South Park

Season 11 Episode 2

Cartman Sucks

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 14, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Butters' dad sends him off to special camp to “Pray the Gay Away” when he believes that his son is bi-curious after catching him in a compromising position with Cartman. Meanwhile, Cartman does his best to retrieve a photo of him in that compromising position before too many people find out about it.moreless

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  • What happened to South Park going against the grain?

    I've always liked South Park because it offered a non-politically correct view of events and often went against the establishment views. For some reason they took a big step back with this episode, which is overwhelmingly pro-gay and pro-Jewish. With so many targets out there, they go back to attacking the old tired standby, the Christian straw man. I'm atheist and have no religious affinity, but I'm just tired of seeing the same attacks on Christianity day in and day out. Surprise me and attack something else, like Socialists or the anti-business bandwagon. The thing where Cartman keeps ragging on the Jews is starting to go overboard to the point that it isn't funny anymore. They're almost doing it by rote now, which sucks out any potential freshness from these episodes.moreless
  • superb

    Butters' dad catches Butters in a compromising situation and believes his son may be gay So he sends him to a camp where he learns how not to be gay Cartman meanwhile tries to get a picture of himself that he thinks Kyle has stolen. But has Kyle taken the photo? Or has it been misplaced?

    Good episode. Butters' plot was kind of boring but Cartman's plot was pretty good and pretty funny throughout, I thought so anyway. Not a horrible episode but not really perfect either, my final grade for this episode is a B or so, methinks is fairmoreless

    "Cartman Sucks" was an exceptional episode. It was really diffrent and out of this world. It was nothing like I expected. Cartman keeps doing bad things to Butters when he spends the night. Cratman keeps inviting him over night after night. Cartman thinks hes pulled the ultimate Getting Butters plan when he takes a picture with Butter's wiener in hsi mouth and later finds otu from Kyle that putting Butters weiner in his mouth makes him g*y. Or thats what Kyle wants him to think. So he attempts to get Butters to put his winer in his mouth. Butter's dad catches Btters in at act and thinks he is g*y and sends him to a bi-curious camp. Meanwhile,Cartman thinks Kyle and Stan are going to tell everyone at school about the picture and when he goes home to photoshop kyles head onto the picture but relizes its missing. In the end, Cartman shows the picture in show and tell. Great episode.moreless
  • Proves that Cartman is the biggest stupid ass on the face of this earth

    Cartman is stupid, stupid, STUPID. Sticking someone else's dick in his mouth? So then Butters is sent to a correctional camp, and it turns out the heads of the camp are people who are self-righteous right-winged Christians, but sadly, Butters has no clue in hell why he's there. He probably doesn't even know what Bisexual means. This episode (like most episodes) has a very decent message, and it's that you are who you are and you shouldn't change. I'm sure camps like these portrayed in this episode exist, and that some of the events that happens in this episode happens there, it's sickening that people just can't accept each other and live in harmony.

    And yet, Cartman...sucked...Butters...ew...hilarious.moreless
  • A great episode that made me watch the rest of season 11.

    Last year I was worried that South Park might be losing it's edge, but last night's episode proved me wrong. Cartman Sucks is one of the freshest and funniest episodes to date. The episode doesn't deal entirely in the realm of original social commentary, but instead focuses on putting a twist on the classic story of Cartman pranks Butters.

    Cartman has been having Butters spend the night at his house and while little Butters sleeps, Cartman does terrible things to him (like making him a mustache from cat crap, or sticking a tampon on his mouth). When Butters once again spends the night, Cartman does one of the stupidest things ever: he puts Butters' penis in his mouth and takes a picture.

    The boys inform him that this makes him gay and the only way to cancel this out is to stick his penis in Butters' mouth. While he is doing this, though, Butters' dad walks in with horrible assumptions. Cartman quickly flees, but Butters' father makes the horrible assumption that Butters is bi-curious.

