South Park

Season 3 Episode 12

Hooked on Monkey Fonics

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 10, 1999 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

The kids from South Park Elementary enter a spelling bee, and lose to the only two kids in town that are home-schooled: Mark and Rebecca. After the exposure to other children, Mark asks to go to public school, where he is berated by his classmates because of his social ineptitude. Meanwhile, Kyle instructs Rebecca on the ways of love and Cartman decides to try home-schooling for himself.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • whatevez

    I kind of liked it. Kyle is smart not to like rebbeca anymore tho after she became a big slut. Rebbeca is nice but should go with other home schools and kyle should go with someone jot so antisocial like a good thing he does not like her anymore.
  • superb

    What I liked: Cartman misspelling chair in the spelling bee, Kyle's crush on the girl, the boy being in the hamster cage, him getting duct taped to benches and stools, the guys of south park duct taping the dad to the flag pole as the episode ends, Kyle attempting to ask out the girl to the dance, Cartman being home-schooled, amongst other things.

    Decent episode. The plot wasn't that great, I did not think, but there were some funny moments and I enjoyed most of the episode, so my final grade is going to be somewhere in the "B" range, I think is fairmoreless
  • Season 3, Episode 13.

    The gang competes in the South Park Elementary School Annual Spelling Bee, but gets tough competition from two home-schooled kids, Rebecca and Mark. Kyle falls for Rebecca who knows nothing about love. Kyle shows her what love is.On the other side of the episode,Cartman tries to convince his mum that he should be home-schooled.His mum gets him a Fonics Monkey to help him learn how to spell, but it's useless. Cartman just stays in bed all day, eats and watches tv.

    Meanwhile, Kyle develops a crush on Rebecca, wooing her through methods. Ultimately he convinces her to explore the world of public schooling, and she agrees to go to the South Park Bay of Pigs Memorial Dance with him. He also explains what love is to her and, out of curiosity, she asks Kyle if she can experiment a kiss with him. When Rebecca shows up dressed and acting like a slut, Mark attacks Kyle for doing this to his sister. The other boys perceive this as cool and finally accept him. Rebecca and Mark earn the opportunity to regularly attend public school from their parents. Mark's father, however, is still duct taped to the flagpole by the adults, regardless of his change in attitude and opinion.moreless
  • Just another average episode.

    This episode was pretty good, but it really didn't have much to do with Cartman and he's the one who got the Hooked on Mokey Fonics thing. I expected this episode to be about Cartman when I heard he was the one who was going to get help in the spelling bee and then get home schooled. It was still a pretty good episode though, the plot was pretty good, and there were a few funny moments here and there, but nothing worthy of a laugh out loud moment. It was average, no more than that, that is why I give it a score of 7.moreless
  • This episode's like a poorly written fanfiction by some fangirl who had way too much time.

    Usually I like all South Park episodes but this one I can't accept. I hate this one, I even deny that it exists. The whole episode was so stupid and out of character. I found nothing funny in it, also I don't like monkeys at all. Plus even Kenny's death was so silly. Nothing original, nothing to like. The worst thing was the stuff with Rebecca - the whole Kyle's crush thing was so WRONG and NOT, it screams that Kyle is not interested in girls so why do they have to twist his personality and then even kick him for about 22 minutes ? Rebecca is an annoying one-time character and the "romance" is worth no more words. It's Stan who has an interest in girls, not Kyle. They should have done something with Stan and Wendy instead of violating poor Kyle's character. Kyle crushing on a girl for one whole episode is the most bad-tasting joke ever in the history of TV shows.

    The only good thing is that the idiot crush and all these stupid things last only for one episode, then they die, end, become nothing, stuff that has never even happened. Luckily.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


  • TRIVIA (17)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Jimbo: You can do it kid, you can do it!
      (after Kyle spells incorrectly)

    • Stan: Shut up, Cartman!
      Cartman: You shut up, butt-hole! (Hit's Stan)
      Stan: You shut up, gay-wad! (Hit's Cartman)
      Cartman: You shut up, ass-logger! (Hit's Stan)
      Mark: Oh my goodness. Are you two enemies?
      Stan: No... we're friends.
      Mark: Strange friends would call each other names and fight.

    • (Cartman finds out about home school)
      Cartman: (singing) Who would have thought such a miracle could be, who could have known that this moment I would see, a new way of living, a chance to be free!

    • Cartman: You're going down bitch!
      Kyle: Shut up fat-ass, everyone knows I can spell better than you.
      Cartman: Yeah, well this year I have a secret weapon. (Gives Phonics Monkey a thumbs up)

    • Jimbo: (at the spelling bee) Kyle, Kyle, he's our man, if he can't do it I'm out 50 bucks.

    • (Mark, the home schooled kid, rolls into Mr. Garrison's class in a giant hamster ball.)
      Mark: Hey guys, what's up?
      Cartman: Dude, what's wrong with you, you got some kind of John Travolta disease or something?
      Mr. Garrison: Alright children, let's all just try to ignore the fact that there's a little boy in a giant hamster ball and continue on with our lesson, okay?

    • Mark: Now look at her she's a damn whore papa.
      Butters: Damn right.

    • Stan: Oh, my god! Fonics monkey killed Kenny!
      Cartman: You're damn right, he did.

    • Tape: If you're monkey arrived in the box dead, call 555-4500 to get a new monkey.

    • Mayor McDaniels: Alright, Eric. Here's your word. Chair.
      Cartman: C'mon Phonics monkey, drum!
      (Monkey does nothing)
      Cartman: C'MON!
      (Monkey is doing something, but not drumming)
      Cartman: Eric, your word is chair!
      Cartman: Uhh…Definition?
      Mayor McDaniels: Something you sit on.
      Cartman: Country of origin?
      Mayor McDaniels: English!
      Cartman: Could you use it in a sentence?
      Cartman: Chair…C-H-A-R-E (Buzzer) Dammit, how come I always get the hard ones? (Runs off the stage) GET OVER HERE, YOU SON OF A BITCH PHONICS MONKEY!

    • Cartman: Alright that's it, SCREW YOU GUYS; I'm going to home school.
      Mr. Garrison: Oh please God, let it be forever.

    • Mark: Now look at her, she's a goddamned whore, Papa.

    • Butters: You should stop being such a smart-mouthed, Mr. Know-It-All!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Rebecca:

      Rebecca is a parody of Rebecca Sealfon, a home schooled student who made hand gestures while spelling. She won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1997.

    • Hooked On Phonics:

      The title and the concept of the monkey fonics is a parody of the popular reading program for kids.

    • Boy in the Plastic Bubble:

      Cartman: Dude, what's wrong with you, you got some kinda John Travolta diesease?

      Cartman is likening the home-schooled kid in the hamster ball to John Travolta's 1976 TV Movie portrayal of the true story of Tod Lubitch who was born with a severely deficient immune system. The TV movie was titled "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble."

    • Star Trek:

      When Kyle and Rebecca talk about the distant lights (the city), this scene parodies a similar scene from Star Trek's The Gamesters of Triskelion where Captain Kirk talk about the distant lights (stars) with an alien woman.