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Recap / South Park S 23 E 5 Tegridy Farms Halloween Special

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It’s Halloween and Randy is dealing with his daughter’s marijuana problem. Butters gets an unexpected surprise when he visits the Egyptian Artifact exhibit at the Denver Museum.


  • A Day in the Limelight: One of the rare episodes where Shelly has a prominent role.
  • Berserk Button: Butters refusing a gift sets the mummy off.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Randy is maybe raped by Harvey Weinstein while high out of his mind.
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: The mummy goes on a rampage all because Butters wouldn't accept a gift from it.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The "Halloween Special" normally refers to the episode being a Halloween special episode, but in the actual episode, it refers to both Randy's promotional Halloween party and his new brand of weed, Halloween Special.
  • Foreshadowing: The fact that things looked normal when the police arrive at Tegridy Farms is a big hint that all the horrific stuff going on at there (with the possible exception of Harvey Weinstein raping Randy) were all hallucinations that Randy and Towelie while under the influence of the Halloween Special.
  • Gaslighting: The mummy's entire modus operandi is to cause as much ruckus as possible and make everyone believe Butters is at fault. At one point, Butters says that the mummy has gone so much inside his head he thinks he's going crazy.
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  • Karma Houdini: After all the damage the mummy did to the town and Butters, he simply breaks up with Butters, claiming "he can't fix it" and casually leaves the area.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A downplayed example. Randy hallucinates an undead Winnie-the-Pooh and the cows he killed in the season so far, implying he has felt guilty over his deeds.
  • Never My Fault: The mummy blames all of its numerous rampages on Butters, and everyone else actually sides with the mummy.
  • Only Sane Man: Kyle and Stan are the only ones who side with Butters instead of the mummy, and suggest that Butters just cut the mummy out of his life.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: After listing the things he saw while high and asleep for days, Randy expresses relief that he didn't have sex with Harvey Weinstein. Then he finds a used condom on the floor.
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  • Playing the Victim Card: Randy and the Mummy does this to Shelly and Butters respectively with the latter calling Butters a passive-aggressive abusive narcissist.
  • Police are Useless: When the mummy goes on a rampage and kills five people, the police write Butters a ticket for the damages and don't try to do anything about the mummy.
  • Self-Deprecation: When it's all over, Randy asks the family if they enjoyed Halloween. Sharon says no and that only he had fun, which Randy says is fine because he's his own target audience.
  • Serious Business: Randy treats Shelley's disdain for marijuana with the same gravitas as a teenager who has become addicted to drugs.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Some of the music in the episode was taken from Creepshow.
    • Butters' subplot with the mummy's "curse" is weirdly similar to the early Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Love Mummy".
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Much to the annoyance of Butters, everyone treats the mummy as a mundane relationship problem that he needs to deal with.
  • Yandere: The mummy is shown to be very obsessed with Butters. This obsession leads to the mummy to stalk Butters, send selfies of himself to Butters, and go berserk when Butters didn't accept his gift.
  • You Are Grounded: Surprisingly averted. Despite everything, Butters' parents never ground him, likely due to how much they Took a Level in Kindness the past few years.


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