THE CLEVELAND SHOW “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Roberta?” Season 2 Episode 11 – “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Roberta?” is the question that this week’s episode of THE CLEVELAND SHOW asks as Cleveland and Donna duke it out over their different styles of parenting their rebellious teen, Roberta.
After being stood up in public by Roberta, Donna is at her wits end to try and control her daughter’s unpredictable behavior. Watching Roberta unintentionally and so obnoxiously get under Donna’s skin at their every interaction makes Donna’s following explosion of rage so much more entertaining. We all have had moments of tormenting our parents when being unintentionally stupid and it was a great laugh seeing their mother-daughter relationship played in this way.
As much as Cleveland thinks his parenting methods are superior, he discovers he’s in over his head when Donna leaves town in frustration. Cleveland is easily manipulated and a huge push over, but in his own way manages to get things in order and barely keep Roberta safe before Donna gets back, but not before trashing the house and getting into a street race.
Largely ignored, but still funny at times is the running gag of Rallo running amok in the corners believing that he is invisible because Cleveland has been letting him frolic about in the nude. The Rallo moments throughout the episode are kind of hit and miss until the end of the episode when Rallo realizes he’s visible and Cleveland Jr, begins to believe he is invisible.
The Cleveland Show references Glee this week. The Glee reference has been a bit overdone recently, but I think this particular Glee gag worked better than others given the plot line. They also allude to scenes from the Fast and the Furious and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for humor, but the best gag of the night is a Cleveland show original – mildly offensive and all the more funny because of it – the Deportation Catapult.
Despite its slower start, this episode had its fair share of good laughs and quickly wrapped everything up into a pleasant ending.