South Park


Season 5, Ep 8, Aired 8/8/01
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  • Episode Description
  • The boys get a new video game system and plan to play it for the entire weekend, but their plan is interrupted when they meet Towelie. Towelie is a genetically engineered towel created by the government. When the government finds out the boys know about Towelie, they steal the boy’s game system and oblivious to everything going on around them the boys stop at nothing to get it back.

  • 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 (19)
  • I thought it was funny...then again i think everythings funny

    By Shinigami124, Aug 15, 2008

  • One of my three favourite episodes.

    By marbles01, Nov 04, 2006

  • Towelie

    By djjoe60, Dec 11, 2007

  • i loved this far more then i should have

    By futuramarama, Sep 25, 2011

  • Another brilliant installment but the novelty of the Towelie character is worn off in this episode.

    By oceanic6, Mar 20, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (37)

    • (while the boys play their Gamesphere and pay no attention) Pseudo-military leader: Then perhaps we should show these kids who Tynacorp is REALLY made up of! Go on, tell them why you've been making towels, ZYTAR! (unmasks leader to reveal his alien head)

    • Stan: Do you have our Okama Gamesphere? Military Leader: You did very well bring the towel back here, boys. Let me ask you something... What was it that those people at Tynacorp told you? That the "big, bad Military" wanted to turn Towelie into a weapon of mass destruction? Now let me tell you the REAL story... Stan: Oh, God! Don't care, don't care! Military Leader: Yes, we've been making our own smart-towels, but only because we HAD to. You see, when we started spying on Tynacorp, we discovered a certain terrifying secret... (The boys just stand there and stare.) Military Soldier: Go on! Ask him what terrifying secret! Kyle: What terrifying secret? Military Leader: That Tynacorp was using these towels to take over the world! Cartman: (to Kyle) We're never gonna play our Okama Gamesphere again, are we? Military Leader: Don't you see what towels like these are capable of?? You get out of the shower and dry yourself off... But then, the towel makes you drier and keeps on making you more dry... Can you imagine it? What it would be like to be way, way too dry? I'll tell you something: you don't want to know, and I don't know. Kyle: And we don't care. Military Leader: You've been double-crossed by Tynacorp, kids. They set this all up just so they can get you here and take us down. Stan: So let me get this straight... Our Okama Gamesphere is back at Tynacorp? Military Leader: Oh, yes. It has been all along...

    • Stan: There it is. The Okama Game Sphere. Kyle: Dude, it's got 128 gigahertz d-ram. Stan: What's that? Kyle: Don't know, but it kicks ass.

    • Evil Towel: What are you doing? Towelie: Get away from me, evil towel! Evil Towel: Towelie, listen to me… Let them go. Drop them. Towelie: No way! They're my friends! Evil Towel: They aren't your friends! Humans have ruined the environment and killed off their own kind! Their time is over! It's the towels' turn now. Kyle: (continues reaching for the Gamesphere) I-I've almost got it! Evil Towel: You're going to let them go, Towelie. Because… (holds up a joint) I know your weakness. (Towelie eyes the joint in the Evil Towel's hand) Evil Towel: Here, you can reach it… Come on, Towelie. How long's it been since you had an nice burn, huh? Twenty? Thirty seconds? Stan: Oh, crap! Evil Towel: You're going to have to choose between saving their lives AND getting high. Towelie: You asshole… Cartman: Towelie! Don't let go, you goddamn towel! Kyle's almost there! Evil Towel: Go ahead, Towelie. Make your decision. Towelie: I choose… I choose… Both! (Towelie reaches over to puff on the joint, as Kyle grabs the Gamesphere in the nick of time.)

    • Military official: We've got no other choice. Prepare to blow up all of Colorado.

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    Notes (7)

    • For the first 8 episodes of this season, the show was nominated for the Austin Film Festival's 2001 Sitcom Primetime Teleplay Competition Award.

    • Towelie was an idea Matt Stone had when he was high on marijuana once. It is believed that this is where Towelie's obsession with getting high comes from.

    • The original airing of the Towelie merchandise "commercial" within the episode featured Comedy Central's actual number at the end (1-800-4-COMEDY). In repeats, it is replaced by the fake number 1-800-555-TOWL.

    • The Gamesphere is made by a Japanese company called Okama. "Okama" is a Japanese slang term for "gay."

    • The character Towelie was created to mock the real-life trend where every new South Park character introduced was a new marketing blitz. Towelie represented the absolute dumbest thing possible to create: a talking towel.

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    Trivia (18)

    • When the boys get the call to bring Towelie to the gas station to get their Gamesphere back, you can see in the background on the gas pumps one says diesel, and the other says high test. this likely meant that if you noticed it, you were high

    • After Cartman finds the tampon and looks at it, the game controller switches positions in the next scene.

    • When the 4 kids see Towelie outside the game shop, he tells them not to forget to bring a towel, then it shows the 4 kids and a voice says, "What" (presumably in Stan's voice), but none of the kids' mouths moved.

    • The military guy ordered all towels within a 1,000 mile radius to be destroyed. However, when the Sergeant reports back to him, he says that "there isn't a towel left within a hundred miles". Either that's a goof, or the Sergeant failed to follow orders.

    • Tynacorp set up the meeting with the boys, not the military. They have the gamesphere at the end of the show, so when they play the gamesphere noise over the phone, it's obvious they set the meeting. But when they get there, it was an ambush by the military, not Tynacorp.

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    Allusions (10)

    • TNA: The scientists mention Towelie's "TNA", which is likely not a reference to "t*ts n ass" but to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the genetic instructions for every living thing.

    • The Demon: A DC comic book series: The Demon,(Etrigan) contains a character: Jason Blood, whose friend Harry Matthews was transformed into a talking pillow similar to Towelie. Further similarity: a trademark of the character that he was a drug-addict and could constantly be seen smoking.

    • Alien Sighting: When the military general is talking about copying 'TNA' in the vile behind him there was a chunk out of a towel in the shape of an alien. This is an 'alien allusion'.

    • TNA: Towelie's structural make-up seems to be composed of TNA. TNA is an abbreviation for the term "tits 'n ass", a label some people give to shows that use attractive female characters to grab the attention of an audience. Baywatch is an example of a TNA show.

    • Sling Blade: Cartman: Ya shouldn't a'done that. He's just a boy. Poor little feller... This line is a "spoof-synopsis" of several memorable quotes from the 1996 Movie Sling Blade, starring Billy Bob Thornton. At one point, the main character lamented over his aborted baby brother. This is spoofed in "Towelie" when the boys find the used sanitary napkin, and one of them jokes about it being Stan's aborted baby brother. Cartman then utters his quote, mimicking the voice of Thornton's slow-witted character. The "just a boy" part was spoken several times throughout the movie. The "shouldn't a'done that" part is a synopsis of several times the character told people they shouldn't think, say, or act various ways.

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