South Park

Season 11 Episode 3

Lice Capades

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 21, 2007 on Comedy Central
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When a breakout of headlice hits South Park Elementary, Mrs. Garrison refuses to say which child brought the plague to the school. So, Cartman takes it upon himself to find out who it is so the kids can make fun of them. Meanwhile, a louse Travis, is desperate to save his fellow lice from imminent destruction from a conscious world.moreless

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  • im sorry but this wasnt what it could have been

    This was a good next to last episode. The cuts and editing were different, this is true. But I thought that the stiff cuts and fade-ins were very useful, and gave us a feeling of what it would be like to be in the same situation. (Especially in the scenes featuring Ryan.) As an overall episode, I think it worked well, even if it wasn't the next to last one. It would fit in anywhere else in the series just as well. This had a lot of memorable scenes, especially between Julie and Kaitlyn Cooper. The scenes between Ryan and Seth were well played, and showed how well they work together. Everyone was at the top of their game on this episode. It was an excellent chance for everyone's best qualities to shine and give us an emotional view of what they're like when they're only thinking of others, something rare in Orange County.moreless
  • it was alright

    Someone in the 4th grade has lice and Cartman takes it upon himself to figure out whom it is. In the end of the episode it is revealed that everyone in the 4th grade had it.

    Weird episode. The scenes of the lice in the hair was pretty weird and wacky. But I guess you got to get used to the wackiness of some of the episodes of the show. This really was not one of those plots I could enjoy. I was pretty bored by it. But there were some funny moments in it, so my final grade is somewhere in the "C" range. Pretty average episode, I think anyway.moreless
  • Some episode this is

    In this episode the kids have to get their heads check for Lice and Cartman thinks its Kenny because he poor. And the freakin' Lice in Cylde's head can talk. And we meet Travis who sounds like Cartman and Stan's Voice and his Wife sounds like Kyle's voice then Cylde puts this soap in this head and then the lice people die and Travis Wife died and takes his unborn baby Hope to a other place. Then Cartman has this test that can tell the person who haves lice and it was Kenny and I like the part when he runs and there going to run soap on his and they took off his hoop and you see only his back and then everyone had lice. Then a destroy Travis is sent to a new place thats in angelina jolie's private area and sounds like a manmoreless
  • INTERESTING.........

    This is one of my favorite episodes in South Park.. It reminds of the time when i was younger and my school had head lice .. In the episode the boys want to find out who had them, but it turns out eveyone was lying and all of them had it.. The ending is really funny, Travis is almost dead and sees an apparition of his dead wife in the sky. It turns out to be a fly, and Travis grabs on to it, still holding his child. The fly finally lands on another body and Travis is welcomed by larger, red-colored lice (revealed moments later to be pubic louse), and is told they have lived in peace for "generations." The episode's ending reveals that this place is Angelina Jolie's pubic hair.moreless
  • Below average episode.

    Nothing really happened in this episode. I really didn't care for all the scenes with the lice, but all of the scenes with Cartman trying to figure out who had the lice was pretty funny, but in my opinion the scenes with the lice ruined this episode. I do think that if someone else other than Clyde would have had the lice it would have been funnier but with all the scenes with the lice it still wouldn't have been any very good, but it may have of saved it from my score of 5. The ending kind of caught me by surprise when it turned out the whole class had lice. Overall, this episode could've been alot better.moreless
Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Paula Holmberg

Paula Holmberg

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Eric Stough

Eric Stough

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Adrien Beard

Adrien Beard

Voice of Token Williams

Recurring Role

Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell

Voice of Bebe

Recurring Role

Kyle McCulloch

Kyle McCulloch

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The camera zooms in to Kyle believing that Kyle has lice, but the camera moves away from Kyle and on to Clyde who has the lice.

    • Craig's hair is revealed to be black. It was black in "South Park is Gay" but changed to brown in "The Losing Edge". Here it reverts back.

    • During the scene where the Crab-like lice get Travis, he is seen walking. He couldn't be walking, even with help, because both of his knees were shot by the Vice-President.

    • This is the first episode that centers around Clyde.

    • Running Gags: Cartman accusing Kenny of having head lice because he's poor.

    • When the inspector checks Clyde's hair for lice, and Travis sees his eye, he has an iris, not just a pupil, like all characters in South Park have.

    • This is the third time Kenny's voice is heard unmuffled. He is heard during the sock bath yelling "No,NO!! Not the socks..."

    • This is the third time we see Craig uncapped where his hair was black in this episode. On the first time his hair was showed in "South Park Is Gay!", it was black but then in episode "The Losing Edge", his hair was brown.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Medic Woman: Now now, it's alright, we're going to call your parents and get you to your doctor.
      Clyde: Please, you don't understand, the other kids are going to make fun of me forever.
      Medic Woman: I'm sure your friends aren't that cruel.
      Clyde: YES THEY ARE!

