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Family Guy: Jerome Is the New Black

Realizing they need to find a replacement for Cleveland, the guys decide they need another black guy.
They happen to meet Jerome who fits in perfectly only to find out he has a history with Lois.

Meanwhile, after Brian volunteers to be the group's fourth, he finds out Glen hates him.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 8x7
Production Number: 7ACX08
Airdate: Sunday November 22nd, 2009

Director: Brian Iles
Writer: John Viener

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) May 30, 2010

Guest Stars
Alec SulkinAlec Sulkin
voiced Various
Chris CoxChris Cox
voiced Various
John VienerJohn Viener
voiced Various
Johnny Brennan (1)Johnny Brennan (1)
voiced Horace
Kevin Michael RichardsonKevin Michael Richardson
voiced Jerome
Mark HentemannMark Hentemann
voiced Various
Nana VisitorNana Visitor
voiced Woman (in the restaurant talking about her kid)
Patrick WarburtonPatrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson
Ralph GarmanRalph Garman
voiced Various
Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett
voiced Himself
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Peter Griffin | Stewie Griffin | Brian Griffin | Various Characters
Alex BorsteinAlex Borstein
voiced Lois Griffin | Various Characters
Seth GreenSeth Green
voiced Chris Griffin | Various Characters
Mila KunisMila Kunis
voiced Meg Griffin
Episode Notes
“Jerome Is the New Black” was seen by 7.386 million viewers

In an extended scene from Volume 8:

When the guys are interviewing potential replacement for Cleveland, the “Guys Who Have Been in the Country Almost Long Enough to Not Have Accents” are considered.

Tomick: “Well friend, if you're looking for fun times, we're the males for you.”
Guy: “You said it Tomick. Last night we went to club and it was totally bitches.”
Tomick: “Oh! We had to wait in line for like, 0.7 hours, but then we made friends with brown bouncer and it was cool sailing from there.”

In an extended scene from Volume 8:

After Quagmire runs off to feed the girl in his basement, Joe says “Well I'm enjoying you too Jerome. Welcome to the clan... I mean, I'm glad we got to hang... I mean, you're a good negro... No I...”
Jerome: “Relax man. I like you too.”
Joe: “Okay yeah, that's all I was trying to... yeah good evening.”

In an extended scene from Volume 8:

After the scene with Glen's sister and brother-in-law, the guys and Jerome are at the Clam.
Jerome: “Hey you know what they say. See a broad, to get that booty, yak them.”
Glen & Quagmire: “Leg her down and smack them, yak them.”
Jerome: “Cold got to be.”
Quagmire: “S_ _t”
Jerome: “If you'll excuse me, I'm gonna order me some cheap cognac and put it in a fancy glass.”

In an extended scene from Volume 8:

After Peter accidentally sets Jerome's house on fine he says “Dear God and Black Jesus”,
which cuts to another scene featuring Black Jesus in bed with a woman.

Black Jesus: “The kingdom of god in inside you, at least it will be in a second.”
Singer: “Black Jesus”

In the Deleted Scene from Volume 8 titled “Jerome Schools The Fellas”:

When Peter is dressed in a Klan hood three guys come over and confront Jerome but Jerome sets them straight by saying “Now hold on. Before you get all excited, I'm gonna drop a little knowledge on y'all. Your hatred of me and those like me is just a manifestation of your own feelings of frustrations and inadequacies in regards to your personal status in an evolving and increasingly stratified economic and social landscape, you understand.”
(The three men take their hoods off)
Red Haired Man: “Gosh, I never thought about it that way”
Blond Haired Man: “Yeah, nobody's ever taken the time to explain it to us”
Black Haired Man: “Sir, we can't offer a strong enough apology. Is there anything we can do to make this up to you?”
Jerome: “You already have. You've learned something.”
Red Haired Man: “We sure have. Come on guys.”

In the Deleted Scene from Volume 8 titled “Muffican Jam”:

After Jerome introduces himself to the guys, Glen says, “Hey I know who that is, he's the guy from the jelly commercial from the 70s”
(Flashback to commercial w/ a young Jerome)
Announcer: “If you like preserves, you'll love America's favorite brand, Muffican. Kids can really tell the difference.”
(Jerome bites generic jellied bread and spits it out)
Jerome: “Damn that's terrible”
(Bites Muffican jellied bread)
“Oh now that's my Muffican jam”
Announcer: “Isn't it time you got your Muffican Jam?”

Episode Quotes
Quagmire: You are the worst person I know.
You constantly hit on your best friend's wife.
The man pays for your food and rescued you from certain death and this is how you repay him? And to add insult to injury you defaecate all over his yard.

And you're such a sponge! You pay for nothing. You always say,"Oh, I'll get you later!" but later never comes. And what really bothers me is you pretend you're this deep guy who loves women for their souls when all you do is date bimbos.

Yeah I date women for their bodies but at least I'm honest about it! I don't buy them a copy of Catcher in the Rye and then lecture them with seventh grade interpretation on how Holden Caulfield is some profound intellectual. He wasn't! He was a spoiled brat and that's why you like him so much. He's you.

God you're pretentious! And you delude yourself by thinking you're some great writer even though you're terrible.
You know I should have known Cheryl Tiggs didn't write me that note. She would have known there's no "a" in the word "definite".

And I think what I hate most about you is your textbook liberal agenda. How we should (air quotes)"legalize pot, man" How big business is crushing the underclass. How homelessness is the biggest tragedy in America.

