Super Best Friends
Magician David Blaine comes to town, enthralling everyone with his tricks and inviting them to enroll in his David Blaine Workshop at the Center for Magic. The boys attend, and are persuaded to join a Blaine-centered religion called Blainetology. Stan realizes something's wrong and escapes, but Kyle (along with Butters, Cartman, Kenny and others) stay behind.
Jesus, at Stan's urging, confronts Blaine during a Denver show, but is blown away by the magician's tricks. Deciding he can't defeat Blaine on his own, Jesus calls in the Super Best Friends -- a "superhero" team composed of Buddha, Moses, Mohammed, Lao Tse, Joseph Smith, Krishna and Sea-Man.
They confront Blaine in Washington, D. C., where he's ordered his followers to drown themselves in the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial -- a protest against the government's refusal to give his church "tax-exempt" status. Kyle (who tried to escape from the cult but was betrayed by Cartman) has been imprisoned inside a plastic bubble.
Blaine uses his magic to make the giant stone Abraham Lincoln monument come to life, but the Super Best Friends counterattack with a giant stone John Wilkes Booth which shoots Lincoln in the back of the head. Blaine flees and his still-surviving followers abandon him. Stan and Kyle reunite, then repeatedly and savagely kick Cartman in the crotch.
What I Learned Today
"You don't need David Blaine to tell you how to live. See, cults are dangerous because they promise you hope, happiness and maybe even an afterlife. But in return they demand you pay money. Any religion that requires you to pay money in order to move up and learn its tenets is wrong. See, all religions have something valuable to teach, but just like the Super Best Friends learned, it requires a little bit of them all."
- "I don't think I'm very happy. I always fall asleep to the sounds of my own screams." (Butters)
- "Don't call Mr. Blaine a gaywad! He's a brilliant man." (Kyle)
- "Blainetology is for everyone. There are Blainetologists who are Catholics, Buddhists why even Kyle here is a Goddamned Jew." (Cartman)
- "Jesus Christ!" (Jesus Christ)
- "We all believe in the power of good over evil. Except for Buddha, of course, who doesn't believe in evil." (Joseph Smith)
- "We've gotta stop that oversized Abraham Lincoln!" (Jesus Christ)
- "I had no idea how unhappy I was until today!" (Kyle)
- "Oh, don't worry, I have a few more miracles up my sleeve!" (Jesus)
- "Did you hear that guys?! We're finally gonna die!!" (Cartman)
- "More than friends, young boy, we are Super Best Friends. With the desire to fight for justice." (Mohammed)
- "I don't want to die either. I haven't even gotten my pubes yet." (Cartman)
The Super Best Friends -- including Mohammed. His appearance caused nary a ripple, which is strange because during "Cartoon Wars", Comedy Central absolutely refused to show him, out of fear of a backlash from Muslims.
George Bush, and his clan of Presidential cronies.
Kenny, who drowns himself in the Reflecting Pool. Countless Blainetologists commit suicide by drowning themselves as well. Furthermore, a bunch of cult members are killed by the giant stone Abraham Lincoln who is, in turn, assassinated by a giant stone John Wilkes Booth.
Behind The Scenes
Pop Culture References
A couple of David Blaine's actual TV specials are referenced in this episode, including his "Frozen in Time" primetime spectacular (referred to as "the miracle of being frozen in ice at Times Square").
When this aired, George W. Bush had just been sworn into office, and Parker and Stone's live action TV show "That's My Bush" had just debuted on Comedy Central. As the Blainetologists start killing themselves in D.C., we actually see the whole cast of "That's My Bush" animated South Park-style -- from George W. right down to Larry, the wacky next-door neighbor.
Well, David Blaine, who's portrayed as some sort of insane cultist. The real Blaine called the South Park offices after the episode aired and said that people were actually asking him for his Blainetology book. For the record, there's no such thing.
When Kyle tries to wake up Cartman, he screams out from his sleep "No Paula Poundstone, leave me alone!!"
Moses looks just like he did in "Jewbilee". Which is to say, he looks like the Master Control Program from Tron.
The David Blaine workshop advertises "Free punch and pie!" in it's flyer. This incentive was also used in the South Park movie, Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, to entice kids to come join Terrance and Phillip's cause.
This is the first (and only) time we see all the kids with shaved heads. Without their signature winter hats and/or hair, they all pretty much look the same (well, except Cartman). It gets so confusing, Stan actually forgets who he is for a second, "Oh, wait who am I again?"
Kyle and Stan play a little "Marco Polo" game in the Reflecting Pool, with Stan calling out "Oh my god. They killed Kenny!" and Kyle finishing "You bastards!". Stan uses it to pinpoint Kyle's location and save his life.
The Super Best Friends are a takeoff of DC Comic's famous superhero team: Justice League of America, which featured Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman, among others. The character of Sea-Man is an allusion to Aquaman, who was also in the League. More specifically, this episode parodies the popular 1970s cartoon Super Friends, which was an animated adaptation of Justice League.
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- e2 It Hits the Fan
- e3 Cripple Fight
- e4 Super Best Friends
- e5 Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow
- e6 Cartmanland
- e7 Proper Condom Use
- e8 Towelie
- e9 Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants
- e10 How To Eat With Your Butt
- e11 The Entity
- e12 Here Comes the Neighborhood
- e13 Kenny Dies
- e14 Butters' Very Own Episode