South Park

Season 2 Episode 15

Spooky Fish

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 28, 1998 on Comedy Central
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Mrs. Marsh's monthly visitor, Aunt Flo, gives Stan a goldfish for a present. Stan thinks it's spooky, but his mother makes him graciously accept it. The fish begins to kill people and his Mother believes it to be Stan, not the fish. Meanwhile, there is another Cartman walking around, who is an alternate version of his normal self walking around South Park. They soon come to realize that all the trouble is coming from the Indian Burial Ground pet store, and they set out to stop it.moreless

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    This episode is so funny because of Stan and his goldfish. So his Aunt Flo has come to visit and she bought Stan a goldfish. And then one night when Aunt Flo was still there the fish murdered someone. And then Stan's mom came in and then took the body and buried the body in the backyard. And then Eric has a twin from another universe and he is nice. So they go to the petstore where Aunt flo bought Stan's goldfish and helped the petstore owner close the portal to the other universe. But before that happened Stan's fish murdered Kenny and then his drunk mom came to see what happened to him.moreless
  • One of those few, rare episodes of "South Park" that's just 'almost' perfect!

    With "South Park," I find the show is mostly miss, miss, or miss. Yet this time, Matt Stone & Trey Parker almost got it Exactly right! The best thing they ever did was to make fun of Barbara Streisand, and the next best thing they did was to make Cartman's evil twin actually be good! Plus, it's completely weird how nobody just thought to just burn up the pet store & just destroy all the pets there. The people in South Park must be pretty slow. Not that I'm complaining as this was one sweet episode which should be saying something from me. The only thing that prevents me from giving it a perfect ten is of course the weird non sequiter about a cop not wearing pants and the fact that the real Cartman got away with being a jerk again! Oh well, sometimes you can't get everything you want in a good episode but at least you can get the most of what you want in it! That's why I wrote this review, to praise this one great episode! :idea:moreless
  • Spooky Fish

    Why do the two creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone feel theneed to take the mick out of Barbara Streisand so much now and then I just don't undertand. I don't know who the woman is but I think it is kinda tight and funny at the same time.

    This episode starts off with Aunt Flo visiting the Marsh family and being annoying and then Aunt Flo buys Stan a spooky fish which kills people and then blames it on Stan. A laughable yet repetitive episode that focuses on Streisand (as usual) and of course, the spooky fish!

    :) Good episode, funny.moreless
  • Highly underrated.

    I thought this episode was one of the best of the second season. This show found yet another way to take a stab at the horrificly awful Barbra Streisand. I liked all the Aunt Flo references throughout the episode, as it clearly alludes to the female menstrual cycle. I liekd the idea of having a killer psycho fish that opens up a parallel universe where Cartman is friendly, Stan and Kyle are insanely cruel and Chef is a skinny, white, insurance salesman. I liked Sharon Marsh in this episode, she also went psycho when she 'discovered' her son was a murderer.moreless

    This episode of south park is a very great one because it keeps going on and dont get boring at all I like this south park season 2 Halloween special episode but not as good as the season 1 halloween special episode because it is not as good as zombies trying to kill every one but it is a good episode one of the were funny things in it is that the fish that stan got kills every one who comes to there home and then stans mom thanks that stan is the person who has been killing the people and then she gets rid of the bodys.A+episodemoreless
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 (11)

    • In the other universe Cartman looks the same(except he has a silly beard). However while the boys where in the cafeteria with Chef the other Cartman points out that in the opposite universe Chef is a "skinny white insurance salesman". Shouldn't Cartman be skinny too..?

    • Second and final mention of Officer Barbrady's wife.

    • Unlike the other animals that came from the evil universe, the fish's eyes don't glow red.

    • Visitor Sighting: When Eric's about to meet his evil twin, an alien head is seen in the picture of the bus stop sign in place of a normal head.

    • This episode marks the first time that when Kenny dies, neither Stan or Kyle say anything about it (usually, Stan will say, "Oh my god, they killed Kenny." and Kyle will say, "You bastards!").

    • It is never explained why Sharon took off Officer Barbrady's pants.

    • Parallel universe Kenny is rich. Also, Parallel Chef is a white, skinny insurance salesman.

    • After Stan & Kyle send Evil Cartman back to the parallel universe, why didn't they just send Cartman back too? They still had the gun with them.

    • The whole point of her name being Aunt Flo is this whole ongoing joke throughout the episode. For example "Your Aunt Flo only visits your mother for about five days or so a month." She's got red hair and she seems nervous.

