Black-ish Recap: Oedipal Triangle
“Black-ish” Season 1 Episode 8 “Oedipal Triangle” aired on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Andre’s Mom was visiting and as always, this caused friction between Dre and his wife. Find out what happened to this episode in the recap below.
Dre (Anthony Anderson) was preparing the guest room for his mother, which he did like it’s the coming of spring. Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) was wondering why he was going through all the trouble. No matter what he said to appease Bow about Ruby’ visit, she and Dre saw things differently. While it was flowers and sunshine for him, it was like an episode of “Game of Thrones” for Bow.
So then Ruby arrived, and as always, mom and son did their little song and dance routine. Dre’s mother’s visit explained why Pops flew away to Bermuda for the time-being. They couldn’t stand each other even after the divorce. Ruby immediately launched her passive-aggressive stance at Bow and “complimented” her for looking less tired. She handed her presents to the children, which Bow took away as she thought these were inappropriate.
At dinner, Ruby made sumptuous pork chops for her son and the kids. The kale salad prepared by Bow would have to be set aside. But Bow reasoned that Dre needed to watch what he ate for health reasons, and as the two women discussed, somehow, Ruby insinuated that Bow had to undergo therapy after having her kids, suggesting she wasn’t cut out for motherhood. This infuriated Bow. Why did her husband tell his mother about her going into therapy?
In Dre’s defense, his mother was all he had emotionally as Pops wasn’t that way with him. So Dre shares everything with his mom.
Bow: Well, now you have me. Dre, I don’t want you to talk to your mom about me. I want you and me to talk about your mom.
They were supposed to have their couple time in the bathtub. It was Dre’s peace offering, and it came complete with bubbles and scented candles. But his mom had a coughing fit, so he had to attend to her. When it took him awhile to return, Bow checked on them and found Dre napping with his mom. Needless to say, Dre didn’t get a good sleep that night.
At work, Dre discussed how his wife caught him in bed with his mother. Wait, what? He had to clarify that they were napping…doesn’t anyone do that with their moms? His boss suggested he should pretend he’s got an addiction to napping with just about anyone. Another co-worker suggested that Bow and his mom should feel equally loved.
So Dre prepared a special al fresco for Bow at this place where he proposed. But then he also invited his mom, as this was the same place where Dre told her he got into college.
Dre: Look, it’s both your spot. I love this spot. I love you both. But this is killing me, and I’m doing my best to try and get you guys together. Look, I made sandwiches!
And that’s where Ruby and Bow got along — they both agreed that Dre couldn’t have possibly made the sandwiches right. For the next 16 hours, there was peace between Bow and Ruby as they ribbed on Dre. That all changed though when Ruby did Diane’s hair the next day. She gave her an afro, which Bow didn’t like because Diane wasn’t old enough to care for it. And just like that, the two were at odds again, even as Ruby apologized. They just ended up riling each other.
The biggest surprise to this episode was the wisdom Zoe imparted to his dad.
Zoe: Here’s the thing about girls, dad — you can only have one number one at a time. First it’s your mom, then it’s your wife, then it’s your daughter, who you leave all your money to when you die. The point is, anything else violates the natural order.
And so, Dre was upfront with her mother and told her to back off when it came to Bow.
Dre: Bow is my wife of 16 years. You will always be my mother. But Bow is my number one. For now and forever.
Meanwhile, the episode also featured a small storyline with Zoe helping Junior get a date from Kira, the sexiest girl in school. But it turned out Kira only used Junior’s nerdiness so that he could edit her audition tape for “The Bachelor.”
And there you have it for the details for “Black-ish” Season 1 Episode 8 “Oedipal Triangle,” which aired on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.
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