“Black-ish” Season 1 Episode 7 “The Gift of Hunger” aired on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Dre wanted to teach his kids the value of a hard-earned dollar when he realized how spoiled they were growing up. Find out what happened to this episode in the recap below.
The Johnson family was dining at the Beef Plantation. This was Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) favorite restaurant as a child, and he brought his whole family to experience what he has experienced. But the kids hardly had any enthusiasm for the place. They wouldn’t even touch the food for fear of getting germs. Because of this incident, Dre realized that maybe, his kids needed to learn some lesson about having everything handed down to them like spoiled privileged brats.
So, upon their return home, he cleared out nearly everything inside the refrigerator. He only left a pack of cheese and bologna, a bottle of ketchup and a box of baking soda. He told the kids that this was what he would eat as child. They should be creative with it because he was giving them the “gift of hunger.”
Junior (Marcus Scribner): Does it come with a receipt? Coz I’d like to return it.
Dre also told his kids that if they complained, he’s going to be taking more of their stuff, like the cable, their wifi and the soft-ply toilet paper.
Dre’s wife, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross), was not on board with this plan at first. She insisted that the children were not spoiled. They have parents who make enough money to give them all the comforts in life. What was so wrong about that?
Dre blamed his wife for being the reason as to why the kids were so entitled because she grew up in a similar upper middle class environment. But when Bow found out that the younger kids have been begging for food from the neighbors — who thought that they were going broke, by the way — Bow told her husband to go ahead and teach the kids the lesson.
And so, Junior and Zoey (Yara Shahidi) joined their dad at work. They were going to run errands for the folks at his office. Junior took orders for coffee and cleaned the trash, while Zoey more or less did the same. But ten minutes in, she was already taking a break and using her cell phone. When her dad saw her, she told him that she was actually working by showing girls on YouTube how to put on makeup. Zoe had over 100,000 followers on the video-sharing site.
Dre saw how good her daughter was with this and how she had a passion for it. He also saw that there was a lot of business potential for it, and before Zoe could even blink, her dad was already setting up her business path for her, complete with a professional-looking pitch for the makeup brand Hard Candy. Worse, Dre disregarded her daughter’s ideas for the pitch.
Zoe: So, you tell me to hustle and then you go and do it all for me.
Dre reasoned that he was only trying to give her daughter a nudge. But Zoe felt her dad ran her over, so she quit altogether, which made Dre felt bad Zoe didn't understand what he was trying to do.
Bow: You say it’s about the kids, and then it becomes all about you and your ego.
The next day, Dre apologized to Zoe.
Dre: Look, everything I got, I had to work for. So, when I saw that sparkle of hustle in you, baby girl, I got excited.
Zoe: But then you just took everything out of the thing that make it me.
Dre: I know, that’s why I put it back in.
In order to make amends with his daughter, Dre read her ideas and pitches for Hard Candy and sent it to the makeup company. They gave her a set of makeup and a deal that if she can double her YouTube followers in six months, they were going to sponsor her. She still needed to work for it.
Meanwhile, Bow was with the younger kids for most of this episode. She was helping them sell lemonade in the neighborhood. When Janine, a neighbor, saw them — and again thought they were broke — she gave Bow money like she was begging for it.
Bow had to prove that the Johnsons were actually doing okay by parading on the streets in fancy clothes and jewelry. In the final scene, Janine actually saw Bow driving the latest Mercedes luxury sports car, which she borrowed from a car dealership, in her fur coat and fancy gown. Surely, Janine wouldn’t think they were poor now, huh?
— black-ish (@black_ishABC) November 13, 2014
And that’s the recap for “Black-ish” Season 1 Episode 7 “The Gift of Hunger,” which aired on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Don’t forget to check out the video clip for this episode below.
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