The mid-season finale played it pretty safe, following the love lives of the fourth-grade students in a CW fashion. It didn’t have as many surprises but it seemed to scale back the scale of the story a great deal. It was titled “Cartman Finds Love,” and was a Cartman-centered episode to a large extent. The overall message tended to be a Pro-Interracial dating theme, only here they applied the message to “It’s okay to date someone of your own race, despite what others may think of you.” The episode saw the introduction of a new character to the story, Nicole, who happens to be the first black girl in South Park. Cartman, who can’t think about anyone else’s thoughts, immediately thinks that Nicole should start dating the only black male in the elementary school, Token. Eric Cartman is pulled along by an imaginary cupid version of himself, or “Cupid Me” as he lovingly called it. The notoriously racist and anti-Semitic Cartman seems driven here to get Token and Nicole together just because they are the same race, and can’t respect their own thoughts and choices. Despite the arbitrary reasons behind their arranged courtship, they do seem to be happy together by the end.
It is probably by sheer coincidence that this happened, but apparently Forbes magazine caught a Game of Thrones reference in “Cartman Finds Love.” Apparently Mr. Garrison was giving a lesson on the Houses of Westeros, a reference that is lost on me due to my lack of the Home Box Office channel. The reference was only mentioned in passing in the middle of the episode, but it still seems strange to have happened in April 2012 given the subject of this blog.
Looking ahead, it will be exciting to see the next seven episodes of season 16. So far, Matt Stone and Trey Parker have put out 2 films (South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut and Team America: World Police) as well as a Broadway musical (Book of Mormon).