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South Park

Season 4 Episode 12

Trapper Keeper

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 15, 2000 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Kyle comes to school with his new "Dawson's Creek" Trapper Keeper, and wants to show it off, but Cartman upstages him with his highly sophisticated Trapper Keeper. They are visited by a cyborg from the future who calls himself Bill Cosby, and pretends to be a new fourth grade student. Eventually, he reveals his mission, which is to destroy Cartman's Trapper Keeper, thereby preventing a massive human vs. robot war in the future. Meanwhile, Mr. Garrison has been re-hired to teach Kindergarten, and there is a dispute beetween Ike and Fillmore as to who should be the class president.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Trapper Keeper

    Near to the end of South Park Season 4 there are some incredible episodes, full of fun, magic and wisdom (Ha ha.. The Jeffersons). Trapper Keeper is based around the kindergarten kids and the best South Park character - Ike Broflovski! I keep doing typos rrrrr....

    This is definitely the best episode of South Park, as well as Ike's Wee Wee. I love South Park's Ike Broflovski! So, if you do too then watch Season 4 and Season 10 cause he stars the most in those two seasons! Woo hoo!

    :D As well as Ike's Wee Wee, this is deifinitely the best.moreless
  • I think this episode is a little farfetched, but if you go into it with an opened mind it is really rather enjoyable.

    I personally really really like this episode. I think the entire thing is hilarious. Now the first time I watched it I was kinda, "Wow, that was weird," but now I find it completely hillarious! I love the whole crack on Rosie O'Donald looking like Cartman as the trapper keeper. And the kindergarden election is priceless. It has some hilarious lines such as when "Bill Cosby" is going to shot Cartman and Stan and Kyle are okay with it, Stan even asked to shot him himself. Officer Barbrady makes some hillarious comments as well. If you have an opened mind, I recommend this episode.moreless
  • They had to dig pretty deep to pull this episode out.

    I thought this episode was very creative, but it was a little too creative for its own good. I know there are a few episodes scattered around with a farfetched storyline, but I just didn't like the farfetchedness of this particular storyline. I thought the part when Cartman fused with the trapper keeper was pretty cool and I had laugh at how predictable Ms. Cartman has become. Officer Barbrady was funny when he said he knew it wasn't Bill Cosby. At the end of the episode I was sure that we would hear Cartman apologize to Kyle, but, Matt and Trey psyched us out on that one, that's for sure.moreless
  • This episode was confusing and weird and just not cool.

    This is basically a parody of the 1984 action film "The Terminator", when Cartman's new Trapper Keeper device wrecks havoc in Colorado. At the same time, Mr. Garrison comes back to South Park Elementary to teach kindergarten, where a dispute between Ike (Kyle's younger brother) and some other kid whose name I forgot in being class president. OK, South Park has been hecka silly and weird and stuff like that to be funny in the past, but this is just TOO weird. Not recommended.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

Keef Davidson

Keef Davidson

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Zoe Murphy Dion

Zoe Murphy Dion

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Aoife Hayes

Aoife Hayes

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Nico Agnone

Nico Agnone

Voice of Filmore Anderson

Recurring Role

Milan Agnone

Milan Agnone

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Bill Cosby asks to be Cartman's friend, Cartman says "I'm not supposed to have adult friends, I got screwed on that one time."  This is clearly a reference to the episode "Cartman Joins Nambla" where the adults did try to screw Cartman, and the rest of the boys.

    • "Bill Cosby"'s habit of saying "Hu-mons" and "Hu-monity" slips several times in this episode, most notably during his description of the future.

    • "Bill Cosby's" real name is BSM 471.

    • When Stan said to Kyle "You did it Kyle" his mittens turned green, in the next scene they turned to red.

    • During the first vote, Mr. Garrison says to Flora, "I can't read your handwriting." But later, after Billy gives his vote, we see the ballots with checkboxes next to the candidates' names. So, which was it?

    • When Filmore is arguing that the absent students should be allowed to vote, so he can win the election, he says "Carlos was absent today, so we have to wait for him to come back to get his vote." But when the absent kid comes from the hospital to cast his vote, Mr. Garrison calls him "Billy."

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Mr. Garrison: (Looks outside the classroom window) What the hell is that? Oh my God! What is that thing?! Children, there's some huge, bulbous monstrosity heading for the classroom! Oh my God, it's awful! It's coming for the door!
      (Rosie o'Donnell enters the room)
      Rosie O'Donnell: Hello, kids!

    • Stan: Kyle saved your life! The least you could do is thank him!
      Cartman: Alright, alright......Kyle......(opens mouth. episode ends)

    • Bill Cosby: Well that does it! (takes out laser gun)
      Kyle: Hey! What are you doing!
      Bill Cosby: I'm afraid i have no other choice! I have to kill him!
      Kyle: Oh! Ok.
      Stan: That's fine. No wait!
      Bill Cosby: What?
      Stan: Can I do it?
      Bill Cosby: Oh, I suppose... (give gun to Stan)
      Stan: Sweet! Kiss your ass goodbye fat boy!

