South Park decided to play homage to the recently deceased J.D. Salinger's classic, The Catcher in the Rye, after mocking Tiger Woods last week The episode mocked the silly controversy surrounding the book that supposedly inspired Mark David Chapman to kill John Lennon and the inappropriateness that is tame by today's standards.
The always easily manipulated Butters clearly was influenced by the novel, having frequent blackouts and the desire to kill John Lennon and Ronald Reagan, only to find out both were already dead. Stan and the boys, meanwhile, were clearly unimpressed and decided they were going to write their own offensive novel, "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs," from which the episode gets its title.
The novel is instantly a hit among the parents, and the boys blame the novel on Butters, trying to avoid getting in trouble, only to give him credit for a national treasure. This treasure, of course, being a terrible book written by fourth graders that is clearly be over-analyzed by the adults. Mocking Harry Potter, Twilgiht, and other young adult novels that are swallowed up by adults, perhaps?
Overall, the episode had some great pop culture references between the recent death of J.D. Salinger and the show's blatant thirty minutes of ripping on Sarah Jessica Parker and the useless Kardashian Klan. Most of the jokes revolved around cultural icons, past and present, including called John Lennon the king of hippies. Fantastic.
While the episode may not have been as strong as previous seasons, it was definitely better than the season fourteen premiere to us. Plus, it heavily featured Butters. Everyone loves Butters. Our favorite South Park quotes from the episode are after the jump.
Cartman [about Catcher in the Rye]: Are you telling us this book is filthy, inappropriate, and made a guy shoot the king of hippies? Can we read it right now? | permalink
Reporter [to Matthew Broderick about Sarah Jessica Parker]: And Matthew, how come a transvestite donkey witch is standing next to you and wearing a dress? | permalink
Mr. Stotch: Butters, away from the window, you're being grounded.
Butters: Sorry dad. I was just being the voice of a generation. | permalink
Cartman: You were sleep walking again and dressed Sarah Jessica Parker in a moose suit and you left her in the forest and she got shot by a hunter.
Butters: What? Oh no.
Cartman: You're gonna have to come down and admit it was you.
Butters: I got her killed too? Owell, at least she was ugly. | permalink
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