The Boondocks
Season 2, Episode 26
Air date January 21, 2008
Written by Aaron McGruder

Rodney Barnes

Directed by Seung Eun Kim
Production # 213
Episode Guide
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The S Word is the eleventh episode of the second season of Adult Swim's The Boondocks Series and the twenty sixth episode overall. It originally aired on January 21, 2008.

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The show begins with a news report of a third grade teacher being suspended without pay for calling Riley the "N word" (Nigga). Mr. Petto (Fred Willard) then says on the news there is a difference between nigga and nigger. Robert wants to sue him for restitution. However, Huey believes they should not take legal action because of the selfish reasons motivating it. Despite Huey's warning, Granddad decides to sue. While giving a press conference Rev. Rollo Goodlove (Cee-Lo) appears and announces that he and the Freemans are expecting money from the district for the emotional distress caused to the Freeman family.

The Freemans and Goodlove appear on a number of TV shows, including Larry King Live, on all of which Goodlove does most of the talking. Ann Coulter appears alongside them on each show as their verbal adversary. She argues that the teacher should not be punished, as he used the same word as Riley. Eventually it is revealed that Goodlove and Coulter have been working together to gain more individual press attention. After tirelessly waiting to find out if Riley's school district will award financial compensation, an announcement is made on television stating that, unfortunately for the Freemans, the offending teacher, Mr. Petto, will not be fired. Instead, Mr. Petto is punished with a 10-day suspension and mandatory sensitivity training. Additionally, the Freemans and Goodlove find out that the school board will not award them the funds they had been seeking (since, as both Huey and Tom DuBois had pointed out, the school lacks such funds itself). Disappointed with this announcement, Granddad admits that Huey was right about the whole thing and the entire family heads home, opting to forgo Goodlove's offer to stage a protest the following day.

The episode ends with the Freemans watching Goodlove's protest on television, during which Goodlove and his cohorts were called the "N word" by a group of elderly ladies who had reserved the area for an unrelated protest (namely Constitution Second Amendment NRA rights, meaning all the ladies are armed to the hilt with assault weapons). Granddad states that he will never again listen to Huey, as Rollo Goodlove had new grounds for a lawsuit, and, according to Granddad, is "going to get rich for sure."