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"Cherokee Hair Tampons"
South Park episode
Carlos Ramirez(Cheech) and Chief Running Pinto(Chong)
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 7
Written by Trey Parker
Directed by Trey Parker
Production no. 407
Original airdate June 28, 2000
Guest stars

Cheech Marin as Carlos Ramirez
Tommy Chong as Chief Running Pinto.

Season 4 episodes
South Park season 4
April 5, 2000 – December 20, 2000
  1. Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000
  2. The Tooth Fairy Tats 2000
  3. Quintuplets 2000
  4. Timmy 2000
  5. Pip
  6. Cartman Joins NAMBLA
  7. Cherokee Hair Tampons
  8. Chef Goes Nanners
  9. Something You Can Do with Your Finger
  10. Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?
  11. Probably
  12. 4th Grade
  13. Trapper Keeper
  14. Helen Keller! The Musical
  15. Fat Camp
  16. The Wacky Molestation Adventure
  17. A Very Crappy Christmas

Season 3 Season 5
List of South Park episodes

"Cherokee Hair Tampons" is episode 54 of the Comedy Central series South Park. It originally aired on June 28, 2000.

Plot synopsis

The episode begins with a substitute teacher coming in to teach the 3rd grade class. The boys mess around with the teacher, with Stan pretending that he's Cartman, Kenny pretending he's Stan, and Cartman pretending he's Kenny. Cartman laughs so hard after this that he squirts milk out of his nose when he laughs too hard, even when he isn't drinking any. The teacher gives them all an assignment to make a get-well-soon card for Kyle, and Butters literally ends up being the card. Stan visits his sick friend (who is, according to his mother, suffering from kidney failure due to diabetes), and Mrs. Marsh suggests to Mrs. Broflovski that she try New Age healing to cure Kyle. They visit the holistic medicine store of a newly arrived shopkeeper named Miss Information, who tells them that mysterious "toxins" are the cause of Kyle's ailments and prescribes a series of herbs to help him; they do not help, but she convinces the people of South Park that they are healing him even though it is not visible. The whole town becomes enamored with her remedies and buys such nostrums as "Cherokee hair tampons" from two supposed Native Americans (played by Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong) who share her store. Before long, everyone is so hooked on "holistic medicine" that Miss Information can get away with selling coat hangers as "dream catchers" for very high prices. Meanwhile, Mr. Garrison is fired for charges of soliciting sex from a minor. He decides to fulfill his dream of publishing a book, and begins to write a romance novel, in which he manages to use the word "penis" 6,083 times.

Stan goes to ask Dr. Doctor for help, and the doctor says that Kyle will die unless he gets a kidney transplant from the only other person in town with a compatible blood type, Cartman. Stan tries to convince everyone that the New Age so-called "healing" is not working and that only a kidney transplant can cure Kyle, but Miss Information insists that the doctor is only interested in making money from the procedure, even as she herself charges exorbitant prices for her holistic healing items. Stan tries to convince Cartman to donate his organ, and Cartman agrees to do it in exchange for $10 million. Stan tries to get people to come and help him get Cartman's kidney by force. However, only Butters and Timmy show up. When Stan expresses disappointment, Butters mentions Clyde would have come too, had it not been tacos for dinner. An attempt to sneak into his house and cut his kidney out while he sleeps proves fruitless, as he wears a "Kidney Blocker 2000". Resigned, Stan laments to Kenny over Kyle's imminent death at the hands of holistic medicine. Kenny, furious that Stan apparently disregards the former's numerous deaths, walks off, only to be crushed by a falling piano. Mrs. Broflovski brings in Kyle for a "spiritual healing" by Miss Information's "Native Americans." To the shock of the citizens, the "Native Americans" declare that Kyle will die unless he receives treatment from a real doctor and admit they and Miss Information are frauds and that they are really Mexican. The Mexicans tell the townsfolk that it was Miss Information who had convinced everyone that they were Native Americans and that they had never said anything about being Native Americans. Angered, the townsfolk beat her, and Stan declares he has a plan to get Kyle his kidney.

Cartman awakens the next day to find the Kidney Blocker 2000 destroyed and redness all over his bed. He marches to Stan's house and recovers his kidney, then goes to the doctor and arranges to have it put back in, signing a release form. However, all this is a part of Stan's plan. Cartman's mom really opened the Blocker and put ketchup in his bed to fool him, The form he signed actually allowed Kyle to take his kidney; the kidney that Stan had given him was fake. Cartman is angered, Kyle is better, and Mr. Garrison, now a best-selling author, comes to give him a signed copy of his book, In the Valley of Penises. Cartman is still angry, but milk comes out of Kyle's nose as he and Stan laugh at him. Cartman expresses relief that Kyle got his "crappy kidney".

Cultural reference

In the scene when Stan tries to convince Cartman to donate a kidney to Kyle, Cartman responds by singing "no!" repeatedly and to the tune of "Comedy Tonight" from Stephen Sondheim's musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.


Preceded by
Cartman Joins NAMBLA
South Park episodes Followed by
Chef Goes Nanners

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