Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates DJs
(S02E17) Remember when I said I couldn't review this show anymore? Well, I have the CW again, so it's all good. Hopefully it won't be removed from my cable again.
My love for this show may have just increased ten fold. This episode was not only well-written and well-acted as usual, but it actually contained a reference to Night of the Lepus, probably the best movie ever made about gigantic killer bunnies. I'm not sure I believe Chris' real father actually had an irrational fear of rabbits, but it provided a nice B story about how willing Julius is to be there for his kids, even if it means passing out at a magic show.
Other than the whole "being black" thing, I tend to empathize with Chris, having grown up in a family where money was often tight, and of course dealing with all the usual trials of being an adolescent. During this episode, however, I was more tuned to his friend Greg, who didn't really understand all this DJ and hip-hop talk. As narrator Rock explains, back in the day it was the DJs who were the life of the party, and all the rapper really had to do was occasionally yell things out to the crowd. I guess that's kind of like being a square dance caller? Okay, maybe that's not the most accurate comparison.
It was nice to see Todd Bridges make an appearance again in this episode. While jotting down notes for this episode I almost wrote, "this is his best work since Diff'rent Strokes" but then stopped myself when I realized I couldn't think of anything besides Diff'rent Strokes he had been on. Nevertheless, his role as the anxious and conspiratorial Monk is hysterical. I loved it when Chris wanted an advance for "Payback" and Monk immediately went for his gun, not realizing Chris meant the James Brown album, not actual "payback."
Robert Wuhl also had a nice turn as the pawn shop owner who teaches Chris about supply and demand (read: pawn shops are a great way to get screwed out of your money). The ending of the episode was predictable (of course the record Chris buys is going to skip, that's part of his Charlie Brown-like karma), but whatever, it was still a great episode.