South Park

Season 4 Episode 8

Something You Can Do With Your Finger

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 12, 2000 on Comedy Central
9.0
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Cartman has a dream about being in a successful boy band, so he convinces the other boys to join him, in hopes of making $10,000,000. To be a proper boy band, they need five members, so after auditions, they settle on Wendy, and dress her up as a boy. The band, called "Fingerbang", gets a gig playing at the South Park Mall. Stan's father, however, refuses to allow him to stay in the band.moreless

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  • Something You Can Do With Your Finger

    7.0
    I think over nearly ten years - South Park has finished it's offensive reign over the United States of America and all the other countries in the world.

    The best season is no doubt, Season 4 and maybe Season 10 but I think that if you were to watch some of the newer episodes then you would be dissapointed `cause they aren't that good.

    This episode is funny, but it doesn't have the buzz of all the other episodes. Another unorginal parody episode of Season Four.

    ;D Ha ha ha. South Park makes me laugh. But Trey & Matt, can you not keep coming up with the same stuff?moreless
  • Stan, Eric, Kyle, and Kenny all join a boy band called Fingerbang because Eric thinks that it was a message from God.Stans dad hates the idea of a boy band because he was in one.moreless

    9.7
    One of the greatest episodes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very epic how Stan's dad fights the idea of a boy band. It is one of the more epic episodes. The idea of making fun of something that people have always hated. No body has ever had the balls to makes fun of weird bands like N*SYNC or Backstreet boys. It puts the idea out there that boy bands are kind of weird! Its is such a funny episode that sometimes I have th urge to watch it over and over again. Eric thinks that the whole idea of bob bands are actually about music when as chef explains very nicely that its not even about the music its about the girls screaming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Unlike the guy below me, I know what this episode is really about, and I liked it.

    9.3
    This episode is one of my favourites in Season 4. It started strong, stayed strong throughout the story and finished very strong. Kenny's death was a bit of a weak point, but it fit in the story very well. It was interesting to see Randy's dark musical past and I think this episode is the dawn of the Randy that I have come to like so much. I like how stereotypical boy bands are portrayed to be in this episode and I particularly liked the scene where Randy's voice changed a lot, I dunno why, it just made me laugh.moreless
  • this is about cartman trying to trick kyle by drawing jenefer lopez on his finger and so the real jenepher lopez gets really really anoyed.

    10
    this episode is absaloutly great in every way. I especialy liked the bit at the end when cartman says hah hah hah hah ha haa I tricked you guyes . the thing I dont like about this episode is that kenny is not involved in it . the episode is deffinatly a ten in score and I mean deffinatly.this episode is a very special episode but I do think if I was jenefer lopez I would probably feel like killing people the same as she did . I dont think that kyle needed t o be in this episode .moreless
  • Many of the best episodes of South Park involve Cartman trying to get a million dollars. This episode features his plan to form a boy band so that they can become successful and make millions of dollars.moreless

    9.2
    Many of the best episodes of South Park involve Cartman trying to get a million dollars. This episode features his plan to form a boy band so that they can become successful and make millions of dollars.



    But first they must tackle the South Park mall.



    This episode has a lot of great moments. The mall manager is hilarious. Randy is hilarious as a former boy band member. It's good, as always, to see Wendy (really, to see any featured characters besides the four). And, of course... a boy band named Fingerbang - now that's funny.



    In all, this is a good 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

Milan Aliya Agnone

Milan Aliya Agnone

Voice of Ike Broflovski

Guest Star

Marcus Vaughn

Marcus Vaughn

South Park Mall Manager

Guest Star

Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell

Voice of Bebe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Visitor: When Stan and Randy are sitting in the bedroom talking, the picture behind them shows a bridge that has an alien instead of its support.

    • It seemed that Cartman didn't know about fingering (fingerbang), but in the "Worldwide Recorder Concert" episode, he says that Kyle was fingering his mom all night. It is different from fingerbang, but I think that Cartman could have put two and two together.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Mall Cop: Hey! What are you doin'?
      Mad Scientist: I've developed a new strain of anthrax which I will soon unleash upon all of North America!
      Mall Cop: Move along, sir.

    • Cartman: Check this out, my mom made us costumes.
      Stan: Costumes!
      Cartman: Yeah. This one's yours Stan, and this one is Kyle's, this one will cover up Wendy's hooters.
      Stan: Hey Cartman, how come your costume has like nose rings and facial hair?
      Cartman: Cause I'm like you know, the tough one. Every boy band has to have the one member you know, that's tough.
      Kyle: I want to be the tough one.
      Cartman: Kyle, you are the sweet one, would you please just cooperate and...
      Kyle: I wan't to be the tough one!
      Cartman: You can't be the tough one because you're Jewish!
      Kyle: Jews are tough!
      Cartman: Since when?
      Kyle: Since Abraham Fatass!

