Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut

"Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut" is the thirteenth and final episode of the first season of the American animated television series South Park. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on February 25, 1998. The episode is the highest viewed episode in the entire South Park series, with 6.4 million views. It is part one of a two-episode story arc, which concluded with "Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut". The episode follows Eric Cartman, one of the show's child protagonists, becoming curious about the identity of his father. He discovers that his father is most likely a man his mother had sexual intercourse with during an annual party called "The Drunken Barn Dance". Meanwhile, his friends Stan, Kyle and Kenny participate on America's Stupidest Home Videos, after filming Cartman playing in his yard with plush toys.

The episode was written by Trey Parker and staff writer David A. Goodman, and directed by Parker. It featured a guest appearance by comedian Jay Leno, who provided cat sounds for Cartman's cat. "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" had a cliffhanger ending; the identity of Cartman's father was intended to be revealed in the second season premiere, but Parker and co-creator Matt Stone wrote an unrelated April Fool's Day episode instead. This was much to the dismay of South Park viewers. This episode was met with positive responses from critics.

In the summer of 2013, fans voted "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut" as the best episode of season one.[1]

"Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut"
South Park episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 13
Directed byTrey Parker
Written byTrey Parker
David A. Goodman
Production code113
Original air dateFebruary 25, 1998
Guest appearance(s)

Plot

Stan, Kyle and Kenny decide to check on Cartman when he does not show up for school. They discover that he is having a tea party with his stuffed animals in his backyard. Their school counselor Mr. Mackey advises them to videotape Cartman, so he can study him psychologically.

Meanwhile, Cartman does not have a father to celebrate father-and-son day and asks his mother who he is. His mother explains that she met his father, a Native American named Chief Running Water, at the 12th annual "Drunken Barn Dance". However, Chief Running Water informs him that his mother is a slut and that he saw her with Chef later that night at the dance. Chef tells Cartman that his mother preferred Mr. Garrison over him. At a bar, Mr. Garrison admits to Cartman that he had sex with Mrs. Cartman, but then argues "But who here didn't!?", to which Mayor McDaniels, Principal Victoria, Jesus and Father Maxi share guilty glances with each other. Dr. Mephisto is willing to perform DNA testing to resolve the issue, but requires $3,000 for the test. Cartman gets depressed, as he does not have the money.

In the meantime, Kyle, Stan and Kenny watch America's Stupidest Home Videos; they hear there's a $10,000 grand prize for the stupidest home video. They decide to enter the competition with the video they made of Cartman. Cartman approaches Kyle and Stan (Kenny was dragged to a train track by Stan's go-cart and killed by an oncoming train) with the depressing news about his lack of funds to find out his real father. Stan and Kyle agree that if they win the video contest they will give Cartman the $3,000 needed for the DNA testing. Cartman is overjoyed, but quickly becomes extremely angry after seeing the aired video. Though they do not win the competition, as Stan's grandfather wins with a videotape he made of Kenny's death, they receive a $3,000 runner-up prize instead, which is still enough for the DNA test. Dr. Mephesto calls together Cartman, his mother and all potential fathers (including the 1989 Denver Broncos), when he gets the test results which is where Kenny comes back to life. When he is about to reveal the identity of Cartman's father, a narrator states that the answer will be revealed in the new South Park episode four weeks later, much to Cartman's annoyance and anger.

Production

"Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" was written by South Park co-creator Trey Parker and staff writer David R. Goodman, and directed by Parker.[2] South Park would sometimes have guest appearances by celebrities, but they would usually voice a supporting or minor character; Academy Award winning actor George Clooney had previously provided dog barks for the episode "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride". Comedian and talk-show host Jay Leno provided the sounds of Cartman's cat Mr. Kitty in the episode.[3] Leno would return later as himself in the season two episode "City on the Edge of Forever".[3] Toddy Walters provided the vocals for the song used at "The Drunken Barn Dance" (which is a parody of "My Heart Will Go On"). Walters was romantically involved with Parker at the time the episode was being produced. She would continue to write and sing for the show throughout its third season.[4]

