South Park

Season 6 Episode 19

Red Sleigh Down

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 11, 2002 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Once again, it's Christmas time in South Park. When all the tallies are in, Cartman is over drawn in the "naughty" column. He has to score one big "nice" to be eligible for Christmas presents this year. With the help of Santa, Mr. Hankey and Jesus, Cartman attempts to bring Christmas to the downtrodden citizens of Iraq.moreless

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  • 2nd best christmas episode.

    red sleigh down was a very unique and terrific episode. i do not really enjoy the south park christmas episodes but this one was a really high episode for me. Jesus getting killed really shocked me somehow. the setting was not that good but the humor and the character development was very well done. red sleigh down was an another enhancement for season six. wow season six is terrific. great to see kenny back again to life. i gave this episode a nine out of ten because it could not reach the ten out of ten potential. the execution of this episode deserves an eight point five out of ten.

    overall, fantastic episode. recommended.moreless
  • It's Christmas time in South Park again and for those who can't wait to see Kenny return or to see Jesus killing Iraqis, this episode is ideal.

    In this episode Cartman has to redeem himself for a year of evil by doing "the nicest thing anyone has ever done" so he decides to bring Christmas to Iraq with the help of Jesus, Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo and of course Santa. As a very funny sub - plot; Jimmy the kid with cerebral palsy is singing the "12 Days of Christmas" at the annual tree - lighting ceremony and with his chronic stutter it takes longer than expected. (Yes, i hate myself for thinking it's funny too.)

    This is probably the first Christmas episode of South Park that isn't totally sugar - coated; there's violence, scenes of torture and death and even our savious Jesus dying and Santa getting his genitals shocked. These scenes aren't intended to be funny but give us a break from the cliché - ridden Christmas episodes from other TV shows (Although the moral lesson at the end is touching.)

    As far as humour goes; we see some cruel jabs at Iraq which is cruel but funny especially since their language is depicted as gibberish but apart from that the jokes are pretty much the standard South Park gags. As it's a Christmas episode; the Writers have been very generous with the appearances of the side characters: People like Chef's parents, Ned Gerblanksy, Big Gay Al, The Underpants Gnomes and Dr. Mephisto who are the definitions of minor chracters all appear in this episode, our beloved Kenny returns in ironic circumstances and Santa is given his most prominent appearance since the Jesus. Vs. Santa short. Although there is the element of loss too; Jesus is killed off and Mr. Hankey hasn't been seen since this episode. As far as looks go Red Sleigh Down is very good but the crowd scenes have awful continuity. The vocals are alright; Trey Parker has expanded his range by using a very high - pitched voice (Mr. Hankey), voicing a character being excruciatingly tortured (Santa) and playing someone like Cartman would naturally be difficult as he's such a complex kid. While Trey Parker has more aptitude as a voice artist; his friend and fellow creator, writer and voice actor Matt Stone has had more stability in his voices over time as Parker's sound terribly different nowadays.

    All in all; Red Sleigh Down is a prime example of why South Park is a legendary series.moreless
  • 96th Episode

    This Christmas episode is nowhere near as good as Woodland Critter Christmas but it is funny and has some great moments like Santa's "I couldn't do it, I couldn't let him live!" and Cartman desperately wanting to be nice.

    The episode also brings back Kenny but makes little sense because the other boys act like they haven't seen him in a while even though half of season 6 had Kenny inside Cartman but making sense is something South Park usually try to steer away from anyway so it does have humour with it.

    The fact that going to the North Pole, going to Jesus, saving Santa and escaping takes the same amount of time that Jimmy singing "The twelve days of Christmas" takes is very amusing but gets annoying aswell.

    Overall, this is both funny and annoying but most of it is pretty good and is worth watching.moreless
  • One of my all-time favorite episodes.

