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Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Hall Monitors

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 30th 2007 11:22AM

everybody hates chris(S02E14) I don't think this episode had as many laugh-out-loud moments as other episodes, but what really struck me was how tenacious Chris is when it comes to his social situation. Clearly, no one at his school likes him, but Chris still makes an effort to be respected and fit in.

Most of the students want nothing to do with Chris because he's black, but it's also because Chris has no interest in going along with the group-think that's prevalent in most schools. There are essentially two ways to go for any adolescent: you can take the path of least resistance and do what everyone else does, or you can forge your own path and earn the respect of your peers that way. The famous adult Chris is obviously a product of the latter, but what Everybody Hates Chris shows is how difficult it can be to constantly swim against the current.

I said there weren't as many laugh-out-loud moments, but the montage showing Chris giving a beat down to anyone who disrespected his role as hall monitor almost had me on the floor. Chris eventually learns that "fear" and "respect" aren't the same thing, but even he would have to admit that giving his antagonists a taste of justice felt pretty damn good.

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Adam Finley

Yeah, the episode did have some nice tender moments, you're right. I always find myself struck by Chris' situation though, since I always felt I was struggling against the norm when I was his age, too.

January 30 2007 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
innamorata

Chris chanelling Mister, Terminator and Foley had me in hysterics. So did Drew and Chris playing karate dolls to Tanya's dismay.

Drew was sweet to hide when his sister's friends were visiting (as older Chris said "he never hide when I brought girls home).

Rochelle was a hoot telling Julius she didn't marry him for solutions.

January 30 2007 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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