The Secrets of
"Cartman Joins NAMBLA"

by Wild Willie Westwood, with sources from all over the Web


Is it Bill Curtis or Bill Kurtis? The game is from Arts and Entertainment.

The walls in Cartman's room are yellow in this episode.

King Jimmy's Buffet returns as Mel's Buffet.

Tony has a softened version of the homeless guy's voice. But why did Tony ask if Cartman was Eric and not BigBoned?

CIA Agents Donnelly and Bill Sphinx, from "Starvin Marvin in Space," return to arrest Tony.

Squirrels and chipmunks are both members of the Sciuridae family of rodents, so Mephesto may be right about the spliced chipmunk-provolone cheese enabling squirrels and cheese to be found in one place.

The Chat Room The First Time

From: Bruce342
<Bruce342> Hi there!
From: GaryCOLO
<GaryCOLO> Hi!!
From: LittleJoe
<LittleJoe> Hello.
From: Butter310
<Butter310> Hey!
From: JaKaZ
<JaKaZ> Whassup?
From: BigO
<BigO> Howdy!
From: SleazyPete
<SleazyPete> Greetings.
From: JONO
<JONO> Hey there, big fella.

Tony316 must've appeared after the camera faces Cartman. Notice Tony's name can be rephrased "Tony 3:16." 3:16 is from "John 3:16," the famouse New Testament verse that begins, "For God so loved the world that He sent His Only Begotten Son…" Stone Cold Steve Austin has shirts made that say "Austin 3:16." So, Tony has his own gospel.

The Chat Room The Second Time

From: LittleJoe
<LittleJoe> Hello.
From: Leo6
<Leo6> How ya doin'?
From: KiDLoVR
<KiDLoVR> Help me.
From: BigO
<BigO> Howdy!
From: PleaSeMe
<PleaSeMe> Greetings.
From: ScottyDog
<ScottyDog> Sweet!
From: Qunicy
<Qunicy> Helluva!
From: HANSEN
<HANSEN> Tits!
From: Butter310
<Butter310> Hey!
From: ChrisP
<ChrisP> Say.
From: ManChild
<ManChild> How do you do?
From: Weasel
<Weasel> What's new?
From: AMIR
<AMIR> R U reading these?
From: tomBOY
<tomBOY> Get a life.
From: CarlitoP
<CarlitoP> You're treading a line.
From: YAK
<YAK> This is gay.
From: HungDaddy
<HungDaddy> Welcome.

Some words about chatrooms
All of those windows above are called messages, queries, notices, or PMs. PMs are private messages you can send to each other in the chat room, and only you and the sender can see them. The chat room then becomes the main room, with the private messages becoming side rooms. Had Cartman really gone to the chatroom he said he went to, the messages would all be in one room, and they would look something like this:
#menwholikeyoungboys [24] [+mnt]: NAMBLA: Good or Bad?
> Successfully joined #menwholikeyoungboys on Saturday at 12:21pm
* Topic is 'NAMBLA: Good or Bad?'
* Set by TomHung on Mon Sep 08 10:38:30
TomHung sets mode: +v BigBoned
<+BigBoned> Hi everybody! I am a young boy seeking an older male for good times. I am eight years old and would like to know if any of you are interested.
<+Bruce342> Hi there!
<+GaryCOLO> Hi!!
<+LittleJoe> Hello
<+Butter310> Hey!
<+JaKaZ> Whassup?
<+BigO> Howdy!
<+SleazyPete> Greetings.
<+JONO> Hey there, big fella.
@TomHung
+AMIR
+BigBoned
+BigO
+Bruce342
+Butter310
+CarlitoP
+ChrisP
+GaryCOLO
+HANSEN
+HungDaddy
+JaKaZ
+JONO
+KiDLoVR
+Leo6
+LittleJoe
+ManChild
+PleaSeMe
+Qunicy
+ScottyDog
+SleazyPete
+tomBOY
+Weasel
+YAK
|
and
#menwholikeyoungboys [24] [+mnt]: NAMBLA: Good or Bad?
> Successfully joined #menwholikeyoungboys on Tuesday at 4:36pm
* Topic is 'NAMBLA: Good or Bad?'
* Set by TomHung on Mon Sep 08 10:38:30
TomHung sets mode: +v BigBoned
<+BigBoned> Hi, everyone. I am a young boy looking for fun times with older male. I like to eat donuts and Cheesy Poofs. And make fun of my friend Kyle.
<+LittleJoe> Hello.
<+Leo6> How ya doin'?
<+KiDLoVR> Help me.
<+BigO> Howdy!
<+PleaSeMe> Greetings.
<+ScottyDog> Sweet!
<+Qunicy> Helluva!
<+HANSEN> Tits!
<+Butter310> Hey!
<+ChrisP> Say.
<+ManChild> How do you do?
<+Weasel> What's new?
<+AMIR> R U reading these?
<+tomBOY> Get a life.
<+CarlitoP> You're treading a line.
<+YAK> This is gay.
<+HungDaddy> Welcome.
@TomHung
+AMIR
+BigBoned
+BigO
+Bruce342
+Butter310
+CarlitoP
+ChrisP
+GaryCOLO
+HANSEN
+HungDaddy
+JaKaZ
+JONO
+KiDLoVR
+Leo6
+LittleJoe
+ManChild
+PleaSeMe
+Qunicy
+ScottyDog
+SleazyPete
+tomBOY
+Weasel
+YAK
|
This room doesn't really exist, unless someone creates it somewhere, lol.

