Tegridy Farms Halloween Special
- 1 Official Description
- 2 Full Description
- 3 What I Learned Today
- 4 Memorable Quotes
- 5 Songs
- 6 Characters
- 7 Locations
- 8 Continuity Nods
- 9 Behind The Scenes
- 10 Pop Culture References
- 11 Bonus Factoids
- 12 Season 23
Randy Marsh, announces a Halloween special promotion to his family. However, his daughter, Shelly Marsh, has a "marijuana problem". She believes it smells bad and makes people "dumber than they already are." Randy tries to convince her of the positive benefits of marijuana, but the obstinate Shelly wishes it were illegal again. Randy takes Shelly to an exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, having promised her a father-daughter outing during which they could bond, but when he attempts to draw attention to the fact that the ancient Egyptians used hemp rope, she is angered to realize that the trip was another attempt to bring her to his way of thinking about marijuana.
Meanwhile, fourth grader Butters Stotch tours the same exhibit as part of his efforts to complete the exhibit's accompanying sticker stamp book. When he comes to the Mummy of Egyptian royal Took-Tan-ra, an elderly museum employee warns him that this mummy harbors an "ancient love curse", and urges him not to put Took-Tan-ra's stamp in his book. Butters ignores the warning, after which the undead mummy of Took-Tan-ra visits Butters in his bedroom one night. Initially horrified at the rampaging monster, Butters then sees that he merely wants to hug Butters and give him a FitBit device as a gift. The grateful Butters informs Took-Tan-ra that he already has one, and will give this new one to a friend, but Took-Tan-ra is enraged and storms out. After the mummy's rampage results in five deaths and property damage, the police visit Butters and relate that the mummy told them about the "argument" he had with Butters. Butters is astounded that the mummy spoke to the police, who admonish Butters for his "hurtful" conduct toward Took-Tan-ra. When Butters tells them that he may have been cursed by the mummy, but the police say that Took-Tan-ra told them the reverse. They also inform Butters that he must share in the damages caused by the mummy's rampage, and issue him a summons, advising him and the mummy to stay away from each other.
Following more attacks by the mummy, Butters meets with the school counselor, Mr. Mackey, but is incredulous to learn that undead being has also spoken to Mackey, who expresses a sympathetic view of the creature. Butters later meets with his classmates at a fast food restaurant, and tells them that he needs to end the curse, pointing to the endless texts and selfies that Took-Tan-ra sends him, but his classmates, like everyone else, speak as if the fault lies with Butters, and advise him to break things off with him, even as the mummy shows up there to continue his campaign of harassment.
Shelly cooks a witch's brew, and recites an accompanying incantation that will grant her revenge. She dumps the brew onto his Halloween Special marijuana, horrifying Randy and his business partner, Towelie. This turns out to be an enhanced growth formula that increases Randy's yield. However, when he refuses to drive Shelly to a book fair on Halloween night, she destroys the packaged Halloween special, prompting Randy to ask the police to put her in jail for the night. She is placed in a cell with Butters, who has been imprisoned because he, not the mummy, "manipulates the mummy with his passive-aggressive selfishness".
At Randy's party, the revelers who smoke the Halloween Special mutate into monsters. Randy is then confronted by an undead Winnie the Pooh, whom Randy murdered in the episode "Band in China". Other monsters follow, including an unseen Harvey Weinstein who rapes Randy during Randy's phone call to the police. The police race to Tegridy Farms with Butters, in the hopes that he can use his powers of manipulation to stop the mummy, whom they believe is causing the attacks there. However, the horrors Randy experiences are revealed to be an hallucination caused by the mutated marijuana. Shelly ends these hallucinations by brewing an antidote that she throws at Randy. The ranking policeman there, Harrison 'Harris' Yates, informs Butters that the mummy was not to blame for the emergency. Butters apologizes to the mummy, who gives Butters a note written in hieroglyphics before leaving for good. Butters learns the note reads, "I hope you can get the help you need. I can't fix you." Randy awakens three days later, and when his wife, Sharon says he was the only one who enjoyed the Halloween special, he says that he was pretty much the target audience anyway. He is also relieved that he did not really have anal sex with Harvey Weinstein, though he and the family are shocked to find a used condom that gives cause for them to question this.
What I Learned Today
- "Turn This Mutha Out" by MC Hammer
- The character often known to fans as Mechanic, among other names, works as a docent at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and warns Butters Stotch about the curse; though many of his appearances are connected to Butters, they do not seem familiar with each other.
- The various zombified creatures that appear in Randy Marsh and Towelie's hallucinations are callbacks to previous episodes in the season, perhaps signaling a guilty conscience:
Behind The Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
Pop Culture References
- Some of the special music used in the episode is lifted from the 1982 film Creepshow, directed by George A. Romero and written by acclaimed author Stephen King.
- The show again references Harvey Weinstein, a disgraced movie mogul who was found to have abused his position as studio head to solicit sex from and rape many women and aspiring actresses. He was previously mentioned in season 21's "Franchise Prequel", which aired shortly after he was exposed.
- The fan that Mr. Mackey has kept in his office since season 15's "Ass Burgers" is running again, although in Colorado during October it is usually very cold.
- This is the first time since season 12's "Over Logging" that Shelly has used the word "turds", her trademark catchphrase, within the show itself.
- As in previous appearances, the Jail Cells in the Park County Police Station appear to have changed location, probably to necessitate the police quickly freeing Butters and Shelly.
Errors and Goofs
- Despite his name being reinforced as Harrison Yates several times in previous episodes, the red-haired police detective is once again referred to as "Detective Harris" by one of the officers. This is the name used for the character in scripts and storyboards.