South Park

Season 4 Episode 4

Contorting Quintuplets 2000

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 26, 2000 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

The boys attend the last American performance of Cirque du Cheville, and are entranced by the Vladchik Contorting Romanian Quintuplets. They try to make their own version of the circus, but Kenny's vocal limitations keep their vision from being realized. Meanwhile, the quintuplets run away from the tour with their grandmother, who does not want to go back to impoverished Romania. They stay at Stan's house, and after a night of passion between his grandfather and the Romanian grandmother, she dies. The Romanian government tries to get the girls to return in the custody of their estranged father, and Janet Reno sends the national guard in to help retrieve them.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Thumbs up!

    This episode is about Kyle, Kenny, Cartman, Stan and their parents and siblings going to a circus. After they see 5 little girls perform cool moves, they want to be just like them. The 5 girls, or Quintuplets, arrive at Stan's house with their grandmother. In the morning, the grandmother dies. It is announced that the Quintuplets would have to Romania on Easter Sunday because their father wants them back. Meanwhile, Kenny has become a great singer and gone to Europe! Then, to Romania! On Easter, Janet Reno and her squad will try to get the Quints. They do. Stan's whole house gets destroyed with gunfire and everything. When they try to get the Quints back, the Quints go to the only person who can help. Oprah Winfrey! Kenny's dad wants Kenny back because him and Mrs. McCormick are at Romania. At the end, the same thing happens with Stan's house, guards storm in and destroy everything. A random guard killed Kenny. Overall, I give this episode a 9.5.moreless
  • Q...2000

    I enjoy Kenny and his sexually active and poor life and I like how although he adores girls in the nude - he can sometimes be a bit girly in the way that he likes Home Economics and likes to sing (like in this episode).

    In this memorable Season Four funny (and very special) episode, Kenny embarks on a great adventure with his (I'm With Stupid) mother to get himself singing.

    Meanwhile all the other kids are doing this silly random thing that I just can not remember now...

    ;D Ha ha ha. Why is Kenny so funny? Well he sure can sing.moreless
  • One of my long time favourites.

    This episode is one I have considered my favourite for a long time. The main storyline is very funny and the complete opposite in Romania is also quite funny. This episode, I believe has the most memorable South Park scene for me in it, being the Kenny singing Bocelli/Granpa Marsh sex scene. The quintuplets are an interesting storyline, thoguh mot the best. Granpa Marsh was very funyn at the start of the episode, but got a bit disgusting later on. The funniest part of the episode was Randy Marsh breaking the bad news to the Quints about their grandmother. Sick, but hilarious.moreless
  • In Quintuplets 2000, the boys decide to become performers in Cirque du Soleil. They end up crossing paths with the Romanian Quintuplets, and the rest of the episode follows the Elian Gonzales story.moreless

    In Quintuplets 2000, the boys decide to become performers in Cirque du Soleil. They end up crossing paths with the Romanian Quintuplets, and the rest of the episode follows the Elian Gonzales story.

    Janet Reno makes an appearance during this episode, to hilarious effect. Her voice is hilariously un-Janet Reno, which makes her character even funnier. She sounds quite a bit like the South Park version of Yoko Ono, without the Japanese accent.

    This is a good episode with a lot of good jokes. The fourth season is when South Park really started to take off, and this episode is merely foreshadowing for what is still to come.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • According to the Season 4 DVD commentaries from this episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone had originally planned to have the Quintuplets as normal American children, it wasn't until Easter Sunday when the Elian Gonzalez event happened that they decided it to change everything.

    • During the opening scene, Kenny's brother is standing beside him, but he disappears when Stan's grandfather is talking. He is shown again in the audience during the performance.

    • The souvenir stand says "LE SOUVENIRS". The correct French is "LES SOUVENIRS".

    • Three of the Quints are named as Natalya, Nadia and Bartanya. The name of the fourth and fifth girls go unmentioned.

    • When Kenny first practices singing in his bedroom, the source of the material from which his snowsuit was made can be seen: His curtains are the same colour as his snowsuit and they are missing a chunk that could be used for an article of clothing the same size as Kenny.

    • When the quintuplets ask if the boys really have their own circus, Stan says not really, since Kenny has to get better singing first. When Kenny goes "hey!" his voice sounds really different and high pitched from his normal voice.

    • In this episode, Kenny and Stan are shown to be next-door neighbors, despite the fact that previous episodes (and future episodes) state that Kenny lives in a different part of town.

