South Park

Season 9 Episode 6

The Death of Eric Cartman

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 13, 2005 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • The news flash says that there are twelve hostages, but if you include the baby in the woman's arms, there's actually thirteen.

    • When Butters screams and covers his mouth in his room, he ends up sounding like Kenny. Edit: He is. Butters is voiced by Matt Stone, the same voice of Kenny, and other voices.

    • Butter's mom (Linda) calls her husband "Steve"... despite being first introduced (and later continually called) "Chris."

    • When Stan, Kyle and Kenny tells the kids they are ignoring Cartman, you can hear Cartmans voice in the crowd saying "Yeah screw him!" when they all agree to ignore him.

    • Like most animated shows, South Park doesn't take place in real time. So in the South Park timeline Scott Tenorman's parents would have died just recently, just like all other events that took place in the present. Otherwise, Cartman would be 17 years old by now. The error then, is that Scott Tenorman died more than a year ago in 2003. Cartman was in Fourth Grade when that happened and he still is, so the tombstone should say 2004.

    • At the point when Cartman is visiting the Scott Tenorman at Tenormans' grave, the headstones mark the year of death at 2003, shouldn't it be 2001 as that episode (Scott Tenorman Must Die) originally aired on 11 July 2001.

    • Sally Struthers isn't in Jabba the Hutt form, she was in that form the last time we saw her.

    • During the scene of Cartman giving out fruit baskets, he is shown singing the song in a recording studio. Shouldn't he have known he wasn't a ghost when the DJ could see him?

  • Quotes

    • Cartman: You son of a bitch Butters.
      Butters: Huh?
      Cartman: You told me I was a ghost!
      Butters: But I thought you were one!
      Cartman: How stupid are you?! So help me God Butters I'm gonna get you back for this, I'm going to get you back!
      (Cartman walks away and Butters' parents and the doctor come in)
      Chris Stotch: Butters!
      Butters: Oh hamburgers.

    • Dr. Lindsay: But now, you shouldn't think you're crazy, young man. I see ghosts all the time.
      Butters: Really?
      Dr. Lindsay: Yes. When's the last time you saw yours?
      Butters: Well, he's sittin' next to me right now.
      (Dr. Lindsay gets scared and runs out the room screaming)

    • Cartman: Don't worry, Butters, I'm gonna get you out of here.
      Butters: Please leave me alone, Eric. My bottom is really sore.

    • (Butters' room has been destroyed by Cartman)
      Chris: Butters! What have you done?
      Butters: It, it, it wasn't me! It, it was the ghost!
      Linda: Oh, Steven, I don't know if we should ground him or call a doctor.
      Chris: No, I think you'd better call a doctor. I'll ground him.

    • Chris: (hears Butters scream due to Cartman) Butters, what is going on?
      Butters: Well it's all… Well he was… Nothin'. I, I just had a nightmare.
      Chris: Well you'd better stop having nightmares or else you're gonna be grounded!

    • Cartman: Let's see. Oh, and I broke Mr. Anderson's fence and never told him about it.
      Butters: (writing) Broke fence...
      Cartman: I took a crap in the principal's purse... seven times. Then there was the time I convinced a woman to have an abortion so I could build my own Shakey's Pizza. I pretended to be retarded and joined the Special Olympics. I tried to have all the Jew exterminated last spring. Uuh, oh yeah, and there's this one kid whose parents I had killed and then made into chili which I fed to the kid.

    • Cartman: (singing) I'm gonna make, make it right.
      I'm gonna take a little time and set things straight.
      Make, make it right.
      I'm payin' for my sins and it sure feels great.
      It feels so good to be making up
      For all the things I've done wrong.
      I know now what the Good Lord in Heaven
      Wanted from me all along.
      All along, I'm gonna make, make it right.
      'Cause Jesus wants me to have a clean slate.
      Not faking it, I'm making it right.
      I'm payin' for my sins and it sure feels great.
      Make, make it right!
      Make, make it right!
      Gonna make it right, girl, I've got to have your lovin' tonight!

