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Recap / South Park S 19 E 3 The City Part Of Town

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With South Park gentrifying, Kenny decides to get a job at City Wok.

The City Part of Town includes examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Mr. Kim keeps calling Kenny "Dennis", probably due to mishearing his muffled speech.
  • Author Avatar: Lu Kim is this in the face of how PC the whole episode is.
  • Breather Episode: After 2 episodes of heavily lampooning political correctness and insulting celebrities, this episode is much more tame. Or rather, it appears to be.
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  • Broken Aesop: Lu Kim has a mournful soliloquy about how figures like him are now considered out-dated and being pushed aside to pander to a new crowd. The message loses a bit of its impact as Lu Kim's role in the series was never very prominent. For instance, he was absent for 4 years after Season 9 and again for 3 years after Season 15.
  • Call-Back: To be expected with the continuous plot line.
    • Kyle is still getting told to stop making speeches.
    • Garrison's replacement is seen.
    • Garrison's presidential campaign is seen.
    • When Randy introduces the SoDoSoPa plan, he mentions that he's been PC for about two weeks.
  • Foreshadowing: Mayor McDaniels calls Craig homosexual, much to his annoyance. Bet that's not coming up again anytime soon.
  • Hypocrite: The boys regularly insult and even harm anything and everything from celebrities to special interest groups and then some with total sincerity... but are deeply offended by Jimmy Fallon ribbing them on his show.
    • Also the city claims their SoDoSoPa is helping poor residents (the McCormicks) when all they're doing is making the surrounding area look nice all while doing nothing to help them like offering them employment or paying them to use their property.
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    • PC Principal mentions some people having to be "dragged kicking and screaming" into 2015. Bit rich considering his debut episode showed him throwing a tantrum in every single scene.
    • Kenny's dad barking at Karen to stop whining over not getting any ice cream or gourmet food outside and just go work a job, when he himself is an unemployed bum and earlier made a speech about providing well for his family.
  • Insistent Terminology: The SoDoSoPa refers to the area as "Kenny's house" rather than the McCormick house.
  • The Inspector Is Coming: South Park's desperate to impress the representative from Whole Foods.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Kenny's dad stating that getting a job is for suckers. Not only does Kenny get paid very little when he tries to get a job, but in many real-life economies it's not unusual for low-skill occupations to pay less than welfare handouts, sometimes even paying nothing on the basis that it's volunteer work.
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  • Kick the Dog: How Kenny's parents treat his sister Karen, with Carol wearing an "I'm with Stupid" shirt pointed at her and Kenny's dad telling her to just get a job and stop whining about not getting ice cream.
  • Montage Out: The episode ends with a montage of people at Whole Foods
  • Pet the Dog: While Mr. Kim makes use of child labor, he does try to treat his employees well and regrets that he can't pay Kenny more for his hard work.
  • Pun-Based Title: Just imagine the episode title being said in Lu Kim's Japanese Ranguage accent. The fact that the name of his own gentrified district is CtPa Town takes the cake.
  • Status Quo Is God: The town gentrified the land where the McCormicks live just so they could get a Whole Foods Market to show how "progressive" they are. When they got the Whole Foods Market, that part of town went straight to shit again.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: Mr. Kim's attempt to gentrify the shitty part of town seemingly fails, and he and Kenny are resigned to their fates (Mr. Kim's failing business, and Kenny's house having SoDoSoPa). The commercial for the town that closes the episode reveals that CtPa Town ended up serving as the home of South Park's Whole Foods, causing City Wok to regain customers, while SoDoSoPa is left to rot, allowing Kenny's family to live in peace.
  • Take That!:
    • Primarily towards gentrification, through showing the aftereffects from the point-of-view of the people it harms: the low-income areas refurbished in order to cater to upper middle class yuppies and hipsters causes most or all of the low-income residents move out and small local businesses to close due to a combination of decreased business and increased operating costs. Several viewers have talked about how uncannily the SoDoSoPa commercials mirror the commercials for real gentrified areas.
    • Whole Foods Market, for their practice of only opening franchise locations in gentrified "artisan" neighborhoods frequented by hipsters and yuppies.
    • On a meta-level, the whole episode was a take that to the critics and people who hate the show for being politically incorrect, by having the episode be an example of what the show would look like if it was as politically correct as they want it to be.
  • Token Minority: A number of them get roped into participating in the Whole Foods commercial.
    Cartman: Are the Mexicans actually staying?
    Kyle: Shh.
  • Villainous Gentrification: The town gentrifies the area around Kenny's house.


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