South Park

Season 1 Episode 6

Death

4
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 17, 1997 on Comedy Central
8.8
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Stan's Grandpa turns 102, and all he wants for his birthday is Stan to kill him. While Kyle is watching Terrance and Phillip, his mother becomes enraged, and calls everybody's parents. Now nobody can watch the show anymore, and the parents organize a movement to end the show. The parents go off to New York to confront the network about the show. Back in South Park Stan begins to sympathize with Grandpa and agrees to kill him. Death shows up but instead goes after the boys.moreless

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  • Stan's grandpa turns 102; the parents try to end Terrance and Philip

    10
    Stan's Grandpa turns 102, and all he wants for his birthday is Stan to kill him. While Kyle is watching Terrance and Phillip, his mother becomes enraged, and calls everybody's parents. Now nobody can watch the show anymore, and the parents organize a movement to end the show. The parents go off to New York to confront the network about the show. Back in South Park Stan begins to sympathize with Grandpa and agrees to kill him. Death shows up but instead goes after the boys. This episode was perfect and it's the second of the season to does so. I laughed at the first part, Stan watching Terrance and Philip with his grandpa, Kenny's reason for being late, Kenny farting twice during class, Stan's grandpa talking about Cartman's mom, "Mr. Garrison, did you have that gas from here?" "No, I got it from that Kenny bastard," the man just telling the parents "f*** you," Death chasing the boys, Death watching Terrance and Philip, and a few more. Overall, this was a perfect episode. 10/10moreless
  • death

    10
    Stan's Grandfather wants him to kill him. Kyle's mom tries to get Terrance and Philip canceled. Stan does not know what to do. Should he do what his grandfather wants, and kill him, or is that considered a sin? And is Terrance and Philip going to be canceled?



    One of my favorite season one episodes, if not my favorite. It has a lot of great, funny moments and the plot was interesting too. I do not have any complaints so this episode gets a well deserved A+ as a grade. Simply a funny, well written episode, i think so anywaymoreless
  • WOW.

    9.0
    This is an absolutely superb episode and deifnetly the best episode in the series so far. Stan's grampa is introduced and it's grmapas 102 birthday... but he desperately wants to die, so he tells Stan to kill him but Stan refuses. He keeps attempting to kill himself. He then, shows Stan what it's like to be an old person, so Stan feels sorry for him so he accepts to kill grampa. Meanwhile, there is a strike to stop Terrance and Phillip from being on TV. Stan and the boys are about to kill grampa but at the last second, death appears and instead of going after grampa he goes after the boys. Death kills Kenny then leaves, so we find out death was just after kenny! This is a great episode truly worth watching.moreless
  • "You know, I think that if parents would spend less time worrying about what their kids watch on TV and more time worrying about what's going on in their kids' lives, this world would be a much better place."moreless

    8.5
    Death comes to South Park to set the record straight when Stan's grandpa asks him to assist in his suicide when he turns 102. Meanwhile, Kyle's mother organizes the first of many protests against Terrance and Phillip, the hit Canadian TV show that relies on farts and swearing to get ratings. Stan attempts to find out whether assisted suicide is wrong while South Park parents sacrifice themselves for the well-being of their children. This episode is particularly clever since it deals with two separate controversial topics in a well-organized and concise manner, and also delivers some important messages, particularly about the content of TV, on the way.moreless
  • Introducing.. Terrance and Phillip. Warning: Contains spoilers.

    9.1
    Season one may be one of the seasons that really seem horrible in South Park, this is one of those episodes that changed the way South Park was animated. Things seemed to be more detailed, except Randy Marsh and those who turned towards him after he laughed at a Terrance and Phillip joke. But, this episode still had a good plot, and if I were to review this as if I'm not tired of the "Oh My God You Killed Kenny" joke (which I am doing), I would just forgive it. Which I am seeming.



    Stan's grandfather is 102 years old, and he's very suicidal. He's constantly asking for Stan Marsh to kill him. Little did he know is that Death is going to teach him and the children a lesson. Also, while this is going on. Parents of the children are fighting to get Terrance and Phillip canceled because it could have a bad affect on the children and also, it teaches them no moral value. It's just fart jokes that the children enjoyed.



