Chickenpox (South Park)
|South Park episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||Trey Parker|
|Written by||Trey Parker
|Featured music||"I'm a Believer"
by The Monkees
|Original air date||August 26, 1998|
"Chickenpox" is the tenth episode in the second season of the American animated television series South Park. The 23rd episode of the series overall, it originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on August 26, 1998. The episode was written by series co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Trisha Nixon, and directed by Parker. In the episode, the parents of South Park intentionally expose their children to the chickenpox disease.
Chickenpox infects Stan's sister Shelley and Kenny. The other boys' mothers begin to think that maybe the other boys should be exposed to it too, so as to get it while they are young, when it is easier to deal with. They agree and have the other boys stay at Kenny's house. The boys are unenthusiastic about spending the night at Kenny's house because he is poor. The next day, Cartman and Stan get sick, but not Kyle. Stan's chickenpox gets so bad he has to be brought to the hospital with Shelley. Mrs. Broflovski tries sending Kyle over to Kenny's house again, much to Kyle's protests, but he still fails to catch the disease.
Mrs. Broflovski, after learning from Mrs. McCormick that her husband, Mr. McCormick, and Gerald, Mrs. Broflovski's husband, had once been close friends, decides to try to patch things up between them by setting them both up on a fishing trip. However, the trip does not go well and the two fight. Apparently, Mr. McCormick is jealous of Gerald's success, while Gerald makes a speech to Kyle about how some people need to be poorer than others as part of a capitalist society. As part of his homework assignment, this makes Kyle come up with a plan to eliminate all the poor people in the world to make it a better place: by putting them in camps; this makes Gerald realize the callousness of his beliefs.
After Kyle learns from his mom that she tried to get him sick, he breaks Stan out of the hospital. Both go to Cartman's house to retrieve Cartman and all of the boys decide to get revenge on the adults for what they did. The parents begin a frantic search, while the boys see Old Frida, a local prostitute with herpes in her mouth, and pay her to go to their homes and use the parents' items to give them all herpes. The parents find the children and bring them back to the hospital; Kyle finally falls ill and passes out on the floor. With all the boys in hospital, they laugh at their herpes-riddled parents, who accept the boys' actions.
All 18 episodes of the second season, including "Chickenpox", were released on a DVD box set on June 3, 2003.
- Dyess-Nugent, Phil (August 19, 2012). "South Park (Classic):"Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls"/"Chickenpox"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
- Blevins, Tal (June 30, 2003). "South Park: The Complete Second Season: A collection you'll buy for the show, not for the video, audio or extras". IGN. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
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