South Park

Season 13 Episode 11

Whale Whores

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 28, 2009 on Comedy Central
8.9
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For Stan's birthday, he and his family go to the Denver Aquarium where they plan on swimming with dolphins. Unfortunately things go from bad to worse when the Japanese attack and kill all the dolphins. The Japanese seem hell-bent on killing all the worlds' dolphins and whales, but Stan takes up the cause to try and save the marine animals from senseless slaughter.moreless

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  • perfect

    10
    The Japanese keep killing whales and Stan is determined to get them to stop. He becomes the new star of the show "Whale Wars" and is only intent is to stop the Japanese. But he is caught by Japanese police, where he learns the real reason why they want to kill all whales. Will Stan be able to help the whales after all?



    Pretty funny episode, the spoofs of Deadliest Catch and Whale Wars was funny, as was Stan's plan to trick the Japanese. No real complaints, and this is easily one of the best episodes of the 13th season, so because of all of this my final grade is an A+moreless
  • why such a low rating? this episode was brilliant

    10
    i have no clue as to why this episode currently has only a 8.6, i was laughing and intrigued the whole time. this episode is about stan joining the cast of the horrible reality show, whale wars to stop japanese from killing dolphins and whales, which you can tell trey parker and matt stone obviously hate because everychance they can they harshly make fun of the over wieght captain. its hilarious everytime you see the jappanese running towards dolphins waving their spears in the air. this episode also has one of the best south park montage ever which centres around stan being on a hit tv show while cartman sings poker face by lady gaga. this episode is not like the last 2 episodes which were mediocre at best, it is worth a 10.moreless
  • Dear lord let this be the worst of it

    5.0
    Okay okay, I get the jokes and some were funny. but overall this was the worst episode of southpark I have ever seen, and for anyone who knows how i felt about the Starling two parter that's saying something.



    still it's worth at least one watch if only to see how close one can go to being insensitive without actually crossing the line.....too much.



    it starts simple with making a comment on the japanese attacking whales and dolphins to a really over done degree. but as it turns out it was just a set up reason and filler after the first 2 minutes just to get Stan into a boat and thus the real comment is one a show that I have not seen and I'm guessing most others haven't or do not care to for the very reasons said in this episode.



    whatever social commentary though is completely dwarfed by the overkill of how far the Japanese will go like killing a football team, and the solutions to the issue was so retarded it undermined everything good before hand. the only thing saving this from a lower rating with me was that although bad jokes I still laughed at this thing.moreless
  • When Stan's birthday trip to swim with dolphins turns bad when the Japanese kill all the dolphins, Stan joins the crew of reality TV show 'Whale Wars' to try and stop the senseless killing of dolphins and whales. Some okay moments, but too unfocused..moreless

    7.5
    This review contains spoilers.



    I'm not sure what to make of this episode. It has some amusing and quite clever moments, but ultimately does not quite work, and comes off as an average-at-best instalment, and in places feels very 'thrown together'.

    At first, I thought it might end up being a retread of season nine's 'Free Willzyx' – how wrong could I be.



    With the Marsh family visiting Denver Aquarium to swim with dolphins, I was hoping that this was going to be a story that heavily featured Randy, one of my favourite characters. Sadly, he only gets one really amusing moment (pushing the little girl out of the way, insisting it is him that gets a kiss from a dolphin) before he fades into the background of the story.



    The Japanese appearing out of nowhere every time to kill all the dolphins and whales in a bloody slaughter, is fairly amusing at first, but gets old very quickly.



    Maybe I didn't fully take to this story because I haven't seen 'Whale Wars' – I don't think it's shown here in the U.K. (at least, not on any channel I have / want), but even beyond that, the story didn't seem certain as to what it wants to be.

    The only really amusing and notable moment of the story is Cartman singing Lady Gaga (I'm not a fan of hers, but Cartman's version was funny).



    Mid-way through, the episode takes a sharp turn as the cast of 'Whale Wars' do battle with another such show, 'Deadliest Catch'. Although two such shows at war with each other could maybe be amusing, here it detracts from the overall story and on hindsight seems to be little more than story padding.

    Likewise, other than to get on TV, Cartman and Kenny suddenly deciding to join Stan's mission doesn't really lead anywhere.



