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"Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut"
South Park episode
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Team A doing their job
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 2
Written by David Goodman
Trey Parker
Directed by Trey Parker
Production no. 202
Original airdate April 22, 1998
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"Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut" is the 15th episode of South Park which aired on April 22, 1998. It is part two of a two-episode storyline, which began with "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut", the cliffhanger final episode of season one. Rather than air this episode to begin the second season, as an April Fools' Day joke, the creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, released an episode focusing on Terrance and Phillip to start the season.


Plot summary

Right as Mephesto is about to announce who Cartman's father is, the electricity goes out, the room is darkened, and two gunshots are fired. As the lights come back on, everyone discovers that Mephesto has been shot (this scene briefly spoofs the movie Clue), which raises the question: Who shot Mephesto? (questions like this are comically asked throughout the episode by a narrator accompanied by dramatic organ music, e.g. "Who built the pyramids?", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and "Who the hell made Jimbo boss?"). Thinking that Mephisto's dead, Kenny (instead of Stan) follows with an "Oh my God they killed Mephisto!", to which Kyle responds, "You bastards!" Chef feels his pulse, sees that he is still alive and rushes him to the hospital.

Upon entering the hospital, they meet Dr. Doctor, and a nurse with no arms named Nurse Goodley; they are the only ones working in the hospital. Meanwhile, back in town, the America's Most Wanted crew shows up, wanting to base an episode on Mephesto's shooting mystery. Eventually, they run through auditions for Mephesto, Chef, Officer Barbrady, Mr. Garrison, and Kevin to play out a reenactment. Mr. Garrison auditions for himself, but is rejected.

In the hospital, Dr. Doctor finally manages to get Mephesto on a life support system, but has many other patients to tend to. Outside, a terrible snowstorm brews, preventing any other doctors from getting to the hospital.

While shooting the reenactment for America's Most Wanted, a tree falls on the power line causing the power to go out. All of the adults are now stuck in a little building until the storm lets up. After only a few minutes, Jimbo comes up with the reckless solution of cannibalism in order to stay alive, since no one has had any food in hours. They choose to eat Eric Roberts first (since "nobody gives a shit about Eric Roberts"), who played Kevin in the re-enactment, and later the rest of the production crew (who in fact opposed the very idea).

The power also goes out back in the hospital. Regardless, a plan must be made to put it back on. Dr. Doctor suggests that they split into two teams: team A, consisting of everyone in the room except Kenny and team B, consisting of Kenny (who at the beginning of the episode materialized from thin air after his alleged death in part 1).

Kenny's job is to go out, go through the icy sewers, avoiding velociraptors along the way to the generator and reconnect the generator, while Team A's "job" is to go upstairs to a lounge, watch television, and drink hot cocoa, with Dr. Doctor giving advice to Kenny via walkie-talkie (in other words, Kenny has to do all the work himself). Doctor later reveals that there is a nice, heated path to the generator, but, to Kenny's annoyance, only after arriving. Once Kenny gets to the generator, he discovers that there is no wire connecting the cords, so he decides to make the connection himself to restore the electricity, electrocuting himself in the process.

While all of these events are unfolding, Mrs. Cartman, not feeling as responsible as a mother, goes to an unplanned parenthood clinic seeking an abortion. After being told that it is too late for her to have an abortion, Mrs. Cartman decides to try to change the law by sleeping with her Congressman, the Governor, and even President Bill Clinton. It is after finally legalizing 40th trimester abortions when she learns what an abortion actually is, and that she had the word "abortion" confused with "adoption". Upon realizing her mistake, she decides to tell her son about the whole truth.

Thanks to Kenny, the power is back on at the hospital so Mephesto can survive. Upon hearing that he had been shot, he explains that his brother tries to shoot him every month, and he is sure he is responsible for the shooting. Meanwhile, the survivors of the cannibalism escape from the building they were trapped in. Mephesto gathers with everyone in the emergency room to finally reveal Eric Cartman's father.

The answer: Mrs. Cartman. The group is shocked upon hearing this. Mrs. Cartman is an intersex person/hermaphrodite, meaning she has both male and female genitals. She actually ended up getting another woman pregnant, who gave birth to Eric, which prompts the narrator's final question: Who is Cartman's mother? Cartman, however, exasperated by the events of this episode, refuses to pursue the issue further and moves on with his life.


The episode achieved the highest rating score of all the episodes in the first eleven seasons of the series.[1]


  1. ^ South Park: Season 2 DVD Boxset "Goin' Down to South Park" Documentary

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