South Park

Season 2 Episode 8

Summer Sucks

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 24, 1998 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

It's summer in South Park, but with Colorado's new ban on fireworks, nobody is having fun. Jimbo and Ned go to Mexico, hoping to smuggle fireworks over the border. However, when Jimbo and Ned are busted with their contraband, the town is forced to light the worlds largest snake for South Park's big celebration. Meanwhile, Mr. Hat has gone missing, resulting in Mr. Garrison seeking psychiatric help.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • A typical season 2 episode.

    This was another season 2 episode that marks the average zone.

    This episode had a clever plot, but adding Jimbo to the fray was the worst idea they ahad. Jimbo is a horrible character, they shouldn't put him in the plot.

    Now, the humour was "decent". It had very few moments and quotes, but still lacked in the laughter zone.

    This episode also gave us something new... South Park in summer. Which you will never see again and its nice to see a change in the background.

    However, even if this episode has many flaws. Its still a episode that you could re-watch many times.moreless
  • perfect

    There is a new ban on fireworks, just in time for summer. This makes everyone sad and angry. The mayor orders a big snake, but the snake gets bigger and bigger and threatens all of South Park.

    Good episode, the flashback to little Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman playing with fireworks is one of my favorite moments; it's so funny! And the episode as a whole was pretty funny with a good plot. Not one of my favorite episodes ever but it was a nice one, so because of all of this, my final grade for this episode is an A+. Great episode I thinkmoreless
  • The snake was just too big....

    "Summer Sucks" was an episode of the great series on Comedy Central, South Park. It all starts out with the kids in class at the end of the last day of school. Mr.Hat went missing, and Garrison thinks the kids took it. He holds them after the bell rings and then turns around, expecting for the kids to put Mr.Hat there by the time he turns back around. Then school's out, but firecrackers are banned. Summer is boring. Then the mayor thinks of the idea for a giant snake for the 4th of July celebration. It gets big and attacks the city. It was a good episode.moreless
  • Summer Sucks

    Summer Sucks is yet another episode of South Park that just isn't very good at all. If you watch it from the start you will notice the characters are the same and so is the animation but something has changed - the entertainment and the laughs.

    In the episode of Summer Sucks, the kids have no fireworks to play with and are bored and resort to other things to play with... However, this is a dull leap from the usual episodes and is probably another one of the gaps just to fill in before another classic episode...

    :( Not a very good episodemoreless
  • Hell, everything's legal in Mexico. It's the American way.

    At least summer sucks without fireworks (except snakes), which the boys have played with since they were just wee lads. But, the Mayor solves that dilemma by commissioning the largest snake in the world. Meanwhile, Cartman takes swimming lessons with first graders who pee in the pool, Uncle Jimbo travels to Mexico to buy illegal fireworks, and Mr. Garrison loses Mr. Hat and must come to terms with his sexuality. First-graders peeing in the pool: great. Mr. Garrison not accepting that he's gay great. The flashback to the boys as toddlers: priceless. The little man in the boat: better than priceless. The snake "A" plot: lame.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

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

Nico Agnone

Nico Agnone

Voice of Baby Stan, Kyle and Kenny

Guest Star

Jonathan Katz (I)

Jonathan Katz (I)

Dr. Katz

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • In this episode Kyle seems perfectly aware that children pee in pools, yet in the season 13 episode Pee, Kyle is unaware and finds it extremely gross.

    • Goof: Although Pip says that his parents are dead in this episode then why is he later seen at Mr. Mackey's party in "2 guys naked in a hot tub" in the Kid's Room?Response:He can still have steparents.

    • Visitor Sighting: During Cartman's first day at swimming school, an alien is also swimming in the pool.

    • When Brett Favre is talking to Mr. Hat, Mr. Hat's eyes move.

    • At the end of the episode, Mr. Garrison's new puppet friend, "Mr. Twig," has a pink triangle on his shirt, this symbol was used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals.

    • In one scene, Mr. Garrison's house still has snow in front of it.

    • In the beginning of the episode, at the back of the classroom is a "Have You Seen Me?" poster with a kid in a yellow shirt on it. Once summer starts and the snow melts, that kid is found under a melted pile of snow by his parents. (On the poster his name is Jon, but his parents call him Kevin.)

    • According to Charlie, a snake lasts three minutes, and his giant snake is 5000 times as big. Given Creamy Goodness' numbers (over a half-mile wide and 20 stories high - a story usually equals 10 feet), the dimensions of a regular snake are 63/8 inches in diameter and ½ inch high. Still, at normal speed, a giant snake would run out in 15000 minutes, or 10 days, 10 hours. For a snake to last 16 months, the rate of consumption is one regular snake every 140 minutes (2 hours, 20 minutes) - if the ash produced doesn't smother the snake first - or the dimensions must be 1.8 miles wide by 72 stories high. Since the rate of consumption increases with size, the snake must be even bigger

    • When the class goes to practice with the conductor, the first shot is a wide shot, and you see Cartman in place between Bebe and Stan, even though he's in another part of town taking swimming lessons. In the next scene at practice, the shot is close, and Cartman's chair is empty.

