During an emergency meeting of the fourth-grade boys, Cartman makes an earth-shattering revelation: the girls have acquired some sort of high-tech, mystical time relic that allows them to see the future. After showing surveillance footage of the girls operating this "Future Telling Device" (really just a paper fortune teller that all girls make in the 4th grade), the boys immediately put a complex plan in motion to steal the device for themselves.
It's decided that Butters must fake his own death, then pose as a new female student so that he can infiltrate an upcoming slumber party and steal The Device. His "death" is faked by dropping a dead pig dressed in his clothes from the Bowery Building. The fall, witnessed by a crowd of bystanders, is thoroughly convincing. Especially to his parents, who dissolve into hysterical grief.
The next day at school, Ms. Garrison introduces a new female student -- a girl from Dallas named Marjorine. Her "mother" (actually Cartman) then phones Heidi's mother and secures an invitation to the slumber party. However Butters/Marjorine doesn't fit in here either, and is soon reduced to tears by the other girls' cruel remarks.
When he/she locks herself in the bathroom, Wendy and Bebe decide they've been too hard on Marjorine, and lure her out to give her a makeover. Soon she's having a ball, dancing to Justin Timberlake tunes with the rest of the girls. This infuriates Cartman, who (along with the rest of the boys) is watching everything from outside.
Meanwhile, Butters' parents are heartbroken over the loss of their son -- so heartbroken that his father digs up his body (really the pig carcass) and in a paganistic ritual, reburies it at an old Indian cemetery. Even though he's been warned anything resurrected there will return to life as an undead abomination, Mr. Stotch was willing to risk it.
Back at the party, Heidi's father spots the boys outside and raises the alarm. Figuring the jig is up, Butters grabs The Device and escapes. However, he refuses to accompany the boys back to Cartman's house, where they've set up a high-tech "containment field" to house the artifact. Saying the device is nothing but trouble, he instead goes home to tell his parents he isn't dead.
The boys take the device to their hideout, but decide that Butters is right. Its power is too great and will bring disaster to whoever possesses it. They move the The Device to the woods and have Kenny blow it up, creating a fireball large enough to be seen from space.
Butters' homecoming doesn't go as planned either. His parents are thoroughly convinced that their son, now risen from the dead, is some sort of evil monstrosity -- a walking abomination -- and are terrified when he shows up. Instead of welcoming him back, they chain him up and lock him in the basement. When he says he's hungry, his parents kill a saleswoman and offer up her body for Butters "to feed on."
Butters says he'd prefer some SpaghettiOs instead.
What I Learned Today
"That time device is nothing but trouble!!"
- "Just keep stalling, Butters. We don't have the dead pig quite ready yet." Cartman
- "Lord, as we commit this child's body to the earth, may we ask it be the last child you strike down so mercilessly? We know this request to be futile, Lord, but just thought we would ask." Father Maxi
- "Well, I'm just a typical little girl. I like dancin' an' and ponies and getting my snootch pounded on Friday nights." Marjorine_Identity
- "Now Butters, we don't know exactly what it is that girls do at their slumber parties. But if they all start . . . you know . . . lezzing out, just roll with it." Cartman
- "God only knows the horrors that go on at girls' slumber parties." Cartman
- "I'm sorry son, but you're a demon spawn now." Stephen Stotch
- "You, sir, mocked Cartman before, yet you too sit here demanding answers! Now, damn you, let him speak!" Clyde
- "Just come down now son, and we promise we won't ground you for more than a couple weeks." Stephen Stotch
- "Now, Marjorine, that's not very lady-like. Us Colorado girls love to get pounded in the sniz just like any woman, but we keep it to ourselves." Ms. Garrison
- "Sometimes, dead is better." Old Gas Station Worker
- "You're going to live alone because you're a nerdy, dorky, geek!" Red
- "Oh Butters you smell like bacon." Stephen Stotch
- "You aren't there to have fun you black asshole!!" Cartman
- "Oh god, it's terrible!! WHAT HAVE I DONE?!!" Stephen Stotch
Also, Heidi Turner, the 4th grade girl with brown hair and a lime green shirt. She's been in several episodes before (such as "Probably" and "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset"), but she gets her first big role here. Her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Turner, make their debuts as well.
Although they aren't formally introduced, two other 4th grade girls have their quasi-debut: Isla (the brown-haired girl with a red shirt, shown operating The Device with Bebe and the girls in the beginning), and Esther (the black-haired girl with the aqua jacket, as shown on Cartman's "Surveillance Targets" board).
The saleswoman who is killed by Butters' dad so that his "undead" son could "feed." There's also the dead pig that the boys dress up as Butters and toss off a building.
Behind The Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
Trey and Matt think there's too much going on in this episode. About 50 percent too much, to be exact. Either of the stories -- Butters rising from the grave, or dressing up as Marjorine to steal the girls' fortune-telling device -- could easily have stood alone.
Pop Culture References
Heidi, the slumber party hostess, has a poster for a line of toy dolls called Twerpz tacked to a wall. It's a spoof of the Bratz dolls.
Cartman's plot to infiltrate the girls' slumber party (by dressing up one of the boys as a chick) bears striking resemblence to the 2002 film Juwanna Mann, which Kevin directly points out. Cartman gets pissed, "No, not like Juwanna Mann, Kevin, okay? It's WAY cooler than that!"
Red brings the new Justin Timberlake CD (Justified) to the slumber party. Later, they all dance to Timberlake's dance hall hit "Rock Your Body." The girls also play "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board," which is a popular levitation game played at slumber parties.
The containment facility the boys build to house the "Future Telling Device" looks a lot like the containment center set up outside of Elliot's house in the classic film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. This was also parodied in Season 2's "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls."
Butters' grave marker bears the following Biblical quote: "Jesus said 'Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.' Matt. 11:28."
Cartman uses his Wellington Bear Video Camera to capture the surveillance footage of the girls -- a new device in the growing Wellington Bear catalogue. He similarly uses his Speak and Record Bear to catch Shelly and Skyler in "Cat Orgy."
At Heidi's slumber party, there's a Barbie-esque Paris Hilton doll on the floor. This comes from "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset" . There's also a board game called Blister, a parody of Twister.
Clyde and Cartman seem to get along strangely well in this episode -- despite the fact that Clyde has admitted to hating Cartman on multiple occasions.
- e1 Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina
- e2 Die Hippie, Die
- e3 Wing
- e4 Best Friends Forever
- e5 The Losing Edge
- e6 The Death of Eric Cartman
- e7 Erection Day
- e8 Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow
- e9 Marjorine
- e10 Follow That Egg!
- e11 Ginger Kids
- e12 Trapped in the Closet
- e13 Free Willzyx
- e14 Bloody Mary