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Recap / South Park S 7 E 4 Im A Little Bit Country

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Airdate: April 9, 2003

The boys get caught in the middle of a conflict between pro-Iraq War and anti-Iraq War advocates and have to write a report about what the Founding Fathers would think about the war. Cartman has his own idea on how to find the answer.

"I'm A Little Bit Country" contains examples of:

  • Counterpoint Duet: Between Randy (anti-war) and Skeeter (pro-war). The song was reprised at the episode to show that they had reconciled.
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  • Field Trip to the Past: Invoked by Cartman to find out what the Founding Fathers would say.
  • Flashback Effects: Cartman tries to have a flashback by repeating his words and pantomiming with his hands.
  • Golden Mean Fallacy: Half of the town opposes the war in Iraq, while the other half supports it. Cartman believes he has the right answer, that America needs both groups. The pro-war people to support America's wars are needed so America looks like a strong country, but also the anti-war people to oppose these wars so America looks like a compassionate country. Both sides are happy with this answer, because it basically means the war will continue, and the anti-war crowd gets to continue protesting.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Early in the episode the boys imply that they have no idea who the Founding Fathers are when they're asked about their views about the Iraq War during a walkout, later they are harshly reprimanded by Mr. Garrison for not knowing anything about the Founding Fathers, considering the fact that he's never taught them anything about history.
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    • Some war protesters break into an electronics store and steal TVs.
    • Kenny is berated by his pro-war father for hanging out at Stan's and is pulled away from the study group. Gerald and Randy express disgust over Stuart convincing Kenny to side with him and then push their kids to participate in the war protest by reading their essay.
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: America is described as "an entire country founded on saying one thing and then doing another."
  • Opinion-Changing Dream: Cartman acts as if he doesn't care about American history so that he can have a flashback. He elaborately stages incidents that would render him unconscious so that he can have the educational dream and thereby avoid the bother of actually studying. He eventually succeeds, but not before...
  • Reality Ensues: Cartman's first few attempts at flashbacks, such as basically talking about 1775, and then dropping a big rock on his head while talking about 1775 lead to a bruise on his head.
    • It becomes an Averted Trope later, when he deliberately electrocutes himself after recording history shows off the TV. He ends up unconscious in hospital, but amazingly it works. It's almost Fridge Brilliance, because obviously you can't remember something you never knew but in this case he had watched most of the content while recording it - Don't Try This at Home though.
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  • This Is My Side: When the town attempts to split themselves into pro-war and anti-war halves, they almost immediately find that certain needs of theirs are on the other side of the line they just made, and Skeeter concludes, "What we really should be doing is just beatin' the hell out of each other like we were."
  • What Year Is This?: After Cartman is told by the official messenger boy that it is 1776, he realizes that his plan worked.

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