South Park

Season 10 Episode 2

Smug Alert!

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 29, 2006 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Stan is the driving force who gets the citizens of South Park to all buy hybrid cars. Just as everyone starts to feel really good about what they’re doing to help save the earth, a stormy dark mass has started accumulating over the town.

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  • 141st Episode

    This episode is an entertaining one but quite absurd, which is to be expected from South Park. The plot of smug becoming not only a new environmental worry but a natural/man made disaster is someting that only SP could really pull off and the sub plot of Gerald getting sucked into the smug and the Broflovski's leaving South Park was also very well written, especially the ending with Cartman still wanting a Jew to rip on.

    The humour in the episode wasn't incredibly consistent but the fact that people who were helping the environment had to brag and be smug about it, thus producing smug smog is great irony even if smug smog is made up.

    Overall, this episode is a great SP episode but not one of the funniest ever.moreless
  • Good For YOU! This is why South Park is funnier than most shows these days.

    This was another way that Matt and Trey make fun of Global Warming. I think this episode was great, one of the best actually. I enjoyed watching Cartman throwing a going away party for Kyle without him being there. Classic Cartman going to San Francisco to save Kyle from the Smug. Ike was funny too as always. Stan's song was hilarious, I always find South Parks songs to be funnier that the ones on the other shows. If the rest of South Parks episodes were as good as this than I wouldn't be able to complain. This season should do fine and at this point I'm not worried about having a future without South Park.moreless
  • A smug cloud develops over South Park after its residents begin driving hybrid cars. The cloud combines with the one over San Francisco, resulting in a perfect storm of self-satisfaction.

    I thought this was a pretty poor episode of South Park. For one thing, its message contradicted that of their earlier global warming episode, Season 9's "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow." That episode ridiculed environmentalists obsessed with global warming, arguing that there's little evidence to support the existence of global warming. It reminded me of George Carlin's point that humans are arrogant to think that they can affect the earth, which has been around for millennia and been bombarded by cosmic rays and whatnot. Anyway, the message of THIS episode was that hybrid cars may "save" the earth, but that people should be less smug about driving them. Also, that point is completely obvious to begin with, and I feel like most people who drive hybrid cars just do it to help the earth, not to feel good about themselves. The idea that all people concerned with the ecology are smug isn't cynical, it's just dumb.

    That said, parts of this episode were very funny. I liked Ike directing the conversation with Gerald, especially when he said the word "alienated." The whole part with Cartman going into San Francisco to rescue Kyle was hilarious. Every once in a while South Park has a story with real emotion, and those make for the best episodes. Cartman's dependency on Kyle, which is developed throughout the series, is one such story. Very often South Park has great messages, and it's one of the only shows on TV that can respond to events right after they happen. But man, some of their messages are lame and unthoughtful. So all in all, this was a bogus episode.moreless
  • Kyle's Dad has bought a Hybrid, and showing it off and preaching to the locals about how it is saving the Earth, causes the family to become outcasts and leave for San Francisco, in this slightly unfocused tale of two halves.moreless

    I'm not sure where to start on this episode. Not bottom of the barrel, but not outstanding either. It kind of strikes me as "what topic can we put a spin on next?", and the result is not all that focused.

    Global-friendly cars are probably a good target, but it's like they weren't on the pulse quite as much as some of their other satirical takes. Very "okay, we've got the topic... now what to do with it?". "People who drive Hybrids are smug. Let's make a cloud of smugness; oh, and have them smell their own farts", O...kay.

    Suddenly, in the latter stages of the episode, it abruptly becomes a Cartman episode, where, with Butter's help, he makes his way into the depths of San Francisco to bring out Kyle and his family, who he misses now that he has no-one to pick on. I think I would have liked this episode better if this theme had been introduced earlier, but as it is, it feels like an abrupt shift.

    After the horrible start to the season ('The Return of Chef'), this is just a slightly uneven and very average episode. The season still needs something to really kick it into life at this stage.moreless
  • An OK Episode

    In this one all about Hybrid cars. Kyle's dad buys a Hybrid car and everyone is annoyed by him. He writes a bunch of fake tickets,pretty funny actually. Then Kyle moves away to San Francisco where all drive a Hybrid car. Also Stan makes everyone start drving Hybrids just to get Kyle back. Which creates smug and is to destroy San Francisco. Its funny cause Cartman puts on a whole suit to protect him. He only goes to get Kyle cause he misses yelling at him. Also like how the Ranger kept bugging Stan and his gay little song. In the end,Kyle got back and people stopped drving Hybrids.

    I actaully think was a good epsiode of all the season ten episodes. It was funny and different.moreless
Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

Adrien Beard

Adrien Beard

Voice of Token Williams

Recurring Role

Dimitri Mendoza

Dimitri Mendoza

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Its amazing that with all the people driving around with their eyes closed and talking to other drivers, there were no accidents.

    • When the smug comes out in town, the citizens run the same, like they did in the episode "Two Days before the Day After Tomorrow."

