A beat poem about life on the cardboard streets.
Mouse Fitzgerald has been out of work most of the month. He's late on his rent payment, and the landlord is ready to forcibly evict him. Mouse Fitzgerald takes his pool stick down to the billiards hall and stakes his last bit of money. He wins and returns just in time to pay up. Skillet remains unaware of Fitzgerald's gambling stunt, and thanks the Lord Jesus.
The 12 oz. Mouse has painted a portrait of a Black Jesus. Suddenly there is a run of good luck all around him -- Skillet wins two bets in the same day! But they must choose -- does Mouse Fitzgerald get to enter the painting in a contest for the art gallery? Or does the painting stay in the living room?
Mouse Fitzgerald plans to celebrate Rooster's new job. But then they find out he didn't get it because he is a couple years too old to meet Shark's requirements.
Mouse Fitzgerald's old army buddy visits. He is now a wealthy TV minister, and offers Fitzgerald a job. The 12oz. Mouse turns it down after dishonest tactics are revealed.
During a schoolroom history class, the Eye calls George Washington a racist because he was a slave owner. The Eye gets suspended from school and sent home. Rhoda and Liquor try to persuade the Eye to apologize for his statement.
Skillet finds a sexually explicit book in the house. He is surprised when it turns out to belong to Spider Boy. However, Spider Boy's college boyfriend is only using it for a school paper.
Mouse Fitzgerald has sold a painting, but the art customer turns out to be one of Skillet's old enemies. Skillet throws the man out and refuses to let Mouse Fitzgerald do the work. The 12 Oz. Mouse runs away from home to live and work at the art patron's house, but is unable to paint in the new, peaceful environment.
Fitzgerald and Skillet are upset when Poncho gets Senior status, even though he failed all his classes Junior year. They meet with Shark.
A powerful city official visits the housing projects after Skillet writes a scathing letter exposing the decrepit conditions in the ghetto. Rectangular Businessman is furious with his son, the Fascist Midget.
Mouse's landlord holds a contest to see who has the cleanest apartment. In hopes of winning, Mouse makes the whole flat spic and span. Skillet brings a notoriously filthy man, Golden Joe, back to Mouse's apartment at the last minute - jeopardizing Mouse's chances of winning. After giving Golden Joe a bath and some new clothes, they pull out a close victory!
Someone has chosen Mouse to appear in a TV commercial for an all natural health tonic. Mouse turns down the role when he learns it contains a mere 35 percent alcohol.
Shark is angry, smashing furniture and yelling. Rooster and Liquor think he is suffering from hypertension and talk him into taking a physical exam. The Doctor tells Shark he has a high cholesterol level, and instructs him to cut back on salt and fat.
Mouse Fitzgerald starts dating a wonderful new girl, and paints her portrait for free. Fitz gets his heart broken when the girl dumps him as soon as the painting is done.
The Eye appears to be having a nervous breakdown, and slaps the Cop. Liquor takes him to a Women's Awareness meeting, but the Eye refuses to participate, and calls the women "cackling hens." When he returns home, Shark demands to know where he's been. The Eye tells him, and a vicious argument ensues. The Eye rethinks his opinion on the meeting.
Mouse Fitzgerald has a birthday party, but Producer Man can't get him the art supplies because his credit is turned down by the new computer system at the department store. Mouse is disappointed at first, but seems to get over it. He leaves for the evening to go see Skillet. Mouse is arrested on his 18th birthday - for holding up a liquor store.
Skillet, Rooster, and the Eye hold a vigil at the police station while trying to get up the bail money for Mouse. Golden Joe is on the verge of an emotional breakdown. Rooster is desperate. They almost turn to Shark for the money, but then the real robber is caught and Mouse Fitzgerald is released. But he has lost his job because they found out about his arrest.
Skillet is selected to participate in forced busing in an attempt to achieve integration in the city's public schools. He doesn't want to go, but Mouse Fitzgerald talks him into it.
Rooster finds $65,000 in a brown paper sack in an alley from a botched robbery at Rhoda's. He wants to keep the money, but Liquor talks him into returning it.
The New Guy is secretly going out with a 45 year old man. Skillet is shocked when he finally meets him. The man has a ring and is ready to propose marraige to the New Guy. Mouse Fitzgerald convinces the New Guy to break off the relationship.
Golden Joe refuses to take an IQ test at school, so he fails it. Golden Joe claims it was a racist test, not at all suitable for the hip hop sub-culture. The Eye and the Cop meet with the school faculty to discuss it, and end up getting jived by a white-bread computer nerd.
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