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Van Gelder is a volunteer worker for the Tantalus V. Observatory who appears in the Season Two episode, "Roger Ebert Should Lay off the Fatty Foods".

Background[]

After being hypnotized into working at the Planetarium, Van Gelder manages to escape via the school bus. Through Mr. Mackey's use of mind-meld, he reveals Dr. Tristan Adams' plans. He is very unstable due to his hypnosis.

Appearance[]

He wears the standard Tantalus V. Observatory uniform; a black shirt, with a light blue V-neck shirt and a picture of a dark cloud and sun.

Trivia[]

  • Van Gelder is a parody of the character Simon Van Gelder who had narrowly escaped the Tantalus Penal Colony in the Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969) season one episode Ten "Dagger of the Mind".[2]
  • In the 1999 South Park video game, entering the cheat "PLANEARIUM" unlocks a "pen and ink mode", which drastically alters the game's graphics.

References[]


Minor Characters from Season Two
34-Year-Old Asian Man Who Looks Strikingly Similar to Ricardo Montalbán | Alanis Morissette | Alexandra Cartman | America's Most Wanted Actors | Big Black Scary Monster | Bob Denver | Bob Thomas | Book Mobile Driver | Boy with Red Shirt | Brent Musburger | Brett Favre | Buck | Buck Jr. | Buddy Ebsen | Calvin | Canadian Judge | Carrot Top | Cartman's Unnamed Relatives | Celine Dion | Charles Manson | Charlie | Chinese Commentators | Chinese Dodgeball Players | COPS TV Film Crew | Cosette | Creamy Goodness | Dr. Schwartz | Dr. Katz | Dr. Tristan Adams | Dwight Schultz | Elvin Cartman | Eric Roberts | The Evil Boys | Fat Bob | Flo Kimble | Florence Cartman | Fred Cartman | Fred Savage | Frida | George Peppard | Harold Cartman | Howard Cartman | Jesus and Pals Producer | Johnnie Cochran | John Postum | John Walsh | Judge Moses | Kevin | Larry | Leslie | Lisa Cartman | Mabel Cartman | Marcus | Michael Jackson Fan | Mr. Big Record Producer | Mr. Freely | Mr. Romero | Mr. T | Mr. Twig | Mrs. Stevens | Murrey Broflovski | Michelle's Husband | Nurse Gollum | Ozzy Osbourne | Peter | Phyllis | Robert Redford | Roy | Runaway Girls | Sally Dion | Scott | Shari Lewis | Sid Greenfield | Spookyfish | Steve Irwin | Stevie Wonder | Stu | Swimming Instructor | Teenage Hippies | Tiny Alien | Tom | Tom and Mary | Tommy Fritz | Toto | Ugly Bob | Uncle Stinky | Underpants Gnomes | Unplanned Parenthood Counselor | Van Gelder | Washington Dodgeball Players | Young Hippie

More information: List of Minor Characters from Season Two | Season Two

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