Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)
Isaac Hayes (Dr. Dolittle 2)
Season 7 of South Park has several of my all-time SP favorites: Cancelled, Fat Butt & Pancake Head, Christian Rock Hard, Casa Bonita, and Raisins. The others are pretty good, too, although a few go a little overboard in typical SP style. Trey Parker and Matt Stone continue to demonstrate how up they are with current events. Maybe it’s the style of the animation that allows them to capitalize so quickly on news stories but, as soon as something breaks out in the world, you can be sure there will be a SP episode about it!“Cancelled”: The boys find themselves in a “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe” repeat and believe is has to due with the “hoopajoob” up his arse. A scientist discovers it is a satellite dish that transmits Earth into a universal reality program. When the Fogul Network finds out the earthlings know they are on television, they cancel the show after 100 episodes (a jab at SP, itself, which is approaching its 100th ep.). It is up to the boys to convince the network execs to save their planet from cancellation. Their encounter with the execs is the funniest part. They take them to a restaurant and ogle the females (“Will you look at the hekmars on that joozinek!”), take them to a nudie bar and snort “block,” and an adult hotel where the two execs suck each others’ “jagons” and stick their fingers in each others “threshers”.“Krazy Kripples”: They really pushed the envelope with this one. Jimmy resents Christopher Reeve because he was not born a cripple but is milking his condition for attention. Jimmy and Timmy start a group called the “Crips” for those born crippled. Of course they get involved with the other group by that name and accidentally cause an accident at the “Ribs-N-Gas” (now that’s wrong), resulting in the deaths of several Bloods. Meanwhile, Reeve is obsessed with dead fetuses for his recovery. The boys do the smart thing by staying out of the controversy all together.“Toilet Paper”: The boys TP the art teacher’s house and Officer Barbrady goes on a crusade to find the perpetrators initiating the help of TP mastermind Josh Myers. Meanwhile, Kyle has a guilty conscience and has nightmares about the incident (the art teacher takes on the form of Nancy Kerrigan “Whyyyy”. The last scene is a bit contrived.“I’m a Little Bit Country”: The town is divided over the war and Cartman forces himself into a flashback to find out what the Founding Fathers thought about the issue.
“Fat Butt & Pancake Head”: Hilarious! Perhaps the best SP ever! Cartman wins a cultural diversity contest by turning his hand into a Jennifer Lopez puppet. After making a music video at the mall, music execs at BHI records (BHE would have been funnier. it sounds like “bi*chy”) decide to fire the real J-Lo and hire Cartman’s hand. J-Lo wants revenge especially after Ben Affleck falls in love with the hand (um…yeah). The funniest part is that the hand sings only about tacos.
“Lil’ Crime Stoppers”: The boys form a SP crime unit and try to help a girl retrieve her stolen doll. They clash with kids playing FBI but outsmart them. After solving the case, the boys are made junior detectives and get more work than they bargained for.
“Red Man’s Greed”: Kyle’s dad loses his house at an Indian casino: “Their cash flows like diarrhea from the buffalo.” The Native Americans want to build a 12-lane super highway through SP to their casino and, when SP residents refuse to leave, distribute blankets infected with Saars.
“South Park is Gay”: After watching Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and other such shows, the men and boys of SP become metrosexuals (except Kyle, of course). The SP women soon become fed up with their wussy men and Mr. Garrison and Mr. Slave want to take back their identity only to find out something shocking about the Queer Eye cast.
“Christian Rock Hard”: After being kicked out of the boys’ band, Cartman starts a Christian rock band to record a platinum album first. Meanwhile, the boys get busted for downloading free music and decide to boycott playing until people stop the practice that keeps Lars Ulrich from building his gold bar or whatever. Cartman’s insincerity is hilarious as always: “I Wasn’t Born Again Yesterday.”
“Grey Dawn”: Parker and Stone show again how up they are on current events when they put out this episode soon after a 75-year old drove through a farmer’s market. The same thing happens here and, after the “Night of Horrors,” when all old people were driving at once, killing 14 and causing $3 million in damages, the town takes away their licenses. The AARP wants to take over until they find out the Country Kitchen Buffet is closed.
“Casa Bonita”: After finding out Butters is invited to Kyle’s birthday party at Casa Bonita instead of him, Cartman will go to any lengths to take Butters’s place, including faking the end of the world and hiding Butters in a bomb shelter and an abandoned refrigerator.“All About Mormons”: There’s a new kid in town and Stan discovers he is very nice with a great Mormon family. When Stan’s father meets them, he converts his family to Mormon, but Stan is skeptical of his new faith when he hears the story of Joseph Smith.
“Butt Out!”: After seeing geeks doing an anti-smoking concert at the school, the boys decide smoking must be where it’s at. When they accidentally burn down the school with cigarette butts, the parents blame the tobacco companies and Rob Reiner, looking as fat as Sally Struthers, arrives to start a media war against Big Tobacco.
“Raisins”: Wendy breaks up with Stan (I didn’t know they were still going out), and Stan is so distraught, his friends take him to “Raisins” (an adolescent “Hooters”). Stan joins a goth group and Butters believes a Raisins waitress is in love with him.“It’s Christmas in Canada”: The new Canadian prime minister passes a decree returning all adopted children to their Canadian birth parents. When Ike is taken from him, Kyle and the boys go on a Wizard of Oz adventure in Canada to get him back: “Follow the only road.”South Park has managed to mature while still keeping its edge.