Everybody Hates the G.E.D. was 22nd episode of the fourth and final season of Everybody Hates Chris. It was the final episode of the series and the 88th episode overall. It premired on May 8, 2009.
SHORT SUMMARY: In the series finale, the perpetually-late Chris tried his best to avoid being tardy again at school. If he's late one more time, he will have to repeat 10th grade. Meanwhile, Drew enters a talent contest at the Apollo Theater even though he doesn't have a talent to showcase.
FULL RECAP: It’s the end of the school year for our young hero and he’s late (by mere seconds) for the 29th time. Though he’s already finished his tests and it’s the last week of school, he’s told that if he’s tardy one more time, he’ll have to repeat the 10th grade.
Meanwhile, Drew decides he wants to audition for Amateur Night at the Apollo, despite not having any particular talent. A full house at the barber shop tells him about their own personal experiences performing crazy acts and getting booed off the stage.
As you might guess, Chris ends up being late for school for the 30th time, even though it’s hardly his fault. He’s told he has to repeat the school year and his Mom agrees with the school because, in the long run, she feels it’s the best thing for his character development. Chris refuses to repeat the year so he decides to drop out of school. His parents are not happy. So that he’ll be able to get a job, Chris decides to take the G.E.D. test so he can have the equivalent of a high school diploma.
By the end of the episode, Drew has performed a pail drumming act and, thanks to some assistance from a hot dancer, it goes over very well. Tonya graduates and Chris has taken his exam.
He waits for the results at the local diner and one by one, his Mom and siblings arrives. Chris plays “Living on a Prayer” on the booth’s jukebox and his family sings along with him. His father, who has some trouble parking the newspaper truck, has the results of his test. Just as Chris is about to discover his fate, the screen goes to black.
With appearances by many of the show’s recurring characters, Chris dropping out of school and the not-so-subtle homage to the finale of The Sopranos, Chris Rock intends this to be the series finale. The show is very likely to be cancelled due to a variety of reasons and the comedian decided to make it an easy decision for the network.
Ms. Morello: Just for the record, Chris, you can't afford to be late again. The clocks in this school are set to Eastern Standard Time, not CP Time.
Chris: What difference does it make if I'm late? We took all our tests. We only got, like, one more week to go.
Ms. Morello: Counting today, you have been late 29 times this year, and 30 is the limit. If you're late again, you will not be promoted. You will have to repeat the 10th grade.
Chris: Say what?!
Ms. Morello: Say word.
Narrator: Oh, there's a word I wanna say, all right!
Narrator: Meanwhile, I was goin' down like O.J. in the Vegas trial.
Rochelle: Chris, this is your own fault. If you woulda told me you were havin' problems, then I coulda done somethin'.
Julius: It's not the end of the world. Most people don't get to finish the 10th grade once. You get to do it twice. It's kinda like workin' a double shift.
Chris: Do you know how embarrassing that's gonna be?
Rochelle: As embarrassing as bein' 40 and still livin' with your mother 'cause you were too stupid to listen to her and repeat the 10th grade and get your diploma.
Narrator: After all my parents did for me, I tried to do somethin' for myself.
Chris: Yeah, it's just like graduatin' from high school.
Rochelle: No it's not. Do you get a G.E.D. cap and gown? Can people sign your G.E.D. yearbook? Do they have a G.E.D. reunion?
Narrator: Yes. It's called "Flavor of Love."
Narrator: [as Chris enters a diner] Next to a pregnancy scare, waitin' for the results from my G.E.D. was one of the scariest moments of my life.
Waitress: Who gets that fried crust?
[Chris inserts a quarter into the jukebox on the table, then "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi plays]
Rochelle: [showing up] Hi, baby.
Chris: Hey. Where's Drew and Tonya?
Rochelle: They're walkin' over from Doc's.
Chris: [singing] Tommy used to work on the docks. Union's been on strike; he's down on his luck. It's tough.
Rochelle: [as Drew and Tonya show up] Hey!
Tonya: Hi Mom.
Drew: Oh, I love fried crusts!
Rochelle: Don't fill up on it.
Tonya: Where's Daddy?
Drew: In his skin. When he jumps out, you can jump in.
Rochelle: [singing] Hold on…
Chris: [singing] …if we make it or not. We'll give it a shot.
Chris, Drew, Tonya and Rochelle: [singing] Oh, we're halfway there! Oh, oh! Livin' on a prayer! Take my hand; we'll make it, I swear! Oh, oh! Livin' on a prayer!
Chris: Hey Ma, I heard they were hirin' at Red Lobster.
Tonya: They're not hirin' you.
Drew: I wonder how hungry people have to be to eat a lobster? Like, who looks at that and says, "Man, that looks good?"
Rochelle: Have you thought about what you're gonna do if you don't pass the G.E.D.?
Julius: [showing up with Chris' G.E.D. results] Hey everybody.
Tonya: Hey Daddy.
Rochelle: Hi. What's that?
Julius: Chris' G.E.D. results.
Drew: Did you pass?
Tonya: Open it.
Julius: Is that fried crust?
Drew: Yeah. And it's good.
Chris: [last line on the show] What's it say?
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