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Recap / South Park S 17 E 6 Ginger Cow

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Cartman's latest prank (painting a cow to look like a ginger) brings about peace among the Jews, Muslims, and Christians (as a red heifer in all three religions is believed to be a sign of the end of days).

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  • Aren't You Forgetting Someone?: Stan and Kenny interrupt the ceremony in Israel to reveal the truth of the cow when Kyle calls Stan and explains the whole situation. Stan calls out Kyle for his Holier Than Thou attitude for putting up with Cartman's farts. Kyle admits to being a jerk and apologizes to Stan. Stan tells him to apologize to Kenny too, which he does.
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  • Art Shift: During the Van Halen concert, the crowds of Jews, Muslims, and Christians are replaced by live-action Stock Footage of religious crowds.
  • Artistic License – Religion: Despite the majority of Japan not being Christian, the two Japanese newscasters kill themselves as they hear a ginger cow is a sign of the apocalypse.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Clearly averted for once with showing a lot of Protestant, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox leaders in debate room and for rest of episode using Ecumenical Patriarch (de jure Eastern Orthodox head) to presents Christianity.
  • Captain Obvious: When Cartman tells Kyle that the ginger cow was fake, Kyle replies "No shit.".
  • Corpsing: Cartman can barely contain his laughter to keep up the charade on his prank when the other kids believe it.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Cartman's only reason to believe the real prophecy didn't come true was because he doesn't think he has a small penis.
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  • Driven to Suicide: International newscasters kill themselves while reporting on the "ginger cow".
  • Extreme Doormat: Kyle. Played for Drama, big time. He is forced by Cartman to call his mom a "fat skank" and lets Cartman humiliate him by farting on him.
  • Gilligan Cut: Stan tells Kenny he's worried all the farts he's been smelling are going to Kyle's head. Cut to Kyle apparently being awoken from sleeping by God commending him for taking those farts for religious peace.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Kyle begins to take Cartman's demands seriously and with pride when God comes to him in a dream to commend him on taking it all for the sake of world peace.
  • Karma Houdini: Cartman.
  • Peace Conference: The argument between the Jews, Muslims, and Christians ends up turning into this.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If Kyle had told Stan why he was acting weird before he appeared on the live screen, he wouldn't have accidentally "disproved" their prophecy.
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  • Running Gag: "Yummy yummy yummy..."
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: By the end, everything goes back to square one.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The spirit who congratulates Kyle for eating Cartman's farts talks like this.
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