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Recap / South Park S 16 E 1 Reverse Cowgirl

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After Clyde's mom dies on the toilet because he left the seat up, the Toilet Safety Administration (TSA) is called upon to monitor everyone on the toilet. Meanwhile, Stan convinces Clyde to sue the long-dead inventor of the toilet.


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  • All for Nothing: Cartman mocks Clyde over how his mom's death, and the ensuing issues with TSA interference meant jack all in the end as the bathroom returned to being "the last bastion of American freedom", even if the rules were changed slightly.
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  • Both Sides Have a Point: Both genders are correct in blaming the other over the toilet seats. Men are at fault for leaving the toilet seat up, but so are women for not taking a second to check. Then it turns out that 'neither' side is right, since they all sit on the toilet the wrong way.
  • The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: Everyone looks at Butters like he's crazy when he reveals that he sits backwards on the toilet. We later learn from the toilet inventor's ghost that this was exactly what he intended users to do.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Played for Laughs. Clyde's mom gets killed while she is stuck in the toilet as it flushes.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Clyde's mom comes to school, embarrasses Clyde in front of his class for yet again leaving the toilet seat up, and makes him come home just to put it down.
  • Everyone Has Standards: A Deleted Scene has everyone being visibly appalled at Butters insensitively bringing up how Clyde unintentionally killed his mom and Jimmy cracking a joke about it.
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    • Even Evil Has Standards: Yes, even Cartman was put off by this.
  • Flipping the Bird: At the end of the episode, after using it, Clyde was about to put the toilet seat out before deciding to leave it back up and showed his middle finger to the sky before leaving.
  • Killed Off for Real: Betsy Donovan.
  • Never My Fault: Both genders. The women place the blame solely on the men for not putting toilet seats down, and the men blame the women for not checking that the seats down in the first place. In the end they decide the blame must belong to the guy who invented toilets in the first place, who then blames all of them for using his invention the wrong way.
  • Only Sane Man: Cartman is the only one who thinks the government keeping watch over everyone's bathrooms is a bigger issue than which gender is responsible for raising/lowering the toilet seat.
    • He was also the only one to question the concept of a "Sue-ance".
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Butters assumes you use the toilet backwards, facing the tank so you can put your objects on it. Turns out this is exactly how John Harrington invented it.
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  • Take That!: This episode takes shots against post-9/11 airport security imposed by the actual TSA.
  • The Peeping Tom: The TSA hires one to watch over their security cameras. he even attempts to get off to Cartman's act of terrorism with a baby and one of the officers until he spray paints the camera.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Clyde's mom gets killed when her organs are pulled out of her because she sat down on a toilet without checking the seat, despite the fact she knows it's Clyde's habit.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Mrs. Donovan goes from simply being "Clyde's mom", like she was in all previous episodes, to being unbelievably bitchy and domineering about Clyde leaving the toilet seat up.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Clyde's mom's voice sounds more masculine in this episode, as opposed to earlier episodes. Justified because her voice actress, April Stewart, wasn't available to re-record her lines for the episode after the script was rewritten, so Trey Parker had to fill in for her.

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