South Park

Season 12 Episode 4

Canada On Strike

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 02, 2008 on Comedy Central
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The leader of the World Canadian Bureau takes the country into a long and painful strike, demanding "some of that Internet money" from the other Nations. The boys find themselves tasked with resolving the strike so they can see some new episodes of Terrance & Philip.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • This episode is as clever as it gets. South Park continues to kill in every single way.

    Every thing about this episode is hilarious, some people will obviously still be sore over the content since it is dealing with a sensitive issue that just resolved. It's too funny the way that they have the Canadian people handling their strike, demanding,"some of that internet money." Yeah, that's what they want some of that internet money! It was good to see the boys in the episode The other episode with only Terrance and Phillip in it was not one of my favorites. They get involved because Kyle is worried about his brother since every single one of the Canadians is striking so is he. Then they call......oh wait i reached the word limit.

    Check out the episode its good and from some writers on the inside.moreless
  • superb

    The leader of Canada leads Canada on a strike because they want more money as a country. The boys try to solve this because unless the Canadians get what they want and are done striking, there will not be any new episodes of Terrance and Philip. Will the boys be able to help?

    Decent episode of the show I thought. It wasn't completely perfect, some of it near the end bored me. The recurring gag of "I'm not your friend/buddy/guy" got annoying, especially at the end of the episode. But it was overall good. The you tube scene was probably my favorite part.moreless
  • I'm not your guy, friend!

    Description: The leader of the World Canadian Bureau takes the country into a long painful strike, demanding "some of that Internet money" from the other Nations. The boys find themselves tasked with the strike resolving it so they can see some new episodes of "Terrance & Philip". Storyline: The plot was based around my country, Canada, so of course I will adore the episode. However, this episode appealed to me because it was a spoof to the late Writers Strike.

    Humor: A line says it all: "I'm not your friend, buddy!" is pretty much one of my top 5 favourite South Park quotes. Other scenes such as the party and the youtube people also brought a nice touch to the humor.

    Rating: A contender for the top 20 in my books. It had a well-focused plot, humor that ressembles the golden South Park and the message was cleared.moreless
  • one of the greatest south park episodes of all time !

    canada on strike was one of the most spectacular south park episodes of all time

    it has the humor, the texture, the plot, the setting, the character development, and great and classical and unique jokes through out.

    no offense, but, it deserves a heap more than 8.8 out of ten. i mean come on... why all the hate ??? to me, the butters dancing joke was absolutely hillarious and almost killed me with laughter. canada on strike was an amazing episode. one problem that disturbed me was the writing of this episode. it was not classified well as the other previous episodes..

    but anyway, superbly done episode, highly recommended.moreless
  • Canada is on strike. They want ... more money. Possibly the best episode of the season, and one of my all time favourites.

    From beginning to end this episode was extremely entertaining and funny. Being Canadian, I was not at all offended by the jokes that were put in to this episode on subject of Canada.

    But this was really a funny episode, and I really enjoyed it. There are guest stars in this episode from the internet (the star wars kid, numa numa guy, the dramatic gopher, etc), and I really liked the fact that these characters were put in to the episode.

    If you stopped watching the season at the beginning because you thought that the show would never get back on track and start being funny and enjoyable again, then you thought wrong. This episode brought the show back for me, but the preceding episodes weren't the greatest, but they weren't horrible either. Canada on strike is easily the best episode of the season.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

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

April Stewart

April Stewart

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

Katharine Howell

Katharine Howell

Voice of Unknown

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Jack Solmssen

Jack Solmssen

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Ridley Solmssen

Ridley Solmssen

Voice of Unknown

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • There are no Bennigan's locations in Canada, making only the bag of gumballs worth something to the Canadians.

    • After the Internet stars kill each other, they never show what happened to the baby panda, the Back Dormitory Boys, laughing baby, Lonely Girl nor Bubb Rubb. It's implied that they died too, though.

    • When the Star Wars Kid appears, the Star Wars theme music is played (it was altered, so that there won't be legal issues). However, the music is never played in the actual video.

    • When the boys enter the room with all the internet "Stars", Butters gets asked how many people saw his video. His reply says "A couple of hundred thousand". Just moments earlier we saw a news report in which they said that his video was the most watched in America with over 10 million views.

