South Park

City on the Edge of Forever (a.k.a. Flashbacks)

Season 2, Ep 7, Aired 6/17/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Ms. Crabtree's bus is stranded on a snowy cliff, and she go and find help. She warns the children that if they leave the bus, a big, scary monster will eat them. While on the bus, the children have flashbacks to vignettes from previous episodes, except that this time everything ends up involving ice cream.

  • 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

  • Nancy Pimental

  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • edgy

    By oceanic6, Mar 20, 2008

  • great

    By futuramarama, Jan 16, 2011

  • A flashback episode

    By casabonita83, Apr 18, 2009

  • After a year of South Park, is a flashback neccessary?

    By joeyissoweird, May 31, 2008

  • Flashbacks

    By djjoe60, Oct 14, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Cartman: Hey, you guys! What if Ms. Crabtree doesn't come back and we're all trapped up here forever! (The kids all gasp.) Kyle: We couldn't get trapped up here forever, Cartman; we'd die after a couple of days… (The kids all gasp louder.) Stan: Dude…! Kyle: What? Cartman: (scared) I don't wanna die on this bus with you assholes! You guys suck! Stan: Dude, would you just relax? We've been in a lot worse situations than this, and we've come out of them just fine. Kyle: Worse than this?? Stan: Oh, sure. Don't you remember the time the alien visitors kidnapped your little brother Ike? Now THAT was scary!

    • (all the kids are panicked and making a lot of noise) Ms. Crabtree: All right! (she opens a box and pulls out a revolver and a rabbit) Everybody shut up or the cute little bunny DIES!! (everybody shuts up) Stan: She's always trying to get us to shut up by threatening to kill that bunny, but do you think she ever would? Kyle: Oh she would dude, she would.

    • Cartman: I can't possibly finish this whole chocolate cake by myself. Oh yes I can. Kyle: Shut up Cartman!

    • Kyle: Dammit Cartman! You are such a fat f**k!! Ms. Crabtree: What did you say?!?!

    • Stan: Oh my god! Kenny... killed... Death... Kyle: You... bastard?

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    Notes (4)

    • Running Gag #1: Each flashback ending with everyone eating ice cream. Running Gag #2: The kids saying "Now that's what I call a sticky situation" after telling their flashback story.

    • Hidden Alien - When they show the flashback of Cartman's dad there is an alien in the background.

    • While Henry Winkler is credited as "The Scary Monster" in this episode, I don't recall the monster having any discernible dialog. However, Fonzie (Winkler's Happy Days character) is heard to say "hey" several times, just one of Fonzie's catch phrases. Through his credit in this episode, is Winkler implying that Fonzie character may have been a scary monster? Or is something else up?

    • Brent Musburger's name is misspelled in the end credits as Musberger.

    Trivia (14)

    • Before the Red shirt kid gets eaten by the monster, Wendy is seen as one of the kids going towards one side of the window with the rest of the kids.  But yet, she is not seen anywhere else in the episode, except in flashbacks.

    • When the parents are passing out missing child posters Ms. Cartman looks slimmer than normal. This is especially noticeable in her face.

    • Kenny can be seen in the 6th window of the bus as it is tipping 15 minutes in. Which is odd considering he had previously been killed by the monster. But after the bus is done shaking and they show the windows again Kenny is no where to be seen. Then Eric tells what happened during when monster attacked the second time but in the flash back Kenny does not die.

    • In "Volcano" Scuzzlebutt had Patrick Duffy for a leg, but in the flashback he has Brent Mussburger for a leg instead.

    • Ms. Crabtree never said that the monster that would eat the kids if they got off the bus was black, but the kids make reference to it being black before they even encounter it. In the video, it was called a "big, scary monster."

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    Allusions (6)

    • Elvis: The truck driver in the episode is a reference to Elvis Presley, the driver has the same hair, the same accent, and also drives a truck, which Elvis himself did before becoming a famous singer.

    • Macaulay Culkin: One of the kid's pictures that gets hung up by the parents is of Macaulay Culkin, most famous for the "Home Alone" movies of the early 1990s, and has starred in "Saved!" and "Party Monster" more recently.

    • Brent Musburger: For those of you who might not know, Brent Musburger (Scuzzlebutt's leg in this episode), is a sports anchor for CBS.

    • Star Trek: TOS: City on the Edge of Forever is actually the name of an episode of the classic Star Trek series.

    • Jurassic Park: The Lost World: The scene where the bus hangs over the edge, a student falls out the back window, and then the bus breaks in half, plus when the monster tears into the top of the bus are both from a scene in the 1997 film, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, when the dinosaur comes after it's child in the trailer, except it is a backpack that falls.

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