Tweek vs. Craig

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"Tweek vs. Craig"
South Park episode
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Tweek and Craig fighting
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 5
Directed by Trey Parker
Written by Trey Parker
Production code 305
Original air date June 23, 1999
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"Tweek vs. Craig" is the fifth episode of the third season of the American animated television series South Park, and the 36th episode of the series overall. It originally aired on Comedy Central's in the United States on June 23, 1999. In the episode Stan, Kyle and Cartman pit Tweek and Craig against each other. Meanwhile, the boys' wood shop teacher, Mr. Adler, struggles to cope with the loss of his wife, who died in a plane crash.

The episode was written and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker and is rated TV-MA in the United States, except on syndicated broadcasts, where the episode is rated TV-14, instead. It was the last South Park episode to air before the film, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, was released one week later on June 30.

Plot[edit]

The episode starts with the boys on their first day of wood shop. Mr. Adler, their teacher, tells the students not to "screw around". They are also asked who the biggest troublemaker in their class is. Stan and Kyle claim that Tweek is, while Cartman argues that it is Craig. To settle the dispute Stan, Kyle and Cartman make a bet over who would win a fight between Tweek and Craig. The boys set off tension between Tweek and Craig, and they agree to fight after school.

Meanwhile, we see Mr. Adler dealing with troubling memories of a deceased lover, played by Pam Brady, every time he looks at a photo of her. To deal with the memories, he consumes great amounts of nicotine gum. Later, it is revealed that she was a pilot whose plane exploded in mid-air and crashed into the ocean, where she drowned. The flashbacks are depicted in live action by South Park assistant writer Pam Brady.

In time of the fight, Clyde then tells everyone that both Tweek and Craig went home. When Stan and Kyle go to Tweek's house to see why he went home, Tweek explains that he had no reason to fight Craig. Eager to settle the bet, Stan and Kyle tell Tweek that Craig did show up to fight but degraded him instead. Meanwhile, Cartman and Kenny convince Craig to reschedule the fight as well. The next day, when the fight between Craig and Tweek is about to take place, it is revealed that neither know how to fight; and the battle is postponed once again until they learn how to fight. Craig gets to learn martial arts with the aid of Cartman who considers sumo as a future career. Tweek is taught to box by Stan's uncle Jimbo and his friend Ned.

Throughout the episode, Kenny has not been attending shop class, but home economics. Kenny is told to transfer to shop class by the teacher with the claim that home ec is not "right for him" and he will most likely not find a husband. Although terrified at the thought of being around all the tools, Kenny has no choice.

The school day ends and Tweek and Craig finally start the long-awaited fight. Meanwhile, in his shop class, Mr. Adler writes a suicide note explaining he cannot cope with his fiancée's death and that he has run out of nicotine gum. He then gets on the slowly moving table saw feet first and awaits his death. He then gets up and shouts "Jesus Christ! What was I thinking?!", then repositions himself to go headfirst and says "That would have hurt like hell!" Kenny comes in to the shop classroom since he has been transferred and Mr. Adler puts him to work on the jigsaw. Tweek and Craig then fly through the shop classroom window, still fighting. Mr. Adler (who was merely seconds away from dying) climbs down from the table saw and demands to know what is going on. Tweek and Craig knock the stool out from underneath Kenny, and Kenny hangs on the saw machine. Tweek slams Craig into a second saw which knocks over the one Kenny is on. Kenny's jacket is caught by the blade, and he is spun around and then flies into a box of old, rusty, sharp nails.

When Mr. Adler picks up Kenny's body, his fiancée talks to him through Kenny, telling him to move on. Mr. Adler says he can, and hugs Kenny. Stan then delivers the familiar phrase, "Dude, this is pretty fucked up right here." They then go to the hospital to visit Tweek and Craig to tell them about the bet. They then tell Tweek and Craig that each boy's family called the other's wusses on the news, which revitalizes the fight.

Production[edit]

Mr. Adler is based on a teacher Matt Stone had in elementary school, whose name was bleeped multiple times on DVD commentary. The situation where the Pam Brady character yells: "It's all for you" to Mr. Adler is an allusion to the film The Omen; at Damien's birthday party (in the film), these are the same last words that the nanny cries right before she jumps off of the roof to hang herself.

This episode includes common musical pieces. The music used during the sumo training scenes was, at the time, the theme music used on CNBC's program Street Signs. Terrance, Mephesto's son, returns for this episode. When Kenny has a vision of all the sharp tools that would be around him if he transferred to Shop Class, the music that plays is an excerpt from Baba Yaga, the ninth movement of Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" suite, which has also been used in several other episodes.

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