The newer episodes of South Park in general have been somewhat dry and lacking in content and plot. However, this one finally seems to be getting better. The newer episodes leave out some of the characters which takes away from the overall show, but this one seems to compensate for that. For those of you that have not seen "Stand and Deliver" in Spanish class or outside of it, you may not have understood the Cartman aspect of the plot in this episode. Matt and Trey make a great allusion to the character and even have "Mr. Cartmenez" teaching Calculus (as the teacher did in "Stand and Deliver"). I applaud them for making this connection simply because it makes my 5 years of Spanish (watching this movie at least once a year) finally worth it.
The allusions were much better than in previous episodes of Season 12. The great reference to Bill Belicheck and Spygate worked perfectly with Cartman's methodology (especially his final motivational speech). Moreover, the fact that Cartman managed to manipulate these inner city high school students with the concept of cheating well was hysterical. The "American Tail" reference was also absolutely hilarious especially with the two part harmony. Another aspect of the plot that made the episode great was the return of Mr. Garrison. With a more volatile Ms. Garrison, there was more available plot, but it was losing its touch. There can only be so many episodes centered on a terribly confused gay/lesbian man/woman (even though they all were funny). All in all, the episode was much better than others this season and will definitely go down as one of my favorite episodes.