Everybody Hates Chris

Season 2 Episode 16

Everybody Hates Chain Snatching

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

When Chris ruins Malvo's plans to steal Vanessa's gold chain, he must figure out a way to replace it or pay the price to Malvo. Rochelle finds out that Julius has kept a credit card secret from her for over 15 years. Tonya tries to win Billy Ocean concert tickets from a radio station.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Chris foils Malvo's chain snatching plot while his mother finds out about his dad's credit card. His sister tries to win concert tickets.

    I don't tune in for this show as often as I would like, but when I do, I can't get enough. I really relate to this show. I about fell out of my chair when Chris started talking about how his mom was doing everything mad. I think I've cooked mad before. I did almost what she did, including just slamming the pasta down. I like the conflicts Chris experiences when he knows what the right thing to do is, but he's afraid to do it. I remember feeling the same way. I would try to dance around issues with my dad. Somehow, he always knew what I was getting at.moreless
  • i loved this episode

    Everybody hates chris has to be, without a doubt one of the most funniest televison shows ever. this episode is set in 1985! it starts with chris walking down his street when a 'chain snatcher' is about to steal vanessa's (jackee henry) gold chain. hilariously, vanessa runs away and the robber tells chris he owes him a gold chain. now, i know this is mean but i had to laugh at chris, as usual he has got himself into huge trouble. meanwhile rochelle finds out that julius has had a secret credit card that he's kept from her for 15 years. she goes absolutely crazy, especially when she imagined julius having a spanish family. i loved the part when she called him 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr hide-things-from-your-wife'. Back to chris, i loved the scene in which chris is about to steal a chain off a woman but someone comes and does it, and the woman beats the robber up and chris is like 'im glad i didnt do it'. back at home julius sets rochelles mind at ease as he told her the card was only for her wedding ring.

    chris still doesnt have a chain so the robber is about to give chris beat down, when julius comes and he robber gets scared and says 'you lucky i dont know my daddy!' later, just when everything gets back to normal, a new craze starts; car jacking! and chris saves vanessa yet again, and yet again a robber (a different one from the first time) tells chris he owes him a car!moreless
  • The year was 1985: The year of high crimes and misdemeanors...

    This episode was great fun, as always! Poor Chris prevents a chain-snatching, and our favorite criminal, Malvo, demands retribution. Poor, terrorized Chris! He's now resorted to traveling incognito in an attempt to avoid Malvo. Which works for exactly 2 days after the day before yesterday. Hehe!

    Rochelle discovers that Julius has a secret credit card. One that he's successfully hidden for 15 years! Which just causes Rochelle to begin fantasizing that he also has another family. A Puerto Rican one. Who are using that credit card freely! Hee!

    In his desparation, Chris thinks for a moment about actually stealing a gold chain in order to appease Malvo. After imagining his dismal future as a result of his life of crime, however, he snaps back from the dark side.

    It's confrontation time: Rochelle and Julius– he provides no real answers, but Rochelle makes excellent use of her words and allusions!

    Oh, and about that credit card? He used it to by Rochelle's wedding ring. Shut Up! She did. Julius wins!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Chris: (narrating) Everybody had a gold chain, and somebody was waiting to snatch it. Nobody was safe: not young people, not old people, not even dead people.

    • Female Slave: Is you runnin' to the north?
      Chris: No, I'm runnin' from Malvo.
      Female Slave: Malvo? You'd have been better off a slave! Get on now, and remember, you ain't seen nothin'!

    • Malvo: I got a question for you, boy. What is today?
      Chris: Uh, Wednesday?
      Malvo: Nah! Today is two days after the day before yesterday.
      Chris: (narrating) Malvo was an idiot savant—98% idiot, 2% savant.

    • Chris: (narration) Drew was so lucky, one time a horse tried to take his shoe for good luck.

    • Chris: (narration) My mother always told me there are two things you don't hide from your wife. Extra women, and extra money.

    • Tonya: Billy Ocean is playing at Radio City Music Hall, and the 98th caller wins tickets.
      Chris: (narration) I face the same odds whenever I call to ask out a girl.

    • Chris: (narration) He wasn't surprised that was my father, that was just first father he'd ever seen.

    • Chris: (narration) In 1985 crime was on the rise everywhere and when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Rochelle: ...Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide-Things-from-His-Wife!

      This is a reference to Robert Louis Stevenson's book, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which is about a London lawyer who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Edward Hyde.

    • Chris: "If I could've I would have taken an Underground Railroad"

      The Underground Railroad was a network of secret passages by which African slaves in the 19th century United States attempted to escape to free states, or as far north as Canada, with the aid of abolitionists. Other routes led to Mexico or overseas. At its height between 1810 and 1850, an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 people escaped enslavement via the Underground Railroad

    • Julius's line "You can't handle the truth!" is a reference to Jack Nicholson's identical, famous line in A Few Good Men. Julius is even briefly shown wearing a Marine uniform like Nicholson's Marine officer character.

    • The scene where Malvo appears in Chris's dream (complete with the claw gloves) is a reference to the Freddy Kruger films, (The Nightmare On Elm Street series).

    • Rochelle says, "...Mr A-plus on his FICO score." [It actually sounds like she says FICA].

      The FICO (Fair, Isaac Corporation) Score is the best-known and probably the most widely-used credit scoring system in the US. Fair, Isaac actually produces several different credit scores based on what money is being borrowed for. They also develop scores for credit reporting agencies that differ from its own scores.

      In 1985 very few people were aware of FICO as its credit bureau scores had been only recently developed, and the company was not publicly traded until 1986.

    • "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." that Rochelle refers to (shortly before Julius explains why he has a credit card) is a 60's TV spy show.