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== Synopsis ==
 
== Synopsis ==
[[Stan Marsh|Stan]] is confused about what painting Eggs and Rabbits have to do with Easter, but gets himself into more trouble than he bargained for when he finds out the answer.
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[[Stan Marsh|Stan]]'s confused about what painting Eggs and Rabbits have to do with Easter, but gets himself into more trouble than he bargained for when he finds out the answer.
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
The Marsh family are sitting around their dining room table, painting Easter Eggs for the upcoming holiday, when Stan questions what coloring eggs has to do with [[Jesus Christ|Jesus]]'s resurrection. His father fails to come up with a reasonable answer, and doesn't seem to care that much. Stan then vows to find out what this is all about, and leaves the table, with his father confused. When [[Sharon Marsh|Sharon]] suggests perhaps he has found out the Easter Bunny isn't real, [[Randy Marsh|Randy]] takes great offense to this, and leaves with the words, "You know so little."
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As [[Randy Marsh|the]] [[Sharon Marsh|Marsh]] [[Shelly Marsh|family]] colors [[Wikipedia:|eggs for [[Wikipedia:Easter|Easter]], Stan questions what it has to do with Jesus. Not satisfied by his dad's vague response, Stan storms off and asks the same question to a mall [[Wikipedia:Easter Bunny|Easter Bunny]]. The mall bunny tells Stan that it is "just Easter," and to "just go with it," then makes a mysterious phone call.
   
The next day at the mall, a photo shoot is happening with a man in an Easter Bunny costume. Stan waits in line to talk to him. [[Eric Cartman|Cartman]] talks to the Easter Bunny and starts to list of a lot of expensive items to him like he is Santa Claus. When the Easter Bunny starts to question him, Cartman says, "No no, you don't ask me questions. You're a rabbit and I'm a human, so if you don't bring me what I want for Easter I can fucking kill you". Then Cartman says bye Easter Bunny. When Stan sits on his lap, he demands to know what coloring eggs and the Easter Bunny have to do with Jesus, but after the man tells him 'Just go with it, Stan leaves frustrated. The man in the bunny costume takes a break, and makes a phone call from the mall pay phone, and tells whomever he calls that Stan is onto them, and he must be dealt with.
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Stan soon finds himself being chased by men in bunny suits. When he gets home, he finds that Randy is the "[[Hare Club for Men]]," who have guarded the secret of Easter for generations. Randy takes Stan to the headquarters of the Hare Club, where he is to be initiated into the group, which reveres a rabbit named [[Snowball]]. The Hare Club for Men's building resembles a [[Wikipedia:Freemasonry|Masonic Hall]] and much of the ritual borrows from the practice of Freemasons. Just as he is about to learn the secret of Easter, Stan's initiation is interrupted as the club is ambushed by a group of ninjas. The Hare Club members rush to protect Snowball, and Randy gives the rabbit to Stan, telling him to run. He escapes with Snowball, and witnesses the ninjas and their leader, [[Bill Donohue|William Anthony Donohue]], executing a resisting hare and interrogating Randy. Stan runs off to [[Kyle Broflovski|Kyle's]] house and tries to extract any knowledge Kyle has of Easter. Kyle, who is Jewish and says he knows nothing about Easter, does not want to be involved in something so dangerous, but Stan persuades him to help.
   
A brooding Stan is walking along the sidewalk, when a different man in a Bunny costume starts to follow him. He starts to run, but then finds himself surrounded by them, and runs home. Stan calls to his parents, but only his dad is home, and when he finds him, Randy is dressed like a bunny. Randy then calls off the men chasing Stan, and sits him down to have a talk. He reveals to Stan that they are apart of a secret society of men, who protect the secret of the Easter Bunny, called the [[Hare Club for Men]]. Randy then decides it is time to bring Stan into the Hare Club for Men.
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Stan and Kyle manage to track down a man named [[Professor Teabag]] (spoof of [[Wikipedia:Sir Leigh Teabing|Professor Teabing]]), who supposedly knows the secret of the Hare Club. Teabag lets them in his mansion and explains that [[Wikipedia:Leonardo da Vinci|Leonardo da Vinci]] was actually a member of the Hare Club and that [[Wikipedia:Saint Peter|Saint Peter]] was not a man, but a rabbit ([[Wikipedia:Peter Rabbit|Peter Rabbit]]), and reveals that da Vinci originally portrayed Saint Peter as a rabbit instead of as a man in his painting of [[Wikipedia:The Last Supper|the Last Supper]]. Teabag explains that Jesus knew that no human could speak for all Christianity without any acts of corruption, and that rabbits were pure, tolerant, and incorruptible. This is why the Pope's mitre is shaped to accommodate a rabbit's ears. He also explained that the Church decided to bury the secret and put a man in charge. Ever since, "The Hare Club for Men" society members have decorated eggs for generations to keep the secret in da Vinci's painting alive. He further explains that Snowball is actually a direct descendant from St. Peter, and that Stan's father and the members of the Hare Club have been kidnapped by the Vatican, who wish to cover up this secret, viewing it as blasphemy. Donohue's ninja minions then attack again and kill Teabag's butler, but Teabag helps the two boys escape by putting marshmallow Peeps in the microwave. It causes an explosion that destroys the mansion, killing both Teabag and the ninjas.
   
