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Best Friends Forever
South Park episode
Episode no. Season 9
Episode 129
Written by Trey Parker
Directed by Trey Parker
Original airdate March 30, 2005
Season 9 episodes
South Park - Season 9
March 9, 2005December 7, 2005
  1. Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina
  2. Die Hippie, Die
  3. Wing
  4. Best Friends Forever
  5. The Losing Edge
  6. The Death of Eric Cartman
  7. Erection Day
  8. Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow
  9. Marjorine
  10. Follow That Egg!
  11. Ginger Kids
  12. Trapped in the Closet
  13. Free Willzyx
  14. Bloody Mary

Season 8 Season 10
List of South Park episodes

"Best Friends Forever" is episode 129 of the Comedy Central series South Park paralleling the Terri Schiavo controversy. The episode won a 2005 Emmy Award. It first aired on March 30, 2005. Randolph Severn Trey Parker III (born October 19, 1969) is an Academy Award nominated American animator, screenwriter, film director, voice actor, actor and musician. ... Randolph Severn Trey Parker III (born October 19, 1969) is an Academy Award nominated American animator, screenwriter, film director, voice actor, actor and musician. ... is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mr. ... Die Hippie, Die is episode 902 of Comedy Centrals South Park. ... Wing is episode 903 of the Comedy Central animated series South Park. ... The Losing Edge is episode 905 of the Comedy Central series South Park. ... The Death of Eric Cartman is episode number 906 of the Comedy Central series South Park. ... Erection Day is episode 907 in the Comedy Central series South Park. ... Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow (a. ... Marjorine is episode 909 of Comedy Centrals South Park. ... Follow That Egg! is episode 910 of the Comedy Central series South Park. ... Ginger Kids is episode 136 of the Comedy Central series South Park. ... “Trapped in the Closet” is the twelfth episode of the ninth season of the Comedy Central series South Park. ... Free Willzyx is episode 913 of the Comedy Central series South Park. ... Bloody Mary is episode 914 of the Comedy Central series South Park. ... Good Times with Weapons is episode 801 of South Park. ... The Return of Chef, or referred to as Life Without Chef Part 2, is episode 140 of Comedy Centrals animated series South Park and aired on March 22, 2006. ... The following is an episode list for the Comedy Central animated television series South Park. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Theresa Terri Marie Schindler Schiavo (December 3, 1963 – March 31, 2005), from St. ... An Emmy Award. ... is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Plot summary

Kenny is the first person in town to get a new PSP video game system and becomes inseparable from it. Meanwhile, Cartman, who couldn't get his own because he was late getting to the store, grows envious of Kenny's new game system. Kenny quickly works his way up to level 59 of the game Heaven vs. Hell, but because of his parents having an argument, he goes to complete the 59th level outside; there, he is run over by an ice-cream van (driven by someone playing the same game who just reached level 4) and dies. Kenny McCormick, voiced by Matt Stone, is one of the five (originally four) central characters of South Park, the four others being Eric Cartman, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and in recent seasons, Butters Stotch. ... The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated PSP)[5] is a handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... Eric Theodore Cartman, commonly referred to by his family name, Cartman, is one of the four main characters in the animated series South Park (the others being Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick). ...


After ascending to Heaven, Kenny learns that God created the PSP to search for what the angels call "our Keanu Reeves" — the person who can command His legions against the Satan's forces of Hell in a manner like that of the video game. Kenny agrees to take the challenge, but unfortunately, he is revived just after hearing this. Because he had been dead for that long, he cannot talk or communicate and has suffered permanent brain damage. He is kept alive through the use of a feeding tube. The reading of Kenny's will, in which Cartman is given the PSP (out of pity) and Stan and Kyle are given everything else, is interrupted by the announcement that Kenny is still alive. The lawyer mentions a passage about Kenny's wishes in the event of him being in a vegetative state, but the last page of the will is missing, making it impossible to tell what his wishes were. For other uses, see Heaven (disambiguation). ... Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced ; born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor. ... This article is about the theological or philosophical afterlife. ... Brain damage or brain injury is the destruction or degeneration of brain cells. ... A feeding tube is a medical device used to provide nutrition to patients who cannot or refuse to (q. ... Stanley Stan Marsh is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park. ... Kyle Broflovski (portrayed as Brovlofski on a sign at his dads office in the season 4 episode Chef Goes Nanners[2]) is a fictional character in the Emmy-award-winning American animated series South Park. ... A persistent vegetative state (or PVS) is a condition of patients with severe brain damage in whom coma has progressed to a state of wakefulness without awareness. The term was introduced by two doctors in 1972 to describe a syndrome that seemed to have been made possible by medicines...


