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Everybody Hates Chris

Season 3 Episode 8

Everybody Hates Minimum Wage

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Chris goes to work at a Chinese restaurant after Doc refuses to give him a raise. Drew is failing a class so Rochelle and Julius have to go in to meet the teacher.

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  • Chris quits his job at Doc's and gets another job at a Chinese restaurant because he isn't getting paid minimum wage.

    Minimum wage. Shoot. There was a time when the maximum wage for black folks was zero, as Doc says. Chris quits Doc's store and gets a job at the local Chinese restaurant, a place of minimum wage and minimum fun. Unfortunately for Chris, his new boss, Mr. Fong, is nothing like Doc at all. He never lets Chris do his homework during his off-time and makes him do all sorts of work, like cleaning the restaurant and delivering Chinese food to the neighborhood, but eventually Chris gets sick of it and quits. I remember when Julius repeatedly asked Chris, "What if (insert random person's name here) quit?" in "Corleone," but this time it's Chris doing the same to Julius, and I especially liked when he asked, "What if Stevie quit Wonderin'?" Also in this episode, Rochelle becomes a hair model for the upcoming hair show, but when her "tsunami" hairdo is ruined, her career is over faster than Pacman Jones' career as a citizen.moreless
Harold Chin

Harold Chin


Guest Star

Ryan O'Neil DeSouza

Ryan O'Neil DeSouza


Guest Star

Jim Lau

Jim Lau

Mr. Fong

Guest Star

Antonio Fargas

Antonio Fargas


Recurring Role

Tasia Sherel

Tasia Sherel


Recurring Role

Jackée Harry

Jackée Harry


Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the scene where Chris and Greg are sitting outside the school talking. Chris leans his head against the bricks of the building, but the bricks move in with his head.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Rochelle: Girl, I am so excited! So, what styles do you have in mind?
      Vanessa: Well, let me tell you about my follicular extravaganza.

    • Female Chef: (speaking Chinese) You look like Lionel Richie.
      Chris: (narrating) About as much as you look like Yoko Ono.

    • Mr. Fong: Lionel Richie, go wash the dishes!
      Chris: [narrating] He wouldn't talk to the real Lionel Richie like that.

    • Doc: Minimum wage. Shoot. There was a time when the maximum wage for black folks was zero.

    • Mr. Fong: No homework! You have work-work!
      Chris: But Doc always let me start my homework.
      Mr. Fong: Well, you are not at Doc's anymore! Go fix the menu numbers!
      Chris: (narrating) I was gettin' minimum wage and havin' minimum fun.

    • Rochelle: Chris, where you've been? You were suppose to be back an hour ago.
      Chris: I was out selling crack. (Rochelle, Julius and Drew stare at him)
      Chris: (voiceover) Not all my earlier attempts at comedy were a success.

    • Rochelle: Julius is never gonna sleep with me again and everybody's gonna think I'm...
      Chris: (narrating) My mom's career as a hair model was over faster than Pacman Jones' career as a citizen.

    • Julius: You just can't quit every time you don't like something. What if Miles Davis quit the trumpet?
      Chris: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. What if George Washington Carver quit the peanut? What if B.B. King quit Lucille? What if Paul Robeson quit "Ol' Man River?" What if Bill Cosby quit Jell-O? What if Mr. T quit "pityin' the fool?" What if Stevie quit Wonderin'? What if Fat Albert quit the Cosby Kids? What if Ashford quit Simpson? What if Michael Jackson quit doin' the moonwalk? What if Diana Ross quit the Supremes?
      Julius: Diana Ross did quit the Supremes.
      Chris: You get my point.

    • Greg: (about Mandy) This girl could be my future ex-wife and I don't wanna mess it up!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Mr. Fong: All talk and no work makes Chris unemployed.

      This is a reference to the phrase, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," which was made popular in The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson.