South Park

Season 5 Episode 1

It Hits the Fan

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 20, 2001 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

The you-know-what hits the fan a 162 times when the citizens of South Park hear the word "Sh*t" on the popular show, "Cop Drama." Boffo ratings have the executives at HBC plotting further use of the curse word, as the nation is struck by a mysterious plague that unleashes the ancient Knights of Standards and Practices. Only Chef and the boys can save South Park, and the world.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • great

    the show "cop drama" uses the S word, and soon all of south park popularizes the word. but, soon strange things happen, and stan and friends learn the real reason why words like that are called curse words. will they be able to get people to stop saying the s word?

    it was pretty good. it's kind of boring in some parts because really, it's just the same word in every sentence. but overall it was pretty good. the first half was great, second half, good. So, i give "It Hits the Fan" a final grade of B- or somoreless
  • The most overrated Southpark episode of all time!!!!

    This is the third worst episode South Park has made. A good South Park episode needs more to it than a bunch of people saying $hit. So South Park said $hit 162 times. Guess what, Anyone can do that!!!!! It's just a word. Saying a word in every sentence you use isn't funny. And the actual plot just made me Fuccking sick. The word $hit actually cursed does NOT make a good plot. Swearing and the Plauge are two completely diffrent things. They are not funny when mixed together. And the ending was just awful. A moral in Southpark? That's just disgusting. I belive that any show above a PG Rating should not have morals because the people watching probably know and most likely don't care.moreless
  • "Hey. You got a little $hit on your face"

    Ratings soar when the popular TV show Cop Drama uses the word "sh*t" on national television. The network decides to make further use of the word, resulting in a mysterious plague sweeping the nation. It's up to the boys and Chef to help save the world. this was the first of 3 South Park episodes to break the consorship barrier. Next it was "With Apoligizes to Jesse Jackson" and "Le Petite Tourete". I liek episodes liek this. People puking out their insides and the word $hit. One of the best 30 minutes of my life. The best was Le Petite Tourette.moreless
  • Oh $hit. *pukes out intenstines*

    An interesting twist on how absolutely no one gives a "$hit" about the word "$hit" on television. Sad enough, this episode comes at a time where that was exactly the situation, but 162 $hits? Wow. This is a classic South Park episode, but not the greatest. But this show always has something to say, and as they point out, "$hit" is just a word, and it's stupid to even give a "$hit" about "$hit". Why everyone goes nuts over one word is just crazy. I find it interesting how South Park never really took advantage of "$hit" (except for this episode). "$hit" count, including the "$hit" before and the one after: 10.moreless

    $hit this was a good episode (and for the most part uncensored - everything except "f--k" is heard). A cop drama show (called "Cop Drama") decides that in order to get more ratings they are going to use the word "$hit" on their show... this of course does get them more ratings, and so they start using the word "$hit" in more and more of their shows and more and more times in each show. The town is spell-bound, and tunes into every show that uses the word, however this has a price. People start mysteriously vomiting their guts out and dying, which the boys discover is exactly like the symptoms of the "black plague" which they then find out came about right when the word "$hit" entered the English vocabulary. It's up to the boys to find a way to save the town. This episode has a running counter in the bottom, left-hand corner of the screen that keeps track of how many times "$hit" is said within the half-hour (the total? 162). I loved this episode and was very surprised at how many times they got away with actually saying "$hit" on TV. I highly recommend you give it a watch!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

Nico Agnone

Nico Agnone

Voice of Filmore Anderson

Recurring Role

Milan Agnone

Milan Agnone

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Kyle McCulloch

Kyle McCulloch

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • On the bar while watching TV when the unknown adult says here it comes I think it's this scene, actually the word *hit is told once by the actor but not count and then when the other adult says " was that it, was that it!? Some one's dad says twice s*it he said sh*t that was not counted either.

    • There is actually an unedited version of this episode where the words f**k and c*ck are not bleeped. This version of the episode has been shown on

    • Listen closely after the news anchor says the first sentence. His voice completely changes and he sounds like a totally different man.

