Black-ish Season 1 Episode 3 Review: The Nod

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Without a doubt, Black-ish Season 1 Episode 3 was the best installment of the series so far. 

The twins are still my favorite and they just keep getting better. How cute was Jack dancing in the hall as he prepares to be a future "teen sensation?"

I especially enjoyed getting to delve more into Diane's personality this week. She's clearly very smart and level-headed like her mother, so it's no wonder Rainbow is pinning her hopes on this being the kid that follows in her footsteps. Too bad Diane would rather see Justin Bieber wrestle Kevin Durant's dog for a commercial. 

In the end a hatchet to a guy's skull wins out and Diane is on track to be a future doctor. Blood obviously doesn't bother her, so as long as she can get past wearing the same thing every day, I think she'd be pretty good at it. 

Rainbow has evolved as kind of the "straight man" character that every comedy needs. She's the glue that keeps the family together and Dre's anchor when he gets a little crazy. I see a theme developing where Dre is the one letting his emotions constantly get the best of him and Rainbow brings him back to reality. They're a good fit for each other. 

Dre probably could use a little more of Rainbow's level-headedness, but then we wouldn't have gotten one of the funniest scene of the episode when he pulled up to some kids in his car. 

Just looking for some young black boys to bring back to my house.

Dre

Maybe not the best approach to finding new black friends for Junior. It seems like something Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory would do, except he wouldn't have figured out why his actions were inappropriate. 

Stupid child molesters. Can't even invite kids back to your house for delicious snacks anymore.

Andre

It was obvious something was off with Dre's new work friend Charlie. He didn't respect the code of the men's bathroom, so it was clear he had some boundary issues. Of course, we didn't know just how far outside the bounds he was until he came over for dinner. It was almost like he was trying to sabotage it on purpose. I know he wasn't, but its hard to believe anyone's manners could be that bad. 

WIth Charlie, Dre learns to take the good with the bad as at least his son has a new black friend with whom he seems to have made a real connection. Will we see more of him in future episodes? I hope so, but preferably without his father. 

While Dre continues his struggle to teach his son black culture, he's also come a long way in understanding what Junior struggles with as well. I'm really looking forward to seeing the members of this family grow together and learn from each other. 

What did you guys think? Did Junior's "scrunch face" have you laughing as much as I was? Don't forget you can watch Black-ish online any time and check out the best lines of the episode on the Black-ish quotes page. 

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black-ish Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Just looking for some young black boys to bring back to my house.

Dre

Stupid child molesters. Can't even invite kids back to your house for delicious snacks anymore.

Andre