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Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Rejection (season premiere)

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 1st 2006 7:57PM

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Keisha, Chris' unrequited love, is getting ready to move out of Brooklyn:

Chris: Hey, where y'all movin' to?

Keisha: We're going to this place in California. It's supposed to be really, really nice. Palm trees, and lawns, and no violence and no crime.

Chris: Well, what's it called?

Keisha: Compton.

The scene than cuts to the family in Compton, driving away as the back window of their car is shattered by gunfire. Thus ends the Keisha saga, but Chris already has his eye on someone else.

Despite being indifferent to most sitcoms, and network television in general, I really like Everybody Hates Chris. While the show adheres to a sitcom template, it has just enough of its own funky style to rise above it all and still be unique. Kind of like it's titular hero, I suppose. When I watched this episode, in which Chris tries to date a girl who's only interested in him when he he has something she wants, I couldn't help but think of the Wonder Years. I'm not making a direct comparison, but I feel a similar personal connection when I watch Chris try to fumble through school and through life the same way all of us geeky losers had to, and if that meant pining for girls who wanted nothing to do with us, so be it.

It's also clear from this first episode that not much has changed as far as the basic dynamic of the show. Chris' mom is still a "ghetto snob," she refuses to join a neighborhood watch until Julius' truck is stolen, then she decides to form one herself, much to the consternation of their new neighbor, played by Whoopi Goldberg. Julius, Chris' dad, still gets uptight about money.

Also back are the great cutaway gags, a convention that the writers pull off quite well. I loved when Chris Rock talks about how his neighborhood could never get together with food being involved, and how the scene cut to Chris' mom offering a man in a full body cast a plate of ribs, and then offering the grieving mother of a dead boy some catfish. Rock also talks about how the crime rate in the neighborhood has gone up, and how the crack boom took neighborhoods like his by storm: "It used to take years to become a junky, but crack cut that down to thirty-seven minutes."

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Mikey the L

As quiet little Show that deserves attention

October 02 2006 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
treegoat

So glad this show is back - makes me laugh every episode. Writers deserve kudos for using the OJ chase - definitely a laugh-out-loud moment. Also funny: "the closest my family got to Florida was Esther Rolle on Good Times."

October 01 2006 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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