As Satan's army begins to close in, the angels need Kenny dead so that they can win the battle of the Apocalypse. Meanwhile, Cartman, claiming his status as Kenny's "best friend forever" to the Colorado Supreme Court with the first half of the BFF medallion, gets an order to take out the feeding tube, and he removes the tube after tracking down and finding Kenny's other BFF medallion half so he can get the PSP upon Kenny's death. Stan and Kyle, along with Kenny's parents and other protesters, including Skeeter and Mrs. Garrison (who gets arrested for trying to bring food and water to Kenny), wage a media war to put the feeding tube back in and keep Kenny alive, while Cartman enlists supporters of the rights of "best friends forever" to leave Kenny's feeding tube removed. St. ... Janet Garrison (born Herbert Garrison), voiced by Trey Parker, is a recurring character in the South Park cartoon series. ...


After a long, intensive media campaign, the two sides are arguing in Kenny's hospital suite when Kenny's lawyer announces that the last page of the will has been found, and that Kenny's wishes were that if he were ever in a vegetative state, "please, for the love of God…don't ever show me in that condition on national television." In full twist of irony the two sides immediately realize that they have both been disrespectful of Kenny's wishes. Kyle then realizes they should not have made this issue into such a media circus, and concludes that Kenny should be taken off life support, commenting that Cartman was "right, for the wrong reasons," while he and Stan were "wrong, for the right reasons." Everyone in the hospital room then quietly leaves, allowing Kenny to die in peace.


Kenny returns to Heaven just in time to command the angels to victory using a golden PSP. The battle itself is not seen, but is described ("Oh, how I wish I had a camcorder!", "Ooh, now they're calling in their demon dragons! Look at the size of them!", "Oh, this battle is bigger than the final battle of the Lord of the Rings movie! It's TEN times bigger than that battle!") The battle ends with Satan being shocked by the defeat of his army and kills his advisor for telling him to be patient, and a few surviving angels weakly cheering and dancing and Kenny receiving a golden statue of Keanu Reeves.


Parallels to the Terri Schiavo case

  • Kenny is in a persistent vegetative state, and his parents cite things like blinking or smiling as signs of awareness, rather than categorizing them as the involuntary movements that are characteristic of those in a persistent vegetative state.
  • In making his case for the removal of the feeding tube, Cartman points to his rights as Kenny's "best friend forever" (or BFF for short) and he is given custody, instead of Kenny's parents and real friends. In the real-life case, custody of Terri Schiavo was initially given to her husband Michael Schiavo (who wanted the feeding tube removed), not to her parents, though he later gave up authority over the key decision to the court system and a state appointed guardian.
  • Cartman is seeking Kenny's removal from life support purely out of self-interest, as he will only get the PSP if Kenny dies. Some have argued that Michael Schiavo was also acting out of self-interest because of the $400,000 insurance money or for other selfish reasons (although he was offered over $1,000,000 to keep Terry Schiavo alive). Both Michael Schiavo and Cartman claimed they were only following the wishes of their loved ones. Some think this was done by Michael Schiavo because he was engaged during her vegetative state, initially with the blessing of Schiavo's parents.
  • Members of the Republican Party rally to the cause. In Kenny's case: they are unwittingly being controlled by a hooded minion of Satan named Kevin, which uses the Republicans to achieve its goals.
  • Mrs. Garrison tries to bring food and water to Kenny but gets arrested, as many in favor of keeping Terri Schiavo alive did in a symbolic effort during her dying days.
  • The misplaced page of Kenny's will implicates the media and both arguing sides of his friends and family as being disrespectful for displaying him on national television to try and gain supporters for their argument. As many South Park episodes end with a stated moral lesson, the implied lesson here is that both sides of the Terri Schiavo debate are wrong for making a private issue and family struggle a politicized media spectacle.
  • Terri Schiavo herself died the day after this episode originally aired, two weeks after having had her feeding tube removed.

