South Park

Goobacks

Season 8, Ep 7, Aired 4/28/04
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  • Episode Description
  • The citizens of South Park find themselves in a bad spot when people from the future start traveling back in time to find work. The future is such an overcrowded, desolate place that the only work to be found, lies in the past. How will the townsfolk react when they lose their job to a Gooback?

  • 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

  • Isaac Hayes

    Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

  • Mona Marshall

    Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

  • Gracie Lazar

    Voice of Liane Cartman; Wendy Testaburger; Shelly Marsh; Sharon Marsh; Various Others

  • Photos (2)
  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • There's one part that I like better

    By bautistakenrick856, Aug 29, 2014

  • great

    By futuramarama, Feb 03, 2011

  • "Dhey took er jobs!"

    By nineone14peace, Dec 21, 2007

  • If any people come to live in your city, you should learn their language so they will understand you.

    By EZR07, Jun 07, 2007

  • Best Episode

    By TowelieTC, Apr 10, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Man 1: All right, folks, my name is Darryl Weathers and I'm with the Construction Workers' Union. I work with a lot of fine men who have families to feed. Now I don't know about you all, but we worked long and hard to get our pay up to a level where we could make a decent living. And now these people from the future are showin' up and offerin' to do the same work for next to nothing'! They took our jobs!
      Other Men: (amongst general grumbling) Yeah! That's right!
      Man 2: We're in the moving business! Fourteen years we've been workin' our butts off! Now these future folk come in and we can't get work nowhere! (In a heavy hick accent) Dey took er jobs!
      Man 3: Dey took yer jobs!
      Man 4: Well what about us in the fast-food business? The restaurants are firing us 'cause the future people work for a lot less! (In a heavy hick accent) Dey took er jobs!
      Other Men: Dey took yer jobs!
      Stan: It's affecting kids, too! Me and my friends started our own snow-shoveling business. We were trying to be responsible and make money, you know? But then the people came along and, and now we're out of work, too! ... (After getting no response from the crowd, in a heavy hick accent) Oh, dey took er jobs!
      Other Men: Dey took yer jobs!

    • Darryl Weathers: So, any ideas how we can stop the future from happening?
      Chet: How about we cause more global warming, so that in the future, the polar ice caps melt, and, and it ushers in a new Ice Age?
      Darryl Weathers: How the hell is global warming gonna cause an Ice Age?
      Chet: Well, you know, the... global warming could bring on like a climate shift or somethin'.
      Darryl Weathers: Chet, you are a f***ing retard, you know that? Even if global warming were real, which all proven scientific data shows it isn't, it would take millions of years for a climate shift to happen! You think an ice age can just happen all of a sudden-like?
      Chet: Well, I was just tryin' to be helpful.
      Darryl Weathers: Well help yourself to a f***in' science book, 'cause you're talking' like a f***in' retard! Now, come on people, we've got to think! Damnit, they took our jobs!

    • Stan: I think it's wrong to call them goobacks because they're no different from us. They're just humans trying to make their lives better. Look, it sucks that the immigrants' time is so crappy, but the cold hard truth is that if we let them all come back to our time, then it's just gonna make our time crappy too. Maybe the answer isn't trying to stop the future from happening, but making the future better. [...] I mean, maybe if we all commit right now to working toward a better future, then... then the future won't be so bad, and these immigrants won't need to come back here looking for work.

    • Correspondent Harrison Moore: I'm standing at the time portal, which scientists say, follows 'Terminator' rules. That is, it's one way only and you can't go back. This is in contrast to, say, 'Back to the Future' rules, where back and forth is possible, and of course 'Timerider' rules, which are just plain silly. Anyway, it appears that the man from the future is here to stay.

    • Correspondent Chris Hall: It appears that in the future, Americans have evolved into a hairless uniform mix of all races. They are all one color, which is a yellowy light-brownish whiteish color. It seems race is no longer an issue in the future because all ethnicities have mixed into one. Perhaps most interesting is how this has affected their language. The people in the future speak a complete mix of English, Chinese, Turkish, and indeed all world languages, which sounds something like this... (The reporter makes some guttural barking noises masquerading as words)

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode was originally listed on southparkstudios.com as "Wetbacks from the Future." It was then changed to "Goobacks from the Future." Finally, the day of the premiere, the episode was changed yet again to "Goobacks." Most likely the "from the Future" part was removed because it was a play on the movie title, "Back to the Future," and it didn't work very well.

    • The "Work for a Better Future" montage at the end features many cameos of South Park characters, some of which are rarely seen anymore. Some of the characters include: Officer Barbrady, Principal Victoria, the Mayor, the McCormick family, Ike, Chef, Butters, Mr. Garrison, Mr. Slave, the Raisins girls, and the goth kids. Also, the bum from "Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" makes his first appearance since the movie.

    Trivia (6)

    • Interstate 285 which is featured on the sign on the highway is actually the circular interstate in Atlanta. It is not in Colorado.

    • One of the scientists spraying one of the time immigrants after he has stepped out of the portal can be seen holding a biohazard marked box, the same kind of box that the fetuses were in during the episode Kenny Dies.

    • In this episode, for the first time, Kyle does not put up with Cartman's crap. Although we do not see it happen, Kyle gave Cartman a bloody nose.

    • When Mr. Garrison is teaching about verbs, he says "The sad girl puts balls in her mouth" but writes, "The sad girl LOVES TO put balls in her mouth."

    • One of the "rednecks" at the meeting is wearing a (Lynyrd) Skynyrd cap, but it is misspelled "SKYNARD."

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    Allusions (7)

    • Mixing Pot, Melting Pot, Salad Bowl, etc.: The people from the future are said to be a mix of all races and cultures from around the world and is the only one left at that point. This is a reference to the fear that the idea of going overboard with mixing as tolerance and political correctness has allowed and encouraged would eventually lead to the loss of all diversity. It is feared that one day, all current cultures and races will blend into a homogeneous soup with bits and pieces of various constituent parts, as well as the complete disappearance of others. This would be bad because not only would so much of humanity be lost, but so would genetic diversity which is crucial to survival and evolution.

    • Wetbacks/Job Stealing: The people from the future are referred to by the derogatory term "gooback" which refers to the goo that they are covered with as a result from their method—time portal—of arriving in the present where they "steal jobs" from the indigenous people—present day people—by offering to work for (much) less. This is a reference to the Mexican people who are called by the equally derogatory term "wetback" which derives from the fact that many of them are wet after crossing a river in order to arrive in the United States of America where they "steal jobs" from the natives—Americans—by also offering to work for much less.

    • The Day After Tomorrow: When Chet suggests destroying the future by encouraging global warming which would cause a climate shift, Darryl Weathers complains that they only have 1,000 years and that even if global warming were real, it would not cause a climate for millions of years; that and ice age doesn't just happen overnight. This is a jab at the movie The Day After Tomorrow in which global warming has caused the weather to spiral out of control, resulting in a sudden ice age that develops over a very short period of time. South Park will take another jab at the movie and global warming next season in "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow".

    • Timerider: The reporter, when talking about various time-traveling rules(see Quotes) references Timerider rules. This is a reference toTimerider: The Adventure of Lylle Swan was a movie made in 1982 in which a young man riding on a motorbike through Mexico gets transported back in time to 1877, with the bike and didn't realize that he's 100 years in the past till the end. He falls in love with his grandmother, all in all the movie was a big flop.

    • Current Event: The yellow sign with the man and woman running with a child in the air are the actual signs used across southern California's highways to warn of illegal aliens in the road.

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