South Park

Season 8 Episode 1

Good Times With Weapons

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 17, 2004 on Comedy Central
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The boys buy Martial Arts weapons from the county fair, and turn into Ninja warriors (complete with Anime-style animation). However, when one of Kenny's ninja stars gets thrown into Butters' eye, the boys must do the only logical thing possible, dress Butters up as a dog and take him to the vet. Their parents cannot find out that they were playing with weapons.moreless

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  • Amazing episode.

    10
    This episode is about the boys buying weapons from a merchant in the local fair. The four boys go to Craig's house where Craig, Clyde, Token, and Jimmy are at and challenge them. They refuse. Butters wants to play with them and gets rejected. He becomes Professor Chaos and challenges the boys. Kenny throws a star at his at and makes it bleed. Craig and the others come back for a challenge. They have made Butters into a dog to pretend he's an animal. He escapes and gets to a hospital. The eight boys look for Butters. Craig and the others ditch and the normal four try to get their money back. They don't. The town gets angry after seeing Cartman naked. Overall, I give this episode a perfect 10.moreless
  • perfect

    10
    Stan and friends buy ninja-related items and play with them, pretending to be real ninjas. However, they get in a 'fight' with Butters, where Kenny throws something at him which gets caught in his eye. Now, the boys need to get him to a doctor, without having their moms find out they were playing with weapons. Will they succeed in this mission?



    Pretty much a perfect episode, and definitely up there as one of my favorite episodes of South Park. Funny with good animation, what more could you ask for? Overall my final grade for this episode is easily going to be an A+moreless
  • South Park + Anime + Calvin and Hobbes-like Humor = One of the Best South Park Episodes of All Time

    10
    When the writers of South Park decided to do an episode that mocks anime (more specifically, the type of title that's based on a manga that appears in Shounen Jump), I, being an anime fan, was curious to see how they were going to mock this genre. In the end, this episode is an example of South Park at its finest.



    The thing that made the episode so great were the bits that are done in the style of animation that's common in anime title. Combining this style with some wacky antics written by Trey and Matt (i.e. Kyle and Cartman's typical arguing; a muscular Cartman whining when the boys strip him of his ninja powers, then turns Kyle into a chicken after he regains them), these scenes definitely feel as if they would fit perfectly in a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Also adding to the anime feel (along with a few action scenes) is an original song by Trey Parker that mocks the type of music that are common OP themes to shounen anime titles (and demonstrates Trey's knowledge of the Japanese language, as the song itself is funny once you know the English translation of the lyrics).



    Of course, South Park isn't South Park without at least one nod to recent events at the time, and this episode has a couple that help with the humor. The first is the start of a three episode long bit where Cartman praises The Passion of the Christ because of how the film portrays Jews in a negative manner. The second involves a comical satire of the controversy that was Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl. The way Trey and Matt pull this off (by having the parents be more upset over Cartman's "invisibity" trick than Butters having a ninja star stuck in his eye) not only stays true to the Calvin and Hobbes-esque feel of the episode, but also provides a funny commentary about how people in American seem to be more concerned about nudity in the media than violence.



    In closing, this episode is definite watch for anyone who is into either South Park or anime.moreless
  • My second favorite SP episode

    10
    I this episode, the boys trick a vendor into giving them weapons are the town fair, then they battle "evil". Then Professor Chaos (Butters) gets a ninja star in his eye, the boys have to get him aid, but not lose they're weapons (because they'd get grounded.) This episode is laugh out loud hilarious from the very start, and doesn't lose steam throughout it. The best part is probably, about how when the boys act like their ninja counterparts, they're shown in anime form battling, as is Professor Chaos. Butters is abused constantly in this episode as he is (1) gets a star in his eye (2) told to shut up constantly when being dressed up like a dog (3) crapped on by a dog (4) almost put to sleep by the vet. The story also includes jabs at Mel Gibson, and Cartman's line at the end is an obvious jab at the wardrobe malfunction at the SuperBowl. Overall, this is easily one of the SP episodes ever, with constant jokes, and hilarity thoughout, you'd be crazy to miss this episode. 10/10 A+moreless
  • The Butters plot is without a doubt, the most vile wrong, unfunny, sad and completely uneeded worst thing South Park has ever done!!!!

