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Recap / South Park S 12 E 7 Super Fun Time

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Mr. Garrison's class goes to living history museum and are held hostage by a group of criminals who want to rob them, but can't since the employees are so Lost in Character, they refuse to give away information. Meanwhile, Cartman, who snuck off with the unwilling Butters has a Ferris Bueler expedition at Super Phun Thyme and tries to sneak back into the field trip after mistaking the cops there for going after them.


Super Fun Time contains examples of:

  • A-Team Firing: When the criminals actually start shooting at the main characters and the police, they can't hit a single one of them, but they do manage to hit everything around them.
  • Comically Serious: The criminals.
  • Determinator: Butters refuses to let go of Cartman'd hand no matter what
  • Dirty Coward: Mr. Garrison willingly throws the kids' lives under the bus to save himself.
    Mr. Garrison: Please, if you must take anyone, don't take me. These kids are worth more to you!
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: Butters managing to pull Cartman over a lamp post with little effort
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: For Butters, breaking Mr. Garrison's rule of holding onto everyone's hand and to the employees, breaking character
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Not only did the criminals hold kids hostage, kill several people, and nearly kill a child, they also robbed a Burger King.
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  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: By the time the hostage situation is over at least two of the townspeople have been killed, one by Pioneer Paul. When the work shift is over for the surviving workers, none of the other workers care about them and are just happy that they can now break character.
  • Hostage Situation: Plot A with the Burger King robbers taking the fourth graders and the cast members hostage.
  • Karma Houdini: The worker who shot and killed his coworker for breaking characters gets off.
  • Lost in Character: A voluntary example, the employees refuse to break characters even if they die. The only one who doesn't apply is shot by another worker.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Cartman insists he and Butters will be seen that way if Butters keeps holding his hand, and Butters finds that preferable to breaking Mr. Garrison's rules. The ticket lady soon proves this theory right.
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  • Principles Zealot/Skewed Priorities: The pioneers will do anything to not break character - including dying, allowing children to die, and killing each other.
  • Serious Business
    • The criminals (equipped with Sat-phones,Automatic Rifles, and Silenced Pistols) robbed a Burger King . At one point one of them asks for their "cut", and flips through the ingredients of a burger like a stack of bills.
    • The pioneers. Never. Break. Character. At all.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Kyle and the police operator who answers his 911 call.
    Operator: Nine one one, what's your emergency?
    Kyle: There's some terrorists or bankrobbers or something that have taken our class hostage!
    Operator: Taken hostage where?
    Kyle: The old Pioneer Village off of Kipling.
    Operator: You mean that annoying place where employees won't break character?
    Kyle: Sister, you don't know the half of it!
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Hysterically subverted, after failed after failed attempt to get the code by killing employees, they decide to start threatening the kids, starting with Kenny. Though Stan manages to save him at the last minute.
  • Whole Plot Reference:
    • A-Plot to Die Hard
    • B-Plot to Ferris Bueler's Day Off
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Super Phun Tyme
  • You're Insane!: The criminals reaction to see one of the workers shoot and kill another to keep him from breaking character.