209. Everybody Hates Superstition
Aired November 27, 2006
Even though Chris isn't superstitious, he can't help but notice his luck changing when he borrows Julius's lucky pair of socks. Meanwhile, Drew and Tonya figure out a way to get what they want from their parents.
Quote from Rochelle
Adult Chris: [v.o.] Meanwhile, my mother had another way of getting her point across.
Rochelle: The next time you ask me to do something after your father told you no, I'm going to pop the pores off your face, do you understand me?
Drew: Yes, ma'am.
Quote from Ms. Morello
Ms. Morello: I hope everyone is prepared for today's history quiz. And, Chris, I hope you weren't too busy taking care of all of your half-brothers and sisters to study.
Quote from Chris
Adult Chris: [v.o.] I had no idea what to say. Without my lucky socks and without studying I was in big, big trouble.
Chris: Um... Many people think that when you succeed against all odds it's by luck. Well, I don't believe in luck. At least not anymore. [clears throat] I mean, was- Was it lucky- Was it lucky when when Rocky beat Mr. T? No, he prepared for it. He prepared by beating Apollo Creed. So now who pities the fool? I mean, was it lucky when Indiana Jones saved those kids from the Temple of Doom? No, he prepared. He prepared by saving the world in Raiders of the Lost Ark. I mean, if you could save the whole world, it's not going to be too hard to save a couple of kids. Was it lucky when King Kong defeated those planes? No, 'cause he didn't defeat the planes. They shot his behind clear off the Empire State Building. Now if King Kong had spent some time learning how to fight some planes instead of chasing a White girl around, he would be alive to this very day. Many people believe that you can succeed against all odds. I don't believe that. I believe the odds are, that if you don't prepare, you won't succeed.
Ms. Morello: Yes! Yes! Yes! [applauase]
Adult Chris: [v.o.] It turns out I didn't need lucky socks. All I needed was to listen to my father.
Quote from Adult Chris
Adult Chris: [v.o.] Even before video, Drew learned the secret to being a good singer is to not sing at all.
Quote from Jerome
Adult Chris: [v.o.] I didn't think my father's lucky socks would make a difference.
Jerome: Hey, little dude from across the street! I just hit the numbers. Want to hold a dollar?
Chris: Yeah. Thanks.
Jerome: That's all you.
Adult Chris: [v.o.] They not only made a difference, they made a dollar.
Quote from Ms. Morello
Adult Chris: [v.o.] Things were going so good, I almost felt White.
Ms. Morello: Chris, I bought you something. It's a copy of Roots 4: Kunta's Revenge. It's not even out yet.
Adult Chris: [v.o.] Roots 4 was good, but my favorite was Roots 6: Hitler Strikes Back.
Quote from Chris
Adult Chris: [v.o.] Some guys have all the luck, and today that guy was me.
Rochelle: Chris, how was your day, baby?
Chris: It was strange. It was, like, one of the greatest days of my life.
Julius: Why? What happened?
Drew: Nobody beat you up?
Tonya: Nobody robbed you?
Rochelle: Well, how was school?
Chris: It was good. I got a "B" on my math quiz. Starting to think these socks really are lucky.
Rochelle: Okay, Mr. Lucky Socks, go wash your hands. Dinner's ready.
Chris: What are we having?
Adult Chris: [v.o.] My favorite meal was meat loaf, mashed potatoes and peach cobbler.
Rochelle: Meat loaf, mashed potatoes and peach cobbler.
Quote from Greg
Adult Chris: [v.o.] The next day, my socks were still holding up, and so was my luck.
Greg: Look, there's no such thing as lucky socks. That's like believing in four-leaf clovers, shooting stars or Michael Landon.
Chris: Well, how do you explain all this luck that's been happening to me?
Greg: It's probability. It's the number of times an event can happen divided by the total number of possible outcomes.
Quote from Julius
Drew: [sings tunelessly] Candy girl, you are my world...
Adult Chris: [v.o.] Holy Ralph Tresvant!
Drew: You're so sweet...
Julius: Hey, man, what you doing?
Drew: Just getting ready for the school talent show. Oh, I'm going to need a suit.
Julius: You gonna make some money in that talent show? What you need a new suit for?
Drew: So I can pop my collar up while I'm performing.
Julius: You know how much a new suit costs? I'm not going to spend money on a suit just so you can break the collar. [scoffs] You want to pop something, pop open a pen, and fill out a job application. Then you can buy all the suits you want.
Quote from Tonya
Adult Chris: [v.o.] Drew's plan was simple: Act like this was the first time they had asked for what they wanted. Like the no's never happened.
Tonya: Hey, Daddy. Can I get pink carpet for my room?
Julius: What do you need carpet for?
Tonya: Because Billy Ocean has pink carpet, and you know how much I love Billy Ocean.
Julius: I'll tell you what. We'll go look for some pink carpet tomorrow.
Tonya: Thank you, Daddy.
Adult Chris: [v.o.] One down, one to go.