South Park Mocks High School Musical with Briden Queermo and His Singing, Dancing and Slapping Dad in Episode 1213, “Elementary School Musical”

Now personally, I haven’t seen High School Musical, but based on this episode, I’m not interested. I am, however, interested in watching this episode again. And again. Because it was awesome.

About the Episode

At every turn the students of South Park Elementary break into song and dance, much in the fashion of, I’d imagine, High School Musical. Totally confused as to what the hell is going on, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman go home and watch the movie. That doesn’t help. They’re still totally befuddled as to how High School Musical is cool. Cartman is so convinced he’s lost touch with reality that he wants to kill himself.

With school time singing and dancing at the top of the cool charts, Wendy has gotten pretty chummy with Briden Queermo, a popular third grader who is the best singer and dancer in school. They’re even cast in the elementary school musical together, which doesn’t make Stan feel any better about how close they’re getting. To pull them apart, he tries to get Briden to follow his real interest, which is basketball, and to cut out the excessive singing and dancing.

Unfortunately for Briden Queermo, his father hates sports and jocks and wants his son to sing and dance incessantly. He’s also very strict and bossy, slapping Briden, his mother and everyone else in town who stands in the way of how he wants to raise his kid. Fortunately, Briden decides to stand up to his father and punches him right in the face. He then joins the basketball team.

In the meantime, Stan has given into the pressure of High School Musical and convinces his friends to join him by telling them that Butters is considered cooler than they are now. At the end of the episode they all break out in song, singing about how Briden has chosen to do what he wants to do, by playing basketball, and singing, “Do what you want to do, so long as what you’re doing is what everyone wants you to.”

Things About This Episode That Were Awesome

1. All the singing and dancing

2. The irony of the boys singing and dancing about Doing What They Want to Do is that they’ve literally given into peer pressure in the meantime – this probably wasn’t lost on you

3. Cartman’s hybrid joke and his lines during the song

4. The slapping father and what an asshole he is

5. Making fun of Scott Malkenson

6. Stan breaking out in song alone the first time and singing “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dina”

Summary

What did you think of this episode? What was your favorite part? What would you add to the list of awesome thing?

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Around the World Pic: Canyoning in Beautiful Interlachen, Switzerland

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Canyoning was one of the most intense things I did in four months in Europe. I was in Interlachen, Switzerland, the extreme sports capital of the world. Day 1 I went Alpine White Water rafting. Day 2 I went canyoning. After this 750 foot descent down waterfalls and into canyons day 3, when I went skydiving, was a piece of cake.

What an incredible three days.

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Butters Puts Balls on His Chin and Goes on Maury Povich in Episode 601, “Freak Strike”

When Butters glues fake balls on his chin to pretend to be a freak and get on Maurie Povich to win a prize for being the lowliest freak, he finds himself in a sticky situation. The issue I’d pay attention to during this episode is Butters continual entreaties of Jesus to see him through this difficult scenario. The issue is our constant invocation of those holy people who we think are up there listening to us. It’s like saying, “Jesus, I’d love to do that chick,” and thinking that Jesus himself will be like, “Yeah, she’s hot – let me see if I can work my magic.”

We have become so complacent about the words God and Jesus these days that they fall out of our mouths. Jesus this and Christ-chex that. God almighty and oh my God. Where does it end? Do these words mean anything anymore? Neither South Park nor I is attempting to remind you that Jesus is something holy and important that should be revered and whose name should not be used in general contexts – we are calling your attention to language, and pointing out that our constant overuse of such phrases causes them to lose their meaning and importance.

It’s the same with cursewords. If “fuck” comes out of your mouth (gross?) every sixth word, it loses its power and emphasis. When you use it only in choice situations you better believe the people listening to you will have heard that sentence (or know that you smashed your finger with a hammer).

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