    • Although it is known that the Star Wars Kid is a French-Canadian, he has a regular character look and he's not striking along with his fellow Canadians.

    • When all the internet celebrities are fighting, Laughing Baby is just sitting in his high chair laughing at everybody. But when the fight is over Laughing Baby and his high chair are nowhere to be seen. The same goes for Afro Ninja.

    • Goof: When the news reports on the boy's video, "What what in the asshole" they say that it has gotten 10 million views, but later when Butter's is talking to Tay Zonday, he said they only got half a million views.

    • The internet stars seen in the waiting line are:
      Tay Zonday,(creator of Chocolate Rain)
      Dramatic Gopher
      The Dancing Star Wars Kid
      Chris Crocker
      Sneezing panda
      Numa Numa guy
      Afro Ninja
      Back Dormitory Boys
      Tron Guy
      Laughing Baby
      Lonely Girl
      Bubb Rubb

    • If you look closely at the soda's Butters and Cartman are drinking when watching "I fart Huckabees" you can see that Butters can has a very similar logo to Dr. Pepper, and Cartman's looks like Sprite

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Tay Zonday: So, how many people have seen your internet video?
      Butters: Uh, a few hundred thousand.
      Tay Zonday: Ha. Mere peanuts. "Chocolate Rain" has done gangbusters. Theoretically, I'm a millionaire.
      Cartman: Dude, screw you. Your internet thing was so last year.

    • Female Reporter: Do you really think you Danish can replace the Canadians?
      Danish Man: Well, where we come from it's pretty cold too. We like hockey and nobody really pays any attention to us.
      Danish Woman: Nobody knows where Denmark is.
      Danish Man: Right. So when you think about it, we're the Canadians of Europe.

    • Stephen Abootman: We'll win! We'll just have to stay resilient!
      Phillip: Well, yeah, but everyone is dying of starvation.
      Terrance: Yeah, let's give it up, guy.
      Stephen Abootman: Don't call me your guy! I'm not your guy, friend!
      Terrance: Well I'm not your friend, buddy!
      Stephen Abootman: Well I'm not your buddy, guy!

    • Stephen Abootman: One, two, three, four, Canada deserves more... money! One, two, three, four, Canada deserves more... money!
      Terrance: Look, buddy, me and Phillip need to go home for a bit.
      Stephen Abootman: Go home?! You can't leave the picket line!
      Terrance: But this is taking too long, and Phillip is diabetic.
      Stephen Abootman: Look, guy, we are to stay strong! If you don't stand with your fellow Canadians, then you are a rat!
      Terrance: Don't call me a rat, buddy!
      Stephen Abootman: I'm not your buddy, friend!
      Phillip: He's not your friend, guy!
      Stephen Abootman: I'm not your guy, buddy!
      Terrance: He's not your buddy, friend!
      Stephen Abootman: I'm not your friend, guy!

    • Kyle: There aren't gonna be new shows! Don't you get it?! Terrance and Phillip are Canadian! We have to get Canada to end this strike!
      Stan: It's not a big deal. We can just watch American comedy. (Stan turns the tv to "Family Guy".)
      Peter Griffin: You think that's bad? Remember the time I sang "La Cucaracha" for Paul McCartney?
      Cartman: No! Nooo!
      Peter Griffin: La Cucaracha-
      (Cartman rushes to the tv and turns it off)
      Cartman We are not... resorting to that!

    • French Delegate: Who are you exactly to authorize this strike?
      Stephen Abootman: I'm Stephen Abootman! Leader of the WGA!
      French Delegate: The WGA?
      Stephen Abootman: Yes! The World Canadian Bureau!
      French Delegate: What exactly does Canada want?
      Stephen Abootman: We want... more money.

    • Canadians: (Singing) Canadaaa! Canadaaa! Canadaaa! Caaanaaadaaa!
      Canada on strike! Canada says "No more!"
      No more neglect! We want respect! That's what we're striking for!
      All you bureaucrats and corporate cats Can all just take a hike!
      Canadians: It's Canaada! On Strike!
      Canada on strike! From Vancouver to St. John's, We raise our middle fingers for you all to sit upon! And with our fingers up your ass,you won't be very psyched It's Canada! On Strike! And we will not bow a bunch! Our resolve is strong! We even took three hours to rehearse this striking song! Canada on strike! No matter where you are, If you are Canadian then you've got to do your part!
      March out of the halls!

