South Park

Season 5 Episode 9

Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 2001 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Filled with the American spirit and inspired by our President, the children of South Park Elementary have sent their dollars to the children of Afghanistan. When Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman receive a package from the kids they sent the money to, personnel from every government agency descends to investigate. The mysterious contents of the box lead the boys to Afghanistan where Cartman squares off against Osama bin Laden.moreless

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  • My Favorite Episode. Plus it's true Osama Bin Laden really does have Farty Pants.

    This episode aired on Wednesday, November 7th, 2001. 8 Weeks after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. After 9/11, Things started to change in our community, Everybody was afraid of terrorists. Nobody was scared of anything more than Terrorists. USA flags were eveywhere. We found out Al-Qaeda terrorists were Hijacking the 4 american airlines planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and the American Airlines flight 93 crash in Shanksville Pennsylvania during September 11 attacks. And the Al-Qaeda leader was Osama Bin Laden. Stan's Mom has been watching the news for 8 weeks. Everybody (Except Butters) has gas masks. And George W. Bush is declaring an Invasion of Afghanistan. Kids are told to send $1.00 to the children of Afghanistan. Cartman refuses to send $1.00 because Its what he spends on Chocolate Milk everyday. That must be one of the reasons why he's so fat. He drinks too much Chocolate Milk. There are Afghanistan versions of the 4 boys Cartman, Kenny, Stan, and Kyle in Afghanistan have Money from the Americans while being bombed by Military US Army Jets. Then They send back a goat to America (Even though they despise us) Stan gets a package from Afghanistan. Everybody is scared because they don't know if there's something dangerous in the package that will kill us all. It opens and there's a goat in there. The US army has a cute effect on it. The 4 boys want to send it back to Afghanistan with Towlie showing up. They load it on a Military Plane carrying US Army troops heading to Afghanistan. They suddenly get locked in and head to Afghanistan, Cartman Farts and the boys are tortured by the smell that came from his butt. Then they're in afghanistan, and there's a Parade of Al-Qaeda Terrorists saying how much they despise america. The Boys are captured and sent to the lair of Osama Bin Laden. Its a Birthday party for Bin Laden, The 4 boys are chained up, And then rescued by their Afghanistan Look a likes (Even though Cartman, Kenny, Stan, and Kyle are Americans and Everybody in Afghanistan despises America) Then an alarm goes off, The Americans are here to get back at Afghanistan for what they did to their Country. Cartman thinks Osama's just an idiot (Which is actually true) Cartman takes care of him Looney Tunes style. The only flaw was when Cartman pulled Osama's pants down. Suddenly Planes come bombing down the Afghans. OH MY GOD! THEY KILLED KENNY!!! YOU BAST**DS!!!!! Actually they said that Afghan Language. Cartman pretends he's a hot sexy girl that Osama Bin Laden will marry and be divorced with his Original wife that died the same time as Osama on May 2nd 2011. He flirts with a camel. Then has dinner, dresses like an american, and holds a dynamite. He's surrounded by Al-Qaeda since they've been tricked by Eric Cartman. Suddenly a dynamite exploads. He looses teeth, Then speaks English and acts stupid. Then Al-Qaeda is killed. Osama Bin Laden is shot right in the head with a gun. HURRAY HE'S DEAD!!! There's a concert! Support our Country! We now have our Freedom! Support our Country. And this episode too. Its my favorite episode of South Park. :)moreless
  • South Park does Bin Lauden.

    If it were up to me to create a time capsule for the year 2001, this episode of South Park would be in it. In addition to being one of the funniest episodes of South Park ever made, It made a surprisingly relevant statement as to where all of our heads were at just after the commission of one of the greatest atrocities ever committed against the United States in it's history. We needed someone to take a shot at Bin Lauden and his thugs at that time, and South Park came through for us with flying colors, as did Warner Brothers animated characters did against Hitler Mussolini and Tojo during the second world war. This episode will be remembered years from now as an American classic. Four Gold stars!moreless
  • Worst episode ever!

