Monday, February 26, 2007

"Run, daddy, run! She's being surreptitious!": Everybody Hates Chris

If there's one thing I don't like about Everybody Hates Chris, it's that the CW's Web site for the show NEVER updates with new photos, so I always have to grab something that has nothing to do with the episode. Ah well. At least you have something to look at.

But, otherwise, this was another strong episode to close out February sweeps (the show goes into repeats next week). The CW has been airing these out of order (not that you can tell), and I'm not sure why. Perhaps they wanted to save this one for the end of sweeps because they knew it was so strong. I don't know. But the show, which has never been laugh-out-loud funny (its jokes have always been more of the Wonder Years or Cosby Show variety), has suddenly morphed into one of the goofiest shows on TV over the last few weeks. And that's all for the better. This is a talented cast, and they play the comedy well.

My favorite storyline was probably Rochelle finding out that Julius had had a credit card for fifteen years that she hadn't known about it. While the resolution (that he got the card to pay for her wedding ring) was completely predictable, the rest of the storyline was funny, mostly because Tichina Arnold sold her paranoia over uncovering her husband's one secret so well. I particularly liked the bizarre fantasy where Julius had a Latina wife and a set of kids that was just like her family but Hispanic. For some reason, hearing the dinner scene in Spanish was a stitch.

But I liked Chris' storyline, where he tried to get a gold chain for local thug Malvo. Malvo was a good comic character, and Chris' fear at encountering him and his attempts to hide from him (even at dinner) were funny too. Julius' story intersected with this one, and the montage of all of the ways he would come after Malvo was spot-on, especially when he was inserted into the old movie footage on Malvo's TV (holding a baseball bat, naturally).

I don't know why Chris is suddenly just a straight-out comedy, but I like it. So long as the show keeps up the occasional touching moment, I'm okay with it being as funny as it wants to be.


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