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Recap / South Park S 1 E 9 "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo"

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Airdate: December 17, 1997

Kyle's mom protests against her son being in the Nativity play, due to being Jewish, which leads to the town abolishing anything that could be considered offensive during the holiday season.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Gerald and Sheila are incredibly dismissive of Kyle and his beliefs in Mr. Hankey and allows him to be thrown into a mental asylum.
  • Artistic License – Religion: Sheila complains about Kyle playing Joseph in the Christmas pageant because he's Jewish. Joseph of Aramathea was in fact Jewish, and the Joseph who was Jesus' mortal father was Joseph of Nazareth, not Joseph of Aramathea.
  • Big "OMG!": Sheila when Kyle says Ike's on fire.
  • Blatant Lies: Cartman at the end claims to have always believed in Mr. Hankey.
  • Christmas Episode
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Chef encourages the other kids to believe in Mr. Hankey at the beginning of the fourth act. This causes Mr. Hankey to appear to them normal, not as an ordinary lump of poo.
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  • Cluster F-Bomb: Kyle near the end of his "Lonely Jew on Christmas" song.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Pip is seen with parents and a supposed sister (the red-haired girl), and his father even has a line in the ending song. In "Summer Sucks," it's revealed that Pip is an orphan who has to stay in summer school, as he has no parents. Knowing Pip, either those were his parents and they died between this episode and "Summer Sucks" or those were his adoptive parents and they either died or neglected him.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: Kenny when he makes it through the episode without being killed.
  • Hypocrite: After complaining about the pageant's insensitivity to other religions, Shelia suggests replacing the Christian theme with The Dreidel Song. Apparently it's more tolerant to have Jewish only themes in the play.
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  • I Am Big Boned: "I'm not fat, I'm festively plump."
  • Jerkass Has a Point: After all the townspeople complain about how horrible the politically correct Christmas pageant is, Mr. Garrison rightfully points out that it was their various complaints that made it this way.
  • Moral Guardians: Once again, Sheila.
    Sheila: It isn't being sensitive to the Jewish community.
    Mr. Garrison: You ARE the Jewish community.
  • Musical Episode
  • Never My Fault: After the pageant is ruined by their nitpicking, the various culture groups of South Park all blame each other.
    Sheila Brovloski: What the hell is this? This is horrible!
    Priest Maxi: This is the most god awful piece of crap I've ever seen.
    Mr Garrison: Hey, you're the ones who made it this way.
    Priest Maxi: Yes, because the Jews said it couldn't be Christian.
    Gerald Brovloski: It wasn't our idea to take out Santa Claus.
    Tree Protestor: All you bastards ruined Christmas!(Fight between culture groups breaks outs)
  • One-Person Birthday Party: The credits are interrupted partway by Jesus singing "Happy Birthday" to himself.
  • Parody Commercial: In the middle of the religious groups' brawl, a commercial for a Mr. Hankey playset is aired in lieu of a real commercial.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Mercilessly lampooned. Every subculture in town protests to get things removed from the Christmas, such as Christmas lights for epileptics and for some reason, mistletoe. The end result leads to a bland pageant with kids dancing in grey leotards (to music by Phillip Glass) which no one enjoys, leading to a violent, and very discriminate war.
  • Real After All: Mr. Hankey
  • Rule of Three: Kenny avoiding death; the first where he pulls out electric cords without being electrocuted by water, the second where he managed to get the star down without falling off the ladder, and surviving for real with the episode finally ending after an ominous build up.
  • Running Gag: Craig being forced to sit outside Mr. Mackey's office.
  • Screaming Birth: The original Christmas pageant had Mary (played by Wendy) in the Nativity scene groaning loudly as she gives birth to Jesus.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Cartman's reaction when Mr. Hankey comes to life in front of him and his friends.
    Cartman: Okay, that does it. Screw you guys, I'm going home. Talking poo is where I draw the line.
  • Skewed Priorities: Kyle's mom is more upset over Kyle being cast as Joseph than over the actual on-screen depiction of Jesus' birth. With an eight-year-old girl playing the role of Mary, no less.
  • Shout-Out
  • Something Completely Different: During the whole audience fight, a faux live-action toy ad for Mr. Hankey plays in between.
  • Take That!: The episode satirizes the "War on Christmas" and people wanting to tone down the religious elements so the holidays can cater to every religious group.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Kyle's Mom is a Stupid Bitch (in D Minor)"
  • They Killed Kenny Again: The episode threatened it a few times by placing Kenny in peril, but he survives to the end of the episode, with a huge lampshade hung on this fact.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Oh, my God! They DIDN'T kill Kenny!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After the town complains about the lackluster pageant, Mr. Garrison is quick to point out they made it that way in the first place, leading them to all blame each other for escalating things.
  • You Monster!: Mr. Mackey calls Kyle a "sick little monkey" when he sees what Kyle believes is Mr. Hankey in his mug.

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