The children of South Park claim to have seen Mr. Garrison lurking around town. The townspeople are angry that the President is scaring their children.
AV Club gave "Splatty Tomato" a "B-" rating saying: "Surprisingly, it’s “Splatty Tomato”’s subplots that end up being the main source of both comedy and drama. PC Principal and Vice Principal finally accept their feelings for one another, much to the disgust of all of the adults in South Park. While on the manhunt for Garrison, Randy discovers them post-coital, promptly vomiting at the sight of two coworkers who have a mutual attraction for one another in the middle of the #MeToo movement. His retching has a chain reaction, the nonstop puke amplifying last week’s commentary on our collective paranoia about workplace romance."
IGN gave "Splatty Tomato" a "7.9" rating saying: "At this point it's tradition for South Park's season finales to struggle and fail at offering closure to the show's running storylines. That's why "Splatty Tomato" is a welcome surprise. It didn't quite combine its many concurrent plot threads into a cohesive whole, but it did a better job of tying up loose ends than most. And in some ways, the lack of closure in the final moments only played into the larger themes and topical humor."