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Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates DJs

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 19th 2007 10:04PM

Everybody Hates Chris(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.

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Chris

This episode was hilarious. I love the cameo characters (DJ Quick, Robert Wuhl,and Todd Bridges)I guess Monk took over for Huggie Bear.

March 20 2007 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anita

Thx for bringing back the EHC reviews. Even if I don't comment on them, I'm glad they're there. I'd also like to point out that the CW does have these eps on-line should your cable access magically disappear again in the future. It might be a pain, but I don't think any of us would mind if your review was a day or hour late as opposed to non-existent.

March 20 2007 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

I don't watch the show, but congrats on getting the channel back.

Now the CW will just cancel the show, and every other one. All I have heard about this show is that it's good and fewers are down. Are there many viewers of the CW left?

March 19 2007 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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