The Boondocks

Season 1 Episode 2

The Trial of R. Kelly

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Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Nov 13, 2005 on Adult Swim
9.2
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When the trial of R&B star R. Kelly comes to town and Tom Dubois is the ADA, Huey and Riley are on opposing sides of the hot-button "underage peeing" issue. Elsewhere, during a checkers game, Granddad and Uncle Ruckus argue about white people.

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  • This episode was absolutely hilarious!!!

    9.0
    This was the first episode of the show that I've seen but OMG, it had me in tears from laughing so much! I love the voices of all of the characters. The scene where the prosecutor was asking the underage girl about R. Kelly peeing on her was the best "If I didn't want to be p***ed on, I would've moved outta the way. S***, I been p***ed on by guys w/out a record deal, it ain't no big thing." I love Cedric Yarbrough (Jonesy from Reno 911) & he played the best exasperated prosecutor ever - "We have a video tape!!! She's a little girl!!!" I can't wait to see more episodes of this show!!! it's a great addition to Adult Swim!moreless
  • R. Kelly goes on trial. Huge mountain of evidence against him, yet he walks out a free man. Why? Read my review.

    10
    This is the episode that I truly believe was a lot better than the first episode, "Garden Party." From the scene where Whitney Houston and Bobby Browne to the end of R. Kelly's trial had me laughing like crazy. I know Robert Freeman and Uncle Ruckus had some funny moments too, though my main focus is on R. Kelly's trial.



    "The Trial of R. Kelly" also shows us that not only can some famous celebrities can get away with some of the most heinous crimes because of their name alone, it also shows us how stupid and ignorant black people can be sometimes. And I'm black myself so no offense.



    R. Kelly had a cell written with his name on it after seeing all of the evidence, ranging from urine samples to the video where R. Kelly is actually peeing on the girl and calling his social security number for the court to hear. Okay that last piece of evidence was good. But 2 things saved R. Kelly's hyde: his defense attorney and the fact that EVERYONE in that court room (expect the Dubios and Huey) was a die-hard fan, even the judge.



    I'm glad Huey talked some sense to those people in there, even if it fell on deaf ears. If it were an average black man that did that, everyone would want him rot in prison. However, the defendant was R. Kelly. Need I say more?



    All in all, a great episode to start off the beginning of Season 1. Looking forward to Season 2 next year.moreless
  • The trial of R Kelly

    9.8
    This has to be one of the funniest episodes of any show I have every seen. The timing was great. Some, if not most, of the characterizations were dead on. The one-liners were great and the dialogue seemed to fit well. There isnt much to not like about a show that takes one of the day's headlines and skewers it much like a sketch comedy does. That doesnt cheapen the experience any though cause this whole show's premise is one that has a man-on-the-street level of story-telling and it's those sensibilities that bring out the best in this episode. The exchanges between the main/central characters (Grandpa, Huey, Riley) come off as very believeable (especially considering my personal family experience). The only downside (if it can be called that) is seeing another celeb get out of trouble, serious trouble just because they're famous. It's sickening, but I suppose that's how the cookie crumbles. It's also possibly why we watch................moreless
  • Another awesome episode of The Boondocks.

    10
    This episode was hilarious. The reason why R.Kelly walked away a free man was because his lawyer said R.kelly was just loving his black sisters and pointing out how Tom Dubois was married to a white woman even though he was black which at that point made the jury and the people hate Tom. I won't reveal anymore things but overall, this was a very well-written episode.
  • Huey does battle with ignorance in this episode...and ignorance wins.

    10
    The episode cleverly discusses both sides of the R.Kelly debate, with Riley and Huey both making valid points for the for and against sides respectively. However, McGruder goes on to explain, through the unfolding events in the episode, that reason often takes a back seat in such situations.



    I've always wondered why R. Kelly is not in jail right now at this very moment. "The Trial of R. Kelly" asserts that the dude is obviously guilty, and in truth he actually is. Yet the public always sidesteps the issue and allows him to roam free and continue to make millions of dollars off of his sexually-explicit music and lyrics. The reason why? "Cuz he good!"



    Pathetic.



    Thank you, McGruder, for showing us all how foolish we have acted. Next time, maybe ignorance will lose.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: While R. Kelly's lawyer Adam West is turning on the jambox for the first time, his hand turns black and the second time he turns it on his hand is white.

