South Park


Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 5/27/98
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  • Episode Description
  • The Booktastic bus is in town and soon everyone finds out that Officer Barbrady can't read. He is whisked off to school with the boys so he can save his job. While he's there someone in South Park is having sex with the town's chickens and only Officer Barbrady with his new deputies Kenny, Kyle, Stan, and Cartman can stop them!

  • Cast & Crew
  • Trey Parker

    Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

  • Matt Stone

    Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

  • Mary Kay Bergman

    Voice of Wendy Testaburger; Liane Cartman; Sheila Broflovski; Sharon Marsh; Mrs. McKormick; Mayor McDaniels; Ms. Crabtree; Princ

  • Isaac Hayes

    Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

  • David Goodman

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Jan 15, 2011

  • Warning: Contains spoilers.

    By joeyissoweird, Apr 01, 2008

  • Chickenlover is a classic as it introduces many populer catchphrases and gives us a look into the (empty) mind of Officer Barbrady.

    By oceanic6, Mar 25, 2008

  • Chickenlover

    By djjoe60, Oct 14, 2007

  • Trey & Matt are doing allot of series classic lately...

    By Skyancez, Oct 08, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Reporter: Has chicken f(bleep)er left any clues at the crime… Officer Barbrady: All right, I admit it! I can't read! Are you happy now? You pushed and you pushed, and now you know my deep dark secret; I'm illegitimate!

    • Officer Barbrady: Now move along, or I'll be forced to execute every one of you by gunshot to the head.

    • Father Maxi: Who would have sex with a chicken? Halfy: I would. Mr. Garrison: Aw you couldn't screw anything Halfy, you don't have any legs. Father Maxi: Have some respect for people's feelings, would you Halfy?

    • Bookmobile Driver: How did you know I would strike here? Officer Barbrady: By reading Teetle the Timid Taxidermist. Bookmobile Driver: You did?! Really?! Then it worked! My whole plan worked absolutely perfectly! Stan: What are you talking about, dude? Bookmobile Driver: When I heard that Officer Barbrady couldn't read, I knew I had to motivate him somehow. So I formulated a plan to encourage him to learn the magic of reading! Kyle: So you f**ked a bunch of chickens?

    • Officer Barbrady: Teedle... the.. timid.. taxidermist... loved to go to the.... Oh goddamn, reading is lame!

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    Notes (6)

    • When Officer Barbrady goes back to school, on the alphabet chart behind Mr. Garrison, the letters are arranged to spell "Dios mio han matado (H) a Kenny bastardos," Spanish for "Oh my God they've killed Kenny, bastards."

    • Running gag(s): 1) Kenny appearing to die throughout the episode, but surviving until the end. 2) Stan being unable to finish saying that Kenny dies.

    • It could be suggested that the Booktastic Bus driver (a.k.a. Chickenf---er) looks and talks like Matt Stone's character from Orgazmo.

    • Before Officer Barbrady learns how to read, letters get mixed up and confuse him. In one scene, the STOP sign changes into "Mung Chung Ee" which is Korean for "stupid".

    • The poster on back of the classroom is from Trey Parker's animated short "American History".

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    Trivia (16)

    • This is the very first episode where no one says the catch phrase or anything after Kenny dies. Stan almost says the line a few times when he thinks Kenny dies through out the episode, but when Kenny officially dies in this episode nothing was said.

    • Visitor Sighting: An alien is seen petting a horse at the end of the episode at the petting zoo.

    • That book guy screwed that first chicken BEFORE Officer Barbrady said he couldn't read, but his explanation for screwing so many was "I heard you couldn't read so this was my plan". However, this could've just been an excuse for screwing those chickens.

    • Officer Barbrady is a police officer, not a detective. There ARE detectives in South Park, therefore Officer Barbrady should not be responsible for solving cases like "Chickenlover."

    • It is revealed that Officer Barbrady is illiterate in this episode, so how could he have become a policeman at all if he couldn't read his whole life?

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    Allusions (5)

    • The Dukes of Hazzard: During the second set of fake closing credits, the picture and name of Tom Wopat, from Dukes of Hazzard, is inserted.

    • 80s Action Series: The part at the end where barbrady makes a cheesy comment and poses for the camera is also a reference to many late 70's and early 80's action/detective series (the a-team, the dukes of hazzard, charlie's angels, simon and simon, kojak, etc.) note the mock credits appearing (and their font) as well as the music (part of which is a portion of the theme to charlie's angels.)

    • Police Squad!: The scene at the end where Barbrady freezes in place while everything else is a reference to the show Police Squad!, which ended every episode in that fashion.

    • COPS: The several clips where Cartman is a cop and goes around on his Big Wheel arresting people is a reference to the show COPS.

    • Atlas Shrugged: This is an actual book that deals with what Ayn called her philosophy of rational selfishness "Objectivism." This was her last novel and this was an illustration of this philosophy. Whether you agree with Officer Barbrady or not is left to the reader to decide: Officer Barbrady: And then I read this: 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of s(beep)t I'm never reading again!

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