It’s another week in the town of South Park and Mr. Garrison has assigned the class an essay on what they want to be when they grow up. This however sends Cartman on an emotion tail spin because the thing he wants to be when he grows up is unachievable, a Nascar driver. Now why is it unachievable you ask? Well isn’t it obvious, it’s because Cartman isn’t poor and stupid enough to be a Nascar driver. But that isn’t going to stop this determined nine year old from achieving his dream, and maybe pick up some corporate sponsorships along the way.

What worked: I am convinced that this episode was conceived by Matt and Trey looking at each other in the production offices and going “we need to find a way to get Cartman to down a s**t load of Vagisil.” At that moment I sat in front of my television and went “no… No… NO…. NOOOO!” There is no other reaction on can have to something that outrageous, there just isn’t.

Beyond that, I was wondering when South Park was going to make a comment on the Nascar phenomenon. Though I do think they’re about two years late it’s still funny to watch how the writers think Cartman would interpret something like Nascar. As one can tell by watching this episode, it’s a statement on the irrational fans (who are the minority of the Nascar fan base) and not the drivers themselves. And in that respect, Matt and Trey are dead on.

Also, I don’t know if Vagisil signed off on this or not, but if they did then WTF were they thinking? However, I do hope this brings the epidemic of vaginal odor into the mainstream light.

What didn’t: Just one thing, with the recent hubbub over everything from 3D movies, to the guys in Florida who wanted to burn the Quran in protest, there were much better things in the current world climate to poke fun at. But the first episode of every South park run is always the one that’s just there to allow Matt and Trey to get back into the cold water of the animation pool, so I’m sure next week will be as epic as usual.

Final thoughts: A fine episode of South Park.

Episode: “Poor and Stupid” (Season 14, Episode 8)

Airs: Comedy Central, Wednesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Do to South Park’s production schedule, this will be unknown throughout the season.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.

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