    This is the episode that shows the limits of the writers: traditionally trying to think outside the box (well, the american box!), this one contradicts everything in the show that makes it cool... "Yeah, afghan boys hate Americans for no reason and that's the cause of the rest.." Brilliant analysis!!! They should focus on Stars actualities, it's easier for their abilities of judgment. And the american flag at the end..UUiirgghhhhh!! That made me throw up! It looked like a crappy patriotic movie (let's say Independence day for example!)...Little advice to Matt and especially Trey: stop pretending to be able to talk about all serious subjects with objectivity, intelligence and subtlety, you obviously don't possess enough.moreless
  • Osama Parody

    This is is just pathetic. How could ya make an episode that is this bad, guys? This is meant to be funny, taking something from one place to another. To Afghanistan or wherever they go, the boys meet the terrorist that plotted 9/11 and find themselves in trouble.

    Or something like that. Anyway, this is just no good at all. The characters turn in to something they usually aren't - which is boring. Nobody likes this episode, well they do. It's probably just me that doesn't like it.

    There are elements which are adequate. Hardly any though.

    :( Bad episode. Try harder, dudes!moreless
  • Waste of time

    Again the writers of South Park show their complete ignorance of the world outside the US and blind allegiance to all things considered 'American'. The intelligence-insulting last line, claiming that "if you don't cheer for your team, get out of the stadium" made me want to vomit. Are you guys serious?? So no one in the US can say anything bad about the complete destruction caused by the 'war on terror' or the fact that Cartman was able to stop bin Laden but Bush STILL hasn't?? How dare you insult your viewers like this?? This episode was made for flag waving idiots who have never been outside of the US, which the writers of South Park quite frequently show themselves to be....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

Naush Bout

Naush Bout

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Mohammad Babak

Mohammad Babak

Voice of Osama Bin Laden

Guest Star

Vernon Chatman

Vernon Chatman

Voice of Towelie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When the boys first get on the plane to Afghanistan, they are in the cargo bay. Generally the cargo bays on military planes are not heated, and so the boys should have frozen to death, asphyxiated, and essentially died from freezing temperatures and unpressurized air.

    • The airport that the Army Plane, carrying the kids, first landed in Afghanistan is actually similar to the International Airport of Kabul, with the communication tower and the small building.

    • The Persian dialogue spoken throughout this episode is that of Iranian accent, not the authentic Afghan Farsi.

    • In the season 4 episode Fingerbang, a crazed homeless guy is shown telling the mall cops that he will soon unleash anthrax in the air of North America. At the beginning of this episode, everyone is wearing gas masks to avoid getting Anthrax. It is possible that this is a reference to that episode.

    • When the Afghan boys come to rescue Stan and the others, their assault rifles have scopes in them. But when they exit Osama's lair, their assault rifles are different, obvious AK-47's.

    • Cartman was not correct about referring Jawas as "Sand People" from the Star Wars movies. Tusken Raiders are the creatures that are called "Sand People", not Jawas.

    • When the group gets out of the storage area of the plane, the goat runs off to the left side of the screen. However, after the runway guy dies from Cartman's fart, they walk off to the right and the goat is waiting for them!

    • When Cartman pulls down Bin Laden's pants, magnifying glasses go over his crotch. TEN magnifying glasses are used, if this is so his penis would appear upside down but it appears the right way up. It should be upside down because if you put one magnifying glass over the other the image presented in the magnifying glass at the top becomes inverted. This would be the same for: 4 magnifying glasses, 6 magnifying glasses, 8 magnifying glasses…

    • If the goat is the singer that went to Afganistan, and was also the performer at the concert, then somebody back in America should have realized that the singer never left America, because she was still there, in South Park. Unless, she wasn't still there. So, where is Stevie Nicks?

    • When Bin Laden makes his video tape, the boys are sitting in this order (from left to right) Kenny, Cartman, Kyle and Stan but when released the order was Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny.

    • The postman said only military aircraft are allowed to go to and from Afghanistan, if so, how'd the Afghani kids send the goat to South Park in the first place?

    • Only in the South Park universe would this be considered a goof, but wouldn't the boys need flapping heads to make anyone believe for a second that they're Canadian?

