South Park

Season 5 Episode 9

Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.