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Season 1 | Episode 17 | “30 Something” | Aired Mar 25, 2015

The Johnsons are back and black-ish is now entering its final leg with strong comedic and storytelling sensibilities. This week, we find Andre coping with the fact that he’s about to turn the big 4-0. He can’t believe it, and neither can his kids, who say Rainbow looks much younger than he does. Zoey hilariously explains this away by saying, “Mom was a child bride.”

Looking old isn’t the only thing getting Andre down. His body is giving up on him. First, he rolls his ankle during a game of basketball; Rainbow suggests that he play with only white men. But when he and Charlie do go to the company basketball game (which includes all the white guys), Andre not only gets a cramp in his leg, but also loses a tooth while eating a banana.

With his life seemingly falling apart (and, in his body’s case, literally falling apart in his hands), Andre decides to get his mojo back and restore his “cool black guy” status by throwing a great party. But when Rainbow calls his bash a “jammy-jam,” he thinks it’s time to get the opinion of the coolest black guy he knows: his young assistant, Curtis.

Curtis has a whole underground hipster-rap party idea in mind, even down to its exclusive, back-alley location. Plans go south when Curtis and Andre see the hole-in-wall Curtis picked out is now leveled to the ground. Curtis thinks that having the party in a demolition zone would make the party even cooler, but Andre gives up on him and decides to plan it himself.

Thanks to Andre’s contacts in the entertainment and catering world, he’s able to pull together a swanky house party, complete with expensive hors d’oeuvres, bottles and bottles of champagne, and some tunes spun by Jermaine Dupri himself, who does a funny job at mocking himself. If you’ve listened to a Dupri-produced album, you’ll get why his “So So Def” comment is so funny. He would literally say that in every song. (A lot like how Empire‘s Hakeem Lyon says “We da Lyons” in half of his songs, which are good, so no shade—but shade.)

So the party’s a hit and Andre’s still the cool black guy, right? Sort of. In the middle of the party, he realizes that he’s surrounded by everyone except for the people he loves the most. He goes upstairs to look for his family and there they are, waiting on him to recognize them—especially the kids, whom he had blown off at every turn while trying to get his party right.

Rainbow had challenged them to get a gift for their father, and since they didn’t know what to buy him (or, in Diane’s case, didn’t want to cough up the money), they decided to make a gift that came from the heart. Andre finally gets to see that gift when he goes to his room to look for them. The kids had made a collage of all their family moments, which brings him to tears.

Ruby is also moved, but for unrelated reasons. There’d been a competition between her and Rainbow to get the best gift for Andre, because their relationship consists of competing for his affections. Ruby had ordered something (which we never get to see, but from the size of the box, it seemed like it could have been a mug) and the motorcycle he always wanted, but Rainbow wins with her gift: her and Andre’s kids. But what really gets Ruby making faces is when Rainbow suggests that she’s going to have her way with Andre that night, so much so that he won’t be able to use the motorcycle. If memory serves, she yells, disgusted, “I don’t wanna hear that!” and storms out of the room, with Rainbow following in a futile attempt to apologize.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Did you welcome 40 with open arms, or did you have to come to the realization of reaching an age milestone slowly? What would be your ideal 40th birthday present?

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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