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Recap / South Park S14E9 "It's A Jersey Thing"

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Airdate: October 13, 2010

The town is invaded by loud, obnoxious guidos/Jersey Shore wannabes, and Kyle discovers a disturbing secret about his origins.


"It's a Jersey Thing" contains examples of:

  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Al Qaeda saving South Park from a Jersey Folk invasion... by crashing 737s into the invading Jersey folk.
      Randy: It's Al Qaeda!
    • Sheila saving Sharon from being harassed by angry Jersey women.
    • Kyle saving Cartman from being raped by Snooki — Cartman actually thanks him for it.
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  • Bystander Syndrome: Why Arnold Schwarzenegger refuses to help South Park: budget problems in California and just a general lack of concern, since the states of Utah and Nevada stand between California and Colorado.
  • Confession Cam: The Jerseyites do this parodying Jersey Shore. Later, Sheila does it while explaining her past in Jersey. Lampshaded by Sharon:
    Sharon: Sheila, who are you taking to?
    Sheila: You wouldn't understand. It's a Jersey thing.
  • Enemy Mine: South Park calls upon Al Qaeda to help them with the Jerseyites after it becomes apparent that nobody else wants to help.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Sheila reveals that she was once a notorious teen party-girl known as "S-Woww Tittybang."
  • Half-Breed Angst: Kyle deals with this throughout the episode after learning he's half Jersey. See also I Am a Monster below.
  • Hidden Depths: Kyle and Sheila's Jersey side don't come up until they're around other Jerseyites.
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    • Also notable they both fall into these states when their friends are harassed by other Jerseyites, showing a deep connection to their South Park home.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Randy praising Osama Bin Laden and giving a heartwarming speech about how there are no enemies in the world, only people with differences... only to then gleefully proclaim "We got him!" when a soldier drops in through the roof and shoots Bin Laden in the head.
  • I Am a Monster: What Kyle essentially thinks of himself upon learning he’s from Jersey. He goes to great lengths to hide it from his friends. Eventually he’s forced to embrace and accept it to save them from Snooki.
    Kyle: (as if about to cry) What am I, Mom?
    Kyle: No! I don’t wanna look like this! ...I can hide it. Nobody ever has to know. I can’t ever let anybody know!
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  • Instantly Proven Wrong: While Kyle is angsting about his Jersey side, Sheila tells him that it's not so bad and that some people think the Jersey look is cool. At that point, Ike appears, takes one look at his mother and brother, screams in horror and faints.
  • Jerkass: All the Jersey people count as this.
    • Justified with Sheila and Kyle, since they're being that way to help their friends.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Snooki humping Stephen and Cartman.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Cartman starts bawling when Kyle pushes him against a tree, crying about a small scratch behind his head. Cartman later exaggerates the story to the other kids.
  • One-Winged Angel: Parodied by Kyle's Jersey side, "Kyley-B", which was treated as this and a Superpowered Alter Ego.
  • Painful Transformation: Kyle undergoes this when he goes into his Jersey form at Sizzler.
  • Phrase Catcher: "It's a Jersey thing."
  • Rape as Comedy: The Snooki rapes several people, such as Stephen, DogPoo, and Cartman — "Snooki want smoosh-smoosh!"
  • Shout-Out: Kyle's "transformation" into a Jersey kid resembles a similar scene from Teen Wolf.
    • Kyle's Jersey side is named "Kyley-B."
    • South Parks' final stand against the Jerseyites takes a page from Les Misérables.
  • Take That!: At New Jersey culture, but especially Jersey Shore and Snooki.
    Randy: (waving a South Park flag) Fuck you, Jersey!!!
  • Title Drop: "It's a Jersey thing."
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