The girls add a new cheerleader with Nichole on SOUTH PARK - Season 16 - "Cartman Finds Love" | ©2012 Comedy Central

The girls add a new cheerleader with Nichole on SOUTH PARK - Season 16 - "Cartman Finds Love" | ©2012 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker
Director
: Trey Parker

Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights
Original Telecast: April 25, 2012

The mid-season finale of SOUTH PARK is here, and while last year set the bar high for a mid-season closer (the brilliant “You’re Getting Old”), this year ends on a soft note with an okay, but unspectacular Cartman-centric episode “Cartman Finds Love.”

First off, when you hear the title, you think, finally, someone is going to tame Cartman – but that’s not the case. It’s just another episode where Cartman falls in love with himself.

When the new black girl Nichole arrives in town, Cartman sees this as a perfect opportunity to chancel his inner Cupid (he calls it Cupid Me) and set Nichole up with Token.

The issue focuses on the idea that just because there are two black kids in town, they shouldn’t necessarily end up together, because, well, that would be racist. Some nice laughs, but it’s material the show has mined before and with far better results.

Throw in Kyle interested in Nichole – but thwarted by Cartman’s Cupid Me by revealing that he and Kyle are secretly gay, and you have a pretty straight-forward episode.

The laughs are low this time out – more amusing, than laugh-out-loud funny, but the episode does get points for the hilarious Cupid Me antics. When Cartman’s matchmaking goes awry, he takes a bat to Cupid Me and then keeps him, bloodied and dead in a shoebox in his closet.

Classic.

So far Season 16 has been solid. The uneven episodes are not nearly as bad as Season 15’s worst and breaking out of the mold of standard storytelling has really reinvigorated Season 16.

While we don’t end on a cliffhanger, “Cartman Finds Love” is a fine episode. It would have been better if “I Never Should Have Went Ziplining” concluded the midseason, but I’m not the one trying to create these shows is six days.

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Comments:

  1. i think this episode is kind of serious… i think cartman might be schizophrenic.

    juggadore

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