Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Valentine's Day
The latest episode of Everybody Hates Chris, which centered around Valentine's Day, had several laugh out loud moments and more than made up for last week's episode, which, while still good, could have been better.
Chris finds himself without a significant other on his first Valentine's Day as a teenager. He does receive some cards in his locker, but they're of the sort where "love" is crossed out and "hate" is written in its place. Meanwhile, back home, his little sister Tonya reveals she has a boyfriend at school. His younger brother Drew, who's only eleven but gets hit on by grown women, is bombarded with Valentine's Day cards, which he shrugs off as no big deal. Dad, who's extremely overprotective of his little girl, doesn't like the fact that she has a boyfriend. On the other hand, he's more than proud of Drew for attracting so much attention. Mom, on the other hand, couldn't care less about Tonya's little elementary school crush but is none to happy about all the attention Drew is getting. As she states several times throughout the episode, "He's eleven."
Chris Rock, as the narrator, talks about how he never dated much as a young teen, but just had a lot of crushes on random girls in random places. He had an elevator crush once, and even a window crush (before stuff like that was considered illegal). Eventually he develops a "bus crush" on a girl who's constantly fighting with her boyfriend. When Chris stands up for her and the boyfriend is kicked off the bus, the two of them begin an intermittent, bus-only relationship that ends badly when Chris realizes she's, well, a bit of a needy psychopath.
My favorite moment came when Chris' father is shown giving cards to Chris' mom on different occasions (he keeps a shoebox full of them). He gives her a Valentine's card, a Flag Day card, and finally (why not?) a Hanukkah card. The episode touched nicely on all aspects of Valentine's Day, both the genuine sentiment and its inherent triviality. The battle between mom and dad over the "love lives" of their youngest children was handled with grace and humor without being cliche, a tough thing to accomplish with a holiday rife with them. This was definitely one of my favorite episodes so far.