In this episode of South Park, Stan gets a ‘Tween Wave’ CD as a birthday gift. His mother says he can’t listen to it, and takes the CD away from him. When Stan’s dad Randy approaches his wife about it, he decides to take the kids’ side, and jumps on the ‘Tween Wave’ bandwagon.
I love the beginning of this episode for so many reasons, not the least of which being that this situation happened to me as a pre-teen. My mom took an Eminem CD away from my older sister that she and I listened to. My dad immediately took our side, and defended our right to listen to whatever music we want. It was hilarious.
The episode took an amazing turn when Stan visited the doctor, only to find out he has a condition called “being a cynical asshole”. The doctor said that as we grow older, our tastes in everything change, and things that used to sound great begin sounding like shit. Conversely, the things that used to look and sound like shit supposedly begin to seem less like shit. The doctor then tells Stan that his wires somehow got crossed and everything looks and sounds like shit. Then, I got to hear an AMAZING impression of Bob Dylan. Classic.
Stan’s dad takes on an angsty teen persona, and forms a Tween Wave act called “Steamy Ray Vaughn”, with a special guest appearance by “Steamy Nicks”.
Because Stan is so pessemistic, he begins alienating everyone around him, including his own friends, who fake being sick to get out of hanging out with him. Stan even says that LA Noire is shit. *tisk tisk*
When Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman go to the movies, it is the last straw, and the boys can’t take Stan’s cynicism anymore.
The best quote of the show was when Stan’s dad admits that he has been unhappy for a while. “Every week it’s kind of the same story in a different way, but it just keeps getting more and more ridiculous”. Priceless.
The episode ends with a very sad separation of Stan’s parents. This part, as very few other episodes have done, made me sad. Stan continues seeing everything like shit, and Stan’s mom moves out.
Especially with the amount of turds I saw during this episode, I was not expecting to have my heartstrings tugged at so hard. Seeing how I am a girl, and like those sorts of things, I would give it a 4 out of 5. Fantastically written, great metaphors, but far too many poop noises.