Skip Day (The Cleveland Show)

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"Skip Day"
The Cleveland Show episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 4
Directed byJack Perkins
Written byDave Jeser
Matt Silverstein
Production code3APS03
Original air dateNovember 20, 2011
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"Skip Day" is the fourth episode of the third season of the animated comedy series The Cleveland Show. The episode aired on Fox in the United States on November 20, 2011. In the episode, Cleveland is embarrassed when he learns that Cleveland, Jr. was the only student to attend school on "skip day".[1]

The episode was written by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein and directed by Jack Perkins. It was viewed by approximately 3.8 million viewers in its original airing.[2] The episode features guest performances by Michael McDonald, Tom Kenny and Jess Harnell, along with several recurring voice actors for the series.[3]


Cleveland is embarrassed when he learns that Cleveland Jr. was the only student to attend school on “skip day”. Cleveland Jr. is jeered and booed by the other students for choosing to follow authority. When Cleveland attempts to make Jr. be more of a man by threatening his stuffed leopard Larry, he forces Jr. to knock him out. Shocked at his new ability, Cleveland tries again and again to knock Jr. out and fails. Stuck with the realization that he can no longer beat his son, Cleveland slips into a funk that makes him act older than his years. Depressed at seeing his father in such a condition, Jr. uses Donna's makeup to fake bruises and spreads a story that Cleveland beat him up. However, the police arrive to arrest Cleveland for child abuse. At the police station, Jr. tries to plead for his father but the police dismiss his story. In desperation, Jr. grabs one of the officer's gun and frees Cleveland and they both escape in a police car with the rest of the police force in pursuit.

Meanwhile, Rallo gets in a hit-and-run accident with Kendra and her scooter while heading out for a ride on his big wheel. When Lester vows vengeance, Rallo goes to great lengths to dispose of his big wheel. Just when the coast appears clear, Lester spots Holt riding a three-wheel recumbent bicycle and wrongly assumes that was the person Kendra saw. Lester decides to get even by cutting the brake lines on Holt's bike. When Rallo finds out, he confesses his involvement and they set off to save Holt.

While Holt is headed downhill head on into the police in pursuit of Cleveland and Jr., Kendra launches herself from Lester's pickup truck towards Holt to block his path, saving him. Jr. suddenly realizes its almost time for school and forces Cleveland to take him so he won't miss a day. At the school, Cleveland explains what happened hoping to make amends with the police but is tased for his trouble.


The episode was written by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein and directed by Jack Perkins.[2]

In addition to the regular cast, Michael McDonald, Tom Kenny and Jess Harnell guest starred in the episode. Recurring voice actors Will Forte, Clarence Livingston, Julius Sharpe, Alec Sulkin, David Lynch, and Aseem Batra made minor appearances as well.[4]


In its original broadcast on November 20, 2011 on Fox, this episode was watched by 3.86 million U.S. viewers and acquired a 6.5 rating/share.[5]

Kristen Elizabeth of TV Equals gave the episode a positive review, saying "I just didn’t feel the spark in this episode. It felt more like the writers were dialing it in. Even Donna felt a little off, and she’s usually my favorite character. I think I might have been expecting too much, but considering the fact that The Cleveland Show took a few weeks off, there was ample time to turn in a better polished episode than this".[6]


  1. ^ ""The Cleveland Show" Skip Day". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  2. ^ a b Jeser, Dave; Silverstein, Matt; Perkins, Jack; Appel, Richard; Henry, Mike; MacFarlane, Seth (2011-11-20). "Skip Day". The Cleveland Show. Season 03. Episode 04. Fox.
  3. ^ "The Cleveland Show Episode: "Skip Day"". TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  4. ^ "THE CLEVELAND SHOW Skip Day" Season 3 Episode 4 | TV Equals". TV Equals. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  5. ^ Gorman, Bill (November 22, 2011). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'CSI:Miami,' 'Amazing Race,' 'Family Guy' Adjusted Up; '60 Minutes' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "THE CLEVELAND SHOW "Skip Day" Review". TV Equals. 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2011-11-20.

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