Randy takes his son to the Hare Club for Men's meeting place, where they will decide if he is worthy to enter the club. Two men bring out a Rabbit named [[Snowball]] into the room, one they all seem to worship. Their leader prepares to tell Stan their secret, but it interrupted by a group of ninjas that break into the room. The Hare Club for Men pick up weapons to protect Snowball, and a fight ensues. Randy tries to run with the rabbit, but is tripped by a ninja. He then gives the rabbit to Stan, who he tells to get out.
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Stan and Kyle go to the Vatican where Stan turns the rabbit over to the Donohue's men, on the condition that the Hare Club members must all be set free and that Snowball remain unharmed. However, Donohue reveals he had actually made the promise on two separate crucifixes, a "double cross", and plans to make an example of the Hare Club. Pope Benedict XVI opposes this, saying that double-crossing is not considered to be "very Christian," something which Donohue responds by saying that it is what Jesus would have wanted. Jesus himself ([[Red Sleigh Down|after resurrecting from being killed in Iraq]]) then arrives to intervene, answering the prayer of one of the Hare Club members. He tells them that he actually did plan for the popes to be rabbits, citing the current corruption of Donohue. Benedict and his clergy are willing to listen and agree with Jesus, but Donohue refuses to listen and orders Benedict to execute Jesus for 'going against the Church'. Outraged to see how arrogant Donohue is, Benedict angrily refuses, saying that killing Jesus is not "very Christian." Enraged, Donohue seizes the Pope's mitre, and orders his ninjas to capture everyone including Benedict and Jesus. Donohue declares himself the new Pope. With the clergy unable to stop him, Donohue orders his minions to lock up Kyle and Jesus, whom he calls the "two Jews", and Benedict to deal with later. Donohue then leads Randy, Stan, and the surviving Hare Club members to the block where there is a gigantic pot for Snowball's execution.
   
Stan runs far enough to watch from a safe distance as ninjas and men in robes take the members of the club into the back of several black vans. The leader of the ninjas is revealed to be [[Bill Donohue]], leader of the Catholic League. He tells the ninjas to search the area and find the boy, at which point Stan runs to [[Kyle Broflovski|Kyle's]] house for help and tells him what happened.
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In the cell, Benedict apologizes to Jesus for his actions, pleading for forgiveness. Jesus tells Kyle that his "superpowers" only work when he is dead, and the only way to escape is for Kyle to kill him so he can return to life outside the cell. Kyle is hesitant to kill Jesus, [[Wikipedia:Judaism's view of Jesus|as it goes against his beliefs]], but does so after Jesus promises that "[[Eric Cartman]] can never know about this". As Donohue is about to execute Snowball in front of Randy, Stan, and the Hare Club members, the resurrected Jesus appears in the crowd. Jesus then kills Donohue by throwing a five bladed sword similar to the one featured in the movie [[Wikipedia:Krull (film)|Krull]]. Everyone cheers for Jesus and Snowball is elected Pope. Because he is a rabbit, Snowball cannot speak or tell people how they should lead their lives, just as "Jesus intended". Stan reveals that he has learned his lesson through all of his adventures: do not ask questions; just dye the eggs and keep his mouth shut, and Randy is proud of him.
 
Randy wakes up after having blacked out in a prison cell, and does not know where he is. He tries to get some answers but no one is sure. That is when the prison cell door opens, and someone he knows confronts him.
 
 
Meanwhile, Stan and Kyle visit Professor Teabag, an expert on the history of Easter. Professor Teabag tells them he is busy at the moment, but when Stan mentions the Hare Club for Men, he welcomes them in to tell them the story. Professor Teabag shows them a picture of the Last Supper. He brings their attention to something that looks like an egg, lying in front of St. Peter, the first pope. He then tells them that St. Peter was no man, but a rabbit. To this, Kyle responds, "Peter Rabbit?"
 
