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"The Big Fix"
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Episode no. Season 25
Episode 02
Production no. 2502
Original airdate February 9, 2022
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"The Big Fix" is the second episode of Season Twenty-Five, and the 311th overall episode of South Park. It aired on February 9, 2022.[1]


Stan’s horrified to realize he’s misinterpreted some of the greatest writing of all time.[1]


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Randy Marsh attends the Cannabis Cultivators Expo at the Colorado Convention Center, high, and attends a panel that discusses that consumers are demanding their marijuana being grown by people of color who understand social equity, and white-owned weed businesses may suffer boycotts. Randy, sitting down with his family afterward, points out they have no black friends, and questions why Stan does not hang out more with his black classmate, "Token", noting they only hang out in larger groups. Stan, feeling guilty, decides to invite "Token" and his family over for dinner the next day. At the meal, Randy is friendly and takes photographs of the families together before questioning why they named their son that way, much to the family's confusion, discovering that Steve Black is a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and chose to name his son after his favorite author, J. R. R. Tolkien. Randy takes Steve to a tour of the family farm, takes photos with him and asks him to do some financial consulting. Stan calls up Kyle to ask if he was aware that Tolkien's name was Tolkien, which he confirms he and everyone else knew. Stan then questions Cartman, citing his "Token's Life Matters" shirt, to which Cartman expresses surprise that J. R. R. Tolkien's name was spelled with an 'L'. Stan is uncomfortable to realize none of his friends made the same mistake.

The next morning, Steve is on his way to work when he sees billboards of him and Randy together and expresses anger, but Randy convinces him they can become business partners, comparing them to Ben and Jerry of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, assuring him they will make lots of money and alluding to the opening of The Hobbit to convince him, in spite of Steve's opposition to alcohol and drugs. Meanwhile, Stan visits the doctor's office to see Dr. Gauche without his parents, and while the doctor is friendly even after Stan admits he is concerned about being racist, he becomes hostile and angry when Stan reveals that he thought Tolkien's name was 'Token'. After asking Stan to leave, the doctor suggests he read from the perspective of a black person if he wants to learn better. Stan then begins reading The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings throughout the school day. Stan then does a presentation before the class suggesting they make the books required reading so Tolkien would not feel isolated, though he insists Tolkien not enter the room during this meeting.

Randy, meanwhile, sees his profits increase while collaborating with Steve, who attends many Tegridy Farms functions but is not welcomed to participate. When he arrives at a party in the barn where Randy and Towelie are partying, Steve suggests a cannabis line based on the Lord of the Rings novels including all nine races of Middle-Earth, but Randy and Towelie shoot down the idea as dorky and Randy reveals that Jerry does not 'actually do shit', only Ben. Realizing he is nothing but a "token black person", Steve quits and leaves in anger. At the school meanwhile, Stan has an assembly for J. R. R. Tolkien Appreciation Day, discussing the books, at which the entire school affirms they knew their classmate Tolkien was named for the author, but when Stan asks Tolkien to speak, he reveals he does not enjoy the books at all, he has always hated the books and cannot stand them, dropping the microphone.

Stan, humiliated and upset, becomes hesitant to leave his room at the farm later, but Tolkien comes by to visit and ask if he is okay. Stan admits to his mistake of thinking his name was 'Token' and expresses he understands if Tolkien does not want to hang around him anymore, but Tolkien admits he has no choice, as his dad decided to enter the farming business and they now live across the street. Randy is furious to overhear this and discover Steve has opened his own weed farm, Credigree Weed, now speaking in vernacular speech (as Randy has used farmer speech) and selling the same weed ideas he described earlier which Randy and Towelie had shot down. Randy is furious to see customers there and tries to steal them back, only to be called a racist. He then angrily declares they stole his idea and kicks Tolkien out of the house as a "spy", declaring a war between the two farms, which Steve affirms.

As the episode ends, Dr. Gauche again declares that many suffer from unconscious biases and implores anyone watching who thought Tolkien's name was not a J. R. R. Tolkien reference is part of the problem and suggesting they call a hotline, 1-800-I AM A GIANT PIECE OF SHIT.


  • When Kyle tells Stan he knew Token's actual name, Stan asks him about Cartman wearing a shirt that said "Token's Life Matters", which was last shown in Season Twenty's "Member Berries" and "Skank Hunt".


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Big Fix (Season 25, Episode 02).
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Randy MarshStan MarshTolkien BlackSteve BlackTegridy Farms (Location)Credigree Weed • "Black Puppy, White Puppy"


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