South Park

Season 6 Episode 14

A Ladder to Heaven

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 06, 2002 on Comedy Central
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Stan, Kyle and Cartman want Kenny back so badly (well, his winning ticket stub for a free candy shopping spree), they'll try anything. They decide to build a ladder to Heaven where they expect to find Kenny and bring his winning ticket stub back to South Park. But Kenny isn't the only one residing in Heaven… when we last checked, Saddam Hussein was being detained in paradise as well. As their ladder stretches skyward, the U.S. government carefully monitors the boys' progress. Will the boys find Kenny, or his ticket stub? And, is Saddam stockpiling weapons of mass destruction in Heaven?moreless

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  • superb

    9.5
    Stan, Kyle and Cartman build a ladder up to Heaven to try and contact Kenny. Soon, Japan starts building a ladder, and even worse; Saddam is still in Heaven with big plans. Is this the end of South Park, or worse, Heaven?



    Decent episode. I can't put my finger on it but it felt like something was missing when I watched it. It was a great, humorous episode, but it felt like there could have been more to it, for me anyway. So, my final grade for this episode is between a B- and an A. Good episode but I think it could have been a little bettermoreless
  • simply astonishing.

    9.0
    I loved this episode of South Park. The boys win a candy shopping spree but there is one problem, Kenny had ticket on him when he died so the boys decide to build a ladder to heaven. This was a rare episode which found the perfect balance between over the top gags and situations such as the U.S military trying to nuke heaven and the innocent emotions of the children, who in this episode can't fully understand death. There's also plenty more Cartman antics who thankfully brings about the return of Kenny. Seriously, if every episode of south park could get anywhere near this level it would undoubtedly be the greatest show in historymoreless
  • Good installment.

    7.5
    I found this installment of South Park to be a pretty good one. I thought it was a pretty funny plot with Kenny being dead and Stan, Kyle and Cartman needing him to get some free candy. So they decided to build a ladder to heaven just to get the ticket from Kenny but the people of South Park and all over the world even Japan got the wrong idea and thought that they just wanted to see their friend again. The part with Cartman and the ashes was pretty funny to, I couldn't believe it when he actually tried some of it and then ended up eating the whole thing. Overall, this was another great installment of South Park.moreless
  • Kenny comes back! In a weird and... spiritual way...

    8.6
    When Stan, Kyle, and Cartman won a crazy ten minuet sale for candy, they relixed something... KENNY! He has the ticket! They run to his house only to see him dead. Crematd, if you prefer. So, the boys, not knowing this, goes to heaven and try to find Kenny. But, Cartman eats the powder that is... KENNY??! Yep! Kenny's soul is trappd in Cartman temporarly!



    The characters act like themselves, the storyline is... unique, and the humor is okay. And now, Kenny is back, but not for long! But, this is spoilers...



    Man: Fg, why won't you tell us the spoiler?

    FG: Because..... well, goddbye! See you next time with some more reviews!



    BEST THINGS: Story, Characters, umor... and KENNY!!

    WORST THINGS: Kenny won't be back.... *cries*

    FINNALY: An A-moreless
  • A Ladder To Heaven.

    9.2
    This episode is about Eric Cartman, Stan Marsh, and Kyle Broflovski wanting to have a candy shopping spree. Unfortuanatly, they needed a ticket, which Kenny McCormick has. Eric Cartman keeps having reminders of Kenny. It's very scary to him. I mean, they only made this to get the ticket from Kenny McCormick. They were trying to build a ladder to heaven. Many people worldwide came to watch them. The Japenese were also trying. They did not make it though. It was really weird though. Especially with the singer singing songs about the Ladder to Heaven. Overall, I give this a 9.2.moreless
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

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  • TRIVIA (14)

    • According to George Bush, Satan sent Saddam to heaven to live with Mormons as some kind of punishment for trying to kill Chris. Didn't Satan send Saddam away because he wouldn't stop following Satan?

    • When Cartman visits Kenny's memories, most of the words spoken repeat at the end of the sentence, like an echo. But, it would seem that in the scenes being flash-backed, the characters were actually repeating the words, because their mouths move along with the repeated words.

    • During the scene in Eric's Kitchen, when Stan says "It's over!", they get off the stools, but you never see them leave the room, they just disappear.

