South Park

Season 4 Episode 7

Chef Goes Nanners

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 05, 2000 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Chef organizes a protest against the South Park flag, which depicts four white stick figures hanging a black stick figure, and apparently cheering. He sees it as racist, but Jimbo and many others in the town don't want to lose the history that the flag represents. At South Park Elementary, there is a debate over the issue, with Stan and Kyle leading a team for the flag, and Wendy and Cartman leading the opposition. After working together, Wendy finds that she has an attraction to Cartman.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Chef is angry with the residents of South Park, because their town flag depicts a black man being lynched by four white men. Wendy makes an unlikely ally in Eric Cartman during her debate against the flag. The townspeople join the arguement.moreless

    This episode was a direct satire of the furor over the South Carolina flag's confederate sybol. Satirizing a subjects like racism and lynching is a difficult and a tricky endeavor. The episode starts off with Chef protesting the South Park flag's racist overtones. The racist overtones are intentially exagerated by depicting a black man being lynched by four white men. My thoughts initially were how are they going to get out of this one? For me, they never successfully do. Two camps spring up, those against the racist nature of the flag, and those who support the heritage the flag represents. But it begs the question, what kind of heritage do these people want to celebrate? A heritage where black men where joyfully lynched?

    Uncle Jimbo begins to be uneasy when the Klan supports him during his rallies. Uncle Jimbo and Ned infiltrate the Klan to change the Klan's support. In one of the funniest scenes during the season, The Klansmen jump around and show what they have under their robes.

    The B story of Wendy and Eric although interesting, seams forced and distracting to the viewer. The conclusion to me was weak and lame. The boys somehow don't realize that it's a black man being lynched? How would Kyle feel about a flag with a gas chamber on it? Then Chef apogizes and is happy that the new flag has a black man being lynched by a multi-racial group instead of an all white one?

    For me they painted themselves in a corner and tacked on a weak a stupid ending. Which is ashame because it started out as a great episode. *This was one of the last episodes to feature a "b" or "c" story. Which is good because you only have so much time in a half an hour to handle such tricky subjects.

    *IMO, the best South Park episode dealing with race, was from seson 11 entitled "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson"moreless
  • Chef made a great impact in this episode.

    I loved this episode. It was almost perfect. The only thing that made it not perfect was Wendy Testaburger kissing Eric Cartman! I like seeing Wendy Testaburger and Stan Marsh together. That seperated a 9.9 from a 10. I really think that Chef made a great impact on this episode. Chef is one of my favorite characters. He is always so funny. Same with Jimbo and Ned. They finally have an episode that shows them a lot. The KKK thing was very funny. That was ridiculous, but it was still kind of funny. Overall, I give this almost perfect episode a 9.9.moreless
  • Kinda good, a little bad

    My favorite part : Jimbo and his friend Ned shooting at birds, a squirrel and... Chis Peterson !! *laughs out loud*

    Okay, so Chef wants to change the flag, huh ? What I say is that it should stay the same. It's so funny !! XD Plus it was funny that Stan's team protected the flag and didn't figure out just why it 'should' be changed. :-) I really enjoyed Kyle's speech. "Killing has been around since the begining of time. All animals kill and the animals that don't kill are stupid ones, like cows and turtles and stuff. So people shouldn't be so upset about killing." In my opinion, great.

    What I disliked about this episode was the Wendy & Cartman thing. I hate all the girls of South park so I didn't like Wendy's whining. And I believe Cartman didn't have feelings for Wendy, he was just happy that someone liked him, in any way. Plus he could tease Stan for a while (he hates Stan, just much less than he hates Kyle). Considering that most kids hate him, he was just most probably hoping that somebody didn't hate him. But he was wrong. And the whole incident doesn't stop him from calling Wendy a whore. :-)moreless
  • Chef Goes Nanners

    Chef is pissed off because he thinks that the flag of South Park is racist (it is, trust me) but I'm afraid that the tight hunting guy jimbo disagrees and there is a big debate in the town (this includes 3rd Grade as well).

    The kids are sent in with a supply teacher to debate this Chef Goes Nanners thing and it turns out that the whole Colorado town are interested in the debate. An interesting episode, but it is not one of the best slices of South Park.

    :) Funny, and enjoyable. Another episode based around Chef and his life being African-American.moreless
  • An excellent episode for the somewhat contraversial subject of racism...what a great subject to poke fun at.

    All the racism that goes on in our world today is really getting way out of hand with how sensitive you have to be. South Park expresses freedom of speech by poking fun at it. As do I. None of the South Park residents want to seem racist but some don't want to change the flag. For those that haven't read the recap this episode is about changing the South Park flag. Chef sees the flag as racist but some people in South Park don't. In this episode Chef converts to Islam and takes on a new name because he will " longer by called by his slave name." It turns out by the end of the episode that they whole debate that the children are having over the flag is one big miscommunication. This is one of the reasons that I love this episode. Nothing should be too sacred to make fun of...ever...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

Bruce Howell

Bruce Howell

Voice of Mr. Wyland

Recurring Role

Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell

Voice of Bebe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Kyle: Kenny ate all the mints, dad.
      Gerald: Oh, those weren't mints, those were antacid tablets.
      Kyle: oh...
      Kyle & Stan: KENNY!
      (Kenny drinks water then explodes)

    • (to Kenny, who's eating a bowl of mints)
      Kyle: Look, Kenny, I know your family's poor, but you cant just eat a bowl of mints for dinner...
      Kenny: (Muffled) Well, f**k you.(Flips Kyle off)

    • Wendy: Cartman, why don't you just go home. You aren't helping any.
      Cartman: You won't let me help.
      Wendy: That's because you're stupid and you're a racist.
      Cartman: ...touché.

