"Dean vs. Mayor" is the second episode of Season 1 and the second episode of China, IL.
UCI students and staff destroy China in their celebration of a math contest victory, and the next day, the Mayor visits the campus, enraged at the mischief. After an argument with the Dean revolving around Christian beliefs, the two agree to an arm wrestle match; the winner runs the loser's territory as well as his own. As the crowd cheers, the Dean initially is ready to arm wrestle, but he falls down before the match begins, meaning the Mayor is now in charge of the school. In his first week as leader of the school, he re-purposes the school to make it religious.
The Dean's new job elsewhere on campus proves to be short-lived, hinting that his dominance is no longer. Later, commotion ensues on campus caused by Pony and Steve's attempt to overthrow the Mayor, but their rebellion is stopped. Baby Cakes shows them that the Dean is deserted near a forest. Taking a closer look, the three see that the Dean is losing his sanity. Upon taking him to the campus doctor, it is noticed that the Dean has insecurity issues in his brain. To remedy this, they take the Dean to a hospital to begin the surgery. As the surgery is completed, it's announced that the Dean's brain is repaired, and the Dean is now his true, masculine self.
The staff attempt to reenter the campus but are denied entry. In a failed attempt to refute this, the Dean ends up falling on his back, suggesting that the procedure proved futile. That night, the Dean sleeps in Steve's apartment. As Steve sleeps soundly, the Dean sees what he believes to be God tell him he wants him to lead the school again. After the Dean hesitates, God assures him of his true intention, and the Dean runs through a wall and back to campus, ready to re-assume his position.
The following day, the Mayor's meeting with the staff is interrupted by the Dean, who challenges the former to another arm wrestling challenge. Without any true arm-wrestling going on, the Mayor cowers down and admits defeat, netting the Dean his title again as he learns "God" is really Baby Cakes in disguise.
- Pony reveals she is Mexican and has a brother in Mexico.
- Gang Sang, the mascot of the school, makes his first appearance.
- A banner mentioning Kenny Winker can be seen as college students and staff riot through town after their math contest victory.
- The Mayor mentions that the Dean has destroyed China four times prior to this episode. The ones in this episode bring that count up to six.
- The newspaper the Mayor throws to the Dean claims that Jackie Lather is missing, a nod to the events of "Rewind, Pause, Pay!".
- In both riots, a statue of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt can be seen.
- Steve: The Dean is—cool.
- Baby Cakes: So cool he could kill or love anyone, and we gotta have a perfect in our pack of regulars or we'd all be lost.
- The Mayor: Get this anti-man out the office!
- Pony: Frank, you are such an attention whore!
- Frank: The same can be said for Jesus, and look where it got him: queen of heaven.
- Frank: Say I'm cool! Say it!
- Steve: Frank is cool—for now.
- Baby Cakes: What's up Dean? I thought you worked on a cloud or something.
- Baby Cakes: [After flamingos attack the Dean] Ah, dude, you got gang-perched.
- Pony: You know I'm Mexican, right?
- Steve: Your brother's a real doctor, right?
- Pony: Well, Mexican-real.
- The Dean: I'm back, Jack!
- The Dean: I got a school to fuck back up.
- The Dean: There's no God? Let's sin!
Characters Appearing Edit
- Baby Cakes
- Gang Sang
- God (mentioned)
- Jackie Lather (mentioned)
- Jesus Christ (mentioned)
- Kenny Winker (pictured)
- Stephen Smith
- The Dean
- The Mayor
|"Rewind, Pause, Pay!"||"Baby Boom"|
|Pilots||"China, IL: The Funeral" • Unaired Pilot|
|Season 1||"Rewind, Pause, Pay!" • "Dean vs. Mayor" • "Baby Boom" • "Coming Out of the Casket" • "Secret Society" • "Prom Face/Off" • "Frankensteve" • "Chinese New Year" • "Dream Reamer" • "Dean's List"|
|Season 2||"The Perfect Lecture" • "Is College Worth It?" • "Do You Know Who You Look Like?" • "The Diamond Castle" • "Kenny Winker Rules" • "China-Man Begins" • "Total Validation" • "Surfer God" • "Prank Week" • "Wild Hogs"|
|Season 3||"A Gentleman's Bet" • "Best Face Forward" • "Charlize" • "Crow College" • "Bi-Topping-Ality" • "Parent's Day" • "Displays of Manhood" • "Life Coaches" • "Gummie World" • "Magical Pet"|