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"Prehistoric Ice Man"
South Park episode
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The boys bring home a block of ice containing a frozen man.
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 18
Written by Trey Parker
Nancy M. Pimental
Directed by Eric Stough
Production no. 218
Original airdate January 20, 1999
Episode chronology
← Previous Next →
"Gnomes" "Rainforest Schmainforest"
List of South Park episodes

"Prehistoric Ice Man" is the 31st episode of Comedy Central's animated series South Park. The episode is the last of the second season and originally aired on January 20, 1999.

Plot

Stan, Kyle, Eric, and Kenny are inspired to go hunting for crocodiles after watching Australian Outback Guy on television. While hunting, they find a frozen man when Stan rescues Kyle after he accidentally falls down a hole. The boys retrieve the body and take it into town, hoping to receive a reward for finding the man. It's decided to give the man to Dr. Mephesto, the genetic engineer.

At Mephisto's laboratory, Mephisto and Kevin thaw the ice and discover the man is alive and has been frozen for 32 months judging by the Eddie Bauer clothes he is wearing. Despite only being frozen for three years, Mephisto treats him as a Neanderthal and is unable to understand him, even though he speaks perfect English. To make his research more lucrative, Mephisto is persuaded by the FBI to display the unfrozen man to the public, recreating his natural habitat for him by building a completely "1996-oriented" room.

Stan and Kyle become upset at the ice man's inhumane treatment, so they decide to set him free. Upon being released the unfrozen man (whose real name is Larry) returns to his home only to discover that his wife remarried and has two children. Frustrated, Larry attempts to refreeze himself, but with little success. Kyle comes up with a solution for Larry to take the train and go to live in Des Moines, Iowa, which is supposedly "two years behind" everywhere else. Dr. Mephesto and the FBI, being lead by the "Australian Outback Guy", tracks Larry to the train station as he boards a train to Iowa. A chase ensues and the train crashes, but Larry escapes in a helicopter.

Cultural references

This episode parodies the 1992 movie Encino Man. The "Australian Outback Guy" is a caricature of Steve Irwin's Crocodile Hunter.[1] While Kyle and Stan are in the hole in the beginning of the episode, Cartman starts talking to them about a movie where some kids "go back to school and sing grease lightning." What he was talking about is the film Grease. On the side of a helicopter, there is the famous in-joke A113 written on the side. This code is found in many Disney and Pixar films.

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"Prehistoric Ice Man"
South Park episode

The boys bring home a block of ice containing a frozen man.
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 18
Directed by Eric Stough
Written by Trey Parker
Nancy M. Pimental
Production code 218
Original air date January 20, 1999
Episode chronology

← Previous
"Gnomes"
Next →
"Rainforest Schmainforest"
List of South Park episodes

"Prehistoric Ice Man" is the 31st episode of Comedy Central's animated series South Park. The episode is the last of the second season and originally aired on January 20, 1999.

Plot

Stan, Kyle, Eric, and Kenny are inspired to go hunting for crocodiles after watching Steve Irwin on television. While hunting, they find a frozen man when Stan rescues Kyle after he accidentally falls down a hole. The boys retrieve the body and take it into town, hoping to receive a reward for finding the man. It's decided to give the man to Dr. Mephestos, the genetic engineer. At this point Stan and Kyle get into a fight about what the "caveman"'s name should be. eventually this leads to a falling-out.

At Mephisto's laboratory, Mephisto and Kevin thaw the ice and discover the man is alive and has been frozen for 32 months judging by the Eddie Bauer clothes he is wearing. Despite only being frozen for three years, Mephisto treats him as a Neanderthal and is unable to understand him, even though he speaks perfect English. To make his research more lucrative, Mephisto is persuaded by the FBI to display the unfrozen man to the public, recreating his natural habitat for him by building a completely "1996-oriented" room. Kenny dies at one point by getting caught in a conveyor belt.

Stan and Kyle become upset at the ice man's inhumane treatment, so they decide to set him free. Upon being released the unfrozen man (whose real name is Larry) returns to his home only to discover that his wife remarried and has two children. Frustrated, Larry attempts to refreeze himself, but with little success. Kyle comes up with a solution for Larry to take the train and go to live in Des Moines, Iowa, which is supposedly "three years behind" everywhere else. Dr. Mephisto, Cartman and the FBI, led by Steve Irwin, track Larry to the train station as he boards a train to Iowa. A chase ensues and the train crashes, killing Irwin, but Larry escapes in a helicopter. The FBI then get upset that they won't be able to use him to take over Sweden. Kyle and Stan then make-up.

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