    • The term curse word doesn't actually mean a cursed word; it means a word for cursing. Its true sense is as an expletive (oh, f**k) or as an insult (you piece of crap).

    • When the wizard shows the book with pictures of the stones, only "meecrob" is written under one of the stones.

    • When the Knights of standards and Practices (or whatever they are called) storm the HBC offices they chop off the head of one of the producers. Then, a few minutes later on the live TV Special he is on the set.

    • In one of the bar scenes, the guy who has the plague is shown twice at the same time, he is sick and not sick.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (after seeing "Cop Drama")
      Stan: I can't belive they actually said it…
      Cartman: Dude, you missed it, Kyle! It was so awesome!
      Kyle: (sarcastically) Well, I hope it lived up to all the hype. You must feel so much better now.
      Cartman: Kyle, you've got to get that sand out of your vagina; it's making you cranky. Does it itch?
      Kyle: Do you really think anything's gonna be any different now? Do you really think that this will have the tiniest smallest effect on the world? It's still the same old world out there. Look! (opens door and the boys see frogs falling from the sky)
      Kyle: What the hell...?
      Cartman: Whoa, dude. It's raining frogs...
      Kyle: (walks away) Oh, whatever!

    • Cartman: You guys! You guys! Oh my god! Oh my god, you guys!
      Kyle: What, doughboy?
      Cartman: I was... (catches breath) I was just watching the TV and they had this commercial.
      Stan: So?
      Cartman: So... Guess what they're gonna say tonight on that show "Cop Drama"?
      Kyle: What?
      Cartman: No, c'mon, guess! They're gonna say something that's never been said on television!
      Stan: What?
      Cartman: Guess.
      Kyle: Goddamit, Cartman! What are they gonna say on "Cop Drama"?
      Cartman: Okay, you ready? Tonight...on "Cop Drama"...on TV,...they're gonna say... (looks to the left and right) "shit".

    • Kyle: Dude! They're gonna say "shit" on television??
      Stan: You can't say "shit" on television!
      Cartman: It was just on the news! People are freaking out, dude.
      Stan: Holy ****ing shit!

    • Cartman: Don't mind Kyle, everyone. He's just got a little sand in his vagina.
      Kyle: There's no sand in my vagina!!
      Ms. Choksondik: Boys, watch your language! Shit!

    • Kyle: Chef, do you know where "shit" comes from?
      Chef: Uh, from your ass, children.

    • Ms. Choksondik: The adjective form is now also acceptable. For example, "The weather outside is shitty." However, the literal adjective is not appropriate. For example, "My bad diarrhea made the inside of the toilet bowl shitty, and I had to clean it with a rag, which then also became shitty." That's right out!

    • Mr. Garrison: And so children, instead of saying "Hand in your papers." I may now say "Hand in your shit." Any questions?
      Filmore: What about "I have to take a shit"?
      Mr. Garrison: No, no Filmore, you can say "I have to poop and shit," or "Oh, shit, I have to poop," but not "I have to shit." Are we all clear?

    • Cartman: (about the dragon) Oh boy, that thing has really got sand in its vagina.

    • Knight: We are the Royal Order of Standards and Practices! We command you to stop saying the curse word!
      HBC President: Listen here, Mr. Shinypants! I am the head of this network, and I can say "shit" all I want! Shit, shit, shit shit shit, shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit (gasps for breath) shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit! (The dragon comes out and breathes fire on the audience.)
      HBC President: Oh, shit!

    • (a knight comes in the room)
      HBC President: Oh no, you guys didn't hire me a stripper for my birthday. Oh, tell me you guys didn't.

    • Cartman: You guys, look here. In this Nancy Drew mystery, Nancy goes to the beach and gets sand trapped in her shoe. This could explain how Kyle got it in his vagina!
      Kyle: Cartman, this is serious!
      Cartman: So am I, Kyle. If that sand in your vagina doesn't get released, you could become a walking time bomb.

    • Old Woman: Why that store has such lovely shit.
      Old Man: Yeah. Too bad I don't have shit for cash right now.

