Saturday, December 24, 2005

Sorry for the long break...the Christmas season has kept me VERY, VERY, VERY busy! I have some posts on the last new episode of season 9, 'Bloody Mary' to publish. Those will be up very soon! I have not forgotten about this blog. Meanwhile, check out the South Park Christmas marathon tonight (Xmas Eve) on Comedy Central!! They're airing 6 Christmas episodes of South Park in a row!!!!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Could Tom Cruise sue South Park?

That is the $1,000,000 question!!!


A recent episode of the television animated comedy "South Park" mocked Tom Cruise -- suggesting that he is homosexual, and lying to hide that fact. Could Cruise bring a defamation suit against the show?In the past, Cruise has sued those who have made the very same claim. Indeed, when Cruise was married to Nicole Kidman, the couple made a point of doing so: In 1997, Kidman told Ladies' Home Journal that when reports claimed their marriage was a sham, "[W]e are going to sue over it. It gets to a point where you have to protect your children." Now that Cruise is set to marry Katie Holmes, who's pregnant with his child, it seems unlikely that he will take a different view.Could Cruise successfully sue "South Park"? And more broadly, should he continue his campaign of directly combating the claim that he's homosexual, or rethink the ethics of bringing such lawsuits?The South Park Episode: Treading the Boundary of Parody and SatireThe relevant "South Park" episode -- entitled "Trapped in the Closet" -- self-consciously skirts the outermost edges of the First Amendment's protection for parody. A court would probably deem it constitutionally protected, but only barely.Defamation requires a "statement of fact" -- and for this reason, most parody, because of its fictional nature, falls outside defamation law by definition. But this is the rare parody that, fairly read, does make a statement of fact.In the episode, the animated version of Cruise literally goes into a closet, and won't come out. Other characters beg him to "come out of the closet," including the animated version of his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman. The Kidman character promises Cruise that if he comes out of the closet, neither she nor "Katie" will judge him. But the Cruise character claims he isn't "in the closet," even though he plainly is.No one could miss that the episode's creators are taking a stance and making a statement -- that the real Cruise is gay and hiding it. The use of the euphemism "in the closet" -- used to refer to someone who is homosexual but who has not admitted his or her homosexuality to friends, family, or the public -- is transparent.Interestingly, the episode itself indicates that its creators know well that they may be defaming Cruise, and they know of his litigious history. The joke disclaimer preceding the episode announces that "All characters and events on this show -- even those based on real persons -- are entirely fictional." At the end of the episode, the Cruise character threatens to bring a suit (not on the gay issue, but in defense of Scientology) "in England" -- which lacks a formal equivalent of the First Amendment. And all the credits at the end use the pseudonyms "John Smith" and "Jane Smith."Since the episode does indeed make a "statement of fact," the parody exception to defamation law won't save "South Park." Thus, the creators' only weapon against a possible suit by Cruise is a First Amendment defense. Fortunately for them, the Supreme Court has interpreted the defense very broadly.The Broad First Amendment Protection for Parody and SatireIn Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music Inc., Justice Souter, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court, found that a 2 Live Crew song counted as parody. In so doing, Justice Souter quoted then-U.S. District Judge Pierre Leval as follows: "First Amendment protections do not apply only to those who speak clearly, whose jokes are funny, and whose parodies succeed."On this logic, the First Amendment gives breathing room to creative works even when they fail in their goals. Thus, here, the "South Park" episode is protected even if its literalization of the "in the closet" metaphor won't make a single viewer chuckle.The point is that it was at least trying to make people laugh. And probably, the very silliness of the literalization -- the fact that it was the least creative thing the creators possibly could have done -- did indeed amuse some viewers. "South Park's" appeal, after all, isn't its subtlety.But does it make a different that Cruise's would be a defamation case? Judge Leval originally stated this principle in the trademark context. And when Justice Souter applied this principle in the Campbell case, he did so in the copyright contextCourts, I believe, would probably invoke the same rule in the defamation context, too, for in the end the principle is about creating a healthy margin of error for First Amendment-protected speakers and writers, and that concern is present in all these different areas of law. This is consistent with the principle the Supreme Court has frequently espoused that the First Amendment is in a "preferred position" in the legal hierarchy -- meaning that laws or government actions that infringe on free speech not likely to be upheld.In the defamation context, though, the rule's application -- though correct, as a matter of constitutional law -- may be especially unfortunate for the plaintiff.It's one thing to co-opt part of a song, or use a trademark, in a parody: Without using part of the original, the parody won't work at all; no one will know what its target is.But it's another thing to embed what would otherwise be a defamatory statement in a work of fiction: This is defamation in satire's clothing, and it's only in order to protect true satire that that the Constitution has been held to also protect this lesser creature.Generally, courts don't want to get into the business of picking out nuggets of fact from an otherwise fictional account.The upshot, though -- and courts know this, and accept this cost in the service of free speech -- is that parody and satire inevitably may become a refuge for rogues who seek to defame without liability. That seems to me to be just what's happening with respect to the "South Park" episode.Should Plaintiffs Argue that Simply Being Considered Gay Is Defamatory?In sum, a Cruise-versus-"South Park" suit would almost certainly be dismissed on First Amendment grounds. Moreover, such a suit -- depending on the way it was framed -- might arguably be as ethically problematic, as it is legally problematic, at least for those who believe that bias against homosexuals is wrong.Cruise has chosen, in the past, not only to challenge allegations that he cheated or lied to cover up his alleged homosexuality, but also to directly challenge allegations that he is gay. In 2001, Cruise's attorney Bert Fields was quoted saying to E! Online, that "[Cruise] is a great respecter of homosexual rights, but he's not gay, and he's ready to prove this in court. Tom is tired of it and it hurts his children. It's something that will be there forever. And damn it, he's going to stop it." (Emphasis added).If Cruise is truly a great respecter of homosexual rights, then to comport with his own ethical beliefs, he should have been more careful in crafting his past suit.Cruise already had a strong suit based on suggestions that he was an adulterer and a liar -- cheating on his wife and misrepresenting the character of their marriage to the public. Did he need to also directly take aim at the statement that he was gay?Imagine a white person in the Jim Crow South suing to counter rumors that he was hiding African-American ancestry, and the problem with such a claim becomes plain: The purpose of the claim is to restore the plaintiff to a prior, undeserved position of societal privilege, so he can avoid the maltreatment, racism -- and if he is a racist himself, the shame -- that he would otherwise suffer. The claim itself, then, rests on a malicious societal hierarchy.The same is arguably true of a claim by a straight person that he has been falsely labeled as gay: Such a claim takes advantage of the courts so that one person can escape bias that others unfairly suffer.It also caters to societal bias by saying, in effect, "Stop thinking less of me; I'm not really gay." But imagine, again, the parallel claim: "Stop thinking less of me, I'm not really African-American."Should Courts Stop Deeming Claims of Homosexuality Defamatory?Of course, not all the responsibility can be put on plaintiffs who choose to sue to combat claims that they are gay. Some must also lie on courts that continue to deem allegations of homosexuality defamatory.Currently, polling shows that a large percentage of the country favors gay civil unions -- as opposed to "gay marriage -- which would grant gay couples many of the same rights as married couples. Meanwhile, highly popular television shows feature positive gay themes -- such as "Will and Grace," "Dawson's Creek," "Sex and the City," and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." In this day and age, then, it's worth considering whether labeling people as gay really defames them, such that their reputations are truly damaged.Perhaps a straight person's being falsely considered gay should remain an eye-opener, and cease to be a tort. (Employment discrimination based on perceived sexual orientation, whether the perception is false or true, is -- and should be -- separately illegal in some jurisdictions.)In my view, a "straight-person's privilege" isn't the kind the courts should be protecting. Indeed, a friend of mine who's a practicing First Amendment lawyer believes this so strongly, he won't, as a matter of professional ethics, argue a case for libel-by-claim-of-homosexuality in court. He'd rather be on the right side of history, and decline.While Tom Cruise won't be able to successfully sue South Park for its satire, he may have the option to sue others who claim he is gay in the future. When he does have this opportunity, he may want to think twice -- and, at a minimum, rephrase his suit to focus on false claims that he is a liar, not false claims that he is gay.

Tom Cruise is such a goddamn douchebag!

Here are the Scientology links...

www.Scientology.com

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Scientology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology

The 9th season finale was hilarious! I liked it a lot better than last years season finale. It was a great episode! The review, swear count, and character list will be posted within the next few days. Also, next week I will be posting a full, detailed review of the run and season 9 as a whole. Look for that!!

