The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka
|"The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka"|
|South Park episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||Trey Parker|
|Written by||Trey Parker
|Featured music||"Time of the Season"
by The Zombies
"Nothing from Nothing"
by Billy Preston
|Original air date||June 10, 1998|
"The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka" is the sixth episode of the second season of the animated television series South Park, and the 19th episode of the series overall. "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka" originally aired in the United States on June 10, 1998 on Comedy Central.
The boys are assigned to interview Vietnam War veterans, and interview Stan's Uncle Jimbo and his friend Ned, at the set of their own TV show called Huntin' and Killin'. The two claim that they single-handedly defeated the entire Viet Cong army in an absurd fashion, returning to base just in time to ride the log flume ride at the amusement park section of the camp. The flashback features authentic period music; however, as we can hear "Time of the Season" by The Zombies, Mr. Garrison thinks they fabricated their report the night before and gives them an F-. When the boys protest he gives them detention for the week. The boys (while in detention) plot revenge on Jimbo and Ned by making bogus videos of the legendary "Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka", which Jimbo and Ned then air on Huntin' and Killin.
The show becomes successful, leading to a decline in ratings for their competitors, including the talk show Jesus and Pals, starring Jesus. Its producer decides to change the show's format to resemble the "trash TV" format, despite Jesus' lack of enthusiasm for the idea. The format is an obvious parody of the Jerry Springer Show, as it features the audience chanting the bisyllabic name of the show's host. Meanwhile, Jimbo and Ned go searching for the Staring Frog, which according to legend can kill with a glance. Ned sees the fake frog the boys set up and becomes comatose from pure fear. While visiting him in the hospital, the boys confess their misdeed. This leads to Jimbo, Ned (though still comatose), and the boys all appearing on Jesus and Pals, arranged by the show's producer.
Without Jesus' knowledge, the producer arranges for them to lie on the air to improve ratings, having Jimbo claim that Stan is a drug-addicted Satan-worshiper, and having Stan claim that Jimbo molested him, etc. The entire audience (after Cartman threw a chair at Ned which is what the producer told him to do) starts a huge fight and Kenny is ripped in half at one point. When chaos breaks out on the show, Jesus (after several failed attempts) screams "Shut the fuck up!". It is revealed that the producers of Jesus and Pals had convinced their guests to lie so they could improve their ratings. Stan and Jimbo realize their mistakes about lying. Stan apologizes for making up the stories about the Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka and Jimbo apologizes for telling Stan that he defeated the entire Viet Cong Army (though it turns out that the amusement parks and rides at the military bases were all real). Jesus decides that he will put his old show back, and as punishment to his producer, he fires her and sends her to Hell. There, she meets Satan and with him, Saddam Hussein. This is the first time Hussein is seen as being in a relationship with Satan, as in his previous appearance in Not Without My Anus got him sent to Hell.
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