The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka
The boys interview Jimbo and Ned about their Vietnam experiences for a class project. Unfortunately the men are less than truthful, stating, among a great many other things, that American military camps were equipped with amusement park rides and that they single-handedly defeated the Viet Cong. The boys get an F from Mr. Garrison, who assumes they made it all up. To get revenge, the boys fake videos of the legendary Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka, which can kill at a glance. Jimbo and Ned air them on their cable access show, Huntin' and Killin' With Jimbo and Ned. They're a big hit with the program's incredulous viewers, who abandon its competitor, Jesus and Pals, in droves. Or maybe not exactly in droves, because the viewership for both shows is in the low tens. Jesus' producer fights back by changing his program's format into something a bit more Springer-esque. Disaster ensues when Jimbo and Ned decide to pursue the real Staring Frog. When Ned sees a fake one set up by the boys he becomes comatose with fright. At the hospital the kids own up to their fakery. Jimbo, Ned and the boys appear on Jesus and Pals to iron out their differences. Thanks to the show's producer, who encourages them to lie, it doesn't work out that way. Jimbo claims Stan is a drug-addicted Satan worshipper, while Stan says Jimbo molested him. Chaos ensues, which Jesus ends with a very un-Savior-like "Shut the fuck up!" He sends his producer to Hell for her transgressions.
What I Learned Today
"Lying kicks ass!"
- "Comin' up next, we're gonna drop some napalm on an unsuspecting family of beavers." (Jimbo)
- "Put your hands together and welcome the only man in town who always has a fully-stocked wine cellar, Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus Christ!" (Jesus and Pals announcer)
- "So you see, we have to kill animals or else they'll die." (Jimbo)
- "No, I wasn't in Vietnam. But sometimes I like to pretend I was." (Garrison)
- "We did it Ned! We killed the entire Viet Cong army!" (Jimbo)
- "Oh J, you are so omnipotent and yet so nave." (Show Producer)
- "Revenge is so very, very sweet." (Cartman)
Kenny is ripped in half by rowdy, brawling audience members on Jesus and Pals. Ned and Jimbo kill a bunch of woodland animals on their show Huntin' and Killin', and according to their flashbacks, the entire Viet Cong army. Also, the Producer of Jesus and Pals is cast into hell by Jesus himself.
Behind The Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
The title of the episode is a play on The Giant Beaver of Southern Sri Lanka, a student film that Matt and Trey met while working on. It was in turn a satire of Mark Twain's The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.
Pop Culture References
While in the hospital Jimbo reads Ned S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders. Also, when Cartman asks Mr. Garrison what Vietnam is, he says, "What's Vietnam? A question a child might ask, but not a childish question." The line is from a TV commercial for a Time-Life book series about the war.
On Huntin' and Killin', there's a part of the show called "Jimbo's Mysteries of the Unexplained". This is a nod to the popular show "Unexplained Mysteries".
The spacey, late 60s song "Time of the Season" by The Zombies is used during Jimbo's Vietnam flashback. Also, the song "Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston is covered by Jesus' studio band The Disciples.
Jesus and Pals is reformatted to be very similar to Jerry Springer. Furthermore, Jesus releases "Too Hot For TV" featuring raunchy and vulgar outtakes from his show. This is spoof on Springer's tape series of the same name.
One of Jesus' audience members mistakenly refers to him as "Montel," as in Montel Williams. He then launches into a largely irrelevant defense of Michael Jackson, who at the time had once again been accused of child molestation.
Bob Denver, best known as Gilligan from the TV show "Gilligan's Island", makes an awkward appearance on Jesus' show.
When Jesus' producer goes to Hell, she meets Satan and Saddam Hussein. It's the first time they're portrayed as lovers. Also, during Jimbo's Vietnam flashback we learn that Ned formerly possessed a beautiful, melodious man voice.
This is the first and last time we'll see Ned and Jimbo's public access show Huntin' and Killin'. We also learn that their go-to phrase "It's coming right for us!" no longer works. Instead, they yell "Thin out their numbers!"
During the flashbacks, animators spliced in real video footage of the Vietnam War.
In this episode, we actually see how Ned lost his arm: a grenade went off in his hands while ambushing the Viet Congs.
Jesus drops an F-bomb. The exact quote is, "Shut the fuck up! Jesus, what is wrong with you people?!"
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