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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“The Losing Edge” Touches on the Stereotype of Jews and Sports

Though this isn’t one of my favorite episodes, it does have a few good moments – like when Randy tackles the even drunker and more belligerent father at the kids’ baseball game. And why do parents care so much about little league sports?

As it relates to religion, the episode does depict Kyle (that is, Kyle’s cousin, Kyle) as a ringer for the team – since they are trying to lose – because the boys think that there is no worse kid athlete around. He can’t hit or catch and he can barely see through his foggy glasses. He’s Jewish and he sucks at sports.

Interestingly, despite touching on this stereotype – that is, that Jews are unathletic and incapable of physical activities – other episodes suggest that this isn’t the case. For instance, Kyle himself always appears to be quite capable at sports. He is depicted playing hockey and football and makes the all-state team because he is the best basketball player at South Park Elementary. Unfortunately, he is not tall and black enough for basketball though and has to sit it out.

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