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Recap / South Park S 14 E 10 Insheeption

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Stan and Mr. Mackey suffer a hoarding disorder. In an attempt to find the cause for it, they get trapped in Mr. Mackey's dream.


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  • Ambiguous Ending: Ends with Stan refusing to go through his own hoarding therapy after witnessing Mr. Mackey's therapy, and proceeds to clean out his locker without having to deal with his hoarding problems. Kyle asks him, "How do you know that wasn't your therapy?"
  • Animal Hoarding: Justified. Mr. Yelman is a sheep herder and has any right to hoard sheep. Not that the psychocologist would agree.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call Mr. Mackey a hoarder.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Freddy Krueger ends up saving the day.
  • Blind Alley: In his dream, Mr. Mackey escapes Billy and his mooks by hiding in a storage room.
  • The Bully: Billy Thompson.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mr. Yelman is forced into therapy, has his every attempt to protest overridden, and is the only person to be killed inside Mackey's dream by getting decapitated by Woodsy the Owl (which somehow decapitated him in the real world, too).
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  • Chandler's Law: "Just keep shooting".
  • Comically Missing the Point: Mr. Yelman is a sheep herder. Everyone else mistakes him for a hoarder in need of therapy.
  • Creepy Good: Freddy Krueger, of horror film fame, turns out to be a family man and a former government agent, who specialized in dreamscape operations. He did kill those teenagers, but it was done for the sake of national security, and it was the reason he left the service.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The end of Europe, that is.
  • Face Your Fears: Stan encourages little Mr. Mackey to stand up to the bully.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • We learn Mackey was molested by the guy dressed as Woodsy Owl, whose slogan was "give a hoot, don't pollute." He repressed the whole event, but any time he had the opportunity to throw something away, he'd subconsciously remember Woody's slogan and the trauma he endured. He thus felt safest by not throwing anything away.
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    • Stan suspects he has a deep-rooted, psychological reason for his hoarding. However, after seeing what Mackey has gone through, he's content to not bother finding out any details. Though maybe he got his therapy for it anyway.
  • Fun with Homophones: Mr. Yelman mentions that he is herding his sheep while the regression therapist agrees that he is hurting them.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: After going into the dream to save Stan, Randy turns into a butterfly and becomes more concerned with having sex with other butterflies.
  • Mr. Exposition: One of the scientists goes to some length to explain the inception procedure.
  • Noodle Implements: The episode begins with Cartman finishing a story: "And then, the guy hits the ping-pong ball with his dick, and it goes right in the other guy's mouth."
  • Ominous Owl: When Mr. Mackey faces up to his traumatic memory in a dream, the owl mascot turns into a monstrous embodiment of Mr. Mackey's trauma.
  • Only Sane Man: Freddy Krueger is the only one who recognizes that Mr Yelman is a sheep herder.
  • Parody Episode: Of Inception.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: They bring in Freddy Krueger to stop the owl.
  • Red Herring: Billy Thompson and the other bullies that threatened to beat up a young Mackey during the field trip. It seems like they're the cause of the painful memory, but it was actually Woodsy Owl.
  • Refusal of the Call: Freddy at first but then he hears about the firemen.
  • Running Gag: People telling Mr. Yelman that he's a sheep hoarder.
  • Take That!: Twenty minutes of "people who find Inception cool because they think it is complex are dumb, because it's actually pretty simple".
  • The Watson: Stan's mother asking questions about the procedure.
  • You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: The school bully reminds Mr. Mackey of this.

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