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1Cartman's mom calls upon famed dog trainer Cesar Millan to keep her son from misbehaving after several TV nannies go insane from Cartman's manipulative ways. ²----²!!Tropes present²* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Cartman runs away from home and tries to get Jimmy to take him in, claiming that they're best friends. When Jimmy asks, "What's my last name?" Cartman can't answer the question and storms off in a huff.²* BabysittersNightmare: Several nannies are hired for the nigh-impossible task of taming Cartman, all to no avail. He even breaks Series/{{Supernanny}}, causing her to become institutionalized while she eats her own shit.²-->"It's from Hell... ''It's from Heeeeeell!''"²* BadBlackBarf: Coming to the realization that the world doesn't revolve around him causes Cartman to puke out his own evil onto the floor in the form of a black puddle. ²* CharacterDevelopment: Due to Cesar Millan's training methods, Cartman is forced to evaluate his own behavior when he can't manipulate his mom anymore. He makes a decision that he must kill his mom because that is the only way to get control back, but ends up having a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind where the evil inside him is purged. Cartman then becomes a well behaved, studious, independent child who respects his mother and loses weight. His mother then realizes she is co-dependent on him to keep her company, and once Cesar Millan leaves she starts bribing him with junk food and random toys to go to events with her, all with an implication that [[StatusQuoIsGod he will just return to the way he used to be]].²* ConfessToALesserCrime: Subverted. Cartman apologizes for handcuffing another student's leg to a flagpole, but doesn't mention that that was just one small part of the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}''-style torture device it was all a part of.²* ConsummateProfessional: While Cesar Millan is able to help Liane control Cartman and earn her adoration, he ultimately considers this just another job and leaves when everything's settled. Unfortunately this allows Cartman to bend her to his will once again.²* DisproportionateRetribution: Why does Cartman put Billy Turner through a ''Franchise/{{Saw}}''-style torture device? Because he called Cartman "chubby." In a rare instance of competence, the adults finally decide that this is TheLastStraw with Cartman.²* DoesNotLikeSpam: Cartman does not like the healthy meal and the fun-sized Snickers bar that his mother serves as part of Cesar's training.²-->'''Cartman''': What the hell is this?! Skinless chicken, boiled vegetables and salad?! This is just like Auschwitz!²* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas[=/=]EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Killing his mother is the one thing Cartman can't bring himself to do.²* FreudianExcuse: This episode reveals that Liane refuses to discipline Cartman because she doesn't have any friends, her son being the only person willing to hang out with her.²* HumiliationConga: Cartman suffers this big time, getting treated like a dog and being denied Kentucky Fried Chicken as while his mother and Cesar get to eat it right in front of (or above) him as he barks and jumps up and down desperately trying to get some for himself. ²* ItIsDehumanizing: Cesar Millan starts referring to Cartman as merely "it" a few times while disciplining him.²* ItsAllAboutMe: Cartman, as per usual. The difference is that after being subjected to Cesar Millan's training, he suddenly thinks for a brief moment that ''maybe'' the world doesn't revolve around him. The thought almost causes him to GoMadFromTheRevelation. ²* NiceJobBreakingItHero: By the end of the episode, Cartman is basically "fixed" and is now a well-mannered little boy, but all it takes is Liane promising to buy him toys and fast food if he spends time with her for the whole thing to come crashing down.²* NoodleIncident: Whatever Cartman does to Series/SuperNanny for her to be locked away in an insane asylum where she eats her own feces.²* ShoutOut²** The plot is kicked off by Cartman [[Franchise/{{Saw}} handcuffing another student's leg to a flagpole, telling him that he'd poisoned his lunch milk and that the only way he could get to the antidote was to saw through his leg]].²** The ending of the episode is almost a direct rip-off of ''Film/TheOmen'''s ending.²** Cartman thrashing around briefly flashing in static colours is a reference to ''Film/AlteredStates''.²* ShownTheirWork: In his review of the episode, the real-life Cesar Millan commented that the writers perfectly captured his methods and that they'd clearly watched several episodes of his show to prepare. Indeed, Matt Stone, himself a dog owner, said the idea for the episode came from his own love of Millan's show and his belief that Millan's methods would work on a child as well as they would a dog.²* StealthPun: Cartman being treated as a dog being the only way to discipline him is likely a subtle way of showing that he is a son of a bitch.²* TakeThat: To people who have children just so they can have friends and, to a lesser extent, people who claim to be friends with their parents. ²* TitleDrop: "Tsst" is an onomatopoeic spelling for the sound made off of Cesar Milan nipping at Cartman's neck with two fingers.²----


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