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Recap / South Park S 13 E 13 Dances With Smurfs

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Cartman is chosen as the new school news anchor following the shooting death of the first one, and Cartman uses the position to criticize Wendy Testaburger's stint as class president and the sorry state of the school because of it.


  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Subverted. Cartman uses his show to criticize the state of the school and put all the blame on Wendy because she's the student council president. Mr. Mackey tries to explain that the student council president really doesn't have that much power, but Cartman thinks that he's just trying to cover up for her. In the end, Wendy, who is also fully aware of how little power her position actually has, gets revenge upon Cartman by appointing him her replacement after resigning from student council and Cartman is frustrated when he finds out the only power the organization has is deciding things like the decorations for the school dance.
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  • Big "NO!": Ike delivers one upon hearing that Wendy wants to kill smurfs.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Cartman is messing with Wendy again even though she can severely kick his ass.
  • Continuity Nod: Cartman's constant attacks on Wendy could be payback for nearly beating him to death back in "Breast Cancer Show Ever".
  • Dead Baby Comedy: The first five minutes of the episode focus on third grader Gordon Stolski being threatened and eventually shot to death by a man who confused him for a forty year old trucker sleeping with his wife. The entire confrontation is broadcast over the intercom while the students react to Gordon's terrified pleas for help with varying degrees of horror, disbelief, and/or apathy.
  • The Dragon: Butters is this to Cartman in attacking Wendy.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Cartman is one of the people horrified by Gordon Stolski's death. In fact, Gordon was one of the members of his Ginger pride movement, so Cartman would have been one of the few fourth-graders who knew him personally.
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  • Excrement Statement: A variation is used; Butters urinates on Wendy's doorstep in protest of her alleged Smurf murders.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Cartman says that Wendy's Keywords are Integrated, Leftist and Liberal, which are turning the learning environment into a Socialist, Modern, Utopian, Reformed Farce of a School.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Wendy gets revenge on Cartman by not only going along with his bogus story about smurf genocide, but also implies that the smurfs wouldn't have been wiped out if it wasn't for Cartman's actions in the first place. She also reveals she wrote a book about it and sold the movie rights to James Cameron, who promptly turned it into Avatar.
  • Insane Troll Logic: The notion Cartman makes of comparing Avatar to Smurfs.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Wendy resigns and names Cartman the new student body president, but that costs him his position as the P.A. announcer and he finds that the student body president doesn't have any real power.
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  • Lack of Empathy: When Gordon Stolski is being murdered over the P.A., everyone in the classroom is listening in horror except for Clyde and Red, who continue to do their work.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Casey Miller is a parody of radio host Casey Kasem.
    • Cartman's style of hosting his show parodies the tactics of Glenn Beck.
    • Cartman's Dances with Smurfs parody mixes both The Smurfs and Dances with Wolves.
    • When Wendy resigns as student body president, she announces she's releasing a new book titled Going Rogue on the Smurfs, parodying Sarah Palin's book Going Rogue, which was released after she resigned as governor of Alaska.
  • Take That!: At Avatar, which many people compared to Dances with Wolves (the idea of an outsider going native) and The Smurfs (the strange blue creatures that live in a forest).
    Cartman: You sons of bitches! "Dances with Smurfs" was my idea! MY IDEA! (flips his middle fingers outside the theater) You can't just take "Dances with Smurfs" and call it something else!


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