South Park

Season 4 Episode 5

Cartman Joins NAMBLA

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 21, 2000 on Comedy Central
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Cartman feels that he cannot relate to the other boys anymore, so he goes on the internet to find more mature friends. Naturally, he attracts a lot of attention in a chat room for men who like young boys. He tries meeting a couple of them, but each new friend ends up getting arrested by the FBI. He goes to Mephesto to create a mature friend for him, but Mephesto instead recommends that he attend his local chapter of NAMBLA. Cartman shows up at a hotel hosting a convention for the North American Man-Boy Love Association, and he is invited to be their poster boy. They plan a party and tell Cartman to invite all his young male friends to join. Meanwhile Kenny has been trying to prevent his parents from having another child.moreless

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  • This is an extremely funny episode

    9.8
    I loved this episode. It was just so funny, probably the funniest episode in the first few seasons. I think it was very smart and well writen when cartman joined the North American Man Boy Love association when he meant to join the North American Marlon Brando Lookalikes association. This was one of the first episodes of south park that i saw and i think its the the reason i like the show so much. I love episodes that are mainly about Cartman but in this case the part with Kenny trying to stop his mom getting pregnant was just as good, that is why i liked this episode so much.moreless
  • My person favorite

    10
    Here's a surprise: I thought fruity little group known as "NAMBLA" was a South Park original creation. I knew that Trey Parker and Matt Stone would make a crazy club in south park with outrageous beliefs, but to my surprise, NAMBLA is actually a real group of child molesters! And they don't take the issue lightly; they attack it full-force. The storyline involving Cartman joining NAMBLA just to have more mature and older friends is wickedly and painfully funny. Kenny's extreme measures to stop another kid from entering their family is a hoot, making his dad crap, puke, and have pervasive nose-bleeds, and chasing his mother around with a plunger (freaking hilarious).



    The message of the episode is simple. Child molesters are horrible people. Leave it to South Park to make the situation absolutely hilarious.moreless
  • A super episode.

    8.8
    This episode is about Cartman needing to hang out with mature guys. He's on his computer and meets a lot of people. The first person he meets is Tony, about 30 seconds after Cartman meets Tony, the government arrests him. Then, does the same thing and meets Mr. Garrison! He gets arrested in 30 seconds as well. So then, Cartman thinks it's the work of Stan and Kyle. Meanwhile, Kenny's parents are gonna have a new baby. Kenny doesn't want a brother though. Cartman joins a "mature men" club called NAMBLA. He invites everyone. Stan and Kyle soon got in too. There was a NAMBLA meeting one day. The men wanted to "know" their partners. The partners were the boys. Then, they went to a hotel and the men got naked. The boys ran away and hid in a room. The police come and there is a giant choice within the hotel. Then, Butters "took one for the team" and almost got molested! Kenny dies at the end of the episode. Stuart kept throwing up and crapping the whole episode. Overall, I give it an 8.8.moreless
  • Oh Sh*t, NAMBLA's in South Park.

    10
    Pretty easily the best episode of season 4 and possibly the best episode up to this point ni the series, 2000. Cartman goes online looknig for loder friends because he is so mature, so a lot of pervs try to meet him at various places but the FBI intervenes, Then NAMBLA coems to town to help, but unbeknownst to the children, the older men just want to have sex with them. When they fidn this out, they are horrified. Meanwhile, Kenny's mom is pregnant and Kenny doesn't seem to like to the idea of a younger sibling, so he intervenes. fantastic ep.moreless
  • Silly, Disgusting, So funny: Brilliant.

    9.8
    Here is another fine example of Matt Stone and trey Parker`s genius.

    Cartman thinks he is more mature than his friend and makes some more "mature" friends on the internet...but they all turn out to be a bunch of pedophiles. Cartman is forced to turn to an organization specializing in the loving of little boys, NAMBLA. Meanwhile, when Kenny finds out his mother is pregnant; he takes steps to give her an abortion.

    And he finds some disgusting way to do it.

