South Park

Season 2 Episode 4


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 27, 1998 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

The Booktastic bus is in town and soon everyone finds out that Officer Barbrady can't read. He is whisked off to school with the boys so he can save his job. While he's there someone in South Park is having sex with the town's chickens and only Officer Barbrady with his new deputies Kenny, Kyle, Stan, and Cartman can stop them!moreless

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  • perfect

    It is revealed Officer Barbrady cannot read, so he is sent to school to learn. A mysterious person is going around south park, "loving" chickens, and Barbrady needs to figure out who it is, with the help of Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny. Can they figure out the mystery?

    Good episode. Funny episode! Barbrady was really hilarious in this episode. And the mystery aspect of it was really well done. This is easily one of my favorite episodes from season 2, if not my favorite. Everything works so well in it, and it is really funny. The mystery aspect was great too, albeit a little too predictable, I think. A+ definitelymoreless
  • Warning: Contains spoilers.

    Chickenloving is wrong, so next time you want to love a chicken, it better be mentally and not physically with your genitals. That being said, I want to say that this episode was hilarious. I loved the scene where Mr.. officer guy was sticking his thumb out and he was paused. It was hilarious. It could make you think that the episode was over but it's not. I also loved that the officer said that reading totally sucks a. That was just funny.

    After a man starts having sexual intercourse with chickens, someone has to stop them. But, the officer of the law can't read, so he has to learn to read to read the notes the chicken lover is leaving behind. Although, why couldn't just someone else read it? Maybe it only works when the officer learns to read.

    This episode was awesome and I reccomend it.moreless
  • Chickenlover is a classic as it introduces many populer catchphrases and gives us a look into the (empty) mind of Officer Barbrady.

    In this episode; chickens at a local farm have been molested by a person known as the Chickenlover who leaves a note behind as a clue, forcing Officer Barbrady to admit his shameful secret: he's illiterate. The Mayor sends Barbrady back to elementary school to learn how to read before he can return to work. Desperate to stop the Chicken Lover before he strikes again, Barbrady enlists the help of the boys in solving the mystery.

    The mystery part of the episode never really develops tension; (partly because the entire premise is impossible) but that doesn't matter as Cartman's story as well as Officer Barbrady's makes this the most notable of the second season.

    Any scene with Cartman in his cops - style show and with Officer Barbrady at school is downright hilarious as is the running gag of Kenny not dying until the very end. It's just a shame that party - poopers Stan and Kyle are given more screentime than what's required. It's impossible not to picture Cartman these days without recalling this episode where he's wearing a cop uniform, beating innocent people with a club and saying his immortal line "Respect my Authoritah!". With this episode Officer Barbrady progresses from a one - dimensional comic relief element to a person who is facing real problems of illiteracy and disgrace, the final part of the episode falls back on a cliche but the journey to that point is enough to make this episode worth it. And can i just add that the whole raping chickens sub - plot is exceedingly creepy. Chickenlover lacks visual smoothness but certainly looks better than the previous season. Trey Parker (Officer Barbrady and Cartman) and Matt Stone (the Booktastic Bus driver and Kenny's Dad) both deliver excellent performances and the characters i put next to their names are what i think were their best voices of the episode. Mary Kay Bergman is underused as only the Mayor and Kenny's mother but makes a positive effect and once again Issac Hayes is totally wasted.

    Chickenlover can safely be called a classic; it establishes Cartman and Barbrady as two legendary characters and all - around is a great watch.moreless
  • Chickenlover

    Although this episode is offensive to hens and all types of chickens... this episode can be rather funny in parts including the beginning-middle before it gets stupid.

    There is a strange man that is invading chicken's huts and raping their little butts. After a sick starting scene and the whole beginning and the "Disruption of the South Park town".

    I enjoyed this episode for its clear story and hilarious parts, but in other cases it was crude, rude and just silly. Some episodes of South Park are great and others are just colourful and crude. This episode is one of the crude ones.

    Good episode :)moreless
  • Trey & Matt are doing allot of series classic lately...

    This episode has to be the best of season 2. It had a clever plot, clever humor. Pretty much what a South Park episode needs.

    I must say, Trey & Matt possibly spent time on this episode. It takes allot of work to make a episode with clever humour with a clever plot-wise episode.

    Other then that, it was another nice addition to be Officer Barbrady as the main character for once. He is the most under-used character I've seen in South Park. He's hilarious, he deserved his own episode.

    This episode also debuts my favourite Cartman line: "Respect my AUTORITAH!"

    Now, I recommend this episode allot for South Park viewers. Its a series classic that you cannot miss.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

Mary Kay Bergman

Mary Kay Bergman

Voice of Wendy Testaburger; Liane Cartman; Sheila Broflovski; Sharon Marsh; Mrs. McKormick; Mayor McDaniels; Ms. Crabtree; Princ

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • This is the very first episode where no one says the catch phrase or anything after Kenny dies. Stan almost says the line a few times when he thinks Kenny dies through out the episode, but when Kenny officially dies in this episode nothing was said.

