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Recap / South Park S19E4 Your'e Not Yelping

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When the restaurants of Shi Tpa Town have enough of the constant catering to Yelp food critics, Cartman inspires them to fight back.

"You're Not Yelping" includes examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: This is one of only two Season 19 episodes where PC Principal doesn't appear. This explains why Cartman is back to his racist ways in this episode, as he feels safe to do so with PC Principal not breathing down his neck.
  • An Aesop:
    • Don't confuse ordinary people who write restaurant reviews on Yelp with professional food critics.
    • Don't use Yelp to blackmail or intimidate restaurants - but in general, don't anger the people who handle and cook your food.
  • As You Know: Cartman says this when talking about the scrutiny of the Yelpers in his Rousing Speech.
  • Bait-and-Switch/ Brick Joke: At the beginning of the episode, the family that owns Nueva Familia have just moved into town, and Davíd's father tells him, "We're not going back to that miserable place!" This implies they are Mexican immigrants. Near the end of the episode, when Kyle tells Davíd not to face Cartman and the Yelpers, saying this town isn't Mexico, Davíd responds, "I'm not from Mexico, dude — I'm from Idaho! I'm gonna show this prick how we do things in Boise!"
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  • Call-Back: The Ct Pa Town (now Sht Pa of Town) and Whole Foods from last episode are shown
  • Children Are Innocent: Averted, one toddler who doesn't look even 8 years old at Whistlin' Willy's Pizza tries extorting fancy service just because it's his birthday and he's a Yelper himself. He gets kicked out.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Whistlin' Willy is reduced to this when he gets fed up with the Yelpers.
  • Deconstruction: Of Yelp critics. As the show does focus on several critics who have good intentions and are thinking they are helping people in their own way. However their contributions are extremely diluted by the masses that only use the status for special treatment, making anything they do moot.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The yelpers start destroying restaurants that won't bend over backwards to please them.
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  • The Dog Bites Back: The restaurants confront the selfish and unreasonable Yelpers by first banning them and second, tainting their food with mucus, semen, feces and urine, possibly even other disgusting substances as well.
  • Entitled Bastard: The people seem to think being Yelpers gives them an invite to act as such
  • Failed a Spot Check: At the end, the Yelpers don't seem to notice the blatantly obvious and huge stains of semen, mucus, feces, etc. on their meals.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: The Yelpers get horribly stained and ruined meals as retribution for their greedy behavior.
  • Ironic Echo: When everyone at school is upset at Cartman for having the food critics destroy Whistlin' Willy's, Cartman declares, "I'm now the leader of thousands of people. They all hang on my every word, and I'm gonna use my power to finally get what this town really needs." The next scene shows Gerald working on his latest review, and he gives Sheila the exact same speech, demonstrating that all of the food critics think of themselves as leaders.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: After finally having enough of Yelp reviewers abusing their (perceived) authority over them, all of South Park's restauranteurs secretly add a couple of special garnishes to the reviewers' food, taking glee in the fact that the patrons are none the wiser. The garnish? Boogers and cum.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: The episode has little to do with Season 19, but sets up one of the main plots of Season 20.
  • It's All About Me: All the Yelpers think they're the leading food critic when Cartman gives them a speech about leadership, completely missing the implication that Cartman is supposed to be the leader.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: Davíd's name is pronounced "Dah-veed". Cartman forces him to pronounce his name Day-vid by using his clout and threatening to give his parents' restaurant a one star review on Yelp.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Yelp reviewers have their food contaminated for the way they acted.
    • That Officer Yates is one of those reviewers, this can be taken not just as karma for how he acted in this episode, but the long overdue karma he kept avoiding in just about every other episode he appeared in.
  • Manchild: One Yelp reviewer who came to Whistlin Willy's wanted a table inside the ball playground.
  • Montage Out: The episode ends with the restaurant owners getting back at the Yelp reviewers by tainting their orders with mucus and semen, while a song about the situation plays.
  • Nice to the Waiter: As the ending shows, turns out being a dick to the people who serve your food is a really bad idea.
  • Purple Prose: Gerald's review style.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Whistlin' Willie has enough of yelpers when one asks for a table in the ball pit.
  • Revenge Is a Dish Best Served: With boogers and cum.
  • Rousing Speech: Cartman gets the idea to show what a real food critic should do, but when he summons all the Yelp food critics for a meeting, he gives a speech about leadership that doesn't specify that he's supposed to be the leader, which leads to the reveal that all of the Yelp critics are self-absorbed assholes who, as Kyle puts it, think the whole thing is about themselves alone.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The Yelp reviewers all tout their status as food critics to get special treatment in restaurants.
  • Serious Business: Yelp reviewing is played this way, with every Yelp reviewer wanting to be treated the same way a professional food critic would be treated.
  • Shout-Out: Whistlin' Willy's breakdown is based on Slingblade.
  • Snap Back: The destruction of Whistlin' Willy's and the execution of its eponymous mascot are Played for Drama... only for both to be shown inexplicably back to normal during the Montage Out.
  • Start of Darkness: As explained in Wieners Out the events of this episode are what led to Gerald becoming SkankHunt42.
  • Take That!: To Yelp reviewers and ISIS, the episode calling them both out for the selfish monsters they are.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The episode ends with Davíd delivering a burrito with his dad's cum in it to a clueless Cartman, promising to bring one to him every day.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Willy delivers one to one of the yelpers threatening him with a one star review by telling him he's not a food critic but rather a mechanic.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: When Davíd appears on the news challenging Cartman to a showdown at the south of town (without calling him out by name), Sergant Yates (being one of the self-appointed Yelper leaders) decides to go out there and face him. When the rest of the police force offers back up, Yates responds that he doesn't need help, since Davíd supposedly called out to him specifcially.


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