Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!

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"Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!"
South Park episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 16
Directed byEric Stough
Written byTrey Parker
Nancy M. Pimental
Production code216
Original air dateDecember 9, 1998
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"Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!" is the sixteenth episode of the second season of the American animated television series South Park. The 29th episode of the series overall, it originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on December 9, 1998. The episode was written by series co-creator Trey Parker, along with Nancy M. Pimental, and directed by Eric Stough.[1]

In the episode, the boys go to Cartman's grandma's house in Nebraska for the holidays, but Stan was told by his parents that he cannot go because it’s far away from South Park. Stan challenges their authority and goes anyway. Meanwhile, Cartman's Uncle Howard and his friend, Charlie Manson, bust out of prison and cause mayhem and mischief.


Stan asks his parents for permission to see Cartman's grandmother in Nebraska for the holidays, but they refused because this place is far away from South Park. Stan's parents forbids their son to go there and orders him to stay with their family for the holidays, but he argues them about it and got send to his room for refusing to have holidays with their family. Stan sneaks out to Cartman's house just in time to join the other boys. During the drive to Nebraska, they see a sign for an appearance of Mr. Hankey at a mall. When they finally arrive, Cartman's relatives are there, all of whom share Cartman's mannerisms. At dinner, they meet Cartman's Uncle Howard, live via satellite from the state prison. Later that night, the boys hear someone breaking into the house and discover that it is Uncle Howard and another inmate, Charlie Manson.

The boys want to go to the mall to see Mr. Hankey, but no one in the family will take them, and Cartman is asked to keep an eye on his cousin, Elvin. Manson offers to take the boys to the mall. Kyle and Stan meet a human-sized Mr. Hankey, whom Kyle exposes as a fake, causing a riot. The boys and Manson escape from the mall, but when the riot police recognize Manson, they get into a televised high speed chase with the police.

Manson arrives at the Cartman household, and, together with Uncle Howard, proceeds to hold everyone hostage. Stan's parents arrive and punishes him for disobeying their order to not go to Cartman's grandmother in Nebraska and for leaving his house without their permission. Stan asks to make an escape with Uncle Howard and Manson but Manson talks to him about the meaning of family, which makes him change his mind. Manson and Uncle Howard surrender and sing a holiday-special style song. Stan's parents agree that they were unreasonable when denying him a Christmas with his friends and they will ground him after the holidays. Later, as Manson goes to sleep in prison, Stan, Kyle, and all of the Cartmans appear to sing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" to Manson.

Home media[edit]

All 18 episodes of the second season, including "Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!", were released on a DVD box set on June 3, 2003.[2]


  1. ^ Dyess-Nugent, Phil (September 16, 2012). "South Park (Classic): "Spookyfish"/"Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Blevins, Tal (June 30, 2003). "South Park: The Complete Second Season: A collection you'll buy for the show, not for the video, audio or extras". IGN. Retrieved December 27, 2016.

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