Criss-Cross Applesauce: The Ballad Of Billy Jesusworth
Francine convinces Stan to let Roger play in his basketball league.
Season: 11 Episode: 17
Total Episode Count: 207
Prod. no.: AAJN17
First Aired: May 23, 2016
Guest Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele
Featuring: Stan Smith, Roger, Francine Smith
Also Appearing: Steve, Klaus, Francine, Jeff Fischer, Hayley, Avery Bullock, Dick, Jackson, Hooper, Snot, Mertz, Buckle, Greg, Stelio Kontos, Jewel, Troy, Shelly Maxwell, Exmack, Kim, Principal Lewis, Mrs. Lonstein, Coach Andrews, Mrs. Helen Washburn, Trey, Gina & Chad, Rip, E-Money, Mary, Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming
Musical Numbers: Trapped in the Locker
Director: Shawn Murray
: Dante FabieroWriters
: Nic Wegener
, Joe Chandler Storyboarders
: Michael Baylis
, Brian Mainolfi Roger's Disguise
: Fat housewife from "Roger Passes the Bar
Roger heads to the park to play basketball while Klaus admires his shoes. When Stan wants to play, he is rejected as being too old. At his game, his signature move ends up in a broken leg for him. Unable to play his style of game, he figures he is washed up, so Francine suggests Roger play with Stan's friends. Stan is reluctant, but then deviously agrees to relent after all. As Roger hangs out with other former plays, Stan arrives and takes Roger to his game.
At the YMCA, Roger is introduced to Stan's friends, including Shaquille O'Neal, who turn out to play a mean game and Stan explains it is retaliation for calling him old. Shaq stands up for Roger, who leaves in tears. Stan arrives back home overjoyed at being asked to be Shaq's partner, as well as showing up Roger, who is trying to commit suicide. Stan agrees to take him back to the gym and play nicer. He asks the guys to go easy on Roger, but he appears to have lost his swagger until the guys pretend that he gets a shot and he gets his confidence back. Roger thanks Stan for helping him, but has also replaced him as Shaq's partner, to his dismay.
Out with Shaq for Chinese, Stan arrives with Yao Ming, his new partner for the tournament. However, Yao and Shaq team up, leaving Roger and Stan to face them together after Roger, having realized that he really hasn't learned to adjust his game, gets Stan to teach him how to play “old guy” style, and they get to the finals.
Meanwhile, Steve sings his day, including accidentally being trapped in the girls' locker room and Principal Lewis, who shoots his secretary. He tries to call Snot for help, only to reach Mertz. He goes to his home to find them playing games together and being friends. They explain that due to both of their fathers being deceased, they have paired up, just as Lewis bursts in with a gun drawn. However, Lewis is stopped by Mrs. Lonstein, who is in a relationship with him, but when she is cheating on him with someone else, he shoots the closet, wounding Greg, but is quickly surrounded by a posse of neighbors who are all having sex with Snot's mom.
Steve almost wraps up his story to the family but is cut off by Francine as they watch the basketball tournament. Stan and Roger find themselves in a tough match until Shaq is injured, but Yao volunteers to play them alone. It comes down to one last shot and Stan convinces Roger to use his move one last time. As he pivots, his leg completely snaps, impaling Yao's leg as well, and Stan makes the shot unimpeded. As Stan and Roger later celebrate their victory, Klaus plots with Shaq, Yao and others of Roger's old crew to take them down the following year.