THE CLEVELAND SHOW “A Short Story and a Tall Tale” Review

THE CLEVELAND SHOW (FOX) A Short Story and a Tall Tale
THE CLEVELAND SHOW “A Short Story and a Tall Tale” Season 2 Episode 13The Cleveland Show tonight had Cleveland and Donna celebrating Valentines day in Los Angeles at the NBA All Star Game while Rallo meets a new crowd of kids living a totally different kind of life from his.

Rallo, upset by the idea that all the older members of his family are able to stay up after he’s gone to bed to pit alligators against tigers, eat snow cones and go on wild adventures, decides that he’s going to be the boss of his own life. He meets Marty at the grocery store who is an adult little person that mistakes Rallo for a fellow little person. In turn, Rallo mistakes Marty for a kid and is inspired to lead his life like him.

Once Cleveland and Donna land in Los Angeles, they do a bit of sight seeing. I thought their traffic laden exaggerated trip through the major tourist spots in Los Angeles was pretty funny, especially when it culminated in Donna and Cleveland coming out of a pot shop declaring their love for LA despite the simultaneous fires, mudslide, high speed police chase and earthquake all around them.

This episode featured LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Steve Nash voicing their own characters so a good portion of their jokes tonight were derived from basketball humor. Apparently I live in a cave, because I know nothing of basketball and as a result a vast majority of these jokes went above my head. Thankfully, my husband kindly explained to me why each one of these jokes was funny and when at the end of the episode, Rallo says, “See, Lebron does care about Cleveland,” my husband explained why that was funny and commented that the entire episode had been waiting for that joke.

As unfamiliar as I am with basketball, I am quite familiar with TV so I appreciated The Cleveland Show‘s references to two other shows tonight. The first was when Cleveland spots Anna Torv in the crowd at the game and gives a very specific shout out about Fringe. I don’t know how much crossover there is between the Fringe audience and The Cleveland Show audience, but I appreciate any effort made to get the word out about Fringe‘s new Fox Friday time slot. The second reference was a comment made about how much Cleveland looks like “Stanley from The Office” which I’ve always thought, so I chuckled when they threw Cleveland into a suit and in front of those vinyl blinds just like Stanley from The Office.

Rallo’s story wraps up with him discovering the truth about his new friends and realizing that they’re all adults. Around the same time, Donna and Cleveland return from their trip, and they’re confronted by all the basketball players upset about all the heckling they did at the game. Even if I didn’t get all the basketball jokes on my own, I have to say that these players doing their own voices did a really good job tonight and any jokes that were written for them that didn’t require a knowledge of the sport, made me laugh. They seem to have a good natural sense of humor and I’d look forward to hearing any one of them return as a guest voice actor in the future.