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post Apr 12 2007, 12:39 AM
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Eric Cartman. What a hopeless cause. The plot in this episode derives from Cartman writing an essay which happens to win a national contest. The prize: being awarded a trophy by celebrity Kathie Lee Gifford. South Park is a small isolated mountain town, so this news sends shock waves throughout the community. Suddenly, writing an essay about the environment becomes unimportant to everybody except the geeky-girl sterotype. The mayor gets excited by the idea of showing off her town, and immediately springs to action. Mr Harrison, on the other hand, suffers from excessive vengeful thoughts that haunt him from his childhood. All in all, "Weight Gain 4000" continues many character arcs from previous episodes.

Cartman is still continuing what looks to be a recurring theme of him being blinded from the truth. He doesn't allow himself to see how much weight he has put on, let alone how much he actually weighs. When the guy on television talks about weighing nintey pounds, Eric replies with "yeah, I only weigh ninety pounds" and proceeds to eat weight gainer to beef up. The final scene, in which is he depicted so overweight that he can't leave the house, he is still apparantly "living the dream".

The unnamed police officer continues to embrace the sterotype of the dumb and useless authoritive figure. This is first shown when Mr Garrison asks him for a perfect spot to shoot Kathie Lee Gifford. It's shown again when he wrongly arrests a man for holding a camera. It's shown a third time, when he can't even decipher his own memory of Mr. Harrison's whereabouts.

Chef continues to be presented as the token black guy, who is also extremely sexualised.

Racism, pop culture, revenge, family relations and fantasy- are all covered in this episode. When the Mayor comes up with the idea of passing the false belief of her towns ethnic diversity, the first thing that comes to mind is to make the "black man" sing for the celebrity. Such behaviour is mirrored in our world on a day to day basis. It's called positive discrimination.

The idea of pop culture dominating society is also shown quite obviously throughout. When the news of Kathie Lee Gifford coming arrives, everybody goes into a frenzy. Chef gets horny. The environment essay becomes un-interesting as shown through the "who cares" lines. Cartman realises that this might be his shot at fame and suddenly seeks to change himself.

Revenge in this episode is depicted through Mr. Harrison's inability to forgive. A past memory from childhood haunts him. The only way to alleviate these pains is to kill Kathie Lee Gifford. His urge for revenge also dips into fantasy, for example the night time scene where Mr. Hat orders Mr Garrison to kill her.

Finally, we have another scene with Cartman and his mother. In contrast to the previous episode, it seems that Cartman has complete and total control over his mother's actions. When he screams, she obeys him, sort of like a kneejerk reaction. This could potentially explain why Cartman is so overweight and selfish. She won't tell him anything he doesn't want to hear.

All in all I would say this was a decent episode, but not as enjoyable as the previous one. I shall now give this episode a score: 6.5
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post Apr 13 2007, 07:15 PM
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post May 4 2007, 03:37 PM
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Thank you that was very interesting

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