South Park

Season 2 Episode 10

Chickenpox

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 26, 1998 on Comedy Central
8.7
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Shelly gets chicken pox and has to be hospitalized. The doctor explains to Mrs. Marsh that it can be worse for children when they get older. She decides that Stan should get it while he's young, so she convinces the other parents to get all of them infected by sending Stan, Cartman, and Kyle to Kenny's house for a sleep over, since Kenny already has it. Meanwhile, Kyle overhears his mother on the phone talking about the plan and decides it's time to get even.moreless

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  • The boy's moms devise a plan to give the boys chickenpox.

    9.6
    This an ok episode, it starts off with the boy's moms devising a plan to give the boys chickenpox.They decide to send their boys to stay the night over at Kenny's house who had recently caught the chickenpox.They all stay over,but everyone except Kyle gets chickenpox.Kyle's mom then sends Kyle bsck to stay the night in an atempt to give Kyle chickenpox.That doesn't work so Kyle's mom decides to talk with the doctor,this is when he discovers his mom's plan.He is mad about his mom planning to give him chicken pox,so he meets up with the guys to devise a plan of their own to get back at their parents.This episode is full of funny moments and a good addittion to the season.moreless
  • A episode with a clever plot, but no humour.

    7.0
    Ok, this episode was a another typical average South Park episode. Basically, every in town (except for Kyle) has the chickenpox. Which is later revealed that there parents are causing this. For revenge, the boys call a woman, which will effect every item of the house with herpes. If they touch it, they will have herpes.



    Now, let's cut to the chase....



    Humour:



    The humour in this episode was not at its best, some were well tought but mostly. You will feel that the jokes aren't as funny as some of the past South Park episodes.



    The plot was cleverly made. It had great storyline. Which made the episode even watchable at the first place.



    Nonetheless, this is a episode which I might watch not more then 2 times. Since this episode lacks in the humour zone. Althrought, the character devoloppment of Geral Brofloski and Stuart McCormick add points to this episode aswell.moreless
  • Not the funniest, but a must see of fan's of Cartman's "In the Ghetto"

    9.6
    Not the funniest, but a must see of fan's of Cartman's "In the Ghetto". First time they really SHOW that kenny is poor. Secondly this has a clever way of showing how the children feel the parents are tying to GIVE them chickenpox. Third, we see that Kyle and Kenny's fathers used to be best friends until Kyle's Dad's law degree (which in turn gives him more money) makes Kenny's Dad jelious.



    The biggest down side of this episode, this that they have philip have cancer for absolutely no reason. This is a great show, but there is nothing funny about cancer.moreless
  • Chickenpox

    7.0
    If you love Eric Cartman, which most kids do in my class then you'll be glad to know that this episode is based loosely on Eric Cartman and the fact that he has Chickenpox.

    This episode is interesting and fresh - the plot is simple. The kids have Chickenpox and the parents are chasin` them around for some reason. I can not really explain the episode `cause I am on Season 8 at the moment and it has been along time since I watched it but I enjoyed it even if Eric is a spoilt bastard... I like his Mom

    :) Good episode!moreless
  • I did not like this episode very much. It got this high-a rating because it is South Park.

    6.5
    This episode disappointed me. This episode was not one I could remember seeing in the past and I looked forward to watching it, but when I did it had one of the most disappointing storylines of the entire series. There was only one funny joke in the entire episode and that was the "I understand there won't be any side-dishes with our frozen waffles..." Kenny's death at the end of the episode was incredibly weak and the boys getting a prostitute to give their parents herpes was plain disappointing. I'm willing to let it go because there aren't many bad episodes in the series of South Park.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

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  • TRIVIA (12)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (The Marshes are discussing Stan's essay assignment)
      Stan: Not Mr. Garrison, Mom, he's a sick weirdo.
      Randy: Yeah it's true, he is.

    • Stan: We gave you guys herpes!

    • Randy: I can't believe you boys gave us herpes...you little rascals.

    • Cartman: You have rats in your house, too, Kenny?
      Kenny: Mm-hmm.
      Cartman: Seriously, you better stop being so poor or else I'm gonna start huckin' rocks at you.
      Kenny: Well maybe if we get a f**king roof, we won't have rats.
      Stan: Oh.

    • Cartman: (while at Kenny's house) Where is the Nintendo?
      Mr. McCormick: We don't have a Nintendo. We got a Coleco Vision plugged into the black and white TV.
      Kyle: Oh my God, this is like a third-world country.

    • Mr. McCormick: (saying grace) Lord, we thank you for this staggering payload of frozen waffles you have bestowed upon us. And since we have been faithful to you, we know you will send us some good fortune, one of these days, even though you sure as hell seem to be taking your sweet time. Amen.

    • Mr. McCormick: Hey! Is it my fault you don't know how to cook!
      Mrs. McCormick: What am I supposed to do with frozen waffles, clamhead, you put 'em in the toaster and you cook 'em.
      Mr. McCormick: You just don't know how to use spices and stuff.

    • Mrs. Broflovski: Are you sure you stayed over at Kenny's house?
      Kyle: Yeah, dude, I told you, we had bread sandwiches for breakfast.
      Mrs. Broflovski: Did you sleep in the same room?
      Kyle: Yes, why?
      Mrs. Broflovski: Bubbe, how would you like to spend the night at your friend Kenny's house again?
      Kyle: No way, dude, it sucked ass, they don't even have cable.
      Mrs. Broflovski: Well I think you need to spend more time with your friend.
      Kyle: Kenny's not really my friend, Ma, I don't give a rat's ass about him.