    As for the ending... the explanation that the Japanese were hunting dolphins and whales after mistakenly beliving them to be responsible for the bombing of Hiroshima... it *should* have been funny, but just somehow doesn't really work.



    All-in-all, not one of the season's best episodes. Not bottom-of-the barrel either (that still goes to the terrible 'Eat, Prey, Queef'), but I hope the rest of the season's episodes are stronger than this one.moreless
  • Stan tries to stop the Japs from killing whales and dolphins.

    10
    There is something subliminally stupid yet perfect about this episode. Very funny, even hilarious, this might just be a South Park classic. I never even seen the show they make fun of called "Whale Wars" but it doesn't matter because they do a great job at just making jokes about the whole situation. If not the entire episode, the ending of the episode is quite strange and insulting to the Japanese. But to remark, the last line of the episode is remarkably what turns everything full circle and makes for a great laugh as the credits role. What’s sure to be a controversial episode, South Park doesn’t let up.moreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Randy Marsh; Mr. Garrison

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Leopold 'Butters' Stotch; Gerald Broflovski

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Various Other Females

April Stewart

April Stewart

Voice of Liane Cartman; Principal Victoria; Sharon Marsh; Wendy Testaburger; Various Other Females

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The Japanese text written in this episode have no significant meanings.

      1. At the scene right before the first Japanese ship caught fire, you can see some Japanese characters next to the oil drums. None of the characters meant 'Fuel' or 'Storage', both of which are written right above them.

      2. While the boys were in prison, the plaque above them would translate to 'point', 'degree' and 'dog' separately.

      3. The red sign next to the prison cell was directing people to somewhere of 'high voltage'.

    • Unlike the actual model, the Enola Gay aircraft as shown in this episode has an extra window at its middle fuselage section, where the whale was standing.

    • When the 'World News' papers were shown, there is a spelling error in one of the articles, which reads Baghdad in Termoil.

    • While 'Pokerface' is played through the Whale Wars scenes, Cartman sings "I wanna hold 'em like they do in Texas Plays", followed by "A little gambling is fun when you're with me, I love it...".

      In the original version, both lyrics are not sung together in a single stanza.

    • At the Beginning of this episode, Cartman, Kyle and Kenny are playing the music video game, Rock Band. They are playing the song, "Poker Face", by Lady Gaga. However this song is not playable in Rock Band. Also when they show the TV screen, although Cartman is singing, he has no on-screen lyrics, and although there are 3 people playing, the screen shows 4 people.

      To mark the start of the 14th season, a Lady Gaga pack was released for the game, along with an Eric Cartman-sung version of Poker Face.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Larry King: Paul Watson was an unorganized, incompetent media whore who thought lying to everyone is OK as long as it served his cause.
      Interviewee: Yes, of course, everyone knows that Paul Watson was a smug, narcoleptic liar with no credibility
      Stan Marsh: Screw this, I've got to get back to work

    • Cartman: Japanese people REALLY do not like whales.

    • Cartman: (Using Rock Band mike) Stan, me and Kenny don't give two shits about stupid-ass whaaales.

    • News Reader: When asked if all of Japan supported the slaughtering of whales and dolphins, the current Prime Minister of Japan, Yukio Hatoyama, had this to say-
      (Cuts to Japanese PM)
      Japanese PM: (Clears throat) F*ck you, whale! And f*ck you, dolphin!

    • Cartman: (Singing) Well I'm in Japanese prison, Lord; Japanese prison got me down. (Plays harmonica) Said I'm in Japanese prison, Lord; Don't be long here my eyes are round.(Plays harmonica)

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The Death of Michael Jackson: On top of the Entertainment Weekly magazine featuring Stan on the cover is the line 'We're STILL Remembering Michael Jackson'. This is a reference to the tremendous amount of media attention the death of pop singer Michael Jackson was still receiving even though Jackson's death occured more that four months prior to this original airing.

    • Whale Wars:

      The title, "Whale Whores" is a parody to the show "Whale Wars". During this episode the cast of Whale Wars can be seen.

    • Godzilla: The statue Stan uses to scare the Japanese away is of Godzilla, a pop-culture icon from Japan.

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