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Recap / South Park S 7 E 13 Butt Out

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Airdate: December 3, 2003

The boys get in trouble for smoking cigarettes after being forced to go to an anti-smoking assembly, but the ensuing outrage has Kyle trying to stay out of it as the scenario of the town being outraged over something minor has all been done before.


"Butt Out " contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: Believing Kyle is going to sneak behind his back to steal the commercial position for the Anti-Smoking team, Cartman sneaks into Kyle's house to nail his bedroom door at night. It turns out not only was Kyle just getting back to his room after getting a glass of water, but the door opened the other way. This still didn't stop Cartman from boarding up the door once Kyle went into his room.
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  • Broken Pedestal: Cartman idolizes Rob Reiner for enforcing his will on others at every turn. Then he learns the star of the commercial is going to be killed.
  • Fat Bastard: Rob Reiner uses propaganda to point out the dangers of smoking while ignoring his obesity to the point he needs butter to squeeze out of his limo, is constantly eating something and when Cartman stabs him with a fork, he bleeds green goo and deflates.
  • Gilligan Cut: The boys are forced to sit through an assembly by an anti-smoking motivational group they think is really lame and disturbing. The group ends their show by saying that if the kids don't smoke, they can grow up to be just like them. Cut to the boys frantically smoking behind the school.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Rob Reiner indulges in unhealthy eating habits while lecturing people about how unhealthy smoking is. He believes the tobacco companies, with their millions of dollars and their slick desks and fancy buildings, are responsible for making people want to smoke before the camera pulls out to show the slick desk and fancy building Reiner is in.
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  • I Have No Son!: Randy is distraught after he learns that Stan has been smoking and burned down the school with his friends. This makes him want to disown his own son.
    Randy: I don't have a son!
  • Just the Introduction to the Opposites: The episode mocks the heavy-handed Black and White Morality of the usual depictions by turning Big Tobacco into an industry run by friendly, helpful people, while anti-smoking activists are portrayed as sleazy and corrupt.
  • The Needs of the Many: How Reiner and his group justify wanting to kill Cartman.
  • Person as Verb: "I'm Rob Reiner, and you've just been Reinered."
  • Properly Paranoid: Cartman reads the lines for the commercial and is concerned about the part saying he'll already be dead by the time it airs. One of Reiner's people then offers him a special cupcake, which Cartman immediately refuses.
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  • Skewed Priorities: The boys are reprimanded and condemned by their parents for smoking, but not for accidentally burning down most of the school.
  • Strictly Formula: Much to Kyle's annoyance, the episode plays out like so many before it: things getting out of control, the townspeople turning into an angry mob, and the boys having to talk about what they learned.
    Kyle: This is all following a formula!
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Kyle realizes that they should tell their parents the truth because he predicts that if they don't the townspeople will probably show up with torches or something, and there'll be a big showdown until they talk about what they learned, and change everyone's minds. In the next scene the townspeople show up carrying torches ready for a big showdown.
  • Totally Radical: An anti-smoking group performs at South Park Elementary, trying to reach the kids this way. This actually causes the boys to want to smoke. That and their approach is painfully outdated.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Rob Reiner's group tries to kill Cartman to further one of their attempts to persuade people to stop smoking.
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