The episode begins with the 4th grade rehearsing for their play about Hellen Keller. Butters warns the 4th grade that the kindergarten class has an amazing play, so they have to do their best to outdo the kindergartners. They must pull out all stops and bend over backwards to make the ultimate end all extravaganza. Cartman suggests that they revamp their play somehow. The class brainstorms, and decide that they should replace Hellen Keller's dog with a turkey that can do tricks to appear more "Thanksgivingy" and appeal to the festive audience. Cartman sends Kyle and Timmy to find a turkey, but they end up buying a crippled one instead because Timmy likes it, and otherwise it would've been shot. Timmy wants it to stay, but Cartman, the replacement turkey, and its trainer that was hired for the play want it gone. Cartman tries to remedy the situation by "accidentally" killing the turkey with a rigged spotlight, but kills Kenny. Later the trainer convinces Timmy to let his turkey out in the wild by telling him a lie that the animal shelter will just take Gobbles away and do experiments on it.
Gobbles, the crippled turkey, is let loose, but is quickly taken to a turkey factory to be decapitated and cooked. He is saved by his handicap, unable to lift his own head, and preventing him from getting decapitated. He is let out the factory, and spotted by Jimbo and his hunting buddies. Later, the play has begun, Timmy finds out the men who Lamond calls animal shelter people aren't really animal shelter people, instead they are water effect personnels. Realizing he's been tricked, Timmy goes looking for Gobbles and finds him when the hunters corner him. Timmy is then shot in the arm trying to save the turkey, making the Jimbo feel guilty and willing to make it up to him. So near the end of the play, the beautiful turkey that had replaced Gobbles was shot by the hunters, but that ruins Cartman's plan to have it jump through a flaming hoop of fire. Luckily, Gobbles saves the day by jumping through the hoop instead, and the play ends with a massive applause from the audience. It is finally revealed that the kindergartners' play was rather poor, lasting at most only thirty seconds and nowhere near as good as Butters made it seem. Everyone is angry at Butters for making them go through all that trouble, Butters however thinks the play is amazing, oblivious to all of the angry glares around him.