    Meanwhile, Cartman can't find his photo and assumes Kyle took it and will show it to the whole class for show and tell. He spends the whole night trying to stop Kyle, but when he comes to no avail, he decides he'd rather expose himself.

    Butters is sent to Camp New Grace, where you "Pray away the Gay At the camp, each child is assigned an accountabillibuddy. Butters, of course, has no idea what's going on and takes everything with the cheerful optimism that makes him such a beloved character. The campers continually commit suicide as they decide they'd rather go to hell now then be persecuted.

    Cartman's storyline ends with one of the greatest laughs I've had in awhile, and the episode becomes one of the new greats. It really doesn't make any original statements on the issue of gays, though it has tackled this subject several times in the past. The basic message is that everyone should have the freedom of choice and religion is the great hypocrisy to freedom of speech: religion bans free speech.

    But what I loved most about the episode was how Cartman's prank turned on him, and he went to such desperate measures to protect himself until he decides to expose himself. The picture itself is eventually seen, but Cartman is placed strategically in front of the screen to block any graphic elements. You get the idea though.

    This is also the first episode to strongly suggest Cartman's sexual orientation. In past episodes we've had several indicators as to what his preference is: In the Condoms episode he watches Butters put on a condom; in the Simpsons episode, he claims to have gotten semen by meeting some guy in an alley, closing his eyes, and sucking it out of a tube; having tea parties with his stuffed animals; dressing up like Britney Spears and making out with a cardboard cut-out of Justin Timberlake; and so on and so on. Making Cartman actually come out of the closet would probably be a stupid decision on the creators' part, instead of just providing strong hints of what Cartman prefers.

    Cartman Sucks may not contain a strong social commentary, but it basically is what I wanted: an episode more focused on an entertaining plot, rather then entirely on an issue. I half expected Ted Haggard to make an appearance, but the guys are leaving him buried for now.moreless
Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Detective: So, you say you were robbed?
      Cartman: yes. A photograph. And I know who took it: His name is Kyle Brofoski.
      Detective: If it's a photo, what's the big deal? What don't you just print out another one?
      Cartman: It's a big deal, okay?! That picture is my propertah, and I want it back!
      Detective: Okay, what is the picture of?
      Cartman: Why-why does that matter?
      Detective: Well, how're we gonna find your picture, unless we know what it is?
      Cartman: Alright, it's a picture of me.
      Detective: Yes?
      Cartman: It's a picture of me, and um...what appears to be, a my mouth.
      Detective: You were sucking somebody's penis.
      Cartman: No! No, I was not! I was asleep and this person just put their penis in my mouth--without me knowing--and took the picture.
      Detective: I see.
      Cartman: Yes. Now, it may appear in the picture, that I'm actually looking at the camera lens and smiling--with the penis in my mouth--and giving a thumbs up. But I assure you, I was fast asleep.
      Detective: Well, we'd have to get a warrant first--approved by a grand jury.
      Cartman: I don't have time for that! We have school tomorrow, and I know that Kyle is going to show the picture to everybody, during show-and-tell!
      Detective: Well then, you're screwed.

    • Cartman: Where is it, you filthy Jew?!
      Kyle: Where's what?
      Cartman: You know goddamn well, what!
      Kyle: Let go of me!
      Stan: What the hell are you doing, Cartman?
      Cartman: I went home to alter the picture of me with Butters' penis in my mouth to look like Kyle, but it was gone! What did you do with my picture?!
      Kyle: Knock it off, I don't have your stupid picture.
      Cartman: Give it back, Kyle.
      Kyle: I don't have it!
      Cartman: I swear to God, Kyle, if you don't give it back right now, I'm gonna break your fucking Jew legs right here
      Kyle: Shut up.
      Cartman: You shut up! You're lying, and you two are covering up for him. You know what-you're just like Jews yourselves! Stan, you're a Jew, and Kenny, you're a Jew. You're all Jews!
      (Kyle lightly hits Cartman)
      Cartman: Ow! Ow! Owwww!!!
      (Cartman runs away, crying)

