Episode #101: "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe"
Original Air Date: August 13, 1997
Kenny's Death: Blasted by aliens, trampled by a stampede of cows, and run over by Officer Barbrady.
Plot: Alien visitors wreck havoc in South Park when they kidnap Kyle's little brother, Ike, mutilate dozens of innocent cows, and give Eric Cartman an anal probe. Flaming flatulence, skeptical school officials, and a preteen seductress named Wendy Testaburger are a few of the many obstacles the boys must face as they try to rescue poor Ike from the clutches of the mysterious visitors.
Episode #105: "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig"
Original Air Date: September 10, 1997
Kenny's Death: Thrown into microwave oven by Stan's evil clone and is burnt to a crisp.
Plot: When Kyle's mail-order elephant gets to be too big to take on the school bus, the boys get a great idea-they decide to genetically cross breed the elephant with Cartman's potbellied pig, Fluffy, to make potbellied elephants! When they try to enlist the help of the mysterious geneticist Mephesto, things go horribly awry. Mephesto makes an evil clone from Stan's DNA and now the boys must stop the clone from destroying the town of South Park.
Episode #106: "Death"
Original Air Date: September 17, 1997
Kenny's Death: Touched by the cold finger of Death.
Plot: At his grandfather's 102nd birthday, Stan is faced with a moral dilemma-Grandpa's sole birthday wish is for Stan to be the assist in his assistant suicide. When the Grim Reaper finally arrives for Grandpa, or so the boys think, things go from bad to worse. Mrs. Broslofski has organized a protest against the boys' favorite TV show, Terrance and Phillip, and the South Park parents have left the kids on their own to follow Kyle's mom to the network headquarters in the big city. Now the kids have no one to rely on but eachother when they confront Death.
Ryan's Commentary: This was the very first episode of South Park I ever saw. I found it on accident while flipping through the channels at my grandparents' house in 1997. I laughed harder at this episode than any other because I was so shocked and had never seen anything like it. It is still one of my favorite episodes.
Episode #107: "Pink Eye"
Original Air Date: October 29, 1997
Kenny's Death: Crushed by Mir, cut in half by Kyle with chainsaw, and squished by a statue and a plane.
Plot: Trick or Treat in South Park is interrupted by an outbreak of pinkeye. While Stan, Kyle, and Cartman are getting themselves ready for the school's Halloween party and costume contest, a mishap at the morgue transforms the residents of South Park into brain-eating zombies. The kids have to save the day before they can get down to the business of trick or treating.
Ryan's Commentary: This was the third episode of South Park I ever saw. I tuned in with the rest of the world to see who was Cartman's father when the April Fool's episode "Not Without my Anus" aired instead. After that episode they ran this one as a repeat. I videotaped it and watched it over and over again for weeks. This episode made me decide that Kyle was officially my favorite character.
Episode #110: "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo"
Original Air Date: December 17, 1997
Kenny's Death: Despite many precarious circumstances, Kenny survives an episode for the first time.
Plot: While South Park Elementary is attempting to stage a non-denominational holiday play that won't offend, (or entertain), anyone, Kyle has checked himself into the South Park Mental House. It's just Christmastime in South Park. In this landmark episode, an unlikely hero saves the day.
Episode #203: "Chickenlover"
Original Air Date: May 27, 1998
Kenny's Death: Crushed by falling pine tree.
Plot: A series of heinous crimes involving chickens leads to a startling revelation: Officer Barbrady can't read. When Barbrady resigns and anarchy ensues, the boys pitch in to help. Cartman brings his own brand of law to the streets of South Park.
Episode #204: "Ike's Wee-Wee"
Original Air Date: May 20, 1998
Kenny's Death: Falls into an open grave, and the tombstone falls in shortly afterwards, crushing him.
Plot: After a mishap in the classroom during a lesson on the evils of drugs and alcohol, Mr. Mackey, the school counselor, is fired. In an act of desperation, he turns to drugs and alcohol. Meanwhile, it's time for Ike's bris and when Kyle and the boys find out what it means to be circumcised they try to save Ike from that fate.
Ryan's Commentary: This was the fourth episode of South Park I ever saw. After this episode I became an addict and began taping the show at my grandparents' house every week because we didn't have cable.
Episode #210: "Chickenpox"
Original Air Date: August 26, 1998
Kenny's Death: Heart failure while in hospital.
Plot: The kids' parents only have their best interests at heart when they arrange for Stan, Kyle, and Cartman to be exposed to the chickenpox viris. The boys see things differently and they decide to get even with the help of a streetwalker named Old Frida. At the same time, Kyle's mother arranges an ill-fated fishing trip for her husband and his former best friend, Kenny's dad.
Episode #218: "Prehistoric Ice Man"
Original Air Date: January 20, 1999
Kenny's Death: Pulled under the conveyor belt in front of Larry's room.
Plot: While attempting to rescue Kyle from the bottom of a snowy crevice, the boys discover a man imbedded in a block of ice. The world watches while South Park's resident genetic engineer, Mephesto, studies the "Ice Man" as a possible missing link between prehistoric man and the modern era. However, events involving the "new find" cause tension between Stan and his best friend, Kyle.
Ryan's Commentary: This episode introduced me to The Crocodile Hunter which I had never seen before. When I saw the real Steve Irwin on TV I laughed my ass off at how true to him they were on South Park.
Episode #302: "Spontaneous Combustion"
Original Air Date: April 14, 1999
Kenny's Death: Spontaneously combusts.
Plot: Stan, Kenny and Cartman help Kyle find an erection for his dad but learn a valuable lesson from the Stations of the Cross. Meanwhile, it's up to Randy Marsh to stop the rash of spontaneous combustions before South Park is reduced to ashes. But when his "gaseous" solution leads to a rip in the ozone layer that will kill everyone, Randy Marsh becomes a marked man.
Ryan's Commentary: This is probably my very favorite episode of South Park. I'm not sure why. There is just something about seeing Cartman get crucified that satisfies me, as well as Mr. Mackey farting while wearing a pink bonnet.