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Recap / South Park S 2 E 2 Cartmans Mom Is Still A Dirty Slut

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In the thrilling conclusion to "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" (after being interrupted by the April Fools' episode "Terrance and Phillip in, 'Not Without My Anus'"), everyone who's been holed up in the hospital tries to find out who shot Mephesto so he can reveal who Cartman's biological father is. Meanwhile, Ms. Cartman sleeps with several government figures to try and get 36th trimester abortion legalized (even though she meant adoption).

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This episode contains the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Played In-Universe with the reenactment for television.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: During a blackout the adults of town, trapped in a small shack, resort to cannibalism of Eric Roberts after a short time being trapped without power. "It's only been like, four hours. Aren't you resorting to cannibalism a little quickly?"
  • Break the Haughty: Mr. Garrison auditions to play himself and is immediately rejected.
  • Butt-Monkey: Kenny, he ends up having to crawl through a bunch of horrible places and it turns out he could have just walked out there through a warm hallway.
  • Cartman, I am your Father: Mrs. Cartman is really Cartman's father because she's a hermaphrodite and got a woman pregnant (though the "200"/"201" two-parter retcons this).
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  • Censored Title: On most cable TV guides, this episode is shortened to "Cartman's Mom is Still..." or "Cartman's Mom, Part Two"
  • Demoted to Extra: Lampshaded. Eric Roberts is hired for a non-talking role and eaten later because nobody cares for him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kenny uses his body to connect a broken power cord for the hospital.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Mayor, Officer Barbrady, Mr. Garrison and Jimbo eat the America Most Wanted team and reenactment actors when they're trapped inside the community centre due to a blizzard, despite the fact that they could have survived the few hours they were trapped.
  • Improv: In-Universe, Eric Roberts starts to improvise melodramatic lines while the reenactment is broadcasted live on TV.
  • Kick the Dog: Kyle considers hitting Kenny with a shovel to see if he'll shatter after Kenny dies and freezes
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  • Lost in Imitation: In-Universe again. Kevin, Mephesto’s companion, and Mr. Hat are normal human male adults in America's Most Wanted’s reenactment.
  • Only Sane Man: The Director of the America Most Wanted team, aka the only one who thinks that they shouldn't need to resort to cannibalism since they had a big breakfast and it's only been a few hours. He ends up dead.
    • Also, the Mayor is the only one who felt terrible for being forced into cannibalism. While Jimbo just tells her they gotta eat to survive cause "that's what God wanted", and Mr. Garrison happily takes a doggy bag with one of the crew.
  • Overused Running Gag: Cartman, himself, gets frustrated with the episode's Running Gag in which an announcer asks, "Who is [person who did X]?" and starts listing characters as suspects.
  • Really Gets Around: Mrs. Cartman spends the episode trying to get 40th trimester abortions legal by having sex with a congressman, the Governor of Colorado and then Bill Clinton, who was President of the United States at the time. Turns out she meant adoption though.
  • Red Herring: There were more than a handful of hints in the first part that Cartman's father was Jimbo, Stan's uncle.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When she realized she has to go through having sex with government figures again, Mrs. Cartman decides to just tell Cartman the truth.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In the end, Cartman learns nothing about his parentage, aside from the fact that his mother is his father. He still has no idea who his other parent is and is too frustrated to go through the trouble of trying figure it out.
  • Shout-Out: To Jurassic Park. When he is sent to turn the power back on, Kenny is told to watch out for velociraptors.
  • Take That!: Eric Roberts is having such career problems that he has to play a bit part on an America's Most Wanted re-enactment. Later, when deciding who to eat first, everyone else agrees to start with him on the grounds that no one will care.
  • Tempting Fate: The doctor notes Mephesto should be fine as long as the power doesn't go out. When it immediately does, he adds "Who didn't see that coming a mile away, huh?"
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny electrocutes himself to bring the power back to the hospital.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Kenny just magically appears at the beginning of the episode after having gotten killed in the previous one. The boys only react with a nonchalant "Hey, Kenny."
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Stan really doesn't like hospitals.

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