In “South Park” Season 14 Episode 14 “Crème Fraiche,” the boys examine the growing problem of Food Network addiction. It seems that Randy, Stan’s dad, has it something awful. He cannot get through the day without watching a pork loin being buttered.
Spoilers surely follow.
Mind, being a sufferer of Food Network addiction myself, I was astonished at what Randy’s problem was making him do. Of course, it was established in a previous episode that Randy is also an Internet porn addict, so perhaps he has gotten pan roasted chicken confused with some exotic fetish from Brazil.
Sharon, Stan’s mom, is none too pleased with Randy’s addiction. It might be manageable, except that Randy insists he try out some of the more complicated recipes he sees on the Food Network. This would not be so horrible if Randy were not such a mediocre cook.
Sharon tries everything, including imposing parental controls on the Food Network. Her efforts are to no avail. Randy simply called the Food Network chat line (I’m pretty sure it only exists in South Park) to pay to talk about braising or whatever.
Finally, Sharon, feeling neglected, takes solace in a particular type of exercise device that tones the arms while stimulating the exercise device in a perhaps inappropriate manner. The hand held device can talk, you see, and speaks words of encouragement as Sharon exercises faster, and faster, and faster.
Now, without his wife holding him back, Randy quits his job as a geologist and becomes a school cafeteria chef. Now imagining that he has his very own show on the Food Network, Randy starts to create exotic dishes for the children of South Park Elementary. The result is even more horrible than the warmed-over, cheese-food-laden pizza that is the regular fare.
In desperation, the kids disguise Cartman as Gordon Ramsey, the infamous star of “Hell’s Kitchen,” to try to discourage Randy from his unobtainable dream to be a Food Network chef. Things backfire as Randy is only spurred on to try harder. Then Bobby Flay arrives with some guest sou chefs such as Paula Dean; Mario Bateli; and, of course, Giada de Laurentis for a cafeteria food throw down.
Finally, Sharon realizes that the exercise device is really training her to do something that will save her marriage and break Randy of his Food Network addiction. This succeeds outstandingly and all is right with the world again.
While I really loved the animated renditions of my favorite Food Network stars (Guy Fieri and the pork ribs in some diner, drive in, or dive was especially fine), they might have done a little better work on Giada. I suppose a woman of her rare charms does not translate well to “South Park” animation. Just saying.
Source: South Park, Creme Fraiche, Tv.Rage