Tweek Vs. Craig
Stan, Kyle and Cartman join shop class. while After seeing all the dangerous equipment in the school shop, Kenny takes home-economics instead. When the wood shop instructor, Mr. Adler, asks who the classes' biggest troublemaker is, Stan and Kyle say it's Tweek, while Cartman maintains it's Craig. To settle the issue they provoke the two boys to fight. . Craig learns sumo with Cartman, while Tweek gets boxing lessons from Jimbo and Ned. They finally engage in a bloody schoolyard brawl unmatched until "Cripple Fight". At the same time, Mr. Adler is in deep mourning for his dead girlfriend, who (we learn from live-action dream sequences) featuring South Park writer Pam Brady) was killed in some sort of airplane/drowning incident. On the day of the Tweek/Craig matchup, Mr. Adler, distraught over her death (and that he's run out of nicotine gum) lies down in front of a circular saw and prepares to cut himself in half. Suddenly Tweek and Craig crash through a window, startling Mr. Adler out of his suicide plan. It also startles Kenny (recently booted from home economics and forced to take shop), who gets caught in some heavy equipment and hurled across the room into a box of rusty nails. As Kenny lays dying, he channels the spirit of Mr. Adler's dead girlfriend. The two reconcile, right in front of the crowd of children who were watching the fight. Later, the kids go to the hospital to visit the severely injured Tweek and Craig. They tell them their families were both on the TV news, calling each other names. And the brawl begins all over again.
What I Learned Today
"Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It was the time we spent together that really matters. Not how we left it."
- "There is nothing in the world more 'man' than boxing. It is man at his most man." (Jimbo)
- "In sumo, your body must be like a stone, and your mind like a meatloaf." (Craig's martial arts instructor)
- "Fight back! Resist the ass!" (Craig's martial arts instructor)
- "There is indeed great power in your ass, Eric." (Nishimura, Sumo Instructor)
- "I can't make love to you until we get a king-size bed." (Kenny)
- "Stop screwing around!" (Mr. Adler)
- "I was just standing over by Tweek, and he called you a big poop eater." (Cartman)
- "They wanna fight, they just don't know it yet." (kyle)
- "What you got, bi-atch?!" (Ned)
Mr. Richard Adler, the shop class teacher with the band-aid permanently on his forehead. Mrs. Choise, the Home Ec teacher, makes her debut as well. We learn briefly that her and Adler are dating (unsuccessfully).
We also get to see Craig's parents and little sister, all of whom regularly flip each other off. Lastly, Nishimura (the Sumo Instructor) makes his first and only cameo.
Mr. Adler's girlfriend, who dies (repeatedly) in flashbacks. Apparently she was flying a plane, which crashed. Or blew up. Then she fell in the water and drowned. Also Kenny, who uses his last whim to channel the spirit of Adler's wife, grandma, and uncle. A 3rd grader named Tommy isn't killed, but loses his face to a belt sander in shop class.
Behind The Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
The character of Mr. Adler is based on one of Matt Stone's own shop teachers.
Pop Culture References
Mr. Adler's live-action girlfriend is played by South Park writer, Pam Brady.
Token has his first lines of dialogue in this episode; a powerful: "Yeah, they left."
We learn a lot about Craig this episode. Namely, that he watches "Red Racer" every day of the week, flips the bird more than he talks, and has a guinea pig named Stripe. His relationship with guinea pigs will be further explored in "Pandemic I & II".
The "Oppenheimer Technique", as we learn from Jimbo, is punching someone in the balls during a fight.
This episode features the iconic scene where Cartman dresses up in a Sumo outfit. We learn from his sumo instructor, Nishimura, that he has natural gift for the sport.
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