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Series two episode 17  –  Gnomes

Cartman Stan Kyle Kenny and Tweek (the son of the coffee shop owner) have to do a report on current events for the education board in order to save Mr Garrison’s job. Tweak suggests that they do it on underpants gnomes that arrive in his room at 3.30 every morning.  In order to stay up they drink tons of coffee and get totally wired and don’t notice the underpants gnomes taking Tweek’s underpants from his draw. Mr Tweek, the coffee shop owner who is being driven out of business by ‘Harbucks’ coffee chain writes them a report about corporate takeovers which impresses the education board so much they take the case to the mayor who wants to pass a law expelling Harbucks from Southpark. The Kids have to write another report so they go back to Tweek’s house where they realise they know nothing about business. Finally they do see the underpants gnomes. Cartman hits one with a stick and asks him why he is stealing the underpants and is told that steeling underpants is big business. This interests the boys and the gnome offers to explain if they follow him. They follow him through a door in a tree to the gnome HQ where there are mountains of underpants. The gnomes show them their business plan.  Phase one is stealing underpants. They do not know what phase two is but phase three is profit.

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The boys (apart from Kenny who is killed by a falling cart) then do their presentation to the town saying that big corporations are good and without them there would be no cars or computers and Harbucks started off as a small shop and grew because it made good coffee. The law is chucked out, Mr Tweek gets to run the new Harbucks and all’s well that ends well.