While discussing Scott Tenorman Must Die, series co-creator Trey Parker revealed how much they learned from the fourth episode of season five. “I remember that ‘Scott Tenorman Must Die’ was actually a big milestone for us, ‘South Park’ just because for the first time we realized that maybe we’re trying to do too much in episodes,” Parker said in one Interview when he was talking about the episode (via YouTube). “And it was the first time we were like, ‘Wow, this really isn’t a C story.’ There isn’t. We’ve got this one story of Cartman versus this guy right now, and it turned out so good that we really started from there saying, ‘Let’s forget B stories, forget C stories, let’s just do one a really well told story.” The talented minds behind South Park realized that less is best when it came to how many storylines to include in a post.
The episode undeniably had a major impact on the series as a whole, and not just on the creators. Fans have also spoken out about what they think of what happened to Scott Tenorman. Many “South Park” fans would like first-time viewers to watch the episode with Tenorman before diving into the series. The episode features a hauntingly hilarious introduction to Eric Cartman. It also offers viewers a terrifying test run of what South Park really has to offer in its extensive catalog of over 300 chapters.