With a title as hysterical as Butterballs, I thought this would be a roll-on-the-floor, side-splitting episode. Unfortunately for me, it was neither. Sure, I laughed out loud on several occasions, but I felt that some of the jokes were overdone. It had so much potential. Why didn't it deliver?
Come on Parker and Stone - give me an episode that will make me wet myself. What are you, chicken?
I knew that Butterballs would center around my favorite boy, Butters, but I also though it would have something to do with food and getting fat. Boy, I was way off target. Instead, the South Park creators decided to tackle an epidemic in America: bullying.
It turns out that Butters is getting bulled on a regular basis by someone. He shows up to school with a black eye. The kids tell him to let an adult know, but he doesn't want to be a tattle-tale or an anonymous Andy. Instead he lives in fear. Later that evening, Butters is at home and asks to speak with his Grandma alone. I assumed he wanted to ask her about bullying, but this is where things get crazy.
Instead, we learn that Grandma is Butters' bully. She calls him all sorts of nasty names, dropping the F-bomb left and right. After she smacks him around for a little bit, Butters just cries like a little baby. There's nothing like a bully in geriatric clothing.
Meanwhile, at the school, Mr. Mackey is visited by an expert from Bully Buckers. This anti-bullying professional, Bucky Baily, actually bullies Mr. Mackey into holding a mandatory assembly about bullying. I did enjoy the bullying as a tool to promote anti-bullying.
The episode then shows almost every person in South Park bullying another - mainly in the boy's restroom. This joke became tired, in my opinion. It was always the same. At one point, Jesus Christ is the bathroom bully, but I really thought that scene could have been funnier.
Sure, there was an amazing anti-bullying song thrown in there. "Let's make bullying kill itself!" I didn't realize it at first, but it was created to look like a video that a high school in Texas shot as a stand against bullying. Still not really sure why Butters was naked in a glass cube, however. Cartman appeared in the video, dressed in drag, and singing about his va-jay-jay. Doesn't really fit with bullying, but it was the highlight of this musical number.
Perhaps the best part of Butterballs was Kyle repeatedly telling Stan he was going to end up "jacking it in San Diego." It took me a few references to realize that this pun referred to the Kony 2012 incident. At the end, there is a great montage and song of Stan ripping off his clothes and shaking is cartoon booty - presumably "jacking it in San Diego."
So, don't be such a whiny baby with butterballs, and watch the episode here.