South Park

Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants

Season 5, Ep 9, Aired 11/7/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Filled with the American spirit and inspired by our President, the children of South Park Elementary have sent their dollars to the children of Afghanistan. When Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman receive a package from the kids they sent the money to, personnel from every government agency descends to investigate. The mysterious contents of the box lead the boys to Afghanistan where Cartman squares off against Osama bin Laden.

  • 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 (17)
  • My Favorite Episode. Plus it's true Osama Bin Laden really does have Farty Pants.

    By CarmineValpoc, Jun 24, 2012

  • South Park does Bin Lauden.

    By jawsthecabbie, Jan 24, 2009

  • Worst episode ever!

    By spacekiki, Apr 29, 2010

  • Osama Parody

    By djjoe60, Mar 16, 2008

  • Waste of time

    By JerkNowitzki, Sep 21, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Pilot: (After noticing the boys came out from the hatch) What the hell? Kyle: Cartman farted in there. We have to breath it in for 20 hours! Cartman: It didn't smell that bad. You guys are overreacting. Pilot: I don't smell any...(the pilot inhales, then pukes twice and faints) Cartman: Oh, whatever! Kyle: You son of a bith, Cartman. You don't farted when you're locked in a small space with other people! Cartman: Oh, I'm sorry! Next time I ask my fart nicely if it wouldn't mind staying tucked away for a while!

    • Osama Bin Laden: (after being blown up) Terrorists is the KWAZIEST people!

    • Cartman: It's an Afghanistan goat, so it can't say here or else it will choke on the sweet air of freedom.

    • Kyle: Stan, I don't think we're supposed to be in the military base; they might shoot us. Stan: I don't care; we're going! Towelie: (appearing in front of the boys) Don't forget to bring a towel! (Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny groan.) Cartman: Oh, no. Not Towelie... Towelie: When going some place new, you should always bring a towel! Stan: Okay. Thanks, Towelie. Towelie: You wanna get high? Cartman: No, we don't wanna get high! Towelie: So... You mean you don't like having Towelie around? Cartman: That's right! Towelie: So am I to understand there's been a..."Towelie ban"? (Towelie laughs and the boys groan loudly.) Stan: Goddamnit, get the hell out of here, Towelie! Towelie: (leaving) Alright, see ya!

    • Stan: Hey look what the postman brought me! It's a big brown package from Afghanistan!

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    Notes (6)

    • When this episode originally aired, there are some differences between the original airing and the reruns of this episode, including the Season 5 DVD. In the original, Cartman eats a long breadstick when he says "What's up Bin Laden." In later reruns, he eats a doughnut. Also, when Cartman shows the visual pictures describing Bin Laden, there were no sound effects in the original airing, but in reruns there were. Lastly, during the end credits, the typical South Park end theme is played during the original airing. But in reruns, it was changed to America the Beautiful.

    • Except for Osama Bin Laden, the Afghans in this episode all speak Iranian Farsi, the official language of Iran, not Afghanistan.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2002 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)".

    • This episode at one time had the working title of "Osama Bin Laden Has a Tiny Penis", something made evident during the course of the episode.

    • Fleetwood Mac featuring "Stevie Nicks" is actually performing the Stevie Nicks solo song "Edge of Seventeen" from her Bella Donna album of 1981.

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    Trivia (12)

    • When the boys first get on the plane to Afghanistan, they are in the cargo bay. Generally the cargo bays on military planes are not heated, and so the boys should have frozen to death, asphyxiated, and essentially died from freezing temperatures and unpressurized air.

    • The airport that the Army Plane, carrying the kids, first landed in Afghanistan is actually similar to the International Airport of Kabul, with the communication tower and the small building.

    • The Persian dialogue spoken throughout this episode is that of Iranian accent, not the authentic Afghan Farsi.

    • In the season 4 episode Fingerbang, a crazed homeless guy is shown telling the mall cops that he will soon unleash anthrax in the air of North America. At the beginning of this episode, everyone is wearing gas masks to avoid getting Anthrax. It is possible that this is a reference to that episode.

    • When the Afghan boys come to rescue Stan and the others, their assault rifles have scopes in them. But when they exit Osama's lair, their assault rifles are different, obvious AK-47's.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Fleetwood Mac: At the end of the episode Fleetwood Mac and the goat perform a song, which is a parody of the 1981 Stevie Nicks song "Edge of Seventeen."

    • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Towelie's advice to "bring a towel when you go someplace" is a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where the only safe way to travel in space, if you have a towel with you.

    • Newsreel of the Air: Osama Bin Laden: Terrorists are the craziest people! The "Russian Rhapsody" animated cartoon(and this episode's quote) are actually referring way back to the 1930's/1940's "Lew Lehr Newsreel of the Air" short clips that used to be shown in theaters (instead of commercials) before full-length movies. These usually started with a clip of monkeys doing wild stuff, with Lew Lehr the announcer saying "Monkeys is the KWAAAAZIEST peoples!" in a very distinctive way.

    • Looney Tunes: The Cartman and Osama confrontation was a parody of the Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd confrontations in the classic Looney Tunes cartoons.

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