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Recap / South Park S 15 E 11 Broadway Bro Down

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Airdate: October 26, 2011

Randy becomes interested in Broadway musicals after learning that they carry subliminal messages urging women to give their husbands blowjobs. Meanwhile, Stan's sister Shelly gets a new boyfriend.

"Broadway Bro Down" contains examples of:

  • Character Development: Shelly starts out as her hot-tempered, violent self, but soon develops feelings for Larry and is nice to him.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Randy creates his own show, the lyrics explicitly talk about women giving blow jobs instead of being subtle like the other shows. When the actual producers point this out to him, Randy just assumes they are trying to scare him out of the business.
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  • A Day in the Limelight: For Shelly and Stan's parents. Stan himself doesn't have a real role in the episode.
  • Frat Bro: Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, and Stephen Schwartz are all actually beer-chugging, football-watching, wing-eating bros who create Broadway shows in order to help other men get sex. Most humorous of all is Elton John, who is not only well-known to be a rather swishy gay man, but also appeared in an earlier episode As Himself.
  • Ironic Death: Larry was always forced to wear a life preserver and took it off to prove his independence. He drowns during Randy's disastrous attempt to stop the show.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The Broadway bros' criticism of Randy's show is perfectly valid. Randy just assumes they're jealous and doesn't listen.
  • Papa Wolf: Randy.
  • Pet the Dog: After initially bashing Randy's attempt to create his own show, the Broadway bros become friendly with him after a "bro-down" and offer to help him fix it, which he accepts.
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  • Product Placement / The Stinger: The very end of the episode has a short plug for The Book of Mormon, with the announcer saying "You'll get a blowjob!".
  • Take That!: A big one towards Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark when Randy goes to "ruin Broadway" by donning a Spider-Man costume and wrecking the theater, making fun of the destructive production problems the show had during its previews.

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