 
He goes on more to say the Church would not let Leonardo da Vinci paint St. Peter as a Rabbit, so he was forced to paint him as a man. He did though leave clues as to the true identity of St. Peter, such as the egg. With laser technology, they were able to look past the second layer of paint, to the original depiction of St. Peter as a Rabbit. When Stan question why Jesus would want a rabbit to run his church, Professor Teabag tells him Jesus knew no one man could speak for everyone in a religion. Men are intolerant and corrupted, but Rabbit's are pure. The Catholic church covered it up though, and put a man in charge. The Hare Club for Men has been painting Easter Eggs ever since to keep the truth alive.
 
 
It turns out it was the Vatican that infiltrated the Hare Club for Men, and [[Pope Benedict XVI]] along with the leader of the American Catholic League, Bill Donohue, questions the men in captivity over Snowball. The Pope questions Bill as to whether what they are doing is right, and if it goes to extremes, but Bill brushes the worry aside and sends Randy to be tortured.
 
 
At Teabag's mansion, he tells the boys that he thinks Snowball may be a direct descendant of St. Peter, and therefore the true heir to the Pope's throne. The ninjas are able to track down Stan and Kyle to the mansion, but the butler gives them a warning before he is killed. Stan and Kyle escape out the window, while Professor Teabag stays behind to give them some time. He puts a box of marshmallow chicks in the microwave, which explodes and kills everyone in the house. Stan decides that he is going to hand over the rabbit to the Vatican so they will release his father and the rest of the members for the Hare Club for Men, but first prays to Jesus for help, with no response.
 
 
The Vatican is holding an Easter Vigil, and the Pope is supposedly showing his 'divine grace' by feeding the poor with a giant rabbit stew. The church is actually throwing in the Hare Club for Men, who are still dressed like rabbits. Stan arrives though, and hands the rabbit over on the conditions they will not hurt the bunny and let everyone go. They release Randy, but only moments later handcuff Randy again, along with Stan and Kyle.
 
 
When the Pope again doubts Bill's trickery, The head of the American Church says it is what Christ would have wanted. It is then, that Jesus enters, and advances upon them. He verifies that the story of St. Peter being a Rabbit is true, and that it should be made the new Pope.
 
 
Bill then orders for them to Kill Jesus, but the Pope decides that it's 'definitely' not Christian to kill Jesus. Bill then arrests everyone, including the Pope and Jesus. Bill then takes the position as the new Pope, and plans to throw them all in the stew. Jesus comes up with a plan to stop this, and tells Kyle to kill him with a knife on a ground, so he can resurrect outside the bars. Kyle is hesitant, but he does it.
 
 
Bill orders for them to throw in Snowball, but Jesus resurrects at that exact time. When Bill refuses Jesus' demand to step down and listen to him, he pulls out a bladed ninja star and throws it at Bill; slicing his legs from his body; cutting him in half.
 
 
Snowball is then made the new Pope, and when asked how they should tell people to run their lives, it says nothing, just as Jesus intended it. Randy then tells Stan he is proud of him for learning so much this Easter. Stan responds, saying says he learned not to ask questions, just to dye the eggs and keep his mouth shut.
 
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

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"Fantastic Easter Special"
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Episode no. Season 11
Episode 5
Production no. 1105
Original airdate April 4, 2007
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"Fantastic Easter Special" is the fifth episode of Season Eleven, and the 158th overall episode of South Park. It aired on April 4, 2007.[1] The episode heavily parodies the movie The Da Vinci Code.

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Synopsis

Stan's confused about what painting Eggs and Rabbits have to do with Easter, but gets himself into more trouble than he bargained for when he finds out the answer.

Plot

As the Marsh family colors [[Wikipedia:|eggs for Easter, Stan questions what it has to do with Jesus. Not satisfied by his dad's vague response, Stan storms off and asks the same question to a mall Easter Bunny. The mall bunny tells Stan that it is "just Easter," and to "just go with it," then makes a mysterious phone call.