:)

After years and years of wishing, Comedy Central is finally releasing a SOUTH PARK TRIVIA BOARD GAME!!! Yeeeeeesssss!! Just in time for Christmas! It is $19.95 and available exclusively in the www.comedycentral.com store! I just placed my order a few minutes ago.

QUOTES FROM FREE WILLZYX

1. ALF guy: Save the whales motherfucker!!

2. Kyle: What did the Japanese say?
Jimmy: They told us to go fuck ourselves!

3. Vladimir Putin: Kiss my ass George Bush!!

4. Cartman: Okay, Kyle... We're gonna get splashed some more, but if you wanna go make love to the whale, that's fine!

5. Mrs. Donovan: The fat one in the middle... kinda looks like Dakota Fanning. Excuse me, gentlemen, I have to get back to the oven.

6. Manuel: Si, fly!

7. Brian: You're carrying a stolen whale!
Driver: Stolen?!!! You kids told me you won that whale at Pizza Hut!!


8. Announcer Brian: It is funny! IT IS FUNNY!!!!

9. Stan: I wonder... if he'll ever come back and visit us?..
Kyle: I don't know, but at least from now on, every time we look at the moon, we can know that Willzyx is up there, dancing with the other zypods in his castle!


10. Anchor Tom: A beloved performing orca whale has been stolen from the Denver Sea Park. A full investigation is underway, but tracking down the kidnappers is proving to be one WHALE of a problem!
Field Reporter: Thanks, Tom, I'm here at the Denver Sea Park where, believe it or not, dozens of people have come to show support for whoever took the whale.
ALF Leader: That's right. We are members of the Animal Liberation Front! Whales do not belong in tanks, they belong in the ocean! We applaud whoever did this noble deed! Set the whales free!!!
Protesters: Set the whales free!
Field Reporter: One thing for certain: something is certainly FISHY here at the Sea Park. Tom?
Anchor Tom: Thank, Mitch. It seems that this problem is almost unBEARable. Let's hope that whale is found...


Don't forget to watch the 9th season finale of South Park called 'Bloody Mary'. It airs tonight on Comedy Central at 10:00 PM. IT IS THE LAST NEW EPISODE UNTIL MARCH 22ND!!!!!!

WATCH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE 9TH SEASON FINALE!!!!! NEW EPISODE INFO!!!!

Stan's Dad Gets Pulled Over For Drunk Driving In An All-New Episode Of "South Park" Premiering Wednesday, December 7 At 10:00 P.M. On Comedy CentralStan is embarrassed in front of his friends when his dad is arrested for drunk driving in an all new episode of "South Park," entitled "Bloody Mary," premiering Wednesday, December 7 at 10:00 p.m. on Comedy Central. In a neighboring town, a bleeding statue of Mary is discovered and the faithful are flocking to the site hoping to be healed. Stan's dad is sure the bleeding Virgin can cure him of his "disease."

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!

REVIEW FOR FREE WILLZYX

One of the funniest episodes of season 9!!! It started a bit slow, but it ended with a bang! It really picked up after the first commercial break. Like most episodes this season, the last 5 minutes of Free Willzyk were very intense and action-packed. This episode managed to be heartwarming at times, but at the same time crazy and hilarious. Also, ALL the boys got speaking roles in this episode! Even Tweek! (who we haven't heard from in AGES!!) Another thing I loved about this episode was the pace of it. It was paced perfectly, and it didn't end too abruptly like the last few episodes. A VERY SOLID, STRONG, AWESOME EPISODE!!! I liked it a lot better than last year's episode 813.

* Police officer Harrison Yates appeared in this episode 913. He also appeared in episode 813, 1 year ago. My question is: WHERE THE FUCK IS OFFICER BABRADY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I guess its not his case because it took place in Denver, not South Park.

* Free Willyzx is a spoof of the highly popular 90s family movie 'Free Willy', which spawned 2 sequels.

* The Brovfloski's are going to see the new Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

* Russian president Vladimir Putin accuses President Bush of prank calling him and he tells him to 'kiss his ass' over the phone. (in reality, it is Kyle) The US and Russian relationship has been pretty icey since the 2003 start of the war in Iraq. So it makes sense he would think that.

* Japanese people are big consumers of whales. That is why the Japs thought Kyle wanted to sell them whale meat.

* Matt and Trey were much kinder to the animal rights group ALF, than they were to PETA back in episode 808. For more info on ALF, visit www.ALF.com. They were actually portrayed as heroes in this episode! In my opinion, all animal rights groups are nuts!

