South Park

Season 2 Episode 16

Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 09, 1998 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

The boys go to Nebraska to spend the holidays with Cartman's grandparents. Cartman's uncle Howard has to join the family dinner via satellite since he is in prison. That night, he breaks out with the help of his cellmate, Charles Manson. The boys go to the mall to see Mr. Hankey, but Kyle discovers that "Mr. Hankey" is a fake and all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile the cops see Manson and the chase begins.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!

    This episode, it is fair to say, is one the least favourite episode of my season 2 experience. I really didn't find anything funny in this episode except for Kenny's death, "Look out, he's got a White Flag!!!" I enjoyed seeing Cartman's family and I laughed at the fact they shared the same traits. But I did not think the Christmas special loving Charlie Manson was very funny at all. His storyline was weak and the episode may have been better if he weren't in it at all. Those are the main reasons I gave this episode a fairly low score.moreless
  • Merry Christmas Charlie Manson

    This episode is about Charlie Manson and Cartman's family. This episode, the kids meet Eric Cartman's whole family on a trip down to where Eric's family live and they find more than they bargained for when they go and meet a fake Mr. Hankey, a murderer Charlie Manson and all say Merry Christmas in a fantastic special South Park episodes.

    I really enjoyed even if the episode does get a little silly nearer to the end when there are guns and fights and alternate-reality scenes.

    I just thought I would say - Cartman is such a stupid son of a (hilarious porn-star) ****

    ;D Really good episode.moreless
  • House of Cartmans

    This somewhat obscure episode is actually one of my favorite Christmas specials—maybe my favorite next to Season Eight’s “Woodland Critter Christmas”. This one shocks the viewers, not with blood, gore, or fart jokes, but rather by putting Charles Manson in these absurd situations and giving him a Christmas carol. A genuinely funny episode that gets funnier every time I see it.
  • Remember, if it isn't Palmoral, you're going to get cancer.

    In this episode, Eric and the boys go to Nebraska for Thanksgiving with the Cartman Family [one ****** up family]. Also Cartmans Uncle Howard and a Redeemed Charlie Manson break out of Prison and go to their house. Manson takes them to the Mall and the cops chase after them and have a Standoff, Kenny is killed because the cops are ******* retards, and Manson sings "Happy Happy Holiday" with the Cops and everyone there before going back to Prison with Howard, and Manson reads his new book to his cellmates. A great episode, mostly because of the Cartmans :Dmoreless
  • Look out!! Charlie Manson is on the loose.

    Stan sneaks out to go to Cartman's grandmother's house in Nebraska after his parents told him that he couldn't go. Charlie Manson and Cartman's uncle Howard break out of jail and Charlie takes the boys to the mall to see Mr. Hankey when nobody would them. It turned out that Mr. Hankey wasn't real. The police arrive at the Cartman's residence and tolds every hostidge. Stan's parents arrive to show him that they are very disappointed with him. The police arrested Charlie and Howard and they went back to jail. The only part that I find funny is when Kenny dies.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

Dian Bachar

Dian Bachar

Voice of Mall Hankey

Guest Star

Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Toddy Walters

Toddy Walters

Voice of Mall Hankey's Helper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Cartman's hair is shown for the first time in this episode.

    • Visitor Appearance: In the scene were the boys and Charlie Manson are being chased by the police, Charlie Manson's smiley face tattoo briefly changes into the head of one of the alien visitors.

    • On the fake It's A Wonderful Life scene where George Bailey is saying hello to the movie house and burger parlor, you can see in the background the movie house with Gone With The Wind displayed.

    • Charlie Manson blinks many times in this episode when the real Manson never does.

    • Cartman originally refers to Cousin Elwin as "cousin Evan".

    • Liane apparently uses driving glasses which mysteriosuly disappear as soon as they arrive .

    • Throughout the episode, Manson's tattoo changes from a swastika, to an alien, and finally to a smiley face during each of the 3 acts.

    • While the credits are rolling, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and the Cartman family are singing "Hark the Heralds".
      After a shot of Cartman singing the line God and sinners reconciled, his, Stan's and Kyle's voice seems to be a little deeper than the usual.

    • When Stan and Kyle go see Mr. Hankey at the mall, you can see Butters and Craig in the kids crowd.

    • Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle meet Charlie Manson in the middle of the night, then it goes to commercial. All of a sudden it's daytime. After Charlie watches the "It's A Wonderful Life" Christmas Special, Cartman is back asleep.

    • Cartman said he drove nine hours to his Grandma's house, but earlier he said it took six.

    • When they say grace, Cartman is wearing his present, but then when they eat, he's wearing the red shirt and blue hat we all love.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Grandma Cartman: Mom, could you say grace?
      Great-Grandma Cartman: Goddammit, why do I always have to be the one who says grace?! If one more person asks me to say grace, I'll be like: "Ey! I'm not saying grace, and if you try to make me, I'll kick you square in the nuts!"

    • Cousin Elwin: Mister Hankey kicks ass!

    • Charles Manson: (after Kenny was shot to death by the police) Oh my god! They killed the little orange coat kid!
      Kyle: You bastards!

    • Cartman's Grandma: (as they haul her son back to the pokey) Watch that ass in prison, son.
      Uncle Howard: Always do, mom. Always do.

    • (As whole Cartman family is singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" with Charles Manson)
      Stan: Dude, this is pretty f**ked up right here.

    • Grandma: I thought that shirt would look really good on you.
      Cartman: Are you telling me I drove nine hours through butt-f**king nowhere to get a GODDAMN SHIRT?! Mom, Grandma's gone senile, time to stick her in a home.

    • Jimmy Stewart: You can't just buy people Mr. Potter. You know what you are? You're a little bitch. That's right, you're a bitch and I'll bet you'd like to suck it, wouldn't you?

    • Charles Manson: (singing) Holidays are that special time when we laugh and sing and feel warm and cozy. Forget about being angry for a day. Remember how it felt to be a child, opening presents on Christmas morning? That's the way that we should all feel now. So I say, happy, happy, happy, holy, happy, happy, happy, happy holidays! (Happy, happy, happy, holy, happy, happy, happy, happy holidays!) Happy Kwanzaa, too, from me to you. Happy holidays, you guys.

    • Charles Manson: Come on, I'll hotwire your grandpa's car.
      Stan: Do you really think we should go with this guy?
      Cartman: Stan, don't be such a dumbass, you have to trust people.

    • News reporter: ...We understand that there are hostages, and that the situation is critical, so we would like to remind you all that this live hostage crisis is being brought to you by Palmoral sun block. Remember, if it isn't Palmoral, you're going to get cancer.

    • Cop 1: (into megaphone) Manson, we know you're in there. Come out peacefully and we'll shoot you.
      Cop 2: (whispers) Tell him we won't shoot him.
      Cop 1: Oh, yeah. That's a good idea. (into megaphone) Come out peacefully and we WON'T shoot you.

  • NOTES (2)