    1.0
    This episode was hilarious, but POOR BUTTERS!! I can't believe Matt and Trey would do such a thing! Have be in so much pain and humilation, it was so sad, cruel, uneeded and most of all, unfunny. I just can't understand why anyone would do that, or think it's funny. And don't get me wrong, I love South Park! I've (honestly) watched every episode they've ever made!! Butters has been and always will be my favorite character because of excellent episodes like Professor Chaos and Awesom-O. But this one is The Worst South Park Ever!!!!!!!! Unless you take out the parts with Butters (Except i liked him before he was hit with the ninja star)moreless
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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Japanese in episode

      Kanji on Cartmans arm (–¡) is pronounced aji, which means taste or flavour.

      The song

      As shown on screen:
      'f°'ç'µ'¢ƒ`ƒ"ƒ`ƒ"'à'Ì
      'à'Ê'Ì–Ñ' 'é
      '"'̉¹'̓Tƒ'ƒ{ƒ{
      '¢'¢'¦"EŽÒ'ª'¢'Ü'·
      Hey Hey Let's Go! Œ–‰Ü'·'é
      'åØ'È•¨ protect my balls
      –l'ªˆ"'¢ so let's fighting
      Let's fighting love...
      Let's fighting love...

      As sung (correct pronounciation inside brackets):
      suburashii (subarashii) chinchinmono
      kintame (kindama) no kame (ke) aru
      soreno (sono) oto sarubobo
      Hey Hey Let's Go! kinka (kenka) suru
      taisetsu na mono protect my balls
      boku ga warui so let's fighting
      Let's fighting love...
      Let's fighting love...

      When the car drives by the text disappears but the song keeps going a little longer:

      kono uta chotto baka
      wake ga wakarenai (probably supposed to be wakaranai)
      e (?) ga mechakucha daijoubu... (can not make out the last part)

      Rough translation:
      Amazing pee-pee (childs word for penis) thing
      Has hair on balls (could be translated to "I have hair on my balls")
      That sound is monkeypussy (either that, or just "sarubobo", not sure what they were going for)
      No! There are ninjas! (could be translated to "No! The ninjas are here")
      Hey, Hey, Let's Go! fighting (usually translated as quarrel/arguing. another word is usually used for actual fighting)
      Important thing protect my balls
      I'm bad so let's fighting (I have never heard the word used for bad here in this meaning, usually warui means literally bad.)

      What I could make out of the continuation of the song after the car scene:
      This song kind of stupid
      Don't understand the meaning
      The drawings are preposterously ok...
      (I can't make out the last thing they sing)

      After the commercial break two kanji flash by and they do a recap. The kanji are '¿–_ and is really not a word in japanese, but would be pronounced ranbou and the kanji means rare/strange and pole/stick, so it says "rare stick". There is another word pronounced ranbou but written with different kanji (—–\), it translates to "violence". This, and errors in the japanese grammar and pronounciation may or may not have been intended by the producers.

    • There are several parallels between this episode and "Team America; World Police":
      -Stan: 'All right ninjas; let's go protect the world!' Sounds similar to the Team America motto 'Let's go police the world!'
      -Kyle swearing never to fight again is similar to Gary's vow never to Act again.
      -People being fooled by Butter's really bad dog disguise is like the terrorists being tricked by Gary's really bad terrorist costume.
      -Also, both this episode and the movie were released in the same year, and possibly around the same time.(verify this for me)

    • In the town hall meeting scene, a man says that he is "shocked and appalled" by what has happened. In the wide shot, he is sitting next to Liane Cartman. In the close-up, Liane is replaced by a woman dressed in purple. In the next wide shot, Liane is back.

    • When the boys are walking through the fair and spot the weapons store, you can see that there are some yellow nunchucks, but when the angle changes position, you can see that there are red nunchucks right there.

    • When they are looking at the weapons, the camera pans over the whole "Weapons from the Far East" display. It shows seven or eight weapons. However, when Stan says: "We'll take one of each of these ninja weapons please," the shop owner only takes 4 weapons.

    • Jimmy didn't even have a weapon, so he must have used his crutches.

    • Kyle or Stan and Butters both said that they were 8, but in a few other episodes late season, they were all 9.

      + The boys are in fourth grade and they're supposed to be 8? If you're in the fourth grade, you're 9 or 10.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Skeeter: Not only that. The auction was televised on public access. So my little daughter at home saw the…penis. How am I supposed to explain that to her?