Michael Richard Schiavo (born April 3, 1963) was the husband of Terri Schiavo, who became a public figure in a national debate over end-of-life issues. ... For other uses of life support, see Life support (disambiguation) Life support, in the medical field, refers to a set of therapies for preserving a patients life when essential body systems are not functioning sufficiently to sustain life unaided. ... GOP redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Theresa Terri Marie Schindler Schiavo (December 3, 1963 – March 31, 2005), from St. ...

Awards

  • This episode won a 2005 Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour)". This is the first time the show has beaten other nominees, such as The Simpsons and other winners. It also becomes the fourth prime time animated cartoon to win the award, behind The Simpsons, King of the Hill and Futurama.

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Cultural references

  • HBC's world news show looks like ABC's world news.[citation needed]
  • After Satan is defeated, he turns on his adviser, who resembles (along with the other references in this episode) Gríma Wormtongue from The Lord of the Rings. He could also be seen as a parody of Darth Sidious from Star Wars. Satan refers to him by name as Kevin, and zaps him.(This character later appears again in Hell on Earth 2006.)[citation needed]
  • Lord of the Rings references in the episode include: the orb used by Satan, a reference to the palantír held by Saruman; the gates of Heaven being deliberately designed to look like Minas Tirith; Satan's minions and the way they don their armor are reminiscent of the Orcs and Uruk-hai from the movies; and the council of the Angels is also a reference to The Lord of the Rings's Council of Elrond. Also, during his description of the battle, Archangel Michael comments that the battle is "ten times bigger" than the one in the last Lord of the Rings movie, referring to the CGI battles in the film trilogy. The armies of Heaven and Hell are clearly modeled after those in the final battle in the series. One shot of the demon army approaching is, in layout, exactly the same shot as that of the orc armies marching in the opening scenes of The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • There are many references to Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the episode. When Kenny is at the gate of Heaven, a Pythonesque "Open the gate!" is heard - this is also said by King Arthur in the film. Moreover, Heaven's army celebrates winning the war by cheering in a manner not unlike the similar moment of "much rejoicing" in the film's animation segments of Terry Gilliam.[citation needed]
  • The references to Keanu Reeves throughout the episode are based on Reeves' regular appearances as savior type characters, upon whom the triumph of good over evil depends, in films like The Matrix and Constantine.
  • This is the second and final time Kenny is killed in this season. The first was in the episode that aired right before this, Wing. He wouldn't die again until two seasons later in the final episode of season 11 - "The List"
  • While the catchphrase "Oh, my God! They killed Kenny! You bastards!" is not uttered in its entirety during the episode, it is referenced twice: Once during the protests, Stan leads the protesters by yelling, "Don't kill Kenny!" with the crowd responding, "You Bastards!" After removing the feeding tube which leads to Kenny's death and return to heaven, Archangel Michael happily observes, "Oh my God! They killed Kenny!"
  • Heaven recruiting its ultimate hero through a video game is a reference to the film The Last Starfighter, wherein a young man is chosen to defend an alien race based on his skills at an arcade game the aliens placed on earth to test humans. The concept of a boy who is brought to fight an epic battle in the guise of a game is also reminiscent of the novel Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
  • This episode aired just six days after the PlayStation Portable was released.
Preceded by
Wing
South Park episodes Followed by
The Losing Edge
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