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Recap / South Park S 14 E 8 Poor And Stupid

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Original air date: 10/6/2010

Cartman wants to be a NASCAR driver when he grows up but believes he's too rich and too smart and that in order to be a NASCAR racer and enjoy it, he has to be poor and stupid. In order to achieve his goal, he enlists the help of Butters, and the feminine hygiene product Vagisil.

This episode includes examples of:

  • Backstory of the Day: Being a NASCAR driver is apparently Cartman's biggest dream, yet this was never mentioned in any previous or future episodes. Similarly, Kenny being a big fan of the sport was never mentioned outside of this episode either.
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  • Body Horror: Cartman tried to induce stupidity by eating Vagisil. It works but according to the doctor he was developing miniature vaginas in his stomach lining (all sparkling clean).
  • Catchphrase:
    • When Cartman and Butters become redneck stereotypes, they constantly say things they dislike are "gay" and that they're "pissin' [them] off".
    • Jeff Hamill refers to his wife as "my muse and my flame" numerous times.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After putting up with her husband insulting her for the entire episode, Patty Hamill ruins his sponsorship of NASCAR by winning the race.
  • Gainax Ending: The episode ends with Kenny staring in complete confusion at Cartman and Butters, dumbfounded by the turn of events.
  • Driven to Suicide: Cartman asks the doctor to pull the plug on him while he's in the hospital, but the doctor points out he's not on life support so pulling the plug would do nothing.
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  • Hypocritical Humor: Kenny is not allowed to have a sniper rifle in his bag at NASCAR, but he is allowed to buy one at the gift shop.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Butters thinks using Cartman's money to buy living supplies for the NASCAR fans is helping the needy when all he was doing was believing the stereotype of NASCAR fans.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Cartman insists all NASCAR drivers are successful because they're poor and stupid. His constant association between NASCAR and a combination of poverty and stupidity drives Kenny deeper and deeper into seething rage over the course of the episode.
    • Cartman insists he's not poor and stupid because he's not a NASCAR driver no matter how many ridiculous stunts he pulls off that could've killed him.
  • Jerkass: Jeff Hamill, repeatedly insulting his wife's vaginal odor on air and showing no remorse for doing so.
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  • Kids Driving Cars: After Cartman hijacks a car at a NASCAR race, he catches the eye of Jeff Hamill, who not only organizes a spot for Cartman; but gives him a car retrofitted to fit his small proportions.
  • Never My Fault: Cartman told Butters to spend all of his money, only to get pissed at Butters at the end and expect him to get his money back.
  • Take That!: Cartman tries to lose brain cells by watching Two and a Half Men while hanging himself upside down.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Subverted; it looks as though Kenny will become roadkill when he jumps onto Cartman's car mid-race and shouts at him to stop, only to be flung into the middle of the track, then has two racecars BARELY swerving out of his way in time. But he emerges unscathed and ends the episode watching an argument between Cartman and Butters over the return of the former's money with a "What the hell just happened??" expression.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Cartman hijacking a car and driving it during the race is just the tip of the iceberg. Several people throughout the episode tell Cartman how stupid he is.
    Doctor: Of all the dumb ways I've seen kids hurt themselves yours take the retard cake.