South Park

Season 5 Episode 3

Super Best Friends

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 04, 2001 on Comedy Central
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Stan and Kyle are lured into a cult called Blainetology after David Blaine performs some street magic and passes out some information on himself and his cult. Stan snaps out of it and calls upon Jesus to help him out. Jesus in turns calls upon his superfriends, which includes other deities and religious leaders, to help Stan rescue Kyle and to stop Blaine from converting the rest of the US to his cult.moreless

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  • The Super Best Friends

    4.0
    If there were more than just Clubhouses, and Cow Days than the worst episodes ever then this one will be the worst of the three. I think that this episode was maybe just a season filler until the next big shot. But, trust me - there isn't one.

    If you like episodes which are not reccomended, and the most underappreciated ones - then you will probably fall in love with The Super Best Friends, a dull episode of parody and offensive jokes and remarks.

    :( Who comes up with the idea of the little kids saving the world all the time? The creators of course...moreless
  • A great episode.

    7.5
    This is a really good episode, it's very entertaining and keeps you watching. I think anything that has David Blaine in it is funny, and that means this episode. I found it especially funny when Jesus performed his miracles in front of Stan. I found the plot to be really funny, that David Blaine's magic is actually a religion, (which it is not) and that David Blaine has plans to commit suicide just to be happy. Then when the Super Best Friends come to attack David Blaine and his followers they make an appearance like they are some sort of super heros. Overall, this is just another great episode when South Park was in its prime.moreless
  • Cults and religious prophets collide. Really a great episode.

    9.4
    Before 9/11, and before Muslims complained about and threatened Denmark, there were the Super Best Friends. It is funny how they make David Blain look like an evil man, and while I like how they parody the "super friends", I only wonder if they will ever come back. What i like about this episode is how they made the religious prophets have powers (i.e. Jesus master carpentry skills, mowsuns physic link, and Krishna acting as the wonder twins powers) and the way they defeat the giant stoned Abraham Lincoln was indeed hilarious. Still, it's a pity that Muslims can't take a joke, cause due to Mohammad being in this episode, i doubt it will air again.moreless
  • Super Best Friends!

    7.0
    I enjoyed this episode, except for the fact that it wasn't really all that funny compared to the rest of the South Park episodes. Kind of a let-down with all the other funny episodes in the first run of Season 5.

    But anyways. I liked how it was incorporated that people fight over which religion is right, but in "reality" all the gods/prophets, etc. of each religion actually were all friends... Super Best Friends. I also like it's reference to cults, and the message in this episode is very real... cults ARE dangerous and easy to get fooled into believing. And Matt and Trey can get that point across without being preachy.

    "Moses, how do you kill a giant stone Abreham Lincoln?"



    "Um... a giant stone John Wilkes Booth?"

    My only issue... how does Josef Smith have ice breath?moreless
  • All religions are best friends!

    9.0
    David Blaine is in South Park and encourages every citizen in town to join as Blainetologists. This influences almost everyone one, including Kyle, Kenny, Cartman, Butters but not Stan. However, Stan thinks it's a cult that can do some pretty harmful things and tries to get Kyle to escape with him but Kyle refuses and is still with the group, while breaking Stan's friendship. It wasn't too long when Kyle realizes that this is a cult when all Blainetologists are attempting suicide over tax-exempt status. So he tries to get help with Cartman but gets told on and is about to die.



    Stan on the other side of town gets help with Jesus and finds out that Blaine is more powerful than he thought (even if his "miracles" are failing). So he calls his "Super Best Friends" who are other deities and religious leaders who resemble "The Super Friends."



    In DC, Blainetologists are killing themselves over not getting tax exempt status and The Super Best Friends are to help stop David Blaine. He brings to life a stone Abraham Lincoln as the Super Best Friends builds a stone John Wilkes Booth and shoots Lincoln. However, Blaine escapes and Stan tells Blainetologists that it's a cult and all have stopped believing in Blaine. So the Super Best Friends save the day and Cartman gets his nuts kicked after mocking Stan and Kyle.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • This is the only episode in season 5 where the line "Oh my god, they killed Kenny!" Followed by "You Bastards!" is said in its original fashion. Having Stan say the first line then Kyle say the next. Although it was repeated over and over afterwards in this episode.

    • If Jesus and his super best friends flew up in the sky at the end of the episode, how come he couldn't fly with Stan while they were going to the Hall of Super Best Friends? Instead they were on a plane?

