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Recap / South Park S 7 E 3 Toilet Paper

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Airdate: April 2, 2003

The boys cover their art teacher's house in toilet paper after getting detention for molding a penis out of clay, but Kyle starts feeling guilty about it and Officer Barbrady summons help from a Hannibal Lector-esque boy named Josh Meyers (not to be confused with Seth Meyers' real-life brother and former cast member of MADtv and That '70s Show).


"Toilet Paper" contains examples of:

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  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Josh keeps trying to Hannibal Lecture Barbrady into revealing deeply personal tidbits about himself. The second time he does this, where Barbrady reveals his dad used to make him dress up like a girl and sit on all his uncles laps unnerves Josh so much he actually drops the Hannibal act for a few seconds.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The whole reason the boys TP the art teacher's house is because she rightfully punished them for making an obscene clay model in class.
  • Evil Can Not Comprehend Good: Cartman gets a migraine trying to understand why Kyle, Stan and Kenny would want to confess to their TPing.
  • Groin Attack: Kyle kicks Cartman in the balls for insulting him. Unlike most examples Cartman's response is rather realistic, he grunts in pain and has trouble talking for the rest of the scene.
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  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: Kyle becomes frightened that he was involved with the TPing prank, so much to the point where he had nightmares about it and deeply regrets agreeing to pull the prank.
  • Offscreen Romance: Butters mentions that he has a girlfriend from Michigan named "Carrie", but she never appeared in the series nor was their relationship looked into any further. However, this could've been a case of Girlfriend From Canada.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Barbrady's personal revelations gets a little to real for Josh, he drops the Hannibal act for a few seconds.
  • One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others: To avoid seeming suspicious, the boys add a pack of chewing gum to their cart full of toilet paper. The cashier narrates the items he's scanning, which is all toilet paper until he comes across the pack of gum.
    Cashier: (scanning) Toilet paper ["beep"] Toilet paper ["beep"] Aaand toilet paper ["beep". He picks up the gum] Eh, hey. Now you kids be careful with this chewing gum. Don't go sticking it under tables.
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  • Only Sane Man: The art teacher's husband isn't worried about his house being TPed, saying that it's natural for young boys to do pranks like this and that he used to TP houses when he was a kid.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Toilet Paper Prank:
    • The main plotline involves the boys TPing their art teacher's house to get revenge on her for giving them detention.
    • Josh after escaping proceeds to do this on The White House.
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Heinous?: TPing is treated as if it were a horrible crime in story.
  • You Are Grounded: Butters gets grounded for confessing to a crime he didn't commit. Again.
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