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'South Park' - '200' Recap

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 15th 2010 2:46PM
200 celebrities verus 'South Park'(S14E05) No one, but no one, takes on obnoxious celebrity behavior with more gleeful scorn than 'South Park.' They've taken on everyone from presidents to b-movie actors and the world's biggest rock stars, and most every time, they have been right on target. It's what has made 'South Park' beloved to audiences and drawn the ire of the celebrities themselves.

So to celebrate episode 200th of the show (called '200'), show creators Matt Stone and 'Trey Parker decided to bring back every celebrity they have ever made fun of and take them on all at once (see the incomplete list of those appearing on the show below). The result is a bizarre episode, even by 'South Park' standards (if you still have it on DVR, there are a few plot spoilers ahead).

The episode is barely a minute old before Stan calls Tom Cruise a "fudge packer" (although, to be fair, he is literally in a fudge factory putting fudge into boxes at the time), which initiates a class action lawsuit, with all of the celebrities involved gathering at Cruise's house. Lots of callbacks, like Bono complaining that the town accused him of being made of pooh. Best joke of the episode, Cruise's house is apparently all closets.

It's hard to imagine another show that would be willing to take on Muhammad, much less dress him in a bear suit and make him part of a religion-based superhero team that includes Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Joseph Smith, and a guy names "Seaman," just for the obvious sex joke. Fatwas have been declared for less.

And Stone and Parker have a wonderful sense of the absurd, bringing back the mechanized Barbra Streisand complete with anime-style animation, Cartman's hand as a war veteran named Mitch Connor confronting Mr. Hat, and then making the episode a cliffhanger with all of South Park stuck in between the celebrities and the ginger gang.

The episode doesn't do much that's new with making fun of these particular celebrities, but that's foreshadowed in the first few minutes, when the show takes a shot at itself. Cartman and Kyle are name calling when Stan tries to break it up - "You guys, stop! All you're doing is rehashing a bunch of old stuff!"

Quite often, 'South Park' seems entirely too silly to be offensive, but then, Parker and Stone don't pull any punches, either, and they're not afraid to make anyone look like an outright buffoon. The celebrities and gingers are after Muhammad so they can tap his ability to never be ridiculed. It seems hard to imagine that working on 'South Park.'

A partial list of the celebrities from "200": Kanye West, Paris Hilton, Jared from Subway, George Lucas , Phil Collins, Tim Burton, Jimmy Buffet, Bono, Robert De Niro, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rob Reiner, Charlie Sheen, Billy Bob Thornton, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Sally Struthers, Stephen Spielberg, Mel Gibson, Rosie O'Donnell, Liza Minnelli, Russell Crowe, Barbra Streisand (kind of), Tiger Woods, Martha Stewart, Mickey Mouse, Harrison Ford, Bill Cosby, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Jackson, Steve Irwin, Pope Benedict, and J-Lo (kind of).

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"dress him in a bear suit and make him part of a religion-based superhero team"

It's a minor point, but it was the other way around.

Muhammad was already an established member of the Super Best Friends, and he was fully depicted throughout the war against Blaintology described by Stan in this episode.

Muhammad has been shown uncensored in the opening credits for some time. He was in the opening for Cartoon Wars and this episode.

April 20 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric Matisoff

By the way, Seaman (a member of the Super Best Friends) is a parody of Aquaman. A character Family Guy also likes to make fun of quite a bit...

April 19 2010 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Parker and Stone are idiots. They're not worthy or qualified to lick the soles of Barbra Streisand's Stuart Weitzman pumps. She is in a stratosphere sooooo high above them.

April 16 2010 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like how they had Phil Collins carrying around an Oscar. His song from Mulan won an Oscar, beating out Blame Canada from the South Park movie.

April 16 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm going to have to check this one out. I lost interest in South Park a couple of years ago. Not sure why. Maybe this episode will spark my interest again. We'll see.

April 16 2010 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Best Episode Yet!!!! They have already showed muhammed in previous episode "super best friends" and hat wasnt an issue, T & S just showing us how f**Kin ridiculous the world actuall is.
Cannot wait for next weeks installment (wont be terrance and phillip) its not april fools..........
Keep it up!!!!

April 16 2010 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I found this episode absolutely offensive, appalling and downright disgusting. T & S dont need an iPad, they need iQ!
It wasn't even funny, and they didnt even have the balls to actually depict M.
I have 4 wives and they all found it offensive, to the point where the youngest (just turned 18) got so angry, that when she was receiving her weekly caning, she asked for more than the usual 20 across the naked butt as a way to release frustration.
I reluctantly obliged, but was wary because if she was to have any permanent scar, I would have to take further drastic action, and with the price of gasoline these days, that would hurt! (my wallet)

April 16 2010 at 3:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Release the kyken!"

April 15 2010 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aaron Vasicek

Since they ended with questions about Cartman's father next weeks South Park will probably be a sequel to Terrance and Philip in Not Without My Anus.

April 15 2010 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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