    • Butters: Hey, fellas!
      Cartman: Oh, oh, hey, Butters. I wasn't expecting you so soon.
      Butters: Yeah, I finished my chores, so I came over a little early. Hey, are you guys all sleeping over, too?
      Cartman: No, no, these guys were just leaving. Weren't you guys?
      Stan: C'mon, let's go.
      Kyle: Wait-wait, I can't let this happen. Butters?
      Butters: Yeah, Kyle?
      Kyle: Don't you think it's a little strange, that Cartman keeps asking you to stay over?
      Cartman: Kyle...
      Butters: What d'you mean?
      Kyle: I mean-
      Cartman: What he means, is that he's jealous, that you've taken his place as my new best friend. But grow up, Kyle, change is a part of life.
      Butters: Yeah. Grow up, Kyle.
      (Kyle sighs angrily; Him, Kenny and Stan leave)
      Butters: So, what do you wanna do first, Eric? You wanna play a game, or just chitchat for awhile?
      Cartman: Well, actually Butters, I think we'd better hit the hay pretty soon.
      Butters: But it's only 6:30.
      Cartman: Yeah, and I'm exhausted. If you're not sleepy yet, I have some more of that nighttime cold medicine that you can drink.

    • (Cartman entered the kitchen in tears)
      Mrs. Cartman: Eric, Poopsie, what's the matter?
      Cartman: I... don't... wanna go to school tomorrow!
      Mrs. Cartman: Sweetie, tell Mommy what happened.
      Cartman: Kyle... has a picture of me... and he's gonna show everyone during show and tell... and, and everyone's gonna laugh at me!
      Mrs. Cartman: Oh, now why would he do that?
      Cartman: Because he's jealous of how much smarter I am than him. So he's gonna show everyone the picture.
      Mrs. Cartman: What is the picture of, Eric?
      Cartman: Last time, when Butters stayed the night, I was being really nice to him, and I was gonna take a picture of him for his mom to have...
      Mrs. Cartman: Oh, that's nice.
      Cartman: But then, right when I took the picture, Butters got really hot, so he pulled his pajama bottoms down, and then I tripped and fell down and my mouth landed right on his penis, and then I thought of something funny so I smiled up at the camera and gave, like, a thumb's up, and then Kyle took the picture from me and he's gonna show it to everybody and make them think I'm gay!
      Mrs. Cartman: Oh, there, there, sweetie. It'll be okay. These things happen.
      Cartman: But, Mom, I've been trying to get the picture back, but he won't give it to me.
      Mrs. Cartman: It's okay, Eric. I'll have a talk with Kyle's mother.
      Cartman: You... you will?

    • Head Counselor: You both do understand that we're trying to save your souls from eternal life in Hell?
      Butters: Well, sure, I guess!
      Bradley: Only through Christ can we cleanse our souls.
      Head Counselor: And you do know the rule, which states that no impure or immoral images are allowed to be seen by the eye?
      Butters: Well, yeah. Sure!
      Bradley: So let's purify ourselves from everything that makes the body or soul unclean, Corinthians Chapter 7.
      Head Counselor: Then do you mind telling us why we found this 1979 Sears men's underwear catalogue in your room.
      Bradley: That's... that's mine.
      Head Counselor: You know this is strictly forbidden!
      Butters: I don't understand. What's wrong with underwear?
      Head Counselor: What's wrong? This is what makes you confused! Don't you get it? This is confusing you right now, isn't it?
      (The counselor got up from his desk to wave the pages of the catalogue in Butters' face)
      Butters: Yes, it's all very confusing!
      Head Counselor: This is just as much your fault, Butters. Bradley is your accountabilibuddy. That makes you accountabillibuddyable. Both of you boys' behavior is jeopardizing all of the work we're doing here to save these kids!
      (A gunshot is heard)
      Head Counselor: Oh... no. Right, for having contraband in your room, you will both do penance by writing scripture for the next four days.

