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After losing the house to Loretta in the divorce and becoming fed up with Peter's shenanigans, Cleveland decides to leave Quahog w/ Cleveland Jr.

He decides to drive cross country to California pursue his baseball dreams but gets sidetracked in his hometown of Stoolbend, Virginia & by chance runs into his old high school flame Donna.

Cleveland gets acquainted w/ Donna's kids Rallo and Roberta & Donna's friends, Holt, Lester & Tim (the Bear) as well as her ex-husband Robert.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1APS01
Airdate: Sunday September 27th, 2009


Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Feb 01, 2010

  • Currently 7.9/10
7.9/10 (17 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
Nia Long
voiced Roberta Tubbs
Recurring

Guest Stars
Alec Sulkin
voiced Unknown
Recurring
Alex Borstein
voiced Lois Griffin
Recurring
Chris Sheridan
voiced Dolly Parton's Father
Recurring
Corey Holcomb
voiced Robert Tubbs
Recurring
Danny Smith (1)
voiced Unknown
Recurring
Fergie
voiced Dolly Parton's Mother
Recurring
Fred Tatasciore
voiced Unknown
Recurring
Jamie Kennedy
voiced Federline Jones
Recurring
John Viener
voiced Kathleen Turner's Agent
Recurring
Patrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson
Recurring
Seth Green
voiced Chris Griffin
Recurring
Fuschia Walker
voiced Unknown
Jennifer Tilly
voiced Bonnie Swanson
Mila Kunis
voiced Meg Griffin
Main Cast
Mike Henry (1)
voiced Cleveland Brown / Montclair “Rallo” Tubbs / Oliver Wilkerson / Coach Charles McFall / Mr. Armstrong / Arch
Seth MacFarlane
voiced Tim / Doctor Fist
Sanaa Lathan
voiced Donna Tubbs-Brown
Kevin Michael Richardson
voiced Lester Krinklesac / Cleveland Jr. / Julius
Jason Sudeikis
voiced Holt Ann Richter / Terry Kimple
Arianna Huffington
voiced Arianna

Recap

At The Drunken Clam, Peter Griffin, Joe Swanson, Glenn Quagmire and Cleveland sit at a table. Cleveland tells the guys that he has lost his house to Loretta due to their divorce settlement. He also tells the guys that he now has custody of Cleveland Jr., now 14 years old and has become incredibly overweight. ..

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Episode Notes
The “Pilot” episode was seen by 9.4 million viewers.

The pilot episode was leaked to the Internet the last week of June 2009.

This episode introduces the characters

Arianna


Federline Jones


Hadassah Lowenstein


Holt Richter


Lester Krinklesac


Robert Tubbs


Tim


Although not named (except for Raymond) nor do they speak, there are cameo appearances by
(from l to r) Arianna, Tim, Raymond (Tim & Arianna's Son), Holt, Kendra Krinklesac (Lester's wife), Lester & Ernie Krinklesac (Lester & Kendra's Son)




Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bee GeesHow Deep Is Your Love21min 13sec


Episode Quotes
(as Cleveland drives away)
Stewie Griffin: What the hell? He's getting his own show?



Episode Goofs
When Cleveland first hears Tim's voice, he's in the street but after he screams “A Bear!”, Tim walks up saying “Ahhh a black man!”, suddenly he's standing halfway up the driveway.




Cultural References
Peter: “Man he aged faster then Kathleen Turner”

Oscar© nominated American actress Kathleen Turner (1954-) is featured in this episode as starring in the 1992 baseball film “The Babe” instead of John Goodman (1952-)


Peter: “Light it Brian.”
Brian: “Peter, I really don't think we should do this”
Peter: “Do it Brian. It's the only way I'm going to catch that bird.
Here he comes. LIGHT IT!”


The bird in question is none other then the Looney Tunes character “Road Runner” and Peter, with the rocket strapped to his back, is imitating the other famous character “Wile E. Coyote”


Cleveland: So I put in a call to my old batting instructor “Joe Torre”

Joe Torre (1940-) is the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a former Major League Baseball player. He played for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Upon his retirement as a player, he later managed all three teams.

Torre also managed the Yankees from 1996-2007. The Yankees reached the post season each year and won ten American League East Division titles, six American League pennants, four World Series titles, and overall compiled a .605 winning percentage.

