The Simpsons Already Did It
Kyle, Stan and Tweek are making a snowman, when Stan tells Tweek to put the carrot on for the nose. Tweek replies 'But what if when I'm putting on the nose, the snowman comes to life and tries to kill me?' referring to what happened in the short Jesus vs. Frosty.
Cartman shows Kyle, Stan, and Tweek an advertisement he found for "Sea People" (a parody of Sea-Monkeys). Cartman imagines them to be a race similar to mermaids who will "take me away from this crappy goddamn planet full of hippies." He convinces everyone to chip in so they can buy them.
Meanwhile, Butters, in his evil alter-ego persona Professor Chaos, is trying to figure out a way to bring disarray to the town. When he plots to block out the sun, his assistant, Dougie/General Disarray, informs him that it mirrors a plot of Mr. Burns' from The Simpsons and Butters abandons the idea.
Cartman soon begins to prepare for the Sea People, even making a sign to welcome them, but after placing them in the water, Stan reveals that they are simply brine shrimp. Cartman, in a fit of rage, begins to berate his friends, but lightens up after the group decides to place the shrimp in Ms. Choksondik's coffee. The scene then cuts to Ms. Choksondik's house, where she has died and an ambulance is taking away her corpse.
Butters decides to cut the head off of the town's central statue—which mirrors Bart Simpson's decapitation of Springfield's Jebediah Springfield statue. On the news report, the newscaster interprets Butters' vandalism as an homage to The Simpsons; the police are not investigating the crime because they want the statue to remain headless as a tribute.
Upon hearing that semen was discovered in the teacher's stomach, the boys conclude that they killed Ms. Choksondik with their "sea men". They go to the morgue to steal the evidence, fearful that they will "find the women too!" Butters devises increasingly outlandish schemes, but Dougie keeps pointing out that they have already been done on The Simpsons.
Eventually, Chef explains that there is a difference between "sea men/semen" and "Sea People", and that the brine shrimp did not kill their teacher. Cartman then discovers that when the semen they recovered has been added to the Sea People aquarium, it combines with the Brine Shrimp to create an intelligent race of actual sea people.
Trying to come up with an original plot, Butters watches every episode of The Simpsons twice before introducing his newest plan: build a machine that replaces the cherry centers of chocolate covered cherries with rancid mayonnaise (a plot that Dougie/General Disarray dismisses as being too uninspired to appear on The Simpsons). As Butters is about to use his device, a Simpsons commercial announces that Bart will do exactly the same thing in that night's episode. Butters has a nervous breakdown and begins picturing the town in the animation style of The Simpsons.
At the Cartman household, the boys have bought more Sea People, a larger aquarium, and several gallons of semen. Their Sea-City evolves into an ancient Greek-esque civilization, and they begin worshiping Cartman.
Stan and Kyle invite Butters and others to see the aquarium. Butters then states that the Sea-City plot is similar to that of the "Treehouse of Horror VII" short "The Genesis Tub". Though the boys agree with him, they also note that The Simpsons has done everything, so worrying about that is pointless. Chef also points out that they in turn borrowed their ideas from a classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Little People". Butters understands and everyone returns to their normal appearance. Butters then happily leaves, getting ready to wreak havoc once again. The Sea People on the other side of the aquarium begin worshiping Tweek, leading to a holy war. Seconds later they develop nuclear weapons and destroy themselves, like the Futurama episode "Godfellas", another show made by Matt Groening. While Kyle concludes war is inevitable, Cartman wonders, "Why can't societies live in peace?"
What I Learned Today
"Every idea's been done, Butters, even before the Simpsons."
- "Goddammit, how come every time I think of something clever, The Simpsons already did it?" Professor Chaos
- "Only three more hours, Sea People. Only three hours and you can take me away from this crappy goddamned planet full of hippies." Cartman
- "I am god of the Sea People! You hear that? I am god of the Sea People! I am master of their great sunken empire! Mom, I'm god of the Sea People!" Cartman
- "Good luck being their new friend, Tweek. Hopefully you'll do better than me." Butters
- "Kyle, you're being a Negative Nancy." Cartman
- "Ha ha! Time to wreak havoc on the world that shunned me!" Butters
- "We killed our teacher, and they found our sea men in her stomach." Stan
- "Yes, my mommy told me that this is where I could find some sea men." Cartman
- "Be ye not jealous, Jew. I am creator of all things, yea." Cartman
- "Everything is back to normal! I think I think I can go back to trying to destroy the world again!" Butters
- "I got 5 gallons from the sperm bank and got the rest from a guy named Ralph in an alley. The best part was the stupid asshole didn't make me pay him, I just had to close my eyes and suck it out of hose" Cartman
Ms. Choksondik. She was revealed to be dead in the last episode. In this one we find out that she died with Mr. Mackey's semen in her stomach, though that's not what killed her. The two were last seen being intimate in Season 5's "Proper Condom Use." It can only be assumed that she died, choking on a dick.
Behind The Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
The episode references the fact that, too many times to count, the South Park crew has come up with ideas for episodes, only to realize The Simpsons already did it. The Simpsons would return the favor in "The Bart of War" (first aired May 18, 2003), in which Bart and Milhouse turn violent after watching South Park.
Pop Culture References
The idea of a miniature society that treats its human benefactor as a god is pretty old. It served as the premise for a Twilight Zone episode, which served as the inspiration for The Simpsons, which served as the inspiration for South Park. Ironically, an episode of Futurama (created by the same people who do The Simpsons) also uses the concept -- including an ending in which two different religious sects nuke each other.
When Butters starts hallucinating, he sees Dougie as Bart from The Simpsons. Bart can also be seen in "Cartoon Wars Part II."
While watching Terrance and Phillip, we hear Terrance say that he "may have accidentally killed Celine Dion." We learned in "Not Without My Anus" that she is the mother of Terrance's love child.
The code word the boys use while breaking in to the Coroner's Office is "Hammer Time." It comes from the rap hit "Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer, which Tweek has to hum to himself to remember the words.
Hillary Clinton. A brief TV news segment states that her ". . .ass just keeps getting bigger."
When Tweek seems terrified that a snowman the boys are building will come to life and attack him if he puts a carrot in it, Stan says, "Tweek, when has that ever happened, except for that one time?" It's a reference to "Jesus vs. Frosty," a pre-South Park short done by Parker and Stone in which a snowman is brought to life, Frosty-style. Except this particular snowman is a homicidal maniac.
This is the first time we see Dougie's house.
The Sea People go through three advanced civiliations: tiny Anasazi dewlings, ancient Egyptian pyramids, and an ancient Greece empire.
Cartman has a complex, mathematical epiphany with his "Final Theory of Composite Dynamics": Sea People + Sea Men = SeaCiety.
In order to avoid being discovered at the morgue, Cartman burrows inside Ms. Choksondik's corpse.
- e1 Freak Strike
- e2 Jared Has Aides
- e3 Asspen
- e4 The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer
- e5 Fun with Veal
- e6 Professor Chaos (episode)
- e7 The Simpsons Already Did It
- e8 Red Hot Catholic Love
- e9 Free Hat
- e10 Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society
- e11 Child Abduction is Not Funny
- e12 A Ladder to Heaven
- e13 The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers
- e14 The Death Camp of Tolerance
- e15 The Biggest Douche in the Universe
- e16 My Future Self 'n' Me
- e17 Red Sleigh Down