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Recap / South Park S 10 E 7 Tsst

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Cartman'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.

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  • Confess to a Lesser Crime: 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 Saw-style torture device it was all a part of.
  • Consummate Professional: 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.
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: Why does Cartman put Billy Turner through a Saw-style torture device? Because he called Cartman "chubby." In a rare instance of competence, the adults finally decide that this is The Last Straw with Cartman.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Killing his mother is the one thing Cartman can't bring himself to do.
  • Freudian Excuse: 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.
  • Humiliation Conga: 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.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Cesar Millan starts referring to Cartman as merely "it" a few times while disciplining him.
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  • It's All About Me: 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 Go Mad from the Revelation.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: 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.
  • Not So Different: As pointed out on the DVD Commentary, the nannies and Cesar Millan more or less use the same tactics, asserting themselves as the alpha to someone who doesn't respect their authority. The major difference is that the nannies humor Cartman enough for him to get inside their heads and screw with them while Millan treats him like a mindless animal.
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  • Noodle Incident: Whatever Cartman does to Super Nanny for her to be locked away in an insane asylum where she eats her own feces.
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  • Shown Their Work: 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.
  • Stealth Pun: 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.
  • Take That!: 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.
  • Title Drop: "Tsst" is an onomatopoeic spelling for the sound made off of Cesar Milan nipping at Cartman's neck with two fingers.


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