South Park

Season 7 Episode 4

I'm A Little Bit Country

2
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 09, 2003 on Comedy Central
9.0
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5

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After participating in a walk-out against the war in Iraq, Mr. Garrison tells the boys they have to write a report on the founding fathers. Cartman decides he's going to figure out a way to flashback to the past and learn all about history first hand.

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  • I didnt really like it

    6.4
    Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman join some anti-war protesters because it's a free pass out of school for the day. Their simple plan to protest their way out of class goes south when they find themselves in the middle of the two opposing sides of the war issue. Their teacher, Mr. Garrison, an extreme supporter of the war, retaliates by assigning them book reports on the country's founding fathers. Meanwhile, Cartman induces his own flashback to avoid studying and travels back to 1776 where he plays an important role in the historic signing of the Declaration of Independence. Pretty bad ep.moreless
  • I hate this town, I really do.

    10
    In this episode, the town is dealing with a split on Pro War [Rednecks] and Anti War [Hippies] and can't make up their mind. Both sides put on a concert and Cartman devises an ingenious plot to go back in time to see how the founding fathers would of decided on the war. But unlike most shows, South Park attacked BOTH sides with a brilliant song and insults towards eachother, and then it is found that Benjamin Franklin said we should be both war hungry, and pacifistic at the same time. It is having your cake, and eating it too. I loved this episode.moreless
  • Cartman ends up saving the day almost killing himself going through the extremes of getting a flashback as an alternative to doing his report. Mean while South Park adults are arguing over the war in Iraq.moreless

    10
    The episode starts at the classroom where Mr.Garrison tells all the children that if they are against Iraq to go outside and protest. The news anchorman asks their opinions and since they suck Mr.Garrison makes them do a report. Cartman cant believe Stan, Kyle, and Kenny wants him to do it too since it was to much work for an eight year old, so he finds an alternative to the report by getting flashbacks which turns out to be in my opinion the funniest part of this episode. Meanwhile the adults go into a riot between who is right on the war and a battle of country vs rock begins.moreless
  • 100th Episode

    8.7
    This episode is hilarious and a great way to celebrate the hundredth episode of South Park, the end having a lot of hilarious morals such as America being built on hypocricy, thus causing the rest of the world to not hate the US, only their president and for the war, against the war, who cares, a hundred episodes!



    Cartman trying to have a flashback instead of studying is a hilarious plot and South Park once again appears to be a very violent town, though the similarities between the 1770s (that SP made up) and the present were very well written and while there are a few dull moments in the episode, I can't imagine a better one to be chosen as the hundredth episode.moreless
  • It’s episode 100 of South Park, where they take off on the War in Iraq and the American Revolution.

    9.0
    The War in Iraq has started, and a walkout is scheduled for South Park Elementary. Cartman and friends go on the local news, where they are asked some questions of their views on the War in Iraq. However, their answers suck, so Mr. Garrison assigns the class group projects on researching what America’s founding fathers would say of the War in Iraq. Cartman gets stupid and jumps in a pool with his TiVo, which has recorded 50 hours of the History Channel, electrifying himself and making him faint. After being rushed to the hospital, he is transported to 1770s America. This is a great way to celebrate the 100th episode of an influential, satirical TV series. The American Revolution settings appear better-drawn than the normal South Park animation, and the arguments between pro-war and anti-war – in both the present and 1770s, are funny (saying “Rabble! Rabble!” repeatedly). The episode ends with a bang, all the SP characters appearing on stage to sing a song commemorating episode 100. If you haven’t seen it, it is definitely worth watching.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

Norman Lear

Norman Lear

Voice of Benjamin Franklin

Guest Star

John Hansen (V)

John Hansen (V)

Voice of Mr. Slave

Recurring Role

Kyle McCulloch

Kyle McCulloch

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (14)

    • The music genres were chosen because a lot of rock musicians are anti-war, and most country musicians are pro-war. The accompanying stereotypes shown are that country fans are poor, simple, and uneducated, while rock fans are rich, sophisticated, and educated.

    • Cartman uses a TiVo to flashback to 1776 (by recording the History Channel, and making it fall into the water with him). But the History Channel doesn't even show that much stuff on the Revolutionary War, it mostly shows things about WWII.

    • At the end, when they're singing, Sally Struthers is seen, but in the same form as the one from "Starvin' Marvin", rather than her Jabba the Hutt-esque form from the later episode, "Starvin' Marvin in Space".

    • The Eagle's head shown on the stage is facing the spears, which is actually backwards. The Eagle should be facing the olive branch, and looking away from the spears, symbolizing the desire of peace, but the readiness to fight. This plays into the pro-war group's stance of desiring war over peace. This doesn't seem to be a goof, it's a subtle joke.

    • After Cartman complains that he doesn't want to study, his book on the table switches places between scenes.

    • When the "pro-war" (or "red-neck") side of town comes into Stan's house, their flags and signs go right through the wall above the door.

    • Cartman *really* hates Jews, and he practically idolized Hitler in the episode "Pinkeye." So doesn't it seem a little strange that he, of all people, doesn't know what a Nazi is?

    • (Not really a goof) During the Anti-War and Pro-War arguement in the mayor's office, you can see Hat in the Pro-War side.

