The children of South Park claim to have seen Mr. Garrison lurking around town. The townspeople are angry that the President is scaring their children.
President Garrison has been spotted repeatedly in South Park, frightening the young daughter of Bob White and his wife with his constant inquiries about his approval rating. According to a local law enforcement official, Officer Bright, Garrison has become desperate and dangerous ever since he was given a "splatty tomato" approval rating. The Whites, who remain loyal supporters of Garrison, believe that their daughter's anxieties are caused by the political liberalism of the school administrators at South Park Elementary, PC Principal and Vice Principal Strong Woman, complaining, "No one cares about the Whites."
Sightings of Garrison continue, his presence heralded by red balloons bearing the campaign slogan "Make America Great Again", which Randy Marsh and the kids realize bears similarities to Stranger Things and It. In the aftermath of his attack upon Toronto with a nuclear bomb in the previous episode, which killed over a million Canadians, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls for Garrison to be handed over to Canada, a call to which the Canadian-born Ike Broflovski responds. After he disappears, his brother Kyle embarks on a search, joined by his friends. Eric Cartman and his girlfriend Heidi Turner join the search, but Heidi's recent streak of abusiveness spurs Kyle to denounce the person that she has become, humbling her.
At a town meeting, Mayor McDaniels tells the townspeople that Officer Bright is leading the search for Garrison. When she assures the assembled crowd that she understands that they all wish to get rid of Garrison, Bob White objects. When Randy points out to White all the things Garrison has been doing, White responds that Hillary Clinton would not have been any better. When Bright informs the public that authorities have set up a "fox trap" to capture Garrison, the Whites help Garrison evade it by warning him. Randy and his neighbors search the woods, and when they find a campsite, they discover in the tent PC Principal and Strong Woman in bed together. The sight of two co-workers in a relationship horrifies Randy and the others, who vomit in response.
Ike, wearing the uniform of a Canadian Mountie, captures Garrison and drags him bound and gagged back into town. This provokes Bob White to pull out a gun, but Heidi then grabs it and holds Cartman at gunpoint. She blames him for the person she has become, but she later realizes that she has been engaging in self-victimization ever since she began seeing Cartman. Cartman then threatens to kill himself again, but Heidi resolves to end it and breaks up with him. As this is happening, Garrison escapes. Stan Marsh fears that Garrison cannot be destroyed, but Randy states that "it is up to the Whites."
Behind the Scenes
- This is the first episode where we see Jason White's family and learn his last name, although according to his dad, the Whites have been here since the beginning!
- As Trey references on the mini commentary for the episode, Jason is indeed present in "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", although he doesn't appear again in the show for a few seasons.
- In the background during the final crowd sequence, Officer Barbrady makes a cameo back in uniform.