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"Cartman Sucks"
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Episode no. Season 11
Episode 2
Production no. 1102
Original airdate March 14, 2007
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"Cartman Sucks" is the second episode of Season Eleven, and the 155th overall episode of South Park. It aired on March 14, 2007.[1]


When his "ultimate plan" to embarrass Butters backfires, Cartman struggles to keep his classmates from seeing a compromising photograph. Meanwhile, Butters is sent to a special camp where they "Pray the Gay Away."[1]


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Stan, Kyle and Kenny are visiting Cartman's house, where Cartman shows a scrapbook of the many pranks he has performed on Butters during their sleepovers. Cartman then reveals that Butters is coming over tonight- where he will pull the "best" prank ever on him.

The next day, Cartman eagerly tells the rest of the boys that he put Butters' penis in his mouth while he was asleep, calling Butters "gay". However, Kyle informs him that, because he was the one that put a penis in his mouth, he will now be the one perceived as gay, not Butters. As a practical joke, Kyle then tells Cartman to have Butters put his penis in his mouth, as it will "cancel out the gay polarity". Cartman, of course, believes this.

That night, Cartman puts a blindfold on Butters and tricks Butters into giving him oral sex, but he is caught by the Butters' dad, Stephen, before the act can take place. As Cartman ran off before explaining what happened, Stephen takes the whole incident out of context and tells Butters he is just bi-curious; not knowing what his dad is talking about and unaware of what Cartman was about to do to him, Butters plays along with his dad's claims.

Butters is soon sent away to Camp New Grace on the advice of Priest Maxi where they "pray away the gay" by putting bi-curious boys together and teaching them about the ways of Jesus Christ. However, it is clearly doing more harm than good: the counselors are shown to be unsympathetic toward the boys in their charge, and there seem to be suicides on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, Cartman discovers that Kyle has lied to him about "gay polarity", but takes closure in the fact that "no one will ever know" as long as he gets rid of the photo. However, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny, having already seen the photo, threaten to tell everyone of the act unless Cartman is "super-nice" to them. Angrily, Cartman explains he will digitally edit the picture to put Kyle's face on it instead of his own. When Cartman gets home, he discovers the picture is gone. He confronts Kyle, who denies having it. Still believing Kyle to be the culprit, he informs his mom after getting no help from the police. Liane phones Sheila and she is told Kyle does not have the picture. Cartman then realizes he has no choice but to show the picture himself in show and tell in order to rob Kyle of the satisfaction of doing it first.

Butters is put in a room with a boy called Bradley who gets them both punished for having a men's underwear catalog. Bradley realizes he "likes" Butters, who misunderstands this as friendship and tells Bradley he likes him too. Bradley, unable to stop his growing feelings, thinks he is 'unfixable' and runs away threatening to commit suicide.

At school, Ms. Garrison is about to start show and tell and allows Cartman to go. He begins to show off his 'artsy photographs' to the class.

Meanwhile, Bradley is threatening to jump off a bridge as the Camp New Grace counselors try to stop him. After they tell Butters he will simply make things worse, Butters announces he is sick of being told he's "confused", as he was not confused until people started telling him he was. He goes on to say that God must be a little bi-curious himself if he was in fact made in his image. Bradley comes down upon hearing this, to everyone's relief. Stephen then takes Butters home, saying he might be bi-curious as well; having apparently forgotten about his father's previous homoerotic indiscretions, Butters becomes genuinely confused.

Back at South Park Elementary, Cartman finally shows the photo to the shock of everyone- just as Mr. Mackey enters with a message from his mom that the picture had just gotten lost in his room, to which Cartman replies; "Lame...".


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cartman Sucks (Season 11, Episode 2).

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