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'South Park' Season 15, Episode 3 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 12th 2011 11:15AM
Canadian Princess, 'South Park' - 'Royal Wedding'['South Park' - 'Royal Wedding']

Did you hear? There was a Royal Wedding and it was ever so beautiful! After last week's slight misfire in tackling Comedy Central's own 'Comedy Awards, Trey Parker and Matt Stone got it exactly right on last night's 'South Park.' Shifting the wedding from the UK to Canada was a stroke of genius, as they've spent 14 seasons and a movie turning their version of the land up north into a colossal joke.

And it was all there. From the square wheels to those dangerously bouncing heads, every aspect of this wedding reached new heights of ridiculousness and it was a beautiful thing to behold. They could have said anything before the phrase "as is tradition," and I would have been laughing. And in most cases, they did.

I've always been a fan of Ike, and I love that his Canadian heritage comes to the forefront at times like this for good satire. This time it was a call to arms when the princess was kidnapped from the wedding ceremony -- before she could wipe off the butterscotch pudding! (as is tradition).

On the opposite side of the spectrum, we had Mr. Mackey having a meltdown over a grade school play about the importance of good dental hygiene. Leave it to Stone and Parker to tie these two stories together with a literal monster named Tooth Decay.

It made Mackey's belligerent cussing and screaming at the wee ones even funnier when we learned that Tooth Decay killed his father. And yet at that time, I was still thinking of the disease and not some horrific monster.

Of course Tooth Decay would kidnap the princess. Disrupting this ceremony which meant so much to Canada, "and therefore of course the world," could be it's greatest triumph against mankind.

They did get one thing wrong, though. In South Park only Ike seemed interested in the Royal Wedding, while the Canadians were beside themselves with excitement. Or maybe that was their point. In our world, many believe the US was far more interested in the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton than their native Brits.

But why did we care, and quite frankly we shouldn't have cared nearly as much as our media made it out that we did. That it was a televised spectacle seems a bit blown out of proportion as well. It's as if we're still subjects of England the way we got excited about it.

While they made their version of the wedding way more ridiculous than the real one, they were saying that it was ridiculous that this was a big deal at all. And then, because they are Stone and Parker, they culminated the ceremony with the prince ripping off the princesses arm and sticking it where the sun don't shine, "as is tradition."

Who cares about the tradition. Who cares about this wedding. How on Earth can this be important when there are real dangers out there lurking in the world, like Tooth Decay. Why does no one care about the real threat of Tooth Decay but one small-town guidance counselor?


-I love Ike's voice because it's so genuinely child-like. His crying was the icing on the cake.

-Canada blamed Giant Scott, who was only marginally taller than them.

-The Eskimos were a funny variation on the stereotyping of Canadians in the show.

-Scott's blatant racism against the Eskimos was so ridiculous it was funny.

-Ugly Bob. He did look rather just like every other Canadian, but then again, I am American.

-I hope Ike stays a knight of Canada.

'South Park' airs Wednesdays at 10PM ET on Comedy Central.

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Adding to the irony, Canada does not grant titles nor peerages. There are no knights in Canada, alas.

May 12 2011 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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General Kenobi

Probably because your head of state isn't Canadian... thus, creating an order of Knights for Canada wouldn't be too kosher with Her Royal Highness... not my fault you folks continue to genuflect. That was one of the funnier parts of the South Park episode... the reality that, in fact, the Canadian Queen's grandson did get married... he will be the King of your commonwealth some day... he'll be on your money... So, yeah, Canada's prince did just get married. Why any country would subjugate themselves to this really is beyond me.

May 13 2011 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really don't think you got the joke. I think that because you hated the amount of coverage for the Royal Wedding you got something from the episode that simply wasn't there.

It did a brilliant satire of the Royal Wedding, Canada and Osama Bin Laden with their monty-python type of humour. Classic South Park.

May 12 2011 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, so it's Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Not Trey Stone and Matt Parker, nor is it Trey and Parker.

May 12 2011 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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General Kenobi

As is tradition.

May 12 2011 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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