South Park

Season 2 Episode 7

City on the Edge of Forever (a.k.a. Flashbacks)

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 17, 1998 on Comedy Central
8.4
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Ms. Crabtree's bus is stranded on a snowy cliff, and she go and find help. She warns the children that if they leave the bus, a big, scary monster will eat them. While on the bus, the children have flashbacks to vignettes from previous episodes, except that this time everything ends up involving ice cream.moreless

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  • edgy

    7.0
    A show of supreme quality, very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very (apologies, the former review has been moved to a new home, soon you will all be given the key) very very very veryvery very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very enjoyable. A must-see.moreless
  • great

    8.5
    Ms. Crabtree accidentally drives the bus to the edge of a cliff. She goes for help, but warns the children to stay put. So, the children remember all the sticky times they have been in before this, and how they can get out of this situation.



    It was alright. It was basically a clipshow, except the ending of all the clips they showed weren't really what happened (they all ended involving ice cream) The reason my grade is kind of high is because I for on enjoy clip shows. They're usually entertaining, even if they are just time-fillers. So my grade for this episode is a B- or so. Pretty decent I thoughtmoreless
  • A flashback episode

    9.0
    When the South Park school bus gets into a major accident, Ms. Crabtree sets out to find help before the bus full of kids tumbles off a cliff, or something worse happens. While Ms. Crabtree gets help from a truck driver and then accidentally winds up performing stand-up comedy on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," the boys reflect on past events that have happened to them, adding on some odd twists.



    But really why was there the need to have a flashback after just two seasons. Still for me this is another great episode I will always like forever =)moreless
  • After a year of South Park, is a flashback neccessary?

    9.6
    Yes. Yes, a flashback can be good if you make it good for the second season, and this episode did it. They turned flashbacks of previous South Park episodes to icecream filled South Park adventures. In a dream someone is having, the bus is hanging on a cliff while the bus driver looks for some help, takes some roofies mistaking it for aspirin or something, and becomes a comedian while the parents of the missing 3rd grade class are looking for the kids thinking they're doing drugs or something.



    Pretty great episode. Not the best, but it's a pretty great episode.moreless
  • Flashbacks

    9.0
    This original episode is introduced by the creators as chefs making beef sadnwiches and then feeding it to the pig which is a very kind of sick start to a great episode. In the first couple of series` such as Seasons 1-4, this is one of the better episodes. I enjoy this because they are all discussing previous entries to South Park and the deaths of Kenny.

    Mrs. Cabtree, meanwhile is harassed by comedians. The comedians want the poor scruffy-haired Ms. Crabtree to work for their Comedy Club in Hollywood. Unfortunately, the kids are still wating for their food and parents.

    ;D Great!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

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Voice of The Scary Monster

Guest Star

Jay Leno

Jay Leno

Voice of Himself

Guest Star

Brent Musburger

Brent Musburger

Voice of Himself

Guest Star

Bruce Howell

Bruce Howell

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell

Voice of Bebe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Before the Red shirt kid gets eaten by the monster, Wendy is seen as one of the kids going towards one side of the window with the rest of the kids.  But yet, she is not seen anywhere else in the episode, except in flashbacks.

    • When the parents are passing out missing child posters Ms. Cartman looks slimmer than normal. This is especially noticeable in her face.

    • Kenny can be seen in the 6th window of the bus as it is tipping 15 minutes in. Which is odd considering he had previously been killed by the monster. But after the bus is done shaking and they show the windows again Kenny is no where to be seen. Then Eric tells what happened during when monster attacked the second time but in the flash back Kenny does not die.

    • In "Volcano" Scuzzlebutt had Patrick Duffy for a leg, but in the flashback he has Brent Mussburger for a leg instead.

    • Ms. Crabtree never said that the monster that would eat the kids if they got off the bus was black, but the kids make reference to it being black before they even encounter it. In the video, it was called a "big, scary monster."

    • When Ms. Crabtree first meets up with the truck driver, his name is Mitch; however, after that she refers to him as Marcus.

    • Kenny gets taken away by the monster; however, just before the bus falls into the big tub of ice cream, we can seen Kenny back in his seat on the bus.

    • Ms. Crabtree's manual referred to videotape 35, but the narrator on the video tape said "Hello and welcome to tape 7 of..."

    • All of the kids positions changed when they were stranded throughout the whole episode.

    • In the Jay Leno Show, when they were showing the names of Ms. Crabtree and that woman, the person who was speaking said "MRS. Crabtree".

    • Technically Kenny didn't die in this episode as it was a dream which means there were 2 episodes where Kenny didn't die before season 6.

