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Recap / South Park S 5 E 2 Cripple Fight

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The boys fight to get Big Gay Al reinstated as their scout leader, and Timmy is jealous of the new handicapped kid in town, Jimmy .

This episode provides the following:

  • Absentee Actor: Kyle, no doubt because he was already established to be in a different scout group.
  • All Gays Are Pedophiles: It's this misconception among the the Mountain scout's parents that leads to Big Gay Al being fired as scoutmaster, and replaced with a hyper masculine, Drill Sergeant Nasty scoutmaster named Mr. Grazier...who turns out to be an actual pedophile.
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  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his flamboyant Camp Gay behavior, Big Gay Al is shown to be a terrific scoutmaster who commands 100% Adoration Rating from his troop.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In this episode, Timmy and Jimmy hate each other. However, by Crazy Kripples, they're suddenly friends.
  • Everyone Has Standards: At the beginning of the episode when Stan makes a joke about Cartman not having a father which makes everyone laugh, Cartman expresses how fucked up that joke was.
    Cartman: "That's not funny! Jesus Christ!"
  • Honor Before Reason: Big Gay Al was devastated to be kicked out of scouts, but he turns down the court victory that would allow him to come back, as he firmly believes freedom of expression is a two-way street.
  • The Horseshoe Effect: All the supporters of the trial wanted to take away the Boy Scouts Of America's right to refuse gay people into Boy Scouts, as Big Gay Al point out this is as bad as taking away someone's right to be gay.
  • It's All About Me: Gloria Allred turned the whole issue of Big Gay Al's into a publicity stunt to make herself look good.
    • Timmy, though to a lesser extent; he gets Jimmy kicked out of scouts because he's jealous he's not the only handicapped kid now.
  • Left the Background Music On: Depressing piano music is playing during the scene where Big Gay Al is looking through some photos of him as a Boy Scout. Once he closes the drawer he put his Boy Scout uniform in, the scene changes to a literal piano being played by pianist Marc Shaiman. Al eventually tells him to stop and asks him to play a very upbeat arrangement of the Too Fat Polka.
  • Motive Decay: The scout officials' only reason for taking action against Big Gay Al was because they received so many complaints from parents in the first place. They oddly stick to this direction even when the public changes their mind and risk legal action.
  • Nothing Personal: Big Gay Al objects to having the scout officials punished and humiliated for throwing him out, acknowledging it wasn't a personal vendetta against him.
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  • Scout-Out: The Mountain Scouts are the Boy Scouts of America with the Serial Numbers Filed Off.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: All things considered, nothing really gets accomplished over the course of the episode. Big Gay Al remains banned from the scouts due to dropping his case immediately after winning it, the Mountain Scouts still abide to their policy of barring homosexuals from their ranks with no sign of that changing anytime soon, and Timmy still hates Jimmy (though they do become friends in later episodes). The pedophile scoutmaster who replaced Big Gay Al does get arrested, but not due to anything the boys do, meaning that things would have turned out roughly the same had they not tried their protest.
  • Shout-Out: The aforementioned cripple fight between Timmy and Jimmy completely mimics the fight between Roddy Piper and Keith David in They Live. It even went to the point of matching the dialogue, as shown in this video.
  • Take That!:
    • Gloria Allred is portrayed as a self-centered glory hog who even called a gay man homophobic for not agreeing with her.
    • Steven Spielberg is identified as the director of Always and 1941, which received less acclaim that his other movies.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: He gets carried off by an eagle. Interestingly, he appears in the scout meeting at the end, making this a rare case where he has an Unexplained Recovery within an episode.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Randy, Stuart, and any other parents who complained to the scout leaders about Big Gay Al and got him kicked out. Doing so left their children at the mercy of a pedophile.

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