Jerome, Chris' only true friend aside from Greg. A dimwitted, older teenager in the neighborhood who frequently greets Chris with "Lemme hold a dollar" to which Chris almost always complies. He'll sometimes ask for a dollar just out of boredom. He nicknames Chris "li'l dude from across the street", or simply "li'l dude". In Jerome's first appearances on the series, he is a predatory, minor villain but that idea is soon abandoned and subsequent appearances portray him as a much friendlier person. Chris soon finds him becoming an unlikely friend, and on occasion, Chris will go to him when in need of some useful teenage advice, advice that he is only too happy to give – as soon as Chris gives him the dollar he asks for. The family once caught him breaking into their apartment with a credit card. Despite all of this, he does display genuine concern for Chris when he needs him.