South Park

Kenny Dies

Season 5, Ep 13, Aired 12/5/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Cartman comes into possession of a truckload of fetuses that he can’t sell thanks to a recent government ruling on stem cell research. When Kenny is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Stan has trouble dealing with it, but Cartman uses it to lobby Congress to restore stem cell research.

  • 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

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  • Fan Reviews (35)
  • Seriously Emotional and Real

    By kootsiak, Dec 04, 2014

  • I guess there is something inside this show after all.

    By bautistakenrick856, Nov 15, 2014

  • I liked Kenny

    By Shinigami124, Aug 15, 2008

  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Jan 17, 2011

  • Best ending of a South Park episode.

    By jawsthecabbie, Jan 25, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Principal: Hello, boys. Stan: Wait, what's going on here? Kyle: Alright look, we don't know for sure why Cartman is ditching school, but it has something to do with abortions.That's all we know. Mr. Mackey: You didn't do anything wrong, boys; We just need to talk to you. Have a seat. (Stan and Kyle sit down) Mr. Mackey: Well boys, your little friend, Kenny, went to the hospital last night, m'kay? And well...he's pretty sick. Kyle: Kenny's sick? Stan: Well, how sick? Chef: Children, Kenny has been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Stan: But the doctor's are gonna make him better, right? Sharon: Oh, dear. Stan But mom, that's what hospitals are for, they can make him better. Sharon: Oh, Randy. Randy: They don't think so, Stanley. Your friend is terminally ill, and that means--well son...that means he's gonna be going to Heaven soon. Kyle: Wait, Kenny's going to die? Gerald: He might, Kyle. Stan: But he's our f-f-friend. Mr. Mackey: We know, and that's why he's going to need you boys to be strong for him, m'kay? He needs you now, more then ever. Stan: No! This can't happen! Kenny can't die! Kenny can't die! (Stan begins sobbing into his dad's shoulder)

    • Kyle: Alright, Cartman, what's so important that you had to pull us away from lighting cow crap on fire? Cartman: Oh, you guys, you're not gonna believe it! Stan: What? Cartman: Guess what I have, sitting in my backyard. Kyle: A trampoline? Cartman: Better. Stan: A boat? Cartman: Better. Kenny: (muffled) A football machine? Cartman: Better. Stan: Well, what, Cartman? Cartman: Thirty-three aborted fetuses. (Stan,Kyle and Kenny look at him blankly) Oh yes. Kyle: (closes his eyes) What?! Cartman: Mint-condition, tax-free. Stan: Cartman, what the hell are you doing with aborted fetuses? Kyle: I'm leaving, right now. Cartman: Well, I guess you don't watch the news, Kyle. Kyle: You've never watched the news, fat-ass! What the hell does that have to do with anything?! Cartman: Stem-cells, numb-nuts. Stan: Stem-cells? Kyle: Oh, and what do you know about stem-cells? Kenny(muffled): What the f--k are stem-cells? Kyle: They're cells that come from fetuses, and some research shows that they could be used to treat diseases. Cartman: It's been proven, Jew! I saw it on 321 contact, and with all the research that's going on, stem-cells are worth three times their weight in gold. What I have in my backyard, is an aborted treasure chest. Kyle: I hate you, so much.

    • Kyle: (Talking about Kenny) They say, he might die. Cartman: Kenny… die?

    • Butters: (On the phone) You're breaking my balls. I said, you're breaking my balls, Mr. Thompson. My, my balls.

    • Cartman: (On the phone) Hello. Is this the University of Colorado Biology Department? …Great, uh I understand you're currently doing research on stem cells? Kewl, because I'm currently in possession of some aborted fetuses that I'm looking to unload? …Uh, how much do you pay? …No, no, come on, ah I got a guy who's gonna give me eighty dollars a pound right now. …How about a hundred? …Oh you're breaking my balls- I, I'll think about it. (Next shot) Bosnod Medical Group? …Yeah, I called earlier about the stem cells and the fetuses? …Okay, hi Randy, yeah. …Oh yes, they've been kept in a cool temperature, yeah. …These are primo fetuses, Randy, I wouldn't jerk you around. …So what can your company give me for 'em? …Oh Randy, you're breaking my balls here. …You're breaking my balls, Randy. (The next shot) Oh please! Okay, you tell me where you can get aborted fetuses for seventy cents on the dollar? You tell me, Chuck? …Yeah, I didn't think so-You know, I'm just like the fetuses, Chuck. I wasn't born yesterday, either. Uh huh. …So are you gonna talk to me, or are we just gonna keep bull s******* each other? Breakin' my balls, Chuck. (The next shot) I gotta unload these fetuses, you wanna do some research. Are we talkin' here or what? You're breaking my balls. …I'm telling you, if you let this deal pass you by, you're making a fetal mistake. That's a joke …A hundred ten. …Alright, alright, we got a deal. …Good bye. (Cartman hangs up the phone) D***, I'm good.

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    Notes (7)

    • Episode Songs: The song Cartman sings before finding the aborted fetuses is called "Morning Train," originally recorded by Sheena Easton. The song that Cartman sings in front of Congress is "Heat of the Moment" by Asia.

    • Alternate title: Cartman Testifies Before Congress

    • This is the first time Cartman uses the phrase "You're breaking my balls."

    • Matt and Trey wanted to kill off one of the boys and replace him with Butters.

    • Matt and Trey's first idea was to kill off Kyle since Kyle and Stan were similar characters. They then decided to just kill off Kenny because they were tired of thinking of ways to kill him in every episode.

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    Trivia (7)

    • This is the first time Cartman considers himself to be best friends with Kenny.

    • This is the first (and probably only time) that Kyle hugs Cartman, and vice versa.

    • At the beginning when the woman is in the operating room getting an abortion, she has a white blanket. But when she says the line "I'm sure it'll help others." the blanket turns the same color as her dress, then it changes back to white.

    • In this episode, every time Stan says the word "friend," he stutters.

    • RE:(1&2)Cartman probably tried to help Kenny, but when he found out that Kenny had died he needed something to do with all the fetuses and didn't want people to think that he was a wimp so he built the pizza place.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Stem Research Ban The episode seems to be loosely based on the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem research lines developed after August 9th, 2001. The ban was placed by President Bush.

    • Brian's Song: Cartman: I love Kenny McCormick, and I want you to love him too. This refers to the 1971 film Brian's Song when Gale Sayers is making a speech on his friend Brian Piccolo's behalf.

    • The Benny Hill Show: At the beginning of the episode, when the woman is at the clinic, the TV in the background (where the laughter is coming from) appears to be showing Benny Hill. He's slapping an old bald guy on the head, which was a frequent gag on The Benny Hill Show.

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    • bautistakenrick856 Nov 22, 2014

      I have never seen an episode this touching before. A true masterpiece. I loved it, and Cartman totally got what he deserve. And I think the real reason (in my opinion) why Parker and Stone brought Kenny back several episodes later, is probably because "South Park" and Comedy Central might lose ratings if they don't revive Kenny. This episode was really sweet, yet so sad.