    • Mr. Garrison: You can't have an election with just one person running, what's the fun in that? Ike, how about you? You're a genius.
      (Ike looks at the others glaring at him)
      Ike: No.
      Mr. Garrison: Okay, our next nominee is Ike the Genius.

    • Bill Cosby: (sees the blob Cartman has become) There's got to be a part of your friend still in there...
      Cartman Trapper-Keeper: (Farts)
      Kyle: Oh my god.Cartman is still in there.

    • Stan: Cartman, you might as well open up, we're just going to have Bill Cosby bust the door down after he finishes having sex with your mom.

    • Kyle: Dammit! I thought 4th grade was going to be different.

    • Cop: Oh my God, now there's two!
      Stan: No, I think the other one is Rosie O'Donnell.

    • Cartman: (singing) I don't want to wait, for my trapper keeper to be over!

    • Filmore: If I'm elected class president, I will call for better chairs. And, on Fridays, I'll add two minutes to nap time.
      Garrison: Very enthralling. Ok, Ike. How about you?
      Ike: Cookie Monster! Ice.

    • (Kyle sneaks into the Cartman-Trapper Keeper monster to shut it down)
      Cartman: (Sounding like HAL from 2001) What are you doing, Kyle?
      Kyle: I have to shut down your CPU!
      Cartman: (Like HAL) I'm afraid I can't let you do that, Kyle.
      Kyle: Well, screw you, fat ass!
      Cartman: (normal voice) Screw you!

  • NOTES (4)

    • There are two different versions of this episode. One version has "Bill Cosby," screaming in pain as he fades away from existence as a result of destroying the trapper keeper. The other version has him saying, "It worked! I no longer exist!," as he fades away.

    • The absent kid, Billy, is the same sick kid that was in "The Tooth Fairy's TATS 2000." In that episode, he was the kid who was on the news because he needed a bone marrow transplant, and the reporters gave his parents $600 to put under his pillow for a lost tooth.

    • This episode features themes from several films, including "The Terminator" (1984); "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and "Akira" (1988). See the cultural references associated with this episode for more detail.

    • As on top of things as ever, the gang from South Park take a stab at the undecided presidential election that was currently not being decided at the time this episode aired. Of course their Flora seemed more on top of things then our own state of Florida at the time.

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • 2001 A Space Odyssey: The scene were Kyle goes into Cartman as the Trapper Keeper, is similar to the scene in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film2001 A Space Odyssey where the Astronaut goes to shut off "Hal" having the same purpose as Kyle tries to shut down the Trapper Keeper. The setting for both scenes are similar as both go into a non-gravity space.

    • Hank Williams:

      The song Cartman's Trapper Keeper plays in the beginning of the episode is based on the first 8 seconds of the Hank Williams song, "Your Cheatin' Heart".

    • Star Trek:

      There are quite a few references to Star Trek in this episode. The line "We are Trapper Keeper" is likely a reference to the Borg. The Borg are a cybernetic race that expand through the assimilation of weaker species and always refer to themselves in the first person plural.

      Bill Cosby pronouncing human as "hu-mon" throughout the whole episode. Just like the Ferengi in Star Trek.

      Finally, Cartman says to trapper keeper: "Please initiate music. Country. High volume." Captain Picard is well known to request earl grey tea from the ship's computer in a similar way: "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."

    • Robocop:

      During the retelling of these future events some of the war machines resemble the ED-209 from the Robocop movies.

    • Dawson's Creek

      A television show that aired on the WB, starring James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes.

      Characters from this show appear on Cartman's Trapper Keeper. Also, when he sings, "I don't want to wait, for my Trapper Keeper to be over..." he is singing the theme song of the show.

    • Hawaii Five-O:

      When Cartman crashes the police cruiser into Cosby, he says "Book 'em, Barbrady," A reference to the line "Book 'em, Danno," of the show Hawaii Five-O.

    • Current Event/2000 Presidential Election:

      The kindergarten election was a spoof of the 2000 Presidential election.

      Flora, the girl who couldn't decide was Florida, the state that couldn't decide. Absent Kid was the Absentee vote. Also, Fillmore and his voters were Gore and his followers who kept demanding recounts after he had already lost.

    • Blade: The trapper keeper has metal spikes that cut off anyone but Cartman's hand. When "Bill Cosby" grabs ahold of the trapper keeper, its metal spikes cut off his hand. Very similar to Blade's sword that has a metal spike trap, where only Blade can hold his sword lest anyone else wants to lose a hand, which happens in the movie at some point.

    • Akira:
      Among the many references to the 1988 Anime film, Akira:

      -Similar music used.
      -Cartman grows into a huge bio-mechanical blob that crushes everything in its path, much like Tetsuo.
      -Rosie O'Donnell gets crushed in a similar manner to Tetsuo's girlfriend Kaori.
      -Kyle gets enveloped by the big blob creature, just like Kaneda.

    • 2001: A Space Odyssey:

      Cartman: What are you doing, Kyle?

      Obviously a reference to Dave Bowman's shutting down of HAL when the computer goes screwy in the 1968 Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day:

      The "Bill Cosby" character is a robot sent from the future to stop an apocalypse, just like in the 1991 film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day.