    • Head Counselor: Do you know why you're here at camp, Butters?
      Butters: Because I'm bi-curious?
      Head Counselor: That's right. Like all the campers here, you're confused. And you don't think there's a way out. But even though some people would have you believe you can't control how you feel, the truth is that with the power of Jesus Christ, you can be normal. Now, just to make sure you don't slip up while in camp, we assign every camper an accountabilibuddy. Let's meet Ryan, your accountabilibuddy. Ryan thought he could never change, but now he's learning that with the power of Christ and prayer, he can have a whole new life.
      (Head Counselor opened the door to Ryan's room to reveal the boy's lifeless body hanging from a noose. Wordlessly, the counselor closed the door and continued the tour)
      Head Counselor: Over this way, we have the cafeteria. All the meals are served there.

    • Head Counselor: Oh, Lord in Heaven, don't jump, Bradley!
      Bradley: Stay, stay back. I'm an abomination of God.
      Head Counselor: No, no, we're fixing you!

    • Stephen: Father Maxi I... just don't know where else to turn. You see I've just learned that my son is bi-curious.
      Father Maxi: Is that true son? Are you felling confused?
      (Butters looks around)
      Butters: Yeah, i'm pretty confused alright.
      Stephen: You see.

    • Linda: What's going on you two?
      Butters: Nothing mom, I'm just a little bi-curious.

    • Kyle: If you put somebody's wiener in your mouth, that makes you gay, stupid!
      Cartman: Nuh-uh!
      Kyle: Yeah-huh!
      Cartman: Kenny, that doesn't make me gay, huh?
      Kenny: That makes you really f***ing gay.

    • Cartman: This picture, I'd like to call The Pierre. I invited Butters to stay the night and while he was sleeping I made a mustache on his face with cat poo.

    • Butters: I am sick and tired of everyone telling me I'm confused! I wasn't confused until other people started telling me I was! You know what I think? I think maybe you're the ones who are confused! I'm not gonna be confused anymore just 'cause you say I should be.

    • Bradley: You're really terrific Butters.. I mean, I think you're great! (pause) Uh oh! Oh God! Bad thoughts! Bad thoughts!
      Butters: What's the matter?
      Bradley: I think, I.. I think I like you...
      Butters: Well, I like you too Bradley!
      Bradley: You do?!
      Butters: Well yeah!
      Bradley: You like like me?!
      Butters: Sure! I like like you a lot lot! (laughs)

    • Chris: (with an angry expression) Well Butters, we might as well go home. Looks like you're never gonna change.
      Butters: No, I like being bi-curious!
      Chris: Well you know something...(bends down towards Butters)... so do I.
      (Butters and Chris laugh)
      Butters: Wait... now I really am confused.

    • Cartman: ...and this photograph I took of a sunset near the power plant, note how the contrasting images make a statement about our impact on the Earth. Which brings us to my last picture...(clears throat)...this picture you find somewhat controversial.
      (Cartman presses button revealing the photograph)
      (Everyone gasps)
      Bebe: Ew!
      Clyde: Dude...
      Cartman: Yes, this is a shot on a 5.6 aperture using a low-light filter, you can see the grain from the high-speed film, there's sort of a penis in my mouth right here, and the low-depth of field keeps the background soft.
      Mrs. Garrison: Eric, what the hell is this?!
      Cartman: What this is, is a statement against the war in Iraq. It's wrong that we still have our troops there, IT'S WRONG! And what I'm saying is...
      (Mr. Mackey is seen at the doorway interrupting Cartman}
      Mr. Mackey: Uh... Eric Cartman, we've got an emergency message from your mother. (Reading note) "Do not show picture, Kyle didn't have it after all. Found it under your desk." (finishes reading), she said you know what that means...m'kay. (leaves)
      (Cartman remains silent, screen pans over to Kyle who has a flat expression on, and pans back to Cartman)
      Cartman: (deadpan tone)...Lame.