    • When everyone is in Washington, Jesus instructs the Mormon leader to freeze the water to stop the suicides. In the next shot of the water, it's liquid again.

    • After Kyle was put in the bubble, he called Cartman an asshole, to which Cartman said "At least I'm not the one in the plastic bubble!" Clearly, the bubble couldn't have been made of plastic or else it would have been so much simpler for Kyle to get out. Odds are it was made of glass.

    • How can your hair grow back like Butters' did in one day? How did Stan know it was Kenny who drowned?

    • Buddha and Krishna or Krsna are the same person. Krsna had six incarnations.

      One type is the purusa avatars of Visnu, two is the lila avatars that performs pastimes, three is the guna avatars which control material nature, four is manvantara avatars of the manus, five is yuga avatars for every millennium, and six is saktyavesa avatars of the specially empowered living entities for specific purpose.

      "Then in the beginning of the kali yuga the supreme lord Krsna will appear as Buddha, the son of Anjana in the province of Gaya, for the purpose of deluding the atheists who are envious of the faithful theists."

      - The Bhagavad-Gita / Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 1, chapter 3, verse 24.

      So ... Buddha was a lila avatar, and a form of Krsna. So having them as two different entities within each others company is illogical because they are one and the same, same being - different form. Just thought that might be interesting.

      (NOTE: Only -some- Hindus believe that Buddha was an incarnation of Krishna. Buddhists contend that Hinduism's reverse-incorporation of the Buddha into their religion was to discourage conversion.)

    • It never is told what happened to Butters.

    • The miracle Jesus is most famous for is his death and resurrection, not changing water to wine.

    • The Relecting Pool suddenly thaws out in the next scene after it has been iced over.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Blaine: Damn you, Super Best Friends!
      Jesus: Your magic is no match for our powers combined, Blaine!
      Blaine: (gets in a rocket) Then I guess you win this time, Super Best Fools! But I'll be back! (launches the rocket and flies in the sky)
      Jesus: Damnit!
      Buddha: It's alright. Everything is as it should be.
      Jesus: Oh, shut up, Buddha!

    • Kyle: (whispering) Cartman. Cartman, wake up. Cartman.
      Cartman: (wakes up abruptly, knocking Kyle off his bed) No, Paula Poundstone! Leave me alone! Uh! Uh?
      Kyle: It's just me.
      Cartman: (Cartman realizes he's at the camp with Kyle and sighs) Brother Kyle? Why do you disturb my rest?

    • Mohamed: Jesus, come look at this. (Jesus, Stan, and the Super Best Friends move up to a monitor) After your distress call, we entered David Blaine in the super best friends' computer.
      Sea-Man: (operating the monitor) Many interesting things showed up. He was raised in New York city by a decent family, but a freak washing-machine accident at the age of 12 made him learn the ways of the black arts.
      Buddha: That's right, Semen.
      (everyone laughs except for Sea-Man)
      Sea-Man: (feeling insulted) Sea Man!
      Buddha: Uh, that's what I said. Semen. (everyone laughs again)
      Sea-Man: Stop it!

    • Jesus: Yea, take hold of my robe, Stanley, and do not open your eyes.
      Stan: (closes his eyes) I am ready.
      (scene changes to Jesus and Stan on an airplane, Stan is still holding on to Jesus and closing his eyes)
      Jesus: Are you still keeping your eyes closed?
      Stan: Yeah.
      Jesus: Good. Want some peanuts?

    • (Stan asking Jesus for help with defeating Blaine)
      Jesus: The miracle I'm most famous for is turning water into wine.
      Stan: Can you do it again?
      Jesus: Very well. I shall perform the miracle. Behold, here you can see ordinary water, clear, clean. Okay now turn around.
      (Stan surprised)
      Turn around.
      (Stan turns around and Jesus replaces the jug of water on the table with a jug of wine)
      It is now wine!
      Stan: That's it? That's how you did that trick?
      Jesus: Uh, well, yeah.
      Stan: That trick sucks Jesus.
      Jesus: Oh, I guess it worked a little better on people 2,000 years ago.

    • (Stan trying to convince Kyle to leave with him)
      Kyle: I'm not going anywhere.
      Stan: Goddamnit I'm not going with you, I wanna stay here.
      Kyle: Huh? I thought you wanted to leave.
      Stan: Oh wait who am I again?
      Kyle: You're Stan.