    • Announcer: In our last episode the four ninjas did battle with Professor Chaos, bringer of destruction and doom. It was during that great battle that ninja master Kenny threw his star into Professor Chaos' eye. Now the ninjas were in serious trouble, because their parents might find out they had weapons if Professor Chaos told on them. While trying to get Professor Chaos some aid at the veterinarian's office, the four ninjas ran into Craig and his three friends. They challenged the four ninjas to fight, and the legendary battle of Tokutawa began. It was during this battle that Professor Chaos escaped , and so the four ninjas were forced to join forces with Craig and his friends to find Professor Chaos, or else they would all be grounded.

    • Stan: Hey wait, wait, wait, wait! Wait. Hold on a second. Where's Butters?
      Kyle: Oh no. Butters!
      Cartman: Butters!
      Stan: Oh, nice going, you assho1es! You made us lose him!
      Craig: Lose who?
      Kyle: Butters! He got a ninja star stuck in his eye and we were taking him to the vet when you f**ked it all up! Butters!
      Craig: Stuck in his eye? Was he bleeding?
      Cartman: Ye-Yeah a little. Butters, get back here right now!
      Craig: Oh s**t, you guys are in trouble, we're outta here!
      Stan: No dude, you gotta help us find him!
      Craig: The hell with that!
      Cartman: We're in this together, Craig! If Butters tells on us, we're gonna tell on you, and that's the ninja code!

    • Butters: WOW-EE! Hey, can I play ninjas with you?
      Cartman/Bulrog: No, Butters, we're an elite fighting team sent to protect the world from evil... and you can't play with us.

    • Roger: Can I help you boys?
      Stan: Yeah. We wanna get one of each of these ninja weapons.
      Roger: Okay, uh, you need to have your parents here when you buy them, though. I, I can't sell to anyone under eighteen without parents' permission.
      Cartman: Parents? Parents? (begins to fake cry) Oh God!
      Roger: Uh wh- what's the matter?
      Stan: We-we're brothers, see, and our parents... died in a car accident last year.
      Cartman: Why? (the other boys start fake crying) Why?! Why did you have to take them both? Why! Why?
      Kyle: Why do people have to keep reminding us of what we don't have??
      Roger: It's all right, it's all right boys. Don't cry, I'll, I'll just go pack these up for you, okay?
      Stan: (once the clerk is out of sight) God damn, that's like the twelfth time that's worked.

    • Cartman: Look Kenny! There's something even you can afford! A ninja shuriken for $1.99.
      Kenny: (muffled) Shuriken? Awesome!

    • (After Butters is found by the adults)
      Stan: Oh, Jesus.
      Kyle: Oh, dude, we're gonna get it now.

    • Kyle: Stop dude! You're gonna scramble his brain!
      Cartman: Go ahead and scramble it, then he won't remember it was us.

    • Stan: Hello, Craig!
      Cartman: (shows off weapon) Look what we got.
      Craig: Where'd you get those?
      Stan: We can't tell you where we got 'em! It's secret ninja stuff.
      Cartman: Oh, is that jealousy I see in your eyes, Craig? Mmm, yes, drown me in the sweet water of your envy.
      Craig: Uh, uh, they're not that cool.
      Stan: Yeah, (sarcastically) "they're not that cool". These are real authentic weapons from the Far East!
      Kyle: But don't tell anybody we have them. (Cartman gets annoyed by what Kyle said)

    • Stan: With my tonfa of Takanawa, I become the great and powerful ninja Sharohachi, born to fight evil and people I don't like.
      Kyle: Yeah. And my powerful nunchakus make me into Bounaku, a deadly but compassionate ninja who protects those in trouble.
      Stan: What's your ninja name, Kenny?
      (Kenny says something that cannot be interpreted)
      Cartman: Yes. And I am Bulrog. Tough brute ninja who has dedicated his life to eradicating the world of hippies.

