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"Pre-School"
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Episode no. Season 8
Episode 10
Guest stars Dante Alexander[1]
Production no. 810
Original airdate November 10, 2004
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"Pre-School" is the tenth episode of Season Eight, and the 121st overall episode of South Park. It aired on November 10, 2004.[2]

Synopsis

For five long years, Stan, Kyle, Kenny, Cartman, and Butters have kept a secret about an illegal incident that happened back in pre-school. Now, the kid who took the fall for the boys is getting out of Juvie and his first order of business is vowing revenge on the boys.

Plot

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Stan, clearly panicked about somethings, comes flying around the corner and pulls Kyle and Kenny aside, claiming that he needs to talk to them. Kyle asks Stan what the problem is and he tells them that he caught wind that Trent Boyett, a classmate from their preschool years, was about to be released from juvenile hall on parole. Kyle and Kenny are equally horrified by the news and they also begin to panic. A passing Cartman dismissively asks the boys what the problem is, but his passive behavior turns to fear when he's informed about the news. Kyle suggests that maybe he has forgiven them claiming that they, "were only in pre-school".

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The boys recall the incident from their pre-school days. In their flashback, they get the idea of playing 'fireman', starting a real fire and extinguishing it. They just need someone to start it, so they ask Trent Boyett, the toughest kid in pre-school, who agrees when they tell him they know how to put out a fire. Butters advises them against, however, he is ignored. When the fire first starts, the boys urinate on it, trying to put it out. Once they stop urinating, they claim that they, "saved the school" despite the the fact that the fire was still burning. As the fire begins to grow out of control, Trent begins to panic and starts screaming at them to put it out. When their teacher, Miss Claridge, notices what's going on, she blames Trent and tries to extinguish it only to become engulfed in the flames herself. Cartman and the boys then run over and urinate on her to try and put the flames out. Shortly afterwards, the police arrive and instead of taking what might have been the easier route by saying it was an accident and risking getting into trouble, the boys use Trent as their scapegoat when they realize he was the one who started the fire. When approached by the police the boys lie and say they weren't involved and call Trent a liar when he pressures them to tell the police that it was just an accident. Trent begs Butters to come to his defense, but Butters refused as he feared he would be grounded for getting involved. As he's being taken away, Trent claims that the boys better pray he never gets out of juvie. Kyle remarks to the others that Trent is going to be furious when he gets out, Cartman dismisses his worries under the notion of, "That's like five years from now." to which the boys agree. The scene cuts back to the present day where Stan remarks that now the five years are up and Trent is being released. Cartman suggests that they tell their parents, but Kyle reminds him that they can't go to anyone for help because they lied to everyone and no one knew that they were responsible for Miss Claridge being crippled. Stan quickly shushes the boys when he sees Miss Claridge approaching.

It's revealed that Miss Claridge is burned so badly that she is forever confined to a sort of iron lung/motorized wheelchair, and she can only communicate by using an electronic beep: once for "yes", twice for "no." Stan asks Miss Claridge if she's having a nice day, and she simply beeps once for yes. Once Miss Claridge is gone, Kyle suggests that maybe Trent has forgotten all about the incident. The scene cuts to an Arizona juvie, where Trent can be seen leaving and retrieving his things, clearly even more furious than he was after the incident. Asked by a guard about where he was gonna go, Trent simply replies, "I've got business to take care of."

Upon finding out about Trent's release, a desperate Butters plans to hide from Trent in his room indefinitely. His parents, Stephen and Linda force him to go out and play, locking him outside. Almost immediately, Butters sees Trent across the street and he begins banging on the door begging to be let inside only to be cornered by Trent. Butters pleads with Trent not to hurt him claiming that he'll give him anything he wants but Trent claims that the only thing he wants is to have back all the time that was taken from him when he was sent to prison. Trent further tells Butters that he's going to give him a five-second head start. Butters wastes two seconds trying to apologize to Trent for not speaking in his defense, but then runs when he realizes his attempts are futile. When he is caught, Trent dishes out a brutal, bully-style payback, resulting in Butters being hospitalized. Meanwhile, Miss Claridge's motorized wheelchair runs out of juice and stalls in the middle of the street. Since her drained battery renders her unable to respond by beeping, the South Park townspeople assume she has become despondent.

To avoid Trent doing to them what he did to Butters, the boys go to the sixth graders for help. When they arrive at the hangout, the sixth graders say that they'll only defend them if they get a picture of Stan's mother's breasts. Stan, reluctant to ask his mother, even with Cartman's attempts to teach him how to reason with his mother, instead takes a photo of Cartman's buttocks with nipples drawn on them. The sixth graders fall for it and agree to help them.

However, when the sixth graders tell Trent to stay away from the boys, Trent severely beats all of the sixth graders. Now, not only do the boys no longer have defense, but Trent also knows they sent the sixth graders out to get him, which could possibly make him angrier. With no one left to ask, the boys ask Stan's sister, Shelly, to defend them. She agrees on the condition that they tell Miss Claridge that they were responsible for the fire, simply because she wanted to be the only one who beats the boys up.

The boys meet Miss Claridge, who is still stuck in the middle of the street and attempt to make peace with her. At this moment, however, Trent arrives to finish business. The boys try to talk with him, but Trent still does not want to settle. Trent claims that the boys had five years to do something proactive and he mentions some of the things he's missed out on such as a talking Christmas Poo and fighting a huge mechanized Barbra Streisand and adds that once his retribution is over, the matter will be solved for good and he'll never come near them again. Once again instead of taking the easier route, Cartman takes out his mother's taser and fires it at Trent, however, he misses, instead of shocking Miss Claridge, recharging her wheelchair to such a degree that it goes out of control. The wheelchair spins in place then crashes into a propane shop, causing an explosion which destroys the shop and sets Miss Claridge on fire. Ablaze once again, Miss Claridge crashes into a hydrant, where the flames are put out. The police arrive, and since they already knew what 'Trent' did to Miss Claridge, they all thought he wanted to get rid of her for good. Trent tries to deny the fact, but the boys call him a liar.

The police ask Miss Claridge if Trent tried to kill her again. She replies "no" with two beeps; the police misunderstand, thinking she means "Yes, yes", causing them to once again arrest Trent. The boys are saved, and relieved that they won't have to worry about this for another five years. Cartman goes on to moon and taunts Trent. However, he still has the nipples drawn on his butt. Just as he does this, the injured sixth graders come back from the hospital and see the whole thing. Cartman thinks he's in trouble, as the sixth graders might find out they tricked them. However, the sixth graders are once again fooled into thinking they are breasts. They grab Cartman, presumably taking him into "the bushes", similarly to what they did with the picture.

References


  810: "Pre-School" edit
Story Elements

Trent BoyettMiss ClaridgeThe 6th Graders

Media

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Release

South Park: The Complete Eighth Season

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