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Episode credited cast:
Chris Borkovec
Melissa (voice)
Nabulungi Hatimbi
Karen McCormick (voice)
Millie Oliver


After Kenny's parents are arrested and he and his siblings are sent to a foster home, Eric searches for who is the new poor kid in South Park and the results are shocking. Mysterion must help his brother and sister and the rest of the foster children get out of the abusive foster home. Written by Fosters, Australian for Foster Kids

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16 November 2011 (USA)  »

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The American flag sticker on the side of the police car carrying Eric to the foster home, is backwards. See more »


Greene Elementary Princabal: Here at Greene Elementary we do not tolerate students making fun of other students.
Cartman: I wasn't making fun of anyone.
Greene Elementary Princabal: [picks up paper and reads of it] A twenty minute song and dance number, with 47 "Yo mama so poor" jokes directed at Jacob Hallery.
Cartman: I was teasing.
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Decent season finale (with a fantastic addition to the mythology of Mysterion!)
18 March 2013 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

Following the magnificent trilogy of episodes featuring Mysterion from season 14, the last show of season 15 is a proof that the cool Kenny-as-a-superhero stuff ain't over yet. This nice finale features a scene that has to be one of the sweetest moments in the history of the show – and yes, it deals with Mysterion.

"The Poor Kid" feels at the same time as something we have seen plenty of times before, especially since it offers typical Cartman material. An episode from season 14, "Poor and Stupid", had too Cartman's poverty being exposed. This time, we have Kenny being taken away from his write trash parents and therefore Cartman becoming the poorest kind around (of course nobody cares with the exception of Cartman himself!). It's definitely a situation that could have been explored long ago, I mean, there's even an entire season (almost) without Kenny! There's a nice reference to this at the ending of the episode.

There are good moments like this one but ultimately, "The Poor Kid" can't compete with other similar Cartman shows like the classic "Ginger Kids" (similar because in both Cartman becomes what he hates). There's this thing of having many variations of the same joke with Cartman and other minor new characters – it's a sort-of hit and miss situation, with some laughs but nothing quite memorable. The first episode of this season, "HUMANCENTiPAD", and its many variations of the same joke actually worked better (it's overall a funnier "Cartman vs. his mom" show).

So, "The Poor Kid" is a decent SOUTH PARK, perhaps just worth watching for the nice addition to the already fantastic Mysterion mythology. Well, it's fun but if you want a great Cartman show is better to check out any of the mentioned ones.

*Watched it on 17 March, 2013

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