South Park

Season 4 Episode 11

4th Grade

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 08, 2000 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

With Mr. Garrison missing, and a new school year beginning, it's time to enter the fourth grade. The new teacher is Ms. Choksondik, a woman who actually seems intent on teaching the class. The students miss the third grade already, so they enlist two local college students to build a time machine to take them back. In the present, Ms. Choksondik is becoming increasingly frustrated with her inattentive class, so she hunts down Mr. Garrison to learn how to manage the class. Meanwhile Mr. Garrison is coming to grips wirh his sexuality.moreless

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  • The glory days of South Park.

    This episode of South Park is a step forwards toward better episodes, although the episodes before this one was also good, the ones after were also good. It's a funny episode with alot of different characters that appear in it. They just don't make episodes like this one anymore, but the newer ones are still also good. If anyone is just starting to get into South Park or has never seen an episode, I would recommend this one, although you may be a little lost with the characters, it is still funny as can be. Overall, this is a very good episode.moreless
  • Absolutely laugh-out-loud funny!

    This is one of my favorite episodes of South Park. Some of the funniest moments were in Cartman's song. At one point, an extremely happy-looking Mr. Garrison was administering some spankings to some extremely happy-looking children. At another point, Kenny makes a picture of a clown with a knife and a severed head out of glitter and glue. After the song ends, Clyde starts to cry in a manner that sounds exaggerated and forced. Then, much later in the episode, Garrison starts talking in a Yoda-like voice. Another great moment was when Timmy's wheelchair goes out of control, he picks up a girl and she starts climbing onto him in a suggestive way.moreless
  • The boys go into fourth grade and are so nostalgic about the past that they create a time machine to go back to the third grade. The new teacher seeks Mr. Garrison to learn his secret in teaching the kids.moreless

    This episode was a real turning point in the series. Better animation, more characters, and stronger story lines. Hilarious and well written episode.

    The espisode starts off with the boys going into fourth grade with a new teacher, Ms. Choksondic. Cartman becomes nostalgic and sings a hilarious candy-land type song about third grade. The boys then enlist two star-trek obsessed geeks to build them a time machine.

    The plan goes awry and Timmmy is plunged into an out of control wheel chair ala "Speed". The rescue attempts fail and Timmy is taken back to a hilarious pre-historic scence.

    Meanwhile, Ms. Choksondic is baffled about teaching the childern. She decides to seek Mr. Garrison in his mountain fortress. And in a hilarious homage to The Empire Strikes back, learns the secrets of teaching in South Park.

    In a homage to "The Christmas Carol" and "Empire" Garrison finally admits that he is gay.

    The boys come back to class and realize that the third grade wasn't all that great and that life is about change and facing new chalenges.moreless
  • Great episode.

    This is episode was fantastic. It was about Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Kyle Broflovski, and Stan Marsh wanting to go back in time into the 3rd grade. Their new 4th grade teacher is Ms. Choksondik! They ask these two nerdy college students to try and invent something to go back in time. Meanwhile, Mr. Garrison is living in a cave, at the end, he finally admits his gayness! The best part of this episode was when Kenny McCormick died. When he died, Stan Marsh said "Well who didn't see that common?" Something I'll always remember. Overall, I give this episode a 9.3.moreless
  • 4th Grade

    When the whole class have to move up to 4th Grade they think that now they can beat up the 3rd graders, which is stupid really cause the 5th Graders can now beat them up as well and then the cute little 3rd Graders can laugh at the 4th Graders instead. The new teacher is a funny one, Mrs. Choksondik who really does not tolerate bad behaviour in her class.

    Little fat Cartman pulls his trousers down at her and she is shocked! The story continues on from there, which goes on to be one of the classic and most memorable breast scene in history.

    :D One of the classicsmoreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

Eliza Schneider

Eliza Schneider

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

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • According to Mr. Garrison, eight months have passed since the events of "Cherokee Hair Tampons".

    • When Kenny dies, no one says "Oh my God, they killed Kenny," or "You bastards!"

    • This is one of only two times in the entire series where we see the side of Chef's head (after he meets Ms. Choksondik). The only other time we see the side of Chef's head is in his swan-song episode, "The Return of Chef". In other episodes, when Chef's body is oriented sideways, we only see his face.

    • When Kyle's two neighbors are arguing about whether it was 72 or 73 episodes, they confused which numbers they believed in.