* Token's face is painted white while the other boys faces are painted black as they rescue Willzyk in the dead of night. HILARIOUS!!!

* Was anyone else spooked by that fan art composite drawing of the 4 boys? Btw, it was drawn by SP staffer Adrien Beard. (the voice of Token Black). That was pretty weird!

* The Denver Sea Park announcers Mike and Brian sound like they're based on Matt and Trey.

* In 2002, the Russian government was going to send N'Sync guy Lance Bass into space, but the deal fell through. That is why Kyle thought the Russian government could give them a helping hand.

* I wonder if Butters is going to get grounded for going to Mexico?!

* The ending was priceless. I loved the silence at the end made it realistic and funny.

* I had no fucking idea Mexico had a space program either. Wow! LOL!!!

* I still can't imagine how the boys managed to sneek Willyzk out of the sea park without anyone knowing. The little things like that irk me. I guess I have to keep telling myself..."it's just a TV show, it's just a TV show"...

* I didn't think Kyle's parents were that gullible. Especially his strict mother Sheila.

* Cartman got along really well with Kyle in this episode. That hasn't happend in a LONG, LONG time!!

Episode 913 is an immediate classic! Next week, THE LAST EPISODE OF SEASON 9!!! THE 9TH SEASON FINALE!!!! DON'T MISS IT!!

CHARACTER LIST FOR FREE WILLZYX

Stan
Kyle
Cartman
Kenny
Tweek
Craig
Clyde
Jimmy
Timmy
Token
Butters
Willzyx the Whale
The truck driver
ALF (the animal rights group)
Sheila Brovfloski
Gerald Brovfloski
Ike
Clyde Donovan's mother
Manuel
Russian president Vladimir Putin and his men
Mike and Brian, the Denver Seapark guys
The Chinese people
The news reporter
The news anchor
Harrison Yates and his police crew

SWEAR COUNT FOR FREE WILLZYX

Fuck-2
Motherfuckers
Goddamn it- 2
Hell- 2
Ass
Bastards
Dumbass
Damn



REVIEW FOR TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET

This is 3 weeks late, but nonetheless...This was one of the best current event episodes of South Park ever!! Their portrayals of Tom Cruise, R. Kelly, and John Travolta were right on. They really hit Scientology hard too which I loved. I can't believe those nuts believe that SHIT! When I first heard how HOT this episode was going to be I quickly assumed it was going to be 'dirty and vulgar hot'. Well...it wasn't...it turned out to be 'controversial hot', and I loved it. This episode got a lot of press at the time (and still is) because it took on the taboo subject of Scientology and whether or not Tom Cruise is a flaming homo. Will Scientology sue? Will Tom Cruise sue? We'll have to wait and see. Now, some notes and analysis for y'all...(Links about Scientology will be included in the next post so you can see how accurate SP was in portraying the "religion").

* Tom Cruise's girlfriend and his baby's momma, Katie Holmes did not appear in this episode. His ex, Nicole Kidman did though. (Just the sight of her cracked me up!)

* Rumors have been swirling around for at least 5 years that Tom Cruise is gay. In fact, he has sued many people in the past for alleging just that. Matt and Trey didn't seem to give a shit though.

* The John Travolta impression was the best one i've ever seen! (different from the plain John Travolta impression Matt and Trey did in the 5th season "IT" episode)

* For those of you "in the closet", 'Trapped in the Closet' is a 12-part opera/song created and starring rapper R. Kelly. It is the fucking stupidest thing I have ever seen! Watch MTV or its sister network MTV 2 and im sure you'll see bits and pieces of it. It is ridiculously funny and a complete waste of time!

* We learn that Grandpa Marvin Marsh is an alcoholic in this episode! Who knew?!?

* Scientology claims that it is a church, but it is really an alternative to psychology. It's bull!

* Stan is a fan of the 'Napoleon Dynamite' actor John Heder.

* A Marklar is one of the aliens about to be frozen in the 'This is what Scientologists actually believe' sequence.

* I didn't know bedroom closets had locks on them. Hmmm...

* Issac Hayes, the voice of Chef is a well-known Scientologist. He didn't appear in this episode nor was he credited at the end of this episode.

* Everyone's name was changed to John or Jane Smith in the credits of this episode. That was the 'icing on the cake' of an amazingly funny episode. I loved that little touch.

