South Park

Season 3 Episode 17

Worldwide Recorder Concert

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 2000 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

The third grade class of South Park elementary is invited to play "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at the "4 Million Child Blow 2000" event. When he hears that it's in Arkansas, Mr. Garrison tries to get out of the trip, to avoid contact with his estranged family. After Mr. Mackey forces him to confront his problems, Mr. Garrison reunites with his parents. He tells his father that he has emotional problems because he didn't molest him as a child, giving him a poor self-image. Meanwhile, Cartman is in search of a note on the recorder that causes people to lose control of their bowels.moreless

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  • Worldwide Recorder Concert

    This episode is memorable because it reveals more about Mr. Garrison's parents and the fact that Mr. Garrison's father will never rape him. This is kind of a weird episode but it is also kind of hilarious.

    Mr. Garrison (what ever hsi first name actually is) is upset because of his father that never raped him when he was a young boy (that maked his son feel upset and furious because he grew up thinking he was ugly) and Mr. Garrison has to face him again.

    I will not tell you what happens at the end but (it is good).

    ;D Great slice of South Parkmoreless
  • By far one of the best episodes!

    This one show caused me to laugh the hardest of all the episodes. While Mr Garrison going through his feelings of rejection by NOT being molested by his dad were rather odd, the boys trying to one up the New york kids was classic. You could see the ending coming from a mile away but when it hit it was no less hilarious. To have the whole world fall victim to the boys unintentional prank was priceless. Well worth watching again and again. I do and still get a gut wrencher when the note hits. This one needs to be on a best of DVD if it isn't already.moreless
  • This episode made me laugh, a lot.

    This episode was funny in many ways, there were the obvious ones, and then the more subtle ones. The recorder part of the show really hit home because I played recorder in Grade 3 and I also thoguht it was pretty damn ridiculous. This episode had really funny parts, e.g. The whole bar scene including "If a guy had a knife on me and said' "Have sex with your mother or I'll kill your father," I'd have sex with myself." or Mr Garrison being tormented by the fact that his father never molested him, but without a doubt, ,the Mackey/Hat fight scene was the best part of the episode.moreless
  • It is time for the 4 million child recorder blow!

    This is a perfect example of a South Park classic. It is just the epitome of what South Park is all about. The boys and the rest of the class have to practice for the big concert (they all suck). They go to Arkansas but Mr. Garrison has mixed feelings about seeing his father who NEVER sexually molested him! In the end, the concert is a fiasco, because Cartman causes everyone in he world to crap their pants in unison. Mr. Garrison is now happy because hsi demons have been faced beaten. By far the best of the 3rd season. Possibly the best episode up until this point.moreless
  • This episode is about child abuse, and the mental problems that arise therewith.

    This episode is about child abuse, and the mental problems that arise therewith.

    Just kidding. This episode is about the day when everyone in the entire world crapped themselves, and the process by which these events were able to take place.

    The episode definitely has its moments (for example, the South Park version of Yoko Ono is hilarious). But overall, I thought that this episode was weak. The storyline was a little too much for me. However, some of the episode's other elements were very successful.

    For example, seeing Kenny G on South Park was hilarious. And what else would Kenny G do on South Park besides molest someone?

    Nicely done.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

Mary Kay Bergman

Mary Kay Bergman

Voice of Wendy Testaburger; Liane Cartman; Sheila Broflovski; Sharon Marsh; Mrs. McKormick; Mayor McDaniels; Ms. Crabtree; Princ

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

Andrew Kemler

Andrew Kemler

Voice of New York Kid

Guest Star

Giancarlo Ganziano

Giancarlo Ganziano

Voice of New York Kid

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Despite the boys running up to the stage, Stan's hat can be seen right next to Mr. Garrison.

    • When the bus is leaving for South Park, if you look closely, you'll see Kenny in the top-right corner, but Kenny died earlier in the episode by "Crapping himself to Death"

    • When the South Park kids first arrive in Arkansas, and are told by the lady with the headset to 'go over there by the New York kids', as they're approaching them, you can see the ground is smeared with poop stains, as it will be later in the episode, when everyone 'craps their pants'.

    • On the first promo of the recorder concert at the beginning of the episode, the location of the concert is announced to be live in Oklahoma City. However, Mr. Mackey announced to the kids that the event has been moved to Arkansas. Later in the episode, the promo aired again and still announces that the event is live in Oklahoma City, even though the concert is in Arkansas.

    • Ms.Crabtree has finally earned some respect.When she talks the kids listen to her.

    • When the boys are arguing with the New York kids, the one with the wife beater and jeans says, "You guys are even stupider than I thought!" His voice is much squeakier than it was before. Then when he says, "Mung is so a word," his voice is back to normal.

    • There is no way that there are enough hotels in the Arkansas area to accommodate 4 million people. Even if 1,000 fit in one hotel, there would still have to be 4,000 vacant hotels.

    • They forgot Mr. Mackey, he wasn't in the bus in the final shot.

    • The interval between any two consecutive piano keys (notes) is a half-step or "semitone." There are 100 cents in every semitone, therefore, "92 cents below the lowest E Flat" would be 8 cents above the lowest D Natural, as D Natural is one semitone below E Flat. While not a goof per se, the "Brown Note" would be more accurately expressed (and notated on sheet music) as "8 cents above the lowest D Natural."

    • Kenny dies when he "craps himself to death", but when Ms. Crabtree asks which way to go home, you can see him sitting beside Cartman on the bus.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Mrs. Garrison: That's not true! Your father loved you…often.

    • Stan: What's Arkansas? Is that a state?

