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Recap / South Park S 11 E 8 Le Petit Tourette

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Air date: October 3, 2007

Influenced from a potty-mouthed kid with Tourette's Syndrome who he saw at the toy store, Cartman starts faking Tourette's Syndrome in order to blurt out obscenities without receiving punishment. However, faking this condition starts to wear on his mental filter and he unintentionally starts revealing very humiliating secrets.

Episode contains examples of:

  • The Bad Guy Wins: Cartman, though his plans for Dateline are ruined and he spends most of the third act suffering thorough Laser-Guided Karma, his final humiliation on live TV is fully avoided due to Kyle trying to get him punished. Kyle is obviously shocked.
    Kyle and Thomas: Aw, shit!
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  • Becoming the Mask: See Too Much Information.
  • Compelling Voice: Cartman is compelled to take a seat when Chris Hansen says "why don't you take a seat?", much to his frustration.
  • Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: Cartman believes that those with Tourette's Syndrome do this in order to curse obscenely without punishment and he fakes the disorder as a result. His endgame is going on television and making an anti-semitic hate speech.
  • Driven to Suicide: A bunch of pedophiles are tricked into going to the studio. The moment they see Chris Hansen, they shoot themselves.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Cartman fakes having Tourette's Syndrome in order to say whatever he wants without being punished. However, he does it so much that he loses his filter and starts blurting out embarrassing secrets and fears being publicly humiliated as a result.
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  • Hollywood Tourette's: Downplayed. While characters like Thomas from the typical "swearing" version of Tourette's Syndrome, there are other characters, both children and adults, who display other types of involuntary behavior.
  • Implied Death Threat: When Cartman tries to back out of his interview, Chris brings up a story about how a pedophile shot himself rather than be on Dateline. He then said that it would be a shame if Cartman also "Shot himself" for skipping out on his Dateline interview.
  • Never Suicide: The story Chris Hansen tells Cartman to get him to go through with appearing on TV strongly implies this.
    "You know, one tiiime, I was doin' a show called To Catch A Predator. We almost caught this pedophile, but then he raaan from us 'cause he didn't wanna be on Dateline. Se we tracked him down to his hoouuse. And you know what he did? He shot himself. It'd be a shame if... you didn't wanna go on Dateline. Be a shame if we had to track you down, and you 'shot yourself.'"
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  • Noodle Incident: Cartman apparently "touched wieners" with his cousin.
  • Oh, Crap!: Every pedophile has this reaction to seeing Chris Hansen.
    "Oh God, it's Chris Hansen!"
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Thinking Kyle derailed Dateline to help him, Cartman sincerely thanks him.
  • Out of Focus: Stan and Kenny appear in class but have no dialogue.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Kyle and Thomas set up a plan to sabotage Cartman's TV spot. They succeeded but were unaware Cartman wanted this to happen so he wouldn't embarrass himself. Cartman gleefully thanks Kyle much to his and Thomas's disappointment.
  • Running Gag: Craig saying "If I could say [offensive vulgarity], I would be soooo happy." anytime he hears Cartman swear.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Excessive amounts of it throughout.
    • Thomas, due to his Tourette's.
    • Cartman goes down this rotue after being influenced by Thomas.
  • Take That!:
    Craig: "If I could call Chris Hansen an asshole-licking dickfart to his face, I would be sooo happy."
  • The Woobie: Thomas, the boy from the beginning of the episode who gives Cartman the idea to fake having Tourette's Syndrome; his mother has to explain to everyone that he can't control what he says, which clearly embarrasses them both. He's also part of the support group Kyle is forced to visit, explaining that his father divorced his mother because of his Tourette's Syndrome and that he only ever sees him at Christmastime, and how he thinks his mother would be happier if he was dead. But once he realizes Kyle is telling the truth, he works with him to sabotage Cartman's Dateline interview, believing he'll give people with Tourette's a bad name.
  • Too Much Information: After swearing too much, Cartman loses his mental filter and starts blurting out things he doesn't want to say, like how he wets the bed, how he and his cousin touched wieners, and how he's lying about his condition.


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