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"Raisins"
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Episode no. Season 7
Episode 14
Production no. 714
Original airdate December 10, 2003
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"Raisins" is the fourteenth episode of Season Seven, and the 110th overall episode of South Park. It first aired on December 10, 2003.[1]

Synopsis[]

After Wendy breaks up with Stan the boys take him to "Raisins", a local restaurant known for its great chicken wings and hot girls.[1]

Plot[]

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The boys are all playing football when Bebe walks up behind Stan (who is the quarterback) and tells him that his girlfriend, Wendy, has broken up with him. As he begs for an explanation and justifies that he has not spoken to Wendy for weeks, she just explains that: "She just doesn't want to be with you anymore. She says she still wants to be friends". Devastated, Stan seems to be in some kind of trance as the other boys tell Bebe to, "Get the hell out of our football game, you stupid skank". They continue to argue, insinuating that girls lack buttholes, while Stan simply walks away. Stan is devastated and is seen looking over a bridge into the water, crying in the rain and looking at pictures of Wendy while listening to '80s breakup music.

Stan attempts to win back Wendy, asking his best friend Kyle if he will talk to her for him. All Wendy says is that Stan is really nice but she just does not want to be together anymore. Stan begs Kyle to ask her to be more direct with him, but Kyle just tells him to talk to her himself and to be poetic. Stan next gets Jimmy to talk to her, asking him to tell Wendy she is a "continuing source of inspiration" to him, but because of Jimmy's disability and stutter, he makes the mistake of saying, "Stan says you're a cunt...", repeating it as he tries to work through the stutter. Wendy is insulted and simply tells Jimmy for Stan to "Fuck off" before he can finish the sentence. Stan realizes that more attempts would be in vain.

Stan begins to withdraw from life, feeling depression and staying in bed for days. He ignores the boys' attempts to get him to cheer up or leave bed at first, describing his sense of heartbreak to them in dramatic terms. Kyle and the other boys decide to take him to "Raisins", where all of the waitresses appear to be "cute" girls their age with heavy make up who flirt with customers. Stan only feels worse after the experience despite Kyle and the boys' efforts, but Cartman enjoys the food immensely and Butters mistakes his waitress Lexus's Raisins-style flirtation for personal affection and falls in love with her.

Stan tries to take control of the situation again by asking Bebe to talk to Wendy for him. She tells him to do the most romantic thing he can think of, and tells him to hold a heavy boombox over his head and play Peter Gabriel outside her window. He dresses up and chooses the very unromantic and unintentionally racist song, "Shock the Monkey" for her. Wendy gives Stan an embarrassed, guilty look from her window, and Tolkien walks up to her. She looks down and walks away while Tolkien shuts the blinds, and Stan comes to the conclusion they are now a couple.

Stan is moping around in the gym class locker room and Kyle selfishly tells him, "You might as well go hang out with those Goth Kids who dress in black and talk about pain all the time!" Stan takes this advice so literally that he actually approaches them behind the school discussing how nonconformist they are and discussing how abusive their parents are. They agree Stan can join them if he agrees to be a nonconformist by dressing the same way they do and listening to the same music they do. Stan agrees to do this and takes on the name 'Raven'.

When the five Goths hang out together at the Goth Girl's househouse to share poetry, Stan is still writing about how much he misses Wendy, but they implore him to focus on darker themes and more violent imagery instead. The Goth girl's cheerful mother appears to tease her daughter, Henrietta, how much she will love a birthday gift her parents have purchased her. Henrietta tells her to go away, calling her a 'bitch' and insists her mother wishes she was dead.

Kyle finds Stan at "Benny's" (a parody of "Denny's) diner drinking coffee and wearing all black, with the other goths. Claiming that his parents want him to come home, Kyle tries to convince Stan to come back, expressing disbelief that Stan has actually followed through on hanging out with the Goth kids and suggesting they 'try living in a third-world county' if they want to experience real pain. Stan asks about whether Wendy and Tolkien are still together. After Kyle confirms this, Stan replies in a deep voice, "...People shouldn't care about me, because I don't care about them. What's the point of caring if all it brings is pain?" Kyle gives up and tells him to enjoy his misery.

Butters is obsessed over his perceived relationship with Lexus, who obviously does not have any interest in him but continues to be kind to him for money. He remains oblivious to this and continues to give Lexus large tips and gifts. He calls her at work to try to arrange dates and misinterprets her suggestions to come to her workplace as dating arrangements, confessing his love for her unaware she is distracted, and tries to talk with her after work unaware when she is leaving and being protected by Maury the bouncer.

Convinced of their relationship, he brings his parents to Raisins and while they are pleased to find out he is not gay (which they had a bet on) they are appalled with the establishment. Though they express sympathy for the girls working there at first, but Porsche's obliviousness, comparing cancer to a cancer store on her lip, puts them off, and they focus instead on the way the Raisin girls are using boys for tips. They explain to Butters that girls can make men do anything by flirting and that they turn that into a profession. Frustrated, Butters just tells his parents to go to "heck" and storms out with Lexus, intending to run away together, only for her to casually tell him that they are not boyfriend and girlfriend, breaking his heart.

Butters does the same thing as Stan did earlier after his heartbreak; crying in the rain on the streets. When the other goth kids stumble across him, they tell Stan to check out "the tortured soul". When Stan asks what is wrong with him, Butters explains how Lexus broke up with him, thus the goth kids offer to let him into their clique. However, Butters explains why the feeling is bittersweet:

"I'm sad, but at the same time I'm really happy that somethin' could make me feel that sad. It's like, it makes me feel alive, you know? It makes me feel human. And the only way I could feel this sad now is if I felt somethin' really good before. So I have to take the bad with the good, so I guess what I'm feelin' is like a, beautiful sadness. I guess that sounds stupid..."

Stan is touched by his speech, and realizes that it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all and that he does not want to go through life thinking everyone he meets could let him down and starts to recover, but the Goth kids fail to understand. Butters admits he would rather not join because he'd rather be a "whiny pussy" than a goth, and after he walks away, Stan admits he is correct, telling the Goths: "I don't even know who I am anymore. I liked liking life a lot more than hating it. Screw you guys. I'm going home".

The next day at school, as the other boys are struggling in football, having replaced Stan and Tolkien on the field, Stan shows up in his old outfit again and claims how he realized that there are a lot of painful times in life and that he need to deal with the right way. The other boys are happy to see him again. When Wendy and Tolkien walk by, he says to them proudly, "Hey Wendy, you're a bitch! Tolkien, (flips him the bird) right here buddy!" They both angrily walk away, and the boys get back to football.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Raisins (Season 7, Episode 14). southparkstudios.com.


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Story Elements

Raisins (Location)Benny'sGoth KidsLexus • "All Out of Love" • "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" • "Living in America" • "Shock the Monkey" • "YMCA"

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Release

South Park: The Complete Seventh SeasonA Little Box of Butters

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