South Park

Season 7 Episode 11

Casa Bonita

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 12, 2003 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Kyle is going to Casa Bonita for his birthday, but he can only bring three friends. He chooses Stan, Kenny, and Butters. Cartman, outraged by not being chosen, comes up with a plan to take Butters out of the picture.

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  • It's overrated, but it's still a good watch

    In this episode of South Park, Kyle's birthday is coming up and he and three friends are going to Casa Bonita, basiclly a giant mexican restaurant. Cartman is not invited however, and he is pretty pissed as Casa Boinita is his favorite restaurant. So, he devises a plan to get Butters out of the picture, so Kyle will invite him. This episode was decent as it already has Butters and Cartman, my favorite characters, but this time it doesn't work nearly as well as in AWESOM-O for example. Butters gulliblity seemed like just plain stupidity here. That's not to say this was a bad episode, not even close. It's just that compared to other cartman-esque episodes it doesn't work as well here. I would still recommend a viewing of it, it's just not a classic episode. 7.5moreless
  • Great concept but the delivery was not so good

    It's Kyle's Birthday and when he invites the sappy Butters instead of Cartman to Casa Bonita; Cartman tries to put Butters out of commission by telling him that a meteor has hit earth.

    Watching Cartman deceive Butters really is the highlight of the episode but even then it's a little disturbing how Butters can be so gullible. I wish they exposed the betrayal a bit more and shaved a few minutes off the much slower Cartman/Kyle sub - plot. The key problem is that there're no suprises; it's clearcut from A - Z and the last 5 minutes or so are incredibly painful.

    This is yet another episode dedicated to the development of Cartman and is yet another remidner that he's gone from whiny to evil but this episode doesn't really contain anything original and never reaches the Cartman standard left by the classic "Scott Tenorman Must Die". The episode looks very nice and for some reason watching someone make a society from scratch is just fun to watch (check out the Family Guy episode "Da Boom" for another good example). Vocally; Trey puts the most heart in Cartman as does Matt with Butters and once again proves that the both of them make an effective duo; the remaining vocal performances are at the usual standard. Casa Bonita is a good episode but just never reaches the same hilarious or provocative note left by many episodes before it.moreless
  • Kyle is going to Casa Bonita for his birthday, but he can only bring three friends. He chooses Stan, Kenny, and Butters. Cartman, outraged by not being chosen, comes up with a plan to take Butters out of the picture.moreless

    Man, this was an awesome episode, it deserves a higher ranking. How can ppl not find Cartmans manipulation of Butters naivety as funny as i do. Cartman as a character, albeit hes a dick, is a bloody genius for a kid of his age. i just love watching him work and in the swing of things and how he carries on so convincingly and seriously about the smallest of things, in this case, going to his favourite mexican restaurant. i mean he locks up a kid for a week, placing himself in huge danger if he is to get caught doing this atrocity purely coz he wants to enjoy the childish spectacles of Casa Bonita, which shows how underneath the evil is actually a child that is as innocent n fun loving as any other, so we can see he has the intentions of a child but the workings of an evil mastermind. but i sero just love this episode because of the lengths he goes to to keep butters from attending, most normal kids wouldve just copped a no invite from kyle square on the chin, but its cartmans drive for things he cant have that i just cant get enough of.moreless
  • Cartman is a manipulative idiot once again...

    The episode starts off with Kyle telling the gang that he could invite 3 friends to Casa Bonita (a Mexican Disneyland), and Cartman being the self centred idiot he is, automatically thinks that he is going, and is annoyed when Kyle says that he is inviting Butters and not him, and after a few failed attempts to try and get into Kyle's good books, he makes Butters "disappear" by putting him in a bomb shelter after pretending that a comet destroyed the town and pretending that he was affected by radiation. The conclusion of this episode is very surprising, let's just say that Cartman gets what he deserves...moreless
  • perfect

    Kyle is going to Casa Bonita for his birthday, Cartman's favorite place in the world. But, Kyle can only take three friends, and he chooses Stan, Kenny, and Butters. Cartman is outraged and tries to make it so that he can replace Butters. But at what drastic measures will Eric Cartman go to get what he wants?

    Good episode. It was really funny and it had a relatively simple plot, but it was executed well. Cartman was hilarious in this episode, and the end was really funny too. No real complains, a pretty stellar episode, and so because of all of this my final grade for this episode is an A+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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Eric and Butters first arrive at the abandoned gas station, the area seems to be empty. But as soon as they get closer to the entrance, two sticks appear out of nowhere on the floor, which Eric later uses to describe to Butters what's happening.

    • When Cartman enters Casa Bonita, he mysteriously misses the mile-long lines at the beginning of the restaurant.

    • When Cartman is fake saying to Kyle that he's sorry, and hopes that they can still hang out, he starts sounding like Craig (or maybe Clyde)

    • When Stan, Kyle, and Kenny leave to search for Butters, Cartman yells pretty loud about having to keep Butters hidden for a week. The boys had just left and would've been able to hear Cartman.

    • When Butters takes off the box from his head, he can see clearly that Cartman's arm is not bitten off, despite the fact that Cartman just told Butters that cannibals had eaten it.

    • The ending of this episode was different than planned in the storyboard. Originally, Cartman got arrested right away before he gets the chance to go and have fun. I guess they decided to change the ending and let him have his fun before getting arrested to make it funnier, which it was.

    • When they arrive at Casa Bonita, it is dark outside, yet the clock says 3. I doubt they'd be there at 3 AM, so why is it so dark at 3 PM?

