Thank you, Lord! Season 16 begins! Even when the season isn't very good, we are happy to watch this show. We miss it so much when it is off the air, because there is no one to take the smug to task without becoming smug themselves. This show needs to exist, for society's sake.
The episode focused on a long-standing debateà Is it the man’s or woman’s responsibility to make sure the toilet seat is down before a woman sits on it? Clearly, one of the South Park guys had a fight with a wife or girlfriend about leaving the toilet seat up, and this is their response. We wish we had a cartoon with which to spread our angst.
We fall on the side of the women. It is the gentlemanly thing to do. If you believe in any drop of chivalry at all these days, then you will agree that touching a toilet seat because a man left it up is something men should not expect us to do. Gross. With Clyde’s last action, we saw where Trey and Matt stand. Typical dudes.
The episode also mocked the greed of lawyers. You can always sue somebody! The sue-ance was great, especially because of the line: “By the power of Christ, we sue you!” The brunt of the satire also fell on the TSA for having stupid safety laws that subject people (who are clearly not terrorists) to discomfort, long lines, and invasion. It also strongly implied that the people in the TSA are far from real cops and they don't protect anything.
When Harrington actually appeared and especially when he made his revelation about the…uh…laundry hole, we actually laughed aloud. One of us may use the restroom facing the back of the toilet from now on, in tribute to this show. Fortunately, the show didn’t abandon Cartman and Butters, who are the best characters on the show, obviously. They had some good lines, and we even saw the time-honored tradition of hearing Cartman verbally abuse his mom.
We loved seeing the TSA get a beatdown, and there were plenty of gross-out moments that are required in a good South Park episode. This was a strong premiere for South Park, even if it wasn’t a classic.
Episode grade: B+