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.