* Like dipshit Tom Cruise, Scientology isn't afraid to sue when it is under attack. They have done it many, many times before in the past to people trying to reveal the "secret" workings of the "church".

* I agree with Cartman's statement about saving money. It isn't "my thing" either.

* "Money doesn't grow on trees" Randy says to Stan. What kid hasn't heard that in their lifetime?!?

* Where the fuck is Officer Barbrady? He must have an office job now. I hope he appears again really soon.

* Mr. Mackey is another citizen of South Park interested in Scientology. And he is a PSYCHOLOGIST...

* $250 is a pretty expensive bike for a 9-year old boy.

* The whole Marsh family was in this episode, but not too many other notable SP citizens. Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny only briefly appeared at the beginning and the end.

* Why the hell is R. Kelly holding his arm at the end? That baffles me!

* Scientology was briefly touched upon in episode 503: Super Best Friends, but it was not the main subject, like in this episode. In that episode it was Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman falling for a cult and Stan being the sane one. This episode, Stan was the nut and the other 3 boys were the sane ones trying to convince him to leave the Scientology cult.

* Now that they took on the controversial subject of Scientology, all they need to do now is spoof the 'Nation of Islam' and they would have offended everyone! That would make a great 10th season premiere, dontchya think!?

Again, I apologize for my review being so late...if you don't accept my apology...well..you can just...

SUE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REVIEW FOR TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET

This is 3 weeks late, but nonetheless...This was one of the best current event episodes of South Park ever!! Their portrayals of Tom Cruise, R. Kelly, and John Travolta were right on. They really hit Scientology hard too which I loved. I can't believe those nuts believe that SHIT! When I first heard how HOT this episode was going to be I quickly assumed it was going to be 'dirty and vulgar hot'. Well...it wasn't...it turned out to be 'controversial hot', and I loved it. This episode got a lot of press at the time (and still is) because it took on the taboo subject of Scientology and whether or not Tom Cruise is a flaming homo. Will Scientology sue? Will Tom Cruise sue? We'll have to wait and see. Now, some notes and analysis for y'all...(Links about Scientology will be included in the next post so you can see how accurate SP was in portraying the "religion").

* Tom Cruise's girlfriend and his baby's momma, Katie Holmes did not appear in this episode. His ex, Nicole Kidman did though. (Just the sight of her cracked me up!)

* Rumors have been swirling around for at least 5 years that Tom Cruise is gay. In fact, he has sued many people in the past for alleging just that. Matt and Trey didn't seem to give a shit though.

* The John Travolta impression was the best one i've ever seen! (different from the plain John Travolta impression Matt and Trey did in the 5th season "IT" episode)

* For those of you "in the closet", 'Trapped in the Closet' is a 12-part opera/song created and starring rapper R. Kelly. It is the fucking stupidest thing I have ever seen! Watch MTV or its sister network MTV 2 and im sure you'll see bits and pieces of it. It is ridiculously funny and a complete waste of time!

* We learn that Grandpa Marvin Marsh is an alcoholic in this episode! Who knew?!?

* Scientology claims that it is a church, but it is really an alternative to psychology. It's bull!

* Stan is a fan of the 'Napoleon Dynamite' actor John Heder.

* A Marklar is one of the aliens about to be frozen in the 'This is what Scientologists actually believe' sequence.

* I didn't know bedroom closets had locks on them. Hmmm...

* Issac Hayes, the voice of Chef is a well-known Scientologist. He didn't appear in this episode nor was he credited at the end of this episode.

* Everyone's name was changed to John or Jane Smith in the credits of this episode. That was the 'icing on the cake' of an amazingly funny episode. I loved that little touch.

* Like dipshit Tom Cruise, Scientology isn't afraid to sue when it is under attack. They have done it many, many times before in the past to people trying to reveal the "secret" workings of the "church".

* I agree with Cartman's statement about saving money. It isn't "my thing" either.

* "Money doesn't grow on trees" Randy says to Stan. What kid hasn't heard that in their lifetime?!?

* Where the fuck is Officer Barbrady? He must have an office job now. I hope he appears again really soon.

* Mr. Mackey is another citizen of South Park interested in Scientology. And he is a PSYCHOLOGIST...

* $250 is a pretty expensive bike for a 9-year old boy.

