Fat Camp (South Park)
|South Park episode|
Cartman meets the other children at a "weight management retreat."
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Trey Parker|
|Written by||Trey Parker|
|Original air date||December 6, 2000|
|South Park (season 4)
List of South Park episodes
"Fat Camp" is the fifteenth episode of the fourth season of the animated television series South Park, and the 63rd episode of the series overall. "Fat Camp" originally aired in the United States on December 6, 2000 on Comedy Central. This is also one of the few episodes before "Kenny Dies" in which Kenny does not actually die, though someone impersonating him does.
During a science class, the boys dare Kenny to eat a manatee's spleen, which Kenny does in exchange for money. He then commences to eat his own vomit for money, and expands outwards into all sorts of bizarre acts; this leads to him getting his own program, The Krazy Kenny Show, to showcase his disgusting acts, such as giving his grandfather a full body massage and washing his hair with battery acid. He also appears on Jesus 'n' Pals, the local talk show, where Jesus comments on this behavior by saying that Kenny is a prostitute for simply doing outrageous acts for money that require no real talent. The boys try to discover what the term means, by asking Chef. After initial reluctance to explain (as he assumes Stan and Kyle to be referring to the sexual connotations of being a prostitute), he sings "The Prostitute Song," with James Taylor in a parody of his song "Your Smiling Face".
Meanwhile, Cartman's mother and others from the town pay to send Cartman (against his will) to fat camp. There, a pair of overenthusiastic counselors try to teach him and other overweight children to exercise and live a healthier life, even using round-up trucks (disguised as ice cream trucks and taco stands) to trick attempted escapees into returning to the camp. Though Cartman resists, he soon reappears in South Park, looking scores of pounds thinner. The children are shocked by this, as well as the fact that this Cartman seems more mature and less mean. However, it would unexpectedly turn out that this isn't really Cartman, but a kid who recently escaped a drug rehabilitation center next door to the fat camp. Apparently, he has made a deal with the real Cartman, in which he returns to South Park as Cartman's doppelgänger and collects junk food, then brings it back for Cartman to sell to the other fat campers in exchange for 20% of the profit, which the impostor gets. As a result, none of the kids get any thinner, and their parents (who are shown to be obese as well and claim that their children are "genetically fat") are very unimpressed by the camp's efforts and decide to take their children home.
Along with shock comedians Tom Green and Johnny Knoxville of MTV's Jackass, Kenny appears on The Howard Stern Show, where Stern attempts to prove that performing shocking and disgusting antics does not make them prostitutes by offering them money to perform oral sex on him. Kenny will do it for the least money, but afterward he gets arrested for prostitution. When thin Cartman delivers the episode's moralizing statement, saying that it was wrong for them to have encouraged Kenny, Kyle gets suspicious enough and discovers he is not the real Cartman. Back at camp, one of the kids reveals Cartman's plan, which saves the camp, and the fat kids decide to take another chance to lose the weight, to which their parents allow. After listening to a compassionate speech from them, Cartman decides to join them. However, for his actions, he is told that he is not welcome anymore. Cartman gets angry and calls the counselors and the fat kids a bunch of 'fatasses', but is left alone sobbing as he eats his remaining doughnut.
As punishment for impersonating Cartman, Kyle demands the impostor to replace Kenny by dressing up as him and spending six hours in Mrs. Crabtree's uterus. The impostor objects, but Kyle threatens him that if he does not comply, Kyle and Stan will reveal his scheme with Cartman, and tell his parents he has not been at his drug rehab center the whole time. After six hours, Mrs. Crabtree pushes out the impostor, who has now died due to pressure inside the uterus. She squeezes out another, unidentified boy who had apparently been stuck inside her uterus as well. The surprised host then asks, "Who is that?"
- "Fat Camp (Season 4, Episode 15) – Episode Guide". South Park Studios. Retrieved 24 October 2010.
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