Recap / South Park S 15 E 7 Youre Getting Old

Airdate: June 8, 2011

It's Stan's tenth birthday, and his view of the world has literally turned to shit (as in, "Everything he sees is feces"). Things get worse when his friendship with Kyle crumbles and his parents divorce again (see "Clubhouses" for the first time they divorced).

"You're Getting Old" contains examples of:

  • Downer Ending: Stan's parents divorce and his friendship with Kyle crumbles.
  • Funny Background Event: While Randy and Sharon are having an emotional talk, the two old men come in and steal Randy's pants.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Sharon laments that "the same shit keeps happening every week." To drive the point home, a gag used twice in the episode has two old men discussing "Steamy" versions of musicians in a childishly amusing accent, with a punchline of "No, that's Steeeevie [X]. Steamy [X] just shits his\her britches," and later breaking into homes to rescue the britches.
  • Narrow Parody: The Jack and Jill parody trailer merely goes by the name (hence the well) and the fact that Adam Sandler plays both of the eponymous characters.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: After distorted (courtesy of Stan's new worldview) trailers for Jack and Jill and Mr. Popper's Penguins. A third trailer is shown depicting a duck as the US President and America going to the dogs. "Coming June something."
  • Series Fauxnale: A lot of viewers misinterpreted the episode as Trey Parker and Matt Stone trying to end the series with no chance of revival.
  • Story Arc: This episode began a two-episode story arc involving Stan living through his cynicism, but it took four months until the next episode aired.
  • Toilet Humor: This episode is full of it, from Stan's view of the world, to Randy creating songs that involve him shitting his pants.
  • Wham Episode: It's a lot more serious than the usual South Park episode.