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'South Park' Season 15, Episode 4 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 19th 2011 7:20AM
'South Park' - 'T.M.I.'['South Park' - 'T.M.I.']

!!!WARNING!!! This recap is going to talk about the above-mentioned episode of 'South Park.' Which means that we're going to be talking about male genitalia, since that's pretty much the thrust of the entire episode.

If that sort of thing makes you uncomfortable, then Trey Parker and Matt Stone are probably very happy, and you may want to stop reading now.

I loved how intimately this episode tackled men's insecurities and obsessions about their own bodies. Having it start with a misunderstanding by Cartman led to some very awkward and uncomfortable numbers as the boys sought to correct something the school didn't do in the first place.

Of course, things spiraled completely out of control once Randy Marsh got involved. In the past few seasons, Randy has quickly become my favorite character on the show, and I suspect the creators feel the same way. More and more, he's at the center of their funniest episodes.

I suspect it's because as Parker and Stone get older, they can probably relate more to Randy's issues with middle age, which gives them a whole new arena of comedy to mine. The boys could only have a very rudimentary concern about penis size, but pulling the adults into it took the story to a whole new level.

Correlating penis size with anger brings new meaning to the notion of "short man syndrome," but one wonders if there isn't some truth to it. After all, the opposite supposedly leads to more confidence. That said, this is certainly not the place to be discussing it as a general topic but more as the satirical take on it Parker and Stone intended.

How great were the line of cars that drove by Butters' house filled with angry men? Not to mention Butters' desire to get a Hummer when he discovered himself inadequate? Stereotypes can be such fun to exploit.

My favorite visual gag was when Randy used himself as an example for his T.M.I. equation, stretching his own figure from 4.4" to 6.3". And 6.3", of course, is 0.8" above the national average. But it was the self-satisfied smile on his face as he declared this that absolutely sold the moment as comedy gold.

Anger management class was another great setting. I loved seeing some of our old favorites there, along with the Tea Party guy. I know continuity is very loose in 'South Park,' but I'd love it if somehow Cartman and this anger management class recurred.

Of course, immediately all of their anger went back to their own insecurities about the size of their manhood. And of course it was Randy who again took things to the next level of craziness by first burning down the anger management room, and then taking over a FedEx office, because he thought the Federal Government owned it.

The solution, as it turned out, was quite simple. Simply lower the official average to 1.5". Anyone higher than that figure was officially above average, and with that they were no longer angry either. Sales of high-end sports cars, SUVs and trucks would take a hit, but at least the rioting was over.

Except for poor Cartman, who was still 0.1" below the new national average, and thus still angry.

INCHES OF GOODNESS:

-- Butters' plot for 'Terminator 5': The Terminator secretly had a kid 10 years ago and Skeletor got angry and wanted to fight him. No wait, that's what's happening now with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.

-- "Length times diameter plus weight over girth divided by angle of the tip squared." That's just good math.

-- The P***** Off and Angry Party's demands: Surgeon General's resignation, Obama's real birth certificate, moms to stop trippin' and f*** Kyle.

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

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Vinh777

He sais "Putain de Menteur" which is french for Damn Liar

May 31 2011 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ilovetvreviews

My review of this episode is up at http://ilovetvreviews.blogspot.com/ Thanks for reading!

May 21 2011 at 11:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ilovetvreviews

My review of this episode is up at http://ilovetvreviews.blogspot.com/ Thanks for reading!

May 21 2011 at 11:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric Matisoff

Good question shadowracer - anyone know what Randy said when he first entered the classroom?

hilarious episode - glad to confirm that my TMI is well above-average ;)

May 19 2011 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hollandcl

You might have missed the point of the episode. I take it that SP was poking fun at the birthers and the tea-partiers and others who are mad at the federal government for no whatever reason and are impossible to appease. Trey and Parker were insinutaing that these people are mad all the time because of their penises' small sizes and are using what the government does as an excuse to vent their anger.

May 19 2011 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shadowracer

What did Randy say to the surgeon general before he fought her? And what language was it?

May 19 2011 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shadowracer

What did Randy say to the surgeon general before he fought her? And what language was it?

May 19 2011 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TULOjit

Hahah Randy is probably the funniest character on South Park. I can't believe the stuff that they are getting away with now. You can catch South Park on channel 107 Comedy Central in HD on DISH Network. I work at DISH and right now you can get HD free for life. Go to http://www.dishnetwork.com/packages/free-hdtv/default.aspx to learn how.

May 19 2011 at 9:27 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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