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The Boondocks
Season 1, Episode 1
Thegardenparty
Air date November 6, 2005
Written by Rodney Barnes

Aaron McGruder

Directed by Anthony Bell
Production # 103
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"The Garden Party" is the Boondocks Pilot episode of the The Boondocks series. It premiered on November 6, 2005.

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Episode

At a social party filled with primarily white guests, Huey walks up to the stage and makes an announcement, saying "Jesus Christ was black, Ronald Reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11". Chaos ensues as the party goers panic and assault each other. Huey wakes up from this dream to be reprimanded by his grandfather for "having that dream where you make the white people riot".

The main characters, Huey Freeman and Riley Freeman, are adjusting to life in the predominately white suburb of Woodcrest. While scoping out their new neighbors from the rooftop, Huey spots a dark vehicle approaching their house. The driver, millionaire Ed Wuncler, drops by to meet the family. Wuncler, whose bank owns all the houses in Woodcrest, has a friendly interview with the boys' granddad, Robert Freeman, asking him questions regarding his sexuality and political views. Ed eventually invites Robert and his family to a garden party to celebrate his grandson Ed Wuncler lll's return from the Iraq War.

The boys, upon hearing this, are at once reluctant to attend the party, especially Huey, who doesn't want to "sip tea with the enemy." Stymied by their grandfather's wishes, however, they begrudgingly accompany him.

After a brief setback at the front gate of the Wuncler estate, during which they meet Uncle Ruckus, the Freemans arrive at the party. They meet Ed Wuncler lll, an ex-soldier who talks about his life in Iraq and delivers his trademark line, "What the fu*k y'all looking at?"


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Huey tries to educate the other partygoers about the "truth" that "Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11." His attempts, much to his dismay, are met with little more than applause and jovial disinterest. Huey comes to the conclusion that the people don't care much about anything due to being rich.

Meanwhile, Ed III shows Riley his room, where he reveals his large collection of firearms. Ed III, while wearing a bulletproof vest, dares Riley to shoot him with a loaded SPAS-12 shotgun. Back at the party, Uncle Ruckus, a self-hating black man and white supremacist, starts singing a song he wrote called "Don't Trust Them New Niggas Over There" to the Freeman family. Since the Freeman's arrival to the party, Ruckus repeatably drank from a flask and is holding it while singing and possibly being intoxicated. Back upstairs, Riley fires the gun whose force sends him flying backwards and Ed out of his second-story window. Ed, apparently unhurt, again delivers his catchphrase — "What the fu*k y'all lookin at?" — upon recovering.

A somewhat nervous Robert Freeman goes to apologize to Ed Wuncler Sr. for the incident. Much to his surprise, Ed is understanding, saying. "In thirty years, that boy [his grandson] will be President of the United States... and he'll still be a fu*king idiot." He and Robert then have a drink, toasting to the old school.


Trivia

  • Although Ed wore a bulletproof vest before letting Riley shoot him point blank in the chest with a SPAS-12 combat shotgun, he still would have sustained at least some injury, especially after subsequently falling out of a second story window and hitting the ground flat on his back.
  • Ruckus is shown working as the valet, the gate keeper and a waiter.
  • The scene where Huey is holding his B.B. gun and looking out the window is a reference to a Malcom X poster, which shows him holding an AK-47 and looking out the window in the same fashion. This scene also refers to Boogie Down Productions' album By All Means Necessary, with the album cover showing KRS-1 with a MAC 10 looking out the window, which itself is also based on the same Malcom X poster.
  • Riley's outfit during the party is a reference to the film Scarface. He also quotes the famous line "Say hello to my little friend!" from the movie before shooting Ed Wuncler III.
  • This is so far the only episode in which Huey is hit by Granddad.

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