South Park

Season 2 Episode 18

Prehistoric Ice Man

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 20, 1999 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Kyle falls into an ice hole and when Stan comes to rescue him, they find a frozen man embedded in the ice. The boys pull the ice man out, Mephesto takes the ice man back to his laboratory to thaw him out. He discovers that the ice man has been frozen since 1996. The government wants to get him for their own experiments, but Stan and Kyle free him, so the government hires Steve Irwin (from "Crocodile Hunter") to track him down.moreless

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  • Prehistoric Man

    After the rest of Season 2 I think I needed to see some better episodes and maybe better animation as well on top of that. If you liked Season 2 then you must be a bit mad in the head then because I thought it was not very good at all apart from Ike's Wee Wee.

    Anyway, children let's take our seats we have alot to review today (We sure do, Mr. Hat). Prehistoric Man is when the kids find a man in the snow and find out that he can communicate and that is about that for Season Two

    ;D Family Guy's still better though.moreless
  • Steve or Gorak?: A Dissertation

    Like many of the episodes in Season 2, this episode has many, many great moments, but overall, it just doesn't live up to later seasons.

    Taken on its own, we have Cartman's Steve Irwin impression, a frozen man from 1996, his 1996 habitat, and another appearance of Mephisto.

    All of these elements make for great comedy, and this episode is great for these elements. There isn't a whole lot of social commentary in this episode, though the episode finally examines Stan and Kyle's best friends relationship.

    This episode is not a bad episode, but it is certainly clear that it was the final episode of the run.moreless
  • Now I'm gonna stick my thumb up his butthole. That'll really piss him off!

    This fairly unpopular season finale is not one of my favorites, but I would certainly regard it as one of Season Two’s better outings. I thought the 1996 jokes were a riot, even if the plot got too silly from time to time. Luckily, the action was never repetitive, as is common for this age of the series. And watching Stan and Kyle both trying to be Cartman’s best friend is entirely worth a watch.moreless
  • I think Steve is a good name for a prehistoric ice man.

    This episode was a very funny and lighthearted episode. I liked the obvious parody of Steve Irwin and I really liked Cartman's hero worship of him, it was really funny. The ice-man story took second place to the Steve Irwin storyline, but it was still good, nonetheless. I was glad Mephesto made another appearance in this episode, but it must almost be his last in the entire series. One of the funniest things in this episode was the fact that Gorak was from the year 1996, but they didn't seem to think that he spoke their language or could understand them, when he clearly could.moreless
  • The boys find a prehistoric ice-man.

    The boys, either Stan or Kyle finds a ice man hidden a a large hole when Kyle fell down it. Then Stan and Kyle aren't friends anymore because of their dissagreement over who actually found the ice man. The ice man meanwhile tries to find what is left of his old lfie fro mthe acient year of 1996. He is shocked that the Falcosn are in the Super Bowl and he has no clue what ios gonig on now 2 years into his future. It is a great episode and one of the "underrated classics." I highly suggest you watch it.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The sign next to Steve/Gorac says "No Flash Photos" but we see several people doing just that and Mephisto doesn't say anything.

    • Mephisto has a doorbell buzzer in the shape of an ass.

    • In second half of season 10 a clip from this episode is used in the title sequence, a tribute to Steve Irwin, parodied in this episode, after his untimely passing in September of 2006.

    • When Larry is trying to freeze himself in the backyard by pouring himself with water in the tub, he says he was doing it for 3 hours but, the water would have overflowed ages ago and even if he got out to empty it out, the ice on his toes would of broken off if he stood up.

    • The song in the shop window by Marilyn Manson had the same title (Stinky Britches) as the song by Chef and the one sung by Alanis Morissette in "Chef Aid".

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Stan: Oh my god, they revived Gorac!
      Kyle: You bastards!

    • Cartman: (As Steve Irwin) Look! A king croc! (Walks up to a cow) Now, what I'm going to do, is jam my finger up it's... (The cow sits on him, then gets up, with Cartman stuck in his butt) Hey, get me outta here! Huh, kinda smells like Kenny's house in here!

