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Recap / South Park S 14 E 2 The Tale Of Scrotie Mc Boogerballs

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Disappointed after reading The Catcher in the Rye and not knowing why it was banned, the boys write their own vulgar story, "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs". Butters becomes a popular author… since the boys used him as a scapegoat when they thought they would get in trouble.


  • Brown Note: People throw up if they read just two seconds of the book. A popular game show hits the airwaves in which contestants compete to see who can read it for longest without vomiting.note 
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  • Cassandra Truth: The boys continually admit that there is no symbolism in the book and that it is simply disgusting for its own sake. Nobody believes them because the boys passed off what they thought was the blame to Butters.
  • Dirty Coward: The boys pinpoint the blame on Butters for writing "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" when it was found by Stan's mother.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: In-Universe. Despite being so disgusting that nobody can read a single sentence without vomiting violently, it is nonetheless hailed as the greatest piece of literature ever written due to everyone seeing symbolism that isn't really there.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After Butters gives the boys "The Reason You Suck" Speech, Cartman calls him an inconsiderate jerk.
    • Butters gets grounded for the book, but his parents are very proud of him, nonetheless.
  • Instant Book Deal: "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" is instantly published and becomes a runaway hit, even though no one can finish it without repeatedly vomiting.
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  • I Will Show You X: After going online and discovering that yes, The Catcher in the Rye was considered obscene even though the boys found it completely tame, Cartman declares, "I'll show them fucking obscene!"
  • Madness Mantra: The episode parodies the claims that The Catcher in the Rye inspired several assassination attempts, both successful and unsuccessful.
    • As Mr. Garrison hands out the book, Kyle asks if it's true that Mark David Chapman was inspired to kill John Lennon after reading the book. Later, after Butters finishes reading the book, he begins repeating "KILL JOHN LENNON! KILL JOHN LENNON!" and grabs a knife from a kitchen drawer. His plan hits a snag when his dad tells him John Lennon is already dead.
    • After becoming famous as the supposed author of The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs, Butters is being interviewed by Al Roker on The Today Show and is told that Catcher in the Rye inspired John Hinckley's assassination attempt against Ronald Reagan, leading him to start chanting, "KILL RONALD REAGAN! KILL RONALD REAGAN!" Whereupon Roker tells him Reagan is also already dead.
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  • Mistaken for Profound: The books the boys write are considered deep literary classics, even if no one can agree what its commentary is supposed to be; conservatives think it's an indictment of liberalism, liberals think it's an indictment of conservativism. The only thing both sides agrees on, is that the boys are wrong when they say there is 'no' subtext and the book was meant to be taken at face value.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Butters gives one to the boys. After he leaves, Cartman calls him an inconsiderate jerk.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: In-Universe. The boys are disappointed that The Catcher in the Rye was not as controversial as they thought it would be. Cartman even says that the book was a conspiracy to get kids to read by making it seem a lot edgier than it was.
  • Shout-Out: The whole episode is loosely based on the Monty Python skit, "The Funniest Joke In The World."
  • Springtime for Hitler: Fearing they will get punished the boys put the blame on Butters, but everyone loves the book despite making them vomit regularly. Butters then writes a follow-up called "The Poop That Took a Pee", which the boys find so stupid it will get Butters banned, but readers love this as well. However, someone is inspired to kill the Kardashians because of the book, which finally gets Butters's work banned.
  • Take That!: Holy crap, does Sarah Jessica Parker get it in this episode:
    Matthew Broderick: My wife is a beautiful woman, and I think most people agree with me!
    Reporter: Uh-huh. And Matthew, how come a transvestite donkey witch is standing next to you, and why is it wearing a dress?
  • The Voiceless: Sarah Jessica Parker doesn't say a single word in this episode.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Most people can't get through more than a few sentences of "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" without vomiting. Many of these incidents are shown on screen, starting with Sharon Marsh after she discovers the manuscript in Stan's drawer.
  • Your Head Asplode: Kim Kardashian's fate, courtesy of a Boom, Headshot! with a shotgun when "The Poop That Took A Pee" induces a reader to massacre the entire Kardashian family.


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