    • Mr. Garrison Sr.: What? I never sexually abused you!
      Mr. Garrison: I know! I want to know why not!
      Mr. Garrison Sr.: WHAT!?
      Mr. Garrison: Was it because I was ugly?
      Mr. Garrison Sr.: Oh my God!
      Mr. Garrison: It was because I wasn't good enough wasn't it?
      Mr. Garrison Sr.:!

    • New York Kid: Are all redneck queefs from Colorado as stupid as yous?
      Kyle: All right dickhole…

    • Mr. Mackey: Mmkay. Mr. Garrison you're just having a hard time dealing with the memories of your father's sexual abuse, so you switched personalities to Mr. Hat. Mmkay.
      Mr. Garrison: Oh good one Sherlock. Did you figure that one out all by yourself?

    • Mr. Mackey: Queef is the expulsion of gas from vagina. Mmkay?

    • Mr. Garrison Sr.: Would you have sex with your son to save his life?
      Man at bar 1: Oh, this is one of them scruples questions ain't it?
      Man at bar 2: No, no I got a better one: Would you have sex with your mother…to save your father's life?
      Man at bar 1: You mean like if someone had a gun to your father's head and said if you don't have sex with her, I'll kill him?
      Bartender: If a killer put a knife to my throat and said "have sex with your mother or I'm gonna kill your father while having sex with you, I would have sex with myself.

    • Mr. Mackey: Queef is the vaginal discharge of gas.

    • Mr. Mackey: (talking to Mr. Garrison's dad) Don't lose your son over this, mmkay. Don't…lose…your…son…Mm…kay.

    • Cartman plays the "brown noise."
      Guy Working: Oh my God! I crapped my pants!

    • Mr.Garrison: (To his father) Sure, you can go out and screw every whore on Rhode Island, but when it came to your own son, you were just TOO BUSY! (Mr.Garrison runs away crying)

    • Mr. Garrison: Goddammit, I don't think you children have been working on your fingering!
      Cartman: That's not true, Mr. Garrison. Kyle's been working on his fingering with his mom all night long.
      (Kenny laughs)
      Kyle: Shut up, fatass!
      Cartman: No seriously, Kyle's mom said Kyle getting good at fingering.
      (Kenny laughs harder and falls out of his chair)
      Mr. Garrison: Shut up, Eric!

    • (after being told that he should molest his son)
      Mr. Garrison's Father: Am I the only sane person left on earth?!

    • "Welcome to ARKANSAS. Yes. We are a state." - Sign at Arkansas boarder

    • Mr. Mackey: M'kay Mr. Hat, you need to let me talk to Mr. Garrison. M'kay?
      Mr. Garrison: (as Mr. Hat) Why would he wanna talk to a second rate, dopey assed, elementary school psychologist!?
      Mr. Mackey: What did you say?!
      Mr. Garrison: (as Mr. Hat) You heard me, jackass! There's monkeys that make better counselors than you!

    • Mr. Mackey: Garrison, I know this is very difficult, m'kay, but I must ask. Is there a history of sexual abuse in your family?
      Mr. Garrison: Some, yes. There was my Uncle Richard. He…he molested me.
      Mr. Mackey: When was that?
      Mr. Garrison: Saturday. Last…last Saturday.

    • Mr. Mackey: M'kay. That sounded great kids.
      Mr. Garrison: Sure, if you like the sound of a peacock getting its neck broken.

    • Mr. Garrison Sr.: God Dammit! I'm not going to molest you!
      Mr. Garrison: YOU DON'T LOVE ME! (Mr. Garrisons cries as he rushes up the stairs)

    • Stan: Whoa! Mr. Hat and Mr. Mackey are fighting.
      Mr. Mackey: I'm gonna kick your ass. M'kay?
      (children cheering)
      Ms. Crabtree: BE QUIET BACK THERE!
      (children settle down)
      Mr. Mackey: You may have won this time Mr. Hat.

  • NOTES (3)

    • FYI: A mung is a small round green bean that is actually the source of bean sprouts rather than "the stuff that comes out when you push on a pregnant lady's stomach" as referred to by the kids from NYC in this episode. [ Editor's note: According to Wikipedia this episode was the source of an urban legend, more info in the Derivative and Alternate Meanings section of their entry on mung. ]

    • This was the only episode (so far) to receive an 18 rating in the UK during it's original home video release in 2000. (Due to the molestation subplot). However, it was later re-rated 15 when re-released on DVD in 2008.

    • An alternate title to this episode is "The Brown Noise."


    • Cartman: "They should bring Chicago Hope back?"

      Chicago Hope was a medical procedure drama that focused on the personal and professional trials of the staff at the hospital "Chicago Hope" the series ended on May 2000. Cartman's reference comes 4 months before the airing of the final episode.

    • FOX:

      In the very beginning of the episode it says "POX presents…" This is obviously an allusion of the FOX network.

    • Peter Pan:

      Mr. Garrison: Second star to the right, then straight on 'till morning.

      Mr. Garrison says this at the end of this episode when he's asked where to go by the bus driver. This is the same line spoken in J.M. Barrie's 1904 play "Peter Pan."

      This line, or variations of it, have been spoken in a number of subsequent productions, such as by Captain Kirk in 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country a film bounding with literary references. In fact, Mr. Garrison's use of the line most closely resembles Captain Kirk's; Kirk said it when he was asked where to navigate the Enterprise, much like how Garrison was asked where to take the bus. It even has the bus disappearing into the horizon leaving only a shining "star" light thing just like in Star Trek VI, though in Star Trek VI the Enterprise was covered in the light of a nearby star.