Hymns are falling, all around us, Black Jesus is praying, having fun, ’tis the season of prayer and….., oh sorry there I go again, mind wandering off in any old direction. A bit like Black Jesus’ not so wise words. Why do I keep going back to Black Jesus, well apart from the fact he’s the brother of Jesus, he’s only gone and come on a pilgrimage to Quahog, arriving in our towns as part of the Quahog’s Not So Silent Night.
But just where have we seen this guy in Family Guy before? Well he’s made a couple of cutaway appearances to date in the TV show and I’m going to highlight them here, along with a little reference to Black Jesus.
Jerome Is The New Black – Series 8, Episode 7
With Cleveland long gone and enjoying his new life in Virginia, the guys decide they need to find a replacement friend. Brian immediately offers to fill the void but is kicked to the kerb due to Quagmire’s dislike of him. So they do the ext logical thing and interview for a new friend. And this process and a game of darts leads them to Jerome.
All is going so well Peter takes Jerome home to meet the family and it is this that leads to our first sight of Black Jesus. Upon meeting Jerome, Stewie can’t help but be his usual self and upon noticing Jerome’s crucifix he sarcastically retorts, “What’s that around your neck? Well I say it’s a little Black Jesus.”
This leads to a cutaway where we see Black Jesus telling a group who have gathered round him that he, “…rode into town on an ass, your momma’s ass“.
However back in Quahog bringing Jerome home for a happy meet and greet with the family starts to unravel when it’s revealed Lois used to date Jerome. Peter is filled with jealousy and this only gets worse as time goes on, and before he knows it he’s throwing a bottle through Jerome’s window. And true to Peter’s luck this leads to Jerome’s house bursting into flames. This leads a panicked Peter to pray to not only God, but Black Jesus, which of course leads us into the second cutaway featuring him. This scene was actually cut from the TV version, and if you’ve seen it you’ll understand why the TV executives got jittery as we see Black Jesus in bed with a woman and commenting about how the Kingdom of God will soon be in her.
The Splendid Source – Season 8, Episode 19
Peter, Joe and Quagmire are on a mission to find out the source of the dirty joke that makes Peter poop his pants every time he hears it. In order to follow the jokes trail they only go and sabotage an already planned romantic getaway to Maine with their good women. With an accidental on purpose wrong turn they are soon heading for Virginia, and once there following the jokes trail leads them to a reunion with an old friend, Cleveland. And it’s during a get together meal at Cleveland’s home we get our reference to Black Jesus, and this silly little scene never fails to make me laugh.
Pointing to a crucifix on the wall, Peter tells Cleveland, “You better hide the markers from your kids, someone’s coloured in your Jesus”.
To which Rollo retorts, “Someones coloured in your ass with too much ass, fat ass!”
So there you have it, Black Jesus and his mentions and appearances in Family Guy. Do you remember any of these episodes? Or have you never seen them? Do you now plan to watch them?