I can’t recall anyone ever doing two Thanksgiving-themed episodes back-to-back before, but I guess there’s a first time for everything, as that’s exactly what “The Cleveland Show” did with “Turkey Pot Die,” a follow-up of sorts to last week’s “A General Thanksgiving Episode,” albeit unrelated save for the holiday connection. The far superior of the two, this one, as you might have guessed from the title, was much more specific to the holiday, dealing with the efforts of Cleveland and son to save the turkeys after one accidentally shoots the former. You would think that would go the opposite way, but it is what it is, I guess.
Either way, it made for some fun visual gags, including a lot of fun digs at PETA types, as Cleveland and son protested the killing of turkeys by throwing gravy at people, putting flowers in guns, and eventually shooting one military type and replacing his blown-off head with a protest sign!
Eventually, the two start an underground railroad-type rescue for the turkeys, hiding the freed birds under Cleveland’s house before ironically evacuating them via a cooked turkey-shaped float for the Thanksgiving parade. Ernie, whose turkey farm Cleveland and son emancipated the turkeys from, gives chase and all heck breaks loose at the parade, with Rallo ending up atop a giant turkey float as it sails up into the sky. Remarks Rallo, hilariously: “I’m higher than Woody Harrelson listening to Dark Side of the Moon at Matthew McConaughey’s beach house.”
Cleveland is able to shoot the float and retrieve Rallo, and Ernie wins the float contest with an assist from his wife, and everyone gives thanks, with the turkeys receiving a pardon, Presidential-style. Some funny jokes here and there, and if it was lacking some of the dark perversity of the other Thanksgiving-themed ep, at least Thanksgiving was more elemental to the plot this time around.
Best lines not previously mentioned:
Cleveland: “Benjamin Franklin was an atheist pedophile who flew kites to meet children- that’s why God struck him with lightning.”
Most random joke- Cleveland: Why can’t you be more like the DC sniper’s son?”
Cleveland, Jr: “Stop comparing me to Lee Boyd Malvo. I’m not him!”
Cleveland: “Killing turkeys is wrong- except in cases of rape and incest.”
Cleveland, in protest mode: “What do we want? When do we want it?”
Cleveland, Jr: “We haven’t really talked about it yet!”
Cleveland: “Well, when are you free to discuss it?”
Cleveland, Jr: “What’s your Tuesday like?”
Cleveland: “Tennis lessons!”
I also liked the visual gag with the oxygen tube being pulled out of Cleveland’s throat and turning into colored ribbons and eventually underwear; plus, the “In Memoriam” sequence was pretty funny (Jeff Conway!). And the spiels about the Pillsbury Dough-Boy- who, according to Cleveland, died in “cold, gobbly blood”- and the shout-out to the late, great “Jericho” was amusing, too.
All in all, a pretty decent follow-up to the last episode, if still not up to the standards of “Menace II Secret Society.” What did you think of “The Cleveland Show” this week? Was it one Thanksgiving episode too many? Or did this one hold its own against last week’s? Which was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!