    I enjoyed this episode, and it was an okay addition to the first season of South Park. In this episode, South Park introduced Terrance and Phillip! Now we all know who the Canadian Pac Man looking duos are.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 (19)

    • Kenny's dad is seen flinging towards the Cartoon Central building, even though his father is a deadbeat redneck.

    • When Grandpa asks Stan to kill him, Stan replies "I can't even kill a deer" referencing the events of "Volcano".

    • This is the only episode that shows a bathroom in the kids' classroom.

    • It's revealed that Mayor McDaniels' first name is Mary.

    • First appearances by Grandpa Marsh and The Terrance & Phillip Show. Also, the first scene of the episode is the first one that doesn't include all four of the main boys.

    • When kids are running through Stan's house and lock themselves in his room you can see the picture of his sister Shelley wearing her headgear.

    • Death chases the boys from left to right, but stops to watch the Terrance and Phillip on TV at TELE'S. The boys look over their right shoulders and go back, but instead of coming in from screen right to join Death they come in from screen left.

    • If you look at the crowd, that is standing outside the Cartoon central, carefully you can see that, except for the people in the front row, there are two of everybody - one on the left side, and one on the right side.

    • When Stan is locked up in the room with his grandfather, grandpa inserts a cassette tape into the boom box, but the boom box shows "CD" on the front. The explanation is that the CD player is located along the top face of the boom box, but its display panel is below the tuner's. The tape deck usually has no LED readout like the CD deck does.

    • It says on chalkboard while kids are in the classroom:
      ---------------------------------
      PROPERTIES OF A TYPICAL WHITE DWARF
      Mass: 1.0M
      Surface temp: 10,000 K
      Diameter. 0.008D (1.0D)
      Density: 5 x 10(5) G
      Luminosity: 2 x 10(31) ERG/SEC (0.005L)
      ---------------------------------

    • While Eric is watching Terrance and Phillip you can see on the wall behind him a picture of him with his mother at Mount Rushmore.

    • Stan's grandfather is 102 in this episode, despite Stan only being 8. It seems that Stan's Grandfather would have to have been around 50 when he fathered Randy.

    • When grandpa says "shoot me!" in the first 3 minutes of the episode, it switches to the parents talking about grandpa being nuts. When the camera goes back to showing the whole table, the birthday cake is gone.

    • Terrance and Phillip were originally intended to be a cartoon within a cartoon, i.e., the flapping head animation. It wasn't until later that it became what all Canadians look like, and Terrance and Phillip were in fact real people within the South Park universe.

    • The Statue of Liberty blinks!

    • Along with a few other episodes, this episode is never aired on Comedy Central anymore. The reasons are unknown, but it could possibly be the scene at the end when the boys don't know what to do after finding out that Terrence and Phillip were cancelled and Cartman suggests that his uncle said "smoking crack is kind of cool". Another possible reason could have been because of Stan's grand father constantly trying to attempt suicide and trying to get Stan to kill him. It is, however, aired on Syndication.

    • After the family sings happy birthday grandpa Marsh tries to blow out the birthday candles on the cake then there is some dialogue and the cake disappears off the table.

    • Notice the candles on the birthday cake appear as normal, but then disappear, then re-appear.

    • Mrs. Cartman calls Sheila (Kyle's mom) Carol as in "Carol, where are the port-a-potties?" Then a little later, Sheila calls Sharon (Stan's mom) Carol! as in "Can I borrow your cell phone, Carol?"

      The "Carol" thing I think is supposed to be a joke. At the time, they hadn't established first names for any of the moms yet, so in this episode, they just had them all call each other Carol since it's a fairly generic female sitcom character's name.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Caller: Jesus, this is...
      Jesus: Martin, from Aspen. Yes, I know.
      Caller: How'd you know that?
      Jesus: Maybe because I'm the son of God, brainiac.

    • Grampa: (talking to Death) Come back here you pompous son of a whore!!