    • In the final song, Jesus is in the middle of the top row. I guess he is back, huh?

    • After Mr. Mackey hands protesting signs to the boys, he is left with one NO WAR sign with the letters red. When the FOR THE WAR group appears, it changes to green.

    • When the TV network comes to interview the boys, Kenny's protesting sign is in front of Cartman's sign. When it switches to a wide shot it's the other way around.

    • The commercials for this episode were about Cartman 'Have a crack on his ass' but that was never mentioned in the actually episode.

    • When they guy first starts reading the declaration, as the scene fades, he says "There comes a time for one Penis to rise..."

    • When everyone is standing on South Park Avenue on opposite sides of the white line, I think Jimbo says something about the post office being on his side of it, which is the right side. Isn't the post office on the other side of it, since it's left of the tall building that the line is drawn from?

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Cartman: (singing)
      Look at me, I'm back in time, in 1776.
      With gaslight corners, cobblestone streets, and humble houses made of bricks.
      What a special, magic time.
      And it's all alive for me.
      I'm so glad Stan and Kyle aren't here,
      I hate those guys, seriously.
      Seriously hate those guys...
      Hate Stan and Kyleee...

    • Kyle: Cartman? Cartman saved the day?
      Stan: Can't be.

    • Randy: The strength of this country is to do one thing and say another.

    • Founding Fathers: RABBLE! RABBLE! RABBLE! RABBLE!

    • Cartman: Wow! How very, very relevant.

    • Stan: Do you think kids in every town have to deal with this crap?

    • Mr. Slave: (to kids) Calm down, kids, or Mr. Garrison is gonna punish me!

    • Newsperson: Boys, what do you think the founding fathers would say?
      Cartman: Foggy who?

    • Newsperson: Can you tell me why you marched out of school today?
      Stan: Uh.....war.
      Newsperson: Right and what about the war?
      Kyle: It's it's....gay?
      Newsperson: Uh huh and what aspect of it do you think it most gay?
      Kyle: Uh...no blood for oil!
      Stan: Yeah, war is not my voice:
      Cartman: Bush is a nayzzi!

    • Mr. Marsh: Bring the shizzle!
      Townsperson: We'll trizzle the shizzle all over the hizzle!
      Mr. Broflovski: See you Saturday, mackizer shanazarilla shazz biav natch gazziza!

    • Cartman: I've programmed Tivo to record over 50 hours of the history channel. When Tivo is full both Tivo and I will be dropped into the water combining our electro-whatever-fields and sending me into a flashback of history.
      Stan: Ahh Cartman I think that's a really bad idea
      Cartman: Or a really sweet one.
      Tivo: Your Tivo is full.
      Cartman: Well here it goes.

    • Skeeter: Hey everybody, this is never going to work. Don't you see? All this dividin' up the town, it's just ridiculous. What we really should be doing, is just beatin' the hell out of each other like we were.
      Randy: He's right. Boy, do I feel like a fool.
      (everyone starts fighting)

    • Kyle: That's not gonna work, dumbass!

    • (Cartman hurts himself trying to go in a flashback)
      Kyle: Cartman? Cartman?
      Cartman: Benjamin Franklin?
      Kyle: No, turdpants, it's Kyle!
      Cartman: Kyle! Get out of my flashback, you God-damned Jew!

    • Kyle: I hate this town. I really, really do.

    • Cartman: All I have to do is be thinking about American history when I walk through this doorway. I'll trip the rope, causing the rock to fall on my head. And then I will have a flashback to the times of our Founding Fathers!
      Kyle: Cartman, you are hereby declared a full-fledged retard!

  • NOTES (5)

    • The signs the boys receive:
      Stan - War is Not My Voice
      Kyle - No Blood for Oil
      Cartman - No War
      Kenny - Bush is a Nazi

    • As Cartman is about to kill the messenger he hums the Dawson's Creek theme song "I Don't Wanna Wait" much in the same fashion as in the episode Trapper Keeper

    • The song the boys sing about getting out of school is the same song they sing in the Pilot "Cartman gets an Anal Probe"

    • This is the 100th episode aired, but according to the production codes, this was the 97th episode produced.

    • "Cancelled", the original 100th episode (and the official 100th produced episode) wasn't chosen most likely because the episode was way too mild and calm. Plus it was finished the most out of the other 7 episodes in the run, so it was the first shown episode. Interestingly, this episode was the original 97th episode AND season premiere, but it wasn't quite finished, but most enough. Comedy Central most likely held it back for the 100th, so Matt and Trey (most likely) redid the ending to fit in the "100th Episode" thing. This is another advantage of the show's animation style to be redid quickly (about only a matter of a few days), so it can be up-to-date and current.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • TiVo:

      The TV OH! system Cartman uses to travel back to 1776 is a play on the popular DVR system, Tivo.

    • Fleetwood Mac/GNR:

      Although the rock band's guitarist isn't named he resembles Slash of Guns N Roses. The band's drummer does the same, resembling Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac.

    • Slash:

      In the rock band the guitarist wears a top hat and holds his guitar in a manner distinctly similar to Slash from the bands Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver.

    • The Donnie and Marie Show:

      The Donnie and Marie Show was a prime-time variety show that aired in the 1970's. They sang a lot of songs, and one of them was called "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock & Roll."

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