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June 28, 2001

"Where the hell was Kyle?" A lot of people were asking that question after watching last night's episode, "Cripple Fight!" (#503). The answer: he was at Jew Scouts, of course! There was a line that explained his absence in an earlier version of the script, but it was cut from the final draft.

And to answer the inevitable follow up question: NO, Matt did not have the week off. He may have wished he had the week off, but he was here the whole time; and he did several voices for the show. Including: Big Gay Al, Butters, Kenny, Kenny's dad, as well as several other kids and adults.

June 28, 2001

Some you recognized portions of Jimmy's comedy routine as being very similar to the stand-up material of comedienne Geri Jewell, best remembered for her role as Blair's cousin on "The Facts of Life." If you watched the credits at the end of last night's episode, you would have also seen Geri's name under "Special Thanks."

Geri Jewell was nice enough to give us permission to use parts of her routine for our show. So there you go.

June 27, 2001

Here's part two of my answer to why South Park airs it's episodes out of order. Enjoy.

There are a variety of reasons why certain episodes air out of order. Some times they're extremely complicated and require extra time, like #405 "Pip" which aired after #414. Everything in "Pip" had to be built from scratch, including the new mouths with rotted out teeth that were used for most of the characters. Since Trey and Matt were looking for an entirely new look for Pip's England (in the same way that Terrance and Phillip's Canada had its own, unique look), everything had to go through a laborious approval process. In addition, "Pip" had live action sequences with the actor Malcolm McDowell, which involved casting, scheduling, additional planning, and post-production. These things take time, something we didn't have that summer. South Park had a run of consecutive episodes ending with #411 "Probably," and a hiatus for cast and crew. When a new run of episodes, "The Fourth Grade," began in September, there was time to finish the remainder of work on "Pip" in between the new episodes.

Special effects are another reason why certain episodes are delayed, like #310 "Chinpokomon" (which aired after #312) and #311 "Starvin' Marvin in Space" (which aired after #313). Other times holiday scheduling is a factor, as when #110 "Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo" delayed #108 "Damien" from airing for several months. #312 "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" is a unique example where work on the episode began near the beginning of the season, but wasn't given an episode number because of it's late air date (Halloween). And lastly, certain episodes include the participation of special guest stars, as with #501 and Radiohead, whose busy schedules require careful planning.

Hope this answers your question. Next!

June 26, 2001

A couple of people on the BBS, as well as in e-mails, have been bringing up the fact that certain episodes of South Park air out of order. For example Episode #501, "Scott Tenorman must Die," will be the fourth episode to air this season after Episodes #502 to #504. There are several other examples of episode shuffling starting all the way back to the first season when #103 "Volcano" aired before #102 "Weight Gain 4000," and #108 "Damien" aired after #110. Now you may be asking yourself: "Why don't they just renumber the episodes? Why don't they just make it easier on themselves AND their dynamic database system." Well, there's a very simple answer to those questions, but I will try to answer it in the most complicated way possible. Here goes:

At the beginning of a season, or at the beginning of a run of episodes, Matt and Trey meet with the other South Park writers to brainstorm ideas and pitch story lines. For example, at the start of the fourth season they came back from a retreat with ideas and outlines for the first four episodes, the titles of which would end with the tag "2000" (e.g. "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000"). As script was delivered to the Storyboard and Production departments, they were given an episode number, #401. From that point on, everything associated with the episode (Corels, storyboards, temp lead sheets, audio, purchase orders, billing, etc…) has to have the same number, changing it midstream would just confuse everyone. So even though #402 "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000" launched the fourth season, "Hate Crime 2000" kept the #401 tag.

Stay tuned for part two of this increasingly convoluted answer, coming soon!

June 22, 2001

"Oh yeah, life goes on…" The crew will be working through the weekend on Episode #503. The last episode, the aptly titled "It Hits the Fan," was an intense one with some incredibly difficult shots (e.g. the fight scenes with Geldon) and the added chore of counting all those "sh*ts" and putting up the "sh*t" counter. As a result, there wasn't much time for goofing around and letting off steam.

Right now people are running around talking with a Big Gay Al accent, so you can expect some strange behavior over the next few days - and as always we'll be reporting all the semi-legal goings on.

Just six more days before you'll start begging Comedy Central for talking Jimmy dolls.

June 20, 2001

Yep, we finally have a title for Episode #502 (Up until now, known as "The Sh*t Show"). "It Hits the Fan," is the title we finally got out of Trey. It has a nice ring to it, doncha think?

It's a bit past 10:00 p.m. right now, and it's way, way quiet. That's actually a good thing because it means people are working...hard. It also means Storyboard has left for the day.

June 20, 2001

It's 9:00 a.m. here at South Park Studios. Do you know where your children are?

Answer: They're still here, finishing up tonight's episode.

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