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South Park Review: "Cash For Gold"

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I can't imagine this week's knock against "Cash For Gold" scam shops hit home with any South Park fans quite the way a TSA pat down would. Nor could I imagine too many fans have been victims of home shopping networks, either.

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Well, maybe some of us have some relatives that have fallen victim to the latter. Yeah, myself included. So at least those digs were a little better for me.

But, really, the key to any South Park is how it ridiculously ties everything two seemingly unrelated plots. This week we followed Stan, Kyle and Kenny (yes, he's alive and well) as they followed every Hindu fart proverb all the way to India as they tried to get to the bottom of who's to blame for ripping off Billie's grandfather and thus Randy's inheritance.

So who was it? Was it the Cash 4 Gold stores, the home shopping networks, the Indians who make the jewelry, or Cartman's far-fetched theory of the Asian ladies he likes to f**k. Apparently, it's some combination of the first three. Or as Stan put it best: "Whoever smelt it, denied it and rhymed it."

No, it wasn't exactly a biting satire of the stores or network. But our adventure to India has some great laughs, especially when Stan would call into Jewel Bonanza asking Dean to kill himself. 

Even if the A story wasn't the strongest, you can always count on Cartman for the laughs. Using a bit similar to when he accused his mother of trying to f**k him, Cartman stepped up the game here when old women and Asian ladies were involved.

Overall, the episode wasn't as brilliant as Cartman's formula or even last week's satire. But that didn't mean there weren't a few good South Park quotes along the way. Some of my random observations:

  • Are you a fan of panzo-panzanite?  
  • Bolo ties are really in right now.
  • You should be saving it for when you die. That's our money
  • Love the fact that Taco Bell bought gold. Seven-layer burrito but that's as high as I'm going.
  • I gotta get the taste of old lady dick out of my mouth.
  • We have got to hire Butters as the official TV Fanatic sign twirler.
  • How much do you think Sean Penn got for his Milk Oscar? $8? $9 tops?
  • I'm calling about those peridot earrings. I think they'd look good on your dead body.

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to SupaniceMC .... actually you sound ignorant to think that people don't know what they are talking about. I do make jewelry, I can cut stones... & I still think the items they sell are of low quality & over priced. my .03 , keep the change

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This episode was MUCH better than you're giving it credit for. SP is, at its heart, a biting commentary on what's wrong in society. All the best and most memorable episodes come back to that point. This is the single best episode since the Cent-I-Pad.

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Okay, I just want to say, I watch South Park mostly for the laughs and this episode made me laugh so. freaking. hard. The part about the asian ladies getting fucked? PRICE-LESS. I just LOVE how the creators of South Park love ripping on female characters and giving them their own manly voices and about the asian accent...? It had me rolling with laughter. FUNNIEST thing ever... this episode deserves an award.

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I thought this episode was better than the previous one. They really nailed those TV shopping channels that scam elderly people and lonely middle aged women. I know about those firsthand, as my mom buys crap from QVC constantly and watches that channel all the time. The part about the Cash for Gold companies was great too. Those companies scam gullible people into selling gold for much less than it is actually worth. I wish they'd do an episode about GameStop. I know too many people who pre-order games from that store and sell them back a week later for an absurdly low amount of money. This kind of crap is killing the video game industry, as it costs the game developers money and causes them to either go out of business or rip their customers off with DLC.

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"Michelle
March 28th, 2012 10:05 PM My dad actually works for Gem Shopping Network and although I thought that this episode was hilarious, people do not realize that these stones and jewelry are actually expensive. For those of you that don't know about these "craplite" items should be quiet to prevent themselves from sounding ignorant. If anything, stupid commercials that say their product is worth $50 and they're selling it for $10 are the ones that are bullshitting. I can make that crap in my sleep. People don't know the labor it takes to cut gemstones. I know because I have done it before. I'm not being defensive about the episode because I thought it was very funny, but I don't like when ignorant people try and make fun of things that they have no knowledge of. Just my two cents. Legit people buy off of this channel. I've met Michael Blank (Arthur Blank's brother) because of Gem Shopping Network." Michelle.. youre a dumb skank, go kill yourself!!! please

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Way better than last weeks. We've been missing out on some good SP quotes recently!

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My dad actually works for Gem Shopping Network and although I thought that this episode was hilarious, people do not realize that these stones and jewelry are actually expensive. For those of you that don't know about these "craplite" items should be quiet to prevent themselves from sounding ignorant. If anything, stupid commercials that say their product is worth $50 and they're selling it for $10 are the ones that are bullshitting. I can make that crap in my sleep. People don't know the labor it takes to cut gemstones. I know because I have done it before. I'm not being defensive about the episode because I thought it was very funny, but I don't like when ignorant people try and make fun of things that they have no knowledge of. Just my two cents. Legit people buy off of this channel. I've met Michael Blank (Arthur Blank's brother) because of Gem Shopping Network.

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Eric... you should kill yourself. JKJK! I couldn't resist.
good review man =]

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It was both funny and insightful, and like most Southpark, dealing to some degree with real world issues. At the end when one of the boys was handed a picture frame I expected it to be a mirror; a comment on consumerism. IE it was first world people bying each other unwanted, or soon to be unwanted, jewlery that was driving a cycle that left Indian kids growing up in factories and old people being ripped off. I thought they got pretty weak at one point in their commentary, and that was when the boys seemed to be 'following the money', and yet they never found it. Well it's nonsense to pretend the money being spent by old folk on jewlery was going nowhere; it'd go to the companies that put up the initial money to purchase jewlery for resale; the tv station that sells adverts during, or screen time for, the telemarketing show; The employers of the Indian child labours might do well by local standards. But politics or whatever aside it was funny and well worth watching as usual.

South Park Season 16 Episode 2 Quotes

You should be saving it for when you die. That's our money.

Randy

You may suck our collective balls, sir.

Cartman