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Recap / South Park S 5 E 11 The Entity

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Original air date: 11/21/2001

The boys have to put up with Kyle's stereotypically Jewish cousin (also named Kyle) for a week. Meanwhile, Mr. Garrison decides to invent a new mode of transportation after getting fed up with the incompetence and delays with airlines.


  • Ass Shove: How you activate Mr. Garrison's transport device, "It".
  • Bait-and-Switch: At the airport, the Broflovski's are waiting for Cousin Kyle. Kyle doesn't know what his cousin looks like but sees a fairly normal looking kid and assumes it's him, only for the kid to walk away revealing the nerdy cousin behind him.
    • Cousin Kyle overhears Kyle talking to Cartman about bribing him $40 so he won't make fun of him. He seems upset at Kyle but not because of the bribe, but because he felt Kyle could have done it for less money.
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  • Catchphrase: Kyle Schwartz gives an enthusiastic "I'm baaack!" whenever he enters a room.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Mr. Garrison drops one of these after the government shut down his business to bail out the airlines.
    Mr. Garrison: AAAAAARGH! Airline motherfuckerrrs! You pieces of shiiit! Cocksucking son of a bitch airlines!
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: After Cartman takes Kyle's deal to not tease his cousin in exchange for forty dollars, Cousin Kyle immediately begins asking him how much his jacket cost, causing Cartman to sigh heavily. Later, Ms. Choksondik has Cousin Kyle introduce himself to the class, and he lists off one Jewish stereotype after another. Cartman is shown literally vibrating with the effort to keep from making anti-Semitic comments: "Oh my God. I'm not gonna make it." Finally, Ms. Choksondik's repeatedly saying "concentration" breaks Cartman down—"Maybe we'll have to send him to concentration camp!...DAMN IT!"
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  • Continuity Nod: Bill Gates is among the investors attending Mr. Garrison's unveiling of the "It" machine, and he's sporting a scar from the time he got shot in the head during South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. How he recovered from a clearly fatal injury is never explained, but he was most likely revived by Kenny's wish at the end of the movie.
  • Cutting the Knot: Kyle realizes that his cousin will be a walking target for Cartman's anti-Semitism (and indeed, Eric's first line upon seeing Cousin Kyle is a blunt "What's that thing?"), so he decides to simply bribe the bully with forty dollars to not tease him. Cartman, to his credit, manages to last an entire bus ride and the first few minutes of class with Ms. Choksondik before breaking.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Kenny gets shot in the head by airport security...for having a toenail clipper on him.
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  • Do Wrong, Right: When Cousin Kyle discovers that Kyle tried to pay Cartman to not tease him, he tells Kyle that he's more upset with how much money he offered than the whole "bribery" thing.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Donald Trump briefly shows up in this episode— his only actual appearance on the show to date. Later on, when South Park devoted an entire multi-episode arc to satirizing Trump, they didn't actually portray him at all, instead using Mr. Garrison as an expy of him.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Mr. Garrison struggles to invent a new vehicle until Mr. Hat comments, "Boy, that Enrique Iglesias can sure gyrate his hot ass around" and decides on a gyroscope.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Cartman's status as this in the main group is lampshaded by Kyle, who introduces him as "My sort-of friend...ish."
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Kyle says that having Kyle Schwartz living with them is going to be like having a brother. Cue a Death Glare and some angry Baby Talk from Ike.
    • Kyle Schwartz walks behind Kyle while the former talks to Cartman about bribing him to not bully the latter.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Airport security (which in South Park seems to consist of one moronic guy) is definitely this.
  • One-Steve Limit: Kyle's cousin is also named Kyle. Sheila gets around this by calling her nephew "Kyle" and her son "Kyle 2".
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: Kyle's frustration with Cousin Kyle is the latter is a walking Jewish stereotype; he's a Sickly Neurotic Geek, he complains a lot, and he frequently talks about saving money.
    Kyle: I've spent five years in this town making a good name for Jews and this stereotype comes in and wrecks it all! You know what my biggest fear is? That I'll become him, that somehow is mannerisms will rub off on me and I'll become a stereotype. I mean I'm a Jew and he's making me hate Jews!
    Stan: Dude, a self-hating Jew? You are becoming a stereotype!
    Kyle: You see?!
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: After making a concentration camp joke in class, Cartman (who was offered forty bucks not to tease Cousin Kyle) tells Kyle that he only just learned about real concentration camps from Craig. Considering that this is Cartman we're talking about, Kyle immediately sees through the lie.note 
  • Take That!:
    • The episode takes a lot of potshots at the airline industry, calling it out on the inefficiency, incompetence, and corruption that caused its economic downturn.
    • The hype for "It" was a jab at the tremendous hype for the Segway, which promised to revolutionize travel but ended up being a niche item.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny's shot in the head by airport security for carrying a toenail clipper.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Cartman agrees to not tease Cousin Kyle in exchange for forty dollars. Upon returning to meet him, Cousin Kyle immediately starts asking about how much Cartman's jacket cost, and Eric realizes that he's in for a terrible time.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Kyle doesn't believe Cartman's claims that he didn't know about the Nazis and concentration camps after Cartman's insult in class.note