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Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants is the ninth episode of the fifth season of South Park and was the first episode to air after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The plot revolves around the boys receiving a goat by mail from a group of Afghan children whom they donated a dollar to for charity. They decide to send the animal back to Afghanistan, but they all get accidentally locked inside the plane and are flown to the country themselves. There they meet Osama bin Laden...

Despite getting shot in this episode Bin Laden would reappear alive and well in later episodes such as "Krazy Kripples", "Cartoon Wars", and "It's A Jersey Thing".

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This episode provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Cartman's confrontation against Osama is a Homage to War Time Cartoon short of the 1940s.
  • America Saves the Day: Osama is killed in the end.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Osama speaks complete gibberish with a few random Arabic words.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Osama is more interested in the dromedary Cartman was riding than Cartman in drag.
  • Bi Lingual Bonus: The Afghan children speak actual Farsi.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Osama's final line "Terrorists are the cwaziest peoples" is a direct reference to the final scene of Russian Rhapsody, where a defeated Hitler says: "Nazis are the cwaziest peoples.". This comment in return was a reference to 1940s comedian Lew Lehr's line "Monkeys are the cwaziest peoples".
  • Brick Joke: When Officer Barbrady is searching students entering the bus, due to the paranoia from 9/11, he confiscates a pair of safety scissors from Cartman. Two episodes later in "The Entity", an Airport Security Guard finds nail clippers on Kenny, yells "Die Terrorist!" and shoots Kenny in the head.
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  • Chekhov's Gag: The entirety of the Arabic language being "derka derka, Muhammad jihad" in Team America: World Police was started here.
  • Disguised in Drag: Cartman attempts to seduce Osama by disguising himself as a beautiful Afghan woman riding a camel. Osama falls in love with the camel instead.
  • Disproportionate Reward: When the Afghan children receive one lousy American dollar for charity in the mail they look up at their city, which has been entirely destroyed by US planes. They look completely beat.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Osama is shot through the head in a rather casual, anti-climatic way by one lonely soldier.
  • Eye Pop: Done when Osama spots Cartman in drag upon a dromedary.
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Even though Osama bin Laden is ridiculed mercilessly the episode also points out that the Afghan children hate the U.S.A. because the American army bombs their country flat and built their military bases on Muslim holy ground, going as far as to call America an "evil empire" who wants to Take Over the World. This leads to an argument between them:
    Kyle: "Do you really think your civilization is better than ours?! You people play games by killing animals, and oppress women!"
    Boy in Blue Vest: "It's better than a civilization that spends its time watching millionaires walk down the red carpet at the Emmys!"
    Stan: "...He's got us there, dude."
    • At the same time Parodied since one reason the boys' Afghan counterparts state is that "everyone hates you because you don't realize that everyone hates you." Kyle points out the ridiculousness of the argument, which descends to both groups of boys calling each other butt-faces.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Osama rolls up his tongue after seeing Cartman in drag seated upon a dromedary.
  • Patriotic Fervor: In the final scene Stan still puts up a tiny American flag and explains he still likes his country, because:
    America may have some problems, but it's our home, our team. If you don't want to root for your team, then you should get the hell out of the stadium.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The episode pokes fun at America post 9/11, including the US-Afghan war. Sharon hasn't stopped watching CNN for months. The children are being forced to wear gas masks and Officer Barbrady takes extreme safety precautions.
  • Recognition Failure: The Afghan goat is mistaken by everybody to be Stevie Nicks, lead singer of Fleetwood Mac.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Cartman refers to Arabs as "Sand People", characters from Star Wars.
    • When Cartman notices the poor appliances used by the Afghans in their war struck country he says: "Dude, what is this? The Flintstones?"
    • When Cartman says "What's up, Bin Laden?" he munches on a carrot, in reference to Bugs Bunny. His entire battle is done in the style of the war time cartoons Looney Tunes used to make during World War II, complete with similar music, Cartman kissing his opponent à la Bugs Bunny, shouting "whoo hoo" à la Daffy Duck, dressing up as a woman to seduce Bin Laden and using hammers, sticks of dynamite and signs with insulting rebuses. The line "Tiny, isn't it?" is similar to the signs with "Silly, isn't it?" that would appear in many Tex Avery cartoons. Osama's final line: "Terrorists are the cwaziest peoples!" is a direct reference to the end of Russian Rhapsody, in which Adolf Hitler says the same thing, only about Nazis.
    • The final insult read on Cartman's sign is just a picture of Barbra Streisand.
    • Stan putting his jacket around the base of the American flag is similar to Linus putting his blanket around the bottom of the Christmas tree in the Peanuts A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Osama's microphone is actually a stick of dynamite, which causes him to explode.
  • Take That!: Osama bin Laden is the Butt-Monkey of this episode.
    • Everyone thinking the goat is Stevie Nicks.
    • America and its handling of post-9/11.
  • Teeny Weenie: When Cartman pulls down Osama's pants he is revealed to have a penis so tiny that you need several magnifying glasses to see it. Cartman concludes:
    So THAT's what this is all about!
  • Uncle Sam: Cartman dresses up Bin Laden as Uncle Sam, without the terrorist realizing it.
  • The War on Terror: Satirized throughout the entire episode.
  • War Time Cartoon: Cartman's battle against Osama Bin Laden is done in the style of World War II propaganda cartoons, most notably those of Looney Tunes, where Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck would combat Adolf Hitler.
  • Wolf Whistle: Done when Osama spots Cartman in drag on a dromedary. Turns out it was for the dromedary.

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