Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus
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In a Terrance and Phillip special, the Canadian duo must save Terrance's daughter Sally and all of Canada from the evil dictator Saddam Hussein.
The episode begins with an announcement that viewers have waited for weeks for the answer to the mystery "Who Is Cartman's Father" but then points out that the answer will not be revealed in this episode; instead there is a presentation of a stand-alone cartoon titled Not Without My Anus starring Terrance and Phillip. A caption wishes the viewers a Happy April Fools' Day. The cartoon itself opens in a courtroom in Canada with Terrance on trial for the murder of a local doctor; Phillip is his lawyer while Terrance and Phillip's sworn nemesis Scott the Dick, who has had a long hatred of the duo's toilet humor, is acting as the prosecutor. Scott uses a group of seemingly airtight exhibits to prove Terrance's guilt, while Terrance's defense consists of nothing but a long string of fart jokes. Ultimately, the jury returns a verdict of not guilty. Angered, Scott promises vengeance. He is ultimately approached by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, proposing a deal: Saddam would assist in getting Terrance and Phillip out of Canada, in exchange for Scott assisting Saddam and his Iraqi associates into Canada. Scott is apprehensive about trusting Saddam Hussein, but agrees to the deal. The pair then conspires to kidnap Sally Dion, daughter of Terrance and Celine Dion, and hold her hostage, as bait to lure Terrance and Phillip to Tehran; Saddam's soldiers would then murder Terrance and Phillip on arrival.
Terrance and Phillip become aware of the kidnapping when they receive a letter, but they immediately locate Sally upon arrival in Tehran. The duo return Sally to her home, where Saddam has now taken control. Celine, Terrance's now ex-wife, is dating, and has become pregnant by a friend of the duo named Ugly Bob. While the couple discuss their relationship, Saddam interrupts and takes them hostage, with Celine having planned to sing at a Canadian football game. Scott has also become worried about the presence of the Iraqi soldiers in Canada, but becomes infuriated when he finds that Terrance and Phillip have returned to Canada safely. He confronts Saddam about the double-cross, but Saddam's armed guards scare him into backing away. It is revealed that Saddam is trying to take over Canada as the first step in a plan for world domination. Terrance and Phillip arrive at the game. Instead of following a plan set up by Scott to commit suicide by using a bomb, they come up with a new plan and put on gas masks. With brute force, everyone farts a huge gas cloud which kills Saddam and his soldiers. Scott arrives and is annoyed to find that Terrance and Phillip are still alive. Terrance, Phillip, Celine and everyone else (excluding Scott) celebrate their freedom with a rendition of "O Canada". During the credits, an announcement is shown stating that the solution to who Cartman's father is will be answered in a few weeks.
What I Learned Today
"You see Scott, after all your criticism it was farting that saved Canada!"
- "Let's look for treasure!" (Terrance)
- "I'm going to have a freak baby!" (Celine Dion)
- "I'm trying to give you cancer with my mind." (Scott the Dick)
- "Oh Phillip, you saved me from the gas chamber!" (Terrance)
- "Well, you know what they say: 'A friend in need is a friend with Kroff dinner.'" (Phillip)
- "Hey, relax guy." (Saddam Hussein)
While we've seen Terrance and Phillip on TV many times prior to this, it's the first time we meet them in person. We also see their pets Barky and Purry, as well as Terrance's "bastard daughter" Sally and ex-wife Celine Dion.
Saddam Hussein and his henchmen, all overcome by poisonous anal emissions. Kenny doesn't die, because Kenny (or any of the other regular characters except briefly Cartman at the end) doesn't appear.
Behind The Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
Since the second season premiere was on April 1, 1998, this episode was an April Fools' joke at the expense of eager viewers waiting for the resolution of season one's cliffhanger "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut".
Pop Culture References
This episode pokes fun at Canadian stereotypes. This includes saying "buddy" and "aboot", ending sentences with "eh", and eating "Kroff Dinner" (a parody of Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Mac & Cheese in the US). It plays on Americans' general ignorance of Canadian culture.
The episode's title is an homage to the 1991 Sally Field film Not Without My Daughter, in which she rescues her child from Iran. Terrance's daughter is not surprisingly named Sally.
When Scott questions Saddam Hussein about his plans for Canada he replies by saying, "I changed my mind. Pray that I do not change it any more," to which Scott replies, "This deal's getting worse all the time." The lines were originally spoken by Darth Vader and Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back.
Canada's HBC Network is a parody of NBC, using a turtle instead of a peacock as its logo. The HBC Movie of the Week is also a parody of the ABC Movie of the Week.
Celine Dion, who not only bore Terrance's love child, but also became pregnant by Ugly Bob, a character so grotesque that he wears a bag over his head. Interestingly, when he takes off the bag he looks exactly like everyone else.
Terrance and Phillip eagerly flip on American television, first watching what appears to be Jerry Springer (on which several townspeople from South Park get into a brawl), and then South Park itself (the episode "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut" plays). Phillip laughs and says, "God damn, their TV shows are lame!"
South Park thought their fans would appreciate an April Fools' joke, but fans were upset and wrote more than 2,000 angry e-mails to Comedy Central within a week of the episode's broadcast. Some fans even harbored a grudge more than five years later. Matt's response in Entertainment Weekly was, "If you get that pissed off because you don't know who a little construction paper kid's father is, then there's really something wrong with you."
- The football game between two teams called the Rough Riders is a jab at the Canadian Football League (CFL), which until 1996 did have two teams with that same name: the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
- Saddam Hussein was born and based in Iraq. This episode has a running gag of confusing Iraq with Iran. At one point Iraq is confused with Turkey, as Phillip calls Saddam a "Turkish dictator".
- Saddam is killed by fart poison then decapitated, but comes back as a villain in future episodes.
- After the recaps in "Cartoon Wars Part II" and "Eat, Pray, Queef", this episode is parodied using the line, "And now the thrilling conclusion of [expected show]... will not be seen tonight, so that we can bring you this [unexpected show] special!"
- This episode was first aired in the UK as the finale for season two after "Prehistoric Ice Man". The recap of "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut" was cut out.
- During the scene where Sally is in the crowd of Iranians, a Visitor is in between two people on the left.
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