    • Cartman: Man, your family sucks ass, Kenny. Who ever heard of frozen waffles for dinner?

    • Mrs. Broflovski: How would you boys like to have a little slumber party at your friend Kenny's house tonight?
      Cartman: No way, dude, Kenny's family is poor, they live in the ghetto.

    • Randy: Well, ya see, we had Stan and his friends play with a kid who already had chickenpox so they could catch it.
      Dr. Doctor: Oh wow…you did…oh wow…you guys suck.

    • Terrance: I'm afraid you have cancer.
      Phillip: Oh no.
      Terrance: See this? This is your ass. See this line? This is your ass collapsing.
      Phillip: Does this mean I won't be able to fart anymore?
      Terrance: No, it means you won't be able to live anymore.

    • Mr. Broflovski: Remember when we built that huge fort in your backyard?
      Mr. McKormick: (laughs) Yeah, it took us nearly 2 damn years to finish it. (laughs)
      Mr. Broflovski: (laughs) Whatever happened to that old hunk of junk?
      Mr. McKormick: (firmly) That's where I live now.

    • Mr. Broflovski: Aren't weekends the best?
      Mr. McKormick: When you're unemployed, weekends are meaningless.
      Mr. Broflovski: Oh, ri-right, of course.

    • Cartman: So, what kind of side dishes are we going to enjoy this evening with our frozen waffles?
      (pause)
      Cartman: Am I to understand there will be no side dishes?
      Mr. McKormick: So, Kyle, your father still brings home those big fat lawyer paychecks?
      Mrs. McKormick: Now, clamhead! Don't even get started!
      Mr. McKormick: What? I was just asking a question. Your father and I used to be best friends. But he ended up going to law school because he has rich parents.
      Mrs. McKormick: That's not why he was sent to law school! He had dreams that didn't involved getting lazy and drunk all the time!
      (Waffle pops out of toaster)
      Kevin: My waffle's done! My waffle's done!
      Mrs. McKormick: Now now, Kevin. We don't have enough for everybody. You have to split that with your brother.
      Cartman: My god, are you f(beep)king kidding me?
      Mr. McKormick: Hey! We don't say f(beep)k at the dinner table, you little assh*le!
      Cartman: (muttering) Yeah, well apparently, they don't say side dishes either...

    • Cartman: I'm going to kick her square in the nuts!

    • Mrs. Broflovski: You certainly have a humble home Mrs. McKormick.
      Mrs. McKormick: Yeah, well, unfortunately my husband is a washed up hunk of s(beep)t!

    • Mrs. McKormick: You want some more hot water?
      Mrs. Broflovski: Oh, no thank you, it's terrific though. You don't have any tea bags or coffee grounds to go in the hot water do you?
      Mrs. McKormick: No, we don't care for any of that hoity-toity rich folk stuff.

    • Mrs. Marsh: You mean Stanley's missing?
      Doctor: No, no, he's not missing. We just…can't seem to find him at this moment.

    • Kyle: They knew that staying at Kenny's house would make us sick, and they made us do it anyway.
      Stan: They did?
      Kyle: Yeah, and I think I figured out why.
      Stan: Why?
      Kyle: Because they're a bunch of assholes.

    • Kyle: Here's Kenny's house.
      Cartman: (singing) In the ghetto. On a cold and grey Chicago morn, another little baby child is born in the ghetto. (In the ghetto!)

    • Mrs. McCormick: That ain't why, Stuart! It's because you are an alcoholic retard and he has dreams of not eating frozen waffles for dinner every night!

    • Mr. Garrison: And, so, children, that's how you tell a prostitute from a police officer. Now, are there any questions? Yes, Kyle?
      Kyle: What the hell does that have to do with American history?
      Mr. Garrision: Good question, Kyle. Are there any other questions?
      Kyle: Mr. Garrison, I'm the only one here. Everyone else has chicken herpes.

    • Kyle: Oh my god, this is like a third world country!

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode features Cartman singing "In the Ghetto" for the first time.

    • In this episode, Phillip has cancer. This means that Scott (the guy that T&P referred to as a 'dick' on at least seven occasions in Not Without My Anus) was successful when he tried to give them cancer with his mind.

    • The picture on the back of the classroom when everyone was absent from Chickenpox except Kyle was a picture from Trey Parker's "American History", an animated short Trey made during college.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Family Matters: While sleeping at Kenny's house, Cartman has a Steve Urkel sleeping bag.

    • Wrong Side of the Tracks:

      When the children go to Kenny's house they cross a railroad track. On the left side of the tracks, the town is clean and the houses are nice, while the side on the right is messy and run down. This is a reference to the expression "the wrong side of the tracks" which is used to describe "the bad part of town" and the people who live there. The phrase comes from the days of coal-powered trains. The tracks would run through the town and when a train would pass through, because of the wind, it would put out a lot of pollution on one side and not the other. Eventually one side of the town would gain a higher value than the other resulting in a schism where the rich and the poor were physically separated. Despite coal-powered trains being rare these days, the effects are still present and the bad part of town is now often called the slums, ghetto, or skid row.

    • I'm a Believer/The Monkees:

      When the kids are getting their parents back by getting Frida the prostitute to spread her herpes, the song playing is I'm a Believer by The Monkees.

    • Final Solution:

      Kyle's "final solution" essay is inspired by Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust. This is especially ironic since Kyle's Jewish.

    • Elvis Presley:

      The song Cartman sings as he walks to Kenny's house is called "In The Ghetto" originally recorded by Elvis Presley.

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