24. 201 (Season 14, Episode 06)
As if Mitch Connor in a hospital bed in Saigon isn’t funny enough, part two of this epic puts the finishing touches to a grab-bag summation of some of the best moments and characters in the show’s history. They’ve done many more “original” and cohesive episodes than this, but with South Park, and comedy in general, if the comic timing is good and the story serves better joke impact, the result is well met.
Comedy Central’s censorship of the traditional South Park moral lesson works brilliantly in a meta-way: our expectation is subverted and we’re left a bit confused, and not knowing it was the network making an all-time first for the series and censoring some words that are not profanity, we’re allowed to assume that Matt and Trey came up last-minute with a baffling but genius ending like so many times before.
It’s a guarantee that the fully uncensored episode – if it’s ever released – is much less funny (the censorship was carried over to the DVD commentary, increasing the impact of the episode’s point). File this under accidental masterpiece.
“No, I don’t like a little blood. Blood ain’t the stuff for 18 year old boys from Sheboygan.” -Mitch Connor
“[Sorry?] Sorry is a four letter word with a Y at the end.” -Mitch Connor
“Shut up Connor, how about I shove this flash light in your mouth?” -Cartman