South Park

Season 12 Episode 1

Tonsil Trouble

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 12, 2008 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

After going in for a routine tonsillectomy, a botched transfusion leaves Cartman afflicted with an incurable disease. When he finds no comfort in his friends and family, how far will he go to find a cure?

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  • worst episode of the entire series!

    I hated this episode so much! It's the prime example of the worst flaw of the newer seasons. What is that? kyle is a horrendous asshole to cartman in this episode! It's not a good idea for a role reversal. I'm not saying giving someone hiv is a good idea, but kyles behavior throughout the episode was completely unnecessary. He acted worse than cartman ever did and of course he never learned his lesson in the end. All the episodes from season 8 and later where he rages at cartman are god awful. Remember in the first 7 seasons when their conflicts were funny and made sense? Now it's all gone downhill. I hate this episode with a burning passion and i don't understand why everyone likes it so much. I wish i could rate it zero stars.moreless
  •'s OK.

    There's little to say about this episode. It was very, decent. It had some occasionally funny parts, but for the most part I didn't laugh much. After the last two season premieres (The Return of Chef and With Apologies to Jessie Jackson) being series classics, I expected this episode to continue the trend, but it didn't. I kinda liked the Jimmy Buffet thing, but there was much else too memorible. However this one isn't horrible and I don't think you should avoid it like the plague, I just think you shouldn be expecting much when you see it, cause it's not the best.moreless
  • perfect

    Cartman has a routine tonsillectomy, but he is accidentally given Aids. He wants sympathy from people, but when Kyle can't help but laugh at him, Cartman gives him Aids too. Now, the two boys must race to try and find a cure for HIV. Will they be able to?

    Good episode and good season premiere. Is it the best season premiere ever? No. Is it an enjoyable way to spend 22 minutes? I certainly thought so. It was pretty funny. Cartman was funny and I couldn't help but laugh when Kyle beat up Cartman. Overall a good episode, I thought, one that certainly gets an A+ from memoreless
  • I'm not just sure, I'm HIV positive that this was a great episode!

    Of all the time to get AIDS, Cartman gets it when nobody gives a crap. Worse yet, his frenemy Kyle thinks its funny. Payback is a biotch as Cartman gives Kyle a dose of Cartman's own medicine.

    South Park is bitingly funny when they get it right, and often, they are right. AIDS is still an incurable disease, but I guess because of the cocktail of medicine that one can take to slow its progress, the disease is talked about less and less in the media. I don't know if I should feel ashamed to admit: Every time Cartman said "I'm not just sure, I'm HIV positive" I busted my gut laughing. That's gotta be one of the funniest lines I've ever heard. The culmination of it was of course when Kyle tells him to Shut UP, it's not funny...I fell off my chair. Butters is my favorite character, so my favorite moment was when he told Cartman that he won't treat him any different, and proceeds to kiss him on the cheek! I LOVE BUTTERS!moreless
  • Cartman has a tonsillectomy but is frustrated when the doctors accidentally give him donor blood infected with the HIV virus. When he tells the guys Kyle finds it ironic and can't help but laugh. Cartman then gets really pissed and gets revenge.moreless

    I think this episode is love it or hate it. Quite a few people really dislike this episode while others really enjoyed it. I really liked this episode, mostly because I find the Cartman vs Kyle style episodes really funny. I do agree with some people that the end was rushed and the episode would have been better as a two-parter.

    Cartman has to have a tonsillectomy and immediately refuses, until the doctors say he will get free ice-cream. Before the surgery everyone said it will be okay, this is son proven wrong as the doctor comes with bad news. Cartman has been diagnosed with HIV. The doctors accidentally gave him donor blood infected with the virus, Cartman is really pissed and even pushes the ice-cream off the tray given to him! The teachers at the school then call in Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Butters (and their parents) to tell them the devastating news. Kyle immediately find the whole thing ironic as Cartman has wished AIDS on him a fair few times. Kyle can't help but laugh and that gets Cartman really pissed. Cartman then holds an AIDS benefit where only about 5 people show up. Cartman was expecting Elton John to perform but was disappointed as he ditched for a Cancer benefit. Instead he got Jimmy Buffet, and Cartman says "the only people who like Jimmy Buffet are fret boys and alcoholic chicks form the south" (I find that really funny as my mom loves Jimmy Buffet and shes an alcoholic chick from the south XD). Cartman was then angry at the other guys for not coming to his AIDS benefit, after he told them that he had to have Jimmy Buffet instead of Elton John Kyle started laughing (well trying not to but failed).