When Kenny goes after his mom with the plunger, she's wearing the "I'm With Stupid" shirt. When she turns to flee, she's wearing the "God Bless America" shirt.

Again, Cartman meets with a person not shown on the computer screen.

A few bottles of Ritalin are shown directly behind the pharmacist's head.

The Photo-Dojo returns. So does the South Park Funland amusement park, as North Park Funland. The music used in the toy commercials in "Chinpoko Mon" is used for the North Park commercial here.

Palmoral Sun Block has made a commercial of the plug Robert Pooner made for it while covering the hostage crisis at Gramdma Cartman's house in "Marry Christmas, Charlie Manson." Listen for it just before the Funland commercial starts.

In "Chicken Pox" Mr. McCormick mentions that they have a black-and-white television, but here Kenny is looking at a color television. They must've gotten it for Christmas last year.

The McCormicks are not so poor that they can't enjoy a day at the amusement park, though at today's prices, Mr. McCormick would need at least $150 (including meals) to pay for the three of them. Which reminds me: where's Kevin?

The sound effects when Kenny and his family are at the theme park are taken from the game "Rollercoaster Tycoon."

While the McCormicks are on the John Denver Experience, there is nothing written on either Stuart's cap or Mrs. McCormick's shirt. And Kenny's hood looks a bit funny.

The inn scene on the second floor with the various characters playing musical rooms is reminiscent of such scenes dating back to the Beatles and the Monkees, and going through Scooby-Do and Josie and the Pussycats.

The music in the scene is from a poem, "Page d'Écriture" or "Writing Sheet" written by Jacques Prévert. To the left is the complete poem, with parts used in the scene in sky blue, and to the right my translation.

Page d'Écriture

Deux et deux quatre
quatre et quatre huit
huit et huit font seize...
Répétez! dit le maitre
Deux et deux quatre
quatre et quatre huit
huit et huit font seize.
Mais voilà l'oiseau lyre

qui passe dans le ciel
l'enfant le voit
l'enfant l'entend
l'enfant l'appelle
Sauve-moi
joue avec moi
oiseau!
Alors l'oiseau descend
et joue avec l'enfant
Deux et deux quatre...
Répétez! dit le maitre
et l'enfant joue
et joue avec lui...
Quatre et quatre huit
huit et huit font seize
et seize et seize qu'este-ce qu'ils font?
Ils ne font rien seize et seize
et surtout pas trente-deux
de toute façon
et ils s'en vont.

Et l'enfant a caché l'oiseau
dans son pupitre
et tous les enfants
entendent sa chanson
et tous l'enfants
entendent la musique
et huit et huit à leur tour s'en vont
et quatre et quatre et deux et deux
à leur tour fichent le camp
et un et un
ne font ni une ni deux
un à un s'en vont également
Et l'oiseau lyre joue
et l'enfant chante
et le professeur crie:
Quand vous aurez fini de faire le pitre!
Mais tous les autres enfants
écoutent la musique
et les murs de la classe
s'écroulent tranquillement.
Et les vitres redeviennent sable
l'encre redevient eau
les pupitres redeviennent arbres
la craie redevient falaise
le porte-plume redevient oiseau.

Writing Sheet

"Two and two are four
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
Repeat!" says the teacher.
Two and two are four
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
But look! The lyre bird
That flies in the sky
The child sees it
The child hears it
The child calls it
"Save me.
Play with me
Little bird"
And so the bird descends
And plays with the child
"Two and two are four…
Repeat!" says the teacher.
And the child plays
And plays with it…
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
And sixteen and sixteen are what?
Nothing are sixteen and sixteen.
Certainly not thirty-two,
Anyway,
And they're gone.
The child caught the bird
In his desk
And all the children
Hear its song
And all the children
Hear the music
And eight and eight are gone away,
And four and four, and two and two
Clear out on their turn
And one and one are not one or two
One by one, they've left too
And the lyre bird plays
And the child sings
And the teacher cries,
"When will you stop clowning around?"
But all the other children
Listen to the music
And the classroom walls
Crumble softly
And the windows become sand
The ink becomes water
The desks become trees
The chalk becomes a cliff
The pen holder becomes a bird


Here are some sites with the poem: 1 | 2 | 3

Timmy's vocabulary is not limited to his name. He's said "livin' a lie" and "and the Lords of the Underworld" in "Timmy 2000," and he says "Aaaah!" and "Yeah" in this episode.

Trey and Matt don't believe that NAMBLA can use the argument homosexuals do: most of them are born that way.

Two things that have appeared separately in previous episodes come together here: Stuart is hauled off in a SOUTH PARK HOSPITAL ambulance, but is taken to Hell's Pass Hospital.

Stuart forgets to mention how he got the broken nose when he tells his wife everything else.