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Recap / South Park S 3 E 8 Two Guys Naked In A Hot Tub

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Part two of three. At the meteor shower party mentioned in the previous episode, Stan is stuck in a basement with a group of nerdy kids from school (Pip, Butters, and Dougie) who become important to him when the ATF stakes out the party, thinking that the attendees will commit suicide when the meteor comes. Meanwhile, Randy feels uncomfortable after he and Gerald watch each other masturbate in a hot tub.

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  • Aesop Amnesia: During the episode, Stan realizes that the nerdy kids aren't so bad after all. Once Kyle shows up at the end, Stan complains to him about having to "spend the evening with these friggin' Melvins" (although this could imply that he's only nice to the nerdy kids when his friends aren't around, otherwise he'll lose his popularity status among his friends).
  • Ascended Extra: This is the first episode where Butters has a prominent role.
  • Hypocritical Humor/ Irony/ Foreshadowing: In the beginning of the episode, Randy refers to Stan and Kyle's friendship as a "funny" relationship... well guess what Randy and Gerald did in the hot tub that kicks off their subplot!
  • Police are Useless: The ATF believes the party is a suicide cult with no evidence whatsoever and plan to shoot everyone if they do not surrender. And even when the boys try to surrender they open fire anyway.
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  • Sudden Name Change: This is the first episode where Butters is properly renamed and introduced. Prior, Butters was referred to as "Swanson" - Stan refers to him by this name in the opening scene of "Conjoined Fetus Lady" when the whole class plays dodgeball.
  • Take That!: A big one directed at Cher (particularly her 1998 album).
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