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'Black-ish' recap: Beef Plantation or baking-soda bologna sandwiches?

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “The Gift of Hunger” | Aired Nov 12, 2014

Have your parents ever tried to teach you about the value of a dollar? The Johnson kids got that talk and then some this week on black-ish.

It all started when Andre took his family to his favorite childhood restaurant, the problematically titled Beef Plantation. This is where his family celebrated all of the big occasions, but Andre’s kids aren’t okay with eating reasonably priced meat at a buffet. And neither is Rainbow. (And neither am I: Do you know how many germs you can catch at a buffet? #germophobeproblems.)

After his kids (and Rainbow) bail on him at the Beef Plantation, Andre comes to the not-so-reasonable conclusion that his kids are spoiled. Or, maybe it’s not so unreasonable—it is Andre and Rainbow’s combined income and their desire to give their kids more than what they had growing up. That leads to maybe not spoiled kids, but comfortable kids. Most of us are “comfortable” nowadays. Just like many of your parents out there, my dad also made sure my siblings and I had more than he had growing up, even leading him to give us comically sized portions for dinner. I just wrote I don’t like buffets. I’m clearly a “comfortable” person who can relate to these kids.

Rainbow berates Andre for teaching their kids a lesson, which means taking all the food out of the refrigerator except for bologna, ketchup, and baking soda. According to Andre, the kids had all the food they needed; when he grew up, he ate baking soda and ketchup sandwiches, baking soda and bologna sandwiches, or, if you’re ritzy, bologna, ketchup, and baking soda sandwiches!

But Rainbow comes on board after Jack and Diane (probably at Diane’s shrewd suggestion) go to the next-door neighbors’, begging for food and saying their family has fallen on hard times. Rainbow, who has worked hard for her degree and took way more affirmative-action money than was probably necessary, is not about to let some white neighbors assume that her house is too much for her to handle! Thus, the Johnson kids have to get jobs to learn how tough it is to make the money they so freely spend.

Andre takes Andre Jr. and Zoey to work with him to act as interns/assistants. While Andre Jr. flails about with picking up trash and getting coffee orders (and drinking them after forgetting to write the employees’ names on them), Andre realizes that Zoey has a promising career as a YouTube beauty guru. She has 100,000 subscribers and is on her way to getting a deal with makeup business Hard Candy. Andre sees her spark and decides to weasel his way into her plans.

He asks for something simple from her—three pitches to get Hard Candy’s attention. She puts her mind to it and creates three great pitches, but Andre railroads them all and creates his own glossy pitch. Zoey rightfully asks him why he even asked for her ideas if he was just going to do all the work for her. Like a lot of parents (including my own), he wanted to “help” her, but in parent speak, “help” means to take over so it could be their version of perfection. Angered, Zoey takes the rest of the day off.

Back at home, Rainbow is hard at work watching Jack and Diane sell lemonade. They are making bank with their lemonade stand (again, due to Diane’s shrewdness), but Rainbow encounters that pesky neighbor of hers, who now believes they’re doing even worse than she thought. After she gives Rainbow her husband’s old pants and the number to her church’s pantry, Rainbow decides to move the lemonade stand to the next neighborhood. Of course, since they hired a gardener’s truck to move the stand, the neighbor happens to walk by while Rainbow is holding the gardener’s rake. “I’m not just a gardener!” Rainbow yells to the woman, before apologizing to “Pedro”—who’s actually named Eric and has a business with 62 employees. See? Even minorities stereotype minorities!

Andre comes to his senses and gives Zoey her rightful due. He tells her he has read her pitches and thinks they are really good. So good, in fact, that he sent one of them to Hard Candy. As a result, Zoey now has a free load of makeup to review and feature in new videos. Even better—if she can double her viewership, they’ll partner with her.

Andre Jr. also gets some shine as well. Andre admires that his son doesn’t give up; even when he gets the coffee orders wrong, runs into a glass door, and spills even more hot coffee on himself, he picks up every piece of trash and cleans every spill. At the end of his short tenure, Andre Jr. receives a hard-earned check, which he will blow at the comic-book store.

And as for Rainbow, she finally gets the neighbor’s attention. Driving around in an expensive car with suicide doors, her ears dripping in diamonds and her doctor’s jacket over a dramatic blue dress, she flaunts her riches in the neighbor’s face. Rainbow’s finally vindicated, even if she temporarily stole the car from the dealership.

Also: For the second episode in a row, Laurence Fishburne is absent. Where’s Pops? Come back to me, Pops! I’m beggin’ you, please!

What did you think of this week’s episode? Are you a “comfortable” (and/or germophobic) person, like me?

Black-ish airs Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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