Black-ish Recap: Martin Luther Skiing Day
“Black-ish” Season 1 Episode 12 “Martin Luther Skiing Day” aired on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. The Johnson family observes Martin Luther King Day quite differently than the rest of America. Find out what happened in this episode in this recap below.
Each year in the Johnson household, the family celebrates Martin Luther King Day by going on a ski trip. This year is no different. It was despite Bow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) wish that they instead spend the holidays unwinding at home. They were going heading out to the lodge, and Dre (Anthony Anderson), as always is looking forward to a relaxing bonding time with his family.
Except that this trip becomes hardly relaxing. Andre learns that Junior (Marcus Scribner) doesn’t know much about the significance of Martin Luther King. He thinks it would be best to inundate his son on black history. As Junior’s best friend Zach and Dre’s workmate Charlie joins the family for this holiday, they group is divided into two. Bow, the twins and Zoey (Yara Shahidi) are going to ride in the first car. Dre and the rest of the boys are riding in the other car. Dre proposes a contest for both cars, to see which group ends up learning a lot about black history by the time they reach the ski lodge. So, off they go…
At Dre’s car, the mood and vibe is very much like being on black “Jeopardy.” He’s throwing questions at Junior to see if he knows the answers. Dre is really determined to teach Junior the facts. He pointed out that his son has lived such a privileged life that he’s somehow clueless about racism, intolerance, and social injustice. As they continue their drive, a police car pulls them over, and Dre thinks this is perfect timing. He could show Junior just what prejudice is firsthand then.
Expecting to be shot down for basically “driving while black” by the traffic cop, Dre gets disappointed when the cop is actually nice and polite. He lets them off the hook, too, saying that it’s the holidays. But, there’s still another way to show Junior social injustice firsthand, as they make a stop at a convenience store. Dre steals some candy in front of his son, but the store clerk didn’t seem to mind for they were actual candy giveaways.
Dre calls his wife on the phone to see how they’re doing with their black history inundation. At Bow’s car, the kids are actually having fun singing to black pop music. As Bow talks to her husband for updates, they pretended that they were deeply into getting some Martin Luther King education. They get to the lodge first and Zoey tells her mom about the luxurious massage at the spa. But what about Dre’s boring plans for more MLK inundation? Screw it! Their group will be getting their massages later.
When the other group finally arrives, Dre finds another way to show his son how the real world treats black people, when he learns that their family did not get adjoining rooms at the lodge. So, Dre stages a sit-in protest at the hotel lobby, embarrassing Bow and the rest. Dre’s obsession with MLK has gone too far, so he’s sent to ski lodge jail, which isn’t actually a holding cell. It’s only a comfortable corner office at the lodge.
Later, Bow’s group ditches the rest of the party to get their spa treatment and Dre’s group board the bus to get to the ski spot. And there, Junior experiences “prejudice” first hand when he’s told that because he’s carrying a snowboard, he’s supposed to sit on the back of the bus. Only those with skis get to sit in front.
Junior stands up to protest and launches a speech that is comparable to MLK’s monumental “I had a dream” speech. It’s downright silly, but Dre beams with pride as everyone listened to his son. He really gets the point of what this whole thing is about.
The episode ends with Dre and Bow getting cozy in front of the fireplace, with Dre reflecting that they did end up having a good time, with a little bit of learning, on this ski holiday.
There you go with the recap of “Black-ish” Season 1 Episode 12 “Martin Luther Skiing Day” which aired on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Follow more about this show only here on Movie News Guide (MNG).