South Park: “Cock Magic” Season 18 Episode 8 Review

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This is an episode of South Park where the thought of a bunch of writers putting together these plot points draws in laughs of its own.

It’s entirely possible that the title Cock Magic came before anything else about the episode in the creative process. The two variances it implies are wildly different and, like a lot of things on South Park, don’t quite come together.

That said, the first thoughts that comes likely aren’t chickens playing Magic: The Gathering or a series of magic tricks all relating to male genitalia. Well, they are now.

We open with Wendy trying to rally support for South Park Elementary’s girl’s volleyball team. But Cartman and the boys want to go watch Kenny fight, it just turns out that fight is a Magic: The Gathering duel. Kenny is really good at the game, defeating a player to thunderous applause from his friends.

The next day at school, the boys hear about something new that’s even more hardcore than traditional Magic matches, chickens (or cocks) playing Magic. The boys find a new chicken they can train to win at Magic, named McNuggets. But McNuggets gets scared when the most fearsome cock in the game is his next opponent. That’s where Kenny gets to go in and do his thing, nearly defeating the rooster just before the cops show up.

While this is all going on, Randy seems to think a different kind of “cock magic” is going on. Hilariously demonstrated to the boys, Randy makes his libido dance behind a magician’s handkerchief.

But the absolute highlight of the episode was when Randy is hired for a children’s birthday party. He seemingly saws his junk off, blood squirting everywhere and all, only to pull his penis out from behind a little girl’s ear. Like, you just can’t beat that.

The ending was great too. When Randy shows up as a halftime show for the broken up Magic tournament, he seemingly freezes his privates and shoots them off, only for his flesh to come out of the detective’s mouth. Now that’s magic.

What these two stories have to do with each other is anyone’s guess. There’s not really much to interpret to this one and the stories don’t conjoin all that well. But Randy’s plot was visually hilarious all the way through, and the boys’ adventure had some solid moments too. Grade: B

By Matt Dougherty

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