    Later that night Cartman gets Butters to help him sneak into Kyle's house, Cartman then injects some of him blood into Kyle's mouth, infecting him with the disease.

    Kyle's mom then takes him to the doctor when he tells him he's got HIV, Kyle immediate knows who caused this and runs up to the playground, and beats the crap out of Cartman. Mr Mackey then takes the boys to the principle and makes Cartman apologize for infecting Kyle with HIV and then tells Kyle to apologize for taddeling, Kyle is furious about this and runs to Cartman's house to break everything he owns. After wrecking some of Cartman's most prizes possessions (including Clyde Frog) he then gets to the Xbox when Cartman begs him not to break it. Cartman then takes Kyle to Magic Johnson's house to see if he knows a cure as he's been immune to the virus for about 50 years. The boys search the house to find it's relatively normal until they reach his bed which was full of cash (MJ doesn't trust banks) they then go to the doctors and find the cure. $180,000 injected into the bloodstream. They then have another benefit where Jimmy Buffet plays again and Kyle announces that he will still break Cartman's X box.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

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

April Stewart

April Stewart

Voice of Liane Cartman; Principal Victoria; Sharon Marsh; Wendy Testaburger; Shelly Marsh; Various Others

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Cartman squirts his blood into Kyle's mouth. Blood transfusions normally cause serious problems when not cross matched, but Cartman has the same blood type as Kyle, as stated in "Cherokee Hair Tampons." Because of this, Kyle suffered no problems from ingesting Cartman's blood.

    • Kyle states that Aids isn't funny even though Aids had been officially declared funny in the season six episode "Jared Has Aides".

    • This is the second time that Cartman has infected Kyle with something related to HIV and the AIDS virus. In the Episode 406, Cartman Joins NAMBLA, when playing Investigative Reports funtime game with Bill Curtis, Cartman gives Kyle AIDS as a card within the board game.

    • GOOF:The older grey hair scientist says at one point that the cash seems to prevent the HIV cells from stabilizing. This is scientific nonsense as HIV is a virus not a bacteria and therefore is not made up of cells

    • While Principal Victoria is explaining Cartman's situation to the teachers and the boys, you can see Mr. Adler sitting amongst them.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Butters: I just, eh. Well.. I don't know if I should be helping you make Kyle look silly.
      Cartman: Butters. Helping People who have AIDS, is one of the most important things you could do.
      Butters: I know, but are you sure Kyle has to be taught a lesson?
      Cartman: I'm not just sure, butters. I'm H.I.V. Positive.
      Butters: Oh yeah, eh. I guess that's true.

    • Cartman: Of all the times to get AIDS, I get it right when everyone stops giving a crap.

    • Liane: Just calm down honey..
      Cartman: F*ck you mom! I have f*cking AIDS!

    • Announcer: I'm pleased to announce that there is no trace of the HIV virus in either Kyle Broflovski or Eric Cartman. Together these boys beat their illness, with nothing but each other and overcoming all odds, these two brave friends...
      Kyle: Oh Stop! we are not friends! He's the one who infected me with AIDS!
      Announcer: ... These two brave lovers found the cure and helped the world. And so, to honor these boys, here is: Jimmy Buffett!
      Cartman: What? Oh No!

    • Cartman: F*ck you Jimmy Buffett! You f*ckin suck!

    • Butters: How're you doin' Eric? You know, I think you're a real special little guy. And even though you have AIDS, I ain't gonna act any different towards you. (Kisses Cartman's cheek)
      Cartman: ...God dammit, this SUCKS ASS!!

    • Ticket Guy: Are you boys sure you don't have any money?
      Cartman: We're not just sure..we're HIV positive.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Denholm Elliott:

      Though not a direct allusion; the way Cartman contracts HIV in this episode is similar to how British actor Denholm Elliott (Best known for his role as Marcus Brody in the Indiana Jones series) contracted the disease himself, through a accidental transfusion of blood infected with HIV. Denholm died of AIDS-related tuberculosis in 1992.

    • Jimmy Buffett:

      The two songs Jimmy Buffet sang at the AIDS benefit and at the AIDS cure benefit were parodies of his hit songs "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise."

    • Philadelphia:
      Cartman's hat and scarf were in reference to the movie Philadelphia in which Tom Hanks played a lawyer with AIDS.

    • Leave it to Beaver:

      The happy music cue that is played during the transition from the hospital to the school is very similar to the one in Leave it to Beaver.

    • The Cure:
      "Two brave little buddies who against all odds have journeyed across America to find a cure for AIDS; all they have is each other in a race against time." This is an allusion to the 1995 Brad Renfro film, The Cure.