      Canadian Man: That's right, suck my Canadian balls! It's Canada! On Strike!

      Canadians: It's Canada! Canada! Canada! On Strike!

    • Mr. Mackey: Students, quiet please, m'kay? As you may or may not know, today is Canada Appreciation Day.
      Cartman: Oh God, I'm bored already.

    • Stephen Abootman: Eh? What do you think you're doing?!
      Terrance: We're sending you adrift, idiot.
      Phillip: Maybe you can go live with the Danish.
      Stephen Abootman: You'll regret this day, friend!
      Phillip: I'm not your friend, buddy!
      Stephen Abootman: I'm not your buddy, guy!
      Terrance: He's not your guy, friend!
      Stephen Abootman: I'm not your friend, buddy!
      Terrance and Phillip: We're not your buddies, guy!
      Stephen Abootman: (Very far away) I'm not your guy, friend!

    • (Stephen Abootman and Kyle talk over the phone about the strike)
      Stephen Abootman: You got me over a barrel and you know it!
      Kyle: Sir, we're doing everything we can.
      Stephen Abootman: You want me to say it again?! You got me over a barrel! There, you happy? You got me bent over a barrel with my tender ass just waiting to be pulverized by your thrusting man-hood!

    • Stan: Boy, I'm sure glad that's over with.
      Butters: Me too!
      Kyle: Yeah, but you know, I learned something today. We thought we could make money on the Internet. But, while the Internet is new and exciting for creative people, it hasn't matured as a distribution mechanism to the extent that one should trade real and immediate opportunities for income for the promise of future online revenue. It will be a few years before digital distribution of media on the Internet can be monetized to the extent that necessitates content producers to forego their fair value in more traditional media.
      Stan: Yeah.

    • Gary Brolsma: NUMAI AH, HEE!NUMAI A HA! NUMAI A HO! (kicks Tron guy in the groin)

    • Stephen Abootman: Theoretical dollars? What am I supposed to do with that? You little timewasters!
      Stan: Hey! We worked really hard to get this theoretical money.
      Butters: Yeah. Everyone thinks I'm a homo now.
      Cartman: You are a homo, Butters.

    • Stephen Abootman: (on video) When you think of Canada, what's the one thing that comes to mind?
      Cartman: Gayness!
      (The students all laugh)
      Stephen Abootman: That's right, spirit. What is it that makes Canada so important?
      Craig: Nothing!
      (the students all laugh)

    • Cartman: (After all the internet stars kill each other) Sweet, I think we're next in line now.

      (Large Panda claws Crocker's face)

    • Tay Zonday: Get ready for some "Chocolate Pain", bitch!

  • NOTES (3)


    • James Brown - Sex Machine:

      The chorus and other parts of Butter's song "What what (in the butt)" are similar to the song "Sex Machine" by James Brown, "Get up (get on up)".

    • Variety:

      After Canada "wins" which ends their strike, their success is written about in Canadiety, which is an allusion to the entertainment trade magazine, Variety.

    • WGA:

      The plot behind this episode is an allusion to the recent strike made by the Writer's Guild of America, or the WGA. Canada and the World Canadian Bureau play the part of the strikers in this case. The Canadians' plea for more money, including "internet money", also alludes to the WGA wanting revenue from internet usage of their material.

    • Scanners:

      When the Dramatic Look Gopher makes Tay Zonday's head explode, it is reminiscent of what the people in the Scanners movies do to people.

    • What What (In the Butt):

      The viral video Butters is in is a parody of an actual viral video of the same name by Samwell, a singer, songwriter, and actor.

    • Family Guy/Cartoon Wars:

      When the boys watch TV and switch so they can enjoy "American humor", it turns to Family Guy. Cartman's reaction to seeing it is an allusion to the season 10 two-parter, Cartoon Wars.

    • Pizza Hut:

      The restaraunt, Pizza Nut, shown during the Canadians' strike song is an allusion to Pizza Hut.

    • YouTube:

      The video sharing website that the boys post Butters' video on, YouToob, obvious reference to the popular website, YouTube. The logo and page setup are also similar.

    • I Heart Huckabee's:

      The title of the Terrance & Phillip movie that was on TV, I Fart Huckabees, is an allusion to the 2004 film, I Heart Huckabee's.