    • Timmy's Word List:


      "Please help me!" (from this episode)

      "Livin' a lie"

      "Go, Timmy, go"

      "Lords of the Underworld"


    • The two scientists argue about how many episodes were in the original Star Trek but later they appear to have switched sides with each other.

    • Despite having died during Timmy's crisis, Kenny is seen alive and well in the classroom during the second time travel attempt, when the two scientist geeks begin to fight again.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Mr. Garrison: I'm gay! I'm gay as a gymnast on shore leave!

    • Stan: This is it the end of innocence this is the loss of that playful youth that all are parents warned us about
      Kyle: I just didn't think it come so soon.
      Cartman: Yeah, only now do we realize how we took the 3rd grade for granted.
      Kyle: Huh?
      Cartman: Everything was great in 3rd grade and now that it's all over we're starting to see how special it was…
      Cartman: (starts singing) Remember how it used to be? In the 3rd grade we used to laugh and play and cherish each day, in the 3rd grade we learned wondrous things with a teacher so nice sat on marshmallow desks with teddy bear smiles the world all seem to make sense but that sense seemed slowly but, seemed to fade after 3rd grade. In 3rd grade we used to write with crayons we would make sparkly pictures with glitter and glue we had warm cookies and hearts full of love and it wasn't a care in the world for me or for you. There's not in this life that I wouldn't trade just to go back for 1 minute to 3rd grade.
      (Clyde starts crying)

    • Cartman: Suck my balls.
      Ms. Choksondik: Present them.
      Cartman: What?
      Ms. Choksondik: Present: Whip them out and I'll suck 'em.

    • Kyle: (After Timmy coming back from time) Dude! It looks like Timmy went all over time! He must have alot to tell us!
      Timmy: Ih, Timmy.

    • Stan: (after Kenny dies) Who didn't see that coming?

    • Cartman: We've had a new time machine built, this one out of a simple microwave oven and a duck.

    • Kyle: Look, you guys built a machine together that can bend time. If you just agree with him, you can build another one and usher in a whole new era of science.
      Nerd: And live in a world of 72 original Star Trek's? I don't think so. I don't want to live in that world.

    • Butters: I don't want to do it if it hurts or if it makes you get all sticky.

    • Stan: We need to stand up to this new teacher and insert ourselves.

    • Cartman: We did not do our homework Ms.Makes-me-sick.
      Ms.Choksondik: It's Choksondik!

    • Mr. Mackey: After being dismissed from teaching, he went off to write romance novels. His first novel sold very well and everything was fine until he found out his novel won the Gay Pulitzer Prize, and was considered the best homo-erotic novel since 'Huckleberry Finn'.

    • Cartman: (jumping up on the desk) Kiss my ass!
      (long pause)
      Cartman: Oh, you guys are so weak!
      Ms. Choksondik: Young man do you have an explanation for this?
      Cartman: Oh, I'm sure I do.

    • (Stan, Kyle, and Kenny on seeing Ms. Choksondik.)
      Stan: Whoa dude!
      Kenny: Her titties are f**king huge!
      Ms. Choksondik: (while writing on the board) My name is Ms. Choksondik.
      Stan: More like Ms. Makes-me-sick.

    • Ms. Choksondik: Life isn't about going back, it's about going forward.
      Yes, there are times in our lives that we wish we could relive... but, if we've already lived them perfectly, why live them again? The adventure of life is there's always something new, new challenges, new experiences, a fun game is a game it gets harder as it goes, so it is with life.

    • Kyle: (to Cartman) Shut up, fat ass!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Pink Floyd:

      Cartman tells Ms. Choksondik "Ah-Ha! Charade you are!" just like in the Pink Floyd song "Pigs(3 different ones)" from their 1977 album Animals.

    • A Christmas Carol:

      Mr. Garrison: Damn you, spirit, haunt me no longer!

      Ebenezer Scrooge told this to Jacob Marley's ghost in Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol".

    • Star Wars: Episode V:

      Mr. Garrison: You will be...
      Yoda says this in the 1980 film, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke said he isn't afraid.

    • Speed:

      Timmy is unable to travel at below five miles per hour or leave his wheelchair, much like the bomb-rigged bus in the 1994 film Speed.

      Also, the woman that falls on the rigged wheelchair represents Sandra Bullock's character.

      Also, Kenny dies in a manner that is closely related to the film. The wheeled cart on which he travels to his death is just like one used by Keanu Reeves' character in the film.