1.4 Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride


Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride

Aired: September 3, 1997

As you’d expect, It’s been years since I’ve seen this episode. I remember the basics of it but very few moments stick out in my memory.

I feel like Big Gay Al was potentially a controversial character back in September of 1997 but I don’t really know if he was. Curiosity led me to see if I could find any controversy involving Big Gay Al but I found nothing. In fact, in most cases, it appears that the LGBTQ community views Big Gay Al and South Park’s handling on LGBTQ issues to be a positive thing.

More than anything I remember Big Gay Al being a character based on ridiculous stereotypes that are flamboyantly displayed throughout the entire episode.

Finally, I’m intrigued to see how this episode makes me feel as my feelings on LGBTQ issues has changed quite a bit since I was 11.

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Character Score (Out of 3)

Stan – Composite: 2.55

Drew – 2.7: Stan was his usual conflicted self and through that he held the episode together while teaching an important lesson

Matt – 2.4: This one one of Stan’s better episodes so far. His involvement with not wanting a gay dog and being the star quarterback made me really enjoy his role in this episode.

Cartman – Composite: 2.45

Drew – 2.3: His main role in this episode was to make gay dog jokes… and it worked, as only Cartman can.

Matt – 2.6: This is my lowest score for Cartman so far, but he still had an amazing performance. Him using the term “Gay Homosexual” was absolutely hilarious.

Kyle – Composite: 1.2

Drew – 2.1: Kyle was the voice of reason, playing a small role. It was Kyle who reminded us that maybe having a gay dog wasn’t a bad thing.

Matt – 0.3: Kyle just didn’t do a whole lot that stuck out to me.

Kenny – Composite: 1.45

Drew – 1: He showed some sweet moves on the football field and then he died.

Matt – 1.9: There were a few times in this episode that I picked up what they were trying to have Kenny say. Specifically, when they find out Stan’s dog is gay and Kenny mumbles then Cartman says “Yeah, I think your dog is gay dude”…… Death: Kenny received a kickoff from the Middlepark team. He continues to run the ball down the field until Middlepark catches him. They grab both of his arms and pull until both arms become detached as well as his head. The rats then proceed to eat his body. Chef then yells “Come on! That’s roughing! At least let us scrape him off the field!”

Secondary Characters (Out of 10)

Drew – 9.6: Very heavy lifting done by the secondaries in this episode. Garrison’s role as the gay, gay-basher was hilarious. Chef and his comparisons of love making to football. Jimbo and Ned trying to fix the big game. Finally, Big Gay Al was super, thanks for asking!

Matt – 8.1: Chef (Making love to the football and not giving Pip a helmet), Big Gay Al, Commentators, Ned, Jimbo, Chef, Mr. Garrison

Composite – 8.85

Total Character Score (Out of 22)

Drew – 17.7

Matt – 15.3

Composite Character Score – 16.5

Episode Score

Relevance (5) – Composite: 4.35

Drew – 5: This episode is about as relevant as it gets. This was South Park’s first real attempt at dealing with a social issue and they hit a homerun.

Matt – 3.7: There wasn’t much relevance I caught here besides how serious people take sports and athletes, including betting and the things they will do to help their team win.

Irreverence (5) – Composite: 2.75

Drew – 2.7: Some aspects of the episode were irreverent, most notably the announcers and gay stereotypes.

Matt – 2.8: The many LGBT mocking moments, “Gay people are evil”. Big gay Al’s boat ride ‘The Opressors’ Christians and Republicans and Nazis!

Laugh Score (5) – Composite: 4

Drew – 4.2: As usual it was a lot of little things that kept me laughing throughout the episode.

Matt – 3.8: This episode made me laugh a decent amount. The constant abuse of Stan because of his gay dog, the commentators, Pip not getting a helmet.

Personal (7) – Composite: 5.85

Drew – 6.5: This episode was a big hit for me, from the social issues addressed to the involvement of sports, to the quality roles for the secondary characters.

Matt – 5.2: Personally, this was a decent episode. It was not anything outlandishly amazing, but it made me laugh and I enjoyed it.

SP Factor (1) – Composite: 1

Drew – 1:

Matt – 1:

Total Episode Score (Out of 22)

Drew – 19.4

Matt – 16.5

Composite Episode Score – 17.95

Favorite Quote

Drew – “I’m not gay I just act that way to get chicks dumbass.” – Mr. Garrison

Matt – “He’s doing something to his ass. He’s not kicking his ass, but he’s definitely doing something to his ass.” – Cartman

Favorite Moment

Drew – Richard Stamos and the high F

Matt – The MULTIPLE funny moments of the commentator making questionable comments and the other getting upset.

Total Score / Rank

Drew – 37.1

Matt – 31.8

Composite – 34.45 Current Rank: 3/4

Matt’s Review

Overall, this was a good episode that I enjoyed. It made me laugh many times throughout. The main story line with Stan not wanting his dog to be gay and the dog running away had many funny moments including Cartman and others continuously making fun of him for it. The side plot of the South Park football team taking on MiddlePark was also quite humorous. Mainly because of the announcers and Pip never getting a helmet. This is my 2nd highest score so far and rightfully so.

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