    Cartman knows he has been bad this year and has to do something super nice to be able to get the present he wants from Santa. He desides to try to deliver presents to Iraq. With the help of Mr. Hankey, Cartman, Kyle, and Stan go to the North Pole where Santa loves Cartman's idea. However, Santa's sleigh is shot down and all the reindeer die. The Iraq's capture Santa where they torture him, trying to make him tell what the Americans are planing. The Underpants Gnome's let Mr. Hankey, Cartman, Stan, and Kyle use Santa's second sleigh and they go get Jesus. Meanwhile, Jimmy is singing his favorite Christmas song, which is taking forever. Jesus, Mr. Hankey, and the kids rescue Santa, but Jesus is shot and killed. Santa uses Christmas rockets to blast Christmas to the Iraqs. They go home where Jimmy has finished his song, but the town's Christmas tree's lights are dead. Santa makes a speech to the town of South Park, telling them Christmas should be about remembering how Jesus had saved him. Then he uses a rocket to make the Christmas tree beautiful again and tells Stan, Cartman, and Kyle to look under the towns Christmas tree and they discover Santa has given all three of them the present Cartman wanted. Cartman is mad that Stan and Kyle also got the present he wanted. All of a sudden, Kenny reappears after being gone for a whole season and 1 episode and the four bys walk away.moreless
  • Good episode with Santa, Jesus, and the Underpants Gnomes.

    This was a classic episode, one of my favorite

    episodes of this show ever. Cartman figures that he has to put on a "good boy," to make sure he gets the gift he wants from Santa. Cartman was a horrible person all year round, He decides the way to do to get his gift is to bring Christmas to empoverished children in Iraq. Great scene where Santa gets shot down over Iraq and to quote Santa, "No, not Santa's balls!" The boys and Jesus find Santa captured. In this great scene Jesus whoops some serious Az.In the freeing process of Santa Jesus is killed. Santa goes back and tells the people of South Park that Christmas will from now on be a day to remember Jesus. A hilarious way to make fun of people who forgot the real meaning of Christmas.

    The boys end up getting the gifts they wnated.

    Great episode.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Mr. Hankey: All aboard the poo-choo express!

    • (Cartman walks up and puts his arms around Stan and Kyle's shoulders)
      Cartman: Hi guys! A very merry Christmas to you. God bless us everyone!
      (Kyle backs away)
      Kyle: What are you doing Cartman?
      Cartman: I'm letting you guys know how special you are to me.

    • Cousin Kyle: Hey hey! I'm just your naughty and nice accountant, don't blame me for the numbers!

    • Cousin Kyle: Alright, I'm done.
      Cartman: You're done?
      Cousin Kyle: Yes, I've tallied up all the times you've been naughty and deducted the times you've been nice.
      Cartman: Yeah, so how's it look?
      Cousin Kyle: It doesn't look good, Eric. It doesn't look good.
      Cartman: But I'll still be getting presents this year, right?
      Cousin Kyle: Actually it looks like you're gonna owe Santa three hundred and six presents.

    • (Kenny appears out of nowhere)
      Kenny: (muffled) Hey guys. What's goin' on?
      Stan: Oh, hey Kenny.
      Kyle: Dude, where have you been?
      Kenny: (muffled) Oh, I've just been hanging out.
      Kyle: Well come on! We gotta tell you what happened. I'm sure glad it's over with.
      Stan: Yeah, but I feel like things are finally back to normal.
      Kenny: (muffled) Yeah.

    • Cartman: This is Baghdad? God, what a shithole! [notices Jesus] I mean, oh wow, these poor unfortunate people.

    • Iraqi General: What else is America planning?
      Santa: I'm gonna f(beep)king kill you!
      Iraqi General: You're not in a position to kill anyone, my main man! I just want you to tell me America's plan!
      Santa: Then we're in for a long night, because I don't know shit!

    • Cartman: (singing) I'm riding in Santa's sleigh. So high above the trees at Christmastime. With candy-cane wishes and smiles -
      Kyle: What are you doing?
      Cartman: I'm having a precious Christmastime moment, Kyle, if you don't mind.
      Kyle: Singing a Christmas song isn't gonna get you nice deductions, Cartman! Don't forget, it's because of you that Santa's sleigh got shot down!
      Cartman: Hey, it isn't my fault that Iraqis are filled with hate!
      Kyle: All I'm saying is that it's gonna take a lot of singing to make up for that!
      (Cartman sings much faster)

    • Cartman: Well what are you gnomes sitting there for? You have to go rescue him!
      Underpants Gnome: What the hell are we supposed to do? We're like nine inches tall!

    • Santa: I was just starting to look over the new naughty and nice list the gnomes prepared for me.
      Cartman: Oh, heh. Are the, uh, tabulations all closed up then?
      Santa: Oh no, they keep it open until midnight of Christmas Eve. Some kids actually try to cram in a lot of niceness right at the end.
      Cartman: Oh, that's so lame of them.

