...Or Die Trying

"...Or Die Trying"
The Boondocks episode
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Huey preparing to duel Uncle Ruckus.
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 16
Directed by Seung Eun Kim
Written by Aaron McGruder
Yamara Taylor
Production code 205
Original air date October 8, 2007
Guest stars
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"...Or Die Trying" is the first episode of the second season of the Adult Swim animated television series The Boondocks and the sixteenth episode overall. It originally aired on October 8, 2007. The title is a reference to rapper 50 Cent's 2003 album Get Rich or Die Tryin'.


Granddad, Riley, Huey, and Jazmine sneak into a movie theater to watch Soul Plane 2: The Blackjacking! Huey only tentatively accompanies them, having experienced his grandfather’s stingy moviegoing tendencies firsthand. He warns Jazmine that by going to the movies with his Granddad, she will have the "worst day of [her] life."

Uncle Ruckus, working as an usher in this episode, has an apparent aptitude with nunchucks.

Jazmine, who had gone with them knowing she did not have permission from her parents to see the movie in question, is distraught when they sneak in without buying tickets. They also smuggle in large amounts of food, as Granddad does not want to pay the concession stand's exorbitant prices for snacks. Huey talks to one of the staff and gives him the idea to unionize. Jazmine becomes distressed over PSAs decrying the theft of movies, and even attempts to turn herself in, but Granddad stops her and tells her to sit down and enjoy the movie.

Huey notices Jazmine crying and asks Granddad if something is wrong with her, but Granddad is too distracted by the hilarity of the movie to answer. Huey decides to destroy the movie reel and slips out, stopping to use the bathroom before making his way to the projector room. Meanwhile, Uncle Ruckus, working as the ticket taker, realizes that Granddad sneaked into the movie and calls security to find him. Granddad flees with Riley, who has been videotaping the movie. Jazmine has started to actually watch the movie and is enjoying it, but she ends up with Riley's video camera and is caught by Ruckus. When Huey reaches the projector room, he trips an alarm and flees from security. Ruckus confronts him, armed with a pair of nunchaku that Huey had brought along but left in the bathroom when he used it earlier. Breaking off a pushbroom handle to use as a staff, Huey fights Ruckus; they are evenly matched, but Huey eventually takes a beating and winds up in the security office alongside Jazmine. She now agrees with his prediction that this would be the worst day of her life.

Granddad and Riley soon return to the theater, where Granddad picks up Huey and Jazmine and takes responsibility for everything that has happened. None of them are punished, however, as the theater has been closed due to all the employees being fired after they formed a union. As they head for the car, Huey notices Ruckus in the parking lot, still holding the nunchaku, and charges at him. The episode ends with a freeze frame of the pair as they clash.

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