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South Park: Tonsil Trouble

The life of Eric Cartman will never be the same after going in for a routine tonsillectomy. A mishap at the hospital results in Cartman being diagnosed with an incurable disease, and with little support from his friends. Now he is determined to find a cure, even if it costs him all his toys.

Episode Info

Episode number: 12x1
Production Number: 1201
Airdate: Wednesday March 12th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

UK (COMEDY CENTRAL) Oct 10, 2008

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Main Cast
Trey Parker (2)
voiced Stan Marsh, Eric Theodore Cartman, Herbert Garrison, Officer Barbrady, Terrance, Timmy, Ned Gerblanski, Satan, Randy Marsh,& Various
Matt Stone
voiced Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McKormick, Gerald Broflovski, Pip Pirrup, Jesus, Jimbo Kearn, Phillip, Saddam & Various
Mona Marshall
voiced Sheila Broflovski, Linda Stotch & Various
April Stewart
voiced Liane Cartman, Wendy Testaburger, Shelly Marsh, Sharon Marsh & Various
Episode Quotes
(Recurring quote)
Cartman: I'm not just sure.. I'm HIV positive.

Waitress: I'm afraid AIDS benefits aren't as popular as they use to be. AIDS is more the 80s/90s disease. It's all about cancer now.
Cartman: Well that's just great! Of all the times to get AIDS, I get it right when everyone stops giving a crap.

Cartman: All right, now get the rope up over that third rafter above the window. That's the easiest access.
Butters: Wow.. you really know what you're doing.
Cartman: Yeah, I sneak in to Kyle's room lots of times.

Cartman: We have to see Magic Johnson right away. You see.. we have AIDS.
Airport Employee: AIDS? Wow, that's really.. retro.

Cultural References
Visual: Cartman's hat and scarf

Both the striped scarf and black hat with the little "P" on it are references to the film Philadelphia (1993). In the movie, Tom Hanks is fired from his job at a law firm because he has AIDS. During the film he is wearing a scarf and hat identical to Cartman's in this episode.

Episode References
The subject of AIDS was also the main focus of the season 6 opening episode "Jared Has Aides," very similar to "Tonsil Trouble" being the season 12 opener.

Visual: Rosie O'Donnell picture

In Principal Victoria's office there is a photo framed of her next to Rosie O'Donnell. This is a reference to the episode "Trapper Keeper" when Rosie came to South Park elementary school.


As Kyle is breaking toys in Cartman's room you can see a toy figure of Lambtron, which appeared in the episode "Chinpokomon."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTrey Parker (2)  |  Matt Stone
Warning: South Park season 12 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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