Recap / South Park S16E 2: A Nightmare on Face Time

Airdate: October 24, 2012

In this parody of The Shining, Randy buys an abandoned Blockbuster video in a failed attempt at reviving the video rental business (which is going downhill thanks to Internet and streaming programs like Netflix) and goes insane trying to upkeep it. Meanwhile, Stan uses his iPad to go trick-or-treating with Cartman, Kenny, and Kyle when Randy forces him to work on Halloween.

"A Nightmare on Face Time" contains examples of:

  • Brick Joke: Randy walks by Shelley pouring gasoline all over the store and later, the Blockbuster is burnt down.
  • Continuity Nod: At one point, Cartman is mistaken for Honey Boo-Boo, a reference to "Raising the Bar".
    • Cartman is also mistaken for Bruce Vilanch, a reference to "The Coon" and "Coon vs. Coon and Friends."
    • At one point, you can see a video cover for a film called The Moose Who Wouln't Die with a picture of Sarah Jessica Parker in a moose suit. This is a reference to "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs".
  • Harmless Freezing: Randy at the end of the episode.
  • Idiot Ball: Everyone in this episode who treated the iPad Stan was face timing on as if he were really there, but special regards to the cop who played the body for Stan's costume at the party who, once a crazed Randy took over, went on a destructive rampage breaking into houses and terrorising the town as if there wasn't an entirely separate person in the costume apart from the iPad. One cop even lampshades this, but another shushes him in front of the sergeant.
    • Randy is holding it indefinitely when he believes customers will come to Blockbuster, refusing to accept that the internet has killed brick-and-mortar video rental stores.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: The robbers "torture" Stan (who is on an iPad screen) by scratching the screen he's on.
  • Just for Pun: The description of The Monster Mash dance uses the lyrics from The Monster Mash song.
  • Kubrick Stare: Randy gives off a couple of these.
  • Sanity Slippage: Randy
  • Shout-Out
  • Take That!
    • This episode satirizes the decrease of movie rental stores in favor of rental services like Netflix and the Internet, which has legal and illegal means to get the shows and movies people want to see.
    • Randy gives a sinister stare to a TV screen showing the Seth MacFarlane movie Ted.
  • The Unintelligible: Averted for once, Kenny has understandable, albeit distorted, lines while in costume.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Randy's story is a reference to The Shining.