Recap: The Cleveland Show
The following is an episode summary list for Seth MacFarlane
's Family Guy
spin-off, The Cleveland Show
, which lasted from 2009 to 2013. With news that the show has been canceled, MacFarlane has confirmed that, yes, Cleveland will come back to Quahog, and yes, he will take his family with him.
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- "Pilot": Sick of Peter's destructive pranks and homeless thanks to Loretta taking his house in the divorce, Cleveland Brown decides to pack up and take his son, Cleveland, Jr. (now an obese, 14-year-old geek rather than a skinny, hyperactive little boy) to California to pursue his dream of being a Minor League baseball talent scout. However, Cleveland makes a stopover in Stoolbend, Virginia, where he reunites with his old high school crush (who married and divorced a Jerkass named Robert and now has a Bratty Teenage Daughter named Roberta and a kindergarten-aged Soul Brotha troublemaker named Rallo) and makes friends with a bear named Tim and a redneck named Lester.
- "Da Doggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance": Cleveland asks Roberta to accompany him to her school's father-daughter dance since Roberta's real father failed to show up last year, and ends up losing the family's trust when he runs over the family dog and lets Lester and his redneck family eat it.
- "The One About Friends": Cleveland tries to remedy his son's social awkwardness by inviting Lester's son, Ernie, over to the Brown house — which gets Ernie taken away by child welfare.
- "Birth of a Salesman": Tim the Bear gets Cleveland a job at Stoolbend's Waterman Cable Company, and worries that Cleveland may be taking his place as the top salesman. Meanwhile, Rallo and Roberta worry about Cleveland, Jr.'s mental state when they mess up his chores and he suffers a mental breakdown.
- "Cleveland Jr.'s Cherry Bomb": Cleveland urges Roberta to stay abstinent after catching her making out with her Pretty Fly for a White Guy boyfriend, Federline Jones, but it's Cleveland, Jr. who decides to be a virgin until marriage, which embarrasses his dad.
- "Ladies Night": Cleveland is upset when he learns that Donna is still going to a single mother's support group just so she can have a good time.
- "A Brown Thanksgiving": Cleveland celebrates Thanksgiving with his new family, which includes Cleveland's abusive father and Donna's flatulent, fun-loving aunt who was really born a man.
- "From Bed to Worse": With Cleveland, Jr. and Roberta on a school trip to Washington, D.C., Rallo does everything he can to keep Cleveland and Donna from having any time alone. Meanwhile, in D.C., Roberta and Federline Jones go to the seedy side of America's capital, and Tim and Arianna revive their dead love life.
- "A Cleveland Brown Christmas": During Mr. Waterman's Christmas party, a drunk Cleveland dressed as Santa tells Rallo that his biological father isn't a CIA agent away on business, but a bum who neglects his children. Meanwhile, Roberta becomes an animal rights activist and sets Mr. Waterman's reindeer free as part of a YouTube video.
- "Field of Streams": Cleveland becomes the head coach of a newly-formed school baseball team after he and Terry raise money to renovate the field — and is crushed when Cleveland, Jr. doesn't want to join.
- "Love Rollercoaster": Roberta's new teacher, Ms. Eck, challenges Roberta to prove she can get by without her looks by wearing a fat suit — and Cleveland, Jr. ends up falling for the new fat girl, unaware that she's his stepsister. Meanwhile, Holt, Tim, Lester, and Cleveland invent a coaster for today's lazy beer drinker.
- "Our Gang": Cleveland is chosen as a mentor to Stoolbend High's worst students, and uses a cookie sale to teach them life skills and how to give back to the community — which turns into a drug ring.
- "Buried Pleasure": Cleveland's neighbor, Holt Rickter, is suspected of murdering his overbearing (and unseen) mother, but when Cleveland discovers that Holt was trying to get rid of a $7000 sex doll (while his mother was away on vacation), Cleveland decides to set Holt up with a co-worker named Jane, who turns out to be abusive.
- "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at the Stool": Cleveland, Jr. gets a job as a busboy at the Broken Stool, and ends up changing it.
- "Once Upon a Tyne in New York": Cleveland and Donna go to New York City on vacation, where Cleveland ends up on an episode of Saturday Night Live (and yes, they do have Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis voicing caricatures of themselves) hosted by Tyne Daly in an attempt to reunite her with Coach McFall.
- "The Brown Knight": Cleveland is wounded after he and Donna are mugged next to an ATM, and Cleveland is hailed a hero for protecting his wife — until video footage says otherwise.
- "Gone With The Wind": Cleveland's flatulence problem embarrasses and upstages Donna during karaoke night — and things get worse when Cleveland gets news that his ex-wife, Loretta, is dead (thanks to Peter Griffin).
