Everybody Hates Chris

Season 1 Episode 12

Everybody Hates A Part-Time Job

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 2006 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Everybody Hates A Part-Time Job
After Chris decides he wants to buy a leather jacket, he goes to work with Julius to earn some extra money. But it's not as easy as he thinks...
And Drew dares Tonya to drink hot sauce which ends in disaster

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  • A realistic look at the workplace

    This episode of Chris is very entertaining because not only is it hilarious it also gives Chris a level of respect for his father now that he knows what working for money is like and it also teaches him a lesson on material goods and that sometimes things cost more than you earn.

    The subplot is also very funny, Dare being shown to be quite a dangerous game with stairs, hot sauce milkshakes and many other interesting and humorous concoctions that make both plots very funny indeed, the ending being perfect, getting the jacket during the summer when he could afford it but not wear it.moreless
  • Not a great story, I mean, there wasn't a big plot.

    Not one of the better episodes of Everybody Hates Chris, but pretty good nontheless. Chris wants a leather jacket, but he dosn't have enough money, so he asks his parents and they say no. But his dad will let Chris help work with him to earn some money, but he must get up very early in the morning to hand out papers. Chris discovers that the papers are very heavy, the job is not easy, but when he is rewarded his money, and is proud of his efforts and realizes the value of work ethics. A well-written episode. The dares that go on between Chris' brother and sister also gets quite disgusting.moreless
  • The show makes a good job of a familiar story

    Everybody Hate Chris continues to impress me episode after episode. This week they tell the story of Chris trying to save up to buy a coveted leather jacket.

    His plight is a familiar one- to me at least. Wanting something so badly and seeing everybody around you with one is a hard thing to have to bear. But we see Chris have to take the hard route to getting his coveted jacket which is something I\\\'ve come to expect from this show.

    Chris\\\' part-time job made for some brilliant family moments between Chris and Julius- really sweet moments which indicate that Chris Rock is very close to his own father.

    The funniest bit about this storyline was at the end when we see Chris finally wearing his jacket. It is so typical that he would have it as soon as he doesn\\\'t need it!

    I also love the ability of the show to dip in between the past, present and future without interfereing with the flow of the show.

    The secondary storyline was still amusing with Tanya ending up in hospital after drinking a hotsauce milkshake. The scene at the hospital with the receptionist \\\"My husband has three jobs. I don\\\'t need this!\\\" was hysterical and provided some nice continuity to the show.

    I also loved the gag about using the Robotussin to cure all illnesses. It reminds me of the gag running through \\\"My Big Fat Greek Wedding\\\" with the father using Windex to cure all the families illnesses. It kind of reminds me of my own family but they are much less extreme!

    Other points:

    Greg seems to be relegated to a hallway buddy for Chris, like he was in the previous episode. He appears only for Chris to bounce ideas and thoughts off and little else.

    The screen at the beginning of the show has now changed to 1983- nice attention to detail and continuity from the show

    Chris seems to be able to talk quite easily to Keisha now (I\\\'m refering to the beginning and end of the episodes not the fantasy sequences) When did that happen?

    Overall a great example of parents teaching their kids the value of money that was definitely worth half an hourmoreless
  • Teaches you the value of money

    Chris sees a leather jacket in the store and attmpts to ask Julius for an allowance to buy it. Julius tells him that if he wants a leather jacket, he needs to get a job. Chris tries but to no avail so he asks his father for help and Julius allows Chris to accompany him on his paper route job. Chris learns that one weekends delivering didn't give him enough money so he kepts at it and put a jacket on layby (on no Americans call it Layaway) and pays it off.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Chris is delivering papers, a modern-day TOYS`R`US can be seen in the background, even though the new version of the logo was made around 2002 not the 80s, which the time in the story is based on.

    • We learn that Julius' nickname with his work buddies is "Herc," short for "Hercules" because of his strength.

    • For the first time, Chris experiences his father curse in front of him while he is on the job, but all the viewers get to hear is a loud horn honking.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Chris: $20?
      Julius: Yeah. You earned every penny.
      Chris: But I need $40 for the jacket.
      Julius: No you don't. You want $40. There's a difference.

    • Julius: (to Chris after he asks for an allowance) I'm not giving you money for sittin' around doing nothing. An allowance? I allow you to sleep here at night. I allow you to eat them potatoes. I allow you to use my lights. I allow you to drink my Kool-Aid. I allow you to nibble on them green beans. (3 hours later) I allow you to look at that TV. I allow you to run up my gas bill. I allow you to walk up my stairs. I allow you to ask me these ridiculous-ass questions.

    • Chris: (narrating) Instead of Drew wearing my old clothes, I wore his old clothes. I was the first kid to get hand-me-ups!

    • Rochelle: (to emergency room nurse) If she doesn't get to see a doctor, we're gonna have to get you a doctor!

    • Chris: (narrating) We delivered papers in Brooklyn. We delivered papers in Queens, Chinatown, Little Italy. Spanish Harlem, Puerto Rican Harlem, the Bronx, Greenwich Village. We delivered papers to people I didn't even know who could read.

    • Chris: (narrating) If you watch tv, you'll know that the emergency room is one of the most exciting places you can be. Wrong!

    • Chris: (narrating) In the game of Dare, there are no rules, there are no regulations, and the game doesn't end 'til somebody's dead.

    • Julius: You can come to delivery with me. I'll be back in a few hours, now be downstairs at 3.30, not 3.31.
      Chris: Don't worry, I'll be down earlier.
      Julius: No such thing as earlier. You're either on time or you're late.

    • Chris: (narrating) I heard about allowances, but I didn't know they actually existed. I thought it was just something that happened on tv.

    • Chris: (narrating)When broke kids get bored, they play one of the cheapest games ever invented, I Dare You.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The screen that flashes up at the beginning of the show now reads 'Brooklyn 1983', marking the start of a new year for Chris.

    • This episode was in memory of Ray Cymoszinski who died 25-12-2005 of a heart attack. Ray Cymoszinski was the sound mixer of this show.


    • At the end, when Chris finally bought the jacket, it was Summer, but he used it anyway. In the movie Down To Earth, Lance (Chris Rock) said the same story. The show has alluded that movie many times since both include part of Chris Rock's life.

    • The Robotussin scene was a reference to Rock's album Bigger and Blacker, in which he talked about the ubiquitous curative properties of the well-known cough medicine, comically listing absurd examples like treating a broken leg with it.