies in the most hilarious fashion.

The rest of the episode only directly copies one scene from the Da Vinci Code when it makes a random stop at some British scholar guy's house (we never learn how his name was acquired by Stan and Kyle). He explains how St. Peter was really a rabbit, and how the Catholic church denies this constantly.

So far this season, South Park has offended by using the N-word 42 times, annoyed gays with it's Cartman Sucks episode, and really riled the British with Queen Elizabeth II's suicide at the end of The Snuke. Now the Catholic Church has been hit again, and they probably won't let Parker and Stone off easy (remember the Bloody Mary episode?).

One thing I admire about South Park is it continues to make headlines with it's various episodes, from the Jesse Jackson episode to the Queen Elizabeth episode. Catholics shouldn't really be offended, since this is a send-up of a book that initially offended the Catholics. The only bad Catholics in the episode are Donohue and his team of ninjas.

Episode 6 and 7 is where the season usually starts to lose it's steam. By this time Parker and Stone have been working full throttle on each episode, procrastinating as long as they dare. I appreciate they're ability to throw together a good episode, but sometimes I feel the final episodes would be better if the team hadn't run out of steam on the last episode. Our last season half finales were Stanley's Cup (mediocre), Tsst (okay, but not a good finisher), Bloody Mary (only remembered because of the controversy) and Erection day (worst of the above mentioned). Woodland Critter Christmas and Goobacks were two great season half finishers for the 8th year. Hopefully Parker and Stone have saved up some really good stuff for us. We can only hope.

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