    • Doctor: Now, Butters, you're going to feel a slight pinch.
      Butters: lu lu lu l-- (anal probe goes in) LULULULLULULUU!!

    • Cartman: Can you feel me Clyde? Feel me, Clyde!

    • Chris Stotch: There's nothing to be afraid of...except for Super AIDS.

    • Cartman: Don't be sad, Butters. What awaits each person in Heaven is eternal bliss, divine rest, and ten thousand dollars cash.

    • Cartman: Come on, guys. If we all help out, we can do it super fast!
      Stan: All right!
      (Boys go to get groceries. Cartman starts to go with them but sneaks back to the chicken and eats the skin off)
      Stan:All right, this is everything, mom.
      Kyle:All right, lets eat colonel!
      (The boys see the skinless chicken and stare at it, in shock)
      Cartman:Yeah, but I saved you all the chicken part.
      Kyle: (sad) The skin's the... best part.
      Cartman: Well, I gotta go home, guys. I'm gonna sit on the toilet and read comic books. See you at the bus stop tomorrow.
      (Cartman leaves. The boys stare at the skinless chicken. Kenny cries)

    • Clyde: I didn't realize ignoring him was an option.

    • Jimmy: Hey fellas, where's Cartman?
      Kyle: He's not our friend anymore.
      Stan: We're ignoring him.
      Token: Ignoring him? Why?
      Kyle: Because he's a fat, racist, self-centered, intolerant, manipulating sociopath.
      Token: ...Oh yeah.

    • Butters: How do you know you're supposed to go to heaven?
      Cartman: What do you mean?
      Butters: How do you know you're not supposed to go to...y'know...heck?
      Cartman: I'm not going to heck, Butters, I'm not black.

    • Cartman: (thinks he's going to heaven) Goodbye, Butters.... I'm leaving now.... I'm going to another place... I'll be looking down on you from time to time...

    • Butters: I hate my stupid psychotic brain!

  • Notes

    • This is the eighth episode with Cartman's name in the title.

    • Cartman gives gift baskets to: Principal Victoria, Miss Claridge, Scott Tenorman, the Special Olympics people, the rabbi, Sally Struthers, and the abortion clinic

    • Cartman referred to Scott Tenorman Must Die, Kenny Dies, The Passion of the Jew, and Up the Down Steroid in this episode. Also, Sally Struthers from the two Starvin' Marvin episodes and Ms. Claridge from Pre-School make cameos during Cartman's song.

  • Allusions

    • Field Of Dreams:

      The part where Cartman walks into the field the Rest in Peace is a reference to the movie Field of Dreams.

    • Sink My Ship:

      While Cartman is breaking things in Butters' house, he smashes a shelf with several board games on it. One of them is called Sink My Ship, a reference to Battleship, a popular board game made by the Milton Bradley Company in 1931.

    • The Amazing Randi:

      Under Dr. Lindsay's ad is another ad for "The Amazing Randy." This may be an allusion to a magician named The Amazing Randi who pledged to give $1,000,000 to anyone who could prove that the supernatural really does exist. And as Tina Fey said on an edition of the SNL Weekend Update, the supernatural must be real if somebody named "The Amazing Randi" has $1,000,000.

    • Once Upon A Scoundrel:

      While this episode contains references to The Sixth Sense, it's actually based on the 1973 film Once Upon A Scoundrel.

      In the film, a cruel great land owner gets fed a sleeping potion and is then ignored by the villagers as revenge for his cruelty. He thinks then that he is a ghost and that he has to fullfill good deeds in order to go to heaven.

    • Super AIDS:

      Butters' dad talks about how scary Super AIDS is.

      Super AIDS is actually real, sort of. A new strain of HIV was found in February that's linked to gay and bisexual men who abuse crystal meth and have unprotected sex while under its influence.

      Although Matt and Trey probably coined the term "Super AIDS."

    • The Sixth Sense:

      Butters quotes the infamous line, "I'm seeing dead people."

      This episode is based on the 1999 film The Sixth Sense in which a child psychologist helps a boy who see's dead people only to find out at the end that he himself is dead as well.