The Boondocks

Season 2 Episode 8

Ballin'

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Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Dec 03, 2007 on Adult Swim
8.9
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Riley learns a lesson in good sportsmanship after he joins Tom's basketball team.

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  • great episode

    9.8
    So Riley joins Toms dream which Toms dream is to be like the coach at the end of the Mighty Ducks movie. So Riley joins Tom's team but everyone in the team sucks real bad which was funny and so Riley plays his first game he does well with the ball but he can't shoot the ball so the team lost. Then Riley practices with the team and gets better so they play again but they lose thanks to Riley showboating then he decides to play with teamwork and when they were about to win a new player shows up and Riley's team loses again which pisses off Tom and Rileys and both there dreams are crushed.



    This episode was good very funny and it was pretty easy to figure out what was going to happen though. But I feel they are forgeting about Huey he didn't have much part in this episode like the previous one.moreless
  • great

    10
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  • Riley goes to join the Woodcrest youth basketball team.

    9.0
    A different kind of episode, but still funny for me, "Ballin'" tells the story of Riley going into the youth basketball league in Woodcrest, encouraged by Tom who sees how well Riley can handle a ball. So Riley joins the team but not before changing a few things for his own interest. Tom, the coach unwilligily agrees, because Riley is the best player on the team. And so the episode turns into sort of a sports movie parody. I don't know what it is, but I can't help feeling the Boondocks has changed their course of humor in this episode. I am white and I feel as though I want to say this is the whitest episode I've seen. With everything from "The Mighty Ducks" refrences to how nothing seems to make fun of black culture in basketball. There are hints of Globetrotters and the occasional Charles Barkley joke, but it feels different for me. Overall, I still enjoyed the episode.moreless
  • Although I classed the episode as average, it really is just above average. Much of the intense humor and cutting edge issues are not as evident as in the first season, or the comic strip!moreless

    7.7
    Well, it may be just above average because the humor is good but the subject matter being addressed is not as evident. I'm aware McGruder is speaking to the attitudes of the modern athlete but I don't think a half hour episode is enough to address such a wide topic. For example, part of the attitude being driven by the double standard of holding Black athletes to the fire while white athletes committing similar acts seem to get a pass (e.g., steroids, performance enhancers). How about Black athletes screaming racism when held to normal standards when many of them have never experienced the type of hatred given to real sufferers of racism.



    I think Boondocks is suffering from a combination of the sophomore/second season blues and the long wait between season one and season two.



    Speaking selfishly, I think Aaron McGruder is at his best script writing when he overwhelmed with the cartoon series, writing the daily comic strips and developing Boondocks books. I'm sure the man was about to go insane at that pace but somehow he produced magic by being so stressed by time constraints.



    I do believe that he will hit his stride again with the animated series come season 3, if there is one.moreless
  • Riley wants to be the best basketball player ever

    8.8
    So Riley joins Toms dream which Toms dream is to be like the coach at the end of the Mighty Ducks movie. So Riley joins Tom's team but everyone in the team sucks real bad which was funny and so Riley plays his first game he does well with the ball but he can't shoot the ball so the team lost. Then Riley practices with the team and gets better so they play again but they lose thanks to Riley showboating then he decides to play with teamwork and when they were about to win a new player shows up and Riley's team loses again which pisses off Tom and Rileys and both there dreams are crushed.



    This episode was good very funny and it was pretty easy to figure out what was going to happen though. But I feel they are forgeting about Huey he didn't have much part in this episode like the previous one.moreless

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