Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?

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"Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?"
South Park episode
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The boys ask Sister Anne if the handicapped go to Hell.
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 9
Directed by Trey Parker
Written by Trey Parker
Production code 410
Original air date July 19, 2000
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"Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" is the ninth episode of the fourth season of the animated television series South Park, and 57th episode of the series overall. "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" originally aired in the United States on July 19, 2000 on Comedy Central. It is the first part of a two-part episode, which concludes in the following episode "Probably". It links the events and some of the characters of the South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut into the animated series. This episode is rated TV-MA in the United States, except on syndicated broadcasts, where the episode is censored and rated TV-14, instead.

Plot[edit]

Frightened into piety by Father Maxi's fire-and-brimstone sermon, Stan, Cartman, and Kenny begin to attend Sunday school classes with a nun named Sister Anne, who teaches them about Communion and confession. Issues arise when the children begin to ask questions regarding their classmates Kyle, who is Jewish, and Timmy, who is disabled and can say little more than his own name. The priest explains that both will go to Hell if they do not confess their sins. Later, in the confessional, Father Maxi tries to choke Cartman after he unwittingly confesses all the pranks he has played on the priest. Cartman tells the other children that he has felt God's angry hand, which scares them even more.

Meanwhile, in Hell, Satan is torn between two lovers: Chris, an overly sensitive man he is living with (voiced by Dian Bachar), and Saddam Hussein, Satan's emotionally abusive ex, whom he had killed at the end of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Satan is surprised to see Saddam, though Saddam points out the obvious logic: "Yeah, you killed me. Where was I gonna go, Detroit?" It is apparent that Satan is still attracted to Saddam, and he struggles to choose between him and Chris.

Back in South Park, the boys, frightened of dying without having confessed all their sins, are rushing to church when Kenny is hit by a bus. When they arrive at the church, they discover Father Maxi copulating with a woman in the confessional. The children, horrified at the priest's blatant sinfulness and hypocrisy, decide that they will have to save everyone themselves. The episode ends with Cartman using a bullhorn and a stereotypical, exaggerated Southern preacher's accent on a street corner, directing a large group of children to the creation of a new religious movement.

Reception[edit]

IGN rated the episode 9/10, stating "It's also one of the better religious satires the show has done". They comment that the funniest of the episode is the love triangle between Satan, Saddam Hussein and Chris. They conclude that the episode is an example of "some of the most scathing commentary on social institutions there is".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Travis Fickett (2009-06-12). "South Park Flashback: "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" Review - TV Review at IGN". Tv.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 

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