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Recap / South Park S 8 E 6 The Jeffersons

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Original airdate: April 21, 2004

A little boy named Blanket moves to South Park with his father Martin Jefferson, a wealthy and fun-loving man whose home full of toys and rides charms the local children. However, his behavior makes many question him as a creepy, black, unfit parent.

"The Jeffersons" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: If you want to live in a perpetual state of childhood as an adult, fine, that's your business, but when you become a parent, you have to grow up.
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  • Catapult Nightmare: Stan jumps up from his sleep in horror after Cartman and Mr. Jefferson get a bit too Homoerotic Subtext in his dream.
  • Continuity Nod: Wendy and Token are still together, as shown on the Ferris wheel in the background, after Wendy dumped Stan in the previous season.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: A platonic example (supposedly). Cartman becomes incredibly irrational whenever he sees other people hanging out with Mr. Jefferson.
  • Dirty Cop: South Park's entire police force puts all their resources into framing rich black people for crimes.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the HD remaster, Scott Malkinson can be seen in line for cotton candy in the playroom.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Yates will go to Hell and back to convict an innocent person just for being rich and black, but he is so horrified at the prospect of falsely arresting a rich white person that he vomits and falls into a Villainous BSoD.
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  • Everyone Has Standards: Randy may be impulsive, but he is mortified by Mr. Jefferson's behavior as any parent would be and forbids his kids from going near him.
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop: Pip is seen on a trampoline with two other kids in the Jeffersons' backyard; he's one of the two kids on either side of a third, and the animation for them just alternates between frames of the kid in the middle going up on the trampoline and Pip and the other kid alongside going down, and vice versa.
  • Facial Horror: Mr. Jefferson's nose gets pulled off. Later, the rest of his face falls apart and he ends up looking like a zombie.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Cartman defends Mr. Jefferson's behavior throughout the episode, and at the end, argues that he's not hurting anyone and just wants to enjoy the life full of childhood innocence that he didn't get to have in his youth. Kyle admits that perhaps there isn't anything wrong with that, but rightfully points out that Mr. Jefferson is in no position to act like a child because he's a parent who has to focus on raising one instead.
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  • Friend to All Children: Deconstructed. Mr. Jefferson is depicted as being kind and loving to children, but his behavior comes across as creepy and inappropriate, people widely assume he's a pedophile, and he's so focused on befriending all the local kids that he fails to give his own son the parental attention he needs.
  • Heel Realization: Kyle's speech at the end makes Mr. Jefferson realize that he really hasn't been a good parental figure for Blanket, and he vows from that point on to focus on being more of a father.
  • Irony: Cartman mentions despising Austrians, despite having previously shown admiration for Adolf Hitler, who was an Austrian.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • The corruption of Yates and the entire police force is never exposed, and they never pay for all their attempts to frame Mr. Jefferson for crimes he didn't commit (and for all the other frame-ups they implicitly did in the past). They just decide to drop their vendetta against him because he no longer plans to be rich.
    • Mr. Jefferson kills Kenny at the end of the episode (that bastard), but doesn't get so much as a slap on the wrist, which is ironic because the entire police force were trying their damnedest to arrest him for anything they could pin on him. Justified considering nobody ever remembers Kenny's deaths and he always comes back in the next episode. Also, to Mr. Jefferson's credit, he didn't mean to kill Kenny.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Kenny proves to be reluctant to pose as Blanket, Stan reassures him by saying that at least he's "finally [gets] to do something", referencing the fact that Kenny was largely Out of Focus after being brought back in the season six finale.
  • Manchild: Mr. Jefferson, to the point where he dresses up as Peter Pan. It's problematic, as it leads to him neglecting his son, Blanket.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: The parents assume this of Mr. Jefferson, since he prefers the companionship of children rather than adults.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Mr. Jefferson is obviously an alias, but that's all he is ever referred to in this episode.
  • Only Six Faces: Due to the show's constant reuse of character designs, it's easy for viewers to not realize the blonde boy taking the place of Blanket is in fact Kenny without his usual orange parka and muffled speech.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: When the boys try to sneak Blanket out of his neglectful house, they use Kenny as a disguise. He's not wearing his usual coat and speaks clearly.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The only thing Mr. Jefferson wears to hide his identity is a fake mustache, and not even all the time. Hilariously, no one ever really (apparently) puts two and two together.
  • Parental Neglect: Mr. Jefferson is more interested in playing with the children of South Park than paying attention to his own son.
  • Running Gag: Mr. Jefferson keeps breaking into song.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Mr. Jefferson mistakes Kenny for Blanket and kills him when he throws him into the ceiling.
  • Villainous BSoD: After nearly arresting a man he thought was rich and white, Yates falls into a depression and nearly quits the police force.
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