How to Eat with Your Butt

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Not to be confused with the episode, "Red Hot Catholic Love", in which characters literally learn to eat with their butts.
"How to Eat with Your Butt"
South Park episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 10
Directed by Trey Parker
Written by Trey Parker
Production code 510
Original air date November 14, 2001
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"How to Eat with Your Butt" is the tenth episode of the fifth season of the animated television series South Park, and the 75th episode of the series overall. "How to Eat with Your Butt" originally aired in the United States on November 14, 2001 on Comedy Central.


It is picture day at South Park Elementary, and Kenny wears his parka upside down and stands on his head with his feet through the sleeves so that his buttocks show through his hood. A few days later, the photos arrive. When Ms. Choksondik says that one boy spoiled his photo and will not get it back, Kenny thinks she is referring to him, until it is revealed immediately that she is referring to Butters, rather than Kenny, even though Butters looked normal in the photo. His parents, irrationally convinced that Butters' normal face is some sort of silly face, promptly ground him and force him to wear a brown paper bag for making "silly faces". It is actually (what his parents don't notice) a piece of his hair sticking up after he combed his hair to look perfect which ruined his school photo.

To compound this trick, Cartman then turns in Kenny's photo to a milk company, which places Kenny's photo on a milk carton. Cartman's description of him includes that he has a "winking brown eye", "blonde hair", and "rosy cheeks". The photo draws a response from a couple, Martha and Stephen Thompson, who lost their son some years earlier. They suffer from a fictitious congenital condition known as "torsonic polarity syndrome" or "TPS" which has them born with their faces appearing as the human buttocks. With the syndrome, however, they still retain all normal functionality of their faces (including noses, eyes, etc.) under the buttocks. The Thompsons come from Wisconsin, and the name of their son, Tommy, is the same as that of former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, who had just left office to become Health and Human Services Secretary under George W. Bush. When the Thompsons appear looking at Cartman's house for Kenny, he is stunned and can no longer laugh, believing he has seen something so incredibly funny, that nothing else will ever be able to make him laugh again. Cartman referred to this as "blowing his funny fuse".

Meanwhile, Cartman does whatever he can to try and make himself laugh. He goes through a list of things like seeing a raunchy movie, and talking to Jimmy for his stand-up routines. When all fails, Cartman is shown in his room holding a pistol. He writes a letter to his mother, explaining that he cannot face his friends without a sense of humor, places the gun in his mouth, and takes a bite. It is at this point he asks for more chocolate guns (with marshmallow filling, as he does not like peanut butter).

At the end of the episode, the South Park milk company officially announces that Ben Affleck was the missing son of the Thompsons. When Cartman finds out, he calls the Thompson's son 'Ben Assfleck' and this eventually causes him to start laughing again. Stan and Kyle decide that he could not laugh before because he actually felt guilty for making the Thompsons believe their son had been found – which Cartman vehemently denies. When Cartman invites Kenny to eat some chocolate guns straight after, Kenny is run over and killed by a motorcyclist, which Cartman finds very funny.

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