The parents of South Park are a bit unnerved when Father Maxi announces a Young Men's Catholic Retreat. With all the news of priests molesting little boys, the parents agree now to let their kids go. Becoming paranoid, they bring in a counselor from out of town to ask the children if Father Maxi ever touched them inappropriately. The boys are confused about the "talk," especially when the counselor asks them if Father Maxi ever put anything in their butts. They have no idea what she means, since Father Maxi is an honest priest and never did anything appropriate. While the boys are mulling this over, Cartman arrives with a fantastic idea: He believes that if you put food up your butt, it'll make you crap out your mouth. The boys, especially Kyle, dismiss this as ridiculous. Meanwhile, all of the parents in town decide to become Atheists, due to all of the sexual molestation stories surrounding the church...Read the full recap
This episode angered many Catholics, and was actually banned from airing in Australia for a year and a half.
During a 2008 marathon leading up to season 12, this episode aired as having the "Best Fecal Effects."
Kyle: Cartman, that's the dumbest thing you've ever said.. this week.
Counselor: Okay. And did Father Maxi, at any time, ever try to put something in your butt?
Cartman: (pause) In.. in our.. butt?
Counselor: You don't need to be ashamed or embarrassed. Just, did he ever try to put anything in your butt?
Stan: Like ..money? What?
Butters: You mean, like a goldfish?
Martha Stewart: (on TV) In the past few days we've all heard of the healthy benefits of inter-rectogestion, and so making food that can be inserted into the ass is essential. Now, everyone knows that some foods are simple to shove up the ass - puddings, soups, raisins... this is a nice raisin pudding right here - but we can also still eat our favorite foods. What we're gonna do today is prepare a Thanksgiving turkey for inter-recto. Now, the key to shoving a turkey up your ass is first wrapping it in string, keeping the pointy wings neatly at the side.
Stuart McCormick: Now come on everybody, just because a few priests of the country have been corrupted doesn't mean that all priests are child molestors.
Mr. Tweek: Well sure that easy for you to say, your son's dead. But those of us with alive children need to make sure that Father Maxi is on the up and up.
The Catholic Boat
The Catholic Boat sequence parodies the opening credits of the 1970's TV series The Love Boat
Ms. Stewart, we have some questions.
Not right now, I just wanna focus on my turkey, (softly)
This is a reference to Martha Stewart
's 2002 appearance on the CBS Early Show
, when Jane Clayson
tried to get Martha to discuss her IMClone trading scandal during a cooking segment, and Martha told Jane she "just wanted to focus on her salad."
Visual: Alligators, ladders, and swinging over ponds.
The scene where Priest Maxi jumps over alligators, climbs ladders and swings over ponds is reminiscent of the old Atari 2600 "Pitfall!" game.