South Park – S23E03 (Shots!!!) – Episode Recap

A recap written by Lee Sonogn

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This third episode of season 23 marks the 300th episode of South Park. Do vaccinations have negative side effects or are they needed to protect our children? Not having a strong opinion on this question as the information on it is a bit subjective, Cartman was the perfect choice to not get the shots. In a somewhat controversial episode before and during, it adds to the real-life situation with China and shows a celebration of a milestone. 

Opening up the show there was an image of 300 on a cake and Randy makes a reference to the previous episode in a comment to China baning South Park in real life because of last week’s episode. Then the main story of this episode becomes about immunization shots and Cartman being a consciousness objector. Cartman avoiding his shots causes him to squeal like a pig and manipulates his mother to protect him as the whole town seems to be against him.

Regarding my rating for this episode, it failed to live up to the previous two episodes that were better in my opinion. With many scenes dedicated to Cartman and other kids afraid of needles running away. There were not enough relevant and well-timed jokes to the subject matter of the anti-vaccination topic delivered as strongly. Still, the episode was decent enough and the official apology to China below and for the purpose of promoting (Shots!!!) gave this episode some interesting context.


“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hears. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn’t look just like Winner the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the Great Communist Party of China! May this autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful! We good now China?” – Official apology to China from Trey Parker and Matt Stone

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