15 March, 2012

Review - SOUTH PARK 16.01: 'Reverse Cowgirl'



"Now little Clyde's mother is dead. And the blood is on his penis."

One of the things that has kept me returning to this show for sixteen seasons, after abandoning other shows long before getting close to that number (I don't get what you people still find interesting about the SIMPSONS) is that it takes real world issues and pounces on them like a ferocious honey badger from hell. And over the years, it has only gotten more controversial, not less. I'd also say the show has become more relevant.

Part of that relevancy can be attributed to the fact that SOUTH PARK is written, animated, voice acted, edited, and released in the span of a week. Whereas other animated shows take MONTHS to complete one episode. That gives this show the ability to tackle current topics within days of them becoming news items.

This season premiere doesn't tackle a current news item exactly, but it does use the well known complaint by women about men leaving the toilet seat up to blast government overreaction to sudden deadly events and specifically the TSA.

When Clyde's mom is killed after falling into the toilet because he couldn't remember to put the toilet seat down, the TSA (toilet safety administration) swoops in with new government regulations and violates everyone's autonomy with their seat-belt and ass inspection laws.

Cartman, in his usually ignorant extremist mindset, comes up with a solution: remove the ability to raise and lower the toilet seat. The women resist because men pee on the seat but suggest men could agree to sit down to pee, solving the problem. But the men resist this suggestion because it prevents them from cutting their poo with their urine.

Eventually, the entire town sues the inventor of the toilet, Sir John Harrington, who has been dead for hundreds of years, by way of a swindling lawyer's sue-ance. But when the spirit of Clyde's mom pops in the courtroom to reveal the truth, Harrington's spirit arrives and tells everyone they've been using his toiler incorrectly. Apparently you are supposed to straddle it the opposite way, so you can use the little shelf for your books and chocolate milk.

Also, that hole in the bathroom stall is for your laundry, not your man parts. Sorry porn.

If I had to rate this one, I'd give it:

82 out of 100

It was funny and nutty like the show likes to be but it has definitely done better episodes.


1 comment:

  1. that maybe true but it's up there in beginning one of the funny episodes

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