    • Cartman: Alright, the person who had head lice has to speak up right now so that we know to stay away from you.
      Craig: Yeah come on. Were gonna find out sooner or later.
      (No one owns up)
      Cartman: Okay, whoever you are, you're now not only a lice head, you're a liar. You're only making this worse on yourself.
      Kyle: You know what, i'll bet it was you.
      Cartman: Me?
      Kyle: This is exactly what you would do if they found lice in your hair. Try to lead the charge against someone else to take the suspicion off of yourself.
      Cartman: I don't think so Kyle. But you know what, this is exactly what you would do if you had head lice. Try to get everyone to blame me.
      Stan: You guys stop it, this isn't getting us anywhere.
      Cartman: That's exactly what you would do if you had headlice Stan.
      Kyle: Yeah try to have everyone make peace so it doesn't seem like a big deal.
      Cartman: And this is exactly what Kenny would do, stand there and say nothing.
      Butters: Hey guys what would I do?

    • Butters: Boy, I sure hope they don't find lice in my hair.
      Stan: What do you think happens if you do have it?
      Cartman: They drag you outta here, put you in this big containment facility, where they stick this cold metal pipe up your ass with this clear jelly. And then they shock your balls.

    • Cartman: Kenny McCormick, you are charged of bringing head cooties into our school. How do you plead?
      Kenny: (Muffled) Not guilty!
      Cartman: Guilty! I thought so.

    • Kyle: It was him. It had to have been him.
      Stan: Yeah. . . (pause) or you.

    • Vice President: Who put you in charge?
      Travis: God did, when he killed my wife.

    • Cartman: This is ridiculous. All this just so they can send Kenny in a stupid head-lice home.
      Kenny: (muffled) Dude, **** off!!

    • (at the doctor's office)
      Clyde: This is SO embarassing.
      Little Girl: I have an ear infection. What are you seeing the doctor for?
      Clyde: I have...I have AIDS.

    • Cartman: (About the scalp inspection) This is completely unnecessary! Everyone knows that only poor people get lice. The only person that could spread it here would be Kenny.
      Kenny:(Muffled) What!? f*ck you!

    • Mrs. Garrison: Apparently we have a little problem here at the school which we need to talk about.
      Cartman: Ah, yes. You mean the "Jew" problem.(points at Kyle behind his hand) Good, good! I'm glad we're finally gonna do something about it.
      Mrs. Garrison: No, I mean the problem of head lice.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In Latinamerica, this episode aired on October 14, 2007, on MTV.

    • This is the first episode to be centered around Kenny since "Best Friends Forever."

    • The day this episode originally aired, Al Gore appeared before Congress saying very similar things about the Earth and Global Warming as Travis says to the Lice President about Clyde's scalp and Scalpal Shampooing.

    • In this episode, we learn that Clyde's last name is now Harris. But, like Butter's dad, his name is subject to change. In the episode Quest For Ratings it is stated that Clyde's last name is Donovan.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Die Hard:

      When the Vice President is defeated at Clyde's hand (literally), Travis lies there bleeding and seriously injured....laughing. John McClane of the Die Hard series, also tends to laugh when his foe is defeated even if he is seriously injured.

    • Titanic:

      The lice climb the hairs to avoid the green goo, just as the passengers climb the rails to avoid the sea in the 1997 film, Titanic. Similarly some also fail to hold on and fall in the same manner.

    • Volcano:

      When one of the lice went to check on the green stuff which melted his hands, he is then standing in it and begins to melt away. This is a reference to Tommy Lee Jones 1997 film, Volcano where a rescue worker is carrying a man through the lava and throws the man to the other rescuers as he melts in the lava.

    • Superman: When Travis the lice father tells the Vice President about the world is changing and that they need to move to a new planet, the Vice President didn't believe. This is much like the Superman story where Superman's birth father warns the leaders of Krypton about the planet is about to explode and they didn't believe him until it was too late.

    • Full Metal Jacket:

      When the kids grab socks and bars of soap, the initial thought is that they are going to beat Kenny with them a la Private Pyle in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987). This was a common act to see in the military during this era.

    • Vogue:

      While at the doctor's office, Clyde's mom reads the magazine, Vague, which is an allusion to Vogue magazine.

    • Final Fantasy IX:

      The way the lice saw the giant eye is similar how people saw it on the game of Final Fantasy.

    • Robocop:

      The scene where the dying lice comes out and says "help me, help me" is a reference to a toxic waste scene in the 1987 film Robocop.

    • Planet of the Apes:

      The Forbidden Zone on the boundaries of the louse civilization is a clear reference to the original 1968 film, Planet of the Apes where a similar Forbidden Zone exists.

    • Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King:

      When the lice is saved in the end by the fly, it is similar to the scene in Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King (2003) when Frodo and Sam are saved by the Eagles from Mount Doom.

    • The Thing:

      The scene where the boys are locked in the storeroom, Cartman's blood-jumping test is taken from the 1982 John Carpenter film, The Thing.

    • Ice Capades:

      The title is an allusion to Ice Capades, a famous ice-skating entertainment show.