    • Visitor Sighting: An alien is seen petting a horse at the end of the episode at the petting zoo.

    • That book guy screwed that first chicken BEFORE Officer Barbrady said he couldn't read, but his explanation for screwing so many was "I heard you couldn't read so this was my plan". However, this could've just been an excuse for screwing those chickens.

    • Officer Barbrady is a police officer, not a detective. There ARE detectives in South Park, therefore Officer Barbrady should not be responsible for solving cases like "Chickenlover."

    • It is revealed that Officer Barbrady is illiterate in this episode, so how could he have become a policeman at all if he couldn't read his whole life?

    • The reflection in Cartman's sunglasses never changes.

    • At the end, during the parade, Jesus is driving the truck that Barbrady and the boys are on.

    • In this episode and in Conjoined Fetus Lady, at the back of the classroom is a picture from "American History," which is one of Trey and Matt's first animated films.

    • 2nd last Goof: Perhaps he didn't read that... maybe he just heard it from some other policeman and rehearsed it from that guy.

    • When the boys are in the truck with Barbrady, their pupils are much larger than normal. But in the next shot, they are back to normal.

    • Barbrady says that under article 39 section 2 of police code, I am allowed to deuptize citizens in a time of crisis, yet, how could he have possibly read that if he didn't know how to read?

    • Regarding goof #3: The bookmobile guy may have known Barbrady couldn't read before that fact was announced to the entire town. (Or, alternately, the story that his crimes were a plan to get Barbrady to read may have been a lie he came up with after the fact.)

    • "Atlas Shrugged" is almost 1200 pages long. It would be all but impossible to read it in a matter of hours or even a few days, let alone by someone who'd just recently become literate.

    • In this episode, the librarian a.k.a chickenlover states that he only screwed chickens AFTER Officer Barbrady publicly announced he was illiterate (unable to read) yet he only stated this AFTER the first chicken was screwed.

    • Officer Barbrady makes a hole in his shirt when he rips off his badge. In the next shot there is no hole.

    • The license plate on the prostitute's car is the same as Officer Barbrady's.
      Officer Barbrady gets a call that his wife wants pizza, but he gets two cheeseburgers.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Reporter: Has chicken f(bleep)er left any clues at the crime…
      Officer Barbrady: All right, I admit it! I can't read! Are you happy now? You pushed and you pushed, and now you know my deep dark secret; I'm illegitimate!

    • Officer Barbrady: Now move along, or I'll be forced to execute every one of you by gunshot to the head.

    • Father Maxi: Who would have sex with a chicken?
      Halfy: I would.
      Mr. Garrison: Aw you couldn't screw anything Halfy, you don't have any legs.
      Father Maxi: Have some respect for people's feelings, would you Halfy?

    • Bookmobile Driver: How did you know I would strike here?
      Officer Barbrady: By reading Teetle the Timid Taxidermist.
      Bookmobile Driver: You did?! Really?! Then it worked! My whole plan worked absolutely perfectly!
      Stan: What are you talking about, dude?
      Bookmobile Driver: When I heard that Officer Barbrady couldn't read, I knew I had to motivate him somehow. So I formulated a plan to encourage him to learn the magic of reading!
      Kyle: So you f**ked a bunch of chickens?

    • Officer Barbrady: Teedle... the.. timid.. taxidermist... loved to go to the.... Oh goddamn, reading is lame!

    • (on being told the "fast-food restaraunt" is actually a bank)
      Officer Barbrady: Well I know that! What do you think I am? Stupid?
      Teller: Yep.

    • Voice Box: May I help you?
      Officer Barbrady: I'll have two cheeseburgers and some jalapeno poppers.
      Voice Box: There's just one problem: we're a bank.

    • Cartman: HA! (whacks the Bookmobile driver)
      Bookmobile driver: Ow, that hurt!
      Stan: Whoa dude! Cartman!
      Officer Barbrady: No, that is not how you uphold the law!
      Cartman: But he is not listening to my authoritah!
      Officer Barbrady: Oh, you're doing it all wrong my little friend. You do it like this. (whacks the bookmobile driver in the head) You gotta get them in the head; they go down quicker.

    • Mr. Garrison: Yes officer, what is it?
      Officer Barbrady: I need to go poopy.
      Mr. Garrison: Officer Barbrady, we go to the bathroom before and after class.
      Officer Barbrady: Aw Christ! How do you kids do it?

    • Officer Barbrady: Yes, at first I was happy to be learning how to read. It seemed exciting and magical, but then I read this: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of s**t, I am never reading again.

