South Park Review: "Jewpacabra"

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Cartman, converting to Judaism? Now we have seen it all on South Park.

"Jewpacabra" starts with Kyle discovering Cartman talking to his mom about Judaism. Cartman is a noted anti-Semite, so this is a rather shocking admission. Of course, he's only collecting reconnaisance so he can spread the word of the most fearsome creature that preys on non-Jewish children: the Jewpacabra.

No one believes Cartman, because he's been known to spread lies about the Jewish faith before. So he goes out to fabricate evidence of this creature's existence, and takes it to a group of monster hunters, hoping to get a supermarket chain's Easter Egg hunt canceled. Because when people think of Sooper Foods, they think of fun and safety. The Jewpacabra is neither fun nor safe for children.

A South Park Easter

Of course, the Jewpacabra turns out to be real – or at least something shows up on the tape that causes Cartman to get really scared that his lie is spiraling out of control. This eventually leads to him being tied up in a park in an Easter Bunny outfit, hoping to survive the Jewpacabra. Oh, and he has a Passover-themed hallucination that causes him to convert to Judaism.

This episode was a weird one. Of course, they went after the easy target of supernatural creature hunters, and didn't have anything really new to say on that front. Yes, they're ridiculous, possibly making it all up, and in it for the reality TV exposure... but is this anything we weren't all thinking already?

It is funny to watch one of Cartman's harebrained schemes come back to bite him in the end. However, the seeming moral - of Cartman turning Jewish because of his tranquilizer dart-induced hallucination - fell kind of flat. This was because in part it seemed like the hallucination just showed Jewish people slitting the throats of lambs and rubbing the slit on their doors to ward off God's wrath while frogs fell from the sky and little Egyptian boys' heads exploded.

Yes, it was another week of gratuitious violence on South Park!

That, and there just weren't a lot of big guffaws to be had from this episode. There were a lot of little jokes and South Park quotes along with the irony of Cartman's situation, but no big memorable gags.

The humor value of Cartman's 'conversion' will come from if it sticks in future weeks, or if this is just a one-off episode meant to serve as a hypothetical "What would it take to turn Eric Cartman Jewish?!? THIS!" situation. Personally, I'd rather it be the latter, as this episode was kind of forgettable.

Despite my thoughts here, it does join the proud pantheon of Passover-themed cartoon shows with Rugrats. They may be the only members of the pantheon, but we need more cartoons celebrating other holidays. Well, we need better ones at least.


Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (250 Votes)

what i dont get with this episode is that matt and trey seem to be making fun of judaism, but i remember one of them being jewish. i guess their point is religion is pretty stupid when you think about it.


I also think this review underestimates this episode, sure it wasn't as funny as others but I liked how it presented a lot of interesting issues without forcing a resolution. Personally the part about the Jewpacabra and the jokes about cryptozoology were ok but didn't appeal to me, on the other hand Cartman's hallucination totally did. It didn't care about being politically correct, it presented God as an angry and authoritarian being even maybe as an evil one.I wonder, is that what they wanted to show when Cartman a generally evil character converts to Judaism? They have made a ton of episodes where they criticize religions and show their contradictions this one is just another one of them and in doing that I think they were successful


Bret, Darkheath - I smile whenever I see other people explain an intelligent summary of what South Park is about. Thank you.


I agree with darkheath. South Park, as simple and pointless as it may seem, is best understood by intelligent people looking for a little more than a giggle. Stone and Parker made it this way because they wanted to appeal to the lower intelligent class of society, unlike something like family guy (not going to say it's bad, but a seven year old could watch the show and get half of the jokes)


Darkheath, Would you care to go in depth a bit more about the "high satire" that we're all missing? All I heard was "South park is so much more than fart jokes. You all just don't get it." You didn't address any specifics of the episode or the criticisms of it. For instance, is "high satire" supposed to be so unfocused that you would have to be high to follow the narrative? Or is "high satire" supposed to be so high up it's own ass that it makes a few criticisms of cryptozoology and old testament logic(super edgy) and considers it social commentary? And you can't assume that was what Brett was saying. I've read the comments underneath him, and he's right, they are all stupid. Not because they don't understand the greatness of a bad episode, but because their comments were stupid. For instance, a treyvon martin episode? That would be horrible. Jewish blood rituals? Nice catch. Good thing we have an anti-semite here or that would have gone right over our heads. And husto...What the hell are you talking about?!?


the egypt flashback and the episode starting was good then fell down. Loved the dialouge 'God is not a dick' and pharoah commmenting on the civil war was good. the rest sucked


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I actually thought this episode was relatively decent. It started off a bit slow but picked up after the Jewpacabra was pronounced "real" by the cryptozoologists and I thought Cartman dressed up like an Easter bunny and used as bait was hilarious. I liked the Egyptian flashback too and Cartman's analyzing of God's actions ("...That just seems mean to frogs.") It was an interesting take on Passover, that's for sure, and not too far off the mark. The actual meaning behind the holiday is indeed pretty brutal. All in all, apart from needing more structure, I think people are being too harsh on this one. Then again, once a television show is around long enough people start to overly criticize everything about it so I guess at this point it's expected. I can't remember the last time I read viewer comments about an episode that didn't have at least one comment from an "ultimate South Park fan" calling it the worst episode ever. I give it 3.5/5 for this one.


OK... you people have no concept of satire (including the original reviewer). If you are just looking for juvenile belly laughs, go somewhere else. That's not what South Park is actually about. South Park is about social commentary and this episode was brilliant. I actually put this one up there with (though not as high as) "You're Getting Old", which I consider one of the best episodes of the 16 seasons. South Park is funny... South Park is gross... South Park is full of "potty humor", but it is SO much more than that. Parker and Stone are the greatest satirists of our time, and they don't always hit a home run... but this episode was one of them. If you don't understand high satire... you're the wrong person writing reviews for this show. Inane humor can be found elsewhere... and in abundance. I think that's what Brett was saying with his comment.


shit was kinda funny. i fucks with it. What? What the hell does that even mean, you incredibly illiterate moron? And no we don't need another Occupy Wall Street episode or Tyvon Martin getting shot by the evil racist whitey who isn't even white episode.

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South Park Season 16 Episode 4 Quotes

Mr. Billings: What are the chances that Jewpacabra is real?
Peters: I'm estimating around .000000001%.
Mr. Billings: I can't afford to take that chance.

You can't scare a Jewpacabra! Don't forget Butters, we're dealing with a creature that drinks blood, hides in the night, and has no belief in the divinity of Christ.