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Merry Christmas Charlie Manson! 

Stan, Kyle and Kenny go to Nebraska to spend Christmas with Eric's family. Meanwhile, Charlie Manson escapes from prison with Eric's uncle, and the boys help teach him the true meaning of Christmas.



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Episode cast overview:
... Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Randy Marsh / Grandpa Cartman / Uncle Stinky / Great Grandma Florence / Cousin Elvin / Uncle Howard / Charles Manson / George Bailey / Fat Bob / News Reader / Kid in Line / Grinchy-Poo Narrator / Cindy Lou / Mall Cop / Policeman #2 / Robert Pooner / Policeman #3 / Mr. Hankey (voice)
... Kyle Broflovski / Kenny McCormick / Stuart McCormick / TV Announcer / Sports Commentator / Policeman #1 / Police Chief Steven (voice)
... Sharon Marsh / Shelly Marsh / Sheila Broflovski / Liane Cartman / Carol McCormick / Grandma Cartman / Girl at Mall / Girl's Mother (voice)
... Fake Mr. Hankey (voice)
Jennifer Howell ... (voice)
... Mall Hankey's Helper (voice)


Cartman is spending Christmas at his grandparents' house, and the rest of the guys are invited. When Stan asks his parents for permission, however, they refuse. Angry and thinking his parents don't care about him, Stan sneaks off to go with his friends anyway. Soon after arriving, Cartman's Uncle Howard shows up, having broken out of prison with his cell-mate, Charles Manson. Wanting to have some fun, Manson offers to take the boys to the shopping mall so they can meet Mr. Hankey. Following a riot, a police chase and several holiday TV specials, Manson learns the true meaning of Christmas and Stan learns his parents really do care. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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9 December 1998 (USA)  »

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The only members of the Cartman family not overweight are Liane Cartman and Cartman's cousin, Alexandra. See more »


The last two acts of It's a Wonderful Life are reversed in the spoof Manson is watching. Bailey's walk through Main Street should precede his realizing that Mary is real. See more »


Announcer: And now, back to "It's A Wonderful Life".
George Bailey: You can't just buy people, Mr. Potter. You know what you are? You're a little bitch. That's right, you're a bitch and I'll bet you'd like to suck it, wouldn't you?
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I've seen all Christmas episodes
29 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

The first six seasons of "South Park" are all said to have Christmas episodes with Mr. Hankey in them. That technically isn't true, because while Mr. Hankey is certainly alluded to in this episode, he doesn't actually appear. That's actually a great subplot as it features a mall Mr. Hankey being unmasked by the boys. You have to admit it's pretty funny to see little kids fight police officers. This episode introduces us to Cartman's further family members. Well, they don't appear later.

They're mostly fat and talk just like him and it's as funny as it sounds. I found another grey alien. When Charles Manson is driving the kids away from the police, the tattoo on his forehead changes from a happy face to an alien. Okay, it isn't an alien technically physically appearing, but you get the idea. It's weird watching this now that Charles Manson has died. It was heartwarming in a weird way to see him portrayed here like this. ***1/2

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