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The Boondocks

Season 1 Episode 8

The Real

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Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Jan 08, 2006 on Adult Swim
9.0
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Episode Summary

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Granddad, following the guidance of Riley, tries to scam two reality television shows, but things don't go as planned. Meanwhile, Huey becomes convinced the government is stalking him.

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  • excuse me mr. b****es

    10
    i thought this episode was really funny and i really thought it was funny when about half way in granddad has a day dream about all of the girls and he tells hugh heffner to call him b****es and then every one starts calling him mr. B****es. so i give it a 10
  • This one was also funny but nothing really that special

    7.4
    This one was also funny but nothing really that special. The part where Granddad was trying to be like bill cosby with his sunglasses was funny though and the way Riley kept makin the strangest jokes possible about hueys's imaginary cia follower was also funny.One weird thing though is The On Extreme make over home edition The People Shout good morning to the family and then the family gets to leave.The On Extreme make over home edition The People Shout good morning to the family and then the family gets to leave.The On Extreme make over home edition The People Shout good morning to the family and then the family gets to leave.moreless
  • funny episode

    10
    The Real episode was a a pretty funny episode. Doing spoofs of Pimp my ride, Extreme Make-overs, and I think they also did a little American Idol and The Real World. Though in the beginning when Huey says "I'm the founder of 23 different radical organizations" I can't help but find myself thinking that's sounds very familiar. As it was used to reference a movie, book, or whatever. You know how people are now with shows referencing to their favorite movies and **** of that nature. There are very few memorable moments in this episode, but still most are very funny. This is a good episode so far, can't wait for the others.moreless
  • Those two should have a sitcom

    9.2
    The episode opens with the Freeman family being interviewed individually on camera, during which Huey claims to have founded 23 radical leftist organizations, including the "Africans Fighting Racism and Oppression" (AFRO), the "Black Revolutionary Organization" (BRO), etc. During his face time, Granddad talks about how his sunglasses make him look like his hero Bill Cosby. Riley talks about how he is "gangsta" and has several aliases such as "H.R. Paperstacks", "Pillsbury Doughboy", "Lewis Rich", etc. The purpose of these filmed interviews is never revealed or explained.



    During his interview, Riley goes on to explain exactly how he came up with his plan to get Xzibit to come and pimp his grandfather's car. Basically, he taped his grandfather wearing his sunglasses and tried to garner sympathy by saying that he was a blind and lonely old man with a desire for love. Riley also videotaped Granddad's crummy car (named "Dorothy") and said that it was the only thing he had left in the world. He ends his tape with a two-faced, teary-eyed plea, saying, "Please Xzibit! Pimp my ride! For my grandfather! For 9/11! For America!"



    Even Riley is surprised when Xzibit and his film crew show up some time later. Granddad, not in on the ruse, is initially skeptical when Riley tells him that he must act blind so they can get a new car. Riley ultimately successfully convinces him to play along, saying that once Xzibit and his crew are done upgrading the car, Granddad will not only have a nicer ride, but also a whole lot of **** (read: women).



    Huey, meanwhile, not at all pleased by his family's dishonesty, sends Jazmine running away crying after revealing to her that the tooth fairy is fake and that everyone she knows will one day die. No sooner is she gone than a man steps from the shadows and approaches Huey in a mysteriously mild manner, dropping hints that he has been spying on Huey and the Freemans. "You don't know me," Huey says defiantly, to which the agent replies, "I know you better than you think, Huey Freeman." Surprised that the man knows his name, Huey turns only to discover that the man has disappeared. He tries to talk to his family about this "secret agent", but they deny and ignore him.



    Soon after, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition shows up intending to build another wing onto their house. Riley, behind this as well, had to claim than not only was his grandfather blind, but also that despite this disability, he was running a homeless shelter out of the house. Granddad continues to play along, hoping that he'll get a grotto like Hugh Hefner has at the Playboy Mansion.



    In the midst of the construction, Huey is again visited by the agent, who is dressed as a worker. After a brief discourse, the man again disappears. Huey tries to see if anyone else noticed him talking to a man dressed as a construction worker, but no one did. He begins to question his sanity.



    While the house is in a virtually destroyed state, Xzibit returns with Dorothy. Granddad, unable to contain himself, blows the gimmick by running up and hugging Xzibit and commenting on how the car is his "color". By this point, he had caught the attention of both the "Pimp My Ride" crew and the "Extreme Makeover" workers, all of whom are staring at him disapprovingly. The men leave — house still demolished — and Xzibit drives off in Granddad's car.



