Red Man's Greed
The boys visit the Three Feathers Casino with Kyle and Stan's parents. While the boys are off watching a Native American comedian, the adults go to gamble away their money. Kyle's dad, we discover, has a terrible gambling problem, and proceeds to lose $26,000 -- most of which came from a line of credit he put up his house to obtain.
Meanwhile, the casino's Native American owners are buying up all of South Park so they can level it and use the land to build a superhighway to bring in more gamblers from Denver. In order to stop this travesty, the town needs to raise $300,000 to buy back the town and thwart the plan.
The boys come up with a desperate scheme: Take the paltry $10,000 the townspeople managed to raise, place it on a single roulette number and hope for a win, which would produce a $350,000 payout. The adults take the advice, bet everything on 31 black, and win. But seeing the potential for even more profit, Kyle's dad convinces the others to "let it ride." The townsfolk leave all their cash on 31 black, and lose everything on the next spin.
The next day, South Park's citizens line up to get checks for their homes. The boys, infuriated, decide to stand in front of the Indians' bulldozers. Soon the rest of the town joins their protest, effectively blocking the entrance to South Park. The Native Americans counter by giving the locals SARS-infected blankets, making everyone sick except Stan. He's sent to find a wise man so he can go on a "spirit journey" by inhaling paint thinner. During this journey, Stan learns that SARS can be stopped by the middle class elixer: Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, DayQuil, and Sprite.
Meanwhile, Chief Runswithpremise (the owner of Three Feathers Casino) learns that his own son, Premiserunningthin, has SARS. When he sees that the South Park residents are getting better, he asks if they'll provide the cure for his son. They do, and his son regains his health. Their kindness makes him have a change of heart, and the Chief spares the town.
What I Learned Today
"Well, I guess we all learned that South Park is more than just a town. It's a community that nobody can split up."
- "Oh, shove the song of the sparrow up your ass!" Gerald Broflovski
- "Their cash flows out of them like diarrhea from the buffalo." Blackbear
- "I've got it you guys! We can get Kyle infected with AIDS! And then start a charity organization that we steal money from! Come on, let's go!" Cartman
- "When the Indians come to tear up our town, we kick 'em in the nuts!" Cartman
- "Sorry Charlies! You can just keep your filthy bastard Indian money." Mr. Garrison
- "The spirit of middle-class white people is strong in you, Stan." Randy
- "I'm not a miner, dumbass. You see a shovel in my hand?" Cartman
- "You shouldn't be such a dick, dude." Cartman
- "We grew up here. Our parents grew up here. We shop at that WalMart and eat at that Chili's. We take fish from the streams and bread them and freeze them to make fish sticks. This is not just a town, it is our way of life." Stan
- "Everyone grab a Chinese person and rub them on a blanket!" Chief Runs With Premise
- "Stanley, listen to me I have SARS There's only a ninety eighty percent chance that I will live." Randy
Chief Runswithpremise, leader of the Three Feathers Casino, and his son, Premiserunningthin -- as well as Johnny Manymoons, the Native American stand-up comedian. And making his single-episode cameo is Alex Glick, the lucky kid who won the Season 7 Contest to be animated into the show.
"Love is a Battle Field" Song by Pat Benatar
Behind The Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
A role reversal story in which Native Americans steal from white people presents lots of comedic opportunities.
Pop Culture References
When South Park's residents block the bulldozers sent to level the town, they do so while singing the Pat Benatar song "Love Is a Battlefield." This episode came out during the height of the SARS "pandemic," which lasted from November 2002 and July 2003. SARS is a contagious respiratory disease that originated in China. When Chief Runswithpremise offers blankets as a "sign of peace," Mr. Garrison says, "You had me at free blanket." This is a parody of a popular quote from the movie Jerry Maguire.
While the boys are reminiscing, a video montage plays showing all the great times they've had in the zombie attack from Pinkeye; the Trapper Keeper monster destroying the town from Trapper Keeper; the mutant turkey battle from Starvin' Marvin in Space; Christopher Reeve throwing a car at Gene Hackman from Krazy Kripples ; the giant fireworks snake that torched the town in Summer Sucks; the Knights of Standards and Practices fighting the evil dragon from It Hits the Fan; the town being destroyed by Pirate Ghosts from Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery; the anti- and pro-war townspeople brawling from I'm A Little Bit Country ; the townspeople killing one another in a Civil War reenactment from The Red Badge of Gayness; Mr. Hankey burying South Park with human feces from Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls; and the Mecha Streisand battle royale from Mecha Streisand.
Kyle's Dad admits he has a gambling problem. Unfortunately, a bit too late -- he'd already gambled away their house, which is then totally demolished by the Native Americans.
At the town meeting discussing the Native American buyout of South Park, all the residents are gathered -- including Towelie, who can be seen in the crowd.