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"Hooked on Monkey Fonics"
South Park episode
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Cartman learns phonics.
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 13
Written by Trey Parker
Directed by Trey Parker
Production no. 313
Original airdate November 10, 1999
Season 3 episodes
South Park season 3
April 7, 1999 – January 12, 2000
  1. Rainforest Schmainforest
  2. Spontaneous Combustion
  3. The Succubus
  4. Tweek vs. Craig
  5. Jackovasaurus
  6. Sexual Harassment Panda
  7. Cat Orgy
  8. Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub
  9. Jewbilee
  10. Chinpokomon
  11. Starvin' Marvin in Space
  12. Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery
  13. Hooked on Monkey Fonics
  14. The Red Badge of Gayness
  15. Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics
  16. Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus
  17. World Wide Recorder Concert

Season 2 Season 4
List of South Park episodes

"Hooked on Monkey Fonics" is episode 13 of season 3 of Comedy Central's animated series South Park. It originally aired on November 10, 1999. It features issues of homeschooling and phonics, the language-learning method.



In preparation for a spelling bee, Cartman's mother buys him a "Hooked on Monkey Fonics" system. While at the spelling bee, the children face stiff competition from two homeschooled children, Rebecca and Mark Cottswalds. Cartman asks the monkey to help him spell his word, chair, but instead the monkey starts to masturbate, and Cartman misspells it as chare. In the final round, Kyle is unable to spell his word, "Krocsyldiphithic", correctly and Rebecca and Mark are declared the champions. Although Kyle is annoyed at having been beaten, he ends up developing a crush on Rebecca.

Mark becomes intrigued by the interactions he sees between Cartman, Kyle, and Stan, and begs his father to be allowed to attend public school. His father objects but relents. At the school, Mark, placed in a protective plastic bubble by his overpossesive father, is tormented for his haughty attitude and superior knowledge, and ends up duct taped to a bench. This prompts Mark's father to speak with the adults in the bar about the incident. The adults are quick to dislike him as much as the kids dislike Mark, and they proceed to duct tape Mark's father to one of the bar's benches.

After questioning Mark about why he has never been seen before and why he doesn't attend school like the other children, Cartman is introduced to the concept of home schooling. The idea of never having to go to school appeals to him greatly, and, using Mr. Garrison's condescending remarks towards him as an excuse, demands to be home schooled himself. To him, this involves a regimen of sleeping in and sitting in bed while snacking and watching television, while his mother unsuccessfully attempts to get him to study.

Meanwhile, Kyle makes many efforts to make his feelings known to Rebecca, although several end up humourously unsuccessful. Ultimately he convinces her to explore the world of public schooling, and she agrees to go to the South Park Bay of Pigs Memorial Dance with him. He also explains what love is to her and, out of curiosity, she asks Kyle if she can experiment a kiss with him, to which he agrees.

At the dance, the band Dio plays its song "Holy Diver" (with the Phonics Monkey - who had earlier killed Kenny - quietly joining in on drums). The boys of the school hatch a plan to duct tape Mark to the flagpole (while the adults also hatch a similar plan for Mark's father). When Rebecca shows up dressed and acting like a slut (confusing a kiss with something you do with everyone, and kissing every boy because she likes the way it feels), Mark is outraged and attacks Kyle for doing this to his sister. The other boys perceive this as cool and finally accept him. Rebecca and Mark earn the opportunity to regularly attend public school from their parents. Mark's father, however, is still duct taped to the flagpole by the adults, regardless of his change in attitude and opinion. Meanwhile, Rebecca and Kyle share a kiss.


On Rebecca's wall is the chemical formula for acetic acid (C2H4O2) and there is a Flag of Slovenia (Slovenia) on her door.

Cultural references

The character of Rebecca is based on Rebecca Sealfon who won the 1997 Scripps National Spelling Bee. She is one of the most well-known spelling bee winners, spelling her final word, "euonym," by screaming out each letter. She also displayed the odd habit of covering her mouth and whispering each letter before saying it, which was parodied in the episode as well.[1]

The scene where Kyle attempts to explain kissing to Rebecca is based on a scene from a Star Trek: The Original Series episode, "The Gamesters of Triskelion", where Captain Kirk attempts to explain the concept of love to an alien slavegirl named Shahna.


  1. ^ Jonann Brady (1 June 2006). "Spelling Bee Champs: Where Are They Now?". ABC News. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 

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Preceded by
Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery
South Park episodes Followed by
The Red Badge of Gayness


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