South Park

Season 7 Episode 13

Butt Out

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 03, 2003 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

After seeing an auditorium presentation on the dangers of smoking (and in some ways, not smoking), the boys light up behind the school and are soon caught in the middle of Rob Reiner's Anti-Tobacco campaign.

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  • Rob Reiner Character is my Favorite Left Wing Nutjob Stereotype!

    I absolutely hate breathing in cigarette smoke ... and this episode is awesome! The Rob Reiner character is my go-to stereotype of a left wing liberal nutjob. I always think of this episode whenever I hear about nanny Bloomberg, Obama, Boxer, Jackson Lee, trying to shove their will down the throat of the American people, or spewing lies because it will bring about a result that is good for the poor people who just don't understand what they really need. I especially like Cartrman's hero-worship of Reiner because he gets to go around imposing his will on everyone. Cracks me up because it's such an accurate reflection of the worst left wing nutjobs in politics and news media.moreless
  • A ridiculous attempt to defend smoking??

    I've enjoyed a number of South Park episodes, but this one is pure BS!

    First of all, smoking in public does not in any way, shape or form raise a question of "tolerance"! Putting up with someone else's cigarette smoke is not being "tolerant", and no one should have to do so. It is an insult to true issues of tolerance to allege that likeness.

    They make a statement that no "hard" evidence has ever been found that anyone has died from second-hand cigarette smoke. If we can assume that their statement about evidence actually is true, that should not be such an unlikely situation, as such evidence would be pretty much impossible TO gather. What certainly has not been proven is that no one has died from second-hand smoke!

    At any rate, what is self-evident is that cigarette smoke is damned obnoxious to be around, and is certainly not something that anyone has a "natural right" to produce in public places. Furthermore, smoking should NOT be equated with unhealthy eating habits, which will harm the perpetrator, to be sure, but does not get inflicted on those around them.

    And this doesn't even address how blatantly unfair it is to suggest that Rob Reiner would try to kill a child to promote his point of view. How clueless have people become that they think a "good satire" is worthwhile in the face of its damaging falsehoods?moreless
  • Another effort by Matt and Trey to preach to anyone who watches Comedy Central!

    Matt and Trey do it again- they preach. And oh, how do they preach. They really do think they are the be-all end-all of edumacating us poor ignorant folk who don't buy into their philosophy of everything. The show has grown increasingly preaching and condescending, going so far as to putting their own personal views into the show, and using the South Park vehicle to present them.

    Whatever stance you have as far as smoking goes (if you think it's dangerous or don't care), Matt and Trey completely ignore the fact that people have serious issues with smokers in public places. People who have allergies, respiratory problems, or even if people have a nauseous reaction to smoking (which is perfectly legitimate), should have the right to NOT breathe in that air. It is a public health hazard to at least SOME people, if not most (i.e. even if you don't think second hand smoking is deadly, it still disrupts the enjoyment of the space by other people).

    In any case, that's MY view on it. However, Matt and Trey don't open anything to debate. They make Rob Reiner look like a power hungry monster (the most random person possible, since there really aren't many famous people so adamantly against smoking they had to make a scapegoat)moreless
  • This was the first episode of south park I saw.

    This was the first episode of South Park I saw and is also one of my favorites. It starts when a really stupid band comes to the school they are against smoking. Then they say "If you don't smoke you could be just like us." Then the boys get caught smoking then they blame the smoking corporations. So then Rob Reiner comes who is a very big antismoker guy. So then he tries to say that the cigarette companies influenced them to smoke. Stan, Kyle, and Kenny leave. But Rob Reiner becomes Cartmans hero. This is definitely one of favorite episodes.moreless
  • Another great lesson by Matt & Trey about tolerance!

    When I was younger I didnt understand why smoking was bad because all I remember was a bunch of lectures much like the Butt Out! stage show about not smoking or you'll die. They never explained all that stuff about lung cancer, addictions, and stuff. The boys find the Butt Out gang as mentally impaired beings and start smoking in order to avoid becoming them. This leads to another plot roller coaster in which the boys try to hide what they did by letting something else take the blame and chaos ensues. In the end the lesson learned is that people should take their own responsibilities for the bad health choices they make be it smoking or obesity. I love that ironic scene with Rob Reiner in his office!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

Pam Brady

Pam Brady

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John Hansen (V)

John Hansen (V)

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Guest Star

Vernon Chatman

Vernon Chatman

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Kyle McCulloch

Kyle McCulloch

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • During the scene in which Cartman runs out of the recording studio there is a small red dot on the lower right hand corner of the screen.

    • Help me out with this one… When the kids have to make a decision between being grounded for three weeks or getting help from the tobacco companies, which would make everyone, come up with torches, why would they choose the second one? Because after they chose that, they were still grounded… It's like either be grounded or do all that work and still be grounded.

      Response: The kids didn't really KNOW that they would get grounded at the time! They were just PREDICTING that that would happen; no one knew for SURE. And besides, they're kids, and kids (usually) don't think too much about consequences.

    • From previous episodes it has been shown that Kenny isn't afraid to try anything from gasoline to alien drugs. It's a wonder why he never tried a cigarette before.

    • Shadows are shown where the boys are smoking. They are on the south side of the school, judging by the shadows.