- "Brotherly Love": Rallo gives Cleveland Jr. a few pointers on how to win over the girl of his dreams, Chanel. But when Cleveland Jr. finds out that her boyfriend is local rap star Kenny West (voiced by Real Life rapper Kanye West), Cleveland Jr challenges Kenny to a rap battle to win Chanel's heart. Meanwhile, during a cable installation, Cleveland and Terry are mistaken for male strippers and decide to make a new career out of it, which turns into prostitution when Cleveland pimps out Terry.
- "Brown History Month": Cleveland and Cleveland Jr. teach Donna and the kids their tradition of celebrating Black History Month. However, when Rallo learns about his heritage at school, he provokes Cleveland into a battle royale with neighbor, Lester.
- "Cleveland's Angels": After Cleveland gambles away Roberta's college fund, Kendra discovers that Cleveland was actually cheated out of his money and recruits Donna and Arianna for a "Cleveland's Angels" mission.
- "You're The Best Man, Cleveland Brown": Cleveland finds out that Cleveland Jr. has inherited all of his ex-wife's belongings and that his parents, Cookie and Freight Train, plan to remarry. To add insult to injury, Freight Train dumps Cleveland as his best man in favor of Donna's ex-husband, Robert.
- "Harder, Better, Faster, Browner": When Cleveland destroys Rallo and his friends during their basketball game, he reminisces about his childhood playing days, including bullying a kid named Barry (unaware that the "Barry" he bullied goes by a different name these days, namely President Barack Obama). In an effort to one-up the President, Cleveland takes in local rapper, Kenny West (voiced by Kanye West), who is homeless and working at a cheesy theme restaurant.
- "Cleveland Live!": A special episode done in the style of a live show (complete with all the screw-ups that come with doing a Live Episode) where Cleveland and Donna try to celebrate their anniversary alone.
- "How Cleveland Got His Groove Back": After his confidence is shattered from a drag-racing accident, Cleveland decides to take a vacation to Africa to get his groove back.
- "It's The Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown": Cleveland is shocked that his teenage son is still trick-or-treating on Halloween, and teaches him how older kids celebrate Halloween.
- "Little Man on Campus": Cleveland disguises Holt as a high school baseball player (which isn't that hard, considering Holt's Napoleonic height and douchebag, adolescent personality) in order to win the championship.
- "Fat and Wet": Cleveland, Jr. and Lester's morbidly obese wife, Kendra, run away to Wisconsin, where fat people are accepted and cared for after their petition to give fat people equal rights gets denied. Meanwhile, Rallo blackmails Cleveland into doing everything he wants after Rallo nearly drowns in their above-ground pool.
- "Another Bad Thanksgiving": On yet another Thanksgiving episode, Cleveland and Donna are stuck with caring for Donna's sister's kids (voiced by Niecy Nash from Clean House and Reno 911) while she runs away to Vegas to marry Holt.
- "Murray Christmas": Rallo befriends a Jewish man at a retirement home; Cleveland trains for a boxing match against his father, Freight Train.
- "Beer Walk!": Cleveland recruits his buddies from Stoolbend (and the friends he had in Quahog note ) to participate in a charity drinking night at The Broken Stool.
- "Ain't Nuthin' But Mutton Bustin'": Rallo gets into "mutton bustin'," a kids' version of rodeo riding, and Cleveland, Jr, is jealous that Cleveland is bonding with Rallo instead of him.
- "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?": Cleveland takes care of Roberta for the weekend while Donna goes away to a spa with Kendra.
- "Like A Boss": Tim the Bear is chosen over Cleveland and Terry to be the new boss of Waterman Cable; Rallo tricks Cleveland, Jr. into thinking the class turtle Rallo's caring for can talk.
- "A Short Story and A Tall Tale": Rallo is mistaken for a made man by a midget mafioso; Cleveland and Donna go to Los Angeles to watch an NBA game — and Cleveland gets in trouble for insulting the players (all of whom voice themselves).
- "Terry Unmarried": Cleveland discovers that his marriage to Donna is invalid...and things get worse when he finds out Terry (who was a notorious womanizer in high school) is bisexual and in love with a man named Paul (voiced by Justin Timberlake). Meanwhile, Rallo tries to overcome his booger-eating habit.
- "The Blue, The Gray, and the Brown": Cleveland learns the truth about his town's legacy and takes it upon himself to change history by sabotaging a Civil War reenactment.
- "The Way The Cookie Crumbles": Cleveland learns his parents have sold off all his childhood possessions to make up for the money they lost to a con man.