    I love the part of the chase where the pedophiles chase the kids and Butters is forced to sacrifice himself for the others. Excellent episode.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

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • There is a framed picture of Cartman with former US President Bill Clinton above Cartman's computer.

    • After Cartman received his appointment during his first time in the chat room, the keyboard would be laterally flipped from its original position.

    • There is a black guy in the national association of Marlon Brando look alikes.

    • While playing their game, Cartman tells Kyle he's going to give him AIDS. And Cartman actually does give Kyle AIDS in the episode "Tonsil Trouble" in season 12.

    • When Mephesto is describing his experiment to Kevin, he first says that he spliced a chipmunk with provolone cheese, then he says it was a squirrel.

    • The second time Cartman enters the chat room after his first failed meeting, amongst the many messages we can see "r u reading these?" "Get a life" "You're treading a line" and "This is gay".

    • Cartman's screename is BigBoned.

    • Kenny's Mom says this is the fifty-second time this has happened, indicating Kenny has died 52 times. However, this episode was produced as 406, meaning it was originally intended to be the 54th episode. I count 3 episodes off the top of my head wherein kenny has not died (Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, Cat Orgy, and Melvins). That would mean Kenny has only died 51 times. It could be taken into account that Kenny technically died 3 times in Pinkeye, but his parents only should have counted the second time, as they were unaware of the first time and would have already replaced him the third time around.

    • On the soundtrack, it sounds like everyone was screaming on "The John Denver Experience", yet the McCormicks were the only people screaming.

    • Throughout most the episode, Kenny's mom's shirt changes from "God Bless America" to "I'm With Stupid". In the scene with the John Denver Experience, her shirt was solid green with nothing on it.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (as the NAMBLA members are being arrested)
      FBI Agent: We've been after you for a long time, buddy. Do you know your rights?
      Head NAMBLA member: Rights? Does anybody know their rights? You see, I've learned something today. Our forefathers came to this country because they believed in an idea, an idea called freedom. They wanted to live in a place where a group couldn't be prosecuted for their beliefs, where a person could live the way he chooses to live. You see us as being perverted because we're different from you. People are afraid of us because they don't understand, and sometimes it's easier to persecute than to understand.
      Kyle: Dude... you have SEX with CHILDREN.
      Head NAMBLA member: We are human. Most of us didn't choose to be attracted to young boys, we were born that way. We can't help the way we are, and if you all can't understand that, then... well... I guess you'll have to put us away.
      Kyle: DUDE... you have SEX... with... CHILDREN!
      Stan: Yeah, you know, we believe in equality for everybody and tolerance and all that gay stuff, but dude, **** you.
      Kyle: Seriously.

    • Carol: Are you alright Stuart?
      Stuart: Don't touch me. I've had my nuts broken, body poisoned and been made love to in the ass by three dozen forty year old men. I just wanna go home and take a hot bath.

    • Cartman: Those perverts aren't going to rest until they have made love to one of us right? So somebody's just gonna have to go out there and take one for the team. And I think in all fairness it should be Butters.
      Butters: Huh? Now why me?
      Cartman: Are you a team player or not?
      Butters: Well sure, I'm a team player I guess.
      Cartman: Now Butters, there is no 'i' in team.
      Butters: You mean to expect me to go out there and let all those horny old men have their way with my fragile person? Well just what team is this anyway?
      Cartman: Just go Butters, we're running out of time.
      Butters: Oh, alright then. (Butters leaves the room)
      Cartman: (Laughs) He's such a dumbass.

    • Cartman: (to Kenny) Goddamn it poor people suck. Your family is already on welfare and now you're gonna bring another kid into the world. Poor people are churning out babies, adding to the population and then expecting ME to pay for it with MY tax dollars.
      Stan: You don't pay tax dollars Cartman, you're 8.

