Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus
|"Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus"|
|South Park episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Eric Stough|
|Written by||Trey Parker
|Original air date||December 29, 1999|
"Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus" is episode 47 of Comedy Central's animated series South Park. It was originally broadcast on December 29, 1999, and featured the then-nearing end of what most people thought was the 2nd millennium. The episode's title and the theme of menstruation was inspired by the book Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
As the year 1999 is ending, Cartman realizes blood is coming out of his anus, leading him to believe he is experiencing his first period. He taunts the other boys for not having hit puberty yet, unaware that his bleeding is caused by a minor stomach infection that has spread across South Park, and that it can be cured with antibiotics. Kenny later contracts the same ailment, and Kyle, not wanting to be left out, pretends he is also afflicted. The boys consequently abandon Stan and leave him out of their next mission, believing he is less mature for not having had his period.
Meanwhile, the people of the world flock around Jesus' house, excited about the Millennium and saying that, at the year 2000, Jesus' dad should make an appearance. Jesus contacts his father and tells him about his potential resurgence in popularity, but God (unseen in their conversation) says he will not show up because mankind is not ready. Jesus, wanting to still satisfy the people, books Rod Stewart to play a New Year's Eve concert in Las Vegas; everybody decides to go, because a rumor persists that God will show up.
Stan, meanwhile, prays for his period, but doesn't get it, so he visits Dr. Mephisto and gets a bottle of hormone pills. Using them causes Stan to grow a beard, have a deeper voice, and develop a pair of breasts, but still no "period." Afterwards, Kenny suddenly bursts from inside out. At the hospital, they discover that the source of all this was Kenny had shoved a tampon up his ass, causing him to explode. The doctor expresses concern that "the children are all shoving tampons up their ass because they've seen the Backstreet Boys doing it on TV or something."
The crowd in Las Vegas for the New Year's concert is enraged upon seeing Rod Stewart (portrayed here as very old and incontinent) and they turn against Jesus. With them preparing to crucify him again, Stan asks Jesus why God does not answer his prayers, and Jesus explains that, if God does everything for you, then your existence has no real purpose. Jesus realizes that this was God's message: Jesus had to figure his own way to get people to follow him. And just as he realizes this, God arrives.
After the crowd's initial shock over God's appearance (distinctly unlike traditional depictions of God), God offers the people the chance to ask one question. The crowd plans to ask the meaning of life or existence, but before anyone else can ask, Stan comes up and asks why he hasn't gotten his period. God explains that boys don't get periods, and tells the truth: that Cartman and Kenny are affected by the colon infection and Kyle was lying to fit in with them. God explains to Stan that he will never get a period (because he is male), but he will hit puberty when the time is right. He then returns to Heaven, saying he will answer another question in the year 4000. Seeing that God is right, Stan is satisfied by this, and joyfully starts singing "Auld Lang Syne", but the angry crowd turns on him for wasting their chance to ask a very important question to God, while the credits roll.
In the DVD commentary for the episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone said that Comedy Central wanted them to produce this episode even though the season had ended with the previous Christmas episode. Initially, Trey Parker intended for God to look like somewhat a mixture of a cat and a hippo.
This was the first episode to feature Eliza Schneider and Mona Marshall providing the voices for the female characters following Mary Kay Bergman's death. Schneider would continue to voice her roles until Season 7 (replaced with April Stewart), and Marshall continues to be a part of the show's cast.
- "An interview with Adrien Beard".South Park Studios. Accessed on Feb. 16, 2009
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