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"Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls
" is the 22nd episode
of Comedy Central
's animated series South Park
. It originally aired August 19
Park City, Utah is in the midst of the Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance's founder, Robert Redford
has decided that Park City has become too run down by the annual
migration of the Hollywood jet-set and commercialism, so he decides
to move the festival next year to another small mountain town:
South Park, Colorado.
The Sundance Festival relocates to South Park, which is immediately
deluged by Hollywood tourists. In school, Mr. Garrison
gives the students an assignment
to see one independent film during the festival and write a report
sets up a sales stand at the
festival for his fudge cookie recipes, and finally settles on
selling his Chocolate Salty
, which do brisk business.
That night, Kyle
is using the
toilet, when he thinks he hears Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo
calling to him from the toilet. He becomes convinced that Mr.
Hankey needs his help. Kyle persuades Stan
to help him find Mr. Hankey,
and they enter the sewer system
looking for him. They first find Mr. Garrison snorkeling amongst
the sewage with Mr. Twig. They then find Hankey, who tells Kyle
that he lives in the sewer during the year, but the influx of all
the Hollywood tourists, with their health-food diets (Robert
Redford and his wife are seen asking Chef for various yuppie
foods earlier in the episode, such as couscous
, steamed celery and tofu
), have disrupted the "delicate ecosystem" of the
sewer, which has made him deathly ill.
Kyle and the others appear before a film's showing, and Kyle pleads
with the Hollywood visitors that their presence is causing the
death of his good friend Mr. Hankey, but they all think Kyle is
trying to pitch a script, and they offer movie deals and script
changes. One agent approaches Cartman and attempts to convince him
to sell the rights to Kyle's story, and of course Cartman readily
agrees (despite deriding independent films as being about "gay
cowboys eating pudding
" (which some
fans have called a prescient allusion to
The South Park locals are beginning to tire of the festival, seeing
that it's causing the town to become overrun with commercialism and
. Even Chef realizes the
large sales of his Chocolate Salty Balls is undercut by the fact
that South Park is getting run down. Robert Redford's assistant
points out that South Park is being slowly corrupted just as Park
City was. Robert Redford reveals that this was his intent: to make
all the small towns overrun with Hollywood culture, since he can't
escape it, so he wants to inflict it on everyone else.
A new film appears overnight, based on Cartman's "treatment" of
Kyle's story, starring Tom Hanks
and a monkey
as Mr. Hankey. Cartman starts
selling "Mr. Hankey" movie T-shirts
quick cash. After the film is shown, the emerging crowd tramples
Kenny to death. But instead of the usual "Oh my God, they killed
Kenny!" "You Bastards!" catchphrase, a man says, "Oh my God, I
found a penny
!" followed by another man
saying, "You bastard!"
Kyle tries to show Mr. Hankey to the moviegoers, but Mr. Hankey is
pale and near death. Kyle and Chef stand vigil over the dying Mr.
Hankey, but Chef feeds Hankey one of his Chocolate Salty Balls,
causing Mr. Hankey to return to life.
The kids, Chef and Mr. Hankey approach Robert Redford as he is on a
podium to announce the return of the film festival the next year.
After he callously ignores their pleas to relocate the festival,
Mr. Hankey rises above the crowd, donning a magician's hat
. Mr. Hankey causes
the sewers to erupt over South Park, causing Robert Redford and his
wife's car to fill up with feces
them, and all the tourists to flee the town.
The South Park townspeople are relieved to see them all leave, and
are grateful to have South Park "back to the way it was" - albeit
now completely covered in raw sewage. This is followed by the mayor
saying, "Except now our town is completely covered in shit. This is