The episode was to conclude with the first episode of the second season, on April 1, 1998, four weeks after "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" was first broadcast.[5] However, instead of continuing the episode's storyline, Parker and co-creator Matt Stone made an episode regarding the South Park minor characters Terrance and Philip, as an April Fool's Day prank on viewers of the show.[6] Upset fans wrote more than 2,000 angry e-mail complaints to Comedy Central within a week of the episode's original broadcast,[7] and media outlets said some fans harbored a grudge against the show more than five years after the episode was broadcast.[8][9][10]

Theme

Writing for Newsday, television critic Tom Carson stated he felt the episode was "a really plaintive story about craving something, anything, to hold onto", as Cartman tries to adapt the culture of each man he believes to be his father.[11] Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, author of the book Taking South Park Seriously, also felt the episode was a good example of a "kind of equivalency between ethnic, racial and sexual identities", but felt "the humor lies partly in Cartman's parody of mass culture's stereotypes of Native Americans and African Americans".[12] In his book American politics and society today, Robert Singh noted that the episode gives the most prominent example of how Cartman's rude behaviour is the result of being raised without a father.[13] This correlated with a theory by Paul Cantor, author of the book The Simpsons: Atomistic Politics and the Nuclear Family, regarding Homer Simpson, of FOX's The Simpsons, "that merely by being present, a dutiful and attached father can provide a meaningful influence, despite his dysfunctional behaviour and errant educational ways."[13]

Release and reception

The episode was first aired in the United States on the cable television channel Comedy Central on February 25, 1998.[2] It received a Nielsen rating in the 8.0 range.[14] In Canada, the episode premiered on The Comedy Channel on August 20, 1998, it was the last of a three-week South Park marathon aired by the network.[15] A little over 300,000 viewers watched the episode, which was a record for the channel, which had only been part of Canada's cable networks for ten months.[16][17] The complete three-week marathon was watched by an average 186,307 viewers per minute per day.[15]

When first broadcast in the United States, "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" gained positive responses from critics. Writing for The Vancouver Sun, Brian Lowry and Alex Strachan defined "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut", as well as "Damien", "Mecha Streisand" and "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo", as season one's "classic episodes", commenting that "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" was "a heart-warming, tender episode".[18] Carson also praised the episode for its "hilarious sex-jokes".[11] In a top ten list of South Park's best episodes, compiled by Chicago Tribune reporter Allan Johnson, "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" was ranked third, behind "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants" and "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo".[19]

On April 27, 1999, "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" was released on the "South Park: Volume 7" VHS tape which also contained "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut", in a third series of South Park home video releases. Volume 7 was sold along with Volume 8, which contained "Chickenlover" and "Ike's Wee Wee", and Volume 9, which contained "Conjoined Fetus Lady" and "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka".[20] All thirteen episodes of the first season, including "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut", were released on a DVD box set on November 12, 2002.[21] Parker and Stone recorded commentary tracks for each episode, but the tracks were not included on the DVDs due to "standards" issues with some of the statements; refusing to allow the tracks to be censored or edited, Parker and Stone's commentary tracks were released on a separate CD.[22][23]