    • The Fingerbang song:

      Fingerbang bang! Bang bang!
      Fingerbang bang, bang bang bang!
      I'm gonna Fingerbang-bang you into my life
      Girl, you like to Fingerbang and it's all right.
      'Cuz I'm the King of Fingerbang, let's not fight
      I'm gonna Fingerbang-bang you every night.
      Fingerbang!
      Bang-bang!
      Fingerbang-bang!
      Bangbangbang!
      I'm gonna fingerbang-bang you into my life
      Fingerbang:
      Fingerbang!
      Bang. Bang bang bang.
      Fingerbang-bang!
      Bangbangbang!
      I'm gonna fingerbang-bang you into my life
      Girl, you like to fingerbang, and it's alright''.
      I'm gonna fingerbang-bang you into my life
      Girl, you like to fingerbang, and it's alright.
      I'm goin' tuh fingerbang-bang you ever-y night
      Fingerbang!
      Bang bang.
      Fingerbang-bang!
      Bangbangbang.
      I'm gonna fingerbang-bang you into my life
      Girl, you like to fingerbang, and it's alright.
      I'm goin' tuh fingerbang-bang you ever-y night
      I'll just Fingerbang-bang you ever-y night!
      Girl, you like to fingerbang, and it's alright.
      I'm goin' tuh fingerbang-bang you ever-y night
      Fingerbang bang! bang bang Fingerbang bang. bang bang bang!
      I'm gonna Fingerbang-bang you into my life
      Girl, you like to Fingerbang and it's all right.
      'Cuz I'm the King of Fingerbang, let's not fight
      I'm gonna Fingerbang-bang you every night.
      Cartman's Solo:
      And girl, you know that you're the only girl for me, girl
      Girl, you're the girl of my fantasies, you're my girl
      You're my girl, my girl, my girl.

    • Cartman: Wait wait wait CUT. You have to go crazier that than! I mean you have to act like it's freaking Leonardo DiCaprio.
      Bebe: We wouldn't give a rat's ass if Leonardo DiCaprio came walking passed us.
      Girls: Yeah!
      Cartman: Fine, who would you go crazy for?
      Girls: (look at each other) MATT LAUER.
      Cartman: Ok fine. Pretend that we're Matt Lauer.
      Girls: Ok.
      Cartman: Ok, roll camera!
      (Fingerbang walks passed them, and the girls scream crazily)
      Cartman: JESUS CHRIST!!!!

    • Ike: (singing) Itsy Bitsy spider up the water spout.
      Cartman: Next!
      Ike: (singing) Oh Danny Boy, the pipe is calling, clang cling clang...
      Cartman: Next Audition!
      Ike: E, F, G, H, I, J, K, Ellemenopee...
      Cartman: GODDAMMIT IKE!!!
      Ike: G. U. B. When the teacher wanna punch me...
      Cartman: Not the next song, THE NEXT PERSON!!
      Ike: (takes music and flips Cartman off)
      Cartman: Oh man, this is gonna be a long-ass day.

    • Cartman: Attention mall shoppers, the next twenty people to buy an orange smoothie will also receive a complimentary Nissan Sentra, Hurry up.
      (shoppers rush towards Orange Smoothie stand)

    • Cartman: Gentleman, thank you for coming. This is the beginning of a great time in our lives. God has finally spoken to me guys, and he has told me how I can make ten million dollars.
      Stan: How?
      Cartman: Boy band.
      Kyle: Boy band?
      Cartman: Boy Band.
      Stan: I'm not being in any faggy boy band.
      Cartman: There's nothing faggy about ten million dollars asshole.

    • Cartman: Oh, this is a democratic boy band, is it?

    • Cartman: Well God, I guess you got me again, didn't you? Yeah, that was a good one, God. Hope it made you laugh, you sick bastard.

    • (Def of fingerbang according to Kenny)
      Kenny: It's when you take your finger, and stick it down your asshole, and it makes you feel really good.

    • Randy: You know in a way I think I was even jealous of you being in a boy band. Isn't that stupid?
      Stan: Not really. Not any more stupid than some of the other stuff you've done.

    • Stan: Dad, I like being in a boy band, I think it's interesting.
      Randy: Well there's plenty of interesting things you can do. Have you ever tried marijuana?

    • Shelly: Mom, what's up dad's ass?
      Sharon: It's a long story, Shelly. Let's just say you father has a lot up his ass right now.

    • Stan: Hey Cartman, what does 'fingerbang' mean anyway?
      Cartman: I heard it on HBO; it means like, you know, when you pretend to use your finger like a gun or something.