    It's autumn, and Granddad and Riley are sitting in the living room, huddled in coats and blankets as the wind blows through a gaping hole in the wall. Xzibit returns, telling them that he couldn't legally keep the car and would instead bill them for all the work done on it. The invoice is enormous, and as he is handing them the bill he says, "Take your time with that. Looks like money gonna be tight around here for a minute," and chuckles as he walks away.



    Confronted for a third time by the agent, Huey tells him that he believes him to be a figment of his own overactive imagination. "Now who's hiding from reality?" the agent asks. The agent never definitively reveals whether or not he is real, but does say "If you ever want to talk, remember: I'm always listening."



    The Freemans, their house destroyed, settle down to sleep in their newly revamped car.moreless
  • Funny episode and Xhibit was in it.

    9.1
    Riley convinces to reality show(Pimp my Ride, and

    Homemake over), that Granddad is blind and that he is running a homeless shelter in his own house. Plus, Huey is being watched by a secret agent, but is not sure if he is real or just a figment of Huey's overactive imagination. Very funny scene where Riley gives Granddad, a new nickname. Granddad"B*tches"Freeman. kinda has a ring to it. Riley and Granddad should have their

    own seperate sitcom. The White Shadow, the agent following huey, sees him tell Jazmine the Tooth

    Fairy is fake. Good episode, can't wait for the new season, keep episodes like this coming.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (15)

    • Riley: I bet Xzibit's gonna put… thirty-inch rims on the car.
      Granddad: Thirty inches?! Is that big?

    • Xzibit: (one of his crew members got a black eye by Granddad when they were "invading" his property) Dude, you got fucked up by that old ass man.

    • Riley: All I'm saying is when Xzibit brings that car back you goin' be bitches.
      Granddad: What did you call me?!
      Riley: No, no I mean bitches like you gonna have so many bitches that's what niggas gonna call you. No disrespect.
      Huey: No disrespect? You just called your granddad "bitches".
      Riley: Yeah, but I don't mean bitches in a disrespectful way. I mean it as a general word for women.
      Huey: And your gonna let him get away with this?
      Granddad: It's ok. Just this once.
      Riley: Granddad, I'm just sayin' you might have to change your middle name from Jebediah to bitches. Is all I'm tryin' say. No disrespect.
      Granddad: Hmm, Granddad Bitches Freeman. Hoo, has a nice ring to it.

    • Granddad: So you're saying that the car stops, but the rims keep spinning? That's amazing!

    • White Shadow: And I wasn't actually in the bathroom taking a dump. That brother of yours is a hoot. And your Granddad? (laughs) Those two need their own sitcom.

    • Jazmine You can believe in secret agents, but I can't believe in the tooth fairy? That's messed up Huey.
      Huey Go--eat something out of a dumpster you street urchin.

    • Jazmine (wiggling her tooth): The tooth fairy will be coming soon.
      Huey: The tooth fairy?
      Jazmine: Yup. Everytime I lose a tooth, the toothfairy takes it away & leaves a dollar under my pillow.
      Huey: There ain't no such thing as a tooth fairy.
      Jazmine: Then who leaves the money?
      Huey: Probably your parents. They have both the cash and the access to your room.
      Jazmine: Why would they lie to me?
      Huey: Because the truth hurts Jazmine. The world is a hard and lonely place and nobody gets anything for free. And you want to know what else? One day, you and everyone you know is going to die.

    • Ty Pennington: Goooood morning, Freeman family!!!
      Granddad: What da hell?

    • Riley: Granddad, Huey's imaginary secret agent friend touched me in a private place… hahahaha!

    • Huey: (sees his remodelled room, which now resembles a public basketball court tagged with graffiti) This some bullshit!

    • Huey: I've come up with a name for you: The White Shadow.
      Secret Agent: Hmm, I'm white, and I'm shadowing you. Very clever.

    • Huey: (to Riley and Granddad) You two need your own sitcom.

    • Riley: (in confession room) This nigga gots imaginary friends.

    • Riley: Shh! Did you hear that?
      Granddad: I didn't hear nothin'
      Riley: It's Huey's secret agent friend taking a dump in our bathroom. (snickers)

    • Huey: Obi-Wan Kenobi once said 'your eyes can deceive you, don't trust them.' It seems to be getting harder. Distinguishing reality from the illusions people make for us, or the ones we make for ourselves. I don't know, maybe that's part of the plan, to make me think I'm crazy...it's working.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Episode title: "The Real"

      A spoof of one of MTV's first and longest-running reality shows, The Real World. They even use confession rooms in this episode like they do on the show.

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