    • Jimbo: (Spying on the Klan) Alright. Let's sneak in quietly.
      Ned: Okay.
      Jimbo: Dammit Ned, doesn't that thing have a volume control?
      Ned: No.

    • Chef: Hey, Mackey! Sign up to march on Wednesday?
      Mr. Mackey: Oh, Wednesday? Wednesday's tough. I guess- maybe I could do somethin' uh, Thursday afternoon.
      Chef: Alright, fudge it, Thursday. Anyone else wanna go Thursday?
      Principal Victoria: Thursday's no good, we've got choir council.
      Mr. Mackey: Oh, yeah.
      Principal Victoria: What about next Sunday?
      Chef: Fine! Next Sunday!
      Man 1: You mean, during the ball game?
      Man 2: Oh, yeah. We can't do Sunday.
      Chef: Monday??
      Principal Victoria: Oh, I can't do Monday.
      Man: I could do Tuesday.
      Mr. Mackey: Yeah, Tuesday morning's good.
      Woman: You know what would be better for me is Saturday afternoon.
      Man 2: Saturday is perfect for me.
      Principal Victoria: Yeah. How about Saturday at 11:30?
      Woman: Yeah.
      Man 3: That sounds good.
      Man 2: Yep.
      Mr. Mackey: Yeah, I think that's the best day.
      Chef: Okay! On Saturday, we march!
      Man 2: Oh, march? What are we marching for?
      Chef: To bring down the South Park Flag!
      (People start walking away)
      Man: Oh, I gotta go.

    • Jimbo: Chef, what about the baseball team, the Cleveland Indians, huh? Should they change their name because it's racist?
      Chef: Yeah!
      Jimbo: No!

    • Sheila: Mr. Garrison! You're a Klan member?
      Mr. Garrison: No! No, but Mr. Hat is.

    • Cartman: (to Wendy) Whoa! Calm down hoe.

    • Jimbo: People are gonna' start saying that the Denver Broncos are offensive to horses and then we'll have to SQUIRREL! (shoots down squirrel) Then we'll have to change everything.

    • Jimbo: This is about history kids. If you don't have respect for your past then you can never expect...BIRD! (shoots down bird) Then you can never expect to have a future.

    • Kyle: Cartman doesn't always win. He just gets pissed off and goes home, so we can't debate anymore.
      Class: Yeah!
      Cartman: Nuh-uh, I'm just a better debater than you guys.
      Stan: You don't even know what you're debating about half the time!
      Cartman: Yes I do!
      Craig: No, you don't!
      Kyle: Told you.

    • Mayor McDaniels: (to Jimbo and Chef) Gentlemen, I understand you are here to present both sides of an issue. I want to hear you both out and do this in a civil and constructive manner, so I can give you both the time and attention you deserve. Jimbo why don't you begin.
      Jimbo: Mayor, it's about the South Park flag…
      Mayor McDaniels: Oh Jesus Christ, not this again.

    • Mr. Garrison: I'm sorry Chef, Mr. Hat is a racist bastard.

    • Kyle: All animals kill, and the animals that don't kill are stupid ones like cows and turtles and stuff.

    • KKK leader: Good evening, brothers. Our first order of business tonight is to have Brother Anderson update us on last week's minutes.
      Brother Anderson: Last week we decided we hate blacks and Jews... A lot.

    • KKK Leader: Well that's enough rallying for this afternoon, members. Let's go take a hot shower!
      KKK Members: Hot shower! Hot shower! Hot shower!

    • Cartman: The rest of you go get the goods on Stan. His mom grounded him once for setting something on fire. Let's find out what that something was and then lie and say it was a puppy.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Chef's Islam name, "Abdul Mohammed Jabar-Rouf Kareem Ali" is a spoof of NBA basketball players Kareem Abdul Jabar and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, as well as legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.

    • The scene in which Chef sets the meditating monk on fire is a reference of Thích Quảng Ðức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, who burned himself to death in Saigon in 1963 to protest oppression of the governments position against the buddhist religion.

    • The brief flute passage that begins Wendy's dream sequence is lifted from "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune" (Prelude to the afternoon of a faun) by Claude Debussy.

    • Current Event/Georgia Flag:

      This whole episode was probably a jab at the controversy over Georgia's state flag. That state flag contained the flag of the confederacy as part of its overall makeup. People wanted the state flag changed, as they felt the confederate flag still represented racism and slavery.