Notes

  1. ^ "Summer of South Park Season 1 Battle Royale". SouthParkStudios.com. 2013. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Weinstock, p. 234
  3. ^ a b Weinstock, pp. 215–216
  4. ^ Casey, Patrick (November 28, 2002). "After taking a tour of both L.A. and South Park, Toddy Walters rediscovers her musical muse". Denver Westword.
  5. ^ Belcher, Walt (February 25, 1998). "PBS offers a nostalgic look at '40s". Tampa Tribune. p. 6.
  6. ^ "Barbra you moron, you killed Kenny". The Sunday News. May 17, 1998. p. 31.
  7. ^ Feran, Tom (April 4, 1998). ""Tom Jones" big, bawdy, well done". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. p. 1F.
  8. ^ Clodfelter, Tim (July 4, 2003). "Lots of fun some Comedy Central shows make it to DVD". Winston-Salem Journal. p. E4.
  9. ^ Low, Bob (1998-04-17). "The Net; Web goes toon barmy; Bob Low surfs the Net". Daily Record. Glasgow, Scotland. p. 43.
  10. ^ Johnson, Allan (1998-04-17). "On his first CD, "Raging Bully", Bobby Slayton takes no prionsers". Chicago Tribune. p. 10.
  11. ^ a b Carson, Tom (March 15, 1998). "Culture Watch – South Park – Gross Anatomy of American Childhood". Newsday. New York City, New York. p. B6.
  12. ^ Weinstock, p. 122
  13. ^ a b Singh, p. 221/229
  14. ^ "FAQ". South Park Studios. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  15. ^ a b "Programming". Playback. September 7, 1998. p. 10.
  16. ^ Slotek, Jim (August 27, 1998). "The Numbers". The Toronto Sun. p. 63.
  17. ^ Gillespie, Ian (January 10, 1999). "Listening to Silence". London Free Press. Ontario, Canada. p. D1.
  18. ^ Lowry, Brian; Strachan, Alex (April 28, 1998). "True South: South Park's success has spawned 40 more episodes, a movie and a new deal for its young creators". The Vancouver Sun. p. E5.
  19. ^ Staff (April 9, 2003). "Celebrate with cheesy poofs". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. p. 64.
  20. ^ "The Twisted Fun Continues as All-New Wave 3 of South Park Videos Become Available April 27; But Like Kenny, Volumes 1, 2 & 3 are Dead!". Business Wire. Burbank, California. April 19, 1999.
  21. ^ Lawson, Terry (November 12, 2002). "4-disc "Rings" could take up a whole weekend". Detroit Free Press. Detroit, Michigan.
  22. ^ Pratt, p. 1123
  23. ^ Owen, Rob (November 22, 2002). ""South Park" warped and worthy". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. p. 39.

References

  • Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew (2008). Taking South Park seriously. SUNY Press. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-7914-7565-2.
  • Singh, Robert (2002). American politics and society today. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-7456-2527-0.
  • Pratt, Douglas (2005). Doug Pratt's DVD: Movies, Television, Music, Art, Adult, and More!. UNET 2 Corporation. p. 1123. ISBN 1-932916-01-6.

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Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut

"Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut" is the second episode of the second season of the American animated television series South Park. The 15th episode of the series overall, it premiered on Comedy Central in the United States on April 22, 1998. The episode concludes the storyline of the season one finale "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut"; Mephesto is suddenly shot, just as he is about to reveal the identity of Eric Cartman's father. The four boys and Chef rush him to Hell's Pass Hospital while the town of South Park experiences a massive blizzard.

The episode aired after the season premiere "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus" was aired in its place three weeks earlier as an April Fools' Day prank. Upset viewers wrote over 2,000 complaints to Comedy Central within a week of its premiere date. In 2013, fans voted "Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut" as the best episode of season two.

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The episodes were inspired by the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, which began in response to a Danish newspaper's printing of cartoons depicting Muhammed in early 2006, leading to worldwide protests and occasionally violent demonstrations and riots. It also comes from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's general dislike of Family Guy, which they viewed as overly reliant on cutaway gags as humor and less on story. During production, the duo ran into reluctance from Comedy Central and parent company Viacom, who felt their insistence to depict Muhammad disregarded concerns for public safety. Parker and Stone argued that the network was giving in to hypothetical violence, labeling them hypocrites due to their satirizing of other religions in the past. The network interference was written into the episode's storyline.

Comedy Central eventually aired the episode with a black title card during the Muhammad sequence, censoring the depiction. While the episode's censorship did attract headlines, it received more attention for its lampooning of Family Guy. The episode received positive reviews from television critics.

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Chef was inspired by Hayes and other popular soul singers of the 1970s, as well as an actual dining hall worker encountered by series co-creator Trey Parker while he attended the University of Colorado. Chef played a less prominent role as the series progressed beyond its earlier seasons, and the character was retired at the beginning of the tenth season in "The Return of Chef" following the controversial departure of Hayes.

Chickenlover

"Chickenlover" is the third episode of the second season of the American animated television series South Park. The 16th episode of the series overall, it originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on May 20, 1998. It marks the first appearance of Stephen Stotch, who is later Butters Stotch’s father in later seasons. The episode was written by series co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with David R. Goodman, and directed by Parker. In the episode, Officer Barbrady resigns as South Park's only police officer because of his illiteracy. Anarchy ensues, just as chickens are mysteriously being molested across South Park. Barbrady enlists the help of the boys to learn to read and discover who is molesting the chickens. Cartman, meanwhile, masquerades as a police officer.

