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Recap / South Park S 5 E 6 Cartmanland

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Cartman inherits $1,000,000 from his grandmother and uses the money to buy out North Park Funland, which hasn't been doing well, but Cartman doesn't want to improve the park, he wants it as his own personal playground. Meanwhile, Kyle comes down with a fatal case of hemorrhoid and begins to lose faith in God.


  • Artistic License – Law: Kenny's family wins a wrongful death lawsuit due to Kenny getting killed on the mine coaster. In Cartman's defense, Kenny was standing when he was supposed to be seated. Cartman could have even used the on-ride photo of the pipe in Kenny's face to prove his point.
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  • Artistic License – Medicine: Kyle came close to dying from his hemorrhoid at one point. The episode also seems to go out of its way to present hemorrhoids as dangerous, serious ailments (even before Kyle's ruptures and gets infected) and overall seems to paint them as being analogous to a tumor. In reality, hemorrhoids are not only extremely common and almost never cause for alarm, they're nigh universally treatable with common household remedies. Kyle's could easily have cleared up in just a few days if he simply took a warm bath and applied some Preparation H to it every night.
  • Broken Aesop: Kyle's parents try to get him to regain his faith by telling the story of Job, ending it before the epilogue, where Job starts a new family and becomes wealthy again. Kyle is naturally not impressed.
  • Call-Back: Cartman's grandmother's house in Nebraska is mentioned again
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  • Comically Small Bribe: Cartman tries hiring a security guard in return for 2 free rides at the park per day, but the guard refuses. Needing security nonetheless, Cartman relents to allowing 2 people per day (to pay the guard about $60 per day).
  • Description Cut: Stan tells Kyle that Cartman might be sick of having a theme park all to himself already. Cut to Cartman having the time of his life on the rides.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Kyle progressively crosses into this throughout the episode. First by learning Cartman has his own theme park, then he gets a hemorrhoid which later gets infected, and when he learns of Cartman's successes in the park he believes there is no God and lets his hemorrhoid kill him. Luckily he gets out of it when he learns of Cartman's comeuppance.
  • Humiliation Conga: Cartman at the end. After selling his amusement park, he gets sued for tax evasion and Kenny's death, falls into a huge debt that he could have paid off by retaining ownership of the park and gets pepper-sprayed by his former security guard.
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  • Intimidating Revenue Service: Three agents seize Cartman's million dollars after he gets it back from Mr. Fun. The agent who orders this tells Cartman that half is due to a discrepancy in his records. He owes the rest, along with an additional $13,000 he can't pay, to Kenny's family because he died on one of the rides. The agent even says, "See you in court."
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Due to being 2 episodes after Cartman's Moral Event Horizon this episode could be considered retribution for Cartman's actions in "Scott Tenorman Must Die".
  • Mistaken for Profound: Cartman creates commercials for Cartmanland in which he taunts viewers, telling them that he has it all to himself and they can't come. Later on, Kyle watches a news report where businessmen use the same tactic, thinking it's an example of Reverse Psychology.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Stan tries to get into Cartman's park by wearing different clothes, a baseball cap, and a bandage on his cheek and speaking with a different voice. Cartman isn't fooled.
  • Reality Ensues: Cartman buying an amusement park for himself results in needing to pay for security, maintenance, repairs, etc. and soon adds up to him needing to open it to the public to make up for the cost. And since Cartman is a child, he has no idea about the business behind it, such as needing to keep tax records which along with other things ultimately costs him the park, all his money, and a $13,000 debt.
  • Reverse Psychology: The media explains this is how Cartman was able to drum up business for his park; he vehemently antagonized people with legal threats not to come into his park, and then with rising operating costs he had no choice but to let them back in.
  • Shout-Out: The scene where Cartman rants about the waiting lines in amusement parks is based on the scene in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! where the Grinch rants about the Whos celebrating Christmas.
  • Take That!: In addition to Cartman's fortune, Kyle thinks that Michael Bay still having a career is a sign that there is no God.
  • There Is a God!: Kyle regains his faith in God when Cartman gets what's coming to him.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny catches a broken pipe with his face while on a roller coaster. It gets lampshaded at the end of the episode when Kenny's family sues Cartman, and he points out that Kenny dies all the time.

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