April 1, 2010 - Cartman has an addiction to Kentucky Fried Chicken (surprising, right). But when the only KFC in South Park gets replaced with a medicinal marijuana dispensary, Cartman is royally pissed. But Randy Marsh is geeked about the idea, leading us on an odd adventure involving giant testicles and an underground fried chicken market.

Randy can't enjoy the herb at the dispensary because he's perfectly healthy, so he has to find a way to get cancer. He tries an X-Ray machine, and way too much sun exposure, and holding his nads up to the microwave to try to get testicular cancer. And what do you know....it freaking works. The very next morning Randy wakes up with balls that would make a bull elephant jealous. It's hilarious. Horribly disgusting, but hilarious.

Randy's enormous balls provide a sight gag throughout the story, and it doesn't take long until a bunch of other guys in South Park are bouncing on their balls and smoking weed too. You can't help but laugh at this stuff. It's brilliantly ludicrous. And, although the ball gag continues all the way to the end of the episode, the writers continuously tweak the jokes to keep it fresh. South Park has a tendency to run jokes into the ground, squeezing every last possible ounce of humor out of them, but this one didn't quite cross the line between comedy and annoyance.

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While Randy is enjoying his legal marijuana, KFC effectively becomes illegal in Colorado and an underground black KFC market is created by a few South Park kids. Cartman's role in the KFC trade is great. He even goes to meet with the Colonel himself, to get a direct extra crispy chicken connection. And when he cuts the chicken skin into lines and snorts them, the episode reached a whole new level hilarity.

The ending is amazing, with Randy giving his wife a coat made out of his stretched out scrotum skin. It's classic South Park gross out humor all around. And as a little extra bonus, they threw in a bunch of Pope/Catholic church molestation jokes. If the times were different, I'd say this kind of joke was old and tired, but with recent events surrounding the church and his Popeness, I think it's fair game again.

Now let's talk about some of the subtext in this story. Colorado actually does have a medicinal marijuana law that gives patients cards that allow them to toke freely. In fact, the Colorado Department of Health recently announced a change in the way it handles applications from medical marijuana patients because it's so swamped with applications (an average of 1000 applications a day). A certain percentage of those applications are bound to be of questionable validity and intent, and that's probably what the South Park writers were aiming at. But I think there's also another statement they're trying to make: make one thing legal and people will just find a new addiction and create a new black market. That's an arguable point, but one to give some thought. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a sudden craving for some original recipe chicken I need to take care of.

IGN's Ratings for Medicinal Fried Chicken
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8.0 OVERALL
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