    • When it shows Green Bay, WI where Brett Farve is in a bath house, it also shows what looks like mountains with snow ontop in the background. No mountains in Green Bay.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Cartman: I'm not going to sit here and listen to a bunch of hippies in denial. Screw you guys, I'm going home!
      Stan: But Cartman we're… (interrupted by Cartman)
      Cartman: No, no, no. Screw you guys. Home.
      Stan: What does he mean: "living in denial"?
      Kyle: Dude, it's Cartman. He's just being a dumb ass like always.

    • Mayor's Assistant: We are sorry the mayor cannot be here, because she is…sick.
      Reporters: Aw c'mon, what kind of lame excuse is that?
      Mayor's Assistant: She's having her period.
      Reporter: Oh. Okay.

    • Guard: Good evening, gentlemen.
      Jimbo: Oh, hello, fellow American. We're just anxious to get back to our homeland.
      Guard: Well, alright… But before I let you go, I have to ask you a few questions.
      Jimbo: Fire away. We have nothing to hide…
      Guard: Is there anyone other than the two of you in this vehicle?
      Jimbo: No, sir.
      Guard: Do you have any firearms or explosives in the car?
      Jimbo: Yes… I-I mean, no! No!
      Guard: Open your trunk please, sir.
      Jimbo: Damn! Damn, I always get that question wrong!

    • Baby Stan: Oo das kill Kenny!
      Baby Kyle: Oo bastards!

    • Mr. Garrison: (answering phone) Hello?
      Mr. Mackey: Hello, is Mr. Hat there?
      Mr. Garrison: Is this some kind of joke?!
      Mr. Mackey: (chuckles) Yes.
      Mr. Garrison: You go to hell! You go to hell and you die! I'm gonna find out who you are!
      Mr. Mackey: No, I don't think you can... M'kay?
      Mr. Garrison: (hanging up) Goddammit!

    • Director: Lets play the Stars and Stripes. 1-2-3
      (the kids play horribly)
      Mayor: What the hell is that!?
      Assistant: I think it's the stars and stripes.

    • Mr. Garrison: Well I can tell you that I'm 100% NOT GAY!!

    • Ned: Are fireworks legal in Mexico?
      Jimbo: Hell, everything's legal in Mexico. It's the American way.

    • Stan: Oh, yeah, dude! It's summer! That means we gotta buy fireworks.
      Kyle: I saved enough money to buy M-80s this year.
      Stan: I saw this one movie where a guy stuck a firecracker up a cat's butt.
      Kyle: Cool! Maybe we can do that to Cartman's cat!
      Cartman: Hey! If you so much as touch Kitty's ass, I'll put firecrackers in your nutsack and blow your balls all over your pants!
      Stan: Jesus, Cartman!
      Cartman: Well, I'm just saying, man. Seriously, don't mess with Kitty, man.

    • (Chef sees everyone covered in ash, so the all look like black people.)
      Chef: Okay. Everybody get in a line so I can whoop all your asses!

    • (giant ash-snake breaks through the wall)
      Jimbo: Holy smokes, what the hell is that?
      Ned: It looks like my ex-wife.

    • Mr. Garrison: Serves you right, you gay-bashing homo!

    • Chef: (Phone rings, he answers) Hello? What? Oh, hello, children! It's a what? A giant snake?! Killing everybody?! Growing bigger?! Children, you know I rarely say this, but, well... fudge ya. (hangs up)
      Kyle: What did he say?
      Stan: Dude, I think he told us to go f(beep)k ourselves.
      Cartman: Wow!
      Kyle: How's that gonna help?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Kenny dies twice in this episode. The first time is during a flashback with the 4 boys as toddlers playing with firecracker and one blows up in Kenny's hand. The second time is when the snake knocks over the bleachers, which fall and crush him.

    • This episode marks the birth of "Screw you guys! I'm going home!", a quote(as of Season 8) still being used.

    • Hidden Visitor: Just as Cartman is about to start his swimming lession there is a shot of kids swimming in the pool with a visitor in the upper right corner.

    • This episode is basically one big penis joke. There are many clues to this. "Whoa, that thing is huge!", "I love snakes, they grow and grow."

    • Mr. Hat disappears in this episode and is replaced by "Mr. Twig" until the episode "Chef Aid."

    • Pip reveals he has no mother or father.