A Ladder to Heaven

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"A Ladder to Heaven"
South Park episode
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Cartman mixes Kenny's ashes with milk and drinks it, therefore "drinking Kenny."
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 12
Directed by Trey Parker
Written by Trey Parker
Production code 612
Original air date November 6, 2002
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"A Ladder to Heaven" is the 12th episode of the sixth season of the Comedy Central series South Park. It was originally broadcast on November 6, 2002.

Kenny died with the winning ticket to a candy store shopping spree, so the boys build a ladder to heaven to reclaim it. Unfortunately, the Japanese start building their own ladder to heaven, the government intervenes and the event is chronicled in a lame country music song. Cartman realizes that he's had a little bit of Kenny inside him the whole time.


Stan, Kyle and Cartman win an all-you-can-grab candy prize but cannot claim it without the stub of the ticket they bought. After thinking hard, they remember that they gave the ticket stub to Kenny to hold on to before he last died. Upon visiting Kenny's house, the boys are shown an urn containing his ashes, which they steal during the next night. However, having never heard of cremation, they expect to find Kenny's body and are confused when they find ashes inside. Cartman assumes it must be some kind of chocolate milk powder. He mixes the ashes with milk and drinks them.

The boys decide to build a ladder to Heaven to find Kenny so he can hand them the ticket. However, when questioned about why they are building the ladder, they neglect to mention that candy is involved and merely say they want to see Kenny again. As a result, the adults, thinking that the boys desperately want to see their dead friend again, are touched and the ladder's construction grips the whole country. Singer Alan Jackson turns up and performs a song that parodies his country hit about 9/11, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)", and the Japanese even start building a rival ladder of their own.

When the boys announce they have run out of stuff to build the ladder, the adults consider telling them the truth that they are not actually going to reach Heaven. However, just then the United States military arrives and starts to build a reinforced tower in order to beat the Japanese. The ladder eventually reaches above the clouds and the boys are disappointed to find no heaven.

Suspicious photos taken of heavenly clouds are reported to the President as indicating a potential factory making WMDs run by Saddam Hussein, now dead and permanently living in Heaven. The U.S. decides to bomb Heaven, believing Hussein to be building nuclear warheads there. A U.S. representative explains the whole Satan/Saddam/Chris love triangle story to a bemused United Nations assembly.

Meanwhile, Cartman starts viewing Kenny's memories every time something hits his head. After the adults try to tell the boys to get back to their lives and explain cremation to them, Cartman realizes that this is because he drank Kenny's ashes. After getting intentionally hit on the head a few more times, Cartman witnesses Kenny locking up the ticket in a box he kept in his room. The boys retrieve the stub, collect their confectionery and lose all interest in the ladder. The whole misunderstanding is explained and various platitudes exchanged that they all want to believe that that they can go to heaven when they die, but the meaning is to enjoy life on earth, which Alan Jackson tries and fails to turn into an umpteenth song. As they all leave, Cartman says that he is happy of just having "poor Kenny" 's memories, but Cartman insults himself in Kenny's words, implying that Kenny's soul really is trapped in Cartman's body.

In a final scene, it is revealed that Saddam Hussein is in fact building a WMD factory, disguised as "Saddam's Heavenly Chocolate Chip Factory", and is lying to God about it.

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