The Snuke

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"The Snuke"
South Park episode
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Mayhem around South Park, shown with a split screen, 24-style. From top left: Hillary Clinton gets hospitalized, Kyle investigates the motive of a terrorist threat, CIA helicopters land in South Park, and Bahir plays checkers with Butters.
Episode no. Season 11
Episode 4
Directed by Trey Parker
Written by Trey Parker
Original air date March 28, 2007
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"The Snuke" is the fourth episode of the eleventh season (or the 157th episode overall) of Comedy Central's animated comedy series South Park. It is largely a parody of the television series 24 and was originally broadcast on March 28, 2007. The episode is rated TV-MA.

When a new Muslim student joins the class, Cartman immediately suspects him of being a terrorist. After finding out that Hillary Clinton is scheduled to campaign in town that day, he informs the CIA and does some research. The CIA shows up and detects the scent of a bomb deep within Mrs. Clinton. Through complex networking and investigating, the source of the bomb is found and the day is saved.

Plot[edit]

The episode begins when a new student enrolls in Ms. Garrison's class. He is named Bahir Hassam Abdul Hakeem, a child of Muslim parents whose mere presence makes Cartman paranoid to the point that he leaves class, asking Ms. Garrison whether Bahir has been searched for bombs. Angered by this, Ms. Garrison tells Cartman to stop being so intolerant, stating that most Muslims do not resort to terrorism, but Cartman states that while not all Muslims are terrorists, most of them are. Suspecting that the Muslim kid and his parents are involved in a terrorist attack, Cartman calls Kyle (who is at home sick), on his cell phone during recess, and Cartman asks him to do a web search for Bahir's background. Cartman also asks Kyle to see if there are important events that day, and figures that Bahir may target Hillary Clinton, who is in town for a political rally. Cartman takes this as a terrorist threat, then proceeds to call the CIA, stubbornly claiming that he will only speak directly to the President.

A short while later, the school is evacuated via a fire alarm and announcement from Principal Victoria. Bahir goes with Butters to hang out, and Butters starts to accept Bahir as a friend. As that is happening, the CIA calls Clinton's convoy to warn them of a possible threat. They decide to continue the rally, and as she is doing so, her security finds that there is a nuclear device in Hillary Clinton's vagina. This was referred to as a "Snuke" (a suitcase nuke designed to fit in a woman's "snizz") in Clinton's "snatch". To try to locate the detonator, Cartman tortures Bahir's parents by farting in their faces. Cartman gets no response and once he hears that Bahir is at Butters' house, Cartman runs off.

While Cartman attempts to accost Bahir while running away from Butters' house, a group of Russian neo-soviets abduct both Cartman and Bahir, the former for alerting the CIA to the attempted terrorist attack. While they threaten their prisoners, their conversation reveals that the Russians who placed the snuke are merely pawns in service of America's oldest rival - the British. The Russians are a distraction while an 18th-century style fleet of British wooden sailing vessels make a surprise attack to "put an end to the American Revolution". After Kyle, Stan, the FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, the President's personal staff, Central Intelligence Agency, and finally a single NSA representative take over Kyle's bedroom (and end up relieving each other of duty in the space of a few minutes), they all work towards finishing what Kyle and Stan had started: uncovering the terrorists' intentions, finishing just as Cartman finds out about the plan himself. They raid the mercenaries, but the Russians then warn the federal agents that the detonator is set to go off when the clock reaches 1:00. However, the power is cut and the clock is reset, blinking 12:00 repeatedly once the power comes back on. The various American soldiers open fire on the Russian terrorists and free Eric and Bahir. Meanwhile, the United States Air Force attacks and effortlessly destroys the British fleet. Upon hearing the news of the attack's failure from the fleet's leader, the Queen commits suicide.

Back in South Park, Kyle tells everybody that the moral of the experience was that one should not be suspicious of just one race of people, "because actually, most of the world hates America." Even though Cartman is now convinced that Bahir is innocent, he refuses to apologize for falsely implicating him, pointing out that if he had not suspected Bahir due to his religion he would have never called Kyle, and the actual terrorism plot would not have been solved. Therefore, he concludes, "racism and bigotry saved America," so no apology needs to be made at all. Bahir's parents then show up and announce that they are leaving the country due to Cartman's torture. Cartman proudly responds: "Well, who got rid of the Muslims?"

Reception[edit]

IGN gave the episode a score of 9 out of 10, judging the episode "outstanding".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Park: "The Snuke" Review. Parker and Stone mentions in the commentary of "The Snuke" that the actual cast and crew of 24 watched the episode as it aired and were so delighted, they sent over one of the suitcase nuke props from the show. The following takes place between recess and geography class... March 29, 2007 by Travis Fickett http://tv.ign.com/articles/776/776961p1.html IGN News Corporation

External links[edit]

  • The Snuke Full episode at South Park Studios
  • The Snuke Episode guide at South Park Studios