Stan soon finds himself being chased by men in bunny suits. When he gets home, he finds that Randy is the "Hare Club for Men," who have guarded the secret of Easter for generations. Randy takes Stan to the headquarters of the Hare Club, where he is to be initiated into the group, which reveres a rabbit named Snowball. The Hare Club for Men's building resembles a Masonic Hall and much of the ritual borrows from the practice of Freemasons. Just as he is about to learn the secret of Easter, Stan's initiation is interrupted as the club is ambushed by a group of ninjas. The Hare Club members rush to protect Snowball, and Randy gives the rabbit to Stan, telling him to run. He escapes with Snowball, and witnesses the ninjas and their leader, William Anthony Donohue, executing a resisting hare and interrogating Randy. Stan runs off to Kyle's house and tries to extract any knowledge Kyle has of Easter. Kyle, who is Jewish and says he knows nothing about Easter, does not want to be involved in something so dangerous, but Stan persuades him to help.

Stan and Kyle manage to track down a man named Professor Teabag (spoof of Professor Teabing), who supposedly knows the secret of the Hare Club. Teabag lets them in his mansion and explains that Leonardo da Vinci was actually a member of the Hare Club and that Saint Peter was not a man, but a rabbit (Peter Rabbit), and reveals that da Vinci originally portrayed Saint Peter as a rabbit instead of as a man in his painting of the Last Supper. Teabag explains that Jesus knew that no human could speak for all Christianity without any acts of corruption, and that rabbits were pure, tolerant, and incorruptible. This is why the Pope's mitre is shaped to accommodate a rabbit's ears. He also explained that the Church decided to bury the secret and put a man in charge. Ever since, "The Hare Club for Men" society members have decorated eggs for generations to keep the secret in da Vinci's painting alive. He further explains that Snowball is actually a direct descendant from St. Peter, and that Stan's father and the members of the Hare Club have been kidnapped by the Vatican, who wish to cover up this secret, viewing it as blasphemy. Donohue's ninja minions then attack again and kill Teabag's butler, but Teabag helps the two boys escape by putting marshmallow Peeps in the microwave. It causes an explosion that destroys the mansion, killing both Teabag and the ninjas.

Stan and Kyle go to the Vatican where Stan turns the rabbit over to the Donohue's men, on the condition that the Hare Club members must all be set free and that Snowball remain unharmed. However, Donohue reveals he had actually made the promise on two separate crucifixes, a "double cross", and plans to make an example of the Hare Club. Pope Benedict XVI opposes this, saying that double-crossing is not considered to be "very Christian," something which Donohue responds by saying that it is what Jesus would have wanted. Jesus himself (after resurrecting from being killed in Iraq) then arrives to intervene, answering the prayer of one of the Hare Club members. He tells them that he actually did plan for the popes to be rabbits, citing the current corruption of Donohue. Benedict and his clergy are willing to listen and agree with Jesus, but Donohue refuses to listen and orders Benedict to execute Jesus for 'going against the Church'. Outraged to see how arrogant Donohue is, Benedict angrily refuses, saying that killing Jesus is not "very Christian." Enraged, Donohue seizes the Pope's mitre, and orders his ninjas to capture everyone including Benedict and Jesus. Donohue declares himself the new Pope. With the clergy unable to stop him, Donohue orders his minions to lock up Kyle and Jesus, whom he calls the "two Jews", and Benedict to deal with later. Donohue then leads Randy, Stan, and the surviving Hare Club members to the block where there is a gigantic pot for Snowball's execution.

In the cell, Benedict apologizes to Jesus for his actions, pleading for forgiveness. Jesus tells Kyle that his "superpowers" only work when he is dead, and the only way to escape is for Kyle to kill him so he can return to life outside the cell. Kyle is hesitant to kill Jesus, as it goes against his beliefs, but does so after Jesus promises that "Eric Cartman can never know about this". As Donohue is about to execute Snowball in front of Randy, Stan, and the Hare Club members, the resurrected Jesus appears in the crowd. Jesus then kills Donohue by throwing a five bladed sword similar to the one featured in the movie Krull. Everyone cheers for Jesus and Snowball is elected Pope. Because he is a rabbit, Snowball cannot speak or tell people how they should lead their lives, just as "Jesus intended". Stan reveals that he has learned his lesson through all of his adventures: do not ask questions; just dye the eggs and keep his mouth shut, and Randy is proud of him.

References


Holiday Episodes
Christmas
"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"
Halloween
"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"
Thanksgiving
"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"
Easter
"Fantastic Easter Special" | "Jewpacabra"


  1105: "Fantastic Easter Special" edit
Story Elements

Hare Club for MenSnowballPope Benedict XVIProfessor TeabagBill DonohueJesus • "Hippitus Hoppitus" • "Easter Parade" • "He is Risen"

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Release

South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season

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