- "To Live and Die in VA": Cleveland and Terry start a beer truck business, and Lester puts in his savings, but when the business goes bust, Lester goes bye-bye by driving off Suicide Cliff.
- "Essence of Cleveland": A former fat girl named Patty returns to Cleveland's life and proves to be a better match than Donna — until Cleveland wakes up Chained to a Bed and robbed of his "essence", which Patty is looking to put in a turkey baster for an upcoming artificial insemination operation.
- "Ship'rect": Cleveland has to choose between joining his friend's team or his new celebrity idol's team at Stoolbend's annual boat race.
- "Back to Cool": Jealous that Cleveland, Jr. doesn't think he's as cool as Robert, Cleveland challenges Robert to a "Coolympics" competition.
- "Your Show of Shows": Cleveland starts his own cable access late-night comedy show, which gets changed to an afternoon women's talk show after reading negative Internet reviews. Meanwhile, Rallo and his friends start their own rap group.
- "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang": The Browns are off to Comic-Con, where Cleveland, Jr. leads a band of costumed nerds into taking the convention back from Hollywood, and Donna stops Robert Rodriguez (who voices himself) from showing a blaxploitation film she did back in the 1970s.
- "BFF": In an effort to bond with his Stoolbend friends (after Peter Griffin tries to bail out of hanging with Cleveland), Cleveland takes them on a camping trip hosted by WWE wrestler Ric Flair.
- "The Hurricane": In part one of Seth MacFarlane's "Night of the Hurricane" trilogy, the Browns are forced to salvage what's left of their cruise vacation by replicating it at home, and Junior shocks the family by declaring he's an atheist (thankfully, not the pushy kind like Brian the dog).
- "Nightmare on Grace Street": Donna makes Cleveland and Rallo spend the night in a haunted house. Meanwhile, Cleveland's new friend goes on a murderous rampage and Roberta mistakes a Camp Gay new student in school named Edwin for a vampire who's in love with her.
- "Skip Day": Cleveland teaches his son a lesson in standing up to authority after Cleveland, Jr. wins an award for being the only high school kid to go to school on Skip Day. Meanwhile, Rallo runs down Kendra and tries to ditch evidence that he did it, but Lester thinks Holt is the culprit, since both Rallo and Holt are short and ride child-sized tricycles.
- "Yemen Party": Cleveland poses as a Muslim woman named Fatima so he can spy on Donna's women's club — and ends up being put on a plane and sent to Yemen, where Cleveland becomes one of many wives to a rich sultan. Meanwhile, Cleveland Jr. puts Rallo in a Snuggly and Rallo begins using Cleveland, Jr. as his extra arms and legs to fight back against a schoolyard bully.
- "Sex and the Biddy": Rallo tries to stop a golddiger from marrying his Jewish friend, Murray. Meanwhile, Cleveland uses a Spanx-style man-girdle to trick Donna into thinking he lost weight at the gym.
- "Die Semi-Hard": While staging a live Nativity scene, Cleveland tells his family the story of Die Hard (much like Peter Griffin did with the original Star Wars trilogy), featuring the show's characters as characters from the movie.
- "Y Tu Junior Tambien": Cleveland, Jr. begins dating a hot, Latino girl named Cecilia, but Cleveland thinks the girl only likes his son so she can get a green card marriage out of him.
- "There Goes El Neighborhood": Continuing from the events of Y Tu Junior Tambien, Cecilia's mother, Choni, accuses Cleveland of being racist against Hispanics while Junior gets jealous when Cecilia dates another boy on Valentine's Day.
- "Dancing With The Stools" (or "Dirty Dancing 3"): Determined to claim the first place trophy at the annual "Dancing with the Stools" ballroom dance competition, Donna recruits Cleveland Jr. to be her partner. But their hopes of taking home the big prize misses a beat when Cleveland Jr. professes his love for Donna just moments before their well-rehearsed routine. Meanwhile, Roberta babysits Rallo for a week, and begins looking and dressing like Roberta after she gains weight from junk food and loses her hair in an accident.
- "Brown Magic": Cleveland uses Rallo as a sarcastic ventriloquist dummy for a magic show act.
- "Til Deaf": When Donna has a midlife crisis, Cleveland must come up with a clever way to sneak off with his buddies on a hunting trip without her finding out. But a hunting accident leaves Cleveland slightly deaf, and his scheme to agree to all of Donna's ideas backfire when she makes a drastic life change and decides to go back to school. Meanwhile, Junior is up for an easy re-election as Student Body President, until Roberta decides to run against him as a Sarah Palin-esque candidate who wins over the student body with her sex appeal rather than her intellect.
