Review: South Park – It’s a Jersey Thing

A plague has begun spreading across the United States. No, the  SARS virus hasn’t returned. The Jersyites have begun a take over of the entire eastern United States and South Park is the next target on the list. Now it’s up to Randy, Jimbo, Mackey and the rest of the adults to stop the take over before it’s too late.

Kyle will also be forced to face a demon that has been living inside of him since the day he was born. And this demon will not only affect him, but it will also change the state of his family forever. And Cartman will finally put a stop to the three J devil known as Kyle Broflovski.

What worked: Any episode that gets Cartman to the point of childish tears is a good episode in my book. Matt and Trey are going to get major backlash from this episode, but as far as I’m concerned it was worth every second of it.

South Park is back on it’s politically incorrect, up to date on current events track. The Jersey Shore phenomenon needed a South Park episode, and needed it badly. I think the best part was the reveal that the Broflovski family are Jersey natives. The “transformation” scene was hysterical and really played up the “Jersey” inside Kyle that was taking over.

Also, the 9/11 stuff just seemed to fit in so perfectly. I have a feeling the main goal of this episode was to find something that American citizens would hate more than Al-Qaeda. And all the 9/11 jokes such as the line “what about the families of the victims of 9/11?! Their feelings still matter… For the next ten months!” In my eyes, that was some brilliant writing that I felt was so necessary.

Then when Al-Qaeda took out all the Jerseyites in a coordinated kamikaze attack, I was on the floor in gut busting laughter. And just when you think it’s over, the episode ends with Bin Laden getting shot by a marine and Randy exclaiming “we got him!” Thus once again proving why Randy Marsh is one of the most well written characters on television. Who else could shift that fast in thought? No one, that’s who.

Sadly, being from the little sister of New Jersey, Long Island, I’m fully aware of the plight known as the Snook-Snook. Snook-Snook is a creature that stalks the night and is unrelenting in its quest for smoosh-smoosh. Luckily, having grown up around the Snook-Snook, I know how to handle them. Should a Snook-Snook ever approach you, the expert recommendation is to back away and find the nearest sharp object at your disposal as a defensive weapon. It’s also recommended to keep cans of hair spray around the house at all times to use as a distraction against the Snook-Snook.

What didn’t: Absolutely nothing. At first I thought the episode was going to be stale but it ended up turning into another excellent episode of the beloved series.

Final thoughts: Repeat everything from the last paragraph.

Episode: “It’s a Jersey Thing” (Season 14, Episode 9)

Airs: Comedy Central, Wednesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Unknown.

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From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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