City on the Edge of Forever

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For the Star Trek episode, see The City on the Edge of Forever.
"City on the Edge of Forever"
South Park episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 7
Directed by Trey Parker
Written by Trey Parker
Nancy M. Pimental
Production code 207
Original air date June 17, 1998
Guest appearance(s)
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"City on the Edge of Forever" (also known as "Flashbacks") is the seventh episode in the second season of the American animated television series South Park. The 20th episode of the series overall, it originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on June 17, 1998. The episode was written by series co-creator Trey Parker, along with Nancy M. Pimental, and directed by Parker. It guest stars Henry Winkler, Jay Leno, and Brent Musburger. In the episode, the boys reminisce about past experiences as their school bus is left teetering on the edge of a cliff. Ms. Crabtree leaves to seek help, but forgets about the children when she meets a truckdriver named Marcus.[1]


The children are on the bus, following a diversion along a mountain pass. When the bus nearly goes over a cliff, Ms. Crabtree leaves to seek help, telling the kids not to leave the bus, because "a big scary monster" will eat them. The kids remain there and remember past experiences. When a student tries to leave the bus, a gigantic black monster kills him before disappearing.

Meanwhile, Ms. Crabtree meets a truckdriver named Marcus. He takes her to a club where Carrot Top is performing and Ms. Crabtree insults him, which appeals to the audience. Marcus takes her to an agent, who finds her funny and hires her as a comedian. By now, she has forgotten about rescuing the stranded children. She soon quits, but her and Marcus remain close. Back in South Park, Mr. Mackey convinces the parents that their children have run away, so they write a song and perform it on television.

An argument causes the bus to go over the cliff; it lands in a gigantic tub of ice cream. Cartman suddenly realizes how little sense everything makes and wakes up in his own bed. As he explains his dream to his mother, Stan wakes up in his bed, and calls Kyle to tell him about the dream. Ms. Crabtree and Marcus are shown sitting on a log near Stark's Pond.

Cultural references[edit]

The title of the episode references "The City on the Edge of Forever", the title of an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. Several aspects of the episode itself also parody Star Trek.[2]


  1. ^ Dyess-Nugent, Phil (August 12, 2012). "South Park (Classic): "City on the Edge of Forever"/"Summer Sucks"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  2. ^ Dyess-Nugent, Phil (August 26, 2012). "South Park (Classic): "Roger Ebert Should Lay Off The Fatty Foods"/"Clubhouses"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 5, 2017.

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