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"Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!"
South Park episode
Charles Manson takes the boys to the mall to see Mr. Hankey.
Charles Manson takes the boys to the mall to see Mr. Hankey.
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 16
Written by Trey Parker
Nancy M. Pimental
Directed by Eric Stough
Production no. 216
Original airdate December 9, 1998
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"Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!" is the 29th episode of Comedy Central's animated series South Park. It originally aired on December 9, 1998.

Its title is a Peanuts joke, taking the typical naming format of Peanuts holiday specials and replacing "Charlie Brown" with "Charlie Manson". The words, "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!" were spoken in the Peanuts Christmas special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

In the episode's description on Southparkstudios.com it says that Kyle's parents won't allow him to join the other boys on a roadtrip to Cartman's grandma's house, but it's actually Stan's parents who don't allow him to go.

Plot

Stan asks his parents for permission to go to Cartman's grandmother's house in Nebraska for the holidays, but is denied, then sent to his room for refusing to eat dinner. Feeling disillusioned with the idea of family, he runs off to Cartman's house just in time to join the other boys. Along the way to his Grandma's house, Cartman and his mother sing, driving the other boys crazy. They also see a sign for an appearance of Mr. Hankey in a mall near where Cartman's grandmother lives. When they finally make it to the house, Cartman hopes to receive a cool present, instead he gets a shirt. Cartman's relatives are there, all of whom share Cartman's mannerisms, which include yelling at their pet dog named 'Jimmy' who growls for some pot pie. At dinner, they meet Cartman's Uncle Howard, live via satellite from the state prison. Later that night, the boys hear someone breaking into the house and discover that it is Uncle Howard and another inmate, Charles Manson.

The boys want to go to the mall to see Mr. Hankey, but no one in the family will take them. Cartman is asked to keep an eye on his cousin Elvin. Looking for action, Manson offers to take the boys to the mall. At the "Mall of Nebraska" Kenny goes off with Manson to a secluded part of the mall and Cartman disciplines his cousin Elvin. Meanwhile, Manson has become obsessed with holiday specials and takes time out to watch The Grinchie-poo. Kyle and Stan meet "Mr. Hankey", whom Kyle exposes as a fake and a riot breaks out. The boys (and Manson) escape from the mall when the riot police recognize Manson, and they get into a televised high speed chase with the police.

Back at the Cartman household, everyone is watching Terrance and Phillip, and don't seem to care much when Manson arrives and together with Uncle Howard proceeds to hold everyone hostage. Stan's parents arrive and express their disappointment (and anger) in him. Stan asks to make an escape with Uncle Howard and Manson. Uncle Howard says he can, but Manson talks to him about the meaning of family, which makes him change his mind. Kenny is shot dead by the police, but Manson and Uncle Howard surrender and sing a holiday-special style song. Stan's parents agree that they were unreasonable when denying him a Christmas with his friends, so they tell him to come back home for Christmas and that they will hold off punishing him until after Christmas. Later Charles Manson is seen in jail reading to the other inmates. After being ignored by the prisoners for reading his new book, he places his book on the shelf with the others and goes to sleep. Suddenly, Stan, Kyle, and all of the Cartmans appear to sing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" to Charles during the credits. Near the end of the song Stan states "Dude this is pretty fucked up right here."

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