- "Das Shrimp Boot": Cleveland relies on energy supplements to keep himself awake in order to work overtime and earn enough vacation time to go to a Spring Break cruise with his family, but the addiction lands Cleveland (and his buddies) into rehab.
- "March Dadness": Freight Train uses Cleveland, Jr. to bet on college basketball and, later, professional golf (much like the Family Guy episode "Fore, Father"). Meanwhile, Rallo purchases a fancy sports car and takes his friends on a road trip.
- "The Men in Me": After winning the dubious honor of being "The Whitest Black Man in America" during a contest to win tickets to see Justin Beiber, Cleveland goes on a personal journey to find out why he's a black man who acts white.
- "Frapp Attack!": Donna is jealous over Cleveland spending time with a young, sexy coworker named Tori. Meanwhile, Rallo and Junior turn video footage of Donna catching Cleveland with Tori drinking frapps from Starbucks into the latest viral video sensation.
- "American Prankster": Rallo becomes addicted to playing pranks, but his latest prank gets Junior kicked out of his scout troop — and Rallo arrested on indecency charges.
- "B.M.O.C": It's Homecoming Weekend at Cleveland's alma mater, so he volunteers to accompany Roberta on a college visit as an excuse to relive his crazy college days.
- "Jesus Walks": Cleveland Jr. becomes infatuated with a devout Christian girl and lies about believing in God in order to get close to her. Meanwhile, Donna's ex-boyfriend returns home from Iraq and discovers that she is married.
- "Flush of Genius": Cleveland Jr. profiles his dad for a report on his favorite American, but when Cleveland falls off the toilet and suffers a concussion, he loses Cleveland Jr.'s admiration, but gains the idea to build a toilet safety harness — which ends up getting him stuck on the can for days.
- "Mama Drama": Cleveland tries to reunite Donna with her estranged mother, who left Donna with her gay uncle Kevin (who got a sex change operation and became Auntie Momma) so she can go on tour as a singer a la Dreamgirls.
- "All You Can Eat": Cleveland Jr. is mistaken for a lesbian after his new makeover catches the eye of a girl named Daisy (who actually is a lesbian), who wants to shock everyone at the prom by taking a girl as her date. Meanwhile, Cleveland squares off with an Internet troll who knows more about Cleveland's favorite snack (a Hot Pockets knock-off called "Slop Poppers") than he does.
- "Escape From Goochland": Cleveland and the gang visit their rival high school in Goochland for the annual football game, but when Federline, the gang's designated driver, destroys the car belonging to Cleveland's arch-nemesis Chet Butler, they must find a way to escape their enemy's home turf. Meanwhile, Donna takes back Roberta's Halloween hooker costume, but decides to wear it instead, and Roberta and Cleveland Jr. play pranks around Stoolbend when they dress up as Donna and Cleveland.
- "Menace II Secret Society": Cleveland confronts now super-famous rapper Kenny West about not sharing credit for the megahit they created together, "Be-Cleve in Yourself," and soon discovers Kenny's involvement in a secret hip-hop society headed by will.i.am, ?uestlove, Bruno Mars, and Nicki Minaj (all voicing themselves). Meanwhile, Cleveland Jr. starts a polka band after being rejected by the marching band.
- "A General Thanksgiving Episode": When Holt misses his plane to Florida for Thanksgiving, he reveals that he was not even invited to his estranged familyís holiday dinner and was actually missing out on a Thanksgiving dinner with the cast of Entourage. To help him get over his Thanksgiving blues, Rallo (who has been hanging out with Holt as his wingman so Rallo can get money for new toys) invites Holtís father over for the holidays, which ends up making Holtís family relationship worse. Meanwhile, Cleveland tries to open an airport bar, but ends up drunk and flying a stolen airplane.
- "Turkey Pot Die": Cleveland's idea to take Cleveland Jr. to a turkey farm to bag one for Thanksgiving dinner does not fly with the young guy, who instead hatches a plan to free the birds. Meanwhile, Rallo and Donna construct a Thanksgiving Day float.
- "A Vas Deferens Between Men and Women": When Donna decides that she wants another child, Cleveland realizes he must keep the vasectomy he got when he was drunk a secret from her. Meanwhile, Rallo gets the lead role in the community play production of Annie, but ends up blowing the money needed to secure the rights with his diva-like behavior and insane requests.
- "Tis The Cleveland To Be Sorry": Cleveland discovers that the food served at the local homeless shelter is much better than it is at home, so he pretends to be homeless to benefit from the meals. Meanwhile, Roberta gets a job as a Mall Santa's helper, but fights back against her sexist boss, who wants her to wear skimpy clothes on the job.
