Nov 13, 2005
Season 1 Episode 2
With the approach of singer R. Kelly's trial for inappropriate sexual behavior with a minor, Riley and Huey find themselves on opposite sides of the case being prosecuted by their friend, District Attorney Thomas DuBois. For Huey, the R&B superstar's lewd acts are fair game for prosecution. Yet, seeing the prosecution as an unfair attack, Riley decides to go to the trial and join the singer's fans, who are protesting outside the courthouse. And as Granddad waits patiently for the boys to return, Uncle Ruckus makes it clear just how little he thinks of R. Kelly and his ilk. Upon arriving at the courthouse, Riley immediately joins the fan protest, leaving Huey with the long list of well known black personalities, including Rosa Parks, Cornell West, Julian Bond, Dick Gregory, and Tavis Smiley, who are voicing their displeasure with the singer's behavior. However, when Riley takes it upon himself to make his feelings known to a news reporter, Huey steps in to spare him and their family any further embarrassment. But while the harshest judgments of R. Kelly's behavior come from Ruckus, who makes it clear that he would have no problem convicting him with no deliberation, both Huey and the D.A. are shocked at the defense lawyer's effort to paint the prosecution as racist. Following the defense attorney's opening remarks, and in the face of Riley's threats to take revenge, Thomas shows the jury an incriminating video of R. Kelly and his young victim. However, after the teenage girl's testimony only serves to undermine the prosecution's case, R. Kelly's attorney looks to prove that his client is actually an upstanding citizen with nothing but respect for black women, unlike Thomas, who is married to a white woman. So, as Granddad and Ruckus square off over the subject of race, after the singer's attorney successfully casts his client as the real victim and sends Thomas's case down the drain, it falls to Huey to argue that, despite his acquittal, R. Kelly is no hero.