    • Kyle doesn't say "Kyle, would you shut up!" He says "God, would you shut up!" - "God" just sounds a little like "Kyle"

    • About one third out in the episode, when the kids are about to cut up the squash, Cartman says "I have to get another knife, this one's helladull.". Kyle then replies with: "Kyle, would you shut up!".

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Mayor: And the winner is.....Squash-O-Lantern made by Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and the Evil Eric Cartman from the Evil Parallel Universe.

    • Chef: I hope you're ready for lunch children, because today I've got spooky spaghetti, and freaky french fries...
      Stan: Uh, Chef?
      Chef: ...and haunted hash browns, and a creepy cookie...
      Kyle: Chef?
      Chef: ...and monstrous milk, and a terrifying napkin!
      Stan: CHEF!!

    • (singing)
      Cartman :
      You guys a hella stupid,
      You guys a hella lame,
      You guys a hella dumb,
      hella, hella, hella.

    • Evil Cartman: No you guys, murder is never the answer.

    • Sharon Marsh: (singing to Stan) Hush little baby, don't say a word, momma's gonna buy you a mockingbird. If that mockingbird don't sing, momma's gonna bury it in the backyard…

    • Mr. McCormick: Kenny, wasn't that your fat, racist, foul-mouthed friend Eric Cartman?
      Kenny: Mmm, Hmm.

    • Stan: Dude, my mom's having her monthly visitor.
      Kyle: Aunt Flo?
      Stan: Yeah, every time she shows up - my mom turns into a total bitch!

    • Announcer: The following program is brought to you in spooky vision. Be warned: all scenes will be accompanied by pictures of Barbra Streisand. (someone screams)

    • (after finding more bodies in Stan's room)
      Sharon: Oh Stanley what have you done, baby!? What have you done? Shh, It's okay, hun, it's okay! You're such a good boy, Mommy's little angel! Now don't worry, Stanley, Mommy's gonna hide the body! Nobody's gonna take my baby away! I've got such a handsome boy!

    • Cartman: Now zap his hella-ass back to you're hella-universe!
      Kyle: Stop saying hella!
      Evil Stan: Thought you could get away from us, huh, Cartman?
      Evil Cartman: Please!
      Kyle: Leave him alone, butthole!
      Evil Kyle: Shut your trap, kid!
      Stan: Why don't you guys take our Cartman back? He's more like you guys anyway.
      Cartman: Hey, you back-stabbing sellout!

    • Kyle: Dude, why is your store called The Indian Burial Ground Pet Store?
      Shop Owner: Well, there was an Indian burial ground here before I bought it.
      Stan: So you just built your store on top of Indian burial ground?!
      Shop Owner: Oh, hell no! First, I dug up all the bodies, pissed on 'em, and then buried them again upside-down.
      Kyle: Why?
      Shop Owner: Why? I don't know. I was drunk.

    • Evil Cartman: Hi there folks. This is a heck of a storm out here. Thought maybe you could use some provisions. There's some candles and food in there. Ain't much but it should get you through the night. Take care folks; I've got other houses to get to.

    • Cartman: You guys are hella stupid.
      Stan: Why do you keep saying 'hella", Cartman?
      Cartman: 'Cuz I'm hella cool, that's why.

    • Officer Barbrady: Missing people usually turn up hiding in someones bushes.

    • Sharon: Stanley look who's here, Aunt Flo.
      Aunt Flo: Hello Stanley, remember me?
      Stan: Hi Aunt Flo.
      Sharon: Now Stanley, Aunt Flo only visits once a month. Be nice.

    • Cartman: Man you guys are hella-stupid. If I had money I wouldn't give it to you assholes.
      Kyle: Well at least he's back to normal.
      Stan: Yea but we can't get a pumpkin so we can't enter the carving contest.
      Kyle: It's OK. Kenny said he could get one.
      Cartman: Oh how's Kenny gonna get one. He's hella-poor.
      Stan: Why do you keep saying hella fat ass?
      Cartman: 'Cause I'm hella-cool that's why.
      Kyle: That's not cool!
      Cartman: You guys are just hella-jealous.

    • Evil Cartman: In my world, Chef, you're skinny, white and and insurance salesman.
      (Chef is in shock)

    • Stan: Mom, I know to don't believe me but I'll prove that it was this *bleep*ing fish.

