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Recap / South Park S5E4 "Scott Tenorman Must Die"

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Revenge is a dish best served salty.

You really care that much about sixteen measly dollars?
Scott Tenorman

Cartman exacts revenge on an older boy who sold him his pubes and constantly tries to trick him out of his allowance. Said revenge is anything but pretty.


  • An Aesop: Don't play tricks on your neighbors unless you can stand the same treatment yourself.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: If you consider Cartman to be an outright villain in this episode rather than just an awful kid with some major skewered priorities.
  • Batman Gambit: A truly evil one from Cartman, almost bordering on a Xanatos Gambit.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Cartman revealed that he knew about Scott's plan to make him eat his pube-laced chili, it seems to set up that Cartman swapped bowls so that he'd eat it instead.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In hindsight, Scott would have been better off if he had just given Cartman back his money.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mr. Dinkins, the farmer.
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  • Chekhov's Lecture: Jimbo makes it a point to inform Cartman (thinking he was trespassing) that Mr. Denkins shoots trespassers on sight.
  • The Chessmaster: In this episode, Eric Cartman orchastrates several moments that eventually leads to him feeding Scott his own dead parents.
  • Darker and Edgier: Trey Parker and Matt Stone state this to be a milestone episode, as the point where Cartman became "the most evil kid in the world."
  • Die Laughing: How Kenny dies in this episode.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Cartman does NOT take serial humiliation well at all.
  • Evil Genius: Cartman becomes this in his plan to seek revenge on Scott. His plan is one full to the brim with red herrings. First, his plan is to have Scott's weaner bitten off by a pony owned by Farmer Jenkins. However, he suspects that Stan and Kyle will try to warn Scott. He also figured that Scott be too much of a coward, and would send someone else to get the pony. Then, he finally told Jenkins about crazy pony killers in the area, and... We all know what's next.
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  • Failed a Spot Check: Scott apparently doesn't notice that the pony is at the chili cookoff, meaning his parents obviously didn't get it from the ranch. Cartman even tells him the pony is there, but Scott doesn't pick up on it.
  • Foreshadowing: Right before Cartman and Scott eat their chili, Cartman makes a point to try and get Scott to go towards the pony. The same pony Scott's parents said they were going to rescue the previous night...
  • Humiliation Conga: The beginning half of the episode is one long one to Cartman.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Scott is tricked into eating his own parents.
  • I Lied: Scott makes Cartman beg for his money back, only to burn it in front of him, while boasting about what a huge allowance he gets from his parents.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Cartman's master plan hinges on Scott thinking he knows what his plan is, and reacting accordingly.
  • Karma Houdini: Cartman faced no consequences for his deplorable act of violence, and the incident has only very rarely been acknowledged in future episodes.
  • Kick the Dog: Burning Cartman's money right in front of him. Of course, Cartman massively one ups him by having his parents gunned down, then blended into his chili and finally having his favorite band insult him when all's said and down.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Scott makes Cartman kneel in front of him and beg him for his money back by oinking like a pig.
  • Men Don't Cry: Radiohead mock Scott for being a "little crybaby" when he's informed of his parents' deaths. In their defense, they didn't know that.
  • Mocking the Mourner: Cartman is absolutely vicious with his mockery of Scott as he mourns his parents.
  • Mugging the Monster: Of course, no one, not even Stan or Kyle, knew how low Cartman would sink to get revenge.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kyle decides to let Scott know in advance that Cartman is trying to teach a pony to bite his penis off, prompting Scott to inform his parents of a "starving pony" at Mr. Dinkins' farm that needs rescuing. This is the biggest linchpin in Cartman's plan...
  • No Sympathy: Stan and Kyle find Scott's treatment of Cartman highly amusing, and even rat him out to Scott near the end. Turns out, Cartman was planning on that.
  • Pet the Dog: When Cartman reveals that he swapped Scott's chili with Chef's, he takes a moment to reassure Chef that his chili is delicious.
  • Plot Hole: It's never explained how Scott Tenorman recorded footage of Cartman's "little piggy" routine since he didn't have a camera on-hand.
  • Quick Change: After the initial con, Scott pulls this on Cartman to steal an additional $6.12.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Cartman's over-the-top revenge on Scott Tenorman involves feeding him his own parents in a chili. Note that this scheme requires Mr. and Mrs. Tenorman dead, and they didn't do anything to piss off Cartman. As it turns out, Mr. Tenorman did do something to Cartman, but he didn't know this at the time.
  • Rousing Speech: Cartman gives one, but everyone except Timmy walks out before the end. Then Timmy leaves too.
  • The Secret of Long Pork Pies: "I call it 'Mr. and Mrs. Tenorman Chili'."
  • Shout-Out:
  • Skyward Scream: Cartman screams incoherent rage into the rainy night sky after Scott burns his money.
  • Smug Snake: Scott thinks rather highly of himself for being able to humiliate a fourth-grader several times. He has no idea who he's dealing with...
  • Space Whale Aesop: The real message of this episode is to not fuck with Cartman. This is lampshaded when Kyle and Stan agree to never piss Cartman off again.
  • Spanner in the Works: Downplayednote : Chef actually brought some chili to Cartman's chili con carnival, something he actually did not expect (along with how good it would be). However, it wasn't a big stumbling block as Cartman just chose to swap Scott's pube chili with it; it actually benefits Cartman since he loves Chef's chili and didn't have to eat the Scott's chili.
  • Start of Darkness: This is the episode that turned Cartman from an incredibly obnoxious (but still mostly harmless) brat into the evil sociopath he is now.
  • That's All, Folks!: Cartman parodies the famous Looney Tunes closing... after he successfully completes his plot to have Scott eat his parents.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny laughs himself to death when Scott plays Cartman's "Little Piggy" song in front of the entire town.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Scott's parents. Scott tells them that Mr. Denkins is abusing his pony by starving it to death. Instead of asking Mr. Denkins what's going on or calling the authorities, Mr. and Mrs. Tenorman sneak onto Mr. Denkins' ranch in an effort to rescue the pony. Mr. Denkins sees the trespassers and guns both of them down.
  • Tranquil Fury: Cartman is perfectly calm as he describes what he did to Scott.
  • Understatement: In response to what Cartman's done to Scott, Kyle says "It might be a good idea never to piss off Cartman again."
  • Villain Episode: The entire episode revolves around Cartman. This is also one of the only episodes to focus on only one character- in most episodes, two or more characters share the spotlight (Kyle/Stan, Kyle/Cartman, Cartman/Butters, etc.)
  • Wham Line: "What, you mean about how you put pubes in your chili?"
  • With Friends Like These...: Stan and Kyle refuse to help Cartman, and ultimately try to sabotage his final revenge scheme by warning Scott of his plan. Apparently Cartman had prepared his scheme based on them betraying him.
    Scott: How do you know?
    Kyle: Cause we're his friends.
    Scott: Then....why are you telling me?
    Kyle: *flatly* Cause we hate him.


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Tears of Unfathomable Sadness

Carmen takes his revenge in brutal fashion, killing Scott Tenorman's parents, feeding them to him, childishly mocking him for it, arranging for Radiohead to mock him for crying and then gleefully lapping up his tears.

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