Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Corleone
(S01E18) If you bail Chris out every time he doesn't like something, that means he's going to run to you every time he has a problem, which means he'll never learn how to be a man. And if you can't teach him to be a man that means you're a bad father. And if you're a bad father, that means I picked the wrong husband. And if you think I'm about to let people run around here talking about "I just marry anybody" you must be out your damn mind. -- Chris' mom
Last night's episode was directed by creator and narrator Chris Rock. This is the first time he's helmed an episode since the show debuted last year.
We've known since the first episode that Chris doesn't get along with anyone at his school, including the faculty, save for his friend Greg and one teacher who mistakenly sees Chris as an endless font of information on black history and culture. After being duped into an ambush in which he's bombarded with water balloons filled with white paint, Chris asks his parents to let him transfer to a new school. His mother wants Chris to tough it out, but she eventually caves in. Of course, once Chris realizes he could actually be stabbed to death at his new school rather than just punched out on occasion, he decides to go with the lesser of two evils and returns to his old school.
Last night's episode showed perfectly just how desperate a kid can become when they're forced to endure beatings from their classmates on a daily basis. Chris wants to leave the school so badly he does everything to try and get kicked out, but nothing works (until he throws a book out the window and causes a car crash). What makes Everybody Hates Chris so great is that it makes those moments real without losing its comedic edge. I loved the fantasy sequence where Chris celebrates his departure from the school by running down the halls and arbitrarily punching some random white kid. I also liked when his father gives a lengthy spiel on why it's not okay to quit, and then lists a number of famous people who never would have become famous if they had quit. The speech starts off strong, but by the end he's scraping the bottom of the barrel and bringing up names like Colonel Sanders and "Kool" from Kool and the Gang.
Oh yeah, and the fantasy sequence with Tim Meadows when Chris is on Soul Train? I don't know about the rest of you who caught the episode, but I think Tyler James Williams, who plays Chris, has some pretty wicked dance moves. That kid can move. This was definitely one of the better episodes of the season.