Run, Chris, Run
Chris becomes the homecoming king.
Season: 14 Episode: 19
Total Episode Count: 268
Prod. no.: DACX17
First Aired: May 15, 2016
Guest Starring: Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson
Featuring: Chris Griffin
Also Appearing: Lois, Stewie, Brian, Meg, Peter, Cleveland, Joe, Quagmire, Jerome, Neil Goldman, Principal Shepherd, Dr. Hartman, Herbert, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Tyler, Digger, One Direction, Simon Cowell, The Decemberists, Jason Bourne
Musical Numbers: Announcements Rap
Director: Julius Wu
: John BanhWriters
: Damien Fahey Storyboarders
: Dante Leandado
, Michael Narren
, Debbie Shin Plot
At school, Neil talks Chris into being nominated for homecoming king. Sharing the news at home, Lois expresses doubts about his chances and goes to the school to be with him after what she believes will be an embarrassing defeat. Much to their surprise, he wins, but Meg is certain that he is being set up for a prank, so Stewie and Brian go undercover to find out if anything is going on. At school, Brian's approach with the girls gets them kicked out. On the news that night, they see a report that Chris was nominated as a mentally deficient student that drew the pity of the other kids.
As they wonder if Chris is aware of how he won, he arrives and trumpets his victory. As he becomes overblown in flaunting his victory, Brian and Stewie tell him the truth of how he won but he denies it. At the homecoming dance, Brian and Stewie stop by as Chris is introduced, but the calls from the audience and the homecoming queen being deceased finally clue him in, as he lashes out angrily and storms off. They try to comfort him and he comes to the conclusion that he doesn't need the fake friends as Herbert and his date pass by.
Meanwhile, Cleveland steps away to the restroom while the guys leave the Clam, leaving him with the bill. Jerome offers a beer on him and they bond over more drinks. They start spending more time together to the dismay of the guys. They visit Cleveland to remind him how much fun it is to hang out with them, but their attempts break down within the group and they never get to Cleveland. Joe suggests that the reason Cleveland prefers to hang out with Jerome is that they are both black. They arrive at his home dressed as their interpretation of black guys from films and Cleveland tells them that the reason they hang out is that he hasn't stuck them with the bar bill. When Cleveland tells Jerome of the guy's theory after a meal out, he admits that it has some basis in truth because his stories are not interesting, causing Cleveland to rethink his friendships. Back with the guys, they play video games as Peter and Cleveland have a tough match with each other.