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The Cleveland Show: A Brown Thanksgiving

Cleveland is celebrating his first Thanksgiving with his new family along with his parents, Cookie & LeVar and Donna's favorite Aunt, Auntie Momma.

Things get interesting when LeVar and Momma get better acquainted and Roberta announces she wants to spend Thanksgiving with Federline.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x7
Production Number: 1APS09
Airdate: Sunday November 22nd, 2009

Starring Roles
Nia LongNia Long
voiced Roberta Tubbs

Guest Stars
Mike Henry (1)Mike Henry (1)
voiced Filthy Nick
Kevin Michael RichardsonKevin Michael Richardson
voiced Auntie Momma (Male Voice)
Craig RobinsonCraig Robinson
voiced LeVar “Freight Train” Brown
Daryl HallDaryl Hall
voiced Angel
Frances CallierFrances Callier
voiced Cookie Brown
Jamie KennedyJamie Kennedy
voiced Federline Jones
Jim ThorntonJim Thornton
voiced Unknown
John Oates (1)John Oates (1)
voiced Devil
Kym WhitleyKym Whitley
voiced Auntie Momma
Stephanie EscajedaStephanie Escajeda
voiced Filthy Nick's Wife
Main Cast
Mike Henry (1)Mike Henry (1)
voiced Cleveland Brown / Montclair “Rallo” Tubbs / Oliver Wilkerson / Coach Charles McFall / Mr. Armstrong / Arch
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Tim / Doctor Fist
Sanaa LathanSanaa Lathan
voiced Donna Tubbs-Brown
Kevin Michael RichardsonKevin Michael Richardson
voiced Lester Krinklesac / Cleveland Jr. / Julius
Arianna HuffingtonArianna Huffington
voiced Arianna


Cleveland celebrates his first Thanksgiving with his new family. His parents, Evelyn Brown and Levar 'Freight Train' Brown arrive for Thanksgiving. Cleveland's dismal relationship with his father nearly lands him in a fight with his own father, until Donna's Auntie Momma shows up. She starts making comments on how outrageous she is after farting. Freight Train gains an infatuation over Auntie Momma and decides to have sex with her after a game of football. However, when Cleveland was taking out the garbage, he saw Auntie Momma in the bathroom, with a penis. Despite that Freight Train had sex with Auntie Momma (who secretly is a man), he didn't even know about it. While they show constant sexual innuendo at the dinner table, Cleveland vomits repeatedly. When Cleveland decides to confront Auntie Momma in private, she admits that she is a man. ..

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Episode Notes
“A Brown Thanksgiving” was seen by 6.532 million viewers.

The episode introduces the character

Auntie Mama | Donna's Aunt

Cookie Brown | Cleveland's Mother

LeVar “Freight Train” Brown | Cleveland's Father

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Hall & OatsManeater13min

Episode Goofs
Roberta is seen holding a set of cards with three cards in front of her but after she asks Donna if she got her text, she lays down the set and the three cards on the table are missing.

And, when Donna asks Cleveland if he's going to let his mother talk to her that way & when Roberta leaves the table, the three cards reappear and the cards Roberta laid down are missing.

When Roberta & Federline enter the mission, in the background there's a table with 2 characters eating. One of the characters gets up leaving one with a blue-green hat sitting eating.

The character is mostly obscured by Filthy Nick but can be seen quickly when Nick sits down.
The camera pans over Nick's family, the Krinklesacs and a trio of Native American Indians but when it shows Roberta and Federline again, the character & one of the folding chairs has vanished.

When Cleveland & LeVar to discuss the true nature of Auntie Mama, looking from the inside out, we see three separate panes of glass but as the camera pans out at the end of the episode, from the outside in, we see one large bay window.

Cultural References
At the start of the episode Cleveland is singing It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year which is of course traditionally sung at Christmas time.

During the intro which mimics the style of Christmas specials of the past, Country singer Crystal Gayle (1951-) is announced

Puppeteer Waylon Flowers (1939-1988) & his famous puppet Madame are announced

and former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos, Tony Dorsett (1954-)

Federline suggests he and Roberta are just like William Shakespeare's doomed lovers, Romeo & Juliet

Auntie Mama: I was number 8,433 & 11,760

Auntie Mama mentions former NBA star Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999) and the numbers she mentions is a reference to the Wilt's 1991 autobiography where he claims to have slept with 20,000 women.

Oscar© nominated Actor & winning Director Clint Eastwood (1930-) is featured in a cutaway in this episode.

Also the photo of the orangutan Clint has in his bathroom is Clyde, Clint's co-star from the 1978 film, Every Which Way But Loose

The rotating coin above Juniors head that Rallo snags when he jumps over him is (most likely) a reference to the multitude of games featuring Mario & Luigi aka The Super Mario Brothers from the long line of successful video games by Nintendo

Daryl Hall & John Oats are featured in this episode as Cleveland's good and evil angels.

In Daryl's talk with Cleveland he works in the line from one of their 1981 song, I Can't Go For That & at the end of the talk they sing some lines from their 1982 song, Maneater

When talking about his dad sleeping with Auntie Mama, after Cleveland discovered 'she' was a 'he', he sings (although not very well), Crying Game.
This was the name of the song for the movie of the same name. The song was written by Geoff Stephens in 1964 and performed by Boy George in 1992.
The movie centered around Fergus (Stephen Rea) and his unexpected romantic relationship with Jody's girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson) who he didn't realize was in fact a man.

Episode References
The Krinklesacs, Lester, Kendra & Ernie are seen in the Stoolbend Mission in this episode but have no lines.

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 ProducerRaynelle Swilling  |  Teri Schaffer  |  Jonathan Jacobs
Associate ProducerAaron Miller (1)  |  Karin Perrotta
EditorKirk Benson
CastingLinda Lamontagne
Staff WriterJustin Heimberg  |  Kevin Biggins  |  Travis Bowe
MusicWalter Murphy
Assistant EditorDennis R. McElroy
Post Production SupervisorAmy Reynolds
Story EditorAaron Lee  |  Julius Sharpe  |  Matthew Murray
Storyboard ArtistLenord Robinson
Supervising DirectorAlbert Calleros  |  Anthony Lioi
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Assistant DirectorChuck Austen
Animation ProducerBrandi Young
Storyboard RevisionistMatt Sullivan  |  Bruce B. Heller
Writing AssistantGeorge Igoe  |  Mehar Sethi  |  C. Brian Smith
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLeslie Reider  |  Laura Hilker  |  Alexandra Gaines  |  Freddy Hakimi  |  A. Spencer Porter  |  Artie Johann
Production ConsultantPatrick Henry (2)
Animation Production AssistantHenry Montgomery
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