The Boondocks

Season 3 Episode 2

Bitches to Rags

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Aired Sunday 11:30 PM May 09, 2010 on Adult Swim
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Thugnificent's new album does not sell well and in order to make money he has to do the one thing that scares him the most. He has to get a real job.
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  • The end of Thugnificent's fifteen minutes of fame

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    This episode details the downfall of Thugnificent's career. 4 years since his debut album has dropped, Thugnificent is up to his eyeballs in debt, new cats are taking over the game, like Sgt. Gutta (an awesome send-up of Solja Boy complete with a song and dance called "Crank That Artichoke") Flonominal and Macktastic are gone to pursue a more finacially secure job with insurance, and to go back to pimping - respectively. Thugnificent is in a creative rut, evidenced by the fact that his new album, "Mo B*tches, Mo Problems", is produced with auto-tune on every single song. He and Riley head over to VLAD TV to promote the new album. Thugnificent is asked what rappers he's listening to right now. He reads off a list of names on a piece of paper and it's obvious he has no idea who any of them are. Then he's asked about Sgt. Gutta. Thugnificent loses his cool and starts a rap beef with the 15 year old rapper. The next week, Thugnificent's album plummets in sales, prompting him to tell off all of his own fans in a youtube video. Leonard(the member of the Lethal Interjection from season 2's "Shinin'" who talked about working at Wendys) comes home and surprises Thugnificent by showing him he spent his whole paycheck on 7 copies of the new album to support him. Thugnificent is less than appreciative of the gesture. His record label drops him shortly after that. Riley has the unfortunate task of showing Thugnificent Sgt. Gutta's response to Thugnificent's verbal assault.

    Sgt. Gutta calls up Thugnificent's mama and asks if she's heard the rude things her son has been saying about him. She agrees with Sgt. Gutta entirely - calling Thugnificent rude and too old to be using such language. Sgt. Gutta then says he hopes the IRS is on their way to take everything the down-on-his-luck rapper owns. The doorbell rings. Thugnificent hesitantly opens it and breathes a sigh of relief when he sees Granddad...

    who leads the IRS right to Thugnificent's door!



    Flonominal (NOT voiced by Busta. Dammit) shows up to help his friend in his darkest hour. Flo recommends getting a real job and offers to get him a foot in the door where he works. Thugnificent's interview is a complete disaster. He admits with no provocation that he only plans on staying with the job till he can get back into the rap game, and throws Flo under the bus with him. Flo gets fired and walks away from Thugnificent forever. Thugnificent sees only one way back to the top - slinging crack. He buys some blow off Ed III, but he and Leonard have no idea how to cook it up so they listen to a bunch of rap songs trying to figure it out, before giving up and going to wikipedia. They bake it in the skillet, and it catches fire and burns. Thugnificent takes his burnt crack and starts slinging on the streets. This leads to the funniest scene in the episode. It involves Thugnificent, some former fans of Thugnificent, a stereotypical crackhead, and a sophisticated crackhead with a top-hat. And that's all I'll say about it because it's just too funny to spoil. Needless to say, slinging crack doesn't go so well. The last route left is to try to find someone with enough money to buy a kilo of pure cocaine. He, Leonard, and Ed III head over to a record label exec's house to do business. When Ed throws the coke down on the table the exec says he thought they were gonna discuss a new contract for Thugnificent. The exec has been clean for a year, to Ed's extreme dismay. Everything starts looking up for Thugnificent. The exec makes plans to give him a $150,000 dollar advance for Thugnificent to start working on new material. Ed flies off the handle and pulls out a pistol. The exec's bodyguard has a heart-attack while the exec himself pulls out a shotgun and chases all 3 of them out of his house. The next day, Granddad finds Thugnificent lying in the street and takes him back to the Freeman house with him. Riley tries to convince Thugnificent to keep trying, but Thugnificent finally admits it's over. He thanks Granddad for everything ("I know I told you to eat a lot of d*icks, but you're alright with me, old man") and goes to look for a real job. He comes back sometime later, bumping "Booty Butt Cheeks" from his mail truck. Turns out he's got a job working for UPS and is trying to film his life to make a reality TV series and get back on top. Thugnificent harasses Granddad one last time. ("What can all this brown Thugnificence do for you?!") Granddad tells him to shut the hell up and throws a book into the camera lense.



    Not the greatest episode ever - and definitely not on the same par as the premiere. By itself, I'd give it a 9.4 - which is a low score for "The Boondocks" But I look at this episode as the official end of the storylines in season 2, so that a whole new pandora's box of story ideas can be opened up for season 3. In that regard, it earns a 10/10 as it is a much better finale to season 2 than "The Story Of Gangstalicious: part 2."

    So taking all of these factors into account, I think this episode deserves an overall score of 9.6/10. Now that last season's loose ends are gone, everything is up in the air and anything can happen. Hopefully season 3 will live up to it's now nearly limitless potential!moreless

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