Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Father's Day (finale)
(S01E22) The season finale of Everybody Hates Chris wasn't exactly a laugh riot, and it may have even relied on a few sitcom cliches, but nevertheless I thought it was a good way to end the season. A nice and poignant tribute to fathers and Father's Day.
All Chris' father Julius wants is to be left alone for Father's Day. As the elder Rock explains in the beginning, Mother's Day has always outranked Father's Day in order of importance. Of course, most dads really don't mind that at all. If they can have one day when they're not being asked for money or to fix things around the house, they're content. In fact, that's exactly what Julius wants, to have the house all to himself for one day.
Despite his request that they not get him anything, his family all make him gifts anyway (Drew makes cologne in an iodine bottle, Tonya glues macaroni to his slippers). Everyone except Chris, that is, who buys him a watch but then finds out someone at work got him the exact same thing. In an ending that I thought was actually quite touching, Chris decides to pay the electric bill for his father.
Like I said, this episode wasn't as laugh out loud funny as other episodes, but there were a few moments I liked, such as the montage of Julius dancing around the house. When he slid into frame a la Tom Cruise in Risky Business and began to bust a move that put Cruise's stilted underpants dance to shame I started cracking up. His rendition of "I Will Survive" wasn't too shabby, either, even, as Rock pointed out in the narration, he didn't know all the words.
Not what I would call a "big finish," but at least I'm left with the reassurance that this show still has a lot up its sleeve. I'm looking forward to the next season.