    • Goof: Uncle Ruckus says that he was a jurist on a trial in Tennessee, but in the flashback, behind the judge, there is the State Seal of Mississippi.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Juror: We find the defendant...
      Uncle Ruckus: Guilty! Hang that nigga now! (Uncle Ruckus pulls out a noose) I got the rope right here!

    • Riley: If I were to pee on you right now, would you; a.) smile and ask for more, or, b.) move the hell out the way!

    • Uncle Ruckus: You can't compare a chocolate monkey like R. Kelly to Jerry Lee Lewis. Jerry Lee Lewis was the king of rock and roll "Great Balls of Fire!" Besides that situation was different... that was family...

    • Huey: (narrating) Here's something black people have known for a couple hundred years: niggas are crazy. Now black people don't like talking about crazy niggas in public cause white people may be listening. But I'm afraid the secret might be out.

    • Granddad: Now what did O.J. Simpson say to Kobe after his trial was over?
      Uncle Ruckus: What?
      Granddad: Don't let this whole trial take your mind off the white women.
      (Uncle Ruckus and Granddad start laughing )

    • Riley: Now hold up. Remember when we used to sleep in the same bed when we was littler? From time to time I would have a little accident.
      Huey: You still do.
      Riley: SHUT UP!!!

    • Whitney Houston: Hell no, Bobby didn't hit me. See, we have a show and I wanted some extra air-time, so--
      Bobby Brown: (slaps her) It's my show, bitch!

    • Riley: Granddad, can you take us into the city tomorrow to watch the R. Kelly trial?
      Granddad: Hell no, but you can walk.
      Riley: It's 40 miles!
      Granddad: All the money I spent on them damn Nikes, you better just do it.

    • Granddad: (regarding both Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown) Ya know, I think they're on drugs.

    • Riley: (after hearing the web site for the tape) I've gotta go, uh… Check my email! Yeah.
      Granddad: (As Riley is sneaking off) Get your little short ass back here!

    • Tom: Riley, she was a little girl.
      Riley: Oh, I saw that girl. She wasn't little. I'm little. Gary Coleman's little. Mini-Me is little. And to the best of my knowledge, we all managed to avoid gettin' peed on so far!
      Tom: But what about the victim!
      Riley: Oh yes! The victim. At what point does personal resposibility become a factor in this equation? I see piss comin' I run. She saw piss comin' she stayed. And why should I miss out on the next R. Kelly album JUST fo' that?
      (walks away)
      Huey: Man, you just beat by an eight-year old.
      Riley: And if R. Kelly goes to jail, I'll piss on your cat!

    • Huey: (turns the boom box off, causing everyone who was dancing to stop) What the hell is wrong with you people? Every famous nigga that gets arrested is not Nelson Mandela! Yes, the government conspires to put a lot of innocent black men in jail on fallacious charges, but R. Kelly is NOT one of those men! We all KNOW the nigga can sing, but what happened to standards?! What happened to bare minimums?! You a fan of R. Kelly? You wanna HELP R. Kelly? Then get some COUNSELLING for R. Kelly! Introduce him to some older women! Hide his camcorder! But don't pretend like the man is a hero! (walks off) (returns) And stop the damn dancing! Act like you got some goddamn sense, people! Damn! Through playin' round here. (pause)
      Riley: Boo! Boo! Hey, kid with the Afro. Sit down. Shut up. Turn the music back on. (someone turns on the music and everyone continues dancing)

    • Sarah Dubois: I told you bout messin' with them white women.

    • Riley: If you're good, maybe Santa will give a golden shower for Christmas!
      Granddad: Christmas? My man Santa.

    • Tom: Please, people! You saw the tape! The girl testified she was underage! Y… you're not allowed… to do that! To a little girl! We have a videotape!
      Black Juror 1: Go tell that to your white bitch.
      Black Juror 2: Mm hmm!

    • Riley: (about R.Kelly's laywer) This guy's good! Do you have his card?
      (R.Kelly hands him card) Did you wash your hands?

    • Riley: Well what if I'm peein', and Huey's in the bathroom, and I accidently pee on Huey. Would I be prosecuted for that?
      Huey: What the hell would I be doin' in the bathroom while you're in the bathroom?

    • Granddad: Well how 'bout this… game.
      (walks away)
      Uncle Ruckus: Nigga.

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