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Recap: South Park S 1 E 2 Weight Gain 4000
The second episode of South Park. Cartman wins an essay contest which brings Kathie Lee Gifford to town, which unsettles Mr. Garrison due to losing a talent show against her when they were kids. Meanwhile, the Mayor wants to use the publicity from Kathie Lee's visit to South Park to get out of the "piss ant redneck mountain town" and further up the politics ladder. Cartman tries to get into shape for his appearance on national TV, Hilarity Ensues.

First appearance of Jimbo.

This episode contains examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: Mr. Garrison's exclamation of "To Hell with Kathie Lee Gifford!" during rehearsal of the school's play (in which he has the pioneers attacking the Indians savagely) is met with boos and a dismissal from directing the play.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation: Mr. Hat's head rotates as he exclaims, "KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLL!"
  • Ax-Crazy: Mr. Hat, who convinces Mr. Garrison to kill Kathie Lee as revenge.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Mr. Garrison when he exclaims "To Hell with Kathie Lee Gifford!" right in public.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Mr. Hat's attempt to kill Kathie Lee for outdoing him in a talent show when they were kids.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Bebe wears an entirely pink jacket instead of the red and gray one that she's usually known to wear.
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: Cartman seems to confuse Eskimos with dolphins. To him it's all just "a bunch of tree-hugging hippie crap."
  • Establishing Character Moment: This episode establishs Kyle's bullying Cartman all the time that still exists in the latest episodes.
  • Intercourse with You: Chef's song to Kathie Lee, which he gets at the end of the episode.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Kyle does nothing but hurl abuse at Cartman as he gains weight.
  • Plagiarism In Fiction: Cartman's essay turns out to be Walden with Henry David Thoreau's name crossed out.
  • Shout-Out: Mr. Garrison uses the "You talkin' to me?!" scene from Taxi Driver to decide whether he has the right gun.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Cartman's belief that dolphins live in igloos seems to be shared by Mr. Garrison, judging from his comment on Wendy's essay.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Cartman takes Weight Gain 4000 and winds up incredibly obese to the point that he looks like Jabba the Hutt and is unaware that he's gained weight. He's back to his typical weight the next episode.
  • The Theme Park Version: The Mayor finds Mr. Garrison's depiction of the history of South Park adorable... until the kids portraying the pioneers enter and attack the kids portraying the natives brutally.
    Mayor: Mr. Garrison, we can not have our children beating each other senseless in front of Kathie Lee Gifford.
    Mr. Garrison: Well, what do you want? This is how it happened in those days.
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