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Recap / South Park S 22 E 9 Unfulfilled

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The citizens of South Park are enjoying all the perks of being a company town when the Amazon Fulfillment Center moves in. Everything is just swell until the contradictions inherent in capitalism threaten to bring down the entire system down.

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  • Artistic License: The residents of South Park not getting their Amazon orders as a result of the workers of their fulfillment center going on strike. If an actual strike took place at only one fulfillment center, more than likely another center will handle orders in its place.
  • Call-Back:
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    • Steven tried to sell Butters to Paris Hilton. Butters, trying not to be sold, started working as a coal miner, singing a version of 16 tons. Come this episode and we have Steven suffering with the daily grind while 16 tons is playing on the background.
    • Cartman mentions the events that caused the boys to drift apart (Stan moving to a farm, Cartman having anxiety etc.), causing the boys to participate in the bike parade together.
  • The Bus Came Back: Mr. Slave.
  • The Dragon: Mayor MacDaniels serves as this for Jeff Bezos.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Several changes in the show in recent years are acknowledged.
    • Randy and several other characters calling Josh a socialist or Marxist lampshades how a certain Vocal Minority have thrown similar accusations toward Stone and Parker for the show's changing direction (for the record, Matt Stone and Trey Parker have identified themselves as libertarian).
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    • Cartman also lampshades how the show barely focuses on the 4 boys as a whole anymore.
  • Shout-Out: Jeff Bezos is basically a Talosian from Star Trek.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: The reporter points out Josh could just open the box he's trapped in, but Josh explains his organs are so compressed that opening it would kill him.
  • Status Quo Is God: Pretty much everyone except Cartman has stopped using Buddha Boxes.
  • Take That!: The episode is one towards Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos for their on focus on providing swift and cheap delivery for customers at the expense of their workers' well-being.
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