South Park

Season 6 Episode 15

The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 13, 2002 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Infused with the spirit of Gandalf and Frodo, the boys embark upon a mythical quest as they set out to return their copy of the "The Lord of the Rings" movie to their local video store. Meanwhile, Butters watches his first porno.

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  • perfect

    The boys give their copy of Lord of the Rings to Butters to watch, but Randy accidentally misplaces a porno in the box. Now, Butters has seen a porno, and when the boys see the powers of the film (not knowing it is a porno and believing it to be Lord of the Rings), they attempt to go and return it to the video store. But will a group of middle schoolers beat them for the movie?

    Good episode. Really hilarious. The plot is really good and the episode has a lot of laugh out loud moments, especially the ending. So because of all of this my final grade for this episode is an easy and well deserved A+moreless
  • Hilarious LOTR parody

    In this episode, the boys are playing Lord of the Rings, and when they deliever what they believe to be the Lord of the Rings to Butters, it's actually a porno, and after the parents send them back to get it, and the 6th graders try to steal it from them, they decide to return the video to the two towers video store, from which it came. This episode is truly hilarious throughout with the boys dressed as appropriate LOTR characters, the fact that the story is parody of all the movie's storylines, it's crazy funny. I haven't even seen LOTR, and I couldn't stop laughing the first time I saw this. Overall, fantastic episode. 10/10 A+moreless
  • Best episode i've ever seen. Matt Stone and Trey Park are brilliant!

    The best south park episode i've ever seen!! An amazing episode with an excellent concept. It's South Park gone Lord of the Rings style. If you love Lord of the Rings then you'll definately love this episode! If you haven't seen LOTR then you won't understand a lot of the insider jokes and this episode won't be as funny but you can still get the drift of things and share in the laughter of the all important quest. I especially loved the dig they had at Harry Potter. This episode is truely South Park in its finest form!!! This episode is definately my prescious!! =)moreless
  • not bad.

    I'm a fan of The Lord of the Rings but this episode was so funny and the plot was very good. The porn tape that the kids have pretty much represents the ring and their quest was to get it to Butters. Butters watches it and sees that it's a porn not The Lord of the Rings. Once the kids take the tape back, Butters tries to get the tape back and portrays the character, Gollum, who wants his "precious" back. At the end they get the movie to the video store and drop it down the slot where Butters jumps in after it and falls to his "death".moreless
  • Let's play Lord of the Rings!

    Eric, Kyle, and Stan all play The Lord of the Rings and pretend they are wizards. Then Stan's parents gives the video of the movie to the kids to take to Butter's house. However, that's not the only movie the Marsh parents rented. They have a pornographic tape. Unfortunately, the two tapes get mixed up and they have the Lord of the Rings and the boys... uh, oh!

    After giving the tape to Butter's house and Butter's viewing "The Lord of the Rings" porno tape, the boys get the info to get the tape back and Butters is dying to see more of the vid. During the boys' quest, they bump into sixth graders who find out that the tape is actually a porno. So they get chased by not only sixth graders but by their parents who are looking for them with a porno. So the boys gather all the other boys in town about this "powerful thing" so Token takes a look at it but is stunned. Then leaves and tells his parents who are with the other parents. So the boys figure that the video should be taken back to the video store called "Two Towers Video." The boys get to the store to turn in the tape but Butters still wants to see the rest and won't let go of his "precious." So they throw Butters and the tape in a drop box with the sixth graders and the parents arriving too late. Then after hearing a sex explanation from the parents, they all go home, except for Butters and his parents. Note to self: don't play "Lord of the Rings"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

Rochelle Leffler

Rochelle Leffler

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Adrien Beard

Adrien Beard

Voice of Token / Token's Dad

Guest Star

Nico Agnone

Nico Agnone

Voice of Filmore Anderson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Butters's pants were green earlier, but at the end of the episode they are brown.

    • Right after Stan's parents give the boys their second mission (getting the tape back), it cuts to a clip of the Stotch house with the upper right-hand room's light on, signifying that room is occupied. The next scene is Butters is in that room watching the tape. There are stairs behind him. Wouldn't those lead to the attic? His parents walked down and then back up those stairs earlier in the episode.