- "Hustle 'N Bros": When Donna's ex-husband, Robert crashes Freight Train's birthday party and upstages Cleveland's gift for him, he adopts Robert and he and Cleveland become brothers. Meanwhile, to pay off a debt, Junior and Rallo track down lost dogs for cash.
- "The Wild World of Cleveland Show": Cleveland hosts a special episode where he shows how The Cleveland Show is featured in other countries.
- "Here Comes The Bribe": After Cleveland botches his part during the renewal of their wedding vows, Donna hustles him to marriage counseling, where the mediator informs Cleveland that, for a price, he can slant the "treatments" the husband's way. Meanwhile, Junior's refrigerator breaks, so he and Rallo fix it and turn it into a hotel-style minibar.
- "When a Man (or A Freight Train) Loves His Cookie": When Freight Train misses his and Cookie's anniversary bash, Cookie decides to hit the road as a groupie for George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars (voicing themselves), leaving Freight Train and Cleveland to track her down. Meanwhile, Junior's visit to an office-supply store sparks an elaborate fantasy.
- "Brownsized": During a staff meeting, Cleveland deep-sixes his job after Mr. Waterman announces that, due to budget cuts, one worker will get six months severance pay (in exchange for everyone losing their health insurance), but is having a tough time trying to find a way to tell Donna. Meanwhile, Federline forgets his and Roberta's anniversary, so Rallo finds her a handsome new man named Devon, who turns out to be boring and preachy.
- "Pins, Spins and Fins! (Shark Story Cut for Time)": Rallo's ego rolls out of control when he starts to think he is an ace bowler because he keeps throwing strikes with help from the gutter rails, so it is up to Donna to get him to toe the line. Meanwhile, Cleveland, Lester, Holt and Tim think their friendship has gone stagnant (again), so they head to an abandoned amusement park.
- "A Rodent Like This": A rat running rampant in the house sends Donna and the children to stay with her mother, while Cleveland is left behind to deal with the rodent. Meanwhile, Rallo and Junior play spies, but not all goes well when Junior refuses to reveal what is in his secret-agent briefcase.
- "The Hangover, Part Tubbs": Donna tries to run for the school board, but her plans are thwarted when Cleveland accidentally kills a new friend playing a game. Meanwhile, Cleveland Jr. discovers that he is an excellent diver.
- "California Dreamin' (All The Cleves Are Brown)": Cleveland realizes his dream of being a Minor League baseball talent scout and moves the family to California.
- "Who Done Did It?": After Cleveland eggs Arianna's house defending Donna's honor, he decides to seek revenge against everyone by pelting them with eggs — which lands him in prison for killing Mr. Waterman's wife. Meanwhile, Rallo and Cleveland, Jr. discover that Freight Train writes whodunit novels under a woman's name and become his students on how to write and solve a mystery, using Lydia Waterman's death as inspiration for a new book.
- "The Fist and the Furious": Cleveland decides to make Dr. Fist (now voiced by Bryan Cranston instead of alternating between Seth MacFarlane and Tom Kenny) one of his friends, but fears for his safety when he discovers Dr. Fist's mob association. Meanwhile, Rallo and Cleveland Jr. open a food truck business.
- "Squirt's Honor": Donna demands that Rallo enlist in a Boy Scout-like organization, where he institutes a moneymaking scam. Later, Cleveland and Donna are raffle winners of a romantic hotel getaway, but get carried away charging "incidentals.".
- "Grave Danger": Rallo sees what life is like in the hood when he stays at Robert's apartment in East Stoolbend, but when Robert takes off for Baltimore and leaves him on his own, the youngster is left to buddy up with local toughs. Meanwhile, Holt buys cemetery plots for his friends and Cleveland, Lester, Holt, and Tim begin using the town graveyard as their new hangout.
- "Of Lice and Men": A lice outbreak at school means Rallo must lop off his beloved Afro, and when the other kids start making fun of him, Junior has his back. Meanwhile, Cleveland house-sits at Freight Train and Cookie's.
- "Mr. & Mrs Brown": Donna is incensed when Cleveland and his mom are mistaken for husband and wife on a visit to a retirement home. Meanwhile, Rallo rips off a candy bar from a vendor, and then tries to get Junior to take the rap for the theft.
- "Crazy Train": Dr. Fist tells Cleveland that Freight Train may be showing signs of dementia after Freight Train begins to act nice around Cleveland.
- "Wheel! Of! Family!": Donna and Cleveland freak out when Donna's mother begins dating Robert (Donna's ex), while Cleveland Jr. finds his talent at an exercise pole dancing class.