Following last week's rather down-tempo episode, Fishsticks take a similar route and delivers another simple, but slightly larger plot. This time dealing with a joke that Cartman and Jimmy come up with (read Jimmy only) that gets massive exposure even to extent that the whole world loves it, Fishsticks offers up some decent satire revolving around its own medium of comedy. Throughout we get some decent Cartman humour as he tries to deceive himself and Jimmy into thinking he solely came up with the joke. It's a bit of a one note gag itself, which does tire every now and again, but there are some great moments within derived mainly from Cartman's complete self-delusion and wild fantasies recalling the conception of the joke (where he is definitely not fat, it would seem). Partly what makes it the episode it is however comes in the inclusion of Kanye West, self-described voice of a generation and all around genius who doesn't quite get the pun of the gag. Reflecting and complementing the central arc of Cartman's own ego problems, the parody not only feels potent and superbly conceived, but works in terms of the overall story and its themes. Overall, it's a set of plots that can meander in the middle act when the running gag gets a little low on gas, but both nevertheless come together nicely towards a laugh-out-loud conclusion that really is genius.
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