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Recap / South Park S 9 E 2 Die Hippie Die

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Hippies invade South Park in droves and start a music festival, and it's up to Cartman, running a hippie extermination business, to lead a resistance against them.

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  • Black Dude Dies First: Parodied. Cartman tells the townspeople he needs "a black man that can sacrifice himself in case something goes wrong". Since Chef is the only black guy around, he agrees. Later on when the drill stalls, Cartman starts acting as if Chef has volunteered to sacrifice himself to fix it at the risk of his life. Chef begrudgingly goes out to fix it and does so without dying.
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  • Bumper Sticker: "My karma ran over your dogma."
  • Driven to Suicide: After seeing the negative effects of the hippies on the town, Mayor McDaniels shoots herself in the head. Subverted, however, as she survives, and is later seen with a bandage around her head.
  • Drill Tank: The Hippie Digger.
  • Evil Is Petty: What does Cartman want for saving the town from the hippies? Getting his own remote-control Tonka truck, preventing Kyle from ever owning one, and forcing Kyle to watch him play with it. It's isn't really evil for him to save the town from being taken over by hippies, but it's still very petty.
  • Godwin's Law: The hippies constantly refer to corporations as "little Eichmanns", a reference to UCB professor Ward Chuchill's controversial essay regarding the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
  • I Warned You: After trying to maintain the hippies and warn the townsfolk, Cartman gets ignored and thrown in jail for abduction. When the hippies actually start to take over, the rest of the town is left having to kiss up to a naturally very sour Cartman.
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  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The "know-it-all college" hippies. Their commune proposal basically amounts to a normal town.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mayor McDaniels says the last 4 words of this trope when she realizes what approving the Hippies' Music Jam Festival has done to South Park, leading her to shoot herself in the head... And survive afterwards.
  • Pleasure Island: Stan, Kyle, and Kenny are at first interested in the hippie lifestyle, and they take up marijuana-smoking and guitar-playing. But then, they start to get bored, become sick from all the smoke, and realize that the views espoused by the hippies are total bullshit, and when they try to talk the hippies into actually doing something about the multinational corporations and capitalism they claim to hate, all they can get out of them is an enthusiastic agreement to try to change the world via the power of song.
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  • Properly Paranoid: Cartman's hatred of hippies manages to save the whole town from becoming Hippie Capital of the World.
  • Shout-Out
    • Cartman's exterminator outfit is styled like that of the Ghostbusters.
    • Cartman's speech to the town board parodies The Day After Tomorrow.
    • The plot of Cartman drilling into the hippie crowd parodies The Core.
    • The four-member jam band kicking off the festival resembles the band Phish.
    • The scene where Cartman uploads a Slayer CD into the loudspeakers parodies the uploading of the computer virus from Independence Day.
  • Smart Ball: Cartman, of all people. After all, he's considered to be an Evil Genius in the later seasons.
  • Strawman U: The main group of hippies has a University of Berkeley bumper sticker.

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