I liked it, even if it was a repeat of Cartman vs. the midget from the Jesse Jackson ep. The underwear bit was was funny, but really gross and Cartman's "You guys think I'm cool!!" speech at the end was good as well.
I also liked Principal Victoria's speech about the "fat lump" that inspired Wendy.
I loved this episode. As much as I enjoy South Park tackling current events and pop culture, or going all out like in Imaginationland, this was actually one of my favorite South Parks of recent years. It was just about the kids, the social structure in their school, and Cartman being the worst person in the world.
Cartman was a textbook old school chickenshit pro wrestling heel. He taunted and taunted the babyface, was afraid to fight, actually tricked the face and sort of won the battle. But, no, heels can't just leave well enough alone. Even after getting what he wanted, he had to push it. Then he got his ass completely kicked but still found a way to justify the humiliating loss to himself. Brilliant. Plus his number one fan Butters turns on him after spending the whole episode looking forward to seeing Cartman kick a girl's ass.
The Principal Victoria cancer metaphor at the end was also really good writing.
And Cartman taking a crap on Garrison's desk get detention was one of the best things I ever saw. People taking a shit on South Park is nothing new, but for some reason it's always a hilarious shock to me when it happens.
But my favorite jokes were actually the Goth kids cracks at Stan for being a pussy and not helping Wendy. "AC/DC didn't write a song about letting your girl get the crap kicked out of her." "Dodged another bullet there, Galahad."
I didn't even notice Kyle never a word until it was over.
This is undoubtedly one of my favorite South Parks in a long time. There wasn't anything crazy or over-the-top (desk shitting aside) here, but it was extremely well-written, funny as hell, and actually had you rooting for Wendy to kick Cartman's ass. And yet you didn't know if the actual moment would come, considering Cartman's history of almost always coming out on top during these scenarios, but when it did, HOLY CRAP was it awesome! This is definitely a feel-good episode for female fans of the show and...well...females, in general, as Wendy overcomes the fat lump in the end.
John Orquiola hits the nail on the head with the pro wrestling reference, as that's exactly what this was. And man, did it ever work.
It was a pretty good idea to not give Kyle dialogue for this episode. Any interaction with Cartman could have diverted attention to their past feuds and taken away from the big fight at the end of this episode. Although they could have given him a line AFTER the fact, but that's a whole other thing.
NEver in my life had I been looking forward to an asskicking more thna this one. Count me in as those who thought for sure he would get out of it. Then to be pleasantly surprised and rewarded with the beatdown of the year was perfect.
My favorite was Butters gleefully cheering Wendy on. As for a secondary characters, I was always a fan of Wendy's and was happy she got the spotlight episode.
"Marriage is like that show ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, but it’s not funny. All the problems are the same, but you know instead of all the funny, pithy dialogue, everybody is really pissed off and tense. Marriage is like a tense, unfunny version of 'Everybody Loves Raymond', only it doesn't last 22 minutes. It lasts forever."
Chevy Chase is golden in this role. I don't think that any other actor could pull off the genuine excitement about planning a sausage-fest. Then followed by genuine disappointment with the sausage-fest coming to an end.