Recap / South Park S 16 E 8 Sarcastaball
Randy's sarcastic comments about making pee-wee football Lighter and Softer
(due to concerns over football causing concussions and other head injuries) turns into America's new pasttime. Meanwhile, Butters bottles and sells a sports drink with a disgusting secret.
Tropes appearing in this episode:
- I Ate WHAT?!: When it's discovered just what Butters' Creamy Goo is.
- Lighter and Softer: In-Universe, the conflict stems from the men in South Park becoming frustrated in the attempted "softening" of football in light of studies which show the long-term effects of it's physical trauma. Randy sarcastically suggests that the boys play a version of football which is deliberately as safe and harmless as possible, and it just snowballs from there.
- Ripped from the Headlines: The perceived "softening" of football is a reaction to the public's response to the increased studies of the kind of long-term damage playing football does to the players, and many football fans' angry responses that taking out the violence of football would defeat the whole purpose.
- Sarcasm Mode: Ever single damn character! To the point that the eventual main conflict is that Randy literally can't say a single thing that isn't a snide remark.
- Wham Line: After taking a sip of Butters' Creamy Goo, Randy is finally broken of his perpetual sarcasm by delivering the single most sincere line in the entire episode.