"Summer Sucks"
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Eric Cartman tries to learn how to swim.
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 8
Production no. 208
Original airdate June 24, 1998
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Summer Sucks is the eighth episode of Season Two, and the 21th overall episode of South Park. It originally aired on June 24, 1998[1].

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Summer arrives in South Park, but fireworks have been banned. Mr. Hat has run away and Jimbo and Ned are thrown in prison.


Summer arrives, the school bell rings but Mr. Garrison won't let anyone leave until Mr. Hat is returned. The instant he turns his back, everyone leaves except for Pip (who has to stay for summer school anyway). The snow has melted (the only time in the show this has happened) and Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny go to buy fireworks for the 4th of July, but soon discover that fireworks have been banned after a kid from North Park blew his hand off with one. The only thing that wasn't banned was black snakes, but the boys don't buy them because they find them to be incredibly lame. Cartman leaves the guys to go to his swimming lesson, but Stan and Kyle warn him that the 1st Graders urinate in the pool.

Upon finding out about the recent fireworks-ban, Jimbo and Ned decide to help the boys by smuggling in some fireworks from Mexico. Unfortunately when crossing back into the American border and being asked questions by the border patrol; Jimbo forgets to reply "no" to the question "do you have any firearms or explosives in the vehicle?" He and Ned are arrested.

Mayor McDaniels has heard about the firework ban and tries to come up with a way to make the 4th of July Celebrations worthwhile despite that. She gets people to come up with something, and they soon realize that even though black snakes are still legal because of their harmlessness, there was no law stating how big a black snake could be. They informed the mayor that their idea was to make the world's biggest snake, it will be put in a huge dish surrounded by flamethrowers. When they leave, it is shown that she is sitting in her office letting Officer Barbrady perform oral sex on her.


the giant Ash Snake

At the celebration, the snake is lit but grows out of control destroying the town.

Mr. Garrison meanwhile has gone to a psychiatrist (Dr. Katz) who explains Mr. Hat is Mr. Garrison's gay side. The giant snake smashes through the window and kills Dr. Katz.

At a sauna, Brett Favre meets Mr. Hat, who moves his eyes proving he is possibly real.

The boys phone Chef about the problem with the snake. He is on holiday and tells them to "fudge themselves". Jimbo and Ned arrive with fireworks. As they are set off they impale the snake, destroying it causing it to rain black ash over the town.

At the swimming pool, Cartman finally swims to the deep end, but as the pool reopens the 1st Graders urinate right in front of him.

Instead of the snow the boys use the ash from the snake to play with, as does everyone else. Mr. Garrison walks past and introduces Mr. Hat's replacement; Mr. Twig. Chef arrives back and sees everyone black from the ash and assuming it's "blackface" tells them to form a line so he can "whoop their asses".


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Mr. GarrisonMayor McDanielsCharlie ("Summer Sucks")Jimbo KernNed GerblanskiMexicoSwimming Instructor • "Stars and Stripes Forever" • "Simultaneous" • Dr. KatzMr. HatMr. TwigBrett FavreBlack Snakes


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