South Park

Season 2 Episode 4


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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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."

  • Allusions

    • 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!

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