South Park

Helen Keller! The Musical

Season 4, Ep 13, Aired 11/22/00
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  • Episode Description
  • The 4th grade is doing their own version of Helen Keller’s story, but when they're told the kindergarteners are putting on a “Thanksgiving extravaganza,” they decide to turn their production into a musical. Timmy is set to star as Helen in the play, but when Timmy's disabled turkey is passed over for a part in the play, Timmy has second thoughts about participating.

  • 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

  • Eliza Schneider

    Voice of Mayor McDaniels; Liane Cartman; Mrs. McKormick; Wendy Testaburger; Shelly Marsh; Sharon Marsh; Various Others

  • Mona Marshall

    Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • 4th graders battle against the Kindergartners for Thanksgiving supremacy.

    By scottjoc, Jul 17, 2006

  • No, no, no. I did not like this at all.

    By s1bbald, Jun 25, 2007

  • Hellen Keller! The Musical!

    By djjoe60, Oct 28, 2007

  • Gobbles! Timm-ah!

    By Darth-Revan45, Nov 24, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Mr. Mackey: Every year the fourth graders do "The Miracle Worker", and every year we have to sit and watch it. Principal Victoria: Yeah, I swore that if I had to see it one more time I'd put a bullet in my head. But luckily, I got really stoned before I came.

    • (When Cartman is told to kill Gobbles) Cartman: I can't dude, Timmy has a boner for it.

    • Cartman: Kyle, why do you do these things to me? Kyle: I didn't do anything to you; Timmy saw the turkey and wanted to get it, what did you want me to say to him? Cartman: You say: "NO TIMMY, YOU CAN'T HAVE THAT TURKEY! BAD TIMMY!"

    • Actor: (singing) Why not use a trick we actors use, cover your eyes and ears to see what it would be like to be blind and deaf. See what plays inside your mind. (Cartman does so and it is followed by a montage of horrific scenes, the holocaust, someone on fire, grizzly operations, a dead rat being eaten by another rat, etc.) Cartman: (takes off blindfold and ear muffs) WHOA! Actor: Anything useful? Cartman: No, just the stuff i usually see when I close my eyes.

    • Stan: Where's Gobbles? Cartman: I don't know. (Stan and Kyle look at him doubtfully) Cartman: I DON'T KNOW! I might have tried to have Gobbles crushed by a stage light but that's it, I'm not an asshole.

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    Notes (2)

    • Originally instead of a disabled turkey it was going to be a disabled puppy, but Trey and Matt found it too sad.

    • This is the first Thankgiving themed episode since "Starvin' Marvin."

    Trivia (12)

    • When Kyle says: 'Timmy we already got a turkey' it was in Stan's voice, not Kyle's

    • Timmy's mother's name is Helen, and Timmy plays Helen in the play.

    • When Kyle said "Timmy, we already got a turkey" Look at Clyde in the next scene, his clothes have been changed.

    • Timmy's house was small in Timmy 2000, now he lives in a big house.

    • When Timmy brings out the lighter to set fire to the hoop, if you look carefully, you can see that the lighter was already lit before he flips it open and strikes it.

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    Allusions (8)

    • The Miracle Worker: The play the kids are performing, albeit in a very free adaptation, is “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson. This tells the story of an episode in the real life of Helen Keller, a woman who became blind an deaf when she was infant. “The Miracle Worker” specifically describes the relationship between Keller -- deaf, blind, and initially almost feral -- and Annie Sullivan, the teacher who aided her into education, activism, and intellectual celebrity.

    • The Phantom of the Opera: Cartman makes a reference to Tim Rice writing the lyrics to "The Phantom of the Opera." However, these lyrics were written by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe.

    • Simpsons Did It!: There was an episode of The Simpsons, I Love Lisa, in which Milhouse complains to Miss Hoover that his Abraham Lincoln beard itching him. Just like Stan did in this South Park episode.

    • Les Miserables: Most of the songs Jeffrey Maynard sung are similar to ones from the musical "Les Miserables". When Kenny dies, Maynard sings a parody of "Bring Him Home."

    • Air Bud: The way Timmy attempts to abandon his beloved pet turkey is very similar to a scene in the 1997 movie Air Bud. In the movie, the main character, a young boy, takes his golden retriever out away from his house and walks away from the dog with tears in his eyes.

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