      [b]Editors note[/b]: Not only that but didn't the boys also know Canada was apart of the coalition force? Saying they were "Canadians" wouldn't do much good when they (the Canadians) were also fighting the insurgency.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Pilot: (After noticing the boys came out from the hatch) What the hell?
      Kyle: Cartman farted in there. We have to breath it in for 20 hours!
      Cartman: It didn't smell that bad. You guys are overreacting.
      Pilot: I don't smell any...(the pilot inhales, then pukes twice and faints)
      Cartman: Oh, whatever!
      Kyle: You son of a bith, Cartman. You don't farted when you're locked in a small space with other people!
      Cartman: Oh, I'm sorry! Next time I ask my fart nicely if it wouldn't mind staying tucked away for a while!

    • Osama Bin Laden: (after being blown up) Terrorists is the KWAZIEST people!

    • Cartman: It's an Afghanistan goat, so it can't say here or else it will choke on the sweet air of freedom.

    • Kyle: Stan, I don't think we're supposed to be in the military base; they might shoot us.
      Stan: I don't care; we're going!
      Towelie: (appearing in front of the boys) Don't forget to bring a towel!
      (Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny groan.)
      Cartman: Oh, no. Not Towelie...
      Towelie: When going some place new, you should always bring a towel!
      Stan: Okay. Thanks, Towelie.
      Towelie: You wanna get high?
      Cartman: No, we don't wanna get high!
      Towelie: So... You mean you don't like having Towelie around?
      Cartman: That's right!
      Towelie: So am I to understand there's been a..."Towelie ban"?
      (Towelie laughs and the boys groan loudly.)
      Stan: Goddamnit, get the hell out of here, Towelie!
      Towelie: (leaving) Alright, see ya!

    • Stan: Hey look what the postman brought me! It's a big brown package from Afghanistan!

    • Randy: Sharon, you've been watching CNN for about 8 weeks now. Don't you want to watch something else?

    • News Reporter: Another high alert stands for terrorist activity this weekend. The government says that bad things are likely to happen. Meanwhile the world continues to back down from their support of the United States saying that they were really only kidding to begin with.

    • Ms. Choksondik: Alright, children, now I've sure you already know, but the president has asked that all American children send one dollar to the children of Afghanistan. Now I've got a list of addresses and we're all going to chip in...
      Cartman: Ha! I'm not giving a dollar to those towel-heads!
      Ms. Choksondik: Eric, the Afghan people need our help!
      Cartman: Oh, I'm sorry, but I thought we're at war with these assholes!
      Wendy: We're at war with terrorists, fat-ass, not with Afghanistan! And the reason you'd care is so you don't give them a dollar!
      Cartman: (stands up) That dollar buys me a chocolate milk for lunch! What, you want me to get a regular milk for 50 cents?? Now look... It's not our fault that terrorists hate us; we're just kids. We're not the one's dropping bombs on them; we're just caught in the middle. It's not our fault.
      Wendy: The Afghan people are caught in the middle, too.
      Cartman: Yes, but they're sand-monkeys!
      Ms. Choksondik: Alright, children, settle down! We're all sending dollars to the children of Afghanistan, that's it, end of discussion!
      Cartman: (sits down) GODDAMMIT, I HATE REGULAR MILK!!!

    • Tweek: Oh Jesus man! They're gonna get me! Oh Christ!

    • Cartman: Eh… What's up, Bin Laden?

    • Afghani Kid #1: (about Stan and the others) They are not spies; they just came here to give us our goat back.
      Afghani Kid #2: Screw them; they're evil Americans!
      Afghani Kid #1: I know. But, if we don't help the innocent ones, then we are no better than the Americans are.
      Afghani Kid #3: Help Americans? That doesn't make any sense!
      Afghani Kid #1: Dude, we are speaking English right now. Does THAT make sense??

    • (Kyle tries to convince the Afghani people that they are not American)
      Kyle: Greetings from Canada. Well boys, it's aboot time we get to our hoose in Canada, isn't it?
      Cartman: Ey, what the hell are you talking about? I'm not a God damn Canadian, and neither are you!
      Stan: Cartman, you stupid asshole!