    • Responce to Saddam dying: in "Not without my anus" it was a movie BASED on a true story, meaning it might not have happened. In the movie Saddam WAS killed by wild boars, but later Satan killed him in the end. Then he returns in the forth season and is sent to heaven (as they say in this episode)

    • About Kenny's burial\cremation goof: In Japan, they cremate the dead person's body, put the ashes in an urn, wrap the urn in white cloth, put the wrapped urn in a wooden box and bury the box in the ground. Whoever was in charge of handling Kenny's body probably was using a new technique. Since Kenny died in various ways many times, the handler(s) probably got sick and tired of putting Kenny's body to rest.

    • The background at the television studio is the same as the background at the military base in the Towelie episode. You can tell by the maps against the wall.

    • Reply to above: The townspeople probably took pity on Kenny's family and gave them money. The also named a park after Kenny in the episode Jared Has Aides, that shows the people felt really bad about Kenny dying.

    • In "Kenny Dies", he was buried. But now, he was cremated and put into an urn?

    • Response to "How does a poor family afford a security robot?" goof. What about the time when Kenny's family was entitled to the remains of Cartman's money in "Cartman Land" which I believe was $500,000, as the IRS took the other $500,000 to pay of Cartman's income and payout for his park.

    • Kenny WAS a dirty little bastard! When Stuart shows Kenny the Playboy centerfold, the crotch area is missing. I wonder what Kenny did with the remaining hole... Maybe Cartman answered that a few moments later: "I don't know. It's like my brain just keeps... jacking off."

    • The SNN newsroom looks like the Tynacorp headquarters.

    • How did Saddam really die? In "Not Without My Anus" Canadian farts killed him. In the movie, he was reportedly killed by wild boars. In this episode, Bush says the U.S. secretly killed Saddam months ago, then tells the UN the subsequent events, which occured back in the fourth season ("Do the Handicapped go to Hell?" and "Probably.").

    • Change from preview to final ep: The commercial for the new episode showed the boys emptying Kenny's urn dressed in all black. In the episode that aired they were in their normal clothes.

    • The colors on the UN buildings are white, but not so in the movie.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Japanese reporter: This is Nobonaga Hirohichi reporting rive from Tokyo. Japan has started building its own radder to heaven. Already the Japanese radder extend far into space, and it is growing by 1,000 miles every day. As the ladder continues, it has become clear that Japan will reach heaven before the United States. (blows raspberry)

    • News Reporter: The nation is rallying behind three sweet boys in Colorado who are building a ladder to heaven to be with their dead friend. It's making Americans start to believe in heaven........again.

    • (When Cartman is seeing Kenny's point of view, he walks into the kitchen and Stuart holds up the dirty magazine. There are holes on the pages where the girls' private parts should be)
      Stuart: Kenny, do you by any chance know what happened to my Playboys?

    • Bush: Ladies and gentlemen of the UN, we have evidence that Saddam Hussein is up there building weapons of mass destruction. We have tried to communicate with Saddam through a psychic to ask him to let us see his warehouses in Heaven. But he has not responded.
      Indian Ambassador: Of course he has not responded because he's dead!
      Bush: Right. Dead, and in Heaven.
      Ambassador 2: This is preposterous! Even if there was a Heaven, what makes you think Saddam Hussein's soul would be sent there?
      Bush: Our intelligence tells us that when Saddam was originally killed, his soul actually went to Hell. But while in Hell, he began a homosexual relationship with Satan, the Prince of Darkness. Satan, however, decided he didn't want to be with Hussein anymore and broke up with him around August. When Saddam became jealous and tried to kill Satan's new lover, Chris, Satan had Saddam sent to Heaven to live with Mormons as a punishment. Questions? Yes?
      Ambassador 3: Are you high, or just incredibly stupid?
      Bush: I assure you, I am not high.

    • Japanese Weather-woman: Today weather in heaven...partry crowdy.

    • Mr. Lolly: Oh hello there kids! Welcome to Lolly's Candy Shop.
      Stan: We're the kids whose names you called on your commercial last night we're here to do the shopping spree!
      Mr. Lolly: Oh that's great!
      Cartman: You bet your fat clown ass it is!

    • Stan: Yeah well people make us kids believe that heaven is this white place with fluffy clouds and angels.
      Kyle: Yeah but, we think maybe heaven isn't a place you can get to, maybe heaven is just an idea, a frame of mind or something gay like that. Maybe heaven is this moment right now.
      Army General: So you're saying we should bomb this moment right now? Right, JOHNSON?
      Johnson: Sir!

