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Recap / South Park S 13 E 14 The Ungroundable

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Air date: November 19, 2008

A vampire fad is spreading at South Park Elementary. Butters believes that the students actually are vampires and asks to join them while the Goth Kids do not want to be confused with vampire kids and try to stop the new movement.


"The Ungroundable" contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Stephen Stotch verbally abuses Butters because he put Hamburger Helper in his milk instead of Nestle Quik and blames it on Butters putting them in the wrong spot and threatens to ground him. He fails to ground Butters once Butters has become a Vamp Kid, and at the end of the episode to re-establish his control, he grounds Butters because he has Rice-a-Roni in his coffee.
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  • Brick Joke: The ending scene shows Butters being chewed out by his father because of the Rice-a-Roni in his coffee, mirroring an earlier scene where he's mad because he put Hamburger Helper in his milk instead of Nestle Quik.
  • Darkness Von Gothick Name: The Vampire Kids give themselves names like Vampir and Bloodrayne.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episode focuses mainly on Butters and the Goth Kids.
  • Ear Worm: "Burn Down Hot Topic" song.
  • Hiss Before Fleeing: Butters does this once he believes he has become a vampire.
  • Informed Deformity: Pete of the Goth Kids is referred to as "The kid with pock marks on his face".
  • Karma Houdini: Henrietta doesn't get caught stealing her parents' car. The Goth Kids don't get arrested for kidnapping the Vampire Kids' leader and shipping him off to Scottsdale, Arizona or for burning down the Hot Topic.
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  • Kill It with Fire: The Goth Kids put an end to the fad by burning down Hot Topic.
  • Mistaken for Gay: After Butters fails "to feed" on Cartman, Cartman tells his mom that apparently Butters is gay and finds him very attractive.
    Liane: What's going on?
    Cartman: Well, Mom, apparently Butters is gay, finds me very attractive, and, confused about his sexual identity, puked up all over my floor.
    Liane: Oh, dear.
    Cartman: Yes.
    • It's all stated here with Cartman's earlier outburst at Butters:
    Cartman: Dude, gross! You got spit all over my neck! Mom! Butters just gave me a hickey!
  • Pet the Dog: Pete warns the cashier at Hot Topic to get out of the shop while he's setting the place on fire.
  • Place Worse Than Death: The Goth Kids all agree on the most horrible, miserable place to send Vampir: Scottsdale.
  • Take That!: The Vamp Kids are one to Twilight.
  • Vampire Vannabe: The Vampire Kids pretend to be vampires because it is the "in thing". Butters thinks they're really vampires and doesn't realize they're just pretending and when he becomes a Vamp Kid, he doesn't bother with sustaining himself outside of one failed attempt to feed on Cartman.
  • Verbal Tic: Vampir (AKA Mike Makowski), head of the Vampire Kids, per se, tends to end his sentences with that phrase, per se.
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  • Villain Protagonist: The Goth Kids find the Vampire Kids annoying, think they're stealing their look and get mistaken for Vamp Kids themselves, so they go to extreme lengths to put an end to the Vamp Kids by kidnapping their leader and then burning down Hot Topic.
  • You Can't Kill What's Already Dead: Butters tells his parents that he can't be grounded because, "How can thy ground that which is... ungroundable."
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