"Sons of the Fathers" is the ninth episode of Static Shock. It first aired on December 9, 2000.


Virgil wonders why Richie never invites him over to his house to hang out. Richie tries to avoid the question, but Virgil presses and Richie invites him over on a night he thinks his father will be out. Things are fine until Richie's father, Sean, shows up and starts making derogatory comments that Virgil tries to ignore. But then Virgil overhears Mr. Foley make a racist comment. He turns to Richie, and they both feel sad. Richie argues with his father, then runs away. Mr. Foley goes to Virgil's dad to see if he knows where Richie is, and they reluctantly work together to search for him. Static finds him and says they are still friends and to go home. However, in the shadows, Ebon lurks, overhearing this and kidnaps Richie to lure Static into a trap. Robert and Mr. Foley find Richie first and try to take out Ebon and Shiv, but soon Static finds them and makes a rescue. Richie's father changes his racist attitude and tries to listen to his son now.

Background information

Home video releases

Production inconsistencies

  • In the scene where where Richie suggests new catchphrases to Virgil, his bed has two sides that have some space between the bed and the wall. However, in the next scene, Richie's bed and the wall touch.
  • On the news broadcast, Talon appears to be bruised when the police took her to jail despite the fact that Static was not very violent with her during their battle.


  • This episode's title comes from the phrase "Sins of the Fathers", which derives from Biblical concepts of the sins (or iniquities) of one generation passing to another. It was also used for the The New Batman Adventures episode "Sins of the Father".


Actor Role
Phil LaMarr Static/Virgil Hawkins
Dad (uncredited)
Jason Marsden Richie Foley
Kevin Michael Richardson Robert Hawkins
Michele Morgan Sharon Hawkins
Gary Sturgis Ebon
Brian Tochi Shiv
Tia Texada Talon
Matt Ballard Carmen Dillo
Dan Lauria Sean Foley
Jean Smart Maggie Foley
Rickey D'Shon Collins Boy

Uncredited appearances


Mr. Foley: What's going on down there?
Richie: Well, you got what you wanted, Dad! My best friend's gone because of you and your stupid racism! I hate you!

Robert: You sure you're OK?
Virgil: Yeah, pops. I'm cool. I'd be even cooler with a new stereo, though.
Robert: Then I wouldn't be cool. Stick with your old stereo.
Virgil: Hey, I had to give it a shot!

Ebon: (to Richie) I heard you two. You're best friends.
Richie: Static's everyone's best friend — except maybe yours.

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