South Park

Season 8 Episode 9

Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 03, 2004 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

The Mega-store that is Wall-Mart finally opens in South Park. But the store seems to have a strange power over the townsfolk...they can't stop themselves from buying items at Wall-Mart's low, low prices.

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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

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Gracie Lazar

Gracie Lazar

Voice of Liane Cartman; Wendy Testaburger; Shelly Marsh; Sharon Marsh; Various Others

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Kyle owes Cartman a total of 15 dollars, from the deaths of the executive, the president of Wall-Mart and the Wall-Mart building itself.

    • During one part when they are heading to the mirror the TVs turn off. Then after they break the mirror and the guy starts acting weird if you look at the TVs behind him you can see Stan and Kyle standing in front of 4 TVs but then Stan and Kyle are standing in front of the broken mirror.

    • When the boys walk to the Wall-mart we see them putting up the W. Later on they are still putting up the same letter.

    • Toward the episode's end, Kyle shouts "We've got to get out of here." The only problem is that it is Stan's voice and not Kyle's.

    • Sheila says "Isn't that your father, Sharon?" and she says "Yes, it is," but isn't it truly Randy's father. That would make more sense back when Stan's grandfather said he wouldn't be lectured by his own son in the episode "Grey Dawn" (seventh season).

    • This is actually the second time they parodied that near-end scene of "Independence Day." The first was in the Chinpokomon episode, only Stan's mom made the quote, and Mr. Garrison got onto the wire.

    • Here's a humongous plothole I just found: they say this is the first South Park Wall-Mart...however, in episode 707 "Red Man's Greed", when the boys are trying to stop Native Americans from destroying the town, Stan clearly says "We shop at that Wall-Mart". So the one in this episode can't be the first one after all. This may seem like a small hole, but it raises all sorts of questions about why the town wasn't under the spell of the previous Wall-Mart.

    • Not only does Wall-mart employ handicapped (handicapable) people, but they must employ child labor as well. Jimmy is 8 years old, so there is no way he could be working at Wall-mart.

    • When the mega-sized Jim's Drugs fades into the shot of it being lit on fire, the people in the parking lot are bigger from one shot to the othee.

    • When Sharon looks at Randy when he's at the window, the purple covering she has on her eyes has vanished out of thin air. When Randy returns to bed, it's back on her forehead

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sharon: Here we go everyone, I got 3 nice steaks from South Park Grocery. We'll have to share them.
      Randy: Huh, I remember when we could afford to buy 6 steaks when we shopped at Wall-Mart.
      Stan: Yeah but dad, the whole town agreed not to shop at Wal-Mart anymore.
      Randy: I know, I know! God! Blah!

    • Cartman: You guys know what? The last thing you do when you die, is crap your pants. Stan: ...What? Cartman: Yeah, when you die, your bowels release and crap comes flying out your ass. Kyle: That is f****** stupid, Cartman! Cartman: Oh yeah?! I'll bet you five bucks that when you die you crap your pants, asshole! (LATER) (Store Owner dies, and craps) Cartman: You owe me 5 bucks, Kyle!

    • Cartman: Dude, check it out! "Time Cop" on DVD. Three copies for eighteen bucks!
      : Why the hell would you want three copies of the same movie?
      : Because one copy is nine ninety-eight! But this way you save like twenty bucks!
      : You only need one copy, r-tard!
      : Okay, fine, dumb ass, YOU go ahead and buy one copy for nine ninety-eight!
      : Okay, fine, I will! (grabs a copy) Huh, wait a minute! I don't even want ONE copy of Time Cop! (puts it back)
      : Dude, you can't shop for crap.

    • (Kyle breaks Cartman's violin)
      Cartman: Whatever. I can go get another one at Wal-Mart. It was only 5 bucks!

    • Stan: Dad, how come Wal-Mart is able to sell everything so cheap?
      Randy: It's simple economics son. I don't understand it at all. But God I love it.

    • Mr Garrison: What are you doing here Randy?
      Randy: I came because I wanted to make sure no one was shopping here. 
      : Dad! 
      : Oh alright and maybe I was going to buy a glass, one glass. And some chips, and butter. (pulls out a shopping list) And some new pliers.

