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Breaking Granddad is the third episode of the fourth season of The Boondocks. It originally aired on May 5, 2014.


In this parody of television series Breaking Bad, Robert sells an explosive material that Huey made from dangerous chemicals as a hair relaxer. This results in the Freemans finding themselves on the run from a black market salon owner, Boss Willona (Jenifer Lewis).


In the garage, Huey is studying and testing chemistry. Robert and Riley come in and scolds him for attempting to make a bomb, but Huey says its a hair gel. Then, Robert and the boys go to a financial expert as the Freemans have no money whatsoever since their house was returned.

At the car wash, as Robert works, Uncle Ruckus rudely comes to inform Robert that he must stay at work until closing time, much to his disdain as he has a date that night. At the house, as he prepares for his date, he realizes his bankruptcy and when he reveals to her via phone, she cancels it. Before that, he uses Huey's hair gel.

The next morning, Robert wakes up with beautiful hair, in which he transfers some of the gel to Tom and Jazmine. When Huey finds out, he reveals the truth that the hair gel is actually a bomb product as he explains that he invented it to murder Ed Wuncler ll in an attempt to get their freedom. Upon this, Robert attempts to beat Huey but Huey refuses the beating and resists. Robert and Riley ignores Huey's plea to get rid of it and decide to sell it, which Huey reluctantly agrees to.

The Freemans meet Boss Willona, an uptight black businesswoman who owns a hair salon and store. She agrees to sell the hair gel, and in return, she gives the Freemans a duffle bag of money. Huey, however, is opposed to the business, revealing to her that the hair gel is highly explosive, but Willona doesn't care, as she claims that all of her hair products have dangerous usage of chemical ingredients and advises a warning label on the gel.

The sales of the gel goes well, with Willona and her flamboyant homosexual henchman selling the products and the Freemans, except for Huey, ship them. Unfortunately, the sales fall short when a news announcement that two women were arrested at the airport after their hair was flagged as explosive. Thus, the hair gels are reported as terrorist materials due to the explosive compound contained in the gel. Upon this, the Freemans attempt to return the money, but she declines it, stating that she cares about more profit, and that her business is completely legitamite. At home, the Freemans deal with the situation and Robert decides to make the gel himself, as Huey refuses. However, Huey agrees to make it, only to have a condition to make it in a desert only 83 miles away from Woodcrest. The Freemans succeed in making it, and call Boss Willona and her henchman. Despite the agreement, she and the henchman force Huey and Robert to make the hair gel via gunpoint, as Riley is excluded due to the henchman tying him outside the RV. During the experiment, Robert uses the wrong ingredient, causing the gel to explode, forcing Robert and Huey to exit as they lock Willona inside. Robert frees Riley and the Freemans escape in the RV because of a fire caused by a cigarette from the henchman.

The scene goes where the episode had begun. The Freemans drive through the desert in the RV with gas masks. Suddenly, they stop, with sirens away. Robert retrieves a gun owned by the henchman and attempts to use it for the awaiting authorities. However, the sirens turn out to be firemen going for the fire (with Uncle Ruckus alongside). Robert angrily loses faith, meanwhile, Willona and The Henchman awaken on the RV and decide to hotwire and steal it. Unfortunately, the RV explodes due to the hair gel in it, killing both of them. Despite their death, the Freemans immediately leave.



  • The episode is a parody of the American crime drama television series, Breaking Bad.
    • Granddad in his underwear, shirt, shoes and having a gun is referencing to Breaking Bad's first episode.
    • Many other aspects are from there too, like Granddad washing car
    • In addition, the scene where Riley is being tied up and laid outside the RV is also referencing the first episode where Jesse Pinkman was in the same scenario.
    • Wilona is similar to Tuco Salamanca.
  • Jazmine's hair after the gel was used on her resembles Rapunzel.
  • Huey makes wave cream (relaxer), hoping to look like Billy Dee Williams.
  • Ruckus says "the last shall be high yellow, and the high yellow shall be last," paraphrasing the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. He also says that working in the car wash isn't like the 1976 comedy film Car Wash.
  • Boss Wilona may be another Good Times reference, to the Evans' neighbor Willona Woods.


  • The storyline of Robert's poverty continues; he is still working for Ruckus at the car wash since "Good Times".
  • This is first episode Jazmine appeared without being voiced by Gabby Soleil, as she was 18 years old; she is replaced by Kiarah Pollas.
  • This is the first and only time in the series where Robert used the belt on Huey.


  • The A.V. Club gave the episode a "C+."