    • Steve Irwin: This grizzly bear has the strength of over ten Morgan Freeman's. I'm really pissing him off right now.

    • News Presenter: The prehistoric ice man is thought to be from the late Neo-Post-Jurassic era, where he was probably part of a hunting and gathering tribe that lived on Waterson Street.

    • Dr Mephisto: He's gone. The ice man has broken out.
      Government Agent: No, that's impossible! How could he have?
      Dr Mephisto: He must have used... this door. (points to an open door)

    • Cartman: (as Steve Irwin) Now I'm gonna kick my friend Kyle in the bean bag and see what happens, by crikey.

    • Stan: Good job Cartman, You killed Kyle.
      Kenny: (muffled) You bastard!
      Cartman: He shouldn't have called me fat.
      Stan: Why the hell not, that's like calling the sky blue.

    • Dr. Mephisto: Let's just hope the press doesn't get wind of this right away.
      (door opens and press comes)
      Officer Barbrady: Stand back, people, there's nothing to see here!
      Press guy: What about the prehistoric ice man?
      Officer Barbrady: Oh, yeah, there is that!

    • Kyle: Dude, it's a dude.

    • (Talking to Kyle)
      Stan: Yeah well, I'll kick your ass so hard you'll wish you... never had it... to begin with. Your ass, I mean.

    • (Cartman talking in a mock Australian accent)
      Cartman: I'm gonna jam my thumb up this cow's butt.

    • Steve Irwin: That was quite an angry croc, but I managed to escape with only a few bruises and a shattered left testicle. Next week, we'll look for more of these beautiful creatures so we can learn more about them by pissing them off immensely. Thanks for watching.

    • Cartman: Hey, you guys, this is just like that one movie and John Travolta and that French chick all summer long and they went back to school and sang songs about grease lightning, you know, that movie which the mean chick is all prissy, but that tiny chick has an abortion...
      Stan and Kyle: Cartman, will you shut the hell up and get some more rope?
      Cartman: Ah, screw you guys anyway.

    • (after Kyle fell into the cave)
      Kyle: Is Cartman up there?
      Cartman: I'm right here, Kyle.
      Kyle: Cartman, you f(beep)king hunk of fat, rat-f(beep)king hunk of pig-f(beep)king ass fat.
      Cartman: Oh yeah?! Oh yeah?! Say that to my face, pussy!

    • (Stan and Kyle are still fighting when Kenny is pulled under the conveyor belt and killed)
      Stan: Oh, my God, they killed Kenny!
      (A long silence as Stan waits for Kyle to say his usual line, "You bastards!")
      Kyle: What?! I'm not talking to you!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Baseketball
      In the episode, where Kyle says to Stan "You are not my best friend anymore, Cartman is now my new best friend" and vise versa, is an allusion to Baseketball where the Trey Parker and Matt Stone characters say that they are not best friends anymore, and that Squeaky is their best friend now, in almost the exact same tone as in the episode.

    • Grease
      Cartman: This is just like that movie, where John Travolta and that French chick were doing it all night long and then they go back to school...
      Cartman goes on to describe the movie Grease, a musical in which an uptight girl changes her image to get the attention of the guy she likes.

    • Elmer Fudd/Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes:

      Cartman says "be very very quiet, I'm hunting crocodiles hahahaha", much like Elmer Fudd says when he is hunting Bugs Bunny, "Be very very quiet, I'm hunting rabbits hahahaha." Cartman even says is it with the speech impediment that Elmer Fudd has.

    • Super Bowl XXIII:

      On the TV, Larry sees the announcer say: "And the Falcons are going to the Super Bowl!" This was in 1999, Super Bowl XXXIII. The Falcons had upset the Vikings in the NFC Championship game and many people were angry that the Falcons won. However, the Falcons lost 34-19 to the Broncos in the actual Super Bowl.

    • Steve Irwin/Crocodile Hunter:

      Steve Irwin of the Crocodile Hunter cops a bit of a spray for his flamboyant, to the point style of wildlife program. His popularity has grown and he has been spoofed many times, but this episode was probably the first time.