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Gnomes 

A school assignment pairs the boys up with Tweek, a neurotic boy who claims that gnomes are stealing his underwear. Meanwhile, Tweek's father fights against a corporation that is stealing his business.

Director:

Trey Parker

Writers:

Trey Parker (created by), Matt Stone (created by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Trey Parker ... Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Mr. Garrison / Mr. Tweek / Officer Barbrady / Johnson / Public Access Host / Prop 10 Commercial Voice-Over / Other Sign Hanger / Gnomes / Toto Fan / Coffee Customer #2 (voice)
Matt Stone ... Kyle Broflovski / Kenny McCormick / Tweek / Customer / John Postum / Ted / Public Access Announcer / Gnomes / Sanchez / Coffee Customer #1 (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ... Mrs. Tweek / Committee Woman #1 / Committee Woman #2 / Mayor McDaniels / Protester #1 / Protester #2 / Billy's Mother (voice)
Jennifer Howell Jennifer Howell ... (voice)
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Storyline

Facing termination for not teaching anything, Mr. Garrison tells the students they have to give a current events presentation before the school board to demonstrate what they've learned in his class. The boys get partnered with Tweek, the jumpy son of a local coffee shop owner, and go to his house to put together their report. Mr. Tweek suggests they present a report on how big chain coffee shops are pushing smaller shops out of business, and gives them a report he's already written for them. The town committee is won over by their impassioned plea to fight the coffee chains, and the boys soon find themselves in over their heads when they are called upon to give another speech in a debate with the CEO of Harbuck's coffee. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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Braniff See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

This episode is a commentary on commercialization and lampoons the nature of America's free-market based economy. At the end of the 20th century and onward into the early 21st century, there was a surge in franchise stores (Wal-Mart, McDonalds etc) box stores popping up. Anti-corporate groups would argue that these box stores, with their low prices, would eliminate small businesses owners. This episode makes fun of the ridiculous efforts of both sides of the argument to try and get people to side with them. See more »

Goofs

Tweek Bros. is three doors to the right of Tom's Rhinoplasty. When Mr. Tweek asks his son how the oral report went, Tweek Bros. is across the street from Tom's Rhinoplasty. The exterior walls are also a darker brown than before, but the original color quickly returns. See more »

Quotes

Tweek: Soon they'll want my blood!
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References Medical Center (1969) See more »

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A good example of the battle between corporations and independent businesses
28 March 2019 | by egunderson24See all my reviews

Using the two coffee shops in the small mountain town, the long-beloved Tweeks and the newly-built Harbucks, this manages to show how corporates like T-series or Wal-mart taking over smaller businesses can be devastating for the former. However it also explains how they have gotten there by selling high quality products (or just getting a lot of sales in some cases). It also goes well into how people can blindly follow what everyone tells them to, even if they have no concrete evidence to back it up. The ending does feel like a large U-turn and it does feel a bit forced, but thankfully everything else manages to be pretty solid. The speech at the end, par usual to the course, manages to be pretty well executed too. The comedy isn't some of the series' best material but when the jokes hit their mark they work pretty well. It may not be the best episode in the series, but it certainly does contain many things that they are known for.


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