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"Super Best Friends"
South Park episode
The Blaintology Compound.jpg
The Blaintology Compound
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 4
Written by Trey Parker
Directed by Trey Parker
Production no. 504
Original airdate July 4, 2001
Season 5 episodes
South Park season 5
June 20, 2001 – December 12, 2001
  1. Scott Tenorman Must Die
  2. It Hits the Fan
  3. Cripple Fight
  4. Super Best Friends
  5. Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow
  6. Cartmanland
  7. Proper Condom Use
  8. Towelie
  9. Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants
  10. How to Eat with Your Butt
  11. The Entity
  12. Here Comes the Neighborhood
  13. Kenny Dies
  14. Butters' Very Own Episode

Season 4 Season 6
List of South Park episodes

"Super Best Friends" is episode 68 of the Comedy Central series South Park, aired on July 4, 2001. This episode is rarely shown in reruns because it features Muhammad, a character Comedy Central wouldn’t let them depict in a future episode.

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Plot synopsis

A street magician named David Blaine comes to South Park and impresses the town's residents, including Kyle, Stan, Cartman, and Kenny. The boys are tricked into joining "Blaintology," a cult. Stan is disturbed by the cult and soon leaves; Kyle refuses to join him. Stan looks for help from South Park's own resident messiah, Jesus.

At Blaine's big show in Denver, Jesus appears and challenges Blaine by performing one of his famous miracles, the miracle of the loaves and fishes. However, this miracle proves dubious (he has everybody in the audience turn around while he performs it), and Blaine manages to win the crowd with much more powerful enchantments. Jesus realizes he needs help and calls the Super Best Friends, a group of major religious figures including Buddha, Moses, Joseph Smith, Krishna, Lao Tzu, Muhammad and Sea Man (whom the other characters jokingly call "Semen") who defend the world against evil (except for Buddha who doesn't really believe in evil).

The Blaintologists, meanwhile, petition the government for tax-exempt status, which would make them a real religion and therefore unstoppable. But when they are denied, all the Blaintologists are told they are to commit mass suicide in Washington, D.C. Kyle realizes now that the cult is evil, but when he tries to convince Cartman that they should flee, Cartman tells on him and Kyle is imprisoned in a glass bubble and told he will be killed at the mass suicide. When word about the mass suicide reaches the Super Best Friends, they consult Moses (previously seen in Jewbilee) for advice.

In D.C., the Blaintologists begin to drown themselves in the Reflecting Pool (even though it is only about a foot deep), and Cartman puts a hose in Kyle's glass bubble to fill it with water to kill him. The Super Best Friends arrive, but Blaine brings the statue of Abraham Lincoln to life to fight them.

Meanwhile, Stan went out in search of his friends. He finds Kenny drowned in the pool and shouts, "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!" and Kyle shouts, "You bastards!" Stan repeats the phrase in Marco Polo fashion to find Kyle. To defeat the Abraham Lincoln statue, the Super Best Friends create a giant animated John Wilkes Booth statue, and it shoots Blaine's puppet in the head. The resulting fall of the Lincoln statue shatters Kyle's prison (which the statue had picked up and shaken, believing it to be a snow globe) and the memorial pool is frozen using Joseph Smith's ice powers to prevent more suicides.

Cartman has not managed to kill himself because he keeps coming up for air. Blaine curses the Super Best Friends for ruining his plans and flies away in a rocket ship, and Stan announces to everyone that any religion that forces people to give up their money or control of their lives is really a cult. Kyle reconciles with Stan. Cartman says mockingly, "Aww! That's so sweet, you guys!" then asks them if they want to get a room to make out for a while, but then ends up getting beaten up by both of them. The Super Best Friends then fly away, to wait until the world needs their aid again.

Reference to Scientology

In the DVD commentary, Parker talks about how the episode's reference to real-life magician David Blaine and Blaintology was "really basically Scientology"[1]. The show would later do an unambiguous parody of Scientology in the episode "Trapped in the Closet".

Links

References

  1. ^ Season 5 DVD commentary
Preceded by
Cripple Fight
South Park episodes Followed by
“Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow”
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