    • Evil Cartman: (singing)
      You guys are my best friends!
      Through thick and thin,
      We've always been together!
      We're four of a kind,
      Havin' fun all day,
      Pallin' around and laughin' away!
      Just best friends!
      Best friends are we!
      I love you guys.

    • Evil Stan: Just give me the gun, kid.
      Stan: Up yours, evil twin.

    • Evil Kyle: We're here to take you back goody two-shoes.
      Cartman: I've gotta better idea. Why don't you two going go *bleep* yourselves?

  • NOTES (6)

    • For the first 15 episodes of this season, the show was nominated for the 1998 Annie Award for "Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program".

    • The "Spooky Vision" joke used in the entire episode usually gets aired in reruns, however, due to viewer complaints, Comedy Central has extracted it from recent airings. However, the Spooky Vision effect is still viewable on the Season 2 DVD.

    • In the scenes featuring Cartman and Evil Cartman together, a line appears down the center of the screen. The background on either side is uneven, including the mountains and even Kenny. This is a jab at the technique of film-splicing used by live-action programs that feature "twins" portrayed by the same actor; often, when this method is used, the film isn't precisely joined together, causing discrepancies in the symmetry of the image.

    • Matt and Trey keep on saying that they don't hate the people they make fun of. Indeed they mostly like them. The great exception is Barbara Streisand, they hate her.

    • The opening theme was changed for this Halloween episode.

    • This episode was broadcast in "Spooky Vision," which consisted of images of Barbra Streisand located in each corner of the screen, throughout the entire episode. This was done as Matt and Trey's response to Barbra Streisand's criticism of the show after the episode "Mecha-Streisand" aired.


    • Pet Sematary:

      "Indian Burial Ground Pet Store" is the name of the shop, where the evil killer fish is from. In the Stephen King book Pet Sematary, there is an Indian Cemetery, and if someone buries something (for example a pet) into it, it will come back to life, but will be bad and dangerous.

    • Poltergeist:

      The "opposite" universe thing was used in many films, but when they are at the pet shop and he opens the white door and says this was built over a cemetery… that's all taken from Tobe Hooper's 1982 film Poltergeist.

      In addition, the scene of Stan being afraid of his fish and looking under the bed for it and throwing something on top of the bowl because he is scared is from a scene in Poltergeist when the boy is afraid of his clown doll. Also, the part where the fish bowl keeps getting closer is reminiscent of the scene from poltergeist when the boy is afraid of the thunder and so is counting the time between thunder and lightning to see how close the thunderstorm is getting, and it keeps getting closer and closer until it is THERE.

    • Knight Rider:

      The trick about the evil twin having a goatee was also used in 2 episodes of Knight Rider with David Hasselhoff and his evil look-alike.

    • A Charlie Brown Christmas:

      Stan: I never thought it was such a bad little squash. It just needed some tender loving care.

      This is a reference to the 1965 TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. In the special, the character of Linus speaks of a rather pathetic Christmas tree:

      Linus: I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe all it needs is a little love.

    • Aunt Flo:

      Aunt Flo is another way of saying 'a woman's period'.

    • The Bad Seed:

      The whole subplot of Stan's supposedly 'killing' people, and his mother's protecting and coddling him, was a spoof of the 1956 film, The Bad Seed, which was one of Trey Parker's favorite films.

      Based on the novel by William March and the subsequent play by Maxwell Anderson, it was about Christine Penmark, a troubled lady who is horrified that her "perfect" little daughter, Rhoda, is committing all sorts of evil deeds.

      Sharon: I've got such a handsome boy!
      (Later in the episode)
      Mrs. McCormick: That's right, I'm a little drunk. (Sharon escorts her to the door) You'd be drunk, too, if you'd lost your boy.

      Hortense Daigle (Eileen Heckart) said something similar in The Bad Seed.

    • Star Trek:

      All of the humans from the evil parallel universe wear goatees similar to evil Spock from the original Star Trek episode Mirror, Mirror. Also, the splice-job that splits the screen is another reference to early attempts at making identical twins out of one person.

      [Editor's Note: This episode of Star Trek set the standard for any television show where the main character has a twin, who is their opposite in nature, they are usually denoted by their wearing of a goatee.]

    • Bad Ronald:

      The whole subplot of Stan's supposedly 'killing' people, and his mother's protecting and coddling him, was possibly inspired by the cult 1974 ABC TV movie, "Bad Ronald", starring Scott Jacoby in the title role and Kim Hunter as Ronald's mother.