Well what have YOU done to help? I work down at the soup kitchen Brian. Never seen you down there. You want to help? Grab a ladle! And by the way? Driving a Prius doesn't make you Jesus Christ! Oh wait! You don't believe in Jesus Christ or any religion for that matter because "Religion is for idiots!" Well who the hell are you to talk down to anyone?!

You failed college twice, which isn't nearly as bad as your failure as a father. How's that son of yours you never see? But you know what? I can forgive all of it.
All of it, if you weren't. Such. A BORE. That's the worst of it Brian. You're just a big, sad, alcoholic, bore.

Episode Goofs
When Joe says “how do we know you're any good”, Jerome picks up a handful of darts and spells out “Good 'Nuff”.
Problem is, there were never any darts on the table or anywhere in the scene when he walks up.

Stewie says he watched “Tommy Boy” and he thought when he knocked on the glass it distracted Chris and he fell down a hill.

That scene however, didn't occur in “Tommy Boy”, it happened in his other comedy, 1996's “Black Sheep”

When we see Brian waiting by Glen's mailbox there's a line dividing his driveway and the sidewalk but when Stewie rides up in his big wheel the dividing line is missing but returns when Quagmire finally comes out to check his mail.

Cultural References
Visual: “The Rat Pack”

The “Rat Pack” was the name given to singers Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990) & Dean Martin (1917-1995) (all voiced by Seth MacFarlane in this episode) as well as, although not featured in the episode, Actor Peter Lawford (1922-1984) and Comedian Joey Bishop (1918-2007)

Peter: “We're a man short, like Statler without Waldorf”

The Muppets character “Statler” appears in this episode.
The two would appear in between sketches on “The Muppet Show” (1976-1981) making comments on how bad the acts were.
They would mainly appear on screen to heckle Fozzie Bear.

One of the stars of the HBO show, “Entourage” (2004-), Kevin Connolly (1974-) is mentioned in this episode.

His “Oh no, there after me Kevin Connolly Charms” line is of course, a take off of “Lucky” and the “Lucky Charms” cereal commercials.

Stewie: “Brian I just found out Chris Farley died”

Stewie and Brian discuss the death of Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley (1964-1997).

Stewie also mentions one of his comedies, 1995's “Tommy Boy” (see Episode Goofs)

Audio: “Listen I don't care if you're dating Mallory, noone in this family likes you Nick”

When Peter is spying on him, Jerome is watching an episode of “Family Ties”.
The character speaking is “Alex P. Keaton” (played by Michael J Fox (1961-)) and the characters mentioned in the line are Alex's sister “Mallory Keaton” (played by Justine Bateman (1966-)) and her boyfriend “Nick Moore” (played by Scott Valentine (1958-)).

Peter mentiones the character “Skippy Handleman” (played by Marc Prince (1968-))

Peter: “This whacked out world. It just makes you want to grab your nephew and get in a van and shoot people in the DC area”

This is an allusion to the “Beltway Sniper Attacks” that took place in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area over a three week period in October of 2002.

John Allen Muhammad & his nephew Lee Boyd Malvo shot 13 people, resulting in 10 deaths and 3 injuries.
Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed in November 2009.
Malvo was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Peter: “Well I guess you can stay here but I'll tell you one thing...Oh...hang on a second”

Peter, Lois and Jerome are interrupted by a spinning colored circle.
This is the icon that shows up on MACs when the computer freezes or is busy.

Peter: “Relax Mr Furley, I thought what you thought but it's okay”

“Ralph Furley” was the character played by Don Knotts (1924-2006) on the tv sitcom “Three's Company” (1977-1984)

Stewie: “Um, I'll have what she's having”

Reference to the scene & line from the 1989 romantic comedy, “When Harry Met Sally” starring Meg Ryan (1961-) & Billy Crystal (1947-).

Brian's “I'll have what he's having” line was spoken by director Rob Reiner's mother after seeing Sally's (Ryan) faked orgasm.

Glen used to date former super model and actress Cheryl Tiegs (1947-)

Jerome: “What you talkin' 'bout Peter?”
Peter: (laughs)

Jerome's line is the catch phrase of the character “Arnold Jackson” (played by Gary Coleman (1968-2010)) from the sitcom “Diff'rent Strokes” (1978-1986)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperSeth MacFarlane  |  David Zuckerman
Executive ProducerDanny Smith (1)  |  Steve Callaghan  |  David A. Goodman  |  Mark Hentemann  |  Seth MacFarlane  |  Chris Sheridan
Co-Executive ProducerAlec Sulkin  |  Brian Scully  |  Wellesley Wild
ProducerShannon Smith  |  Patrick Meighan  |  Kara Vallow  |  Cherry Chevapravatdumrong  |  John Viener
Co-ProducerKim Fertman
Consulting ProducerJonathan Jacobs  |  Gary Janetti  |  Tom Devanney
Associate ProducerKarin Perrotta
EditorMichael Elias
CastingLinda Lamontagne
Staff WriterAndy Goldberg  |  Alex Carter (3)
MusicRon Jones (1)
Production AssistantKat Purgal
Assistant EditorEric Brown (2)
Post Production SupervisorCharles Song
Storyboard ArtistMarcos García
Supervising DirectorPeter Shin  |  James Purdum
Production ManagerBrent Crowe
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantMelissa Aives
Casting AssociatePam Hyatt
Storyboard RevisionistYoung Lee  |  Jeff Stewart (2)  |  Dante Leandado  |  Ron Smith
Writing AssistantDavid Wright (1)  |  Kristin Long
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantBrandee Stilwell  |  David Ihlenfeld  |  Artie Johann  |  A. Spencer Porter
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