    • Vladchick and the other names used are not Romanian(except Nadia wich is very, very rare) and the mumbling those two secret service guys use is definitly not romanian. Romanian is one of the latin languages. As portrait in the episode Romania is made to look like a Russian-slavic country(names, words, red star in the background, music theme when the grandma ask to stay with Stan's family). Actually besides being an ex neighbour of Russia and so an ex comunist country, Romania doesn't have cultural similarities with Russia, but that is a common mistake.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Cartman: No way! The bitches from Cirque du Chebleu!

    • Stan: Dude, this isn't working.
      Kyle: It's Kenny's singing!
      Cartman: Yeah, Kenny, you have to sing better!
      Kenny: (I'm singing as good as I can!)
      Stan: Well, it's not good enough, Kenny! You have to get better! Try it again!
      Grandpa: Aha, I knew it. They turned you into poofders.

    • Kyle: Those contorting Romanian chicks rule.
      Cartman: Yeah, especially that second one from the left. She was fine!
      Kyle: Cartman, what the hell are you talking about?! They're identical!
      Cartman: Not that second one from the left, she had it goin' on!

    • Stan: Damn, dude, do you see how much money this place is raking in?
      Cartman: Yeah. I could prance around in tights and sing opera too, for that kind of cash.

    • Kyle: Do you guys all think alike?
      Quintuplets: (At the same time) No. Of course not. Don't be ridiculous.

    • Kyle: Dude how long does this thing last?
      Stan: Two hours.
      (the boys groan)

    • Cartman: Oh God that was so funny. Aw man, somebody stop my guts from bursting out of my sides!

    • Grandpa Marsh: Close your eyes and cover your ears Billy! Remember you're a man!

    • Grandpa: Why the hell do you wanna take these boys to see that fufu French theater crap? You're gonna turn them into poofders!
      Sharon: Dad, Stanley needs to see the arts!
      Grandpa Marsh: Well he doesn't need to see a bunch of frogs prance around in tights and makeup wrapping their peckers around each other's faces!

    • Randy: Looks like she had a heart attack in the middle of the night.
      Grandpa Marsh: Oh, no wonder she didn't say 'Good night'.
      Randy: Ew!

    • Stan: I'm tired Grandpa.
      Grandpa: No Billy, you're gonna stay here and watch more McGyver, we gotta get all the Frenchy-poo fag nasties outta ya.

    • Janet Reno: (Pulls out an automatic) Hello girls! I'm the easter bunny!

    • Grandpa Marsh: That grandma's quite a nice piece of ass.
      Randy: Ew, dad! Not in front of Stanley.

    • Cartman: We've reached fag factor 5, captain.

    • (Randy breaks it to the quintuplets that their grandma died)
      Randy: Everyone who has a grandma, step forward.
      (Stan, Cartman, Kenny and quintuplets step forward)
      Randy: Not so fast, girls.

    • Reporter: Yes, lucky for them, these quintuplets no longer have to live in Romania, the asshole of the world.

    • Janet Reno: Look, people have it so good in America that they get bored very easily. And when people get bored, they start protesting things.

  • NOTES (1)


    • ...For Dummies
      Kenny gets a program called "Singing Like Bocelli for Dummies." This is based on a popular series of how-to books called ...for Dummies.

    • Kenny's songs

      The songs which Kenny sings through this episode are: Con te partirò by Andrea Bocelli, and he sings "La donna è mobile" by Giuseppe Verdi in order to pay for his trip to Europe. While in Europe, Kenny first sings the Figaro Aria "Non piu andrai" from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro then the end of the famous Queen of the Night Aria (Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen) from Mozart's The Magic Flute.

    • Current Event/Elian Gonzales:

      This episode aired the Wednesday after Elian Gonzales was taken in a raid (just 3 days later) making it the first animated show to parody this event.

      Elian Gonzalez was a seven year old Cuban refuge. He made it to Florida and stayed with relatives while a custody battle raged between them and his father in Cuba. The relatives in Florida took him to Disneyland and tried to show him how great America was. The battle ended when INS agents raided the home where Elian was staying and ripped the boy from the relatives' arms at gunpoint.

    • Romanian South Park Ban: There's a very high probability that this episode mocks Romania so much due to South Park being banned there by CNA (the Romanian FCC) for being too vulgar. However, South Park was not banned and is still being aired in Romania (on MTV).

    • Romanian Quintuplets:

      Romania was probably chosen as the quintuplets home country because in 1976 Olympics, Nadia Comaneci a 14 year old romanian gymnast was the first one to receive the perfect score of 10, that the board in that time was not even capable to display (even one of the girls is named Nadia). Also one of the things Romania is know for is that it has a strong gymnast team.

    • Cirque Du Soliel:

      "Cirque du Cheville" is a parody for the name of the French circus "Cirque Du Soleil."