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Episode no. Season 8
Episode 10
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 [1].

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Stan, acting in panic, announces to the boys that Trent, a classmate from their preschool years, has just been released from juvenile hall. This causes the boys to worry and devise a plan to defend themselves from Trent's anger.

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 gladly does. When the fire first starts, the boys urinate on it, trying to put it out. However, the fire gets out of control, and when their teacher, Miss Claridge, tries to extinguish it, she too becomes engulfed in the flames. The boys then run over to her and urinate on her to try and make her flames go out. Shortly afterwords, the police arrive and instead of taking what might have been the easier route by saying it was an accident, the boys use Trent as their scapegoat - Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny lie and say they weren't involved, and Butters doesn't speak up in Trent's defense. Trent is sentenced to five years in juvenile hall, and the boys forget it ever happened until now, five years later.

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."

Butters, desperate, plans to hide from Trent in his room, indefinitely. His parents Chris and Linda finally force him to go out and play, locking him outside, where Trent gives brutal payback. 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. The sixth graders buy it, and agree to help them.

However, when the sixth-graders tell Trent to stay away from the boys, an angered Trent severely beats all of the sixth-graders. Now, not only do the boys no longer have defence, Trent also knows they sent the Sixth Graders out to get him, which makes him angrier. With no one left to ask, the boys ask Stan's sister, Shelly, to defend them, and after some convincing that is strong enough to get her attention, she agrees (because she wants 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, he mentions about the things he's missed out on such as talking Christmas Poo and fighting a huge mechanized Barbra Stresand and adds that once his retribution is over the matter will be solved for good. Once again instead of taking the easier route, Cartman takes out his mom's taser stun-gun, and fires it at Trent, but it shocks Miss Claridge instead, 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 an hydrant, where the flames are put out.

The police ask Miss Claridge if Trent tried to kill her again. She replies "no" with two beeps; the police misunderstand ("Yes, yes.") and 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 taunt Trent. However, he still has the nipples drawn on his butt. Just as he does this, the sixth graders come back and see the whole thing. Cartman thinks he's in trouble, but the sixth graders are once again fooled into thinking they are boobs and take Cartman to rape.


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