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Recap / South Park S 15 E 7 Youre Getting Old

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Airdate: June 8, 2011

It's Stan's tenth birthday, and his view of the world has literally turned to shit (as in, "Everything he sees is feces"). Things get worse when his friendship with Kyle crumbles and his parents divorce again (see "Clubhouses" for the first time they divorced).

"You're Getting Old" contains examples of:

  • Cerebus Retcon: Sharon demands an explanation for Randy's increasingly childish antics. Randy then snaps and admits that he's been unhappy this whole time.
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  • Downer Ending: Stan's parents divorce and his friendship with Kyle disintegrates.
  • Funny Background Event: While Randy and Sharon are having an emotional talk, the two old men come in and steal Randy's pants.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Sharon laments that "the same shit keeps happening every week." To drive the point home, a gag used twice in the episode has two old men discussing "Steamy" versions of musicians in a childishly amusing accent, with a punchline of "No, that's Steeeevie [X]. Steamy [X] just shits his/her britches," and later breaking into homes to rescue the britches.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Mocked in regards to music. The parents think that the Tween Wave sounds like crap and the kids respond that they just don't get it.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: After distorted (courtesy of Stan's new worldview) trailers for Jack and Jill and Mr. Popper's Penguins, a third trailer is shown depicting a duck as the US President and America going to the dogs. "Coming June something."
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  • Series Fauxnale: A lot of viewers misinterpreted the episode as Trey Parker and Matt Stone trying to end the series with no chance of revival.
  • Story Arc: This episode began a two-episode story arc involving Stan living through his cynicism, but it took four months until the next episode aired.
  • Toilet Humor: This episode is full of it, from Stan's view of the world, to Randy creating songs that involve him shitting his pants.
  • Wham Episode: It's a lot more serious than the usual South Park episode that isn’t Kenny Dies. Stan's cynicism alienates him from his friends, Sharon and Randy divorce (again), and Stan and his family move away, with seemingly no sign of improvement in their lives.


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