Recap / South Park S 10 E 1 The Return Of Chef

The boys' old friend, Chef, returns, and they soon find out that Chef is a shell of his former self, thanks to a secret society.

"The Return of Chef" contains examples of:

  • The Bad Guy Wins: William Connelly and the Super Adventure Club.
  • Big Bad: William Connelly, the Super Adventure Club's leader.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Stan yells this when Chef asks the boys to make sweet love to him.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Chef.
  • Burying a Substitute: After Chef's death, his body can't be recovered, so one of his spatulas is inside his coffin when the funeral is held.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: After starting as a fond welcome back to Chef (who'd been Out of Focus for some time), the episode takes a darker tone the moment Chef starts behaving oddly.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Chef's death is pure Gorn and Nightmare Fuel.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: Chef is resurrected as a pedophile.
  • Darker and Edgier: This episode is generally considered one of the darkest episodes of South Park, even for a series full of Black Humour.
  • Downer Ending: Chef dies a brainwashed man, and the kids aren't able to save him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even CARTMAN hates the club that transformed Chef into a pedophile.
    • Actually Cartman was fine with club itself, he just didn't like Chef being a member.
  • Expy: Darth Chef, to Darth Vader.
  • Fallen Hero: Chef.
  • Faux Affably Evil: While Connelly doesn't want to to kill the boys, he, however, does not seem to mind psychologically traumatizing children in order to get their "marlocks".
  • Faux Horrific: William Connelly's attempts to make asking the boys to leave and being escorted out by security sound threatening, complete with dramatic fanfare and an Evil Laugh.
    William Connelly: ...Okay, you know how, like, when you want people to leave but they won't leave, it's really frustrating?
  • Ironic Echo: During the episode, Kyle repeatedly calls the Super Adventure Club a fruity little club. When Chef surrenders to the Super Adventure Club...
    William Connelly: Yes... looks like our "fruity little club" is safe after all.
  • Jerkass: William Connelly.
  • Karma Houdini: William Connelly and his Super Adventure Club.
  • Killed Off for Real: Chef, but was revived later, as cyborg.
  • Knight of Cerebus: William Connelly himself can be seen like this.
  • No Dead Body Poops: Played for Laughs.
    Cartman: Maybe... maybe he's still okay. No, really. They say the last thing you do before you die is crap your— (Chef's corpse loses its shit) Oh, nevermind.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: "THIS IS WHAT THE SUPER ADVENTURE CLUB ACTUALLY BELIEVES", a Call-Back to "Trapped In the Closet".
  • One-Shot Character: William Connelly did not reappear anymore. Neither did Darth Chef, for that matter.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The therapist who knows what the Super Adventure Club do and believes Chef was brainwashed
  • Take That!: The entire episode is one toward the Church of Scientology after Issac Hayes, a Scientologist, was forced to leave the show in response to Trey and Matt parodying the religion.
  • Too Dumb to Live: One of the club members shoots Chef rather than the animals that were attacking him.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    William Connelly: Our club has a message, and a secret that explains the mysteries of life!
    Stan: Oh Jesus, here we go.
    Willaim Connolly: Very well, I'm now going to tell you the secret of the Super Adventure Club.
    Stan: We don't wanna hear it.
  • Uninstallment: The episode opens with a fake Previously On showing Chef leaving the town.
  • Wham Episode: Chef dies.