    • Why are the firefighters the size of gnomes? The perspective doesn't change any, but the firefighters look smaller than the students.

    • There was much discussion about the commercial that showed Butters being subjected to heavy peer presssure by Butt Out! and pissing his pants. That was missing from the episode.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Rob Reiner: I'm Rob Reiner! You've just been Reiner'd!

    • Cartman: I thought you guys were my friends, but I guess I was wrong!
      Kyle: Yea dude, you were totally wrong.

    • Cartman: Oh! I get it Kyle, that's your Serbian Jew double-bluff!

    • Rob Reiner: What kind of backward hick state is this!?!

    • Rob Reiner: We're gonna use these children to bring the companies down!

    • Stan: Dad, it was just…
      Randy: I don't have a son!

    • (The kids are stuck in a lame anti-smoking assembly)
      Cartman: You guys, Kenny's eating his own hand.

    • Mr. Mackey: Well hey, if I didn't know any better, I'd think you boys have been smoking!
      Cartman: No, no, Mr. Mackey. We don't have any cigarettes.
      Mr. Mackey: [while school is burning down] Well you'd better not! Because let me tell you some'n' about smokin'! Uh, smokin's bad, m'kay. And uh, if you start smokin' at an early age, m'kay, it's gonna be bad. M'kay, because, uh, smoking can lead to all kinds of health problems like cancer. M'kay, and let me tell you something about cancer, m'kay. Cancer's bad. M'kay, and, uh, eh, what? What the? [notices fire] Holy shit, m'kay!

    • Stan: Well, I guess we learned our lesson.
      Kyle: No we didn't, dude! No we didn't! (walks away)

    • Rob Reiner: Oh, God Dammit, do I have to explain this again? Smoking is bad, people! So if we have to be a little extreme to stop it, it's okay!!
      Kyle: No it isn't, you fat turd! Because, I've learned something today. You just hate - (to Stan) See, I knew it.
      Stan: Yup.

    • Rob Reiner: Sometimes lying is okay, like when you know what's good for people more than they do.
      Cartman: Oh my God, that is exactly what I think!

    • Factory Workers: (singing) With a hidey lidey lidey and a hidey lidey lay,
      We work and we make cigarettes all hidey lidey day.
      So folks can get a breaky from their stressful lidey lives,
      And relaxy with the cigarettes we make all day and night.
      Worker #1: (singing) I like to have a cigarette every now and then,
      It makes me fee-l calmer when the day is at an end.
      Worker #2: (singing) And if it gives me cancer when I'm 80 I don't care.
      Who the hell wants to be 90 anyway?
      Factory Workers: (singing) So with a hidey lidey lidey and a hidey lidey lay,
      We work and we make cigarettes all hidey lidey day.
      So folks can get a breaky from their stressful lidey lives,
      And relaxy with the cigarettes we make all day and night.

    • Cartman: Handle it? For two billion dollars I would handle my Grandpa's balls, sir.

    • Cartman: I don't idolize you anymore, asshole!
      (he stabs Rob Reiner with fork, forcing goo to come out of him)
      Rob Reiner: My goo! My precious goo!

    • (Rob Reiner gets stuck in the car door)
      Rob Reiner: Dammit. Butter. Butter!
      Mr. Garrison: What did he say?
      Rob Reiner: Butter!
      (the driver comes out to butter him up so he can get out)

  • NOTES (3)

    • First time the fact that Stan, Kyle and Kenny really aren't Cartman's friends is revealed to his face, although Eric doesn't really notice.

    • In it's original airing, the episode ended right when Cartman groans in agony of being grounded. In later showings, there's a new scene where Stan asks Kyle if they've learned anything, and Kyle storms off.

    • This episodes alludes to the South Park movie many, many times. For instance, the entire principal's office scene is almost a remake of the office scene in the movie, right down to Cartman acting freaked out so he can get out of being grounded at the end. The rest is also similar, a fat, obnoxious, bullying individual stands up aganist the so-called "enemy" (in this case it's Rob Reiner), which in turn, the enemy is a peaceful one until it has been threatened. (Big Tobacco here) The boys are shoved through all of this, and their lives are almost done away with. (only Cartman's in this episode) Another allusion is the fact that the boys are trying to dodge from getting grounded for three weeks, just like in SP:BLU. Kyle even realizes all of this, claiming that this is all going to become one gigantic mess and they should abort it ASAP. Unfortunely, Cartman leads them to tell the moral and follow the formula, and just like in the movie, there's an ultra-happy ending with pretty much everyone, both sides.


    • Yul Brynner:

      Cartman's commercial was a spoof of one starring Yul Brynner, who died from lung cancer.

    • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:

      The depiction of the workers in the cigarette factory is a reference to the Oompa Loompa's in "Charlie/Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

    • Animals:

      Cartman: You guys, Kenny's eating his own hand!

      This is an allusion to how trapped animals will gnaw at their trapped limbs to escape a truly desperate situation.

    • Punk'd:

      Rob Reiner: I'm Rob Reiner, and you've just been Reiner'd!

      This line refers to the 2003 reality TV show "Punk'd," hosted by actor Ashton Kutcher. In it, they would play a prank on a celebrity, and then at the end, Ashton Kutcher would say to the celebrity "I'm Ashton Kutcher, and you've just been punk'd!"