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An important spelling bee is coming up, and Cartman's mother tries to prepare him by purchasing "Hooked on Monkey Fonics." During the spelling bee, the boys meet Mark and Rebecca, two local home-schooled children who clearly lack social skills. Mark wants to give public school a try, but learns that sometimes other children aren't so nice, and Kyle develops a crush on Rebecca.
Wednesday November 10th, 1999
Trey Parker (2)
voiced Stan Marsh, Eric Theodore Cartman, Herbert Garrison, Officer Barbrady, Terrance, Timmy, Ned Gerblanski, Satan, Randy Marsh,& Various
voiced Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McKormick, Gerald Broflovski, Pip Pirrup, Jesus, Jimbo Kearn, Phillip, Saddam & Various
Mary Kay Bergman
voiced Wendy Testaburger, Liane Cartman, Sheila Broflovski, Sharon Marsh, Mrs. McKormick, Mayor McDaniels, Ms. Crabtree & Various
Kyle kisses Rebecca, the home-schooled girl.
Jimbo: Kyle, Kyle, he's our man. If he can't win it, I'm out 50 bucks.
Gerald: You bet money on my son to win?
Jimbo: Sure! When it comes to spelling bees, always bet on the Jew.
Stan: Oh my God, Fonics Monkey killed Kenny!
Cartman: You're damn straight, he did.
Cartman: I'm gonna be home-schooled, and leave all the pain and suffering of public school behind me! Screw you guys, I'm a-gonna be home-schooled! (leaves)
Mr. Garrison: Oh, please God, let it be forever.
Visual: the trophies
Mr. Cotswolds said that they were going to put the trophies on the mantel, but next time they are seen, they are on the china cupboard, not the mantel.
Liane: This year is gonna be different. Look! I got you 'Hooked On Monkey Fonics'.
Monkey Fonics is a parody of the real reading and spelling program, "Hooked on Phonics".
Mr. Cotswolds: Yes, but now I think we may have opened a Pandora's box that we can't close!
The term "Pandora's Box" comes from a Greek myth. According to the story, a young woman named Pandora opened a container releasing all the miseries that affect humankind: greed, vanity, envy, longing, etc. She was only able to trap "hope" inside the box.
Cartman: You got some kind of John Travolta disease?
In the made-for-TV movie, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976), John Travolta plays Tod Lubitch, a boy born with a deficient immune system.