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"Super Fun Time"
South Park episode
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Stan, "in character", playing along with the villagers
Episode no. Season 12
Episode 7
Written by Trey Parker
Directed by Trey Parker
Production no. 1207
Original airdate April 23, 2008
Season 12 episodes
South Park – Season 12
March 12, 2008 – November 19, 2008
  1. Tonsil Trouble
  2. Britney's New Look
  3. Major Boobage
  4. Canada on Strike
  5. Eek, a Penis!
  6. Over Logging
  7. Super Fun Time
  8. The China Probrem
  9. Breast Cancer Show Ever
  10. Pandemic
  11. Pandemic 2: The Startling
  12. About Last Night...
  13. Elementary School Musical
  14. The Ungroundable

Season 11 Season 13
List of South Park episodes

"Super Fun Time" is the seventh episode of the twelfth season of the animated series South Park. It was first broadcast on April 23, 2008.[1][2] In the episode, Cartman and Butters narrowly escape a horrific hostage-situation at South Park's Pioneer Village, where historical-reenactors take their jobs very seriously.

The episode was written and directed by series co-founder Trey Parker. It is the fourth episode to be rated TV-MA LV. The show's plot was largely influenced by the film Die Hard.[3]

Plot

Mr. Garrison takes the fourth grade class on an educational field trip to Pioneer Village where dedicated workers act as their counterparts from 1864 and never break character. Mr. Garrison tells the students to move in pairs and hold hands.Cartman tries to pair up with Kenny, who chooses Craig. Cartman then tries to pair up with Stan, but he pairs up with Wendy (whom he specifically refers to as his girlfriend). Cartman then tries to pair up with Kyle who does not want to be paired with him (and picks Jimmy instead). Cartman is forced to take Butters as his partner and Mr. Garrison tells Butters not to let go of Cartman's hand until they were both back on the bus.

Cartman forces Butters to ditch the field trip and go to the amusement center located two blocks away, Super Phun Thyme. Butters refuses to let go of Cartman's hand, and they are forced to cooperate until back on the bus. While the rest of the kids are bored in the village, a group of trigger-happy thieves led by a man called Franz have robbed a Burger King and fled to Pioneer Village, taking everyone hostage. Stan, Wendy (who is still holding hands with Stan), Jimmy and Kyle flee with two townspeople to an office where Kyle calls the police. The thieves find a mine shaft door in the back of the park that is locked. They start to interrogate the workers to find the code to the lock, but none of them will break character, not even to save their own lives. Pioneer Paul even shoots one of the townsfolk for breaking character in an attempt to save his own life.

Meanwhile, Cartman and Butters are at "Super Phun Thyme", and Butters still won't let go of Cartman's hand. This leads to Butters sullenly being dragged around as Cartman plays arcade games, rides bumper cars, plays air hockey, and rides a coin-operated motorcycle. As they return to Pioneer Village, they see the Village entrance surrounded by police. Cartman and Butters believe the police are there because someone has noticed they ditched Pioneer Village, and decide to sneak back in and claim they were there all along to avoid getting in trouble. During an effort to get over the fence, they get stuck on a traffic light.

By then, seeing that interrogating the workers isn't going to work, Franz threatens to kill the kids instead, starting with Kenny, but the workers still refuse to break character. In a last ditch effort to save Kenny's life, Stan makes "the ultimate sacrifice" (which, as Wendy later playfully remarks, makes him sound like a dork) and assumes a disguise portraying an out of towner and manages to give the workers an in-character way to divulge the door code, 1864.

Cartman and Butters jump the fence into the village, where one of the thieves sees and attacks them. In an attempt to capture the two he tries to make them put their hands on their heads. A very dedicated Butters simply will not let go. Upon threatening to shoot their hands off Butters uses Cartman as a weapon, bodily flinging him at the robber, and running away. Cartman and Butters, in their attempt to flee, are knocked out by a grenade. The confusion allows the police to raid the camp, killing the robbers and catching the leader. Finally a bell rings, signaling the end of the work day, and all of the village workers break character, revealing to everyone of an efficient evacuation route through the stables and then head off to T.G.I. Friday's for some jalapeño poppers. As Franz is being arrested, he "learns something", that people in 1864 didn't have the conveniences that people in modern times take for granted. The episode ends as Butters drags an unconscious Cartman all the way back into the school bus, firmly stating, "Teacher, my partner is back on the bus", finally letting go of his hand before passing out from exhaustion.

References

  1. ^ "Episode 1207 Press Release". South Park Studios. 2008. http://www.southparkstudios.com/news/3441. Retrieved 2008-04-20.  
  2. ^ "Summer Does Not Suck". South Park Studios. 2008. http://www.southparkstudios.com/news/3442. Retrieved 2008-04-20.  
  3. ^ "Welcome to the FAQ archives! July 2008". South Park Studios. 2008. http://www.southparkstudios.com/fans/faq/archives.php?month=7&year=2008. Retrieved 2008-11-17.  

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Preceded by
Over Logging
South Park episodes Followed by
The China Probrem
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