    • When Randy and Sharon inform Butter's parents that Butters might be watching the porno movie, they are seen in their regular clothing. When they discuss it with Cartman and Kyle's parents that they boys have the porno movie, Randy and Sharon are in their pajamas.

    • One member of the "army of 6th graders" looks exactly like Scott Tenorman, from the episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die." In that episode, Tenorman was a 9th grader.

    • At the end of the episode, Butter's father; Chris, asks where is Butters? But why would he ask that? The last time they saw Butters, he was at their house and then they left. They would still assume Butters is home.

    • When the boys are on their way to drop off the video they walk through Kenosha Pass. The sign there says its elevation is 9,800 ft. Kenosha Pass's elevation though is actually listed at 10,001 ft. Guess somebody didn't do their research.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Stan: This is great, we're in the middle of nowhere and nobody knows what direction the video store is in.
      Butters: The Butters knows.
      Kyle: Oh brother.
      Butters: The video store, yes. Not far from here. We can show you wheres it is.
      Stan: Where?
      Butters: First, just let Butters see the precious.
      Kyle: NO Butters, look what it has done to you. It's made you even lamer than before.
      Cartman: If that was possible.

    • (The boys knock on Butters front door and Chris opens it up)
      Chris: Oh, hello boys.
      Stan: My father has asked that we bring you this copy of Lord of the Rings.
      Chris: Well thank you very much, kind heroes.
      Cartman: Perhaps a reward is in order. Gold! Frankenstein cents!
      Chris: Oh, but you are noble heroes. We know our thanks is enough. (Closes the door)
      Cartman: Man, that's crap.

    • Butters: My movie! My awesome cool movie! (dramatically) My precious.

    • (the boys are fleeing from the 6th graders)
      Stan: Jimmy didn't stop them.
      Kyle: They're going to take the Lord of the Rings from us.
      Cartman: Quick cross the river. 6th graders can't stand water.
      Craig: What!? That's stupid.
      Cartman: I am a high ranking white wizard, Craig. And I say 6th graders are opposed to water!
      Craig: Whatever, I'm going back to play with the Harry Potter kids.
      Kindergarten Kid: Me too.
      Cartman: Go ahead and play Harry Butthole Pussy Potter!

    • Gerald: "Back Door Sluts 9" makes "Crotch Capers 4" look like "Naughty Nurses 2"!
      Sheila: How do you know about it?
      Gerald: Uh, I read about it in People.

    • Cartman: Thank you, High Elf of Paragon.
      Clyde: Faragon, asshole! (closes door)
      Cartman: Clyde's a dick.

    • (Token comes out after seeing the porno)
      Token: I'm not playing anymore.
      Stan: Uh, well wait, what'd you see?
      Token: I don't know, I don't wanna know. I'm out.

    • Cartman: And so the party journeyed onward. The great wizard, the skillful ranger, and the covetous Jew.
      Kyle: I'm a paladin, Cartman!
      Cartman: Jews can't be paladins!

    • Craig: Only the six of us are to go?
      Stan: No no, there's seven of us. Kenny's soul is still trapped in Cartman's body, remember?
      Cartman: Yeah, stupid.
      Kenny: (talking from Cartman) Yeah. Luckily, Cartman's body is big enough for the both of us.
      Cartman: Shut up, Kenny.

    • Stan: I will take it! I will walk to the video store.
      Clyde: It is too far and too dangerous to go alone. Take with you the wizard, the dwarf, the warrior, the cleric, and the Jew.
      Kyle: Paladin!

    • Randy: Alright, now, now listen, kids. There's some things we need to put into context for you. You see, a man puts his penis into a woman's vagina for both love and pleasure. But sometimes the woman lays on top of the man facing the other way so that they can put each other's genitals in their mouths. Uh, this is called "sixty-nining" and it's normal.
      Sharon: See boys, a woman is sensitive in her vagina and it feels good to have a man's penis inside of it.
      Sheila: That's right, but sometimes a woman chooses to use other things. Telephones, staplers, magazines. It's because the nerve endings in the vagina are so sensitive, it's like a fun tickle.
      Gerald: Now, onto double penetration, boys. You see, sometimes when a woman has sex with more than one man, each man makes love to a different orifice.
      Randy: That's right. It's something adults can do with really good friends in a comfortable setting.
      Sheila: It's also important that you understand why some people choose to urinate on each other.
      Randy: Going #1 or #2 on your lover is something people might do, but you must make sure your partner is okay with it before you start doing it.
      Gerald: Okay boys. Do you have any questions?
      Stan: Wow...