Cleveland: “See this is exactly why I'm leaving. Nobody ever asks anything about what Cleveland's got going on but if Peter wants to put together a new A-Team or overthrow a British pub or recreate all the whole damn Star Wars movies I'm expected to jump on board no questions asked”

Cleveland is referring to the Family Guy episodes, “Brian Goes Back to College”, “One If by Clam, Two If by Sea” & Family Guy's versions of the Star Wars trilogy, “Blue Harvest”, “Something Something Something Dark Side” & “It's A Trap”

Peter: “Well I guess we're going to have to find a new Ringo”

Peter, Quagmire & Joe are dressed as The Beatles as they appeared on the cover of their 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
Peter is dressed as George Harrison (1943-2001), Quagmire is dressed as John Lennon (1940-1980) & Joe is dressed as Paul McCartney (1942-).
They wanted Cleveland to be dressed up like Ringo Starr (1940-)


2 time Oscar© winner, 3 time nominated American actor Gene Hackman (1940-) is mentioned in this episode.

Holt: “I gotta go get my dinner on. I'll come by later. Bring the new Dave. Live in Austin. Sick.”

This more then likely is a reference to “Live from Austin, Texas”, the 2007 release from former “Talking Heads” (1974-1991) front man, David Byrne (1952-)

Cleveland: “You Federline Jones?”

Roberta's white boyfriend Federline Jones bears a striking resemblance to Kevin Federline (1978-), the ex-husband of American pop singer Britney Spears (1981-).

Donna: “Cleveland, do you remember that song you used to sing to me? Sing it to me again!”
Cleveland: “No!”
Donna: “Come on!”
Cleveland: “I don't remember it.”


Cleveland & Donna sing the 1982 song “Mickey” by Toni Basil (1943-) w/ Donna & Cleveland substituting their names for “Mickey”.


Former Saturday Night Live comedian and current host of “Late Night” , Jimmy Fallon (1974-) is mentioned in this episode.

Cleveland: “Guess who's back in kindergarten?”
Donna: “Adam Sandler!?”


This is a reference to the 1995 comedy movie “Billy Madison” starring Adam Sandler (1966-), where in order to collect an inheritance, Billy has to repeat grades 1 through 12 again.

Cleveland: “Awww, which way's the bar Thing?”

The hand in the box Cleveland calls “Thing” is a reference to the character from “The Addams Family” (1964-1966)


Tim: “...with their electric cars and Regal Beagle and all”

Tim mentioning the “Regal Beagle” is a reference to the bar the characters Jack, Chrissy & Janet frequented often in the 70's/80's sitcom “Three's Company” (1977-1984)

Holt: “Yippee-ki-yay, mo...”

Holt says the famous line (minus the curse of course) from the 1988 action movie “Die Hard” starring Bruce Willis (1955-)

American country singer Dolly Parton (1946-) is featured in this episode as a baby supporting 2 of Dolly's biggest assets.


Robert: “...and Rerun's, what, in sixth grade?”

“Rerun” was a character featured in “What's Happening” (1976-1979) & “What's Happening Now” (1985-1988) played in both shows by Fred Berry (1951-)

Rallo: “Well if we ain't the black Brady Bunch”
Cleveland: “Except I'm not a gay architect and my wife's not sleeping with my son”


The 60's/70's sitcom “The Brady Bunch” is mentioned in this episode.
Cleveland's “gay architech” comment is referring to actor Robert Reed (1932-1992).
His “Mike Brady” character was an architech on the show, but he was not gay.
However, it was revealed after his death in 1992, that Robert was indeed homosexual.

His second comment is referring to the fact that according to the urban legend, Brady mom “Carol Brady” (played by Florence Henderson (1934-)) and eldest son “Greg” (played by Barry Williams (1954-)) had a sexual relationship while filming. However, according to both of them, Barry simply asked Florence out on one date. Florence declined.

DVD Only
Donna: Oh please Roberta, That's less convincing then the time I had use the bathroom at R. Kelly's house

Singer R. Kelly is shown in this episode disguised as toilet. This is in reference to his 2002 arrest for having sexual relations with an underage girl and videotaping said acts. Specifically, it's referencing a lewd act R. Kelly supposedly participated in.




Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane  |  Richard Appel  |  Mike Henry (1)
Executive ProducerRichard Appel  |  Mike Henry (1)  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerKirker Butler
ProducerGabe Miller  |  Kara Vallow  |  Jonathan Green (1)
Co-ProducerAseem Batra  |  Clarence Livingston
Consulting ProducerTeri Schaffer  |  Raynelle Swilling  |  Jonathan Jacobs
Associate ProducerAaron Miller (2)  |  Karin Perrotta
EditorKirk Benson
CastingLinda Lamontagne
Staff WriterKevin Biggins  |  Travis Bowe
MusicWalter Murphy
Post Production SupervisorAmy Reynolds
Story EditorAaron Lee  |  Julius Sharpe  |  Matthew Murray
Supervising DirectorAlbert Calleros  |  Anthony Lioi
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Animation ProducerBrandi Young
Assistant Sound EditorShawn Ian Kerkhoff
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantArtie Johann  |  A. Spencer Porter
Animation Production AssistantHenry Montgomery
 
Warning: The Cleveland Show season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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