World Wide Recorder Concert
Four million children, including those from Mr. Garrison's class, are scheduled to play "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at the televised Worldwide Recorder Concert in Oklahoma City led by Yoko Ono and Kenny G, but a flood caused the concert to be relocated to Little Rock, Mr. Garrison's hometown. This causes him considerable anxiety (as he confesses to Mr. Mackey) for he had "sexual molestation issues" with his father in the past.
In Arkansas, the boys encounter a hostile group of kids from New York City, also there for the concert, who call them "queefs". At first, the boys do not understand what queef means; assuming the New York kids had made the word up, the boys try to get back at them by making up their own word: mung, which as it turns out, is a real word meaning "the stuff that comes out when you push down on a pregnant woman's stomach." Even the other South Park kids know this word, leading to the four being jeered by both the New Yorkers and their own classmates.
Meanwhile, Mr. Garrison has confronted his father about the issues of sexual molestation; however, the issue was not that his dad had molested him, but rather that he felt neglected because his father had not molested him. When Mr. Mackey finds out about this, he fears Mr. Garrison is so distraught about the issue that he could actually die if Mr. Garrison Sr. does not molest him.
On the night before the concert, the boys want to find a way to get back at the New York kids, and when Cartman succeeds in his efforts to discover the legendary "brown noise", a sound made with the recorder that causes the listener to lose control of their bowels and "crap their pants", the boys plan to trick the New York kids into playing it. However, by accident, the altered sheet music for the concert is discovered by the organizer of the concert and is photocopied and redistributed to everyone. Later that night, Mr. Garrison is assaulted in the middle of the night by a mysterious stranger, and he sets off for the concert happy to have sorted things out with his father. After he leaves, Kenny G exits a closet and refuses $100 from Mr. Garrison's father, revealing that Kenny G is actually the one who molested Mr. Garrison that night.
During the concert, the boys discover that everyone is playing the altered sheet music containing the brown note, and they race to stop the concert. But they are too late and the note is played, and with the power of four million recorders behind it, everyone in the world ends up defecating in their pants, whether they are watching the broadcast or otherwise. Some, e.g. Kenny, soil themselves to death (although, at the end of episode, Kenny is seen, alive and healthy, in the bus with the other kids). On the way back to the bus, Mr. Mackey briefly explains to the boys what a queef is, describing it as "a vaginal expulsion of gas, m'kay." Shortly after the incident, the New York kids show up again, but they become very impressed by the boys' prank and take back the negative feelings directed at them. Afterwards, Mr. Garrison is passionately kissed by Kenny G before leaving and thanks him, noting that he kisses just like his father, and the class then leaves and drives off into the stars.
What I Learned Today
"We were so worried about how cool we looked to those New Yorker kids that we forgot we were already totally cool. Even if we don't know what queef means."
- "What's Arkansas? Is that a state?" Stan
- "I'm gonna kick your ass, m'kay?" Mr. Mackey
- "It's been just under 20 hours since everyone on earth pooped their pants. And people still roam their damaged homes with disbelief and loss." Newscaster
- "You kiss just like my dad." Mr. Garrison
- "God dammit! I don't think you children have been working on your fingering!" Mr. Garrison
- "Well, you look like a bunch of queefs to me!" Smitty from New York
- "You guys are nothing but MUNG!" Stan
- "Am I the only sane person left on Earth?!" Garrison's Father
- "Would you have sex with your son to save his life?" Garrison's Father
- "Everybody on earth shat themselves 'cause of you That's pretty amazing." Smitty from New York
Kenny, who pooped himself to death.
Behind The Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
Matt and Trey both proudly state that this is "one of the most fucked-up things we've ever done," describing its horrendous take on child molestation as like a "reverse after-school special from hell."
Pop Culture References
When asked where to go by Ms. Crabtree, Mr. Garrison says, "Second star to the right, then straight on 'til morning." It originally comes from the 1904 play Peter Pan, but is actually referencing its reuse in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Cartman mentions his affinity for the medical drama Chicago Hope in this episode, saying, "they should bring back another season of Chicago Hope, though. Seriously." When this aired, the hospital drama was in its final season.
Kenny G, who according to the episode can be hired to deflower middle-aged men. Also Yoko Ono, who is the incomprehensible "special guest conductor" of the 4 Million Child Blow 2000.
Cartman threatens to find the brown noise and make Kyle crap himself "until he looks like Karen Carpenter", lead singer of the popular 70s duo The Carpenters.
The Pox network is, of course, a parody of the Fox network.
Mr. Hat beats up Mr. Mackey in this episode. This, along with his daring jailhouse breakout in "Chef Aid", offers further evidence that Mr. Hat is his own man.
The New York kids call the boys "queef", and they are pissed that they don't know what it means. 10 seasons later, they find out first-hand in the episode "Eat, Pray, Queef".
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