If you’re a comedy fan, it’s entirely possible that the phrase “I wonder what the South Park guys are gonna do” crosses your mind whenever there’s a national controversy or hardship. Well, now we know how they’re tackling the coronavirus pandemic: On September 30, Matt Stone and Trey Parker will return with a “Pandemic Special” to give everyone their likely hilarious take on COVID-19.
The episode seemingly focuses on Randy Marsh (that’s Stan’s dad) as he “comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park,” according to a press release.
The trailer for the episode shows Randy displaying a chart demonstrating the increase in marijuana sales after the stay-at-home orders were mandated. He then changes the slide and announces a “pandemic special” (get it?), much to the chagrin of his wife, who chides him later in the preview when he asks his kids why they aren’t “totally stoked.”
“A pandemic special, Randy, really? You are a child,” she tells him.
The episode also addresses what’s become a growing question mark over the past few weeks: What’s it going to be like when children go back to school? “The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman,” the press release says.
Despite the press release promising that Cartman isn’t his normal self, the trailer shows the devious 9-year-old up to his usual tricks like avoiding going back to school. “They’re gonna try to make us go back to school. Do you really wanna go back to that slavery?” Cartman asks Kyle Brofloski. Kyle responds by telling him to leave and that he might be spreading germs.
According to the trailer, when the kids return to school, they’re each in their own shielded desks, wearing face masks. (Cartman is noticeably absent.) Also, the class is now being taught by Detective Harris, perhaps indicating that the episode will also address police brutality issues?
The one-hour special will premiere on Comedy Central on Wednesday, September 30, at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT). Right after the west coast airing, the show will be available on the Comedy Central app, South Park Studios, and Comedy Central’s website. The episode will also be available on HBO Max 24 hours after it premieres. Each episode this season will be available on HBO’s streaming service the following day.
A press contact for Comedy Central did not respond to Newsweek’s emailed request for comment in time for publication.
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