Knowing that his entire plan failed, Cartman makes a mad dash through the restaurant to sample every attraction and food in the last minute of freedom he has left. The girls revolt; the school, seeking to avoid a scandal, builds him a luxurious private bathroom; Wendy, a girl, then feigns being trans herself to get into the private bathroom. Bret Easton Ellis, a former enfant terrible novelist who has matured into the kind of two-gimlet, country-club loudmouth that South Park—by no means exclusively a liberal-bashing show—would also delight in mocking, opined in a 2015 New York Times column that the “democratization of culture and the dreaded cult of inclusivity” had ruined critical culture, taking as his prime example a South Park episode that made fun of people’s self-serving, freebie-seeking use of the then-dominant review site, Yelp. The book’s introduction, subtitled “A New Era,” begins as follows: “CBS’s cancellation in late 2003 of its planned four-hour miniseries The Reagans marked a watershed in America’s culture wars.” Talk about obvious—but probably not deliberate—hyperbole! [2] One of the episode's plot elements, that Cartman convinces Butters that an asteroid is going to hit Earth, existed for a "long time" before the episode entered production. "Casa Bonita" is the eleventh episode of the seventh season of the American animated television series South Park, and the 107th episode of the series overall. The show has often mocked some of the most infamous people in the history and the episode is not an exception to it. ", "Casa Bonita" was written and directed by series co-founder Trey Parker. At SpaceX, Cartman tries to convince the scientists that going to Mars is a bad idea. For example, in the eighteenth-season episode “The Cissy,” which tries to satirize the then-hot topic of so-called transgender bathrooms, Cartman transparently feigns that he is trans in order to access the girl’s bathroom for his own convenience. Butters' disappearance causes a town search party and several days later, the police announce that they will be checking ducts, wells, and bomb shelters, potentially ruining Cartman's evil plan. Southpark year of the fan top 15 is effing hilarious ! Randy Marsh has stolen the show in South Park's 23rd season with the plethora of antics he used to increase sales for his weed plantation, Tegridy Farms, becoming wilder by the episode. "Casa Bonita - Official South Park Studios Wiki", "Casa Bonita celebrates 40 years of sopapillas and cliff diving", "DVD Verdict Review - South Park: The Complete Seventh Season", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Casa_Bonita_(South_Park)&oldid=999685464, Short description is different from Wikidata, Television episode articles with short description for single episodes, Television episode articles with short description and disambiguated page names, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 January 2021, at 12:15. The third episode of season 23 sees Randy boasting about the $300,000 he made from brutally murdering Winnie-the-Pooh, highlighting the fact that South Park has now made it to 300 episodes … Because it resembles them and their lives, people believe that South Park matters. One of the children in the family seems like the perfect child so Stan is recruited to beat him up. Ask questions and download or stream the entire soundtrack on … This sort of theorizing is also indicative of the liberal left’s occasional impulse to adopt what is itself a deeply reactionary framework for interpreting cultural phenomena. Writing about South Park, a silly cartoon, in the middle of an eminently predictable and yet entirely unanticipated global pandemic has an uncanny quality, like meeting a time traveler and realizing that he is you. I can’t shake hands with anybody from San Francisco.” He and his suck-up lawyer and factotum, John Ehrlichman, then turn to speculating on women’s fashions. "[8], The actual Casa Bonita has seen a boost in visitors since the episode's airing. That isn’t to say there is nothing funny about the episode. South Park's one-off episodes have often taken on single issues, like the royal wedding or Kanye West. The episode is one of the best in South Park Christmas episodes list and has a rating of 8.2. Cartman then tells Butters that the meteor has hit, civilization has crumbled, and that the world is filled with radioactive cannibals. Everyone is just scamming, trying to get one over on each other. Cartman subsequently tells Butters that a meteor is about to hit Earth and hides him in a bomb shelter, so that he does not appear in time for the trip. We’re not back on Tegridy Farms, a place I miss dearly, but we’re back to leaning into potty humor, quite literally. It will not get