I can think of a few:
1. Will Season 22 begin with Eric attempting suicide in front of everyone just moments after Heidi walked out on him? If he does, will she give him yet another chance? Will she listen to her heart this time instead of her brain, or was she speaking from her heart at the end of last season?
2. The President escaped from Ike and will be more desperate now than he was last year. With the Whites having the President's future in their hands, this question probably won't be answered until Season 24, if the show returns for that season.
3. With the boys and girls getting along in the games, will this make it into the show next season? Is the gender was definitely over? One thing I don't expect returning is Charlotte and Butters.
Has the show become what it used to make fun of?
Anyway, there were no deleted scenes this time around. That was kind of disappointing but such is life.
Commentary tracks were a return to form. About 5 minutes over each episode. Not one long track.
White People Renovating Houses
Trey and Boogie got into remodeling, renovating, and fixer-upper shows, which all featured white hosts. Where are the hosts of other colors? Trey tied that into Charlottesville and the white supremacist movement going on at that time, then both of those into the rise of robots taking all our jobs (!). When all the digital assistants got going in the writers' room, Google Home would be the last one left, not knowing "how to help with that".
Trey wanted to keep one serialized theme going, and that was Heiman, to see how the relationship would evolve and end.
Put It Down
Trey and Matt wanted to establish in "White People Renovating Houses" that Cartman was an abusive, manipulative, and controlling boyfriend while convincing himself that Heidi was abusing, manipulating, and controlling him. He then saw the Logic song that "Please Don't Die, Eric" was based on. He though that was a parody until he learned Logic was serious, then he had Cartman sing a parody of it. Trey and Matt decided to keep Creek together even though they aren't *really* together (come on, they're kids. They're too young for such relationships). Tweek, being the emotional one who tends to panic, became the woman here and reinforces the Wonder Tweek/Wonder Woman role he has in the games
Trey based this episode on the Indigenous Peoples' Days that started in Los Angeles County and spread out across the nation. They had a lot of scened with Randy and the Native American falling in love and what not, and could have made a 3-parter out of it, but decided to just remove those scenes and finish the episode as seen.
The "shtyle" clips are based on "Enter The Dragon", near the beginning of the movie.
Hummels & Heroin
The opening scene was based on a New Yorker article about the opioid crisis, in which a kid's party is mentioned. The old folks' home/prison comparison came up about that time. Trey's grandparents were big Hummel collectors. All their Hummels appeared in "Team America: World Police", in Kim Jong Il's palace. Vernon Chatman was working with Killer Mike at the time, and brought him in to do "(They Got Me) Locked Up In Here" just for this episode.
Sons A Witches
This episode was inspired by the Harvey Weinstein sexual allegations that popped up at the time. The "witch pursuit" riffs were based on people saying "don't call it a witch hunt" when it comes to men being called out for sexual harassment ('cause men can't be witches - the proper term for men is warlock).
Cartman is the worst boyfriend in the world. Heidi made a bad decision, and the girls are ripping on her. Matt and Trey were trying to return to form. The parallels between Cartman and Trump are heavy in this episode. Heidi's soul is at stake here.
You can thank Betty for this episode. Trey got the idea from listening to an episode of "Octonauts" on tardigrades, which his daughter was watching. Trey got into water bears from that. Heidi turns into Cartman. The tardigrades became fans because the NFL had seen audiences shrinking because of the protests the previous year.
SUPER HARD PCness
Now that Terrance and Phillip are old (compared to the kids, lol), they can't come back as their young selves. Their farting on each other has gotten old. Everyone is getting shows on Netflix, even the Obamas. Matt met his wife at work, even though that's frowned upon (as shown in this episode). Trey and Matt thought of making one new character - Strong Woman - and got a second one as a bonus - Miss Conduct (for Mr. Mackey).
The finale. How do they end Heiman? They like Heidi as she was in Season 20, sweet and kind, not the horrible Cartman she became in "Moss Piglets". Her soul is still at stake. She reflects on the events of Season 20 as the reality of Cartman's nature becomes clear. Matt and Trey have gone from being embarrassed that Trump is President to being scared, and felt that Trump himself is stuck in being President, so they thought of bringing Garrison back, but he'd just scare the sh*t out of everybody. Matt's daughter Cleo makes her debut here as Crystal White. So now Heidi has to make a decision. Sure, she was taken in by a con man, and sure, the girls drove her further into Cartman's arms, but in the end, it's her decision. The Whites, long overlooked in the show (we knew about Jason, but he hardly ever spoke), will stay as the new family in town. Matt and Trey ended the season in a cliffhanger, leaving it to the Whites - the white people - to determine how next season will start. So, what about Heidi and Cartman? She left him, and she was determined not to look back when she did, so, it's over. And now that she made her decision, it's up to the white people to make theirs. Mid-term elections are coming up, after all. No indication that the Whites will replace Garrison in the White House
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