    • Cartman: I'm afraid not, Kyle! Wall*Mart is a great store! I could not let you fools ruin its terrific bargains! You see, I was working for Wall*Mart all along!
      Kyle: I knew you were!
      Cartman: No you didn't.
      Kyle: Yes I did! I said from the beginning that you would do this!
      Cartman: No you didn't.
      Kyle: Yes I did!!
      Cartman: No you didn't.
      Kyle: Yes I did!!
      Cartman: No you didn't.
      Kyle: Yes I did!!
      Cartman: No you didn't.
      Kyle: Yes I did!!
      Cartman: ... You see, Kyle, it was me who slashed the bu-
      Kyle: -slashed the bus tires in Arkansas! I said so! I told you the minute that I and I told you that-
      Cartman: (plugs his ears) I can't hear you! Lalalalalala! I'm sorry, boys. but if you want to hurt the Wall*Mart, you'll have to go through me!
      Kyle: We don't have time for this! Kenny, keep him away from us!
      Cartman: Very well, Kenny! Let us battle! (Kenny begins punching Cartman) No, Kenny. Kenny! Knock it off!

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • The Amityville Horror:

      When the boys destroy the heart of Wall-Mart, the death is reminiscent of the death of the evil spirit in The Amityville Horror(1979), where the couple found the heart of Amityville and destroyed it, they escaped the house as it imploded in on itself.

    • Frankenweenie:

      When all the adults are leaving the caving Wall-Mart and the fat lady in the back trying to keep up might be a spoof on the 1984 Tim Burton film Frankenweenie, here the adults tried to get away from the caving house,with the dog still inside, and the fat lady lagging behind.

    • Spider-Man 2:

      The scene where Cartman was talking to Wall-Mart by hearing sounds in his head is similiar to the 2004 film Spider-Man 2 where Doc Ock's (Alfred Molinia) tentacles was talking to him by hearing a voice.

    • The Omen:

      The nanny's suicide scene in the 1976 film The Omen was simliar to the way the Wall*Mart executive dies.

    • iPod:

      The iPee3 is a combination of iPod, MP3, and pee.

    • The Blob:

      Chef suggest that they try to freeze the store to kill it. This is how "The Blob" was destroyed in the 1958 film of the same name.

    • Poltergeist:

      At the end of the episode with Wall-Mart's heart destroyed, you see the store vanish like the house in 1982 film Poltergeist.
      Also, at one point when they walk into Wall-Mart, a female worker says "All are welcome, all are welcome" just like the medium from Poltergeist does.

    • Independence Day:

      Chef: We know how to destroy it now, spread the word to all the towns! 

      When Chef talks about spreading the secret to killing Wall-Mart's a military officer sends the message via Morse Code as some background music plays. This is very similar to a line in the 1996 film Independence Day.

      This references a scene near the end, after they figure out how to destroy the aliens spaceships and they spread the info to other countries via Morse Code. The South Park background music is also very similar to music from the "Independence Day" score.

    • The Matrix: Reloaded:

      The scene in which Stan and Kyle are speaking to the Heart of Wall-Mart bears a resemblence to the scene with Neo and The Architect in the 2003 film The Matrix: Reloaded.

    • Current Event:

      This episode is based off an event that recently happened in the Kansas City, Missouri area.

      People in a small neighborhood complained about a Wal-Mart being built in their town.

    • Something Wicked This Way Comes: The title of the episode is a play on the title of the Ray Bradbury novel "Something Wicked This Way Comes," which was made into the 1983 film of the same title. The title of that novel comes from a line in Shakespeare's "MacBeth."

      In addition to the title, some plot lines from the episode come from book/movie. The story is about a carnival that comes to town and fulfills people's dream, but for a price, like the Walmart coming to town fulfilling the people's dreams but with drawbacks, and they are both run by evil. Near the end where the boys break the mirror in the TV room is similar to Will Holloway breaking the funhouse mirror, which both start the destruction of the Walmart, like it did to the Carnival. In the movie, the Carnival is sucked up by a storm and the people running away from it, similar to the Walmart sucked up and people running away.

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