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"A Ladder to Heaven"
South Park episode
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Cartman mixes Kenny's ashes with milk and drinks it, therefore "drinking Kenny."
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 12
Written by Trey Parker
Directed by Trey Parker
Production no. 612
Original airdate November 6, 2002
Season 6 episodes
South Park season 6
March 6, 2002 – December 11, 2002
  1. Jared Has Aides
  2. Asspen
  3. Freak Strike
  4. Fun with Veal
  5. The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer
  6. Professor Chaos
  7. Simpsons Already Did It
  8. Red Hot Catholic Love
  9. Free Hat
  10. Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society
  11. Child Abduction Is Not Funny
  12. A Ladder to Heaven
  13. The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers
  14. The Death Camp of Tolerance
  15. The Biggest Douche in the Universe
  16. My Future Self n' Me
  17. Red Sleigh Down

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"A Ladder to Heaven" is episode 91 of the Comedy Central series South Park. It was originally broadcast on November 6, 2002.


The boys win an all-you-can-grab candy prize. However, they cannot claim it without the stub of the ticket they bought. After thinking hard, they realize that they gave the ticket stub to Kenny to hold on to before he died. Upon visiting Kenny's house, the boys find out that Kenny was cremated. Not understanding what this means, the boys hope to find the ticket in the urn that Kenny's parents say he is now in. They steal the urn and are disappointed to find it only contains black powder. Cartman assumes it must be some kind of chocolate milk powder. He mixes the ashes with milk and drinks them.

The boys decide to build a ladder to Heaven to find Kenny so he can tell them where the ticket is. Of course, when questioned why they are building the ladder, the boys neglect to mention that candy is involved and merely say they want to see Kenny again. As a result, the adults, thinking that the boys desperately want to see their dead friend again, are touched (aside from Mr. Garrison, who calls it a "fucking stupid" idea). The whole country gets involved in supporting the ladder to Heaven, while Alan Jackson creates a song that parodies his country hit about 9/11, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)." When the boys announce they have run out of stuff to build the ladder, the adults consider telling them the truth that they are not actually going to reach Heaven. However, just then the United States military arrives and starts to build a reinforced tower in order to beat the Japanese (who have started building a ladder of their own) to Heaven.

Suspicious photos taken of heavenly clouds are reported to the President as indicating a potential factory making WMDs run by Saddam Hussein, now dead and permanently living in Heaven. The U.S. decides to bomb Heaven, believing Hussein to be building nuclear warheads there.

Meanwhile, Cartman starts channeling Kenny, while the adults try to tell the boys to get back to their lives. When the boys express their urgency to see Kenny, the adults inform them about Kenny's cremation. When they try to show Kenny's ashes, they discover that it has been replaced by kitty litter. Cartman then admits that he drank Kenny's ashes, to the disgust of the others. Now realising why he has been channeling Kenny, Cartman goes to an abortion clinic in an attempt to get rid of Kenny from his body. His subsequent argument with the nurse there causes a woman to reconsider her own abortion. Cartman ends up getting hit by the woman's boyfriend and remembers where the ticket is kept: in a box in which Kenny kept in his room. The boys lose interest in the ladder after they get the ticket and their confectionery.

Meanwhile, it is announced via television that the Japanese have reached Heaven, and although the "Heaven" depicted is obviously set in a studio (with "angels" suspended in the air, and when the set falls over, the Japanese newscaster angrily shouts), this ironicly and inadvertently convinces the adults that Heaven is real. They continue building the ladder and preparing an attack on Heaven when they spot the boys. They are disappointed to find out the boys were "only interested in candy", to which Cartman replies, "I've never heard the word 'only' and 'candy' in the same sentence before."

The boys explain that Heaven is not some white fluffy place. In fact, Kyle adds, "Maybe Heaven is this moment right now." The general responds by ordering his subordinate to hold off on firing on Heaven, and instead he begins to issue an order to fire on the present moment. Before he does, Randy Marsh stops him and says, "Instead of waiting to get into Heaven, we should be trying to create Heaven here on Earth." The crowd sighs in acknowledgment of this pithy truth and disperses. As the boys are about to go home to count their confectionery, Kenny starts speaking through Cartman.

The episode ends with a shot of Heaven, where Saddam Hussein is in fact building a WMD factory, disguised as "Saddam's Heavenly Chocolate Chip Factory". When God suspects this, Hussein uses reverse psychology by saying, "Look God, if I was building a chemical weapons plant, I wouldn't make it look like a chemical weapons plant, would I? No! I would make it look like a chocolate chip factory or something," which God promptly falls for. Saddam exits laughing as he mutters "stupid asshole."

Preceded by
Child Abduction Is Not Funny
South Park episodes Followed by
The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers

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