The Cleveland Show: Season 3, Episode 5

Yemen Party (27 Nov. 2011)

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Cleveland poses as a woman as part of his plan to get Donna to appreciate him more, while Rallo uses Cleveland Jr. and his baby harness to get revenge on a playground bully.

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Cleveland poses as a woman as part of his plan to get Donna to appreciate him more, while Rallo uses Cleveland Jr. and his baby harness to get revenge on a playground bully.

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1 December 2011 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

Well all I can say is I enjoyed the sub-plot, but not the main plot. So the main plot is about Donna - who after going to some sort of man hating club - thinks that the family is too patriarchal, (where Cleveland makes all the decisions over Donna by having the final say), but she wants to start talking it over with each others decisions for things.

Cleveland gets irritated by this, and upon watching a news broadcast on TV in The Broken Stool, he has an idea: dress up as a Muslim woman in a veil from Yemen named Fatima (a little racist, but it's more stupid than racist in my opinion) and visit the club to try and make Donna feel how lucky she is compared to Fatima, whose husband left her and took the children with him back to Yemen, as well as other women in Muslim countries. Donna invites "Fatima" to her house for Donna, to which "Fatima" accepts (though later realises that he did not think this through), where it then falls into clichés: where Cleveland has appear as himself and as Fatima in front of Donna, but cannot appear as both in front of her. You might've seen something like this in an episode of every comedy TV show ever made.

The women in the club then takes Fatima aboard a private jet back to Yemen. He panics but then he falls asleep, arriving at Yemen. He tells and shows the pilot that he is in fact a man, but then the pilot kicks Cleveland out of the landed plane. This is where it really gets stupid: Cleveland stays dressed in a veil, with everything but his eyes covered up, while walking into a town in Yemen. He could've just shown his face as a man who is in Yemen who is trying to get back to America, but no, the episode would've ended too early, and he has no money anyway.

A woman in veil mistakes her as a part of a group of women in veil who are married to a wealthy Muslim man. This is where it is really flawed, because it seems to be that the man is married to more than 4 wives. All I know is that a Muslim man can have a maximum of 4 wives, and no more, so the writers definitely did not do their research, or they were just plain ignorant. Cleveland, like an idiot, joins them and works more like a slave than a wife for the wealthy man, while staying undercover as Muslim woman in veil for no reason but to learn his lesson on how Donna must feel as an oppressed wife that obeys Cleveland. Cleveland eventually has enough and reveals to the wealthy man that he is actually a man. Why he didn't reveal this earlier, I don't know. Cleveland then sets off to travel back to Stoolbend, Virginia by foot through different terrain in the most longest route possible, without using any kind of transport. This part is kind of actually kind of funny. So Cleveland eventually arrives back home and apologises to Donna for not being a better husband.

While the subplot is a parody of James Cameron's film, Avatar. Remember that film? Highest grossing film of all time? Yeah, I think The Simpsons parodied that in a recent Treehouse of Horror episode. So Cleveland, Jr. wears a child carrier and puts Rallo into it. Rallo later finds out that he can control Cleveland, Jr. similar to Avatar. This may make no sense at all and seem really stupid, but hey, it's a cartoon. Jr. plays along to this and humiliates a school bully in Rallo's school. Then the school bully gets his older brother, where the bully is in a child carrier and controls his brother just like Rallo controlling Cleveland. Then an epic battle ensues, where neither wins, but Rallo and the bully become friends.

All in all, an okay episode, but I hate it when someone basically dresses in drag and nobody realises that he is actually a man. But I also hate the cliché used in this episode, despite how brief it was. Avatar was released in theatres two years ago, so the parody might've worked if it was used a year earlier. It's not a dull episode by any means, but it is pretty silly. The episode is quite similar to an episode of American Dad!, where they go to an Arabian country. Season 3 has episodes that are hit and miss, but this lies somewhere in between.


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