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The Cleveland Show: Da Doggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance

Cleveland is desperate to ingratiate himself to his new step kids.
He insists in taking Roberta to a daddy/daughter dance and things get worse when he runs over the family dog.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 1APS02
Airdate: Sunday October 04th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Feb 01, 2010

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (10 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
Nia Long
voiced Roberta Tubbs

Guest Stars
Alec Sulkin
voiced Various
Aseem Batra
voiced Kendra Krinklesac
Clarence Livingston
voiced Various
John Viener
voiced Kyle
Julius Sharpe
voiced Various
Kim Parks
voiced Various
Richard Appel
voiced Various
Seth Green
voiced Kurt Cobain
Stephanie Escajeda
voiced Various
Tom Devanney
voiced Various
Kristen Bell
voiced Mandy
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


Cleveland tries to make inroads with his new stepdaughter Roberta by asking her to accompany him to the school’s Father-Daughter Dance. Last year Robert didn't show up. The evening seems to be going smoothly until Cleveland runs over the family pet on his way to get an ice-cream cake for celebration. Then his redneck neighbor Lester takes it and eats it. This kills his chances of being accepted by his new kids. Rallo and Cleveland look for Meadowlark Lemon and Cleveland dives in nasty places looking to keep the secret but Lester and the others tell him to be honest. Then he makes amends by getting a new dog named Kareem Abdul Jabbark, but he gets killed when Lester shoots him while he's obeying Cleveland's command to "fetch." Cleveland then dances with Roberta, making a happy ending. ..

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Episode Notes
“Da Doggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance” was seen by 8.700 million viewers.

This episode introduces the characters


Kendra Krinklesac
(Kendra did have a cameo in the Pilot episode. This episode properly introduces her)



ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Lionel RichieAll Night Longat the end

Episode Goofs
The Academy Award is colored silver instead of gold and it has hair.
(Although this may have been done for copyright reasons)

Cleveland's retelling of Meadowlark Lemon's demise involves the dog laying in a pool of his own blood.

However, there was no blood at the time.

It is impossible to have the reflection of Lane as it is shown in the mirror when Kyle enters the bathroom. You would have to see the back of Lane's head not his face.

Lester switches positions from beside the car when he shines the flashlight on Cleveland immediately to in front of the car when Cleveland speaks.

Cultural References
Cleveland sings a few lines from the 1983 song “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie (1949-).
The real song actually plays at the end of the episode at the Daddy/Daughter Dance.

When Cleveland Junior comes in and says he's ready, he is dressed as the musician Prince (1958-) as he appeared on his 1984 album, video and film of the same name, “Purple Rain”

Cleveland: “I haven't been this excited since I won that Oscar”

Cleveland is shown replacing American actress Halle Berry (1966-) when she won the “Best Actress Academy Award” in 2001 for her role in “Monster's Ball”.
The scene even uses her actual acceptance speech.

Also in the in the scene, Halle's ex-husband Eric Benet (1966-) can be in the audience sitting next to actress Sharon Stone (1958-)

Rallo's dog is named after basketball player Meadowlark Lemon (1932-).
He was a member of the comedic basketball team The Harlem Globetrotters.

Cleveland: “I'm gonna like the way I look. I guarantee it.”

Allusion to the clothing retail chain Men's Warehouse and its slogan the founder says in his commercials, “You're going to like the way you look, I'll guarantee it”

Cleveland: “This place smells worse than Chloë Sevigny”

Actress Chloë Sevigny (1974-) is mentioned in this episode.
She is a indie film actress who's starred in many films such as “Kids”, “Boys Don't Cry” & “American Psycho”

Cleveland: “I just took the easy way out, like Kurt Cobain”

Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) was the lead singer of the grunge rock group, Nirvana (1985-1994).
The “easy way out” refers to the fact Kurt committed suicide by shotgun.

Kurt's wife Courtney Love (1964-) is also featured in the cutaway (and as some believe the cause of his death)

Cleveland: “That way we can both watch Kimmel”

Cleveland is referring to Jimmy Kimmel (1967-) & his ABC late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Cleveland: “I'd like to introduce you to our new dog Kareem Abdul-Jabark”

The new dog Cleveland brings home is named after another basket player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947-)

Rallo: “You can't just replace my dog like Brad Pitt replaced Jennifer Aniston, or John Mayer replaced Jennifer Aniston, or Vince Vaughn replaced Jennifer Aniston or that munch from The Counting Crows replaced... the point is my dog is not Jennifer Aniston”

Actress Jennifer Aniston (1969-) is mentioned in this episode along with her relationships with, actor (ex-husband) Brad Pitt (1963-), musician John Mayer (1977-), actor Vince Vaughn, and the lead singer of the music group Counting Crows, Adam Duritz

Visual: “Star Trek Convention”

At the Star Trek Convention cutaway, the characters of “Kahn” from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn, “Spock”, an Andorian, a Mugato, a Klingon, a Gorn & “Seven of Nine” from Star Trek: Voyager can be seen.

Visual: “Operation”

Cleveland plays the Milton Bradley game “Operation”

Former child star and Hollywood director Ron Howard (1954-) is mentioned in this episode.

DVD Only:

Tim tells a story of Lewis & Clark. Famous explorers known for the first transcontinental expedition to the Pacific Coast by the United States from 1804-1806

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-ProducerClarence Livingston  |  Aseem Batra
Consulting ProducerTeri Schaffer  |  Raynelle Swilling  |  Jonathan Jacobs
Associate ProducerAaron Miller (2)  |  Karin Perrotta
EditorKirk Benson
CastingLinda Lamontagne
Staff WriterKevin Biggins  |  Travis Bowe  |  Justin Heimberg
MusicWalter Murphy
Post Production SupervisorAmy Reynolds
Story EditorAaron Lee  |  Julius Sharpe  |  Matthew Murray
Storyboard ArtistLenord Robinson
Supervising DirectorAnthony Lioi  |  Albert Calleros
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Assistant DirectorChuck Austen
Animation ProducerBrandi Young
Writing AssistantC. Brian Smith
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantAlexandra Gaines  |  Laura Hilker  |  Freddy Hakimi  |  A. Spencer Porter  |  Artie Johann
Production ConsultantPatrick Henry (2)
Animation Production AssistantHenry Montgomery
Warning: The Cleveland Show season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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