    • Mr. Garrison: (singing) Hey, there, shitty shitty fag fag,
      Shitty shitty fag fag, how do you do?
      Hey, there, shitty shitty fag fag,
      Shitty shitty fag fag, how do you do?

    • Chef: I'm very proud of you, children. Let's all go home and find a nice white woman to make love to.
      Stan: Yeah, and Kenny didn't die!
      Kenny: (muffled) Yeah, and I didn't die- (pukes out his intestines and dies)
      Stan: Holy sh- I mean, poop.
      Kyle: Yeah. Poop.
      Cartman: I love you guys...

    • Dragon: (with a weird voice) Agh. Dude, lame. Lame! Sorry, dudes. (falls in a hole in the ground)
      Cartman: What a stupid voice.

    • Cartman: Detective Sandy Vagina here thinks that "shit" might have something to do with everyone getting sick.

    • Cartman: I'd scarf down a whole wet bucket full of shit before I ate another plate of meecrob.

    • Cartman: Jeez, you're a little irritable, Kyle. What's the matter? You got some sand in your vagina?
      Kyle: No, I don't have sand in my vagina!

    • Randy: That word's kind of getting old. It's not really funny anymore.
      Man: Yeah, they're gonna have to come up with a new swear word now.
      Mr. Garrison: Well, they can't use "fag." Because you can't say "fag" unless you're a homosexual.
      Randy: Really? So we can't say (bleep)?
      Mr. Garrison: No. See, you got beeped.
      Man: You mean you have to be a (bleep) to say (bleep)?
      Mr. Garrison: That's right.
      Jimbo: Hell, that's not fair! I should be able to say "fag."
      Randy: Hey, you didn't get beeped.
      Jimbo: Uh, oh.
      Mr. Garrison: Well well well! Guess we learned something new about you, Jimbo, you freakin' fag! You wanna make out or something?

    • Ms. Choksondik: Alright, children, in lieu of the common usage, I'm supposed to clarify the school's position on the word, "shit."
      Stan: Wow! We can say "shit" in school now?
      Kyle: This is ridiculous! Just because they say it on TV it's alright.

    • Timmy: S-s-s-s-shit!
      Ms. Choksondik: Very good, Timmy.

  • NOTES (10)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • FCC:

      The Knights of Standards and Practices is a pun on the FCC.

    • Night of 1,000 Stars:

      Night of 1,000 Sh*ts is a parody of the name of this mid 1980s charity event.

    • NBC: HBC is a parody of NBC.

      While showing an outside view of the HBC building, a logo very similiar to NBC's logo is shown above.

    • Drew Carey and Mimi:

      The two characters on "Must Shit TV" resemble Drew Carey and Mimi from The Drew Carey Show.

    • Must-See TV:

      "Must Shit TV" is a parody of the NBC Thursday night slogan, "Must-See TV".

    • Thai Food:

      Meekrob: Meekrob is a kind of Thai appetizer or snack. It means "crispy noodle." In the Thai genuine recipe, it's fried rice noodle with thick sweet-and-sour sauce. However, Thai restaurants over the world, which usually are own by non-Thai might change the recipe and, consequently, it becomes "crap."

    • Current Event/Chicago Hope:

      The entire plot about a network TV series airing the word "shit" is a reference to the Chicago Hope episode from the October 14th, 1999 episode, titled Vigilance and Care, in which a character named Jack says "shit happens."

    • NYPD Blue:

      The show "Cop Drama" as well as the entire premise of the episode is a reference of the ABC police drama NYPD Blue that broke several censorship barriers when it first aired in 1993, included "partial nudity."

    • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Mr. Garrison's Shitty Shitty Fag Fag diddy is a reference to book/film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

    • Jhonen Vasquez:

      Meekrob: Meekrob is one of the strange foods that Fillerbunny had to eat in the Jhonen Vasquez comic Fillerbunny.

      Vasquez didn't only use the name "Meekrob" in Fillerbunny. It is also the name of the alien species that gave Dib his super-powers in a dream sequence in the short-lived cartoon Invader Zim.