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Recap / South Park S 22 E 7 Nobody Got Cereal

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The boys break out of jail and are on the run from the police and ManBearPig. Meanwhile, Satan steps up to help the boys and the rest of the citizens of South Park.


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  • An Aesop: In further continuation of "Time To Get Cereal", the ending of the episode provided one of how people refusing to change their lifestyles — such as using fossil fuel vehicles and consuming soy products made from massive deforestation in the Amazon Forest — that contribute to Climate Change can be just as bad as denying it.
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  • Anyone Can Die: Satan, of all characters, is killed by ManBearPig.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: ManBearPig fights Satan and wins, killing Satan and forcing South Park to work out an agreement with him. South Park was willing to give up cars and ice cream, but ManBearPig claimed even he thinks that's a bit extreme and started demanding they give up soy sauce and Red Dead Redemption 2 instead. The townsfolk settle on letting ManBearPig go on another rampage in another five years.
  • Broken Pedestal: After learning that he made a deal with ManBearPig years ago, Stan loses any respect he had for his grandfather, even going so far to say "Shut up, Grandpa!"
  • Cassandra Truth: Continuing from the previous episode, Stan and the others try to warn the prison guard that ManBearPig is on the loose, but the guard dismisses it as nonsense.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The battle between ManBearPig and Satan. ManBearPig wins and Satan doesn't even land a punch.
  • Deal with the Devil: A formal one occurs at the end between the South Park boys and ManBearPig who has a lawyer translate into English for the boys what he's saying on how they can reach an agreement on ManBearPig calling off rampages on mankind.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Marvin Marsh and the residents of Shady Acres really didn't think about the future generations when they made their deal with ManBearPig.
  • Dies Wide Open: Satan dies in this way after being defeated by ManBearPig.
  • Gamer Chick: Maggie, Yates' wife, has gotten more far away into Red Dead Redemption 2 than he has in what appears to be the span of a few days.
  • Heel Realization: Yates has one after he finds out that his wife, Maggie, has gotten far ahead of him in Red Dead Redemption 2 note  while he's been too busy trying to arrest the boys for crimes they didn't commit. This causes him to pull a Heel–Face Turn and trust the boys to in how to deal with ManBearPig.
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  • Hero Killer: ManBearPig effortlessly kills Satan, the latter of which is described to be one of the most powerful entities in the show.
  • It's All About Me: Everyone in Shady Acres screwed the next generation to ManBearPig just so they can have nice cars and delicious ice cream.
    • When ManBearPig offered a familiar deal to the current generation, they also refused.
  • Karma Houdini: Not only does ManBearPig get away with his crimes, but he is able to return five years later, a thousand times more powerful.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The episode seems to be under the assumption that most people watching are very familiar with the plot of RDR2 (which was released roughly two weeks prior to the release of this episode) since late-game spoilers for that game are discussed, including mentions of getting stranded on an island as well as the epilogue involving John Marston.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Satan dies defending the town against ManBearPig. This act results in him being sent to heaven, which Kyle remarks is "really fucked up".
  • Shout-Out: The battle between Satan and ManBearPig is an obvious parody of the climactic showdown between the Hulk and Abomination in The Incredible Hulk.
  • Skewed Priorities: ManBearPig was willing to leave if the townspeople give up soy sauce and Red Dead Redemption 2. They refuse.
    Just plain rice?
  • Too Much Information: Stan's grandfather explaining to him how Randy was conceived.
  • Vicious Cycle: We see that ManBearPig's rampages will be recurring because the people who make deals with him refuse to sacrifice what he wanted them to give up and would agree that he come maul and slaughter the next generation instead.
  • Visual Pun: Satan is red, becomes dead, and achieves redemption. This could be why ManBearPig hates that game so much.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Ned's fate from the previous episode is still unknown. He was, however, mentioned by Stan, who continues to specify he was "taken". (This is from a show that isn't usually afraid to proclaim when characters are Killed Off for Real.)
    • The Live Tweet from South Park Studios for this episode during the following week's unrelated episode cites Word of God that "after the vicious ManBearPig attack, Ned is missing" despite the fact the story arc seems to be over.
  • Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: Satan's winged soul ascends to Heaven in this way.
  • The Worf Effect: Satan loses to ManBearPig without even getting a hit in.
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