Two game show participants named Tom and Mary win a trip to South Park for its notoriously lame Cow Days festival. The celebration includes a third-rate carnival, where Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny discover a ball-throwing game that offers Terrance and Phillip dolls as a prize. The object is to toss balls through an opening that represents at Jennifer Love Hewitt's mouth. But the balls What they don't know is that the balls are too big to fit in the appropriate space, and they will never win. Undaunted, the boys enter Cartman in a bull-riding contest, figuring the top prize of $5,000 will buy them enough chances at the game to win.
Meanwhile, the town's cows steal a giant cow-shaped clock and carry it off to worship as a god. Tom and Mary (the game show winners) are accused of carrying off both the clock and the cows, and are tossed in jail. The fugitive cows are found and confronted, but rather than surrender the statue and return to their former lives, they commit mass suicide by walking off a cliff.
Cartman is thrown from a bull during practice, hits his head and assumes the personality of a Vietnamese prostitute named Ming Li. He nevertheless wins the bull riding contest. Then he spends the night with Leonardo DiCaprio. Then (and only then) his memory returns.
The carny in charge of the Jennifer Love Hewitt game gives the boys the dolls in exchange for their $5,000. But they turn out to be cheap knockoffs. The townspeople get wind of the swindle, decide the entire carnival sucks and attack the carnies.
Amidst all the distractions, Tom and Mary quietly starve to death in their cell. The mayor tells Officer Barbrady to say that the couple never arrived in town in the first place.
What I Learned Today
"Perhaps one day cows will learn that cults are never a good thing."
- "Sucky sucky? Five dorra!" Cartman
- "Me so horny! Me love you long time! Cartman
- "I'm starting to think that maybe it's wrong to put someone who thinks they're a Vietnamese prostitute onto a bull." Stan
- "Young man, you can't just go around declaring shenanigans on innocent people. That's how wars get started." Officer Barbrady
- "Screw you guys I hate you guys." Cartman
- "Oh my god! They killed Cartman!" Kenny
- "Shenanigans!!" Kyle
- "Everybody grab a broom! It's shenanigans!" Officer Barbrady
Kenny (killed by a bull), Tom and Mary, a bull rider impaled on a bull's horns, and one participant in the annual "running of the cows" extravaganza. Oh yeah, and every cow in South Park. They all decide to commit mass cow suicide instead of being rounded back up.
Behind The Scenes
Pop Culture References
Much of Cartman's prostitute-speak is lifted from the movie Full Metal Jacket.
The "Running of the Cows" is a parody of the famous "Running of the Bulls" which takes place every year in Pamplona, Spain.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who (according to the episode) likes to spank Vietnamese prostitutes.
Jennifer Love Hewitt, who's balls-in-mouth game is the subject of the boys' quest.
The lame carnival rides includes the Chamber of Farts, which is shaped like a giant purple butt.
The Announcer for the game show W.T.H.I.T? is voiced by Dian Bachar, an actor that has appeared in several other projects by Stone and Parker. He also lends a voice in "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson", "Do the Handicapped Go To Hell?", and "Probably".
According to Carnie math, roughly 7 Bon Jovi toothpicks is equal to one cheaply-made Terrance and Phillip doll.
The end of this episode is a nod to the first South Park episode, "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe".
A visitor can be spotted behind Stan when they are in front of a red tent.
- 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