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"I'm a Little Bit Country"
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Episode no. Season 7
Episode 4
Guest stars Norman Lear
Production no. 701
Original airdate April 9, 2003
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"I'm a Little Bit Country" is the fourth episode of Season Seven, and the 100th overall episode of South Park. It aired on April 9, 2003.[1]

Synopsis

The boys join some anti-war protesters because it is a free pass out of school for the day.[1]

Plot

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When Mr. Garrison agrees to let anyone protesting the war in Iraq out of school early for a rally, all the kids say that they are against the war and then leave, even though they know little about the war, terrorists, or the founding fathers. The boys are interviewed outside the school and are asked for their opinion on what the Founding Fathers would think about the conflict and show their ignorance by not knowing who the founding fathers were. Angered by the embarrassment, Mr. Garrison gives them an assignment to decide what the Founders would say about the war.

Stan, Kyle, and Kenny begin to study for their project; Cartman, however, decides to take a different approach, trying (and failing) to induce a flashback of the colonial era first by saying a cliched flashback inducing dialog, and then by dropping a large rock on his own head.

The townspeople are divided about the war, and after splitting in two, they both plan rallies: one pro-war, one anti-war, both on the same day in the same place. They wind up having a great argument during both rallies and they get into a huge fight.

Meanwhile, Cartman electrocutes himself in water with a TVOH! console full of colonial documentaries from The History Channel in order to induce a flashback. He falls into a coma, and having a dream, he travels back to the colonial era in Philadelphia. With a single murder, he manages to get the job of delivering the Declaration of Independence from Thomas Jefferson's home to the Continental Congress for a vote; there, a great argument breaks out about whether or not to go to war against United Kingdom, paralleling the events in town, which Cartman recognizes as being "very, very relevant".

During the concert, Stan and the others tell everyone that they did not do their report because they really do not know what is going on about the world. This caused everyone to fight again, and several people are killed in the melee.

Back in Cartman's 1776 flashback, Benjamin Franklin shows up and proposes that the new country must not be seen as a warmonger by the rest of the world; at the same time, it must not be seen as weak either. Therefore, the United States will go to war on one hand, and use protests to oppose the war on the other. He refers to this as saying one thing and doing another. One member refers to this as "having our cake and eating it too".

Cartman wakes up and delivers his message to the town, who see the truth of that statement and then break out into song. In it, they celebrate their differences and their achievement (100 episodes); ending the song with the line, "For the war, against the war- who cares! One hundred episodes!". Kyle ends the episode in disbelief that it was Cartman who saved the day and then saying "I hate this town. I really, really do".

References


  701: "I'm a Little Bit Country" edit
Story Elements

Eric CartmanThomas JeffersonBenjamin FranklinOfficial messenger boyIraq WarThe History Channel • "Bleeding Heart Rock Protest Song vs. Pro War Country Song"

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Release

South Park: The Complete Seventh Season