South Park

The Passion of the Jew

Season 8, Ep 4, Aired 3/31/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Kyle finally sees The Passion of the Christ, and is horrified by it. Cartman on the other hand, is organizing Passion fans to get others involved in the film so they can perform a cleansing. Meanwhile, Stan and Kenny see it, and believe that Mel Gibson should give them their money back. So, they set off to find him in Malibu.

  • 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

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  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • "That's... Mel Gibson?"

    By oxana, Jan 06, 2012

  • superb

    By futuramarama, Feb 03, 2011

  • A silly movie causes some trouble

    By gengar1993, Dec 19, 2007

  • As a Christian, I find this episode necessary.

    By johnofempires34, Sep 12, 2008

  • Recommended to people who're "passionate" about the show

    By oceanic6, Apr 02, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Kyle: No! Don't form an angry mob, the last time we did that we killed Jesus!

    • Mel Gibson: (runs out of his house holding a sword) Qapla! Qapla! And good evening frieeeeeeends!

    • Stan: This is America, and in America if something sucks, you're supposed to be able to get your money back!

    • Cartman: You see guys; this is why you don't bring Jews on the away team. They don't play along.

    • Mel Gibson: Oh no, you're not going to torture me now are you? (Lying down.) Well, go ahead and torture me, give me your best shot, you'll never break me. Oh, I hope you don't use those whips over there.

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    Notes (5)

    • One of the Jews seen crucifying Jesus in Kyle's dream is M*A*S*H star Alan Alda, even though Alan Alda is not, in fact, Jewish.

    • Cartman's German chant translates to "It is time for revenge! We must exterminate the Jews!"

    • Was released on August 31st, 2004 on a DVD including the episodes "Christian Rock Hard" and "Red Hot Catholic Love". This was to coincide with the release of "The Passion" on DVD.

    • All airings of "The Passion Of The Jew" after its first showing have a few changes in the scene where Stan and Kenny visit Mel Gibson: Gunshots are heard when Kenny and Stan steal $18 from Mel Gibson's wallet. More bouncy noises are put in when Mel Gibson is bouncing around. Mel Gibson's sung line "And good evening friends" is done much differently, including Mel running outside (rathing than bouncing), he does a spin and sings his line, and walks off screen, instead of runs. One bounce noise is added in when Mel Gibson jumps in front of the Jewish people.

    • Like "Good Times With Weapons," this episode has a sequence with more complex animation (Kyle's dream)

    Trivia (15)

    • At the time of this episodes release, March 31st 2004, The Passion of the Christ had grossed Approximately $320 domestically and $380 million worldwide.

    • When all of Cartman's followers are at the meeting, one man asks another if he organized it. Then two seperate people have the same conversation and the same man walks over and says that it was organized by an 8 year old boy.

    • Apparently, Cartman is fluent in German. This makes sense, because of the genocide of the Jews by Germans; and of course, Cartman doesn't like Jewish people.

    • If you look at some of the people on the bus, then the crowd of people in the riot with the Christians and Jews, you'll notice a few of the same people are in there, while a few others are the same person only with their hair color different.

    • When Stan and Kenny first look out the back of the bus window to see Mel Gibson chasing them, only Stan's eyebrows show worry. When it flashes back after Mel Gibson is shown driving a tanker, Kenny's eyes now show worry.

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    Allusions (12)

    • Hitler: Cartman is obviously referring to Hitler when he dresses up and his plans are to exterminate the Jews when he states that he wants most of "them" on the trains headed for the camps - he is referring to Hitler's concentration camps where Jews were gassed and shot. He also keeps repeating "we all know what needs to be done" as though it was definite and agreed upon, much like what Hitler referred to as the Final Solution where the Germans all knew what needed to be done was the total extermination of the Jews.

    • Google: When Stan types in Mel Gibson search a page turns up with the words Info Search on it and the word Info is written very similarly to the colorful letterings of Google. They couldn't put Google in but the put something that reminded the audience of Google instead.

    • Mel Gibson Sadism: Actually Gibson is being portrayed as a masochist, defined by merriam-webster dictionary as: a sexual perversion characterized by pleasure in being subjected to pain or humiliation especially by a love object. Although it can be argued from Passion of the Christ that Gibson is a sadist, defined by M-W as: a sexual perversion in which gratification is obtained by the infliction of physical or mental pain on others (as on a love object), Gibson very clearly binds himself to a table in this episode in a fashion similar to the last few scenes of "Braveheart" in which William Wallace is having his intestines ripped out with a hook while fully concious before being beheaded (Parker ans Stone have made so many allusions to "Braveheart" that it is getting a tad ridiculous at this point). Sadism and masochism are often confused as the two have been fused together into a single word, 'sadomasochism', defined by m-w as :the derivation of pleasure from the infliction of physical or mental pain either on others or on oneself. A great deal can be read about the Marquis de Sade (from which the term 'sadism' comes) and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (from whence the term 'masochism' is derived) and their lives. It should be noted that Mel Gibson's characters are tortured in a number of his movies.

    • Star Trek: Gibson: Qapla! Qapla translates into "Success" in Kligonese, the language used by the Klingons on various Star Trek series and films.

    • Ransom: Mel Gibson: Give me back my money! This is a reference to the famous line from the Mel Gibson character in the 1996 film Ransom- "Give me back my son". Very popular movie line now used on the Jim Rome Show.

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