- Alternative Character Interpretation: The kids (including Cartman and Heidi) offering to help Kyle find Ike and the President. Was it out of friendship? Or pity? Or guilt for their treatment of him in the previous episodes?
- Angst? What Angst?:
- Even though Charlotte dumped Butters, still, youd think hed be a little more bothered that his ex girlfriend may be dead after the last episode instead of wondering what to eat when PC Principal and Strong Woman take him out to eat at a restaurant. Though given his opinions of girls having turned to "two-faced snakes in the grass", he may see it as Laser-Guided Karma.
- Downplayed with Kyle. While he does show remorse for his actions having led to the deaths of over a million Canadians, he doesn't dwell on it too much and barely brings it up after his brief talk with Ike.
- Catharsis Factor:
- Heidi dumping Cartman for good after realizing how abusive the relationship was and how much of a jerk it made her was immensely satisfying.
- Kyle finally standing up to Heidi after silently enduring much of her verbal abuse for the past few episodes, humbling her with a single Armor-Piercing Response.
- Critical Research Failure: The show's stance that the "whites" are responsible for Donald Trump is definitely a stretch considering the man did have supporters across all racial groups. In fact, he did better with black and Hispanic voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012. Though it should be noted that accourding to voter breakdowns White people are the only ones that actually voted more for Trump than Clinton, and the vaguely defined "other race" are the only non white people that gave Trump more than 30%.
- Jerkass Woobie: Despite knowing what Heidi has turned into, she isn't treated as a victim of an emotionally abusive relationship any less. She never really chose to become a Distaff Counterpart of her boyfriend, Cartman, and actually hates what she has turned into. She blames Cartman for molding her into his image and was about to kill him because of it, only to realizes it was her own fault because she was using her role as a victim to justify being awful. She decides that she no longer wants to be this trope by dumping Cartman.
- Like You Would Really Do It: Seeing as Ike has been portrayed as an Invincible Hero for the past few seasons, did anyone really think Ike would ever be in any real danger?
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Heidi realizes that Cartman didn't turn her into a horrible Jerkass like him, but rather it was her own self-proclaimed victimhood. Playing the Victim Card and blaming others for your own faults guarantees that you'll never be able to make any positive changes and be happy in life.
- Strawman Has a Point: While Mr. White exaggerates the extent it's taken to, he is right that thanks to Political Correctness Gone Mad a growing number of people do completely disregard the viewpoints of white people on the sole basis that they're white.
- The Woobie: Jeez poor Kyle. Not only is he guilt-ridden for causing The President to nuke Canada, but his adopted little brother, Ike, is very pissed at him note and leaves him. Not only does Kyle spend the entire episode worrying about Ike's disappearance but Heidi mocks him for it. This causes Kyle to coldly give her one hell of an Armor-Piercing Response.
- Ironically, it's this statement from Kyle that causes Heidi's Heel Realization and allows her to break up with Cartman for good, thus Kyle finally manages to succeed in what he set out to do in "Doubling Down", save Heidi from a mentally abusive relationship.
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