    • Officer Barbrady: Keep your eyes peeled boys, someone's going to make love to this chicken any second now.

    • Man: Darn it! What heck is wrong with you Barbrady? All you say is "Move along people nothing to see here" and "Case closed."

    • Cartman: Do you know what the speed limit is hee-yah?

    • Officer Barbrady: Move along people, there's nothing to see here.

    • Cartman: Sir, could you step out of the car, please?
      Mr. McCormick: We're fine, officer.
      Cartman: Anduuh who's, who's in here with you?
      Mr. McCormick: Just me and my wife and my brother. And my wife's cousin and his son and my brother's girlfriend and our two kids-
      Kenny: (muffled) Hi, Cartman.
      Mr. McCormick: -and my brother's girlfriend's mother, and this guy Bob who I met last year.
      Cartman: (to the camera) Poor people tend to live in clusters.
      Mr. McCormick: What? What did you say?
      Cartman: Nothing- now, sir, is there some kind of uh-
      Mrs. McCormick: I want him out of my house! He ain't worth a s(beep)t! He can't even hold a f(beep)kin' job!
      Mr. McCormick: Shut up, bitch!
      Cartman: Okay okay, let's try to watch the language: there's children present heuh.
      Mrs. McCormick: He is a lazy-ass motherf(beep)ker!
      Mr. McCormick: Look what she did to my f(beep)kin' eye.
      Mrs. McCormick: I'll do it again!!
      (Mrs. McCormick kicks him in the ass and continues hitting him. Kenny just laughs at the sight)
      Kevin: Eh-Mom hit Dad again!
      (Kenny and Kevin then continue laughing at them)
      Cartman: Now, the first thing to do in domestic disturbance calls like this one is to just calm everybody down. Respect my authoritah!
      (Cartman jumps up and knocks Mrs. McCormick down, then Mr. McCormick. He then concentrates on Mr. McCormick)
      Kenny: (muffled) God-dammit, Cartman!
      Mr. McCormick: Aagh!

    • (Gun fires at Kenny)
      Stan: Oh my God, they've killed-!
      Kenny: Mrph, mrph umph umly umh maphet (Oh, it was only my jacket.)
      Stan: God dammit!

    • Cartman: Ey! I am a cop, and you will respect my authoritah!

    • Randy: Wait a second. Aren't you Stan's little friend?
      Cartman: (slower) Sir, step out of the car, please.
      Randy: (steps out) Yeah. You're the one who always plugs up the toilet at our house.

    • Mayor McDaniels: Well, how's the reading coming along?
      Officer Barbrady: (wringing his hands) Oooh, pretty good.
      Mayor McDaniels: Barbrady, we really need you to speed this up. The Chickenf(beep)ker struck again last night.
      Kyle: Oh no!
      Officer Barbrady: Ah mayor, please, when we're around children we prefer to call him the Chickenlover.

  • NOTES (6)

    • When Officer Barbrady goes back to school, on the alphabet chart behind Mr. Garrison, the letters are arranged to spell "Dios mio han matado (H) a Kenny bastardos," Spanish for "Oh my God they've killed Kenny, bastards."

    • Running gag(s):
      1) Kenny appearing to die throughout the episode, but surviving until the end.
      2) Stan being unable to finish saying that Kenny dies.

    • It could be suggested that the Booktastic Bus driver (a.k.a. Chickenf---er) looks and talks like Matt Stone's character from Orgazmo.

    • Before Officer Barbrady learns how to read, letters get mixed up and confuse him. In one scene, the STOP sign changes into "Mung Chung Ee" which is Korean for "stupid".

    • The poster on back of the classroom is from Trey Parker's animated short "American History".

    • This episodes title is also known as "Chicken F(beep)ker."


    • The Dukes of Hazzard:

      During the second set of fake closing credits, the picture and name of Tom Wopat, from Dukes of Hazzard, is inserted.

    • 80s Action Series:

      The part at the end where barbrady makes a cheesy comment and poses for the camera is also a reference to many late 70's and early 80's action/detective series (the a-team, the dukes of hazzard, charlie's angels, simon and simon, kojak, etc.) note the mock credits appearing (and their font) as well as the music (part of which is a portion of the theme to charlie's angels.)

    • Police Squad!:

      The scene at the end where Barbrady freezes in place while everything else is a reference to the show Police Squad!, which ended every episode in that fashion.

    • COPS:

      The several clips where Cartman is a cop and goes around on his Big Wheel arresting people is a reference to the show COPS.

    • Atlas Shrugged:

      This is an actual book that deals with what Ayn called her philosophy of rational selfishness "Objectivism." This was her last novel and this was an illustration of this philosophy. Whether you agree with Officer Barbrady or not is left to the reader to decide:

      Officer Barbrady: And then I read this: 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of s(beep)t I'm never reading again!