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South Park

Season 9 Episode 4

Best Friends Forever

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 30, 2005 on Comedy Central
out of 10
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Episode Summary

In this Emmy winning episode, Kenny is the first kid in South Park to get the new Playstation Portable; a device that was actually created by God to determine who has the best skills to defeat the armies of Satan. Things get complicated when Kenny is brought back to life but resides in a vegetative state.moreless

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  • perfect

    What I liked: the BFF bracelet, Kenny becoming obsessed with his PSP and not doing anything else for two weeks, Kenny's will revealing if he was ever in a vegetative state, to NOT have him be seen like that on television, the ending with Kenny getting a Keanu Reeves statue for helping Heaven beat Hell, amongst other things.

    Really good episode. The plot was really amazingly done and it had several moments I laughed hard, so my final grade is going to be an A+. Truly superb episodemoreless
  • Some decent gags but overall an unfunny episode

    I know that this episode was the Emmy award winning one, but I've watched it a few times and still can't say it's one of my favourites. The satirical take on the euthanasia conteversy was well done, especially with its ties to the 'Kenny needs to lead the armies of heaven' plotline, but this episode just wasn't funny - not because the material was offensive, just the fact that there weren't any real jokes. The evil Republicans gag was alright, but the marker sniffing angel and the long tired mormon jokes seemed too forced. The Keanu Reeves running gag wasn't effective either, as really he's only played a messiah figure in the Matrix films and that's all (throughout the episode Kenny is referred to as Heaven's Keanu Reeves, since only he can lead them to victory). There have been much better episodes than this in the 9th season, and though I'm happy the boys got the Emmy, I think the nod could have gone to a number of other episodes.moreless
  • Disapointing and overrated.

    I seriously don't understand why this episode is rated so highly, I just did not find it funny. The political satire was kind of clever, but was not done in a humerous or entertaining way. I was yawning by the end, my only laugh was the line "You idiot, Japanese people don't have souls!"
  • It was okay.

    I didn't think it was too great. Kenny isn't my favorite character so a show that focused a lot on him wouldn't be my most favorite show. Cartman was being an ass as usual and manipulating things to go his way but I dont know, there was something about this episode that wasn't that enticing. I think the plot didn't seem very good.

    i only give 10 out of 10 to only special episodes,and episodes that are really killer to me.this is one of them.BBF is one of my favorite episodes,and i hope the spirit of this 21 minutes full of funny twist,action and adventure will stunn all viewers in breath taking amounts.Trey Parker and Matt Stone deserve 3 hours of applause for this fantastic episode.i hope this episode will be remembered as a special heritage to the tv show south park.this episode will blow your mind,as it uses clever thinking and i think the creators had a hard time making this episode in just 5 or 6 days.they must have used a lot of hardcore thought.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOLKS.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

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Gracie Lazar

Gracie Lazar

Voice of Liane Cartman; Wendy Testaburger; Shelly Marsh; Sharon Marsh; Various Others

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Female Nurse: Doctor! Doctor, we have a pulse!
      The Doctor: Then that's it! We brought him back.
      Male Nurse: Amazing, doctor! You've revived somebody who's been legally dead for almost a day!

    • Hooded Figure: My Lord. My Lord, we must attack, now!
      Satan: What's the point?! They have a Keanu Reeves now.

    • Satan: My armies are being pushed back! How could we be losing?!
      Spy: It's God! He has his Keanu Reeves!
      Satan: We must retreat!
      Kevin: No, my lord. We must keep going!
      Satan: Oh, shut up, Kevin! I'm breaking up with you! (Blasts Kevin into a wall)

    • (Upon hearing that Kenny is being kept alive via feeding tube)
      Archangel Michael: But that's not natural! God intended him to die!

    • Archangel Michael: Now there's no one who can command our army!
      Uriel: No, there is one more, a Japanese boy who has reached level 59.
      Archangel Michael: Are you stupid Uriel? Japanese people don't have souls!

    • (During the final battle between Heaven and Hell)
      Archangel Michael: This is just like that battle in Lord of the Rings!

    • Uriel: Sir, the humans did the right thing and let Kenny die!
      Archangel Michael: Oh my god, they killed Kenny!

    • Kyle: Dude, we have to do everything we can to get that feeding tube put back in!
      Stan: Yeah!
      Gabriel: No!
      Stan: Let's go to the…umm…media. We make everyone in the country know that they're killing Kenny!
      Kyle: Yeah come on!
      Uriel: No, no, no boys. Oh goddamn it!

    • Uriel: Archangel Michael what say you?
      Archangel Michael: The child did something none of us could; reach Level 60 on the PSP. I don't know if that's luck or perseverance but it's goddamn impressive!

    • Kevin: I will do what we always do-- use the Republicans.

    • Kevin: (talking to George Bush) Removing the feeding tube is murder. Hakakakakaka
      George Bush: (talking to the people) Removing the feeding tube is murder.
      Kevin: Who are we to decide that Kenny should live or die? Hakakakakaka.
      George Bush: Who are we to decide that Kenny should live or die?
      Kevin: Hakakakakaka. It is God's will that he live. Hakakakakaka.
      George Bush: It is God's will that he live.
      Kevin: Hakakakakaka.
      George Bush: Hakakakakaka.
      Kevin: No. No. You don't say that part. Hakakakakaka.
      George Bush: No. No. You don't say that part. Hakakakakaka.
      (the people stare, confused)

    • Newscaster: A woman was arrested for trying to bring food to the patient.

