Airdate: April 18, 2012
The boys go to the Colorado Mountains to go ziplining, and find themselves fighting for survival when they discover that ziplining causes literal death from boredom.
"I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" contains examples of:
- Art Shift:
- As the boys go further on their adventure, the show becomes a "dramatization" with the boys being portrayed by live actors.
- The scenes inside the boys' bodies are rendered in CGI.
- Big Bad: Stan was the one who got him and the other boys on the trip in the first place.
- Big Damn Heroes: The boys are saved by Mr. Hankey at the end.
- Comically Missing the Point: Stan, tearfully recalling Kenny's death and using his friends to get an iPod Nano: "The hardest part about it is knowing you can't take it back. I mean, it was a fifth-generation Nano, so I can't trade it in anywhere."
- Continuity Nod:
- In the montage at the end, the narrator explains that Stan held a seminar about boredom and when it failed, jacked off in San Diego, a nod to the previous episode "Butterballs".
- One of Mr. Hanky's rescue vehicles is the Poo-Choo Express, referencing the Poo-Choo Train from "Red Sleigh Down".
- Despair Event Horizon: The boys are stranded at sea, Kenny dies of boredom and herpes and it's revealed Stan took them on the trip so he can get an iPod Nano.
- Fake-Out Opening: The opening scene makes it seem like the boys would get into bloody ziplining accidents. As the episode continues, it becomes clear that there were no accidents — the ziplining was just made significantly less fun due to an insufferable tour group.
- Felony Misdemeanor: All the small (but admittedly relatable) annoyances that befall the boys on the trip are treated as serious dramatic tragedies by the narrative.
- It's easy to miss but the scene of Cartman saying that ziplining is a great idea, he's looking at Stan.
- Kenny is the only boy to not be interviewed. The third act reveals why.
- Heroic BSoD: The group eventually succumbs to this after they learn why the ziplining trip was suggested.
- Hypocritical Humor: Cartman mocks Kenny for having herpes and saying it's a cold sore. At the end of the episode, after being treated for herpes, he obviously says the same.
- Long Title: At one point, the documentary is renamed "I Should Have Never Thought Horseback Riding Would Be Any Better Than Ziplining".
- The Millstone: One same irritating camper is constantly halting the group, arriving half an hour late to the trip and constantly asking questions to the guides. The narration makes clear the boys are really holding themselves from telling this guy to go fuck himself.
- Running Gag: Every utterance of "To make a long story short...", which the zipliners and horseback riders flippantly say as an indication that their story is actually going to go on even longer.
- Shout-Out: The whole episode is a parody of the reality show I Shouldn't Be Alive, complete with the same narrator.
- Snap Back: Cartman's back to insulting Kyle for being Jewish.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny dies of boredom on a slow boat in a live-action sequence.
- Toilet Humor: Most of Cartman's scenes. Especially the live-action version of him crapping on the side of the boat.
- Wham Line: "You sold us out for an iPod Nano?"
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Stan says this line when he decides to go on a boat ride instead of enduring horseback riding any longer. This also cues the switchover to the dramatized footage.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When the rest of the boys learn than Stan sold them out for an iPod Nano, they are not happy.