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Recap / South Park S 10 E 6 Man Bear Pig

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Al Gore takes the boys to Cave of the Winds and traps them inside while on the hunt for ManBearPig. Cartman discovers what he thinks is treasure which he tries to hide from the others.

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  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Cave of the Winds is a real tourist attraction in Colorado.
  • Balloon Belly: Cartman gets one from eating the fake treasure in the cave before crapping it out.
  • Due to the Dead: A memorial service is held for the boys which Gore uses as an opportunity to claim victory over ManBearPig. This before they are discovered to have survived the cave-in.
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  • Freud Was Right: Invoked by a tour guide who points out many phallic-shaped stalagmites in the cave.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Cartman's plan to eat the fake treasure he found in the cave literally backfires on him after the boys are saved when he ends up crapping it out, clearly writhing in pain all the while. To add insult to injury, a tour guide states that the treasure is actually a prop for children to take photos with, and that the treasure is only worth about $14.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: As stated by Hoist by His Own Petard above, Cartman's plan to claim the fake treasure for himself by eating it and having the boys carry him to safety literally backfires on him after the boys are saved when he ends up crapping it out and finds out that the treasure is actually a prop for children to take photos with, the total price only being about $14. Cartman is clearly writhing in pain all the while, and he's well aware of it, knowing that he's hurting enough for all the bullshit he pulled in his latest plan.
    Kyle: You made us pull you to safety because you ate treasure?! You son of a bitch!
    Cartman: Don't you think I'm hurting enough, Kyle?! Ow, ow!! (Keeps crapping out the fake treasure) Owwww!!!
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  • Opinion Flip Flop: The boys are hesitant to help Al Gore until he says he can get them excused from school.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: During Gore's assembly, the first movement of Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony plays.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Gore shoots the cave walls, trapping the boys.
  • Take That!: Towards Gore's obsession with fighting global warming, though it's clearly directed more at Al Gore himself than at the issue he was super cereal about (later episodes, while still making fun of him as person, acknowledge that he was still right to take it so cereal).note 
  • Too Many Halves: According to Gore, ManBearPig is half man, half bear and half pig.
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  • Verbal Tic: Gore says "cereal" instead of "serious".
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