"D-Yikes!" is episode 1106 (#159) of Comedy Central's animated comedy series South Park. First aired on April 11, 2007, the episode's plot parodies the film 300.
As the episode begins, Mrs. Garrison
storms into her classroom, looking visibly upset at a failed date and that she was dumped because the man thought she looked too much like a male (her sex change doesn't take away her male balding and masculine voice), and takes her rage out on her male students with an essay assignment over the weekend, making them read the "The Old Man and the Sea,"
by Ernest Hemingway
in its entirety. The boys are shocked that they are expected to read a whole book and write an essay over one weekend. However, at Cartman's urging, they hire local Mexican laborers looking for work to read the book and write their essays for them. However, the Mexicans misunderstand them, and instead of writing essays they write to their 'eses
.' (Ese being slang in Spanish for friend.)
Meanwhile, Mrs. Garrison is working out at Curves when she meets a woman named Allison. Allison invites her to "Les' Bos", a nearby bar, but Mrs. Garrison is shocked to find out that everybody there is a lesbian, and runs into the bathroom. Allison follows, and after a minute, Allison asks if Mrs. Garrison had ever imagined being with another woman. After some initial hesitation, Mrs. Garrison is soon seduced, and the two leave to engage in scissoring.
Later on, Mrs. Garrison's new sexual liaison has improved her spirits, and she gives the boys more time with their essays. Garrison returns to Les' Bos and becomes sociable with all the other women, but then is shocked to discover that the bar is being sold to Persians, who plan to make it into a Club Persh Dance Club.
The women go to see the Mayor, who refuses to take any action. Soon after, the Persians send a representative to see the women at the bar. The representative tries to persuade the women there will be no real change, as the lesbians will still be welcome. Nevertheless, it will no longer be solely a lesbian bar (as they will allow men to go there), and will be decorated with blue carpets and gold curtain rods. Mrs. Garrison kicks the messenger in the balls in retaliation. After the representative returns to the Persian's club, "Club Persh," an army of sixty other Persians prepare to storm the bar. The lesbians then fight the Persians, standing outside of Les' Bos to stop them. The Persians eventually grow tired and retreat. The leftover Persians go to see their boss, Rauf Xerxes, who decides to handle the situation personally.
Mrs. Garrison decides that the lesbians need a spy inside Club Persh, in order to find illegal activity to use as blackmail. She goes to the same Mexican laborers to be her spies. Soon after, the Mexicans arrive at the bar to deliver a message to Mrs. Garrison. Though the Persians are not doing any illegal activity, the spies did find a secret about the club owner. Xerxes arrives, and attempts to reason with Mrs. Garrison, even offering her the job of running the club when he takes control. Mrs. Garrison declines, and tells Xerxes that she knows the Persian leader's secret—Xerxes is actually a woman.
Xerxes is shocked that Mrs. Garrison knows her secret, and says that the other Persians cannot know, as women cannot be in charge in Persian culture. Mrs. Garrison agrees. In a parallel of her own seduction by Allison, Garrison then asks Xerxes if she had never considered being with another woman. The two quickly start scissoring.
Finally, Xerxes decides to keep Les' Bos a lesbian bar, and is seen at the bar herself. Mrs. Garrison then explains that the school has hired substitutes to take over her class for a while, who turn out to be the same Mexicans again. The boys then decide that the Mexicans are better teachers than Mrs. Garrison, with Kyle stating "I think I'm actually learning something".
References to 300
This episode makes many references to the movie 300
which had come out in theaters a month before this episode's original airing.
- Movie motifs:
- A narrative voice that describes the current action sequence.
- Sepia-toned cloudy skies hover over the Les' Bos Bar.
- Many scenes alternate between slow-motion and sped-up action. In the episode, the scenes that are edited in such a way usually depict everyday events such as dialing a phone number or brewing coffee.
- Les' Bos is defended by 30 lesbians; the Hot Gates were defended by 300 Spartans.
- Action sequences are accompanied with heavy rock music.
- Both Xerxes characters have similar appearance, androgyny, deep god-like voice, extreme height, and mannerisms.
- Both make use of lavish transportation, and use servants to step down from their thrones.
- Both wear excessive amounts of gold jewelry.
- Persian stereotypes:
- The film 300 was criticized for the depiction of Persians. In mocking fashion, this episode stereotypes Persians for wearing gold chains, hair gel, silk shirts, "tons of cologne", designer clothing and Gucci accessories (the stuff "only a Persian would think is cool").
- When they retreat from the club, they leave to "go shopping for more designer sunglasses".
- Mrs. Garrison mocks the Persians' sense of interior decorating by stating that they only use "blue carpeting, white statues, and gold curtain rods."
- Plot parodies:
- During the first parley, Mrs. Garrison echoes the lines and actions of King Leonidas. Mrs. Garrison says, "Choose your next words wisely, Persian" (though in the film, the Persian said this to Leonidas) to which the Persian replies "This is crazy!" ("This is madness!" in the film), which is then followed by "No. This isn't crazy. This is Les Bos!" like Leonidas's exclamation "Madness? THIS IS SPARTA!" She then kicks the Persian messenger just as Leonidas does — though, rather than kicking him down a bottomless pit as Leonidas does in the movie, Garrison just kicks the messenger in the balls.
- The first battle involves pushing and shoving.
- Towards the end, Mrs. Garrison and Xerxes have one final parley. Like the movie, Xerxes places his hands on Mrs. Garrison's shoulders while offering riches in exchange for surrender.
- In Les Bos, Mrs. Garrison can be seen sitting and thinking in the same style King Leonidas does in 300.
- The title is derived from a pejorative slang term for lesbians, dykes. At one point, Mrs. Garrison, while fighting, says "Oh yeah, dyke fight!!"
- Another lesbian (the one with cargo pants) is wearing a lambda ("λ")-shaped necklace, which represents lesbian and gay rights. The Spartan shields in the movie 300 also feature an uppercase lambda (Λ), standing for Lacedaemon.
- The club name Les Bos is properly pronounced "Ley Boh", but as written (and spoken by Garrison), it is a pun on the Greek island of Lesbos, origin of the term "lesbian." Les Beaux (pronounced Ley Boh) is the masculine form of the French word for "The Beautiful Ones".
- The songs playing during the first bar scenes are "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls and "Come to My Window" by Melissa Etheridge, both famous lesbian singer-songwriters.
- A well-known Denver Lesbian bar, "The Denver Detour" was forced out of its location because the landlord sold the property in 2007 , which is the story line of "D-Yikes!". This is in keeping with Parker and Stone's practice of making references to uniquely Colorado locations and people, i.e. Casa Bonita, Denver International Airport, Jay Cutler, Tom Shane, etc.) for story ideas.
- The bench located on the outside of the bar features a lesbian sex symbol in the upper right corner.
- The street number for Les Bos is 13280, which is close to 13580, which is Leetspeak for lesbo.