Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Cutting School
(S02E15) I never skipped school when I was young, mostly because I was a good kid, but also because I attended school in a small town and it was likely that if I skipped, someone would notice.
In this episode, Chris and Greg skip school to see Ghostbusters, which is understandable since that movie was a huge phenomenon when it came out. We all had the shirts and the Ghostbusters Trapper Keepers and that ubiquitous theme song running through our heads incessantly. I think some teachers would actually yell at us if didn't skip school to go see it: "why the hell are you kids in class? Get out right now and go see Ghostbusters, it's one of the defining movies of this decade, damn it!"
Putting aside the fact that Chris Rock was actually 19 or 20 years old when Ghostbusters was released, this was a pretty solid episode, and it nicely showed how doing bad things can take its toll on you when you have a guilty conscience. Morals and ethics are nice and all, but they can cheat you out of a lot of fun.
I'm still having mixed feelings about Rochelle, Chris' mom. She's outspoken and uncouth, and I love that about the character, but sometimes she crosses that line and comes across as just another bitch. Granted, the scenes with her at the book fair were really funny, but I like Rochelle more when she's justified in her attitude, not when she merely thinks she's doing the right thing.