Recap / Renand Stimpy2x 07 Sonof Stimpy

Stimpy is sitting at home in front of the TV one day when suddenly... something comes out of his butt; it makes a sound, and it smells funny. He tries to explain it to Ren, but he doesn't believe himnote , and eventually doesn't "want to hear any more of [his] "stinky" fantasies! After having named the thing "Stinky", Stimpy goes on a search for his "son"...who is NOT a fantasy, he IS real!note 

Anyway, he can't find him anywhere, even after asking his "magic nose goblins"... and gets depressed for three years. After all this time, Ren fruitlessly tries to pull his best friend out of this depression, first suggesting TVnote , then trying to cheer him up first with his favorite catnip mouse, and finally his own "nice and 'stinky' litter box, which results in making Stimpy even worse, causing him to violently "[cry] about [his] imaginary BUTT stinkyness", as Ren puts it. Eventually, he gives up after stubborn Stimpy refuses to "[listen] to this anymore", convinced that "He's real! He's real! He's REAL!!", and all the while doesn't care about anything anymore. Months later, Stimpy is (still) waiting for "Stinky" to come home, and after Ren tries cheering him up again, he finally snaps, and goes by himself to "the naked city" to find poor little "Stinky"...who is out there in the cold! Lost! ALONE!note ...and is not coming back until he finds "him".

Yeah, it's that idiotic, not to mention disgusting. However, John Kricfalusi wrote the episode this way on purpose, as discussed under "Deconstructive Parody".

Son of Stimpy contains examples of:

  • Animate Inanimate Object: The fart, natch.
    • And the boogers.
  • Animation Bump: John K. put extra care on the character expressions and painterly backgrounds to make this episode as good as possible. In the DVD commentary, he mentions that it's "feature quality animation, amazing on a tv budget."
  • Based on a True Story: Parodied in the Opening Narration, stating that "this here's a true story that we just made up."
  • Berserk Button: More of the "causes violent crying" variety, but one nonetheless:
    Ren: It's Mr. litter box, come on! Take a stinky one! (scatches steps) Nice and stinky!
    Stimpy: Stinky...wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAAH!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH!!!
  • Big Word Shout:
    Stimpy: RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!
  • Break the Cutie: Stimpy, who is more of an "eediot" than a cutie, but this trope still applies.note 
    Stimpy: I don't care...
  • Christmas Episode: Or rather a...
  • Deconstructive Parody: This episode was deliberately made by John as a stealth deconstruction of pathos scenes in movies, using a deliberately ludicrous and stupid plotline that's Played for Dramanote , just to show how easy it is to make people cry at a scene if you use the right staging and music tricks. He discusses this at length in this post on his blog, John K. Stuff
    John: "I purposely made a cartoon that used some filmic tricks to make people cry just to show that it's not hard to do it. And I didn't have to shoot anyone's Mom either. I made people cry over the fact that Stimpy couldn't fart for a second time. I went out of my way to make the story have the most preposterous plot events in it-everything to undermine the seriousness of Stimpy's depression. Besides the mood tricks, I relied heavily on Stimpy and Ren's acting-the drawings of their expressions and their interactions. A lot of films will ignore this part of the pathos recipe. They rely on the filmic tricks and contrived story points."
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Deliberately invoked in order to prove the above point.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Stimpy goes into a ridiculously, and unrealistically long one, even by the trope's standardsnote .
    Stimpy: I don't care...
  • Hypocritical Humor: Stimpy's talking boogers think he's crazy - because he talks to farts.
  • Jerkasses: Stimpy's boogers. That's right, his boogers. Oh yeah, and they talk.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rennote 
  • Madness Mantra: Parodied. In Stimpy's case, it's more like "stupidity mantra" with his constantly saying "I don't care..." and "He's real..."
  • Missed Him by That Much: While Stimpy is under the wheel of a truck, Stinky comes by and sits on his butt while regretting having left, unaware of where he's sitting on.
  • Mood Whiplash: One moment Stimpy's talking to boogers underneath a piano stool. He sits up, and the stool sticks to his head. Cute joke, right? The very next scene, he's gone into a three-year-long depression about the fart he was looking for.
    Stimpy: "I don't care..."note 
  • Say My Name:
    Stimpy: Stiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnkyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!
    Stimpy: RRRRRREEEEEEEN!
  • Stealth Pun: Meta example. As previously mentioned, in creating this episode, John K. went for the most ludicrous, stupid plotline he could think of. In other words, in creating this episode he had pulled something out of his you-know-what.
  • The Cloud Cuckoo Lander Was Right: Then again, the viewers knew this from the start even if Ren didn't, and even then, it wasn't the point either way.
  • Tropey, Come Home: Or in this case, "Stinky Come Home"...
    Stimpy: "STIIIIIIIIIIIIIINKYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!"note 
  • Truth in Television: As "unfunny-on-purpose", and "completely-idiotic-even-by-the-show's-standards" as this episode is, it does show, even if exaggerated, one of the things depression can do (such as anything related to the cause pushing a berserk button that causes uncontrollable crying or other things).
  • Trigger: Apparently saying the word "stinky" in front of Stimpy was this for him.
    Ren: It's Mr. litter box, come on! Take a stinky one! (scatches steps) Nice and stinky!
    Stimpy: Stinky...wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAAH!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH!!!
  • Toilet Humor: Kind of the whole point.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Invoked with the two bums that Stinky tries to make a home in, who then hunt him down while carrying lit matches.
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