    • Kyle: Alright Cartman, I'm gonna give you a jail time card. You lose a turn.
      Stan: Sweet.
      Cartman: Oh yeah? Well, I'm gonna give you… AIDS.
      Kyle: What?
      Cartman: I just gave you AIDS.
      Kyle: AIDS?
      Stan: Dude, that's not cool. Don't give Kyle AIDS.
      Cartman: (writing) Kyle has AIDS and now loses 47 turns and 800 points.

    • Officer Barbrady: Wow, they've got activists for everything these days.

    • (after Kenny hits his dad intentionally with a baseball)
      Mrs. McCormick: What happened?
      Mr. McCormick: He smacked me in the balls!

    • Child Molester: Do you like having your back rubbed?
      Mr. Garrison: Eat me pervert.
      Child Molester: Okay.

    • Cartman: Alright, what the hell do you guys think you're doing?!
      Stan: We're making faces at sick people.

    • Cartman: Why the hell does the F.B.I. keep arresting all my friends?? This HAS to be the work of Stan and Kyle, God I hate those guys!

    • (Kenny is holding a plunger above his head and staring angrily at his mother)
      Mrs. McCormick: Oh, hi Kenny. What are you doing?
      (Camera pans back to angry plunger-holding Kenny)
      Mrs. McCormick: Wh-What are you doin' Kenny?
      (Camera pan)
      Mrs. McCormick: Kenny..What are you goin' to plunge?

    • Stan: This is boring.
      Kyle: Yeah. (to the Head NAMBLA member) HEY, WHEN ARE WE GONNA GET INTO SOME ACTION, HUH?!
      (All the NAMBLA members 'ooh')
      Head NAMBLA member: Oh, goodness! What a gift from God!

    • Mr. Garrison: I'm telling you, Officer Barbrady, this is all a terrible mistake.
      Barbrady: Well, the FBI says I have to keep you here, so that's what I'm gonna do, Mr. Complainypants.

    • FBI Exec: Where are the children?
      Dr. Mephesto: What children?
      FBI Exec: This is NAMBLA, right?
      Dr. Mephesto: Yes.
      FBI Exec: The North American Man Boy Love Association?
      Dr. Mephesto: What? No! We're the North American Marlon Brando look alikes!
      FBI Exec 2: Aw crap, we got the wrong NAMBLA!
      Mr. Garrison: Aw dammit, I'm in the wrong place!

    • Stan: Yeah, you know, we believe in equality for everybody and tolerance and all that gay stuff, but dude, (beep) you.
      Kyle: Seriously.

    • Stan: We don't wana go to some stupid adult meeting any way!
      Cartman: Well that's nice, cause you can't go!
      Kyle: We don't wanna go!
      Cartman: You CAN'T go!
      Kyle: We don't WANNA go!
      Cartman: No, you can't go!

    • Stan: Wow Kenny, your mom's pregnant, what are you going to do now?
      Kenny: I don't know, but I gotta think of something.

    • Dr. Mephesto: Look, Kevin. I have here my best creation yet. A squirrel spliced with provolone cheese. Now we don't have to search in difference places for squirrels or provolone cheese.

    • Man: Do you like your back rubbed?

    • Cartman: Nya Nya Nya Nya Nya Nya. Nya Nya Nya Nya Nya Nya . I got into NAMBLA and you guys didn't. Nya Nya Nya Nya Nya Nya.

    • Cartman: Clown hat, curly hair, smiley face.

    • Mr. Garrison: I did not want love from a young boy! I like men my own age. Ahh, I mean, I like women! What did I say? Oh, god. I love titties!

    • Cartman: Sorry, I'm not interested in being friends with midgets. Midgets piss me off.

    • Butters: Well, my skin is springtime fresh, I suppose.

    • Mrs. McCormick: Yes, Kenny such a great name, my little Kenny, a brand new Kenny.
      Mr. McCormick: God, this must be the fiftieth time this has happened.
      Mrs. McCormick: Fifty-second.

    • French Waiter: Sacre bleu!
      The Boys: Whoaaaaaaa!
      The Boys and The Marlon Brando look-alikes: Ahhhhhhhhhh!

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