    • Cartman: (Takes out a device and waves it around) Beep, Beep, Beep, Beep!
      Stan: Did you get it?
      Cartman: Hold on, I'm checking for robot guards.
      Kyle: There's not going to be any robot guards, you retard! Just get Kenny!
      (Cartman glares at Kyle, takes the urn, and climbs out of the window. A robot appears right after)
      Robot: Beep, beep, Beep, beep!

    • (after Cartman has another flashback)
      Kyle: Dude, what the hell's wrong with you?
      Cartman: I don't know. It's like my brain just keeps jacking off.
      Kyle: Maybe you got brain cancer.
      Cartman: Do you think?
      Stan: Don't get cancer on the ladder, Cartman. You're gonna fall off and break it.

    • Man: Well, I for one believe that if Suddam Hussein were an 8 year old boy, and my penis were the United States, then there would-
      (camera moves away)
      Man: Hard Nipples!

    • Cartman: (channeling Kenny) I said shut up, Cartman, you belching vagina! (back to normal) Did I just call myself a belching vagina?

    • [Kyle hits Cartman over the head]
      Kyle: Do you see anything?
      Cartman: Yes, Kyle. I see a dead Jew!

    • Reporter: Do you actually believe in the ladder to heaven?
      Pedophile: If heaven is an eight year old boy, and the ladder is my penis and the pearly gates are the -
      (news team fakes static to not hear the pedophile)

    • Lyrics from the Ladder To Heaven Tribute Song by Alan Jackson:
      Where were you, when they built the ladder to heaven
      Did it make you feel like Crying
      Or did ya think it was kinda gay
      Well I for one, believe in the ladder to heaven
      Oh yeah, 9-11, I said 9-11, 9-11, 9-11, 9-11.

    • Kyle: Oh good! Cartman's back from the junkyard.
      Cartman: I found this car seat in Mr. Garrison's car.
      Stan: Mr. Garrison threw away his car?
      Cartman: No.

    • God: Saddam, I've been hearing rumors that you're secretly building weapons of mass destruction up here.
      Saddam Hussein: Weapons of mass destruction? No! This is a chocolate chip factory. See?
      God: It looks like a chemical weapons plant.
      Saddam Hussein: Look, God, if I was gonna secretly build a chemical weapons plant, I wouldn't make it look like a chemical weapons plant, would I? I'd make it look like a chocolate chip factory or something.
      God: Alright, just checking. (leaves)
      Saddam Hussein: Stupid asshole.

    • Cartman: Alright, look. I didn't wanna have to say this, but I think maybe we're not seeing Heaven because one of us doesn't believe in it enough.
      Kyle: Huh?
      Cartman: Heaven could be like the pixie fairies of Bubble Yum Forest. You only see them if you really believe in them.
      Stan: What?
      Cartman: You know, maybe we're not seeing heaven because one of us is a J-O-O.
      Kyle: What does me being a Jew have to do with anything?

    • Mr. Garrison: A ladder to heaven? That's f(beep)kin' stupid.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Flags featured outside UN building:
      South Korea, unidentified flag, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Jamaica, Belgium, UK, France, Turkey, Pirate's flag, Brazil, Suriname, Ireland, USA

    • Since Kenny has returned to the show, he no longer dies at the end of every episode.

    • Kenny's soul gets trapped inside Cartman's body in this episode. He will stay there until "The Biggest Douche in the Universe."

    • When Alan Jackson tells the crowd he is selling his new CD with all his 9-11 songs and everyone rushes up to buy one, you can see Alan smiling and making an up and down jack-off motion with his arm.

    • One of the legs of a table at Kenny's house is missing and, in true white trash style, it has been replaced by a cinder block.

    • Tweek, apparently, has been fired as the new best friend.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Jack and the Beanstalk
      When the boys reach above the clouds, Stan mentions that there is no cloud city nor the giant.  In the story Jack and the Beanstalk, A Giants lives on the clouds.

    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas:

      At one point, the townspeople are circled around the ladder, holding hands and singing. Both the song and the scene are from the 1966 animated holiday special How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

    • Current Events/ Iraq War:

      The whole incident with the US saying Saddam had WMDs in heaven is a blatant reference to the reason for the Iraqi War.

    • Urban Legend:

      When Cartman mistakens Kenny's ashes for chocolate milk, it's a reference to an urban legend about a family who receive a packet of an unlabeled substance and mistaken it for chocolate milk mix/sauce mix/baking flour/etc and consume it. Later they receive a letter explaining that it's the cremated remains of a relative.

    • Tower of Babel:

      The ladder to Heaven is much like The Tower of Babel in the Bible.

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