    • Randy: Jimmy! Jimmy! Where did the boys go with the porno tape?
      Jimmy: They're taking it to the vi - the vi - the vi -
      Butters' Dad: Come on Jimmy, we don't have a lot of time.
      Jimmy: They took it back to the video s - the video s...
      Randy: The video sandwich?
      Butters' Dad: The video stockyard.
      Randy: What's a video stockyard, Jimmy?
      Jimmy: No, the video st - the video st -
      Gerald: Stinger?
      Butters' Dad: Staples. They went to the video staples. Where's that, Jimmy?
      Jimmy: No, you retards! The video store!
      Parents: The video store!

    • Kyle: You guys, somebody is following us.
      Cartman: It's Butters.
      Kyle: Butters?
      Cartman: Yes. He's been following us for like two hours.

    • Kyle: Hey, what are you guys doing?
      Boy: We're playing Harry Potter.
      Cartman: Ha! Fags!

    • Kyle: Good job, Wizard Fatass! Now we're totally lost.
      Cartman: We're not lost, Jewgar of Jewlingrad, we just don't know where we are! (Kenny talks through Cartman) That's what lost means, stupid! (normal) Kenny, shut your God damned mouth!

    • (Jimmy trying to speak)
      Jimmy: You shall not pu… You shall not pu…

    • Randy: Yes, uh, you see, Token, that was called a pornographic film. Uh, it shows adult men and adult women having sexual intercourse. Well, you see, when a, when a man and a woman fall in love, the the man puts his penis in the woman's vagina. It's called love-making, and it's part of being in love.
      Token: And when the woman has four penises in her at the same time, then stands over the men and pees on them, is that part of being in love too? Five midgets, spanking a man covered in Thousand Island dressing. Is that making love?

    • Kyle: There are four of us! Kenny's soul remains in Cartman's body!

    • Kyle: Butters, we said you can't watch it, we have a quest.
      Butters: Then, Then let me go with you.
      Kyle: Ok, Fine Butters! But if you're gonna hang out with us you have to play like Lord of the Rings.
      Butters: Ah! Ok!
      (Butters starts humping Kyle)
      Kyle: Butters what the hell are you doing?
      Butters: We're playing Lord of the Rings.
      (Butters keeps on humping Kyle)
      Butters: Let me have the tape!
      Stan: No, we have to return it.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Wild Wild West:

      Next to the poster in the video store window for Guys in Black Suits mentioned previoiusly, there is another poster for a movie called Nutty, Nutty West, a reference to the Will Smith-Kevin Kline movie Wild, Wild West

    • Lord Of The Rings:

      When Stan volunteers to carry the tape, Cartman (the wizard) closes his eyes sorrowfully. This is directly inspired by the live-action film of "Fellowship of the Ring", when Frodo volunteers to carry the ring and we see a reaction shot from Gandalf.

    • Return of the King:

      Butters going down the video chute and clutching the porno is like Gollum in Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King getting flung into the flames of Mount Doom and finally getting "his precious" (the ring).

    • Death Of Lurtz:

      Jimmy getting run over by the 6th graders is like the character Boromir in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" getting shot by three arrows, fired by Lurtz, and dying only after Aragorn had killed Lurtz. Jimmy attempting to say 'you shall not pass' is taken from the showdown between Gandalf and the Balrog.

    • Princess:

      Parents: A man puts his penis into a woman's vagina for both love and pleasure...

      The kids' parents explain "ways of sex" just like the father in Trey and Matt's ill fated series "Princess" (episode 2).

    • Men in Black:

      The poster saying "Men In Darker Suits" at the Two Towers Video Store was referring to the Men in Black movies starring Will Smith, and Tommy Lee Jones.