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Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Gambling

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 24th 2007 12:20PM

everybody hates chris(S02E19) You can watch the episode here if you missed it.

I've never really gambled, as that whole concept is a little too complex for me. My brain just isn't wired to keep track of money, statistics, and all those other things needed to gamble successfully.

In Chris' neighborhood, everyone gambles, whether it be on sports or on which kid happens to be your real son. Chris also gets sucked into helping his boss, Doc, bet on sports when it's discovered that Chris knows a lot about the sports teams, even if he himself is a terrible athlete.

Chris' mom loathes gambling, but while she yells at her family for betting on everything from sports to checker games, she becomes ecstatic when she believes Chris' finally gambling prediction may have actually paid off. It's much easier for her to look down on gambling when she's not playing and not winning, and I think it made her that much more human. One of my very minor pet peeves when it comes to Rochelle is that she's a bit too bitchy at times. I love that her character is feisty and unflappable, but I like those moments where she loses the tough outer shell and her vulnerability shows through.

I think the best lines in this episode went to Greg, who hates gambling because it was a gambling bet that both brought his parents together and broke them up. I also loved his suggestion that Chris pretend to be Dominican and move to the Bronx to avoid trouble.

The best part of the episode, though, was the snappy exchange between Pauly the bookie (Vincent Pastore) and Rochelle. Apparently not even a tough mobster can scare an angry mother from the Brooklyn ghetto.

rating 5

I'm giving this episode 5 out of 7.

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Minor annoyance: bookies don't work like how they portrayed them here. The system allows them to balance the action on each team, so they make money no matter who wins, and wouldn't be concerned with Chris at all.

But it was worth it to get Vincent Pastore in there, that scene was great.


April 27 2007 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought this was a very good episode, as well. For all the people who say HIMYM is the best sitcom on TV right now should actually be watching this one!

April 24 2007 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree. The Vincent Pastore appearence was really nice

April 24 2007 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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