A Pimp Named Slickback And 15 Of The Best Moments From “The Boondocks”
Aaron McGruder’s “The Boondocks” is thought-provoking and funny as heck, which is why we’re thanking the heavens Adult Swim just announced they’re picking up the show for a fourth season. Until “The Boondocks” comes back in January, lets take a moment and look back at some of the funniest Boondocks moments from the first three seasons.
A Pimp Named Slickback
When Grandad tries to turn an “anatomical sales associate” into a housewife, A Pimp Named Slickback (“Like A Tribe Called Quest, you say the whole thing”) has to come get her. It might be some of Katt Williams’ best work.
Game Recognize Game
“Guess Hoe’s Coming to Dinner” has to be one of our favorite Riley moments. When Crystal Like the Champagne tries to take grandad for all he’s got, Riley takes grandad to school: “Takin’ women out to eat, givin’ ’em free meals? What part of the game is that?”
The Trial of Robert Kelly
“Mr. Du-Bwos. I see piss coming I move. She saw piss comin’ she stayed. And why should I have to miss out on the next R. Kelly album just for that.” This might be the best, most ridiculous defense of R. Kelly the world has ever heard. This episode came out years after the R. Kelly trial, but Aaron McGruder refused to let the issue go. He peed on a little girl ya’ll.
“It’s the opposite of what Michael Jackson got.” We love “The Boondocks” because while it’s cracking jokes, it sheds light on some sad truths. There really are some people out there who think that deep down inside they’re as blonde and blue-eyed as the glorious, wonderful white man. They just have a temporary pigment problem.
“When ignorance overwhelms the mind of an otherwise logical Negro Male causing him to act in an illogical self-destructive manner i.e., like a N***a.”
Every one of us reading this has had a “n***a moment”. But the best part of this episode is watching Grandad and mean old blind Colonel Stinkmeaner go toe to toe. Lord it’s hard to walk away from some people.
Riley Wuz Here
“The Boondocks” isn’t all jokes. In “Riley Wuz Here,” Riley explores his sensitive side with his law-breaking, cop-dodging probation supervisor Bob Ross. It’s hard not to have a soft moment when Riley tags their house with a beautiful portrait of his grandparents. Even granddad had an emotional moment: “You can start cleaning it off now. Nobody told you to paint all over my house ’cause you want to make a point.”
Let It Burn
Mr. Dubois’ musical moments had us cracking up. But it didn’t get any funnier than when Usher stole his woman and he had to let it burn with this musical dance number.
Mr. Petto and Rollo Goodlove
Listening to Riley’s third grade teacher, Mr. Petto, talk about how many times Riley says “N***a” in class had us in stitches. And the episode brought up some good points too. Is the word “N***a” contagious if you hear it enough? And is Reverend Rollo Goodlove our favorite version of Al Sharpton or just our favorite Cee-Lo character?
Pause, No Homo
This is definitely one of “The Boondocks'” most controversial episodes. In it, Aaron McGruder outs
Tyler Perry Winston Jerome as the leader of a homosexual evangelical cult and lent a little animation to what a lot of questions we had about his orientation — and his plot lines.
Don’t Trust Them New N*ggas Over There
“The Garden Party” was the first Boondocks episode and the first time we got a taste of Uncle Ruckus. Riley, Huey and grandad show up at Ed Wuncler’s mansion for a dinner party and Uncle Ruckus takes to the stage to tell the good white people of Woodcrest not to “trust them big nostrils over yonder.”
The Story of Gangstalicious
When Riley’s favorite rapper Gangstalicious (played by Mos Def) gets shot, he rushes to the hospital to see him. But Riley finds out that Gangstalicious isn’t as hardcore as he thought — except when it comes to “Thuggin’ Love.”
Riley rocks Gangstalicious’ new line of pearl necklaces, skorts, tank tops and purses and for some reason Granddad thinks he’s gay. This episode left us with some serious questions. Is some rap music so misogynistic that it’s a little bit suspect? “Homies Over H*es” ya’ll.
The Attack of the Killer Kung Fu Wolf Bish
This episode features your girl Aisha Tyler playing Luna, The Killer Kung Fu Wolf Bish — one of the many crazy women that make online dating dangerous. But the best part of the episode is the moment where Aaron McGruder reminds us all of an important moment in black history: when Brenda Richie caught Lionel Richie in bed with another woman and “seriously injured” them both. We’re sure Lionel loved watching the animated “replay”.
A Date With a Health Inspector
Any episode that features Samuel L. Jackson and Charlie Murphy as Gin Rummy and Ed Wuncler III is a classic. These two comic geniuses go HAM questioning suspects and trying to keep Tom Dubois from realizing his worst fear: getting violated in prison.
“I present to you The Luther. A full pound of burger patty covered in cheese, grilled onions, five strips of bacon, all sandwiched between two “Krispy Kreme” donuts.”
“The Itis” is a cautionary tale about what can happen when all four of your food groups consist of lard. But our favorite part of this episode is the commentary on the movie “Soul Food”.