    • When you first see Scuzzlebutt you can see that the person on his leg is wearing a red shirt, but when they zoom in to show it is Brent Musburger he's wearing a blue shirt

    • Because of the changed look of the show over the episodes, it's very easy to tell the old and new footage apart

    • When the bus first started tipping over, it was daytime and it switched to a commerical. When the commercials ended, the bus is still tipping but now it's nighttime. Has the bus been teetering for hours while everyone's been panicking?

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Cartman: Hey, you guys! What if Ms. Crabtree doesn't come back and we're all trapped up here forever!
      (The kids all gasp.)
      Kyle: We couldn't get trapped up here forever, Cartman; we'd die after a couple of days…
      (The kids all gasp louder.)
      Stan: Dude…!
      Kyle: What?
      Cartman: (scared) I don't wanna die on this bus with you assholes! You guys suck!
      Stan: Dude, would you just relax? We've been in a lot worse situations than this, and we've come out of them just fine.
      Kyle: Worse than this??
      Stan: Oh, sure. Don't you remember the time the alien visitors kidnapped your little brother Ike? Now THAT was scary!

    • (all the kids are panicked and making a lot of noise)
      Ms. Crabtree: All right! (she opens a box and pulls out a revolver and a rabbit) Everybody shut up or the cute little bunny DIES!!
      (everybody shuts up)
      Stan: She's always trying to get us to shut up by threatening to kill that bunny, but do you think she ever would?
      Kyle: Oh she would dude, she would.

    • Cartman: I can't possibly finish this whole chocolate cake by myself. Oh yes I can.
      Kyle: Shut up Cartman!

    • Kyle: Dammit Cartman! You are such a fat f**k!!
      Ms. Crabtree: What did you say?!?!

    • Stan: Oh my god! Kenny... killed... Death...
      Kyle: You... bastard?

    • Mrs. Crabtree: Let me have some of your aspirin.
      Man: Uhh, miss, those are actually rufies.
      Mrs. Crabtree: Rufies, aspirin, right now I don't give a rat's ass!

    • Executive: How would you like to make a million dollars, baby?
      Mrs. Crabtree: How'd you like to suck my ass!

    • (Cartman's Flashback)
      Dr. Mephesto: Cartman's father is John Elway.
      Cartman: All right!
      John Elway: Come on son, let's go get some ice cream.
      (Outside the flashback)
      Cartman: Now that's what I call a sticky situation.
      Stan: John Elway's not your dad, it's your mom because she has a penis.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Running Gag #1: Each flashback ending with everyone eating ice cream.
      Running Gag #2: The kids saying "Now that's what I call a sticky situation" after telling their flashback story.

    • Hidden Alien - When they show the flashback of Cartman's dad there is an alien in the background.

    • While Henry Winkler is credited as "The Scary Monster" in this episode, I don't recall the monster having any discernible dialog. However, Fonzie (Winkler's Happy Days character) is heard to say "hey" several times, just one of Fonzie's catch phrases. Through his credit in this episode, is Winkler implying that Fonzie character may have been a scary monster? Or is something else up?

    • Brent Musburger's name is misspelled in the end credits as Musberger.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Elvis:

      The truck driver in the episode is a reference to Elvis Presley, the driver has the same hair, the same accent, and also drives a truck, which Elvis himself did before becoming a famous singer.

    • Macaulay Culkin:

      One of the kid's pictures that gets hung up by the parents is of Macaulay Culkin, most famous for the "Home Alone" movies of the early 1990s, and has starred in "Saved!" and "Party Monster" more recently.

    • Brent Musburger:

      For those of you who might not know, Brent Musburger (Scuzzlebutt's leg in this episode), is a sports anchor for CBS.

    • Star Trek: TOS:

      City on the Edge of Forever is actually the name of an episode of the classic Star Trek series.

    • Jurassic Park: The Lost World:

      The scene where the bus hangs over the edge, a student falls out the back window, and then the bus breaks in half, plus when the monster tears into the top of the bus are both from a scene in the 1997 film, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, when the dinosaur comes after it's child in the trailer, except it is a backpack that falls.

    • Star Trek/Red Shirts:

      During the episode, a kid in red shirt says: "Well I'm not going to sit here and wait to die like the rest of you!"

      The kid in the red shirt makes a run for it, but is killed by the big scary monster. Star Trek had a reputation for killing off its extras, especially if they happened to be wearing red shirts.

      The Red Shirts being killed was never more apparent than in Star Trek's "The Apple," an episode where 4 red shirts were killed within the first 10 minutes of the show. The kid in the red shirt has never been seen on South Park before (thus making him an extra), and he even had a Star Trek emblem on his shirt. In addition, this episode's title is a nod to the Star Trek episode of the same name.

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