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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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This episode provides the following:

  • Absentee Actor: Cartman and Kenny do not appear in this episode, this episode being the former's first absence. This is also the first time Kenny has been absent for two consecutive episodes.
  • 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, previously being used as a background character to fill in classroom scenes.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Chef's song "Stinky Britches" from "Chef Aid" is playing on the stereo when guests arrive to Mr. Mackey's party.
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    • The same song from "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" can briefly be heard playing in the house during the scene where Gerald and Randy get in the hot tub.
    • An instrumental of Cartman's Wild Wild West song in "Cat Orgy" can be heard in the background music of the party.
    • As Stan flips through the channels on Mr. Mackey's television, the Beefcake commercial from "Weight Gain 4000" can briefly be seen.
    • Another blink-and-you'll-miss-it Easter egg seen on the TV is Christophe ze Mole being interviewed on Late Night, implying that he was brought back from the dead after Kenny's wish to make everything go back to normal at the end of The Movie.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Butters has a stutter and had a habit of repeating himself.
  • Foreshadowing: When Randy is walking Stan down to the basement of nerdy kids, he ignores his son's protests and makes an attempt to promote diversity by hanging around the less popular kids, stating that he can't hang out with Kyle all the time because people will think their relationship is "funny", verging on homosexual connotations. Certainly kicks off what Randy did in the hot tub with Gerald!
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  • Hypocritical Humor: In the beginning of the episode, Randy suggest that if Stan and Kyle spent too much more time hanging out exclusively, other people will think their relationship is "funny". Of course, the very next thing he does is get into the hot tub with Gerald.
  • Hypocrite: All the guys at the party want to kick the ass of Randy's "friend" who watched another guy masturbate yet later in the episode they all admit to having done it before.
  • I Have This Friend...: Randy attempts this when trying to discuss whether or not watching another guy masturbate would make you gay. This merely drives the other men in wanting to kick this "friend"'s ass, until Randy mentions he lives in Florida.
  • 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. When the boys try to surrender, they open fire anyway.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The ATF Bureau thinking that the partygoers were cult fanatics who were planning to commit suicide during the meteor shower was a reference to the Heaven's Gate mass suicide which coincided with the Hale-Bopp comet.
  • Sudden Name Change: This is the first episode where Butters is properly renamed and introduced. Before this, he 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.
  • Synchronous Episodes: This episode syncs up with "Cat Orgy" and "Jewbilee". It also helps to set up "Jewbilee", as Stan's going to the meteor shower party without Kenny leaves the latter without any place to be during the event.
  • Take That!: A big one directed at Cher (particularly her 1998 album).
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Stan when he's stuck in a basement with Butters, Pip and Dougie.
  • Two-Person Pool Party: Really, the title of the episode says enough.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Stan's reaction when Butters suggests that they play Charlie's Angels.

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