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Recap / South Park S 22 E 10 Bike Parade

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Despite the chaos at the Amazon Fulfillment Center, the Bike Parade is still on. The boys’ chance of winning is in jeopardy when Kenny resists commercialism in solidarity with the striking workers.

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  • Actually Pretty Funny: When Stan tells Kyle that the Bike Parade is indeed offensive after hearing the PC Babies cry about it, Kyle laughs at the response.
  • Back for the Finale: Several characters previously absent for a while appear in the finale.
    • Santa whose last appearance was in Season 17's "Let Go, Let Gov".
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    • Dr. Alphonse Mephesto whose last appearance was in Season 19's "The City Part of Town".
    • Mr. Adams whose last appearance was in Season 19's "The City Part of Town".
    • Big Gay Al whose last appearance was in Season 19's finale.
    • Karen McCormick whose last appearance was in Season 19's finale.
    • President Garrison, whose last appearance was in Season 21's finale. He is shown to have been arrested for nuking Canada last season, but still hasn't been handed over to the Canadians.
    • Father Maxi, whose last appearance in this season was in "A Boy and a Priest", 8 episodes ago.
    • Heidi Turner, whose last appearance in this season was in "The Problem With A Poo", 7 episodes ago.
    • Towlie, whose last appearance in this season was in "Tegridy Farms", 6 episodes ago.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Randy Marsh was able to end the strike and sell his weed to the townsfolk uniting everyone against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, forcing him out of town while the bike parade go on as planned with the children riding their bikes and the adults finally fulfilled by getting high on weed. However, Josh Carter is dead, Kenny gets killed again (but that's nothing new), and it's heavily implied that Tegridy Farm will end up becoming just like Amazon.
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  • Book-Ends: The ending credits of Season 22's first episode features this hashtag "#cancelsouthpark". The ending credits of Season 22's finale features that very same hashtag.
  • Brick Joke: Earlier in the episode, Stan, Kyle, and Cartman try to cancel the bike parade by complaining about how offensive it might be to the mayor. At the end of the episode, as the bike parade actually happens, the PC Babies start crying about it, leading the boys' excuse for trying to cancel the bike parade to be true.
    Stan: I guess they are offensive. (Kyle laughs in response)
  • Broken Pedestal: Played with. Santa is horrified when he finds out Mr Hankey was exiled for doing something horrible, convinced that meant something as atrocious as "fuck(ing) a kid". When he hears the underwhelming explanation that "he tweeted some inappropriate things" he leaves the town to their fate, unimpressed.
  • Call-Back: Several.
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    • Randy brings up the Scooters that almost ruined South Park, and use them to deliver his marijuana.
    • Mayor McDaniels tells Santa that they ran Mr. Hankey out of town, which causes Santa to decide against helping them.
  • Cliffhanger Copout: After leaving the last season's finale on a Cliffhanger, the closest thing to closure that we can get with Mr. Garrison's storyline is him making a brief appearance near the end in handcuffs.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The Bike Parade scene shows the PC babies, President Garrison, and even Ned suffering from injuries he received from ManBearPig.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Cartman brings up his anxiety and threatens to shoot up the school.
    • When Towlie mentions the incidents with the e-scooters during Halloween Randy uses the word "Member", suggesting that he's still being influence by The Memberberries to some degree.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Jeff Bezos tricks a bunch of children into opening Josh's box by promising them tools for their bikes, causing Josh's organs to explode on a kid's face.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Everyone still alive earns their happy ending here with the adult finally being fulfilled by smoking weed, the children participating in the Bike Parade without having to worry about competing, and the Marshes are able to keep their weed business.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Santa is rightfully outraged when he learns about Mr. Hankey's exile from the town for petty reasons and even calls the townspeople out for their actions.
    • The Mayor turns on Bezos after he tricks young children into killing Josh Carter.
  • Graceful Loser: President Garrison doesn't seemed to mind being handcuffed, enjoying the bike parade as much as everyone else.
  • The Hero: Randy is the main hero, as he uses his weed to unite everyone in the town against Jeff Bezos forcing the latter to leave while turning everything back to normal.
  • Hope Spot: It seems that Santa Claus has come to save the town from Jeff Bezos, only to immediately leave when he learns that the townspeople exiled Mr. Hankey for saying offensive tweets.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Randy uses Tegridy farms to oppose Amazon, but the ending states that it will be on a "giant online retailer" anyhow.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: After being captured by Jeff Bezos, Josh tries to reason with him. Jeff Bezos dismisses him as a mere box before encouraging a bunch of kids to open the box and kill Josh.
    Jeff Bezos: See how the box ridicules commercialism in order to try and feel better about itself.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: The Mayor's very streamlined explanation of the long running aggressive tirade Mr Hankey committed that caused the town to exile him (“He, erm... tweeted some inappropriate things.”) leads Santa to believe they committed tall order Disproportionate Retribution and leave in disgust.
  • Karma Houdini: Though Bezos is successfully driven out, he suffers no repercussions for killing at least two people.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: President Garrison is shown to be finally arrested in this episode some time after escaping capture in the previous season's finale.
  • Killed Offscreen: Bezos orders Alexa to kill Kenny in this episode. Sometime after, during the parade, Cartman is seen riding with a bike pulling Kenny's coffin.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The townspeople's overreaction to Mr. Hankey's tweets and callous treatment towards Kyle for defending him in "The Problem with a Poo" comes back to bite them in the ass when Santa, upon learning of their actions, abandons them to their fate, disgusted.
  • Pet the Dog: Cartman is the one carrying Kenny's coffin on his bike.
  • Precision F-Strike: Santa says an uncensored C-Word before leaving town.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Santa bails on South Park when he finds out they ran out Mr. Hankey over a few tweets.
  • Status Quo Is God: Averted. While Bezos and his fulfillment center is gotten rid of and the town seemingly goes back to normal, the Marshes are still living at Tegridy Farms and PC Principal and Strong Woman are still raising the PC babies in secrecy.
  • Take That!:
    • Towards outrage culture, with people getting enraged over any controversy, whether it be major or minor. An example of such is when Santa was about to help the townsfolk only to leave in disgust upon learning about the town's outrage towards Mr. Hankey's tweets that caused the poo to leave.
    • There's one towards Donald Trump near the end where his stand-in, Mr. Garrison, is seen in handcuffs.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny is ordered to be killed by Bezos and his coffin is seen at the parade.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After learning that Mr. Hankey was exiled from South Park, Santa calls the townspeople out for their actions, specifically over the fact he hurt their feelings with a few tweets.
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