Black-ish Recap: The Nod

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
Black-ish Recap: The Nod

Black-ish” Season 1 Episode 3 “The Nod” aired on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Dre realized that Andre Jr. was not aware of the codes and gestures that black brothers everywhere follow. His son needed more black assimilation. Meanwhile, Rainbow tried to assimilate her youngest daughter, Diane, into her world as a doctor. Read on for the recap.

Dre (Anthony Anderson) was once again in a bind with his oldest son who seemed to be growing up unaware of the ways of the black man, or as Pops would call it, “basic black behavior.” While talking a walk at Junior’s school, both son and father came across another black father and son, and Dre immediately gave the older guy a nod, and he nodded back. Junior (Marcus Scribner) just walked on.


Dre: Hey, why didn’t you give that kid the nod?
Junior: The nod?
Dre: Yes, the nod. To acknowledge that you’ve seen him.
Junior: But I don’t know him.
Dre: What does that even matter? You two have something in common….Oh, my God. You don’t even know what you have in common, do you?

It wasn’t completely Junior’s fault, as Dre later reflected. It was their choice to send Andre Jr. to a private school, where there were only a handful of black male students. So Dre decided that his son needed to be around more people who are black. In doing so, he enlisted themselves in a game of basketball at a local club so that Junior could play with other young black men. But what Dre failed to figure out was that Junior didn’t have the right skills and personality to be playing this game. The young boy struggled against all the sweaty and rough-playing men in court.

Fortunately, Dre was becoming fast friends with a new guy at work. He and Charlie, another black dude, started their friendship with nod, and what luck! He had a son about Junior’s age. A perfect match!

Dre invited Charlie and his son over for dinner one night, and Junior and his new friend got along pretty well. The problem, however, was that Charlie had boundary issues, in that, he didn’t seem to have any.

Dre: Okay babe, Charlie isn’t for everybody.
Rainbow: Charlie isn’t for anybody. Not only were we verbally accosted, he has no boundaries. He showed us jpegs of his rectal polyps!
Dre: Which were benign….Babe, showing empathy towards Charlie is part of the struggle. He may have some idiosyncrasy, but if this is what it takes to get Junior a new black friend, so be it.

Except the father of his son’s new black friend was found wearing Dre’s running shoes. Charlie snooped and took it from Dre’s closet. It was the final straw for Dre.

In the end, Dre realized that Junior was already immersed in a multicultural world, not just black people, and seeing that his son gave “the nod” to an Asian boy at school one day, the father realized that “nerd” is the new black. It’s what his son really is, regardless of color.

Meanwhile, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) learned that her youngest, Diane (Marsai Martin), had ambitions of working in an advertising agency, just like Dre because Dad’s job was cool. So in order to persuade her daughter to dream of becoming an ER doctor instead, just like her mother, Rainbow decided to bring Diane to work for Career Day. However, it was a busy time at the ER, so Rainbow had to tend to many patients and temporarily left Diane with one of the staff.

In the beginning, the little girl got so bored at the hospital. But when she wandered off the emergency room and saw all the patients coming in and going, including someone with an ax stuck in his head, Diane thought that it was the coolest thing she saw! She may be on her way to dreaming of becoming a doctor then, much to Rainbow’s delight.


And that’s what happened on “Black-ish” Season 1 Episode 3 “The Nod,” which aired on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. How are you liking this new series so far?

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