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Someone begins leaking all the schools secrets on a website "Eavesdropper" prompting and investigation to figure out who did it. Meanwhile, a piece of Cartman's past makes the school worry that Cartman will drive a student to suicide after he craps his pants and are forced to do things they don't want to do to stop these students from killing themselves.


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  • The Bus Came Back: After a near 10 season absence, Lemmiwinks returns to stop Wikileaks.
    • Catatafish, Sparrow Prince, and Frog King return as well.
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  • Card-Carrying Villain: The whole subplot with Cartman starts off because the school's staff don't want him bullying a kid like he did to the kid in third grade, but because Cartman's mind is so twisted he thinks A: the only way to not make fun of the kid for crapping his pants is to get another kid to crap themselves so everyone will forget about the first kid, and B: there's no way he can't make fun of someone for crapping themselves because the idea is so alien to him. Also counts as an example of Evil Cannot Comprehend Good and Lack of Empathy.
  • Dirty Kid: Eavesdropper reveals Stan's addiction to "crack" (specifically, Elise Thomson's butt crack). Wendy is not pleased.
  • Driven to Suicide: It is revealed in 3rd grade Cartman bullied a kid until he committed suicide after the kid pooped himself.
    • He almost does the same to Jenny Simons from "The List", but Jenny barely survives the fall.
  • Evil Is Petty: Wikileaks exposes Tommy Edwards' crush on Marla Watkins seconds before he is about to text Marla that he likes her.
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  • He Who Fights Monsters: Mr. Mackey resorts to trying to kill Cartman after getting himself in too deep. Principal Victoria too for allowing him to do it.
  • Hypocrite: Stan has no problem laughing at other students secrets being released on eavesdropper, until one of his text messages is made public. Thankfully Kyle calls him out on this.
    Stan: This is an issue of trust and privacy! We have to all work together to put an end to Eavesdropper once and for all! (Sees Kyle raising his hand) Yes, Kyle?
    Kyle: So, just to be completely clear, now it isn't funny, right?
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Calling Mr. Mackey and Principal Victoria good in this episode is pushing it, but they made their problems much worse by giving Cartman free reign to do whatever he wants to help Pete Melman without any guidelines or supervision.
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  • Irony: The school staff tries to kill Cartman and frame it as a suicide to distract the public from their attempt to poison the entire student body. The whole reason they sought Cartman's help in the first place was to prevent another student from committing suicide.
  • Jerkass Ball: Mr. Mackey and Principal Victoria. Cartman was undeniably in the wrong for driving students to suicide, but trying to kill him only served to stoop them down to Cartman's level.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When the school faculty balks at Cartman's plan to make the entire student body crap their pants with spiked pizza, Cartman asks why he's in their meeting if they had a better idea. Mr. Mackey numbly picks up the phone and starts arranging a Pizza Day.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Cartman giving the faculty laxative-spiked cupcakes after they tried to kill him just to save their own skins.
  • Literal Metaphor: The school faculty plans to throw Cartman "under the bus" to cover up their role in the pants-crapping scandal:
    Principal Victoria: "But how're we gonna do that?"
    Mr. Mackey: "We're gonna get a bus... and we're gonna throw Eric Cartman under it."
  • No Sympathy: Jenny Simons' boyfriend mocks her for defecating herself despite her having attempted suicide after what happened.
    • To a lesser extent, the kid who owns Lemmiwinks now, Vernon Trumpski, doesn't seem to know or care about how important Lemmiwinks is or what Eavesdropper is- all he knows is that some other kids are stealing his pet.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jenny Simons, figuratively and literally, after she consumes Cartman's laxatives-laced cupcakes.
  • Shout-Out: The song "Go Lemmiwinks, Stop Wikileaks!" is a reference to "Down Down, To Goblin Town" from The Hobbit.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Catatafish did NOT make a teenage salmon perform "bass to mouth"—or "ass to trout", though that's basically the same thing, not that he did it.
  • Take That!: Cartman's sole provision for helping the school staff is that they bring in Selena Gomez and beat the crap out of her in front of him.
  • Tempting Fate:
    Kyle: "It wouldn't be funny if that website posted something about you!"
    Stan: "I wouldn't care."
  • Title Drop: Catatafish says the episode's title when he mentions to have made a salmon perform "bass to mouth".
  • Too Dumb to Live: Did Mr. Mackey really think Cartman would not exact revenge on him after he literally threw him under a bus?
    • The entire faculty involved in Cartman's plotline. After Cartman drives 2 students to suicide, they continue to do everything he says to get Cartman to stop making fun of students for pooping themselves rather than expel him for doing that, which probably would have been more successful. Mr. Adler even recognizes confiding in Cartman was practically digging their own grave.
    • Also Jenny Simons for accepting a gift from Cartman after rejecting his (fake) crush on her.
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