    • Grandpa: (to Cartman) What about you? You can kill me, can't you?
      Cartman: I would never kill somebody… Not unless they pissed me off.
      Grandpa: Oh, is that a fact?? Well, let me tell you something, porky! Your mom was over here earlier today, and I humped her like a little bitch!
      Cartman: What?!
      Grandpa: That's right!
      Stan: Grandpa!
      Grandpa: And then, I dug up your great-grandma's skeleton and had my way with her, too!
      Cartman: (angered) Eh…
      Grandpa: Choice piece of ass your great-grandma was…
      Cartman: YOU PIECE OF CRAP; I'LL KILL YOU!!!
      Grandpa: That's the spirit, tubby!
      Stan: (pulling Cartman away) C'mon, Cartman. He's just trying to get to you.
      Cartman: (getting dragged away) Don't you EVER talk about my mom like that again!
      Grandpa: Did I ever tell you about the time I boffed your dad, fatso??

    • Grandpa: What has America's youth come to? Kids won't even kill their own grandparents.

    • Mr. Garrison: I think I got that stomach flu from Kenny. I'm getting the green apple splatters!

    • Terrance: Do you like flowers, Phillip?
      Phillip: Yes.
      Terrance: How about a tulip? (he farts)

    • Stan: Jesus, is it okay to kill somebody if they asked you to, because they're in a lot of pain, you know like assisting suicide, is that okay? Jesus: My son. Stan: Yes? Jesus: I'm not touching that with a sixty foot pole. Stan: Goddammit! Jesus: I heard that.

    • Stan: (after Kenny comes back from the restroom) Whoa, Kenny! It smells like you slaughtered a cow in there!

    • President of Cartoon Central: I am the president of Cartoon Central, and I prepared a speech for you all. F**k you! That is all. If you have any further questions, you may address them to that brick wall over there.

    • Randy Marsh: I think I'm getting that stomach flu you gave me.
      Mr. Garrison: It's that little Kenny bastard that gave it to me.
      (the mayor exits the porta-potty)
      Randy: Hey, mayor. Were you making gravy in there?
      Mayor: I just gave birth to a brown baby boy.

    • Randy: How does it feel to be a hundred and two, Paps?
      Grandpa: Shoot me!
      Sharon: Make a wish, Grandpa…
      Grandpa: I wish I were dead!
      Randy: (laughs) That's our silly Grandpa!
      Grandpa: I'm not kidding, God Dammit! I really want to die!

    • (Watching Stans attempt to kill his Grandpa)
      Officer Barbrady: Carry on.

  • NOTES (5)

    • According to DVD commentary, co-creator Trey Parker's own grandfather insisted upon calling him Billy, just like Stan's grandfather.

    • This is the first episode where the main theme is made up of techno music. The previous episodes had different types of music.

    • In this episode, Terrance is voiced by Trey Parker and Phillip by Matt Stone. But in all future episodes their voices are switched around.

    • Terrance and Phillip came about when the creators kept getting complaints about South Park only being about fart jokes.

    • On Comedy Central, Cartman's original line when his mom tells him about Kyle's mom banning Terrence and Phillip was "Kyle's mom is a dirty Jew!". On Comedy Central, the last two words were bleeped out. On a video release, however, only "dirty" was bleeped.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Jack Kevorkian:

      Kyle tells Stan that a man named "Jack Leborkian" goes around and helps people kill themselves and doesn't get into any trouble at all. This is in reference to Jack Kevorkian, also known as Dr. Death, who assisted people in committing suicide and was sent to jail for it. He was released from prison on June 1, 2007 because of his failing health (he is terminally ill with Hepatitis C and is expected to die within a year).

    • Comedy Central:
      Cartoon Central the name of the network that broadcasts Terrance and Phillip is a play on Comedy Central the home network of South Park.

    • Police Motto: In the scene where the boys are trying to drop a cow on Stan's Grandfather, the phrase "To Patronize and Annoy" can be seen on Barbrady's car. This is a pun on the common cop phrase "To serve and protect."

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