South Park

Season 7 Episode 12

All About the Mormons?

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 19, 2003 on Comedy Central
9.1
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A new student, Gary Harrison, joins the 4th grade. Gary is a Mormon from Utah. The children decide he needs to get his ass kicked, and they choose Stan to do it. After an awkward exchange of words, Stan is invited to Gary's house, where he learns all about Mormons.moreless

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  • superb

    9.5
    Stan makes friends with a new Mormon boy named Gary, and after hearing all about Mormons, Randy decides he and the Marsh family should become Mormons. But Stan is not sure if he wants to be a Mormon, or even if he wants to be friends with Gary.



    Good episode. I liked the moral of 'Maybe my religion does not make a lot of sense, but it works for me', as well as Gary telling Stan off at the end (and Cartman exclaiming that he is 'cool'). Good episode, I wish Gary was to be featured more in the series, him and his family were pretty hysterical throughout. Final grade- A- or so, I think is fairmoreless
  • A very accurate and funny portrayal of the most ridiculous religion to be followed by so many people. This episode contains animated events that are almost 100% historically accurate. Amazing parody.moreless

    10
    Hey seanny_db



    Matt Stone and Trey Parker hit mormonism on the head, you tard. Just because you are a brainwashed mormon that tries to deny all the factual evidence that proves your religion is a farce, just like all other religions, doesn't give you the right to come on a website and say that FACTS are wrong. Just because you don'g like what you hear, doesn't mean it's wrong. Do some research. What was portrayed in this episode was PURE 100% FACT. Joseph Smith was a well-known scam artist that got run out of many towns before running to Utah.moreless
  • The episode was funny and great to watch. even though it got the whole point of mormonism wrong.

    6.5
    @mozartowns7

    id just like to firstly point out that if your going to bash a religion get your facts straight first.

    joesph smith never had a chance to "run to utah" because he was murdered. Im sure you dont care but if your going to say things that you think your some expert on maybe you should do some more research. Also, The things potrayed in this television show do not make everything fact. Facts are proven statements not words written by "Comedy central" writers. What you write is complete inorance.



    The episode was good and got the basics of the religion it messed up on some things but it was to make it funny which acceptable considering its on comedy central.moreless
  • An episode about Mormon's? This ranks up there with Cancelled as the worst Season 7 episode ever. When a Mormon family move to South Park, Stan is encouraged to beat him up, but chickens out when he and his dad become friends with them... WHAT THE HELL! Dmoreless

    0.5
    If there has to be a worst South Park episode ever, it has to be this one. No laughs, no controversial scenes, it just feels like a completely different show. A blind martian would have a better job at making an episode as worse as this one, DO NOT WATCH!
  • Society is crappy and unaccepting

    8.2
    As fate would have it, this episode happen to discuss the topics of religion of which I am involved with, or were raised upon. So it gets some of the stuff pretty right on, like some of the families are sometimes way too loving, but they are very happy people. What they don't portray (and should of) is the extreme views some mormons have on homosexuals, which Matt and Trey could of taken advantage of. However, they did set out to tell things like it was, and it's that mormons are shunned by a general population just for their beliefs, and believe it or not, most mormons are very accepting and loving people. But when the boys of south park treat a boy from the mormon family like sh*t, even when the boy is all accepting and loving, it only confirms the fact that how crappy society really is.



    The episode has its weak points and seems to go off the deep end in spots, including the scene when the family shows up with paint on their faces (What's with that, I don't get it), but this show is known for being politically correct, and for most of the episode, it truly is.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

Adrien Beard

Adrien Beard

Voice of Token Williams

Recurring Role

Kyle McCulloch

Kyle McCulloch

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • For the first time, Stan has pockets in his brown jacket.

    • When Gary introduces his sisters to Stan, he says their names are Jenny and Amanda. Later on when they are laughing (after Mark's acting performance), he says, "That's a great story, Sarah". We never meet a Sarah, and it's not the mom because Gary's dad calls her Tarren. So, who's Sarah?

    • The episode seems to suggest that Mormonism was made up by Joseph Smith. However, previous episodes have shown that Mormonism is the one true religion, since only Mormons go to heaven.

    • In this one Stan mentions he's never heard of Joseph Smith; however, in the "Super Best Friends" episode he met Joseph Smith when Jesus did the roll call.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Kyle: Dude, that new kid is such a douche!
      Cartman:Yeah. Somebody need's to put him in him place!
      Butters: He's a peckerface, that's what he is!
      Cartman: Go kick his ass, Stan.
      Clyde: Yeah, go kick his ass.
      Stan:Well, maybe he won't fight.
      Cartman:Will he bleed? That's all we care about.
      Kyle:Come on, dude, somebody needs to wipe that f**kin' smirk off his face!
      Craig: Yeah, little bitch!
      Stan: All right, I'm gonna go kick his ass. (leaves)

    • Stan: It's just that the Book of Mormon says a lot of strange stuff, like that Adam and Eve lived in Jackson County, Missouri.

    • Cartman: You were supposed to kick his ass, not lick his butthole!

    • Mr. Garrison: Well, looks like I don't have a class full of retards anymore, doesn't it children?

    • Gary Harrison: Hey, my name is Gary.
      Cartman: Hi! My name is 'Youra'…You're a fag.

    • Stan: (screaming) AND STOP BEING SO HAPPY! IT'S NOT NORMAL!

    • Lucy Harris: Did you ever think he (Joseph Smith) was just making this up?
      Chorus: Lucy Harris-smart-smart-smart-smart. Martin Harris-dum-dum-dum-dumb!

    • Gary: (to Stan) Look, maybe us Mormons do believe in crazy stories that make absolutely no sense, and maybe Joseph Smith did make it all up, but I have a great life and a great family, and I have the Book of Mormon to thank for that. The truth is, I don't care if Joseph Smith made it all up, because what the church teaches now is loving your family, being nice and helping people. And even though people in this town might think that's stupid, I still choose to believe in it. All I ever did was try to be your friend, Stan, but you're so high and mighty you couldn't look past my religion and just be my friend back. You've got a lot of growing up to do, buddy. Suck my balls. (walks away)
      Cartman: Damn, that kid is cool, huh?

    • Stan: I mean, how come we never have a night where we don't watch any TV and we just do stuff together and eat and drink?
      Randy: We have that, Stan. It's called Friday Night Kegger.

    • Joseph Smith: I have, in my possession, an ancient book written on gold plates that tells of Jesus Christ's second coming. Here, in America.
      Martin Harris: In America? Really? That sounds kind of -
      Chorus: Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Throughout the episode they play the Joseph Smith song saying "...Dum dum dum..." But when the voiceovers say it slowly you actually understand that they are saying "dumb, dumb, dumb!" Matt and Trey obviously did this on purpose because the whole episode is suggesting that Mormon religion is dumb.

    • Both times the TV is on, the first episode of "That's My Bush!" is playing.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Hamlet:

      When Gary's family is playing around, his brother is acting out the well-known scene from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' between Prince Hamlet and Yorick's skull.

    • Kinderhook Plate:

      The Plates of Gold that Joseph Smith found referenced as the Kinderhook plates: forgeries made on brass plates which contain heiroglyphics which eventually translate out to the book of Mormon, these plates were eventually proven to be fakes.

    • LIFE:

      Gary's family is playing a game called "LIVING," which is essentially a a spoof of the real board game called LIFE where similar situations would happen in the game.

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