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- This strip◊, being one of the very few times we ever see Huey cry. Especially given how vocally negative Huey is in other strips about the very things that Caesar points out, the idea that he would happily accept them in order to see people he lost again is very poignant. And even more tragic, the strip is written in someone's memory, making it very clear that McGruder is using Huey to reflect his own feelings about a real life loss.
Riley Wuz Here
- Also a very heartwarming moment: Riley and his mad art teacher paint a mural of Granddad and his deceased wife, referenced from a picture of their wedding day. It moves Granddad to tears.
- What makes it even more heart-wrenching/heartwarming is Riley's teacher's soft meaningful echo being heard. "Why don't we paint a picture of someone you love, someone who is no longer with us..." Doesn't help that the teacher was probably one of the few people Riley got to be good friends with and probably got arrested for it.
- Even worse is that the episode points out how pretty much nobody (including Granddad) believes in Riley up until he reveals himself, and that beforehand he's essentially squandering his talents to get attention from people including Granddad.
- And setting the tone is the song playing during the reveal: They Reminisce Over You
- This episode is a rather harsh lesson about how things can change, as well as stay the same. "Sometimes, your friends aren't always as loyal as you want them to be."
- Granddad goes to a funeral for Moe Jackson, a friend whom he never really liked; the guy constantly insulted him, almost got him shot out of the sky in WWII, and was just a terrible person overall.
- Huey on the other hand reunites with Cairo, one of his former friends; who has already forgotten him, as he believes that Huey left him behind on purpose. Their arguing leads to a fight.
- After both Granddad and Huey get the courage to be the better men and make amends, Moe (posthumously) sends a final disrespectful insult that he disguised as something nice to him; and Huey tries to apologize for the fight he started with Cairo, only to get rejected with a headbutt that gives him a bloody nose.
- The Bittersweet Ending, which highlights that Huey still has Jazmine, his current best friend; and it implies that Granddad has actually forgiven Moe despite everything else, which lessens the blow.
- Huey tries as hard as he can to get Jazmine out of her contract with Ed Wuncler I, who is fiendishly profiting from a little girl's labor without rewarding her.
- It's pretty minor, but when Jazmine snaps at him and tells him to go away, Huey actually seems genuinely sad. Despite his personality, he's still a 10-year-old boy who gets hurt when his friends get mad at him.
- So many of the main characters are pushed into awkward and hopeless situations, what with Granddad trying to stop Ruckus's racist religion with Tom getting lulled into it, and Huey trying as hard as he can to save an innocent man from getting executed. The situation is so large that it makes Huey cry and pray until a sudden miracle saves everyone.
Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch
- Luna's flashback. She grew up with an abusive father which caused her to run away from home, only to date a series of abusive boyfriends. All of this trauma is why she distrusts men so much.
- Luna forgives Robert and leaves, only to get another call of bad advice from her friend, which finally pushes her into blowing herself up with a hand grenade.
- Uncle Ruckus is unable to handle the truth that was right under his nose the whole time: a DNA test revealed that he is of pure black ancestry, not a white man with "re-vitiligo" as he had always believed.
The Color Ruckus
- Uncle Ruckus reveals that he was raised by a cruel and abusive father, Mister Ruckus. Mister had an extremely short temper and would beat around his own little son for little or no reason. Eventually Mister threw Uncle out of the house, much to the protests of Mister's wife and younger sons. Uncle was so traumatized that it's the reason why he hates his own race so much.
- Mister Ruckus himself experienced similar misery at the hands of his own abusive mother Nelly, and was also similarly mistreated by the white men who employed him (he lived during the height of Jim Crow). Whenever Mister wasn't drunk and angry, he would just sit down and cry instead.
- The entirety of this episode deals with the issue of debt foreclosure. Robert Freeman owes millions of dollars on the house mortgage, and throughout the episode the Freeman family has to endure one humiliation after another as Eddie Wuncler, a competent sociopath, repeatedly harasses the family for the money.
- Robert has to literally sell himself into slavery to keep the house. The show reflects how brutal the housing market has become, how easy it is fall into debt with no safety net, and the lengths homeowners will debase themselves in order to keep a roof over their head for themselves and their family.
- After the frankly hilarious reason for Kardashia's hospitalization (her butt exploded, mortally wounding her), there's something rather sad about her last moments, dying as everyone else discovers she wasn't a real Kardashian to begin with:
Kardashia: ...I just wanted to be on TV...
- Expanding on the terrible events from "Good Times", Ed Wuncler II and Uncle Ruckus force the Freeman family and countless other people onto a plantation-themed amusement park, to drive home the point that they are (quite literally) slaves to Wuncler. The Freemans are forced to endure all kinds of abuse and humiliation. But fortunately, they put a stop to this by rioting and burning down the park.