March 30, 2006

Prius/Pious.

Is driving your hybrid car causing you to talk with your eyes closed? The new "South Park" episode -- "Smug Alert" -- had lots of great details. I loved George Clooney's Oscar speech as a cloud of smugness that became part of a weather system, leading to a Perfect Storm. But my favorite thing on the show was the depiction of the San Francisco kids, who had such a precise reason for feeling aggrieved.

19 comments:

Marghlar said...

Sounds like a funny episode, especially the Clooney thing. Have not yet noticed such an effect.

But I will say this: you can have my Civic Hybrid when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

MadisonMan said...

you can have my Civic Hybrid when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

LOL. And you can have my Prius at about the same time. What a fun car to drive!

Independent George said...

Three tabs! Three tabs!

I actually grew bored with the show years ago, but started watching again last week because of all the Chef chatter.

Boy am I glad I did. I loved Cartman wandering SF in the hazard suit.

quietnorth said...

I liked the episode, too-especially the clouds of "smug" that is emitted from us hybrid owners instead of smog.

Eli Blake said...

Actually, it's OK if driving your hybrid car causes you to talk with your eyes closed. On the other hand, if talking about your hybrid car causes you to drive with your eyes closed, well that could be a problem.

Considering it's spring break, and my wife took the kids all week to visit their grandmother, you'd think I'd have some time for the television. Only I had one of my friends come over and we raised the house a few inches, built a wall downstairs, rebuilt a bathroom, and we still want to put a new floor and tile in a hall. Then we get to clean up the sawdust and leftover bits and pieces, and go to the dump. I've finally figured it out: spring break: it's for construction projects.

So what am I doing on Ann's blog? Good question. See ya.

Christi said...

Didn't see the episodes, and hope that this isn't too off topic, but we are actually in the process of buying a Civic Hybrid.

Hubby has a truly brutal commute, and in California, three models of hybrid will let you drive in the carpool lane (the Honda Civic and Insight and the Toyota Prius).

When people asked why we didn't get a Prius, my response was, "Have you seen it? That is just a truly ugly car!" Also, because it is so distinctive looking, it seems to shout, "Look at me and how wonderful I am." No thanks.

Bob said...

I don't own a hybrid and think of them exactly as every other car. I have the same attitude about SUVs. What is it about people who constantly scold others about how they choose to spend their money? Trying to calibrate one's purchases to account for how you'd be viewed by others seems like a pretty shallow way to live too.

quietnorth said...

"What is it about people who constantly scold others about how they choose to spend their money?"

I agree, but that assumes purchasing a car is as insular an activity as purchasing a new couch. The vehicles Americans choose to drive, as a whole,do have an effect on the world. Should hybrid owners be smug? I shouldn't be because I put lots of miles on commuting.

MadisonMan said...

Trying to calibrate one's purchases to account for how you'd be viewed by others seems like a pretty shallow way to live too.

Is that what you project on to me for buying a Prius? My.

Of course, I only actually drive about once a week (I'm usually biking or riding the bus) so people normally don't see me in my car at all!

Ann Althouse said...

For people who don't actually watch the episode, hybrid cars are recommended in the end, but you are advised to can the sanctimony about it.

PatCA said...

Excellent show! "Pious" and "smug"-- priceless. I now am officially a fan.

Mark the Pundit said...

I am assuming that was going to be the season premiere - but the whole Isaac Hayes ordeal put it on hold for a week...

I don't think the Clooney Cloud was the funniest part of the episode, though. That is reserved for the gentleman in San Francisco who requested an empty wine glass at the party...

And yes, Trey and Matt have hit the nail on the head as far as how most people outside of San Francisco view the people who live there...

FXKLM said...

I wish they would have noted the irony in Kyle's dad wasting gas by driving around town showing off his hybrid. Even if the hybrid gets better gas milage, you're still going to burn more gas if you drive more. Driving fewer miles is every bit as effective in reducing gas consumption as increasing MPG.

QU 3L said...

We have reached the breaking point-driving hybrids unquestionably causes global laming.

XWL said...

I swear they wrote that episode just for me (that's my story, and I'm sticking to it).

That aside, I'm thinking Prof. Althouse may have heard a few lectures about choosing Silvio over a more green friendly PIOUS, herself.

Also, remind me to make sure my eyes stay open whenever I speak to anyone about anything.

One other thing, both Parker and Stone must be in solid long term relationships, cause an episode like that really makes it impossible to pick up on any hippie chicks at a Hollywood party for the rest of time.

TWM said...

I am beginning to feel guilty for driving my V-8 fast and often.

Then again - nawwwwwwwwww.

Smilin' Jack said...

They won't be looking so smug when their hybrid is just a grease spot on my giant SUV's front bumper.

doolz said...

If anyone saw last year's 'Be Cool', (I only watched it because I'm a die-hard Elmore Leonard fan), Chili Palmer (Travolta's character) gets his Caddy shot up in the first scene and ends up with a Prius as a courtesy car. Because he's a big shot Hollywood producer, all of the other Hollywood idiots start imitating him. (It's a take-off on the minivan theme from Get Shorty). I can't remember if these jokes were in the original books or not, but the fact that the stars drove Prius's to the Academy Awards clearly indicates that South Park imitates life imitates Dutch.

knoxgirl said...

watched this last night, thanks for the heads-up, Ann.

The Clooney storm cloud muttering snippets of his speech really was the best. Sheesh what a windbag.

I also loved the styling of the people in San Fran, it was really spot-on.