SOUTH PARK March Madness: 64 to 32
Welcome to the second installment of the South Park March Madness bracket! On Friday, we unveiled our full bracket of 64 episodes. You can view that bracket and the full post here.
Now it is time to show you what episodes made it through to the next round! Our four writers got together, and debated over every episode. Many of the ones were easy, but we had a few highly contested episode matchups.
Upper Left Bracket
by Gabriel Ruzin
“Scott Tenorman Must Die” > “Free Willzyx”
Screen Invasion’s first South Park bracket match-up pit 5th season powerhouse ‘Scott Tenorman Must Die’ against 9th season episode ‘Free Willzyx’. The Free Willy parody was amusing, but no match for Eric Cartman’s ultimate tale of revenge and chili. ‘Scott Tenorman’ was unanimously selected to move on to the round of 32.
“Christian Hard Rock” > “Quest for Ratings”
The next matchup was a more difficult choice, with Cartman’s Christian rock band Faith +1 (‘Christian Rock Hard’) facing off against the boys’ Ron Burgundy-esque South Park Elementary news team (‘Quest for Ratings’). After some debate, the SI staff gave the nod to the Christian crooners and ‘Christian Rock Hard’ lived to fight another day.
“Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes” > “The List”
Another faceoff in the first bracket occurred between ‘Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes’, where South Park is attacked by urban sprawl, and ‘The List’, where the boys are mysteriously ranked in order of “cuteness” by the girls. Despite an appearance by Abraham Lincoln and a callback to the first season ‘Stan vomit’ joke, ‘The List’ could not defeat the hilarity of evil ‘Wall-Mart’ sentience and ‘Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes’ emerged the victor.
“Imaginationland” > “The Entity”
Next up was the 3-part ‘Imaginationland’ epic (listed in our bracket as one episode) against Mr. Garrison’s incredibly uncomfortable alternative to airline flying, ‘The Entity’. Although ‘The Entity’ had perhaps one of the funniest sight gags in South Park history, Butters saving the world against evil proved too popular and ‘Imaginationland’ pulled off the win.
“Broadway Bro Down” > “W.T.F”
The most recent episode to make Screen Invasion’s original list of 64, 15th season episode ‘Broadway Bro Down’ features Randy Marsh, BJ jokes, and the reveal that many effeminate musical creators are, in fact, slovenly bros. On the other hand, 13th season episode W.T.F. features the boys starting a wrestling league with all the industry’s terrible soap opera storylines and none of the wrestling. After discussion, the bros overcame the brawlers and ‘Broadway Bro Down’ reached the round of 32.
“Child Abduction is Not Funny” > “Ladder to Heaven”
One particularly interesting matchup featured two consecutive 6th season episodes. ‘A Ladder to Heaven’ sees Cartman talking Stan and Kyle into helping him build a ladder to Heaven in order to find Kenny’s spirit and ascertain the location of an all-you-can-eat candy ticket that Kenny had when he died. ‘Child Abduction is Not Funny’ sees South Park in the grip of a moral panic when the adults become afraid of the possibility of child abduction and commission Mr. Kim of City Wok to build a Great Wall around the town to keep out strangers. A difficult choice, but in the end, the SI staff chose Mr. Kim and his battle against his marauding “Mongorian” enemies over the boy’s otherworldly search for unlimited candy. ‘Child Abduction is Not Funny’ moves on.
“Fat Butt and Pancake Head” > “Trapped in the Closet”
The next decision featured two episodes slightly higher in visibility. In ‘Fat Butt and Pancake Head’, Cartman’s hand becomes the likeness of Jennifer Lopez and appears to have taken on a life of its own.In ‘Trapped in the Closet’, Stan is seen as the second coming of L. Ron Hubbard in an episode which mocks Scientology. In a mild upset, Cartman’s ridiculous lengths to fool Kyle in ‘Fat Butt and Pancake Head’ defeated Parker and Stone’s takedown of Tom Cruise. ‘Fat Butt and Pancake Head’ makes the top 32 while ‘Trapped in the Closet’ is knocked out.
“It Hits the Fan” > “Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo”
The final matchup in the first bracket pitted foul-mouthed entrant ‘It Hits the Fan’ against Season 1 classic ‘Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo’. Who would win between SP’s skewering of language censorship against SP’s skewering of holiday political correctness? In the end, SI’s staff chose the hilariously subversive ‘It Hits the Fan’ as the victor.