    • Mrs. Garrison: Get your man hands off of me!

    • Kenny's Lawyer: (reading Kenny's will) If I should I ever be in a vegetated state and kept alive on life support, please, for the love of God don't ever show me in that condition on national television.
      Stan: Oh.
      BFF Man: Whoops.

    • PSP Game: You have reached Level 60.
      Kenny: Woohoo! (he does a dance) I've reached Level 6--
      (Kenny gets hit by a truck. The driver is playing PSP as well)
      Driver: Oh, Level 4. Sweet!

    • Archangel Michael: We are out numbered and in need of someone who can singlehandedly bring the whole dark empire down. Basically Kenny, you are Keanu Reeves.

    • Cartman: That's not Kenny! Kenny sniffs paint and set things on fire!

    • (while protesting)
      Stan: Don't kill Kenny!
      Crowd: You Bastards!

    • Kyle: You say Tomato, I say Kenny!
      Cartman: You say Kenny, I say Tomato!

  • NOTES (5)

    • They have made a gold case for the PSP which looks a lot like the one Kenny had, you can see it for yourself at this link:

    • On June 15, 2 1/2 months after this episode originally aired, an autopsy revealed that Terri Schiavo was indeed brain-dead, even though she could only blink her eyes and breathe. 5 days later, Schiavo's ashes were laid to rest in Pennsylvania, with her gravestone marking the words of Michael Schiavo, her husband: "I kept my promise."

    • This episode won the 2005 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)".

    • According to The New York Times, "[Trey Stone and Matt Parker] began the episode from scratch the Thursday before it was telecast. For each episode, Mr. Stone, Mr. Parker and their staff write, animate and give voice to the show scene by scene, delivering the final version to Comedy Central on Wednesday for its broadcast that night."

    • Terri Schiavo, whose ordeal was the basis of this episode, died the day after this episode originally aired.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • In-joke:

      Cartman:Respect my authoritah!

      Cartman once again uttered these words in this episode as he did many times in the epsiode Chickenlover except this time he didn't yell it.

    • Pinky and the Brain:

      Satan: What are we going to do?
      Satan's Advisor: What we do every time…

      This is an allusion to Pinky and the Brain, when at the end of most of the episodes Pinky would say, "Why Brain, what're we going to do tomorrow night?" and Brain would always reply, "The same thing we do every night Pinky, try to take over the world…!".

    • Dogma:

      In the movie Dogma (by Kevin Smith), the "GOD" character was locked in a human body when he entered a vegetative state by Satan's troops - the world was almost over, until the body that God possessed was unplugged from the machines, and he (as Alanis Morrisette) saved the world at the last second - just like Kenny was in the episode - stuck in vegetative state by machines (the feeding tube) - and was able to save the world only by dieing.

    • Star Wars Trilogy:

      Kevin looks similar to Darth Sidious from "Star Wars: Episodes III, IV, V, and VI."

    • Star Wars:

      When Uriel says "No! There is another", this is a reference to Star Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi, when Yoda says that Luke is not the only hope for the Jedi.

    • Terri Schiavo:

      The entire plot regarding Kenny being on life support, and the ensuing mass of media attention is a reference to the Terri Schiavo case.
      The case involved a woman in Florida, where it was being debated over whether or not to take out her feeding tube. Another direct reference was that some supporters tried to give food and water to Schiavo, but failed.

      Another reference is Kenny's intermittent blinking throughout the episode as people talk to him or around him.

    • World of Warcraft:

      Archangel Michael: The child did something none of us could: reach level 60 on the PSP.

      The importance of reaching level 60 is probably based on World of Warcraft, an online computer RPG game in which has a maximum level of 60. Players spend huge amounts of time online playing the game in order to reach this level, prompting complaints similar to:

      Mrs. McCormick: Who cares if you almost made it to level 60, you're wasting your life!

    • Keanu Reeves:

      The constant reference to Kenny being Keanu Reeves is mocking the actor's recent roles in the movies The Matrix and Constantine.

      In these movies, Keanu Reeves plays a character who goes against all odds and manages to stop his enemies despite being supremely outnumbered and constantly outmatched.

    • The Last Starfighter:

      The idea of using a video game to recruit a "super warrior" is seen in the 1984 film The Last Starfighter.

      The film is about a boy who gets the highest score on an arcade game, and then gets recruited by an alien race to help them defeat their enemy. Just like what happens to Kenny when he hits level 60 on his PSP.

    • Heaven vs. Hell:

      The entire issue with Kenny leading heaven's angels and the battle between heaven and hell is basically the storyline for the movies and comics known as "Spawn" and "Hellblazer" a.k.a. the 2005 film Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves.

    • Sony PSP:

      The PSP is a real video game console that Sony came out with about a week or so before this episode aired. Basically it is a PS2, but it can be carried and is lightweight. It's similar to a Nintendo DS, but much bigger. It seems that not only does the PSP play games--- it also plays the movies as well.

    • Lord of the Rings: The final battle between Heaven and Hell is just like the Battle of Helm's Deep in Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers and the Battle of Minas Tirith in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

      Other Rings references:
      * Satan's right hand man is (probably) a reference to Grima Wormtongue, the advisor to one of the villains in Lord of the Rings, Saruman. Grima was pale in appearance, wore similar clothing, and was Saruman's right hand man.
      * Satan's army looks similar to the Orcs and Uruk-Hai. Satan addressing his troops with "you do not know pain" is taken verbatim from The Two Towers.