by Willie Clark
It seems despite the last two episodes nothing is going to change in the little mountain town of South Park.
This week we saw no mention of Stan's parents' divorce, the world being made of shit, his and Kyle's near falling out, or Jameson, for that matter.
Is it a cop out?
Yeah, pretty much. I'm disappointed that after setting up potentially big show stoppers they just dropped them completely, but, this is "South Park" we're talking about here. As long as the show can stay funny and out of the rut it found itself in the early half of the season, I'll let it slide.
And this week was a giant step in the right direction. Easily the funniest episode yet this year, it starts off with the boys playing Texans versus Mexicans, with Cartman doing everything possible to make sure that none of the dirtied and psuedo-Spanish speaking team made it across their makeshift US border line in his backyard.
Misfortunately for him, Butters got lost during the game and ends up being mistaken for a real Mexican. Picked up on the side of the road, he is soon 'adopted' into a family who, despite them letting Butters clean their windows and rake their leaves, can't figure out why Butters wants to return to his amigos.
Butters has long been SP gold; this time never breaking his imaginary Mexican persona and starting a resurgence in, what was it they called it? Mexican pride, that was it. A foreign concept to everyone in South Park, with the end results being all of the country's Mexicans realizing that Mexico is actually a lot better than the US is now, and a mass exodus commences.
The political commentary was spot on, as was the humor, both situational and laugh out loud. The Last of the "meehicans" was worth a chuckle, as was Butter's ability to lead the Mexican crowds any way he pleased. It wasn't his best role; it fell short of Pimp Butters, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
I was surprised that the episode didn't bring in a few more targets, and thought several times they may bring in the Occupy everything that has space to be occupied movement, but it was Mexico from the word go, taking equal shots at the American economy along the way.
What worked best in this episode though, was that it started the way most of my favorite episode do: With the boys just being normalish middle schoolers. Sure, from there the show can extrapolate as far as it needs to into the crazy and biting satirical reflections of the real world, but at its heart the show has always been about boys being boys, and it was a good episode to help recenter a focus that has been wavering. Muy bien.