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Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Dreamgirls

by Adam Finley, posted May 5th 2006 11:00AM

everybody hates chris(S01E22) This is interesting. The title of this episode is either "Everybody Hates Dreamgirls" or "Everybody Hates Jail," I've seen it listed as both. Odd.

Anyway, last night's episode focused on Chris having to sell thirty boxes of cookies to pay for a field trip to Washington DC. Of course, his teacher informs him that if "his people" can't pay money for the cookies, they can always use food stamps. Meanwhile, both his younger siblings get chicken pox, and their father offers to stay home while Rochelle goes to see Dreamgirls with a friend, rather than going with Julius for their anniversary as they originally planned.

This episode wasn't as heartwarming as the last episode, but it had some great "cut away" gags. At one point, Chris recalls that whenever his mom and dad had tickets for anything, one of the kids would always get sick and ruin it. At that point it flashes back to a scene where Tonya gets rabies, and another where Drew's eye falls out.

Chris can't seem to sell any cookies, and at one point admits that selling crack in Brooklyn would have been a lot easier. Taking a clue from Risky, the not-so-legitimate businessman who sells stolen goods out of his trunk (including the tickets his father bought for his mom), Chris figures out that if he tells people the cookies are stolen, they'll actually want to buy them. This works out well until a cop arrests him for selling stolen goods. There's a great scene in which we see the man who allegedly fingered Chris in the first place. The man describes a six foot tall black man with a limp and a yellow beret, but all the cop hears is that the person was a black man with "black, black black" who "walked with a black."

A pretty good episode, I thought, though this one was definitely driven more by "gags" than usual.

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I would like to see the show more in the school.

May 05 2006 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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