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Recap / South Park S 22 E 6 Time To Get Cereal

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When dead citizens start popping up all over town, the boys realize they need Al Gore’s help. The boys are willing to do almost anything to save the town, and themselves, but it may be just too late.


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  • Art Evolution: Al Gore now has a beard to keep up with his real-life counterpart (even though he shaved it off before the episode aired).
  • Asshole Victim: The father at the Red Lobster who is a jab at people who don't think anything needs to be done about Global Warming is mauled to death by ManBearPig.
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  • The Bus Came Back: After not being seen since the 201st episode, Al Gore returns. To a lesser extent, Ned and Satan also return. This is also the first time Ned spoke since Season 5's "Here Comes the Neighborhood".
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends with the four boys falsely arrested, with ManBearPig still on the loose.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Continuing the season's theme of everybody accepting school shootings as a mundane fact of life, Sgt. Yates describes the violent killings done by ManBearPig as 'school shootings' even though they take place outside of school and involve no firearms. He also says things like "Outside of school is supposed to be the one place children are safe!" a few times throughout the episode.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Turns out Al Gore was right about ManBearPig all along.
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  • Deal with the Devil: The reason ManBearPig is attacking. It's revealed that it's being who lives to tempt humanity, and if it's hunted down, it will make a deal in exchange for mercy. Like any Deal with the Devil, there's also a catch, for it will slaughter and massacre several years after the deal has been made.
  • Dirty Cop: Sgt. Yates falsely implicates Cartman and Kenny in the recent rash of school shootings due to being the ones most likely to do it (even though they didn't), just so he could play Red Dead Redemption II uninterrupted. He also implicates Kyle and Stan as accessories.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Satan loves playing Red Dead Redemption II just as much a Yates and Al Gore, briefly bonding with the latter over it.
  • Hate Sink: Yates is at his worst here in recent memory.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Al Gore cares more about making the boys admit he was right about ManBearPig than he does about actually stopping the creature.
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    • Sgt. Yates as well. He wants to play Red Dead Redemption II, but can't find the time due to his job. So when ManBearPig starts its rampage, Yates immediately classifies it as a "school shooting" once a single child dies at South Park Elementary and immediately begins to frame Cartman and Kenny as the killers, with Stan and Kyle later added as accessories.
  • It's Up to You: When the kids are confronted by the police, Gore states that at this point he's too much of a laughingstock to be taken seriously and that it's up to the younger generation to deal with ManBearPig. He laments how difficult it will be for them and that they're bound to face ridicule.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The fact that the boys had to apologize to Al Gore before he'd help with ManBearPig did not go unnoticed.
  • Mundane Solution: When asked about ManBearPig, Satan states that the answer can be found in the greatest depository of knowledge: the local library.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Marvin has this reaction when the boys get arrested at the end.
  • Never Found the Body: Ned is taken away by ManBearPig as opposed to being ripped into a bloody pulp on the spot, so there is a chance for survival. In the season finale "Bike Parade" we see Ned alive and wrapped in bandages.
  • Not Me This Time: Cartman is accused of committing the school shootings and ManBearPig's rampage things that he actually didn't do. However unlike with the Skankhunt42 incident, the boys actually believe him.
  • Police are Useless: Sgt. Yates believes that murders that happen outside of school still count as school shootings. He also doesn't bother to do a thorough investigation into the actual shootings and instead frames Cartman and Kenny, thinking that they're the most likely suspects due to Cartman's history of violence and Kenny being a social outcast. Bonus points for Yates and the rest of the police force thinking that all the dead citizens died because of a "school shooting" when all the victims have been clearly mauled to death to the point that most of them have been literally shred to ribbons, and only one child was actually killed at South Park Elementary.
  • Real After All: ManBearPig. In his previous appearances, he was always portrayed as a product of Al Gore's imagination. The only time he was ever seen as "real" was in the Imaginationland Trilogy. This time, though? He's really out there.
  • Running Gag: People such as Al Gore, Sgt. Yates and his wife, and Satan playing Red Dead Redemption II religiously, to the point many Reddit users saw the episode as nothing but a 30-minute commercial for the game, going as far as to believe Matt and Trey were being payed by Rockstar.
  • Sequel Episode: To the season 10 episode "ManBearPig".
  • Too Dumb to Live: There is the father at the Red Lobster who talks with his wife about ManBearPig as if the beast was Global Warming and being completely dismissive of the crisis in town. Then ManBearPig attacks the Red Lobster, and the man completely ignores the carnage behind him even as his wife is panicking. When she DOES get him to see ManBearPig butchering everybody else in the restaurant, he then dismisses the chance of actually stopping the monster with his snooty tone until ManBearPig comes for him and slaughters him in front of his wife and kids. The wife in Red Lobster doesn't get hit with this trope because she does try to warn her husband, and when ManBearPig starts to get close, she begins to pick up her son to start running away.
  • Wham Shot: As the boys are arrested on TV, the camera pans out to the old folks' home where Grandpa Marsh's shocked reaction reveals that he was the one who made the bargain with ManBearPig all those years ago.
  • Would Hurt a Child: ManBearPig does not hold back, and it quickly becomes a common sight that there are a bunch of kids torn to pieces across the town. Adult Fear sinks in with the family in Red Lobster with the dismissive father. For while the mother might have gotten away with their son, their infant daughter was sitting on the inside seat next to the dad right when ManBearPig started to bite into his head.
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