    • Kyle: (after Stan puts up the miniature flag) Dude, I thought those Afghani kids talked to us about not liking America...
      Stan: No, dude. America might have some problems, but it's our home. Our country. Our team. And if you don't want to root for your team, then just get the hell out of the stadium.
      Kyle: Yeah.
      Stan: Go America. Go Broncos.
      Kyle: Yeah, go Broncos.
      Cartman: Yeah.

    • Kyle: Remember when life used to be simple and cool?
      Cartman: Not really.
      Butters: (walks to the bus stop) Uh, hey. How's it going fellas?
      Stan: Butters! What the hell do you think you're doing??
      Butters: Well, I'm just standing around being a kid, why? How come you're wearing them oogy spaceman masks?
      Kyle: These are gas masks, Butters!
      Stan: Yeah, if you don't wear a gas mask, you'll be easily exposed to smallpox or anthrax!
      Butters: What?! Oh, Jesus! I don't wanna get the 'thrax, fellas! W-what do I do??
      Stan: There's nothing you can do…except stop breathing.
      Butters: Stop breathing??
      Kyle: Yeah, you can't get it if you don't breath.
      Butters: Oh, all right, then! (inhales deeply and holds breath)

    • Cartman: I told you… Jawas have no hearts.
      Kyle: Jawas?
      Cartman: You know, Sand People.

    • Cartman: Hey, look! An infidel!
      (Osama Bin Laden looks the other way as Cartman pantses him. Then, there are many magnifying glasses from off screen placed in front of his crotch and sign pops up from off screen reading "Tiny, ain't it?!".)
      Cartman: (after Osama pulls his pants up) So THAT'S what this is all about...

    • Cartman: (kisses Osama bin Laden) Ooo, tastes like chicken; the ASS of a chicken!

    • Cartman: (about Afghanistan) God, what a craphole, dude! This is like East Denver! Jesus Christ!

    • Cartman: (about Afghanistan) What is this? The freakin' Flintstones?

  • NOTES (6)

    • When this episode originally aired, there are some differences between the original airing and the reruns of this episode, including the Season 5 DVD. In the original, Cartman eats a long breadstick when he says "What's up Bin Laden." In later reruns, he eats a doughnut. Also, when Cartman shows the visual pictures describing Bin Laden, there were no sound effects in the original airing, but in reruns there were. Lastly, during the end credits, the typical South Park end theme is played during the original airing. But in reruns, it was changed to America the Beautiful.

    • Except for Osama Bin Laden, the Afghans in this episode all speak Iranian Farsi, the official language of Iran, not Afghanistan.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2002 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)".

    • This episode at one time had the working title of "Osama Bin Laden Has a Tiny Penis", something made evident during the course of the episode.

    • Fleetwood Mac featuring "Stevie Nicks" is actually performing the Stevie Nicks solo song "Edge of Seventeen" from her Bella Donna album of 1981.

    • The February 27th, 2002 rerun of the episode occured in the week following the death of legendary Warner Bros. cartoon director Chuck Jones.


    • Fleetwood Mac:

      At the end of the episode Fleetwood Mac and the goat perform a song, which is a parody of the 1981 Stevie Nicks song "Edge of Seventeen."

    • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

      Towelie's advice to "bring a towel when you go someplace" is a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where the only safe way to travel in space, if you have a towel with you.

    • Newsreel of the Air:

      Osama Bin Laden: Terrorists are the craziest people!

      The "Russian Rhapsody" animated cartoon(and this episode's quote) are actually referring way back to the 1930's/1940's "Lew Lehr Newsreel of the Air" short clips that used to be shown in theaters (instead of commercials) before full-length movies.

      These usually started with a clip of monkeys doing wild stuff, with Lew Lehr the announcer saying "Monkeys is the KWAAAAZIEST peoples!" in a very distinctive way.

    • Looney Tunes:

      The Cartman and Osama confrontation was a parody of the Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd confrontations in the classic Looney Tunes cartoons.