He wasn't manipulating. He wasn't pretending to do everything willfully. Cesar said it. "When you correct the behaviour, soon, you will see a change in the personality."
Taking Cartman away from being the kid he's always been (albeit a sudden change in intelligence) would throw the show off balance and out of its normalcy. It would have ruined it. There usually has to be a reset button in shows, particularly in ones like South Park, so it HAD to be reset. A nicer Cartman would not have worked for a few more episodes, anyway. It would be odd and it would suck.
I mean, we did see that his mother went right back to her old self at then end of the episode, and Cartman went right back to pushing his limits. Nothing ANY child wouldn't do. Or, at least a child with an understanding of how the world works:
Step one: Set goal.
Step two: ??? [I mean, work toward goal >o>]
Step three: PROFIT!!!
Vicious cycle. He asks, she gives in, he gains dominance.
:[ While I would have liked to have seen more of "submissive" Cartman (at least WITHIN the episode), it's basically stated with the ending that he is back to his old manipulative, morally-bankrupt self.
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