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"Hell on Earth 2006"
South Park episode
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Satan's party in full swing.
Episode no. Season 10
Episode 11
Written by Trey Parker
Directed by Trey Parker
Original airdate October 25, 2006
Season 10 episodes
South Park – Season 10
March 22, 2006 – November 15, 2006
  1. The Return of Chef
  2. Smug Alert!
  3. Cartoon Wars Part I
  4. Cartoon Wars Part II
  5. A Million Little Fibers
  6. ManBearPig
  7. Tsst
  8. Make Love, Not Warcraft
  9. Mystery of the Urinal Deuce
  10. Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy
  11. Hell on Earth 2006
  12. Go God Go
  13. Go God Go XII
  14. Stanley's Cup

Season 9 Season 11
List of South Park episodes

"Hell on Earth 2006" is episode 1011 (#150) of Comedy Central's animated series South Park, aired on October 25, 2006 and marked the series' fourth Halloween episode.

The episode revolves around Satan, having a huge party in Los Angeles — comparable to a sweet 16 party. Meanwhile, Butters Stotch accidentally summons The Notorious B.I.G., who demands to help him go back to Los Angeles, where the party is held.

The episode gained various positive responses from critics; however, it also sparked controversy shortly after its initial airing, due to the Steve Irwin parodies it contained, and was spoken against by Irwin's family.

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Plot

Satan decides that since Halloween is essentially his holiday, he is going to have a huge party in Los Angeles—as big as a sweet 16 party. He proclaims to the spirits of the damned that anyone who wants to get in must get a blue wristband, and wear a costume. Besides inviting the spirits of the damned, Satan also invites many celebrities, Satan decides to have a "really huge surprise as dessert", he decides upon a Ferrari Cake (a cake the size and shape of a Ferrari Enzo), which three notorious serial killersTed Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy — are ordered to bring. Meanwhile, Cardinal Roger Mahony and other Roman Catholic Church officials of Los Angeles, angered that Satan does not invite them to the party, plan to call the fire marshal the night of the party to complain, thus ruining it.

Meanwhile, in South Park, Cartman, Stan, Kyle, Token, Tweek and Butters experiment with a Bloody Mary-type ritual to summon Biggie Smalls. Butters succeeds in summoning him, however, Biggie already has a blue wristband and, since he is on Earth and cannot use the inter dimensional vortex opened from Hell to get to the party, demands that Butters help him get there. Unable to stop the party from happening, the Roman Catholic Church decide to crash the party. However, Satan's Security makes sure they don't get in at all, as they're wearing wristbands from Knott's Berry Farm.

Meanwhile, the three serial killers have ineptly destroyed the cake in a scene mimicking the Three Stooges. Satan's assistant Demonius finds a cake the exact size and shape of an Acura (a third-generation TL to be exact), which he decides is an adequate last minute substitute.

However, when Satan discovers they did not get the right cake, he flies into a rage over the Acura cake, screaming that the party is "Not about them, It's all about MEEEEEEE!" despite everyone having fun. The guests get upset, and Satan realizes that, in trying to have a party like the girls on My Super Sweet 16, he became like one of them, and even when his minions insist he is not nearly as bad as they are, he replies he is. He tells the crowd that he is sorry and that his party is for all of the people who make his life so special. Having come to realize what he had become, Satan wants everyone to enjoy his party so he invites everyone in, including the Catholic priests. Butters makes it to the party and uses a makeup mirror to summon Biggie Smalls straight to the party, who asks Butters to come into the party with him as thanks. Butters quickly agrees, seeing as "I'm gonna get grounded anyway, I might as well."

Reception

The episode received fairly high review ratings. IGN's Dan Iverson originally criticized the episode for the lack of storyline development, but later stated that "the storylines were humorous enough that we were able to put aside that there was no real social commentary (like the last three episodes), but instead madcap comedy that was funny based on silly humor alone".[1] Iverson has also praised the episode for illustrating Satan as a spoiled child and for the Three Stooges scenes involving the killers, and concluded that "although "Hell on Earth 2006" isn't as good as a couple of South Park's other Halloween episodes, it is still a very funny episode."[1] Adam Finley of TV Squad stated that although he thought "Hell on Earth 2006" was a "great episode" it was "most guaranteed to offend somebody".[2] Judge Keefer of DVD Verdict described the episode as "a really great installment with a wincing (yet guilty pleasure) joke", and graded the episode with an A.[3]

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Steve Irwin controversy

Steve Irwin as depicted in the episode.

