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"A Very Crappy Christmas"
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Episode no. Season 4
Episode 17
Guest stars Louis Price
Production no. 417
Original airdate December 20, 2000
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"A Very Crappy Christmas" is the seventeenth and final episode of Season Four, and the 65th overall episode of South Park. It aired on December 20, 2000.[1]


When Mr. Hankey skips Christmas, the boys find him living with his alcoholic wife and their three little nuggets. He tells them that no one is into Christmas anymore.[1]


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After Mr. Hankey fails to show up on Hanukkah, Kyle Broflovski leads Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick into the sewers to investigate. When they find him, Kyle questions him, stating that nobody seems to have the Christmas spirit anymore. Mr. Hankey reveals that he hasn't surfaced due to issues with his family: his dissatisfied wife Autumn, and their children Cornwallis, Amber, and Simon.

The boys, along with Mr. Hankey's kids, attempt to revive the Christmas spirit by singing carols on the sidewalk but are totally ignored. While they lament not getting any presents, Cornwallis begins to wonder about his significance in the world as a piece of poo.

While watching a Peanuts Christmas special, where Snoopy is seen hitting a naked Charlie Brown with a wooden plank, the boys get the idea to create a short animation to show the townspeople at the local drive-in. With backing from Mayor McDaniels, worried about South Park's economic state, the boys set about using cut-out animation to create their cartoon.

Meanwhile, Cornwallis, who has sunk further into depression, reveals his feelings to his father, who comforts him by singing "Circle of Poo", based on, and parodying Disney's "Circle of Life" song. This shows how poo is the lifeblood of the whole planet, and the song even finishes with Mr. Hankey holding Cornwallis over a cliff like Simba is held over in The Lion King. Rejuvenated, Cornwallis and the others begin preparing the dilapidated drive-in for the screening.

After Cartman destroys a frame of the cartoon, getting angry, fights with them and quits the project, and Kenny is run over by a car, Stan and Kyle proceed with the project themselves, with Stan dubbing Cartman's voice-over (taking extra opportunities to poke fun at his weight in the meantime), Kenny being killed off in the cartoon as well, and sending their cutouts to get made in Korea.

Finally, the film is ready and the whole town gathers to see it, including Cartman, who joins in getting credit for the movie, and claims he never quit in the first place. Only a few seconds in, though, the film breaks up.

As everyone sits at home, forcing the children of South Park to celebrate a Christmas with no presents, Cornwallis and Mr. Hankey fix the projector and the film restarts playing. Upon seeing the film, the townsfolk finally come to realize that the true spirit of Christmas is commercialism and rush to the shops for last-minute presents.

Finally, feeling contented, the boys head of to open their presents, Stan and Cartman deciding to be Jewish for eight days of Hanukkah presents and a swarm of rats come in and scavenge the remains, which is exactly what happened in the original "The Spirit of Christmas".


Holiday Episodes
"Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" | "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!" | "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" | "A Very Crappy Christmas" | "Red Sleigh Down" | "It's Christmas in Canada" | "Woodland Critter Christmas" | "#HappyHolograms" | "Bike Parade" | "Christmas Snow"
"Pinkeye" | "Spookyfish" | "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" | "Hell on Earth 2006" | "A Nightmare on Face Time" | "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" | "Sons A Witches" | "The Scoots" | "Tegridy Farms Halloween Special"
"Starvin' Marvin" | "Starvin' Marvin in Space" | "Helen Keller! The Musical" | "A History Channel Thanksgiving" | "Black Friday" | "A Song of Ass and Fire" | "Titties and Dragons"
Valentine's Day
"Tom's Rhinoplasty" | "Cupid Ye"
"Fantastic Easter Special" | "Jewpacabra"
"Summer Sucks" | "Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus" | "Holiday Special" | "Credigree Weed St. Patrick's Day Special"

  417: "A Very Crappy Christmas" edit
Story Elements

Mr. HankeyDilapidated Drive-In • "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" • "Circle of Poo" • "Even A Miracle Needs A Hand"


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