    • Blainetologist: Where are you going?
      (blocks stan from the exit)
      Stan: I'm going home?
      Blainetologist: You don't want to go home.
      Stan: You said we're free to leave whenever we want.
      Blainetologist: You are...
      Stan: But what about the way?
      Blainetologist: I'm not in the way... You are. Are you unhappy with the Church's teachings? Let's just talk about it.
      Stan: I don't want to talk about it, I just want to leave.
      Blainetologist: Why don't we go in the backroom for a second... Then you can leave.
      Stan: That's ok, I... I changed my mind, I'm gonna stay.
      Blainetologist (with a sinister smile): That's great news.

    • Cartman: Alright Brother Kyle, it is time for us to die.
      Kyle: Cartman we've been brain washed don't you see? We don't have to do this!
      Cartman: But it's the only way for us to be happy.
      Kyle: Cartman, no!

    • Blaintologist: Let me ask you all something. Do you consider yourselves to be happy?
      Butters: I don't think I'm very happy. I always fall asleep to the sound of my own screams.
      Blaintologist: Right, the reason that you are--
      Butters: Then I always wake up in the morning to the sound of my own screams. Do you think I'm unhappy?

    • Cartman: (spots Kyle and Stan's ice cream) Where did you get the ice cream?

    • [all the boys, except Cartman, look the same with the same clothes and no hair]
      Stan: Kyle, I'm starting to think that this is a really bad idea.
      Butters: I'm not Kyle, I'm Butters. I thought you were Kyle.
      Stan: No, I'm Stan.
      Kyle: You're Stan? Where's Kenny?
      Stan: Who are you?
      Kyle: I'm Kyle.
      Cartman: Hehe, guess who I am, guys?

    • Kyle: Thanks for saving us, Stan. You're my super best friend.
      Stan: Your my super best friend too, Kyle.
      Cartman: Oh, that's so sweet you guys! You want to go get a room so you can make out for a while?

    • Seaman: Look, Swallow, we should be able to divert the water with that pipe.
      Narrator: And so, Seaman and Swallow get to, get to work. [laughs]

    • Jesus: We need to know how to kill a giant stone Abraham Lincoln.
      Moses: Um, let me think, um... A giant stone John Wilkes Booth?

    • Cartman: [to Kyle] I don't wanna die either. I haven't even gotten my pubes yet.

    • [Blaine turns himself into cards and transforms back]
      Jesus: Jesus Christ!

    • Cartman: Blainetology is for everyone. There are Blainetologists who are Catholics, Buddhists... Why even Kyle here is a God damn Jew.
      Kyle: That's right.

    • [Stan looks for Kyle but finds Kenny's dead body]
      Stan: Oh my God, they killed Kenny!
      Kyle: [off-screen] You bastards!
      Stan: Kyle? Oh my God, they killed Kenny!
      Kyle: [off-screen] You bastards!
      Stan: Oh my God, they killed Kenny! [follows Kyle's voice]

    • Stan: Kyle, you can't kill yourself!
      Kyle: [in bubble] I don't want to kill myself. They rigged this thing to fill with water!

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Abraham Lincoln's Assassination: Moses suggesting to build a giant concrete John Wilkes Booth references this as it was John Wilkes Booth that killed president Abraham Lincoln.

    • Branch Davidian Cult:

      The building in which the Blaine-tologists reside is the same building that eventually became the deathground in Waco, Texas for David Koresh and his Branch Davidian cult.

    • Tron: Moses as an analyst for the Super Best Friends is a reference to Master Control Program (MCP) from the movie Tron (1982).

    • Captain America:

      While it probably had nothing to do with the creation of this episode, issue #222 of the Captain America comic also featured someone fighting the Lincoln Monument statue, in this case Captain America. Click 'More Info' to see the cover.

    • That's My Bush:

      When George Bush was talking to Karl, a guy walks in and says this line from Trey and Matt's other show That's My Bush.

    • Paula Poundstone:

      Cartman: No, Paula Poundstone, leave me alone!

      Paula Poundstone is a stand-up comic that was convicted of felony child endangerment charges and misdemeanor infliction of injury on a child charges. She was also charged with lewd conduct on a girl under age 14, but those charges were dropped.

    • Tron:

      The computer consulted by The Super Best Friends is a spoof of the Master Control Program from the 1982 film "Tron."

    • :
      "Blaine-tology" is a crossover of other cults and religion groups like "Scientology", "The Hare Krishnas" (the way they shaved their heads), "Branch Davidians" (Waco, TX) and even Mormons.

    • :
      This episode is a parody of the 1970s ABC Saturday morning cartoon "SuperFriends", which featured Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman who were teamed up to protect the earth.

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