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Recap / South Park S 12 E 4 Canada On Strike

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It's "Canada Appreciation Day" and Mr. Mackey shows everyone a video. Unfortunately, things don't go well and Canada gets made fun of. Stephen Abootman's not going to take that lying down.

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  • Comically Small Bribe: Kyle offers Abootman a very small reward in order to end the strike. Abootman easily accepts just because he thinks it'll save his reputation. Abootman hands every Canadian a bubblegum plus a coupon to Bennigan's. Terrance and Phillip crunch some numbers and find that this reward is minuscule compared to the millions of dollars Canada lost from forgoing work.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Canada going on strike, just because nobody cared about "Canada Appreciation Day". They didn't even take into account that the whole charade could be a detriment rather than a benefit to the country.
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    • The boys think that they will immediately gain monetary compensation for a viral video that gains a lot of views. They needed to have ads sponsor their video and generate revenue from the advertisers to make money.
  • It's All About Me: Out of all the internet celebs, Taz Zonday / "Chocolate Rain" Guy is the most self-absorbed.
    • Stephen Abootman. All Stephen cared about was looking like a hero rather than an impulsive idiot who had no idea what he was doing and be banished from Canada by being sent adrift as a result. He refused to stop the strike for that reason rather than drop his pride and end the strike before it resulted in the numerous deaths of his countrymen.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: As mentioned before, Stephen didn't really care whether or not this scheme of a strike earned Canada more respect and/or money; all he cared about was looking like a hero. As a result, he ultimately ended up looking like a fool, costing Canada millions in dollars and hundreds if not thousands in lives, and was banished from Canada by being sent adrift.
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  • Reality Ensues: By going on a country-wide strike and only getting coupons as a token of gratitude, Canada lost millions more dollars than gained. Adding onto this, because of no funds coming into the country, a lot of citizens starve and die before the end of it.
  • Take That!: Towards the 2007-2008 Writer Strike. It's obvious with the World Canadian Bureau's initials being "WGA" instead of WCB.
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