Eat, Pray, Queef

"Eat, Pray, Queef" is the fourth episode of the thirteenth season of the American animated television series South Park. The 185th overall episode of the series, it originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on April 1, 2009. In the episode, the men and boys of South Park become infuriated when the fart-joke oriented Terrance and Phillip show is replaced with the Queef Sisters, a show devoted to queef jokes. The women and girls of South Park accuse them of holding a sexist double standard when it comes to women queefing and men farting.

The episode was written and directed by series co-founder Trey Parker, and was rated TV-MA L in the United States. Parker and Matt Stone originally considered doing a full-length Queef Sisters episode in the style of the second season premiere "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus", but they decided against it based on the negative fan reaction to that episode.

The episode received generally positive reviews and, according to Nielsen Media Research, was seen by more than three million households in its original airing, making it the most-watched Comedy Central production of the week. The title is a reference to the Elizabeth Gilbert book Eat, Pray, Love; the episode also included references to Martha Stewart and the film The Road Warrior. The episode ends with the South Park men recording "Queef Free", a charity song in the style of "We Are The World" mixed with lyrics from "I Am Woman". "Eat, Pray, Queef" was released on DVD and Blu-ray along with the rest of the thirteenth season on March 16, 2010.

Ike's Wee Wee

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The episode was written and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker. "Ike's Wee Wee" satirizes certain attitudes towards drug users, and explores whether family can only mean those who are related by blood. This episode introduced Ike's backstory as an adopted Canadian child. "Ike's Wee Wee" received positive responses from critics, who especially praised the episode for its touching moments.

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According to Nielsen ratings, "Mecha-Streisand" was seen by 5.4 million viewers, a record high viewership for a South Park episode at the time. Streisand herself was critical of the series and her role in "Mecha-Streisand", although Leonard Maltin was complimentary about his portrayal.

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Parker and Stone developed the show from The Spirit of Christmas, two consecutive animated shorts. The latter became one of the first Internet viral videos, ultimately leading to South Park's production.

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The first season of the animated television series South Park ran for 13 episodes from August 13, 1997 to February 25, 1998 on the American network Comedy Central. The creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote most of the season's episodes; Dan Sterling, Philip Stark and David Goodman were credited with writing five episodes. The narrative revolves around four children—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick—and their unusual experiences in the titular mountain town.

South Park originated from Parker and Stone's 1992 animated short, Jesus vs. Frosty. The low-budget, crudely made film featured prototypes of South Park's main characters and was followed in 1995 by another short film, Jesus vs. Santa. The latter became popular and was widely shared over the Internet, which led to talks for a series with representatives from Fox Network and Comedy Central. It debuted on the latter with an initial run of six episodes; due to its success, an additional seven episodes were quickly produced. The complete season was released on DVD in November 2002.

The first season was a ratings success for Comedy Central. The Nielsen ratings rose from 1.3 to 6.4 from the first to the tenth episode. Several episodes received award nominations, including for a 1998 Emmy Award in the "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)" and a GLAAD Award in the "Outstanding TV – Individual Episode" category for the episode "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride". During the season, South Park won a CableACE Award for "Best Animated Series" and was nominated for a 1998 Annie Award in the "Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program".

The show was a financial success for Comedy Central and helped the network transform into "a cable industry power almost overnight". Despite this, critics gave the season mixed reviews. Parents Television Council rated it so offensive that it "shouldn't have been made": "it doesn't just push the envelope; it knocks it off the table", while another critic thought of it as "coming pretty damn close" to being a "perfect" television series season.

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The episode was written and directed by series co-founders Trey Parker and Matt Stone. After the South Park pilot episode, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", drew poor test audience results, Comedy Central requested a script for one more new episode before deciding whether or not to commit to a full series. The resulting script for "Weight Gain 4000" helped the network decide to pick up the show. Although the second episode to be produced, it was originally broadcast as the third episode. It was also the first South Park episode created completely using computers rather than construction paper.

Although some reviewers criticized the episode for its profanity and other material deemed offensive at the time of its original broadcast, several others felt "Weight Gain 4000" was a significant improvement over the pilot, particularly for its satirical element regarding American consumerism. The episode introduced such recurring characters as Jimbo Kern, Mayor McDaniels, Bebe Stevens and Clyde Donovan. The show's portrayal of Kathie Lee Gifford was the first time a celebrity was spoofed in South Park.

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