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Recap / South Park S 4 E 12 Trapper Keeper

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Cartman gets a new Trapper Keeper and discovers that a man who goes by the name "Bill Cosby" is after his Trapper Keeper. Meanwhile, Mr. Garrison's kindergarten class gets in a fight over a class election

Trapper Keeper contains examples of:

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Trapper Keepers are real, they just aren't as remotely high-tech as the ones featured
  • Bait-and-Switch: After Cartman fuses with Trapper Keeper and turning into a glob-like monstrosity, Mr. Garrison is terrified at the sight of a giant hideous blob approaching the school. It's revealed to be Rosie O'Donnell.
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  • Brick Joke: Cartman brags about his Trapper Keeper releasing spikes if someone steals it and Kyle accuses him of lying but doesn't try to prove it in case Cartman's not lying. When Bill Cosby steals the Trapper Keeper, spikes impale his hand
  • Call-Back: Mr. Garrison' mentions his strained relationship with his father from Worldwide Record Concert, though he says there are still some issues between the two despite having seemingly worked it out
    • Cartman got "screwed over" the last time he had a male friend over 30.
  • Death Seeker: Bill Cosby sort of, seeing as completion of his mission means the Trapper Keeper won't take over and he won't be created to stop it.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The kindergarten election is a parody of the 2000 Presidential Election, including a girl named Flora whose vote breaks the tie, much like Florida's electoral votes did.
  • Hugh Mann: Bill Cosby's attempts to blend in leave a lot to be desired.
    "Oh, I see. Alright, I'll pay 100 geliga stones — uh, I mean, hu-mon dollars! — eugh, I mean dollars!"
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  • Not So Above It All: When Bill Cosby decides to kill Cartman to ensure the bad future doesn't happen, Stan stops him, only to ask if he can do it himself.
  • Only Sane Man: Mr. Garrison is this during the kindergarten election.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Mr. Garrison gives a scathing but, given her attitude, accurate one to Rosie O'Donnell.
    Mr. Garrison: Half the kids in the class didn't vote for your nephew, so what about them? You don't give a crap about them because they're not on your side! People like you preach tolerance and open-mindedness all the time, but when it comes to Middle America, you think we're all evil and stupid country yokels who need your political enlightenment! Well, just because you're on TV doesn't mean you know crap about the government! Now get your ass back on first class and respect this class's right to make up their own minds! [Rosie and the kids gasp] ...Oh, sorry I got a little off the subject, kids.
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    • The main plot is a reference to The Terminator.
    • Cartman's Body Horror-fueled transformation serves as one to AKIRA.
    • The robot goes by the name Bill Cosby.
    • Kyle floats around the mechanical innards of the Cartman-Trapper Keeper monstrosity in a scene straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Cartman even speaks in a Machine Monotone voice similar to HAL.
  • Take That!: Rosie O'Donnell is on the end of several fat jokes in the episode and is called on for being one-sided on political issues claiming she doesn't want people being cheated out but only does when they are her side. Not to mention the fact that assimilating her ends up making the Trapper Keeper!Cartman creature sick.
    • A minor one is directed towards Jesse Jackson when he complains the black students were misrepresented but when Mr. Garrison points out there are no black students, he leaves.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny is crushed to death by Cartman's bedroom door when Cartman undergoes his transformation.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Assimilating Rosie O'Donnell severely weakens the transformed Cartman, allowing Kyle to free himself and destroy the Trapper Keeper.
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