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Cartman: Kyle you dont understand. Casa Bonita is my most favorite place in the whole world, I'll just die if you don't take me, please!
      Kyle: Sorry, my mind's made up.
      Cartman: WELL F*CK YOU KYLE! I DONT WANT TO GO TO YOUR FAGGY BIRTHDAY PARTY ANYWAY! I'D RATHER HANG OUT AT HOME THAN BE AROUND YOU AND YOUR JEW MOM FOR A DAY! KISS MY BALLS ASSHOLE! (leaves the house but enters again) Dude I totally didn't mean that Kyle. I really, really want to go to Casa Bonita. I'm sorry we had that fight just now, you know I said some things you said some things, but I think it was good, we've moved past it.
      Kyle: I'm still not inviting you to Casa Bonita.

    • Cartman: Oh my God! That meteor is the size of Wyoming and it's on a collision course for Earth.
      Butters: When do you think it'll get here?
      Cartman: I, I don't know, I, have to do some calculations. 10 to the power of 1 base 9 divided by pi plus 5 minus 3.

    • Stan: Dude, I wonder where Kyle is.
      Cartman: Maybe he caught a disease and died. That'd be so awesome.
      Stan: Dude that's not funny. You shouldn't joke about that.
      Kenny: (Yeah).
      Cartman: Who's joking? (Kyle enters)
      Kyle: You guys, you guys, I have awesome news!
      Cartman: You have AIDS?

    • (Cartman thinks he gets to go to Casa Bonita)
      Kyle: Who said I'm inviting you?
      Cartman: You, your mom said you could take three friends.
      Kyle: Yes. Three friends. You're not my friend.

    • Stan: Dude, it's Kyle's birthday. We should do whatever he wants to do.
      Cartman: What? F(beep)k Kyle. (everyone looks at him) Ha ha, just kidding, birthday joke. Of course we'll do whatever Kyle wants. Happy Birthday, Kyle.

    • Cartman: (wearing a nice sweater) Hi Kyle.
      Kyle: That isn't it, Cartman.
      Cartman: What isn't it?
      Kyle: That's not being nice! That's just putting on a nice sweater!
      Cartman: I don't understand the difference.
      Kyle: I know you don't. (closes door)

    • Butters: But I'm the only one down here. What am I supposed to repopulate with?
      Cartman: Well, you know, with your wiener.

    • Kyle: All you ever do is call me names and rip on me for being Jewish.
      Cartman: Kyle, when have I ever ripped on you for being a Jew? (Flashbacks of Cartman making fun of Kyle for being a Jew. 16 times to be exact) Okay, except maybe for that ONE time.

    • Police Officer: Well kid, you made an entire town panic, you lost all your friends, and now you're going to Juvenile Hall for a week! Huh, was it worth it?
      Cartman: Totally.

  • NOTES (6)

    • These are the following episodes in the montage where Cartman ripped on Kyle for being Jewish (In order)

      "Oh yeah! well you're a stupid Jew!" - Proffesor Chaos
      "You're a Jew" - Mr. Hankey, the Christmas poo
      "Shut your god-damned Jew mouth!" - The Simpsons already did it
      "Good Job, Jew!" - The entity
      "Jew.." - Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics
      "Shut up Jew!" - Here Comes the neighborhood
      "You're Jewish!" - Something you can do with your finger
      "Dude he's Jewish!"- Do the handicapped got to hell?
      "Jew!" - Lil' Crime stoppers!
      "Jew!" - Free Hat
      "Jew!" - Kenny Dies
      "Jew!" - Child abduction is not funny
      "Jew!" - Ladder to Heaven
      "Jew!" - Fun with Veal
      "Jew!" - Spontaneous Combustion
      "I told you Jewish people don't have rhythm" - Rainforest Schmainforest

    • Across from Casa Bonita is the same Pawn Shop that appears in "Butter's Very Own Episode," the edge of the Studcat Theatre is in the frame also.

    • It seems that Casa Bonita is a real restaurant in Denver, Colorado. More info about it is at this site There was another Casa Bonita restaurant located in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. This location closed down in 2006 though. The only Casa Bonita restaurant that currently exists is the Denver location.

    • Cartman calls Kyle a Jew 16 times during the montage.

    • Eric Stough is the regularly credited Director of Amination for South Park. For this episode he was credited as Eric Leopold Stotch. The character of Butters was based on Eric Stough and in this episode we learn that Butters first name is Leopold. Butters is his nickname because his last name is Stotch (Butter Scotch, get it?)

    • In Spanish "Casa Bonita" means "Pretty House"


    • Fallout Game series:
      Some things in this episode that are about the meteor are similar to things in Fallout, besides the fact that fallouts are about nuclear warfare and this episode is about a meteor. One thing, is that radioactive cannibals are mentioned, which of course in the Fallouts there is radioactivity, and some of the people are cannibals, some of which are agressive, like Cartman says the one hes fighting off is. Lastly, when butters is at the dump, he finds a dog, which is similar to Fallout because in all of the Fallouts you find a dog and make it your companion.

    • Chips-A Hoy!:

      The cookie box that Cartman gave to Butters when Butters went to hide in the refrigerator "Chips-A-Ho!" is a parody of the cookie brand Chips-A Hoy!

    • The Fugitive:

      Police officers: Ok, kid, end of the line.

      When Cartman is standing on the edge of the waterfall at the end of the episode, two police officers approach him and say, "Ok, kid, end of the line." Much like in the 1993 film The Fugitive.

    • If You Leave Me Now:

      The song Butters' sings while in the bomb shelter and the dump is called "If You Leave Me Now," originally recorded by Chicago.

    • 28 Days Later:

      When Cartman tells him not to leave the bunker, and the fight with the zombie, the whole zombies and radiation part is similar to a lot of movies, but one in particular is the 2002 film 28 Days Later.

      Also, Butters coming out of the refrigerator not knowing what's going on and seeing South Park as deserted and trashed is like Jim in "28 Days Later" waking from a coma.