South Park Episode 104 - Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride
"Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" is the fourth episode of Comedy Central's animated series South Park.
It originally aired on September 3, 1997. In this episode, Stan's dog, Sparky, is found to be gay after humping a rival dog. As a result, Sparky runs away to Big Gay Al's Big Gay Animal Sanctuary after Stan tries to make him more masuline. After Stan accepts his dog's homosexuality, he tells everyone to accept homosexuality, only to have the entire Sanctuary, though not the animals, disappear.
Written by founders Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "Big Gay Al's Gay Boat Ride" guest-starred actor George Clooney. The episode marked the first appearance of Pip and Big Gay Al, both of whom would become recurring characters. Pip is based on the protagonist of the same name from the 1861 Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations. This episode generally received positive reviews for its portrayal of homosexuality. It was nominated for both an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and a GLAAD Award.