|Episode no.|| Season 7|
|Original airdate||December 3, 2003|
|List of all South Park episodes|
"Butt Out" is the thirteenth episode of Season Seven, and the 109th overall episode of South Park. It aired on December 3, 2003. The episode pokes fun at the formulaic storyline of some South Park episodes (including the movie), which start with the boys getting themselves in trouble and incite a controversy between the townsfolk and a national interest group (or a major catastrophe) while trying to avoid punishments, subsequently learning a lesson from this conflict.
Plot details follow.
An overly upbeat anti-smoking group called Butt Out, which incorporates elements of dance and hip-hop into its routine, performs at South Park Elementary, which brings out a mixture of boredom, annoyance, confusion, and fear in the boys (Kenny starts eating his own hand). At the end, Butt Out enthusiastically calls out "If you don't smoke, you can grow up to be JUST LIKE US!"
Not wanting to be anything like Butt Out, the boys take up smoking that afternoon. When caught by Mr. Mackey, they discard their still-lit cigarettes into a nearby dumpster, which ignites and proceeds to burn the whole school down. Their parents all come into the burned down school and are initially very angry at their children (not for burning down the school, but for smoking), until Mrs. Broflovski blames it on the tobacco companies brainwashing them. The other parents follow suit, and the boys are happy to transfer the blame in order to avoid being grounded for three weeks, although Kyle, recognizing the classic pattern of a South Park story line, foresees it getting out of hand.
The town then calls in Rob Reiner in order to combat the spread of smoking among children in South Park. Despite the fact that Reiner is against smoking, he is obese and eats large amounts of junk food on an almost constant basis (another unhealthy pursuit). Even when he's giving a speech about how harmful smoking is to your body, he crams food into his mouth. He is instantly loved by Cartman because "He just goes around imposing his will on other people; he's my idol." The rest of the boys are suspicious of him as he attempts to use them in order to get Colorado to pass a ban on smoking in public.
Reiner, disguised as a woman named "Rita Poon," gets a tobacco company to give them a tour around a factory near South Park. Reiner hopes to sabotage the company by taking the boys there and then taking a picture of them inside and photoshopping it ("You've just been Reiner'd!"). The tobacco company reveals how important the industry has been to the country as a whole, the workers are really nice and everybody employed there looks really happy and friendly; they appear to be perfectly aware of the dangers of smoking but allow people to have the freedom to smoke. By contrast, Reiner's anti-smoking group is a group of Boris-and Natasha-style madmen who speak in Peter Lorre esque voices.
Feeling they need to push their agenda further, Reiner asks for one of the boys to appear in an anti-smoking commercial in which he says he is dying of second hand smoke. While Stan, Kyle and Kenny want nothing more to do with Reiner and his group, Cartman is excited at the chance, and assumes the other boys are as well. After making the commercial, Cartman is confused by how his dialogue says he will die. He is then offered a questionable cupcake by one of Reiner's associates, while Reiner tells Cartman that he needs to sacrifice himself for the sake of the Anti-smoking movement. Fearful, Cartman escapes, and seeks the help of Stan, Kyle, and Kenny, who after much convincing, agree to help him.
Eventually, as Kyle predicted, they end up back at the cigarette factory where the townspeople, bearing torches, demand the factory to release them. Reiner reveals his plan to the townspeople that he does indeed plan to kill Cartman, at which point they turn against him. Cartman stabs Reiner with a fork causing mass amounts of goo to come out of him, killing him. The boys then admit to their parents that they had smoked on their own free will, and are then grounded.