    • Poo Choo Train Song
      Mr. Hankey: Poo Choo Train's layin' down its tracks with a -
      Train Whistle: Poo choo!
      Mr. Hankey: - all the way and back!
      Cartman: Poo Poo Train is my favorite thing, spreading Christmas joy as we ride and sing!
      Mr. Hankey: Christmas time wouldn't be the same without hugs and kisses and a Poo Choo Train.

    • Cartman: (under breath) Oh, I hate this stupid Christmas poo.

    • Mayor: But now, before we light the tree, I think we should all reflect for a moment on those who are less fortunate than us. Right now in Iraq there are children who fear us and what we might do to their country. The threat of war touches us all, but over in Iraq, their is no Christmas. They have nothing.
      Jimbo: (to Ned) Ah I hate when the Mayor uses Christmas for her own political agenda. (to the mayor) Light the damn tree!

    • Cartman: Well, there's still time before Christmas! Can't I still make up for it?
      Kyle's Cousin Kyle: If you cure cancer and AIDS next week, you would still owe two presents.
      Cartman: Jesus Christ!

    • Kyle's Cousin Kyle: But what, look, aren't there any other nice things you've done recently we can write off here?
      Cartman: (thinks) Uh, oh! I brushed my teeth last night!
      Kyle's Cousin Kyle: Eh, brushing your teeth isn't naughty or nice, Eric, it just, it falls more into the category of... brushing your teeth.

    • Kyle's Cousin Kyle: 4,312 instances of being naughty against 3 deductions of being nice, is, is, is bad.
      Cartman: 3? You didn't deduct all my nice invoices! Look, look! What about this one? (shows him a sheet)
      Kyle's Cousin Kyle: Yes, welI didn't think "hitting Clyde in the balls with slingshot" really counted as nice.
      Cartman: It was nice for Token. He laughed for like 20 minutes.

    • Jesus: Santa? Is he alright?
      Kyle: We don't know. They lost all contact with him.
      Jesus: We have to get him out of there.
      Mr. Hankey: Do you know a way?
      Jesus: Yes. Yes, I think I do. We need a little Christmas miracle. [gets weapons] Lock and load!

    • (the boys see Santa helped Jesus after Jesus is shot)
      Stan: Okay, this is (bleep)ed up right here.

    • Kyle: Uh, how, how do we start this thing?
      Underpants Gnome: You just have to call out the reindeer's names.
      Cartman: Oh yeah! On Dasher, on Prancer, on Comet -
      Underpants Gnome: No, no, they're all dead!

    • (Santa kills the Iraqi general)
      Jesus: Santa...
      Santa: I just couldn't do it. I just couldn't let him live. He shocked Santa's balls!

    • Jesus: My children, you should know something. (takes out knife) I'm packing. (kills Iraqis)

    • Stan: Oh my God, the Iraqis killed Jesus.
      Kyle: You bastards.

    • Iraqi General: They say that the Chinese were the first to experiment with a little shock to the testicles.
      Santa: Oh no. Not Santa's balls!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Three Kings


      The Iraqi interrogator is a reference to Cpt Said, the Iraqi interrogator in the 1999 film "Three Kings."

    • Predator

      When Santa is escaping the Iraqis, he screams at the children to 'get to the Sleigh' while holding firearms. This is similar to the movie 'Predator' where Schwarzenegger's character shouts at his men to 'get to the chopper'.

    • AIBO:

      The toy dog Cartman wants closely resembles Sony's AIBO. The AIBO is an Artificial Intelligence roBOt.

    • Lethal Weapon:

      Santa: Then we're in for a long night, cause I don't know sh*t!!

      In the 1987 film Lethal Weapon, Mel Gibson is being tortured and interrogated by Gary Busey, who demands to know what Riggs knows about 'The Shipment'. While being electrocuted during the interrogation, Riggs mutters this line word for word.

    • Independence Day:

      Jesus: You're a bad liar........

      Jesus says this to Santa when he gets shot and is about to die. This is a direct quote from 1994 film Independence Day, where the president's wife tells him this before she dies.

    • Superman:

      The "Fortress of Solitude" is a place in the far north where Superman goes to get away from it all. As seen (for example) in the 1978 film Superman.

    • Black Hawk Down:

      There are several references to the 2001 film Black Hawk Down and 1999 film Three Kings... obviously the title, and the torture scene using oil, sparing the interrogator and blurring from an aerial view to satellite view of the crashed sleigh.

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