|South Park episode|
|Episode no.||Season 6
|Directed by||Trey Parker|
|Written by||Trey Parker|
|Original air date||March 13, 2002|
|South Park (season 6)
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"Asspen" is the second episode of the sixth season of the American animated television series South Park. It first aired on Comedy Central in the United States on March 13, 2002. In the episode, the boys go on vacation at Aspen, Colorado, where Stan is repeatedly tormented by an older skier named Tad. Meanwhile, the boys' parents become stuck at a meeting as two salesman attempt to coax them to purchase timeshare property.
The episode was written and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker. The episode serves as a parody of underdog sports films from the 1980s, while the subplot was conceived while Parker and co-creator Matt Stone were repeatedly annoyed by timeshare salesmen while in Whistler, British Columbia. "Asspen" has received very positive reviews, with critics listing it as among the best episodes of the series. Along with the rest of the sixth season, it was released on home video on October 11, 2005.
On vacation at Aspen, Colorado, Stan, Kyle, Butters, and Cartman are learning to ski when an older skier named Tad begins harassing Stan for no reason. Tad demands that Stan race him for "stealing" his girlfriend Heather, whom Stan has never met before. Stan agrees fully aware that since he is a complete amateur, Tad will most certainly beat him, but reluctantly races and loses as he expected to do. Afterwards, he is approached by a teenage girl wearing glasses who invites him to the Aspen Youth Center to dance. There, the boys discover that Tad's father plans to bulldoze the Aspen Youth Center. Tad then appears on stage to sing an off-key song where he repeats "Stan Darsh" over and over until Stan snaps and asks what he wants. Tad demands another race, this time on a much larger hill, and it is agreed that if Stan wins, Tad's father will not bulldoze the youth center. As the race begins, Tad races quickly down the hill, stopping to place traps in order to slow Stan down. Still inexperienced, Stan moves so slowly that the traps to do not even affect him, while the teenage girl Stan met earlier distracts Tad by lifting up her shirt. Tad freezes, while Stan passes him and wins the race.
In a subplot, the boys' parents are coaxed into attending a 30-minute presentation by two timeshare salesmen. The parents refuse to be enticed and try to leave, however, they are told that the meeting is actually the lunch. They ask to leave during lunch but are told to turn over their place cards, which reveal a prize of an exclusive ski lift. They board the ski lift, thinking it will give them quick access to the slopes but find it takes them straight back to the presentation room. The parents attempt leaving the meeting only to be held there at gunpoint by the police, as they learn that the police and other relevant authorities are under control of the timeshare organization, whose influence reaches all the way to the nation's president, and they have no choice, so they purchase some property. They return to the boys, who tell them the ski resort sucks, and they return to South Park.
"Asspen" was written by series co-creator Trey Parker, who also directed the episode. The episode parodies several movies of the 1980s, including Hot Dog... The Movie, Ski School, Ski Patrol, Aspen Extreme, Total Recall, Pet Sematary and Better off Dead. Parker called the episode "really easy to write," as all he had to do was write a version of the underdog sports films the episode was parodying. The episode contains a subplot involving the boys' parents attempting to avoid purchasing a timeshare from two men. While at a story retreat in Whistler, British Columbia, Parker and Stone were repeatedly "harassed" by timeshare salesman the entire time; this served as the inspiration for the story.
As Stan trains to become a better skier, a song called "Montage", similar to the Giorgio Moroder and Paul Engemann Scarface montage song "Push It to the Limit," is performed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone's band DVDA. The song was later reworked and used by Parker and Stone in Team America: World Police (2004). The episode also features the song "Take on Me" by Norwegian synthpop band A-ha. The rights to use the song were cleared the morning the episode was set to air.
"Asspen" has received positive reviews. Ashley Burns, writing for Uproxx, praised "Asspen", saying that "I could probably write a book that tries to explain why this is the quintessential South Park episode." Kevin Fitzpatrick, writing for UGO Network, stated that the 1980s sports movies were "perfectly skewered" and that "it'd take a full montage to explain all the things we love about this episode."
Stephen Higham of WhatCulture.com ranked "Asspen" on a list of the 15 greatest South Park episodes, saying that "whilst the subplot about the kids’ parents getting barraged with inescapable offers by the condo sales-men does get a little repetitive, there are enough jokes in there to keep you entertained. Trey Parker has a real talent for capturing the odd little quirks of human communication and amplifying them to absurd levels of notice-ability until they take over all other aspects of that voice. His talent is especially note-worthy in his performance of these two salesmen." He praised the main plot, saying that "it is twenty minutes of darn good satire" and called the character of Tad "just genius."
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