    • Stan: Dude, we don't have any musical talent.
      Cartman: That didn't stop any of the other boy bands, dumbass!

    • Wendy: (singing) Mrs. Landers was a health nut, she cooked food in a wok. Mr. Harris was her boyfriend and he had a great big
      Cock-a-doodle-doodle, the rooster just won't quit, and I don't want my breakfast because it tastes like
      Shitzus make good house pets, they're cuddly and sweet; monkeys aren't good to have 'cause they like to beat their
      Meeting in the office, or meeting in the hall, the boss he wants to see you, so you can suck his
      Balzac was a writer, he lived with Allen Funt. Mrs. Roberts doesn't like him, but that's 'cause she's a
      Contaminated water can really make you sick: your bladder gets infected, and blood comes out your
      Dictate what I'm saying, 'cause it will bring you luck, and if you all don't like it I don't give a flying (beep).
      Cartman: Thanks Wendy. Don't call us, we wont call you either.

  • NOTES (6)

    • "Fingerbang" was going to be the name of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's band. They admitted they thought this was a good idea for about a day. Somewhere in time, they settled on the pornography-derived name, DVDA.

    • The syndicated version leaves in Wendy Testaburger's audition song, but mutes out the first part of "contaminated water" with a loud, piano chord sound effect.

    • In syndication, the shot of Cartman's mom urinating in the cup during the clip of the pornographic movie featuring Mr. Mackey, which was on Cartman's audition tape, is removed.

    • In the DVD commentary for this episode, Matt and Trey remarked this was the first episode where they really started to use the method of "straight-storytelling." Before this, almost all episodes had A-stories, B-stories, C-stories, etc. that would all come together in the end. In this episode, the creators said they learned that an episode can be about just one thing, with character's side stories all reacting to the main idea.

    • The character of the rather spacey mall director was based on one of Matt Stone's and Trey Parker's friends.

    • This episode is available on the video/DVD release "South Park Winter Wonderland"

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Angus Young:

      Kenny's (and later Randy's) costume is a reference to the costume of Angus Young from AC/DC.

    • Past Episodes:

      This episode makes a reference to Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson! when Randy says "Come on, I'll buy you kids an orange smoothie." However the orange smoothie joke predates even that, going back to "The Spirit of Christmas."

    • Boy Bands:

      The group Randy Marsh participated in is called "Ghetto Avenue Boys", which is a parody of bands such as: the Backstreet Boys, New Kids On The Block and other boy bands. The song which the Ghetto Avenue Boys sing is a parody of You Got It (The Right Stuff).

    • Spider-Man:
      The Record Producer in Randy's flashback greatly resembles the Spider-Man character J. Jonah Jameson.

    • Mrs. Lucy:

      The song that Wendy sings to audition for is from another hand game called Mrs. Lucy. It takes a "bad" word and turns it into the beginning of another sentence where the word has a different sound and meaning. It goes like this:
      Mrs. Lucy had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell ding ding; Mrs. Lucy went to heaven and her steamboat went to
      Hell-o operator please give me number nine and if you disconnect me I will chop off your
      Behind the refrigerator there was a piece of glass, Mrs. Lucy sat upon it and it went right up her
      Ask me no more questions, tell me no more lies, the boys are in the bathroom, pulling down their
      Flies are in the country the bees are in the park; Mrs. Lucy and her boyfriend are kissing in the d-a-r-k, d-a-r-k dark dark dark!

    • Peanuts:

      When Cartman holds the auditions for the fifth member of the band, a very Shroeder-esque child is providing the piano accompaniment.

    • Tiffany:

      When the mall manager asks the boys, "like Tiffany?" in response to wanting to play a concert in the mall, this is a reference to 80s pop singer Tiffany who would tour malls.

    • The Hot Chick:

      Wendy's song is similar to a rhyme/hand game (like Rockin' Robin) that Rachel McAdams (Jessica) and Anna Faris (April) sing in 2002 film The Hot Chick:

      "Boys are cheats and liars, they're such a big disgrace. They will tell you anything to get to second base... ball, baseball he thinks he's gonna score. If you let him go all the way then you are a hor... ticulture studies flowers, geologist studies rocks. The only thing a guy wants from you is a place to put his cock... roaches, beetles, butterflies and bugs. Nothing makes him happier than a giant pair of jug... glers and acrobats, a dancing bear named Chuck. All guys really want to do is - forget it, no such luck."

    • Star Trek: First Contact:

      The scene with Randy smashing the glass and screaming "No!!!", along with the direct vocals used for it, were from the 1996 movie Star Trek: First Contact, in which Picard exclaims 'NO!' and then proceeds to break a nearby glass display.

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