'South Park' staged its own 'Intervention' in 'Crippled Summer' last night

As usual for South Park after it airs a few high-profile media-baiting episodes, last night’s edition was a smaller-scale riot. As extended, deft parody of an episode of A&E’s Intervention, it told the tale of Towelie, that hapless rectangle of absorbent cloth we’ve seen before. Towelie can talk, walk, and get addicted to crystal meth and heroin.

Trying to earn money to support his habit by working at a summer camp, Towelie just sinks further into degradation. Along the way, South Park made its commentary about a summer-camp for kids with various disabilities, and introduced us to a “shark mating whistle.” The half-hour concluded with a nicely juvenile, gratuitous slap at Stephen Baldwin.

Not the kind of South Park episode that’s going to stir national-news debate, but funny and vulgar enough to satisfy fans.

Agree? Disagree?

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  • James

    I laughed harder in this episode than any other this season. My favorite characters are Jimmy and Butters, so eps where they go off of the main boys are better for me. When Jimmy sang the “Hulu Gal” song, I completely lost it. The depiction of the crippled kids were spot on. Vulgar, politically incorrect, but hilarious. Just the way I like it.

    • spot

      Why does everyone say “spot on” on these EW blogs? Its really annoying and unoriginal.

      • rob

        Spot on.

  • darclyte

    I loved how the other kids at the camp were based upon other characters. Mostly old Hanna Barbera and Warner Brother’s characters. They had Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, and Droopy Dog amongst others. Awesome.

  • DW

    As a big fan of Intervention, this episode almost made me die laughing. They even had the same song at the end! Also: “Mimsy!”

    • Dan

      Whats the name of that song?

  • kevin

    i think this episode was a response to last week. think of how many kinds of people they made fun of in this episode. A handicapped kid got raped by a shark! The only thing Cartman did was read a 100 page anti jew diatribe! I think they were trying to prove that nobody cares when they make fun of something that is non Mohammed related.

    • Rikky

      it seemed to me that they just brought up Cartman’s hatred of Jews when they realized that it would kill a few minutes.

      the whole episode was pretty bad. it wasn’t satire, it was just silly.

  • Lennie

    Agree with Kevin. They really pushed the jokes about the mentally challenged kids and no one in the press will even pick it up since advocacy groups don’t threaten death and destruction when their feelings are hurt… because they’re sane people that contribute to our country.

  • Bubbatwo420

    “Crippled Summer” was such an awesome episode! I seriously could not stop laughing at everything and definitely think it’s one of my favorite of the season. The text explaining all the backstory was pricess and even the true facts by the CO wildlife group about the fresh water shark mating whistle and 9 inch d**k. hahaha

  • DD

    Hula Gal was a new instant SP classic.

  • dustin

    The retarded kid getting raped by the shark was instant classic.

  • Jim

    I really didn’t like this episode. I usually like Jimmy and “Towelyey,” but the best part for me was Cartman’s ridiculously long letter during the intervention.

  • Jessica

    Loved all the classic cartoon references, like the classic Bugs cartoon where the xylophone is rigged to explode when he plays the B flat, but he keeps hitting the wrong note, because he’s one clever rabbit. :) Also loved all the random statistics. Odds of surviving the black mamba in the canoe. 584 to 1. Odds of winning the race after the set back, 19 to 1…or whatever it was. My husband and I giggled at how their odds of winning were so much better than surviving. :) Great episode…

  • Jay

    restorestephenbaldwin.org is a real website. Check it out for some more laughs!

  • n

    I kind of expected this episode to be a little more low-key after the past two episodes. I also loved that so many of the kids resembled classic cartoon characters. And it was great that the kid who hated Jimmy (can’t remember his name) was coming up with all of these plots to kill Jimmy, yet when the camp counselor was there all he said was “I like canoe.”
    Oh, and I loved when Butters brought Washcloth into the intervention.

  • Courtney

    This was my FAVORITE episode ever. Maybe second only to “You have 0 Friends”, the Facebook episode. It was completely genius! Keep up the good work Matt & Trey!

  • J707

    I still cant believe that there are people who thought this was a good episode.

    I love South Park…have watched it dutifully since the very first season, and own all them on dvd. This was the worst and the least funny South Park episode I have ever seen.

    It was so terrible that Im thinking (hoping) perhaps Trey and Matt were pissed about being censored and did this on purpose.

  • Cato Lives

    I’m sorry, but this episode let me down a bit. I know that Matt & Trey don’t want to get dragged into the ongoing thing re: revolutionmuslim, but for being such big supporters of freedom of speech, I thought they would have offered some sort of retort BOTH for Comedy Central’s censorship and RevolutionMuslim’s veiled death threats.

    I expected more. This was a fine episode in other circumstances, but, given the circumstances AS THEY ARE, I just expected more.

    • Z

      It was a response. It’s ok to show a retarded kid being raped by a shark but not to show Muhammad just standing there?

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