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"Cartman Sucks"
South Park episode
Episode no. Season 11
Episode 2
Written by Trey Parker
Directed by Trey Parker
Production no. 1102
Original airdate March 14, 2007
Season 11 episodes
South Park – Season 11
March 7, 2007 – November 14, 2007
  1. With Apologies to Jesse Jackson
  2. Cartman Sucks
  3. Lice Capades
  4. The Snuke
  5. Fantastic Easter Special
  6. D-Yikes!
  7. Night of the Living Homeless
  8. Le Petit Tourette
  9. More Crap
  10. Imaginationland Episode I
  11. Imaginationland Episode II
  12. Imaginationland Episode III
  13. Guitar Queer-O
  14. The List

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"Cartman Sucks" is episode 1102 (#155) of Comedy Central's "South Park" and the second episode of the show's 11th season. It originally aired on March 14, 2007. The main plot deals with Eric Cartman's efforts to recover an incriminating photograph that may call his sexual orientation into question, whereas the subplot, which focuses on Butters Stotch, explores childhood gay conversion therapy.



Cartman has developed a hobby of getting Butters to spend the night at his house and taking degrading photos of him as he sleeps. Examples include placing a tampon in Butters' mouth or cat feces above his upper lip. Cartman then shows Stan, Kenny and Kyle a photo of him with Butters' penis in his mouth, hoping to portray Butters as homosexual. However Kyle points out that a male who performs oral sex on another male is the one who will be perceived to be the homosexual, thus making Cartman the homosexual. As a practical joke, Kyle then convinces a horrified Cartman that taking a similar picture with his and Butters' positions reversed would "cancel out" this perception.

Cartman goes over to Butters' house, blindfolds him, and instructs him to open his mouth. As he is about to insert his penis into Butters' mouth, Butters' dad, Stephen, walks in on them, much to his horror. After Cartman flees, Stephen declares that Butters is bi-curious. When Butters asks him what that means, Stephen explains that it means that Butters is "confused", to which Butters readily admits. Stephen takes him to a Christian conversion therapy camp, who repeatedly reinforce the idea that the boys there are "confused". Throughout the episode Butters never realizes that homosexuality is the issue of discussion, and is actually excited to be at camp.

At the gay conversion camp, the boys are miserable and suicide is common. Butters befriends his roommate and "accountabili-buddy", Bradley, and when camp authorities find Bradley's male underwear catalog they are both punished. When Bradley realizes that he has a crush on Butters, he comes to the conclusion that he is beyond hope and contemplates ending his life. Butters and the staff of the camp find Bradley on the outer ledge of a bridge and try to convince him to come down. When Butters finds the staff to be unsympathetic, he excoriates them, telling them that he and Bradley are perfectly normal the way they are and that the staff's assertions of "confusion" are simply a projection of their own confusion. Encouraged by Butters' expression of confidence and pride, Bradley decides not to commit suicide. Seeing that Butters is happy being bicurious, Stephen admits that he's bicurious as well and that he enjoys his curiosity. The statement prompts a shared laugh between the two, but Butters then admits that he is now even more confused.

Meanwhile, Cartman believes Kyle has stolen the photo of him with Butters' penis in his mouth, and that Kyle plans to show the picture at school during show and tell. Kyle's attempts to convince Cartman that he has not stolen it are unsuccessful, as are the other avenues through which Cartman attempts to recover it from him. Resolving to prevent Kyle from having the satisfaction of showing it off, Cartman himself shows a copy of the photo to the entire class during show-and-tell, attempting to pass it off as an artistic statement against the War In Iraq. Right after he does this, Mr. Mackey comes to the classroom and relates a message to Cartman from his mother: she found the original photograph under his desk at home. Cartman is horrified that he has revealed the picture for nothing, as Kyle simply glares at Cartman with disdain. Cartman then replies: "Lame."

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Preceded by
With Apologies to Jesse Jackson
South Park episodes Followed by
Lice Capades

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