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Recap / South Park S 4 E 2 Cartmans Silly Hate Crime 2000

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Cartman is sentenced to juvenile prison after chucking a rock at Token, the black kid, which has been branded a hate crime. Meanwhile, Stan and Kyle try to get Cartman released so they can win a sledding contest against a group of girls.


  • Annual Title: One of four episodes early in Season 4 to have "2000" in its title, in reference to the year they first aired.
  • Ass Shove: Cartman attempts to sneak various things into prison this way, including cigarettes, a game, and all of Disneyland.
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  • Asshole Victim: The girls that raced the boys were possibly killed by the race seems more like Black Comedy, due to their rather asshole-ish behavior, as No Sympathy describes below.
  • Battle of the Sexes: The boys in class always hog the sleds. The girls want to use them for a change, which is the reason for the big race.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Cartman's ass. How else could you explain it having enough space to contain and smuggle an entire theme park?
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: "For the last time, I'm not fat, so stop calling me fat, goddammit!"
  • Characterization Marches On: Similar to "Hooked on Monkey Phonics", Butters is shown to be much more foul-mouthed like the other boys such as calling the girls "skanks" and "hos". He even shows a bit of harshness since he was the one to point out Clyde being fat.
    • Before this episode, Cartman never even once implied he’s a racist (even though he did dress as Hitler and a Klansmannote  on "Pinkeye" and made a lot of anti-Semitic comments about Kyle on such episodes as "Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo" and "Rainforest Schmainforest"). After what Token (inadvertently) got him into here, it’s assumed he began his racist tendencies afterwards.
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  • Comical Overreacting: The police reacting to Kenny's Go-Go Action Bronco getting past their road blockade.
  • Continuity Nod: A bear once again grabs a child by the mouth and takes it away.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Implied. Clyde starts to act like Cartman when the boys deem him the new fat kid.
    • Cartman became a lot more hostile towards Token (and Black people in general) after what Token accidentally got him through.
  • Hope Spot: Cartman almost makes it to Mexico in Kenny's battery-powered toy truck. Then the batteries run out.
  • Informed Flaw: Parodied. Apparently Clyde is the second fattest kid in the class. The audience can't tell since his character model is the same size as all the other non-fat kids. It infuriates Clyde to no end, and he hugs Cartman upon his return.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Romper Stomper. Cartman also shows signs of this at the end when he brings in all of Disneyland at the end of the episode.
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  • Locked Out of the Loop: Once Cartman returns from juvie, a grateful Clyde hugs him and repeatedly thanks him for coming back. Confused, Cartman asks the others what's wrong with him.
  • Mistaken for Racist: Played With. Cartman is accused of throwing a rock at Token for being an African-American. Cartman is a racist, but in this case the motivation for the action was retaliation for Token calling him fat.
  • No Sympathy: The girls twice. Once when Cartman is (surprisingly for once) wrongly convicted and sent to juvie, they end up cheering as the boys lost their advantage. They even mock the boys and when Kenny is accidentally killed.
  • Oh, Crap!: Cartman has a brief moment of this when Token doesn't get right back up after being hit with a rock.
    • Clyde when he realizes he's beginning to act like Cartman.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Wendy seems to be cheering on the girls and booing the boys, despite being in a relationship with Stan. Though granted, she has no speaking role in this episode.
  • Police Are Useless: The "high-speed" chase in Kenny's battery-powered toy truck. It moves incredibly slowly, but the police keep their distance at every turn and even duck for cover when the barricade is "rammed."
    Kyle: What the hell are they doing?
  • Positive Discrimination: The only reason Cartman was sent to juvie is because he assaulted a black kid. When he uses the word "black" in court, he's painted as a racist. Ironically this is the least prejudiced Cartman has been.
  • Pet the Dog: Cartman smuggling disneyland into the prison for Romper Stomper is one of the kindest things he does in the whole series.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Cartman's prison number is 24601.
    • The police cars that bump into Kenny before toppling on each other is a throwback to The Blues Brothers.
    • The slow-speed police chase in Kenny's battery-powered Go Go Action Bronco is a reference to the famous OJ Simpson police chase.
  • Take That!: The juvie kids consider Cartman on their side after he says he doesn't like Animaniacs, a show Trey and Matt are not fond of.
    • Cartman's overall plot mocks the concept of hate crime laws.
      Judge: I am making an example of you, to send a message out to people everywhere: that if you want to hurt another human being, you'd better make damn sure they're the same color as you are!
      [Everyone just stares blankly]
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny is killed during the attempt to use cement blocks to weigh down the sled.
    Stan: [nonchalantly] Oh my God, we killed Kenny.
    Kyle: We killed Kenny?
    Stan: We killed Kenny. We're bastards.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kyle inadvertently causes the problems for the boys. Cartman threatened to hit Token with the rock if he called him fat one more time. Kyle actually said it, but Cartman's back was turned at the time, so he thought it was Token.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Parodied. The authorities think Cartman committed a deliberate act of racism when he really just overreacted to an insult.


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