Recap / South Park S 5 E 4 Scott Tenorman Must Die

You really care that much about sixteen measly dollars?
Scott Tenorman

Cartman exacts revenge on an older boy who sold him his pubes and constantly tries to trick him out of his allowance.

Tropes:

  • An Aesop: Don't play tricks on your neighbors unless you can stand the same treatment yourself.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: If you consider Cartman to be an outright villain in this episode rather than just an awful kid with some major skewered priorities.
  • Batman Gambit: A truly evil one from Cartman.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In hindsight, Scott would have been better off if he had just given Cartman back his money.
  • Darker and Edgier: Trey Parker and Matt Stone state this to be a milestone episode, as the point where Cartman became "the most evil kid in the world."
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Cartman does NOT take serial humiliation well at all.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Scott apparently doesn't notice that the pony is at the chili cookoff, meaning his parents obviously didn't get it from the ranch. Cartman even tells him the pony is there, but Scott doesn't pick up on it.
  • I Lied: Scott makes Cartman beg for his money back, only to burn it in front of him, while boasting about what a huge allowance he gets from his parents.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Scott, though unintentionally.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Cartman's master plan hinges on Scott thinking he knows what his plan is, and reacting accordingly.
  • Kick the Dog: Burning Cartman's money right in front of him.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Scott makes Cartman kneel in front of him and beg him for his money back by oinking like a pig.
  • Men Don't Cry: Radiohead mock Scott for being a "little crybaby" when he's informed of his parents' deaths. In their defense, they didn't know that... they thought Scott was crying just because he was dying of cancer.
  • Mugging the Monster: Of course, no one, not even Stan or Kyle, knew how low Cartman would sink.
  • No Sympathy: Stan and Kyle find Scott's treatment of Cartman highly amusing, and even rat him out to Scott near the end. Turns out, Cartman was planning on that.
  • Pet the Dog: When Cartman reveals that he swapped Scott's chili with Chef's, he takes a moment to reassure Chef that his chili is great.
  • Quick Change: After the initial con, Scott pulls this on Cartman to steal an additional $6.12.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Cartman's over-the-top revenge on Scott Tenorman involves feeding him his own parents in a chili. Note that this scheme requires Mr. and Mrs. Tenorman dead, and they didn't do anything to piss off Cartman. As it turns out, Mr. Tenorman did do something to Cartman, but he didn't know this at the time.
  • Rousing Speech: Cartman gives one, but everyone except Timmy walks out before the end. Then Timmy leaves too.
  • The Secret of Long Pork Pies
  • Shout-Out
  • Skyward Scream: Cartman screams incoherent rage into the rainy night sky after Scott burns his money.
  • Smug Snake: Scott thinks rather highly of himself for being able to humiliate a fourth-grader several times. He has no idea who he's dealing with...
  • Space Whale Aesop: The real message of this episode? DON'T. FUCK. WITH CARTMAN.
  • That's All, Folks!: Cartman parodies the famous Looney Tunes closing... after he successfully completes his plot to have Scott eat his parents.
  • Tranquil Fury: Cartman is perfectly calm as he describes what he did to Scott.
  • Understatement: In response to what Cartman's done to Scott, Kyle's remark? "It might be a good idea never to piss off Cartman again."
  • Villain Episode: The entire episode revolves around Cartman. This is also one of the only episodes to focus on only one character- in most episodes, two or more characters share the spotlight (Kyle/Stan, Kyle/Cartman, Cartman/Butters, etc.)
  • Wham Line: "What, you mean about how you put pubes in your chili?"


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