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Recap / South Park S 5 E 8 Towelie

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Original airdate: August 8, 2001

The boys can't stop playing their new Okama GameSphere until they find it missing one day. To get it back, they must bring an anthropomorphic pothead towel to the government and become involved in a feud between paramilitaries and aliens.


"Towelie" contains examples of:

  • Animate Inanimate Object: Towelie is a towel come to life through a government project to create the perfect towel.
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  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: The military is destroying all towels to stem the threat posed by Towelie. Mr. Garrison is getting out of the shower in a Modesty Towel when the soldiers storm in and rip it off. He assumes that they're going to rape him and cries out, "Oh alright, have your way with me if you must! Go on, fulfill you sick pleasures! "... and is immensely disappointed when they leave once the towel's destroyed.
  • Bland-Name Product: The "Okama GameSphere", a pastiche of the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. The PlayStation 2 was originally going to be featured in this episode, but the creators couldn't get Sony's permission.
  • Brake Angrily: The Trope Namer. When Towelie won't reveal where the GameSphere is because he is getting high, Stan tells Kenny to brake angrily to prove that finding it is Serious Business.
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  • No Periods, Period: Subverted. Cartman finding a freshly discarded tampon in the trash at Stan's house kicks off the plot. An extremely embarrassed Sharon bribes the boys with Okama GameSphere to get them to drop their questions about it.
  • No, You: Whenever someone calls Towelie out for being a towel, he responds that the accuser is a towel.
  • Parody Commercial: A commercial for Towelie merchandise is shown. Besides the Towelie towel, the customers who like Towelie can get the "I Love Towelie t-shirt" and those who don't can get the "I Hate Towelie t-shirt."
  • Running Gag: The boys are reluctantly dragged into a science fiction plot with Towelie, but only want their GameSphere back. They repeat "Don't care, don't care" as they are repeatedly fed cliche exposition.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Sci-Fi movies, especially ones about genetic engineering.
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    • Specifically, Cartman does an impression of Karl Childers from Sling Blade in the opening scene.
  • Skewed Priorities: The Boys spend the entire episode after their Okama GameSphere is stolen apathetic to what's going on and just want to get back to playing video games.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: When Kenny falls into the acid pit, Kyle remarks "Oh my god... our GameSphere!"
  • Take a Third Option: The evil Towlie clone tells Towelie that he has to choose between saving the boys from falling into the acid and getting high. Towelie chooses both by stretching enough to take a puff while holding on to the boys - this also allows the boys to grab the GameSphere.
  • Take That!: To Comedy Central, who were and still are willing to commercialize any new character that appears on the show. Towelie was intentionally created to be as stupid and annoying as possible, and the Parody Commercial listed above is a burn of Comedy Central's rabid merchandising.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny falls into an acid pit and dies. Kyle is more worried about the boys' GameSphere.
  • Tortured Monster: A failed Towelie clone can only say "kill me."
  • Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000: The boys are addicted to the game Thirst for Blood. The screen shows two monsters fighting.
    Stan: Dude, I just cut off your face and ate it!
    Cartman: That's... so... cool!
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