“Black-ish” Season 1 Episode 9 “Colored Commentary” aired on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Lately, everyone has been doing their own thing in the Johnson household. There were lots of closed doors, with each kid locked up in their own rooms. There was no bonding and communication, so Dre wanted to change that. Find out what happened in this episode in the recap below.
In the voice-over by Dre (Anthony Anderson), he said that while he was growing up, locking up in the bedroom was not an option in the house. They were not allowed to separate from the family, so he would like to remind his kids about this. He got them Team Johnson shirts, which his wife thought the kids would hate. Dre was fine with that, as long as they were going to hate wearing the shirt “together.” They were going to wear the shirt to Jack’s game, which Zoey (Yara Shidi) didn’t want to do.
Dre (to his kids): Look, I want us to start operating more like a team around here, spending more time together, appreciating each other.
Junior: Dad, are you dying?
Dre gave them an option — wear the shirt or get grounded. Some choice, huh?
At the game, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) took offense with the announcer. She found his remarks about Jack (Miles Brown) weird and kind of racist. Bow told Dre about it, but they were not on the same page. He was not playing his race card for this.
Dre: Bow, this is more of a sports thing and not a race thing.
The other parents who heard them agreed with Dre, which made Bow felt like a jackass. So she discussed this with her husband when they got home, saying he threw her under the bus by disagreeing with her in front of everyone. Were they not "Team Johnson"?
Bow: Even if you thought I was wrong, which I was not, you should’ve had my back!
Dre discussed this predicament at work, and his boss only advised him to figure out his differences with Bow because he will need his staff and their spouses that night at an art event. Thankfully, Bow agreed to come with her husband. But they have to delegate babysitting duties to Zoey and Junior (Marcus Scribner). The older kids were not happy with this.
With their parents gone, the younger kids were bored. But the older kids were too wrapped up with whatever they’re doing, so Jack and Diane entertained themselves. They went sliding down the stairs using laundry baskets, which eventually had the older kids joining in the fun too. Until Diane hit her head towards the wall, which left a big, big hole.
Zoey: Okay, let’s get one thing straight — none of this was my fault!
At the art event, Bow was killing it with the guests. She knew art and knew it well, or so she thought. She started talking about some other artist, which she mistook for someone else. The guests started looking at her in a funny way, and Dre noticed this. Should he tell his wife she had been babbling about Magritte and not Matisse? He knew the difference coz he checked for it on his smartphone. But he didn’t want another incident where he disagreed with his wife in public. When they left the event, Bow realized her mistake. She fumbled with the art crowd big time! But Dre was so proud to tell her that he did not interrupt nor contradict her. She got mad at him.
Dre: Hold-up, are you saying I threw you under the bus by not throwing you under the bus? I don’t understand the rules!
When they got home, they found the hole the kids made. But the kids explained what happened, albeit not truthfully. Dre sensed that something was amiss, while Bow was already feeling pretty guilty for leaving the kids. Dre needed to find out the truth so that his wife would not feel so bad, and he would be back to her good graces. He did an investigation, CSI-style. He also asked the kids one by one, but no one caved. Except for Diane, who was bribed with ice cream.
Diane: Zoey and Junior totally abandoned us, then Jack threw me in the basket and pushed me down the stairs.
Dre discussed this with his wife, but she pointed out how the kids had each other’s back. He could learn something from them.
When he still hadn’t won over Bow, he then confronted the announcer at Jack’s game the next day, pointing out the stuff his wife noticed from before. People heard it, but they also heard Dre telling the announcer that he’s only doing this for Bow, who can get a little cuckoo sometimes.
With Bow more mad than the last and the older kids calling Diane a snitch, Team Johnson was crumbling. How can Dre fix this?
They got a visit from the game organizers who told them that the announcer actually had dementia and some families got upset with what happened. Dre was banned from the game for two weeks, but Bow was not going to accept this. She defended her husband to their visitors and insisted Team Johnson was not going to the game for two weeks, including Jack, one of their star players. When the visitors left, Dre expressed his appreciation to his wife.
Dre: Hey, babe. Did you really mean that?
Bow: No, you’re an idiot, but I would never tell them that. That is called having someone’s back.
The kids saw how their parents made up, so they did too. And with that, the Johnson family capped the night off with a round of ice cream and karaoke.
There you have it for the recap on “Black-ish” Season 1 Episode 9 “Colored Commentary,” which aired on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for recaps and updates about this show.
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