    • Once again, Cartman's hatred for Hippies is referred to and he cites San Francisco as the birthplace of the Hippie Movement (so much so he requires a bio-suit just to enter it).

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Cartman: I swore I would never set foot in San Francisco. God help me.

    • Keenan: Kid, thanks to your gay little song, there's not gonna be a San Francisco.

    • Cartman: (Singing) Nah nah nah! Hey hey hey. Goodbye Kyle!

    • Kyle: Dad, I think Ike is starving to death.

    • Stan's Hybrid Car Song
      Stan: Come on people now, people now. People now, come on people now. Got to drive Hybrids people now. People now, people now, people now. Hybrids are for people now, people now. Good for people driving people now. Get a Hybrid be good people now. We have all got to be people now. People driving Hybrid people now. People now, people now, Hybrid now. Hybrid people driving people now. Come on people let's be people now. Hybrid people driving people now. Come on everybody be people now.

    • Kyle: So… what do you do for fun?
      Brian: We drink and take drugs.
      First Boy: Do you want some acid?
      Kyle: Oh, no thanks. We don't do that stuff.
      Second Boy: You will. There's a reason most San Francisco kids take a lot of drugs.
      Brian: It's the only thing that allows us to deal with our parents all walking around loving the smell of their own farts all the time.
      Gerald: (Enters) Everything okay in here, Kyle?
      Kyle: Yeah, fine, Dad.
      Gerald: So much better here with intellectuals, isn't it, boys? (Farts, bends over to inhale his own fart) Mmmm… (leaves)
      Kyle: Well… maybe I'll take just half a hit of acid.
      Ike: I want three.

    • Cartman: Why do you want Kyle back? Don't you see how awesome it is without him?
      Stan: You know, Cartman, you may be stoked now, but I bet you're gonna find that without Kyle around to rip on, your life is empty and hollow.
      Cartman: Psh! Whatever dude, I don't need Kyle to rip on. I've got Butters. Come on, Butters, you stupid Jew!
      Butters: Yeah! I'm a dumb Jew!

    • Network Anchor: And now, the worst appears to be over. Last night's smug storm… has left thousands homeless. All across the Midwest, people are picking up the pieces. Cities like Denver and South Park are heavily damaged, but still all right. However, San Francisco, I'm afraid… has disappeared completely up its own asshole.

    • Keenan: It's the smug from George Clooney's acceptance speech at the Academy Awards.
      Stan: George Clooney's acceptance speech?
      Keenan: Did you hear it? He talked about how people in Hollywood are ahead of the curve on social matters. He even took credit for the Civil Rights movement.

    • Kyle: The acid. Dude, I'm totally tripping balls.
      Ike: I'm totally tripping balls. I'm totally tripping balls.

    • Person: (repeated line after seeing Gerald having a Hybrid) Well, good for you!
      Gerald: (sticks his thumb up and eyes closed) THAAANKS!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Ben and Jerry's:
      "Jen and Barry's" is an obvious parody of the famous ice cream shop "Ben and Jerry's".

    • Smog:

      Smug is an allusion to smog, a cloudlike mass of dirty dust that forms near factories.

    • Religion: The make of the hybrid car is "Pious" which seems to indicate that the sanctimonious (smug) behavior of the hybrid owners is simply a metaphor for those who believe that they are a cut above others because of their religious beliefs. The commentary for this episode does not indicate this, however, as both Trey and Matt state that the episode is about people who drive hybrid cars and support other progressive causes in order to show off.

    • The Day After Tomorrow:

      The storm also refers to the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow, where storms were combining and presented a disaster about to happen.

      Since Cartman's trek into San Francisco is very much like the trek in that movie, I think that is what the writers were mainly referring to. Also, the effects of the elements of the "storms" passing over people as they neared was very similar to the storms in The Day After Tomorrow.

    • George Clooney:

      This episode makes fun of George Clooney's Oscar acceptance speech. One of the three smug storm formations was entirely made up of his speech.

      Of course George Clooney gave his voice to Sparky the dog in Episode 4, Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride (1997).

    • The Perfect Storm:

      The concept of three storms colliding is taken from the 2000 movie, The Perfect Storm. The movie was about a group of fishermen from Maine who went out one day and got caught up in a thunderstorm that was created from the combining of three smaller storm systems. In the end, none of the men or their boat, the "Andrea Gail" was ever recovered.

      Interesting note, the star of the movie was smug actor, George Clooney.

    • Smog/Global Warming:

      The main plot in the episode deals with "Smug", a dark, clouded mass that is a result of people who drive Hybrid cars, due to the fact that they constantly spew out self-satisfied rhetoric into the air. This of course leads to Global Laming.

      This is a take on the recent news stories that have focused on the rise of a global warming threat.

    • Car Company:

      The name of the Hybrid dealership, Toyonda, is a combination of Toyota and Honda, two well-known dealerships.

      In fact, the back of one car is named the "Pious" as a take-off on the Toyota Prius.