    • Some Japanese to English translation [JayFive]

      Battle Song:
      subarashii chinchin mono
      You have an awesome penis

      kintama no ke aru
      I see the hair on your balls

      sono otowa sarubobo
      Sounds like a baby monkey

      iie ninjyaga imasu
      No, no it's ninjas

      Hey hey let's go kenkasuru
      "hey Hey Let's Go!" we fight

      taisestunamono protect my balls
      It's really important to "protect my balls"

      bokugawarui so let's fighting
      It's my bad "so let's fighting"

      Let's fighting Love...
      Let's fighting Love...

      konouta choto baka wakegawakaranai
      This song is dumb it makes no sense

      eigoga mechakucha
      The English is bad

      daijobu "we do it all the time"
      but it's ok, we do it all the time

      Hey hey let's go kenkasuru
      "hey Hey Let's Go!" we fight

    • Kyle: We don't have time for that, dude! We just have to ditch them! Now!
      Cartman: Okay. Go ahead, Kyle. Throw your nunchakus away. If you can. But you know well that your Jewish blood won't let you. You can't throw away something you paid $15 for. Go ahead and try.
      Kyle: Screw you, fatass! (tries to let weapons go)
      Cartman: Mel Gibson was right, Kyle. Right now the Jew in you is screaming "No! Those cost money! Get your money back!" You know this to be true. Go ahead. Prove Mel Gibson wrong, Kyle. Do it!
      Kyle: I, I can't do it. I can't do it.

    • Jimmy: Wha, what, what's the m-matter, f-fellas? Are you ninjas or p-p-p-pussies?

    • Cartman: (to Prof. Chaos) All right, dickhole! Time for you to pay! (realizes he has no powers) Oh no! I have no powers! Kyle took them away from me! Quick, Kyle, give me back my powers so I can fight this evil villain!
      Kyle: Okay, okay, you can have your powers back.
      Cartman: All right! And now I will use my power to... turn Kyle into a chicken! Bleh! (turns Kyle into a chicken)
      Kyle: Goddamnit Cartman!
      Cartman: (singing) Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Now you are a chicken! Nya nya nya nya nya nya nya!

    • (Stan hits Professor Chaos with fire in the anime world, which he blocks with his cape)
      Stan: Hey kid, that knocks you down.
      Prof. Chaos: Nuh uh!
      Stan: Yeah huh, I got you!
      Butters: Nuh uh! Because my cloak is made of a titanium alloy that shields me from heat!
      Cartman: That's bullcrap! Titanium alloy my ass!

    • Cartman: Hold on you guys. I actually have another power. I can see into the future too, but better than Kyle. Let me try it.
      Kyle: Goddammit, Cartman! You can't keep making up new powers!
      Stan: Yeah dude, that's like the fifth power you've come up with!
      Cartman: I am Bulrog and I have lots and lots of powers.
      Kyle: No asshole! From now on you only get to have ONE power! So what is it?!
      Cartman: I have the power to have all the powers I want.

    • Cartman: (in response to Kyle's comments) Oh yeah, well my mom took me to see The Passion, and Mel Gibson said you guys were snakes and liars. And if the Road Warrior says it, it must be true...

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  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Millions:

      When the boys cry and pretend their parents are dead it could be a reference to the boys in the movie Millions (2004) who often use the fact that their mother is dead to get stuff from people, and to get out of trouble.

    • Children's Appearance:

      The ninja versions of the kids are direct copies from the character design of the Street Fighter Alpha videogames (maybe except from Cartman, which apart from his Honda outfit looks more like a Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai Showdown character). Some animation (Kyle's presentation, Stan fighting, close-up of Clyde's face) looks remarkably alike. The ninja versions of the children also look similar to characters on DragonBall. Here are the equivalences:

      Stan: Ryu
      Kyle: Fei Long
      Kenny: Ken (the names are similar too!)
      Cartman: Honda
      Butters: Bison
      Craig: Guy
      Jimmy: Sodom
      Clyde: Adon
      Token: Dee Jay

    • Mad Max:

      Cartman says that he's has seen Mel Gibson's "The Passion..." and that he says all Jews are snakes and liars and if the road warrior says it it must be true. This is a reference to the 'Mad Max' movies staring Mel Gibson.

    • Nicktoons:

      When the kids are playing with their ninja weapons, they are drawn the way they imagine themselves. This is very reminiscent of the way Muppet Babies and Rugrats animation matched the children's imaginations.

    • Dragonball Z:

      Although the episode is only 22 minutes long, at each commercial break there is a recap of what's happened as well as a preview. This is very similar to "Dragonball Z".

    • Janet Jackson Incident:

      As topical as ever, the episode makes a point about all the fuss over the Janet Jackson incident from the half-time show at Superbowl XXXVIII.

    • The Passion Of The Christ:

      Cartman references the most controversial film of recent years, "The Passion of the Christ," which was directed by Mel Gibson and started its theatrical release in late February.

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