April 11, 2012
Stan starts his own anti-bullying campaign and Butters is being harassed by his evil grandmother.
"Butterballs" contains examples of:
- Beware the Nice Ones: Butters has had so much of his grandma's abuse and Stan's pressure that he attacks Dr. Oz on national television.
- Who knew Jesus was such a bully?
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Grandma Stotch
- Cerebus Syndrome: Despite the absurdity of Butters' grandma acting like a schoolyard bully, the abuse itself isn't all that hilarious.
- Continuity Nod: Cartman uses the term "vajayjay", which he previously used in "Reverse Cowgirl".
- Expy: Bucky Bailey appears to be one of Bucky Larson. Compare here◊ and here◊.
- Foreshadowing: Kyle predicts that Stan's video will fail and he'll end up "jacking it in San Diego".
- Gainax Ending
- Hypocritical Humor: The anti-bullying representative bullies others to get his way.
- Knight of Cerebus: Grandma Stotch. Butters' parents are saints compared to her.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Stan exploiting Butters for fame eventually gets him hated by the school after Butters punches Dr. Oz.
- Running Gag: People showing up in the bathroom to bully others, including Grandma Stotch, an anti-bullying representative, Stan and Jesus.
- Shout Out: Stan's video is a parody of an anti-bullying video made by Cypress Ranch High School.
- The ending reflects Jason Russell's breakdown as a result of the criticism from his Kony 2012 video.
- Sophisticated as Hell: It does sound weird to hear Grandma Stotch use current slang like "narc".
- Take That: This episode satirizes the anti-bullying movement, and includes a nod to the controversy surrounding the release of the documentary film Bully.
- Very Special Episode: Sort of. While the "Butters gets bullied and abused by his grandmother" subplot is somewhat dramatic, the episode pretty much mocks the "anti-bullying awareness" movement rather than take it seriously.