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Recap / South Park S 21 E 7 Doubling Down

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When Cartman and Heidi's relationship becomes too much for Kyle to deal with, he decides to take direct action. Meanwhile, President Garrison deals with declining popularity.


  • Animation Bump: Cartman's Imagine Spot.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Anyone on a meat free diet for a length of time will know that their food is spiked, because it will make them incredibly ill.
  • Bad Boss: Garrison starts raping his own Cabinet members to keep them under his control.
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  • The Bus Came Back: The Member Berries return.
  • The Cameo: The Member Berries are shown in the office watching Garrisons actions from a shelf and remembering things.
  • Cassandra Truth: The girls ultimately ignore Kyle's advice that constantly belittling Heidi for dating Cartman makes her double down on her decision to be with him, because she doesn't want to feel stupid.
  • Continuity Nod: There's a few to Season 20:
    • "Fuck Them All To Death!"
    • The member berries reappear.
    • The Gender War apparently hasn't ended as Kyle is met with hostility by the girls when he goes to talk to them about Heidi, meaning that the boys and girls singing together in "Put It Down" was a case of Teeth-Clenched Teamwork. It also means Kyle has yet to expose his dad as skankhunt42.
  • Continuity Snarl: In this episode, Mike Pence is depicted as the vice president instead of Caitlyn Jenner. This may or may not be a Take That! towards Donald Trump constantly firing and replacing his staff.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Cartman challenges Kyle into a fight for dating Heidi after she broke up with him. Kyle effortlessly knocks him out with a single counter the moment Cartman throws a punch at him.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Despite Kyle's attempts to get Heidi out of an emotionally abusive relationship with Cartman and date her himself, Heidi ends up rejecting Kyle and goes back to Cartman.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Kyle's attempt to make peace with the girls and prove he's not sexist just results in him continually putting his foot in his mouth and trying to clarify what he meant to say. Eventually, Wendy gets tired of it and just asks him why he's come to talk with them.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Averted. None of Garrison's raping (especially to the death), is viewed or portrayed as anything other than horrifying.
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  • Downer Ending: Heidi goes back to Cartman after breaking up with him so as to not feel stupid, with her slowly starting to adapt to Cartman's negative habits. And Garrison is going to continue raping his staff members to control them, only now with a giant strap-on. And he's also going to rape foreign dignitaries to death because they're not American.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Somehow, Heidi never notices the chicken bones in the “Beyond KFC”, even while eating it.
  • Hate Sink: While Cartman has always been a character we Love to Hate, his treatment towards Heidi in this episode makes him harder to love and easier to hate.
  • Honor Thy Abuser: In the end not only does Heidi accepts Cartman's abuse, but has began to adopt his personality.
  • Hypocrite: Wendy, along with her friends, mock Heidi for falling in love with and kissing Cartman, even though Wendy herself fell in love with and kissed Cartman back in "Chef Goes Nanners".
  • Imagine Spot: Cartman has one concerning Kyle once he learns Kyle started dating Heidi.
  • Irony: The girls laugh at the idea of why Heidi would ever date Cartman in the first place, never realizing it was them treating her as dead when she no longer had any part in Social Media that lead her to Cartman, who actually was nicer at the beginning of their relationship than the girls had been to Heidi.
    • Also Kyle's father was the troll who caused Heidi and Cartman's relationship to happen in the first place and Kyle knows about the trolling and judging from the girls being hostile to Kyle he still hasn't revealed the truth.
    • Also, someone who had information implicating Garrison in crimes he's committed wound up mysteriously murdered. This is exactly the same boat his old opponent Hilary Clinton has been in.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Heidi’s friends most definitely overdid it by ridiculing her for dating Cartman, even after their breakup, they are right about Cartman being...well...Cartman.
  • Kids Are Cruel: The girls constantly belittling and demeaning Heidi for dating Cartman after she had long after broken up with him leads her back to Cartman.
  • Love Triangle: One is formed between Heidi, Cartman, and Kyle when the latter realizes he likes Heidi.
  • Medium Blending: Cartman's angry Imagine Spot includes scenes of live action footage of groups of Jewish men dancing.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If the girls hadn't mocked Heidi for dating Eric, she wouldn't have dated him for as long as she did, or gone back to him after she dumped him and they basically created a female version of Cartman.
  • Never My Fault: Cartman claims it's his mom's fault for making him so fat by feeding him junk food all the time. But does that mean his mom was just forcing him to eat fattening foods instead of him screaming at her for the show's past 20 seasons that he wants junk food?
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: By trying to interfere with Cartman's abusive relationship with Heidi, Kyle has not only made Cartman believe that he is the sole reason that his relationship with Heidi has ended, but also uses this to get Heidi back and speed up her deterioration, by making her Anti-Semetic.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Kyle makes it clear in his talk with Heidi that Cartman always believes himself to be a victim despite it not being the case. Sure enough he convinces himself it was Kyle alone that destroyed his relationship with Heidi once Token's dad reveals it.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Kyle is right that Cartman is emotionally abusive and manipulative to Heidi and that she needs to break up with him. However, a good part of the reason Kyle cares about helping Heidi is because he wants to date her himself. That said, once Kyle realizes his feelings for Heidi, he backs off and tells Cartman to appreciate what he has and be good to Heidi. Then Cartman starts making fun of Heidi right in front of him so Kyle decides to go through with it anyway.
  • Ship Tease: Turns out Kyle likes HeidiAnd . And they even date for a little while in this episode.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Cartman's Imagine Spot after he finds out about Kyle and Heidi contains a few scenes very similar to the "Pink Elephants on Parade" sequence from Dumbo, a trident-powered Ursula becoming a giant in The Little Mermaid, and Darla Dimple bursting from the ground in a volcanic eruption during her "Big and Loud" song from Cats Don't Dance.
    • Also, the episode title is one for KFC's Double Down, notable for Cartman tricking Heidi into eating KFC at the end of the episode.
  • Squick: Garrison pantless and wearing a Giant Strap-On Dildo
  • Villains Never Lie: Averted for Cartman, but played straight for Garrison, who fully admits to "rape murdering" a Russian diplomat. When his cabinet call him out on this, he reminds them that that was what he publicly vowed to do.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The fourth grade girls. They continue to berate Heidi, even after she had broken up with Cartman, which ultimately leads her to getting back with him, once again. Which leads to her becoming a female Cartman.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Heidi's friends condescendingly ask why did she choose Cartman to be her boyfriend.
  • With Friends Like These...: After Heidi breaks up with Cartman, the girls continually mock and demean her about dating him in the first place with no sympathy for the fact she was in a dark place when she made the decision to do so. Her embarrassment eventually leads to her getting back with him.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Poor Kyle. It seemed like he was finally going to get a girlfriend in Heidi, only to dump him, and go back to Cartman after the girls made fun of her for dating him. Not only that, she also adopted Cartman’s negative traits, and calls Kyle a dirty Jew.
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