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"Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery"
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Episode no. Season 3
Episode 10
Guest stars Korn
Production no. 312
Original airdate October 27, 1999
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"Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" is the tenth episode of Season Three, and the 41st overall episode of South Park. It originally aired on October 27, 1999.[1]


Korn comes to South Park for a Halloween concert and helps the boys solve a spooky Pirate Ghosts mystery.[1]


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Plot details follow.

At the docks, the boys inspect the preparations for the "Halloween Haunt" but deem it gay with Cartman too busy looking forward to Christmas. Priest Maxi tries to inform people about the evils of Halloween but is ignored. The boys bump into the 5th Graders (now 6th Graders) who terrorize them with the story of the Pirate Ghosts. The boys try to come up with a way to get back at the 5th Graders and decide to dig up Kyle's dead grandma, Cleo Broflovski. They do this and hide her at the docks but a dog comes and takes her away, unbeknownst to the boys. The wardens at Mt. Peaceful Cemetery inform Sheila Broflovski of the defiling of her mother's grave and suspect it to be the work of necrophiliacs.

Meanwhile, the band Korn is driving around and decides to play a game to pass the time. They end up getting scared when they see Pirate Ghosts and crashed their van by driving it off a cliff, landing in South Park. They show up and tell the boys about their encounter with Pirate Ghosts on their journey. The boys explain they're trying to get back at the 5th Graders since it is seemingly their work. Priest Maxi is at the docks putting up anti-Halloween signs, he tries to warn Korn in person but simply does not work.

At the town hall, a meeting is held outside where the wardens of the cemetery consult everyone about the necrophilia. Suddenly, a Pirate Ghostship appears in the sky along with three Pirate Ghosts who begin to kill the crowd. They soon vanish after warning everyone not to go to the docks. Priest Maxi then shows up and explains he was right about how the band members are evil devil-worshipers, so it is their fault. The town then decides to drive Korn out of town.

At the same time the boys show up in Halloween costumes (Stan as a cowboy, Kyle as a clown and Kenny as the ED-209 from the film RoboCop), except for Cartman who has his "Christmas present", the Antonio Banderas Blowup Doll, they astoundingly discover the vanishing of Kyle's grandma, and tell Korn about it. Korn theorizes that the Pirate Ghosts may be linked to the disappearance of Kyle's dug up grandma. They split into two teams and begin to seek the truth.

The team involving Cartman decides to set a trap, they use Cartman's blowup doll as a bait. On the other side, Fieldy loses his glasses and encounters a Pirate Ghost, when he realized that the whole team flees in panic. They go right for the trap, mistake Cartman's blowup doll as a real person, and eventually fall in the trap.

The townsfolk suddenly burst in and the Pirate Ghosts appear again. Korn uses their "Korn powers", which are turning themselves into variations of corn, but they are ridiculously useless (but it looked cool, according to Korn). However, they are able to catch the Pirate Ghosts in a net. As the true identity of the ghosts is about to be revealed, they disappear, suggesting they really are Pirate Ghosts. Then Korn's pet Nibblet opens a trap door uncovering the true villain, Priest Maxi. Although that case is solved, the whereabouts of Kyle's grandmother is still unknown until the aforementioned dog shows up and vomits up Kyle's grandma's corpse.

In the end, Maxi is arrested, the town invites Korn to stay and perform at the concert, they play the song "Falling Away From Me". The boys scare the 5th Graders with the corpse. Nibblet pops Cartman's doll (causing him to chase Nibblet and scream that he is a "Son of a bitch chicken from outer space"). Kenny, despite his bipedal robot war machine "costume", fails to win the costume contest and loses to Wendy Testaburger in her recycled Chewbacca costume from "Pinkeye". Soon after his loss, he is taken down by small space fighter things, in homage to the walkers from Star Wars. (In the abridged version, he just lowers the arms of his walker machine in disappointment at losing and the credits start).


Holiday Episodes
"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"
"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"
"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"
Valentine's Day
"Tom's Rhinoplasty" | "Cupid Ye"
"Fantastic Easter Special" | "Jewpacabra"
"Summer Sucks" | "Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus" | "Holiday Special" | "Credigree Weed St. Patrick's Day Special"

  312: "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" edit
Story Elements

KornNibbletCleo BroflovskiAntonio Banderas Blowup DollSouth Park Docks • "Falling Away from Me" • "Silver Bells" • "Sleigh Ride"


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