When Chef discovers that Alanis Morissette has turned "Sinky Britches", a song he wrote years ago, into a hit, he approaches the record company about having his name listed as the composer. Instead the label hires celebrity lawyer Johnnie Cochran to sue Chef for harassment. Using the "Chewbacca Defense," Cochran wins damages of $2 million. If Chef doesn't pay within 24 hours he gets four years in jail.
Chef decides to become a male prostitute, sleeping with all the women in town until he raises $2 million -- not to pay off the fine, but to hire Cochran to sue the record company on his behalf.
On a different front, someone is making attempts on the "life" of Mr. Garrison's puppet, Mr. Twig. All evidence points to Mr. Hat. After several misadventures, Mr. Hat and Mr. Garrison the two reconcile and get back together.
The boys also try to raise cash to help Chef. First They begin by selling candy to all of Chef's old rock star friends. Then they organize a benefit concert which consists of Cartman in lederhosen performing something called "The German Dance." Then Elton John and other performers show up and agree to put on a show for Chef.
The show is sabotaged by a record company executive, but the event touches Johnnie Cochran, who agrees to represent Chef for free. Using exactly the same tactics he employed the first time around, he gets the new jury to reach a completely different verdict. Chef gets his name on the album.
What I Learned Today
"Love isn't a decision, it's a feeling. If we could decide who we love, it would be much simpler, but much less magical."
- "If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit!" Johnnie Cochran
- "Well I'll be sodomized on Christmas!" Chef
- "I'm afraid it's the big house for you, fruitcake." Officer Barbrady
- "My only hope is to whore myself to every woman in town." Chef
- "You still aren't entertaining any ideas of raping me here in this prison cell, are you Chef?" Garrison
Judge Moses, the wild-haired judge that resides over Chef's court case, and the Record Producer, who's constantly applying Spooge to his comb-over. Also, the Band Announcer during Chef Aid will also make another cameo in "Timmy 2000".
Ozzy Osbourne bites off Kenny's head. Also a juror's head explodes.
The Sunset Room at the Airport Hilton. Cartman uses this as the meeting ground for his Ginger Separatist Movement gatherings. It will used again for Cartman's AIDS Benefit Concert in "Tonsil Trouble," as well as for Coonicon '09 in "The Coon." Gary Nelson, the over-helpful Hilton Guest Relations worker, will also make a return.
Behind The Scenes
Pop Culture References
Mr. Garrison drives Chef to the benefit concert in a white Bronco, a la O.J. Simpson. Also the episode's narrator says that when Johnnie Cochran witnessed the show his ". . . small heart grew three sizes that day." It's an obvious parody of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Alanis Morissette's crappy music video for "Stinky Britches" plays briefly in the beginning of the episode. It resembles the video for her hit song "Ironic".
Mr. Twig is first found in a pot of boiling water (a reference to the boiled bunny in Fatal Attraction), then broken in half while in bed (an homage to the horse-head-in-the-bed scene in The Godfather.
In Chef's memory book, we see that he played with The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Elton John, the Sex Pistols, and also a German goat.
Chef's real name is revealed to be Jerome McElroy. There's a picture of Leonardo DiCaprio above Mr. Twig's bed. The actor is apparently quite popular around South Park, having spent some quality time with Ming Lee in the previous episode "Cow Days". This is a big episode for Mr. Hat. Up to this point, everyone assumed he was just a puppet (a very gay one), but here, he drives a car and busts Garrison and Chef out of jail. How he reached the pedals is still a mystery...
To win his South Park cases Cochran employed the Chewbacca defense -- basically baffling a jury with so much extraneous information that their minds shut down. When he represents Chef, he takes this tactic to its extreme, producing a puppet during closing arguments and shouting "Here, look at the monkey. Look at the silly monkey!" His antics cause one juror's head to explode. The creepy thing is that the term "Chewbacca defense" is actually now used in the legal community.
- e1 Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus
- e2 Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut
- e3 Chickenlover
- e4 Ike's Wee Wee
- e5 Conjoined Fetus Lady
- e6 The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka
- e7 City of the Edge of Forever (Flashbacks)
- e8 Summer Sucks
- e9 Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls
- e10 Chickenpox
- e11 Roger Ebert Should Lay Off the Fatty Foods
- e12 Clubhouses
- e13 Cow Days
- e14 Chef Aid
- e12 Spookyfish
- e13 Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!
- e14 Gnomes
- e15 Prehistoric Ice Man