One of the guests appearing at Satan's party is Steve Irwin, who has a stingray sticking out of his chest.[4] Satan does not realize that it's Irwin at first, thinking instead that it's someone else in a costume, and confronts the person telling him that it is in bad taste to wear such a costume so soon after Irwin's death.[4] Finding out it actually is Irwin, Satan kicks him out of the party for not wearing a costume.[4] This scene has sparked controversy among the media as a parody of Irwin's death just weeks after the press surrounding it.[5] The controversy was mainly because of the airing of the episode so close to Irwin's death,[6] since an earlier parody of Irwin a 1999 South Park episode entitled "Prehistoric Ice Man", did not spark controversy.[7][8][9] A friend of Terri Irwin, Steve Irwin's widow, has issued a statement about the episode:

"Terri is devastated Steve is being mocked in such a cruel way. Her worry is that Bindi and Bob will see it and break down. Steve had as big a sense of humour as anyone, but this goes too far too soon."

— A friend of Terri Irwin[10][11]

Besides Irwin's family, the episode also received criticism from press personalities; John Beyer, the director of mediawatch-uk, said that it was in bad taste to create such a scene and the makers of South Park should review their decision to show it.[12] Irwin's fellow naturalist Mark Amey called the show "distasteful shit."[10]

In a response to the controversy around the episode, Tony Fox, a spokesperson for Comedy Central defended the episode, saying "The South Park guys do inappropriate things all the time...their goal is to make people laugh, not to offend people."[13] Additionally, another spokesperson for the network has said that "South Park has offended people in the past and probably will again. Regular watchers would not be shocked."[5][12] Although rumors were spread about the episode not being broadcast in Australia, due to the controversy, The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced the episode would be broadcast on SBS, but would be derailed 12 months due to programming issues.[14] Film magazine Empire also stated in the "things on our mind this month" in their December 2006 issue that it was "Too Much", as well as saying "kill Kenny again, he likes it!" (Kenny is noticeably absent from the episode).

References

  1. ^ a b Iverson, Dan (2006-10-05). "South Park: "Hell on Earth 2006" review". IGN. http://tv.ign.com/articles/742/742023p1.html. Retrieved 2006-11-13. 
  2. ^ Finley, Adam (2006-10-25). "South Park: Hell on Earth 2006". TV Squad. http://www.tvsquad.com/2006/10/25/south-park-hell-on-earth-2006/. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  3. ^ Keefer, Judge (2007-07-21). "South Park: The Complete Tenth Season". DVD Verdict. http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/southparkseason10.php. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  4. ^ a b c "Hell on Earth 2006". Parker, Trey; Stone, Matt. South Park. Comedy Central. 2006-08-25. No. 11, season 10.
  5. ^ a b Staff (2006-10-27). "Oh my god, South Park mocks Irwin". The Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-412911/Oh-god-South-Park-mocks-Irwin.html. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  6. ^ Staff (2006-10-28). "South Park defends Irwin sketch". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6093802.stm. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  7. ^ Clark, Laine (2006-10-27). "Steve Irwin mocked in South Park cartoon". News.com.au. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,20654936-5008780,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  8. ^ Staff (2006-10-26). "Crikey! South Park mocks Irwin". Metro. http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=22796&in_page_id=34. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  9. ^ Collins, Glen (2006-09-04). "Stingray Attack Kills Australia’s ‘Crocodile Hunter’". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/04/world/04cnd-irwin.html?_r=1&hp&ex=1157428800&en=e595418a474cbe40&ei=5094&partner=homepage. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  10. ^ a b Taylor, Chris (2006-10-29). "Steve Irwin's Wife "Devastated" By South Park Lampooning". Entertainment Wise. http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news?id=24176. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  11. ^ Rawson-Jones, Ben (2006-10-30). "Steve Irwin widow's South Park fear". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/a38795/steve-irwin-widows-south-park-fear.html. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  12. ^ a b Staff (2006-10-27). "South Park mocks Steve Irwin". CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/27/irwin.southpark/. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  13. ^ Melia, Daniel (2006-10-30). "Comedy Central Defend South Park's Steve Irwin Episode". Entertainment Wise. http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news?id=24190. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  14. ^ Kent, Paul & Gee, Steve (2006-10-28). "To hell with Irwin, says South Park". The Herald Sun. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20658735-661,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 

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