* The whole Marsh family was in this episode, but not too many other notable SP citizens. Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny only briefly appeared at the beginning and the end.

* Why the hell is R. Kelly holding his arm at the end? That baffles me!

* Scientology was briefly touched upon in episode 503: Super Best Friends, but it was not the main subject, like in this episode. In that episode it was Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman falling for a cult and Stan being the sane one. This episode, Stan was the nut and the other 3 boys were the sane ones trying to convince him to leave the Scientology cult.

* Now that they took on the controversial subject of Scientology, all they need to do now is spoof the 'Nation of Islam' and they would have offended everyone! That would make a great 10th season premiere, dontchya think!?

Again, I apologize for my review being so late...if you don't accept my apology...well..you can just...

SUE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REVIEW FOR TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET

This is 3 weeks late, but nonetheless...This was one of the best current event episodes of South Park ever!! Their portrayals of Tom Cruise, R. Kelly, and John Travolta were right on. They really hit Scientology hard too which I loved. I can't believe those nuts believe that SHIT! When I first heard how HOT this episode was going to be I quickly assumed it was going to be 'dirty and vulgar hot'. Well...it wasn't...it turned out to be 'controversial hot', and I loved it. This episode got a lot of press at the time (and still is) because it took on the taboo subject of Scientology and whether or not Tom Cruise is a flaming homo. Will Scientology sue? Will Tom Cruise sue? We'll have to wait and see. Now, some notes and analysis for y'all...(Links about Scientology will be included in the next post so you can see how accurate SP was in portraying the "religion").

* Tom Cruise's girlfriend and his baby's momma, Katie Holmes did not appear in this episode. His ex, Nicole Kidman did though. (Just the sight of her cracked me up!)

* Rumors have been swirling around for at least 5 years that Tom Cruise is gay. In fact, he has sued many people in the past for alleging just that. Matt and Trey didn't seem to give a shit though.

* The John Travolta impression was the best one i've ever seen! (different from the plain John Travolta impression Matt and Trey did in the 5th season "IT" episode)

* For those of you "in the closet", 'Trapped in the Closet' is a 12-part opera/song created and starring rapper R. Kelly. It is the fucking stupidest thing I have ever seen! Watch MTV or its sister network MTV 2 and im sure you'll see bits and pieces of it. It is ridiculously funny and a complete waste of time!

* We learn that Grandpa Marvin Marsh is an alcoholic in this episode! Who knew?!?

* Scientology claims that it is a church, but it is really an alternative to psychology. It's bull!

* Stan is a fan of the 'Napoleon Dynamite' actor John Heder.

* A Marklar is one of the aliens about to be frozen in the 'This is what Scientologists actually believe' sequence.

* I didn't know bedroom closets had locks on them. Hmmm...

* Issac Hayes, the voice of Chef is a well-known Scientologist. He didn't appear in this episode nor was he credited at the end of this episode.

* Everyone's name was changed to John or Jane Smith in the credits of this episode. That was the 'icing on the cake' of an amazingly funny episode. I loved that little touch.

* Like dipshit Tom Cruise, Scientology isn't afraid to sue when it is under attack. They have done it many, many times before in the past to people trying to reveal the "secret" workings of the "church".

* I agree with Cartman's statement about saving money. It isn't "my thing" either.

* "Money doesn't grow on trees" Randy says to Stan. What kid hasn't heard that in their lifetime?!?

* Where the fuck is Officer Barbrady? He must have an office job now. I hope he appears again really soon.

* Mr. Mackey is another citizen of South Park interested in Scientology. And he is a PSYCHOLOGIST...

* $250 is a pretty expensive bike for a 9-year old boy.

* The whole Marsh family was in this episode, but not too many other notable SP citizens. Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny only briefly appeared at the beginning and the end.

* Why the hell is R. Kelly holding his arm at the end? That baffles me!

* Scientology was briefly touched upon in episode 503: Super Best Friends, but it was not the main subject, like in this episode. In that episode it was Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman falling for a cult and Stan being the sane one. This episode, Stan was the nut and the other 3 boys were the sane ones trying to convince him to leave the Scientology cult.

* Now that they took on the controversial subject of Scientology, all they need to do now is spoof the 'Nation of Islam' and they would have offended everyone! That would make a great 10th season premiere, dontchya think!?

Again, I apologize for my review being so late...if you don't accept my apology...well..you can just...

SUE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!