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Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride 

Stan becomes distracted from the upcoming football game because his dog is gay, so he turns to the gayest man in town for advice, Big Gay Al.




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Episode cast overview:
Mary Kay Bergman ... Pet-Owner #1 / Pet-Owner #2 (voice) (as Shannen Cassidy)
... Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Clyde / Bill / Fosse / Mr. Garrison / Bookie / Man in Crowd #1 / Man in Crowd #2 / Man in Crowd #3 / Ned Gerblanski / Robert / TV Announcer #2 / Carl / Big Gay Al / Frank Hammond / Richard Stamos / Pet-Owner #3 (voice)
... Kyle Broflovski / Kenny McCormick / Pip Pirrup / Jimbo Kern / TV Announcer #1 / Jesus / Gay Lion / Second Game Announcer / Man in Crowd #4 / Pet-Owner #4 (voice)
... Chef (voice)
... Sparky (voice)


Stan is upset that his dog Sparky is, by all appearances, gay. After repeated attempts to change Sparky's ways, Stan cries out, "I don't want a gay dog!" causing Sparky to run away. When Stan goes looking for him, he encounters Big Gay Al and his sanctuary for gay pets. Big Gay Al helps show Stan that gay people are just like everyone else and that being gay isn't something that can just be changed. Meanwhile, the South Park football team is facing North Park for the annual game, and everyone is depending on quarterback Stan to help the team beat the spread. Will Stan make it back from Al's in time? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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3 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Although the first season received a lot of criticism from commentators who felt the show was disgusting and offensive, Trey Parker specifically defended this episode and South Park: Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo (1997), which he felt included moral values and a "sweet side to it" among the sophomoric humor. Stone also said those two episodes became the specific shows people would most talk about when they discussed the show. See more »


Kyle's shirt before football practice first reads 14 on the back. When the screen changes, it then reads 12 on the front. See more »


Richard Stamos: [singing] Loving you is easy 'cause you're beautiful. Do, do, do, dooo...
[Off key]
Richard Stamos: Ah!
[Off key]
Richard Stamos: Ah!
Jimbo: What the hell? He didn't sing the high F.
Mr. Herbert Garrison: Richard Stamos can't sing a high F. He always screws it up like this.
Jimbo: Ned, we are gonna get our asses kicked!
Mr. Herbert Garrison: [Jeering] It's obvious where all the talent in that family went!
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References Simon & Simon (1981) See more »


Loving You
Written by Minnie Riperton
Performed by Trey Parker
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Good episode
21 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Big Gay Al's big gay boatride is the fourth episode of South Park.This is where the show starts to get better.In this episode, Stan has a homosexual dog named Sparky.After his teacher Mr Garrison tells him gay people are evil and the other children make fun of him he tries to dissuade Sparky from being gay.Sparkey eventually runs away from home and goes to "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Animal Sanctuary".Meanwhile Stan is also the quarterback of the school football team.He is decent while the rest are pretty bad(this episode marks the speaking debut of "Pip"(though he was in a few scenes in the extended version of Cartman gets an anal probe).Stan's Uncle Jimbo and Ned bet on Stan's team and everybody else does too.They are not sure if the team will win or not, so they decide to rig the halftime show.Big Gay Al's big gay boatride is a good episode and the show starts getting better after this one.

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