An undeniable bond is formed. In a return to form, a forbidden love story between a white man and a Native American man unfolds. However, the boys story exploits people’s misery for laughs. 4 ½ out of 5 stars. A-
Chaos breaks out among the children at school in response to the cancellation of the day off on Columbus Day, due to a anti-Columbus Day campaign by Randy Marsh. Kyle and Stan confront him with photos documenting how Randy himself has dressed as Columbus many times throughout his life, from his wedding to as recently as 2013. This leads to depression for Randy, who says he feels "indigenous", confusing the term with "indignant". Randy sees a commercial for a genealogy company called DNA and Me, which includes testimonials from Caucasians who came to identify as victims after discovering that they harbored trace amounts of DNA of historically oppressed ethnic groups. Randy decides to have the DNA in his saliva tested, though he pays a Native American man to French kiss him to ensure the test results indicate that he has Native American DNA. Disguising his voice, Kenny makes a call to Peter Galtman, the school official who cancelled the holiday to get him to search the Internet for Randy's past photos, but Galtman refuses, as he believes everything on the Internet is fake news.
As Randy desperately tries to gather and dispose of his previous Columbus costumes, he is repeatedly visited by the Native American man he kissed, who has fallen in love with Randy following their kiss. Randy rebuffs him; but during the man's second visit, a jogger films Randy, covered in the Columbus costumes he has been gathering, angrily kicking the Native American off his property. The boys later show this video to Galtman.
When Randy is informed by the DNA and Me staff of an "irregularity" from his test, they take a second, anal swab from him, in order to obtain more accurate results. He is informed that his DNA most closely matches Caucasian British person, and that 2.8% of it is Neanderthal, which cross-bred with modern homo sapiens. An enraged Randy interprets this to mean that his ancestors were raped and eradicated by the ancestors of the DNA and Me staff. Returning home, Randy is confronted by Galtman, whom he punches for oppressing his ancestors, but the Native American man also appears, and implores Randy to cease his pretense, and face who he really is. Randy realizes that playing the victim has not solved his problems. At school, he announces that the school's Calendar Committee has reinstated the day off, which has been re-designated Indigenous Peoples' Day. Continuing to express belief that the word "indigenous" refers to negative feelings, he says this holiday will be for people to express such feelings, but the assembled crowd, offended at his ignorance, trades insults with Randy. The audience gradually disperses, with the adults disgusted and the kids happy that they have their day off back.
- The Marsh Residence no longer has a wall between the kitchen and the living room, reflecting an "open concept" design.
Pop Culture References
- The 'DNA and Me' service seems to be a reference to only services such as Ancestry and 23andMe, taking its title from the latter.