    • Liane Cartman: Uh, Sheila, I'm sorry to trouble you with this, but apparently your son has a picture of Eric with another boy's penis in his mouth.
      Sheila Broflovski: (stunned) Excuse me?

    • Butters: My name is Butters, I'm 8 years old, I'm blood type O and I'm bi-curious! And even that's okay, because if I'm bi-curious and I'm somehow made from God, then I figure God might be a little bi-curious himself!

    • Cartman: It's the greatest picture ever, oh my God!
      Stan: What did you do to Butters this time?
      Cartman: It was genius, I waited till he was totally asleep, right, and then I got my camera and I pulled down his pants and I took a picture of his wiener in my mouth!

    • Stephen Stotch: A secluded camp where lots of bi-curious boys are all put together? That sounds like a good idea!
      Butters: Oh boy, camp!

    • Butters: I'm bi-curious!

    • Chris: I know your secret now Butters!

    • Cartman: You guys I got it! It's seriously! It's the greatest picture ever, oh my God!!
      Stan: What did you do to Butters this time?
      Cartman: It was genius! I waited till he was totally asleep, right? And then I got my camera, and I pulled down his pants and I took a picture of his wiener in my mouth!HAHAHAHA!!!
      Kyle: Dude!
      Cartman: I know, I know check it out look! I got his whole wiener in my mouth see! (laughs) Man I got him good!
      Stan: Dude how is putting Butters' wiener in your mouth getting him!?
      Cartman: Because that makes Butters gay now!
      Kyle: No dude, that makes you gay!
      Cartman: (surprised) Uh-what?
      Kyle: You put a guy's wiener in your mouth that makes you gay stupid!
      (Cartman looks at the picture for a short while)
      Cartman: Nuh-uh!
      Kyle: Yeah-Huh!
      Cartman: Kenny, that doesn't make me,huh?
      Kenny: (muffled) Hehe,that makes you very F***ing gay!!!
      Cartman: But I'm not,I'm not gay you guys!
      Stan: You are now.
      Cartman: No,no it was a stupid mistake!!!
      Kyle: Doesn't matter, you're gay now.
      Cartman:No,it was just for a second!!! Wha-What can I do, how can I reverse this!?
      Stan: You Can't!
      Kyle: No,no,wait! I know how you can reverse it Cartman.
      Cartman: How!?
      Kyle: The only way you can cancel it out is to get Butters' to put your wiener in his mouth.
      Kyle:Yeah.Then it cancels out the gay polarity.
      Cartman: Shit! I gotta find Butters!!!(Cartman runs off to find Butters)

  • NOTES (1)


    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest:

      Butters' accountabilibuddy, Bradley, is similar to Billy Bibbit from the 1975 film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, played by Brad Dourif.

    • But I'm a Cheerleader:

      The entire plot with Butters at 'Camp New Grace' is an allusion to the 1999 film, But I'm a Cheerleader -- in which a cheerleader is accused of being a lesbian and is sent to a similar rehabilitation center to "fix" her.

    • Ted Haggard: Pastor Phillips, the counselor who was "cured" of his confusion, may be an allusion to Ted Haggard, who went to counseling to make him heterosexual after a man outed him.

    • Adobe Photoshop:

      Cartman: (to Kyle) I'm going to go home and photoshop the picture so that it's your face with Butters' wiener in his mouth!

      Eric is referring to a popular image-editing program called Adobe Photoshop, which gives the user the ability to manipulate pictures with extraordinarily real results.

    • LIFE:

      When Cartman comes to find the picture, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny are all seen playing Living which is an allusion to the popular board game, Life.

      This game was also played by the Harrison's on Family Fun Night in All About The Mormons?.