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A South Park-style retelling of Great Expectations, with Malcolm McDowell as the narrator.

This episode has the following tropes:

  • Actor Allusion: Malcolm Mcdowell introduces himself as "your humble narrator" (as well as "a British person").
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episode focuses on Pip.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: A platonic version, the convict who Pip helped free takes him in and teaches him how to be a gentleman for freeing him.
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  • Bittersweet Ending: The convict is killed, but Pip and the others manage to rescue Estella and the men from Miss Havisham. The narrator assures us they all lived happily ever after, "except for Pocket, who died of Hepatitis B.".
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Miss Havisham breathes acid into the convict's face.
  • Does Not Like Men: Miss Havisham.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Miss Havisham commands robot monkeys.
  • Familial Body Snatcher: The purpose of Miss Havisham's genesis device is to enable her to do this.
  • Jerkass: Estella, though she's as nice as Pocket when compared to Miss Havisham.
  • Missing Episode: Almost never aired, probably due to the near-universal negative opinion on it.
  • Nice Guy: Pocket. Too bad he died of "Hepatitis B".
  • No Name Given: The narrator is simply called "A British Person."
  • Off the Rails: Follows Great Expectations up until Estella's mother builds a Doomsday Device powered by male tears.
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  • Overly Long Gag: Estella breaking the necks of the bunnies that Pip hands her to prove that she can't be as heartless as she thinks she is. She only stops because she'd grown bored of it, which Pip proclaimed as proof of his point.
  • Pet the Dog: Subverted, Estella almost apologizes to Pip for breaking his heart but stops herself before she can.
  • Raised as a Host: Estella was raised specifically to break men's hearts in order to power Miss Havisham's genesis device, and then serve as her new body.
  • Sliding Scale of Adaptation Modification: Parodied. The episode starts off faithful to the book, but then once the Genesis Device is introduced, it goes completely off the rails.
  • Something Completely Different: This is not your typical South Park episode. In fact, it's not a South Park episode at all!note 
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  • Whole Plot Reference: To Great Expectations. The episode is actually pretty faithful to the book until the introduction of the Genesis Device.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Parodied. Pip tries to invoke this with Estella by claiming she's not heartless enough to kill a baby bunny, but she snaps the its neck without hesitation. Rinse and repeat for another twenty-five baby bunnies.
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