better. True, it’s far less central to mass culture than it was in the earlier 2000s, when you could still crack up a conference room with a well-timed “Respect my authorit-ah!” joke, but it retains a kind of currency. Other artifacts from that fin de millénaire epoch—the bad clothes, the last triumphant guffaws of TV laugh tracks, the popular music—have settled into the familiar patterns of cultural ephemera: first kitsch, then nostalgia, and at last fashionable revivals that are usually less ironic than they seem. Like South Park’s own essential premises, it judges the crime of bringing things up—grand injustices or just hurt feelings—to be worse than any unfairness, inequity, or simple rudeness. And, in a way, it does. Not every episode of South Park is a hit, and not every episode of South Park is a miss. As early as 2001, conservative blogger (and former New Republic editor) Andrew Sullivan was talking about “South Park Republicans” as a new political alignment combining vaguely libertarian economic ideas with equally laissez-faire attitudes toward sex, homosexuality, abortion, etc. I’m forever grateful for the break after episode 7. As TROLLTRACE goes live, Sheila logs on to see Gerald's on-line activity. People still think this show, about a gang of vulgar fourth-grade boys, their families, and the extended, eccentric everytown of South Park, Colorado, is important. The End of Serialization As We Know It. But poets are not, alas, “the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” as Shelley had it, no matter how much we still wish that it might be true. The concept for the episode came together at the last minute. The episode received positive reviews from television critics, and is one of Parker's favorite episodes. Its elastic, capacious usage has grown to encompass just about anything conservative political culture would prefer not to talk about. Life will go on. stylings of past-their-prime comedy-scene fixtures Nick Di Paolo, Colin Quinn, and Dennis Miller. As such, the show's depiction of the restaurant is fairly accurate. Eventually, he succeeds by apologizing for his actions and Kyle is touched, and tells him that if Butters is, for some reason, unable to attend, Cartman can. The 240th episode of the series overall, it premiered on Comedy Central in the United States on October 9, 2013. It is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine, with that San Francisco crowd. 21:59. The episode parodies the 2013 film World War Z and the Shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Quite the opposite. Jacob Bacharach is a novelist and essayist based in Pittsburgh. "[5] The restaurant inquired as to whether it would be the subject of mockery, to which Parker responded, "How can we rip on Casa Bonita? The episode was written by series co-creator Trey Parker. Cartman, however, jumps off the fake waterfall. Directed by Trey Parker. (I almost wrote relevance, but thought better of it.). It is not at all “impossible to overstate” South Park’s damage to American culture; quite the opposite: It is very, very easy to do so. These few pages are in turn padded out by synopses of episodes and long excerpts of “politically incorrect” and otherwise offense-provoking dialogue of which Anderson approves. In 2015, National Review published a piece called “South Park Shows How to Defeat the Social-Justice Warriors,” which lamented the excesses of “PC culture” while complaining about such conservative bugaboos as Whole Foods and Lena Dunham. Just as the party arrives at Casa Bonita, Sheila gets a phone call informing her of what has happened to Butters. South Park has dominated the headlines in its twenty-third season, particularly after an episode about Chinese regulations led to the long-running series … Watch Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle in all their foul-mouthed adventures. But I have spent my career outside of writing in arts management and higher ed, and if you imagine that there is no cynicism among Americans With Disabilities Act compliance administrators or school diversity officers and H.R. "[6] The design of the restaurant in South Park is modeled heavily on the actual place. In all of this, there are no actually trans characters (insofar as there could be “actual” characters in a crudely drawn cartoon), nor even the slightest intimation that there might be some legitimate claim about an iniquity that would legitimately demand accommodation or remediation. And beyond these, the show’s bestiary of Main Street America, its hapless parents and inept leaders, its weird small businesses and petty local politics, its moral pretensions and amoral vanities do ring true, however exaggerated. 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