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'South Park' recap: Everything is connected

Season 18 | Episode 9 | “#Rehash” | Aired Dec 3, 2014

On tonight’s South Park, Kyle rushes home to play Call of Duty with Ike, but Ike is too busy watching PewDiePie play. When Kyle questions why his brother would rather watch someone play the game than actually play, all Ike utters is, “Meh.” 

At the Night of Pure Estrogen: Women of Rock concert to benefit the gluten crisis in West Africa, Lorde—that is, Randy—is supposed to perform with Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Michael Jackson’s hologram. But Randy—er, Lorde—doesn’t want to play, because of what the music will sound like live. He is reminded that his son gave all his money to Canada, and all we loyal South Park fans can do is stare wide-eyed at our TVs at all these references to every episode of this season. It’s really true: everything is connected!

With the success of PewDiePie, Cartman, now Cartmanbra, has to get into the action. He comments on his friends commenting on Call of Duty at the bus stop—which turns into him filming his friends and making fun of them online.

Meanwhile, Shelly begs her parents to go and see Lorde. Randy says Lorde may not play and asks her how’d she feel if Lorde sounded differently, to which Shelly replies that it doesn’t matter. She and her friends “love Lorde, because she’s real.” And with that Randy—er, Lorde—decides to play.

At the concert, Lorde gets into a fight with Iggy Azalea. Iggy performs, booty bigger than ever, singing “Missy Who.” Then she cues the Michael Jackson hologram. “They shouldn’t rehash dead people. It’s so wrong,” Lorde says.

Kyle visits Ike and talks about how lame it is that he and his friends like watching other people play games and comment on them. Ike and his friends call Kyle an old man. But on The Wendy Williams Show, Cartmanbra appears remotely to talk about how he talks about people talking about video games. He has also branched into talking about music and the arts, too.

Lorde appears on the Women of Rock show with an acoustic guitar. The crowd goes from cheers, to silence, to boos. That’s when the Michael Jackson hologram comes back … and runs away.

“Michael Jackson’s hologram is on the loose!” some guards yell. When Lorde loses the audience, she decides to try and regain their attention by acting lewdly, which just makes his dinner with Sharon and Stan quite awkward. But Lorde’s agent is happy with the performance, because it got Lorde comments online. And everyone knows it doesn’t matter how you perform as long as you get attention.

Meanwhile, Kyle finds dust on the TV and says, “The living room is dying.”

“The hologram of Michael Jackson is on the loose. We need you to take care of the situation,” an agent says to a new hologram of Tupac as the hologram loads a holographic gun and steals a car.

At the same time, Randy meets with his agent. The agent tells him that they make money from tweets, not albums. When Randy refuses to appear on The Tonight Show, the agent reveals a holographic Lorde, and says that now Randy is just in the way.

And so much happens in the last three minutes of the show. First, Cartman gets sent to the principal’s office for making mean video comments in class. Meanwhile, Sharon sleeps with Tupac’s hologram, and Randy finds out about it. And finally, Lorde’s agent puts Cartman in charge of his new army of holograms. “We’re about to take this to a whole new level.”

To be continued?

Let’s Discuss:

Cartman: Cartmanbra! Be sure to subscribe to my channel, guys!

Lorde’s agent: Do you know what an artist is now? An artist is a conversation piece, nothing more. Like a vase or a coffee table. Just something to comment on.

Iggy: Is that why you’re so high and mighty, Lorde? Because you’re jealous of this booty?

Ike’s friend: It’s best to just make old people think they matter.

Biggest celebrity cameo ever—PewDiePie: I’m going, da da da da!

Everything is connected: There is a reference to every episode of this season, including Randy as Lorde, gluten-free, freemium content, and Cock Magic … it’s ALL in this episode.

 South Park airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on Comedy Central.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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