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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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  • Anyone Can Die: Satan, of all characters, is killed by ManBearPig.
  • 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!"
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The battle between ManBearPig and Satan. ManBearPig wins and Satan doesn't even land a punch.
  • Dies Wide Open: Satan dies in this way after being defeated by ManBearPig.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Karma Houdini: Not only does ManBearPig get away with his crimes but he is able to return fives year 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.
  • Not So Different: After ripping into his grandfather for trading the lives of future generations for cars and ice cream, Stan himself is unable to accept a deal to stop ManBearPig's carnage in exchange for soy sauce and Red Dead Redemption 2, as the townspeople are too bummed out at the thought of that. Instead, he chooses to only delay ManBearPig by five years (at which point he will be a thousand times worse) in exchange for the lives of third-world kids.
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  • Redemption Equals Death: Satan dies defending the town against ManBearPig's. This act results in him being sent to heaven.
  • 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.
  • Too Much Information: Stan's grandfather explaining to him how Randy was conceived.
  • Visual Pun: Satan is red, becomes dead, and achieves redemption.
  • 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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