Black-ish Season 1 Episode 12 Review: Martin Luther Skiing Day

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Is it just me, or do the Johnsons have a ridiculous amount of family traditions?

Dre is also a little obsessed with holidays in general. Are we going to get a President's Day episode? Memorial Day? I can just imagine what their Fourth of July traditions would look like. I'm guessing costumes and lots of illegal fireworks, but they have to save something for season 2, right?

Anyway, black-ish Season 1 Episode 12 brought us the annual Johnson family Martin Luther "Skiing" Day tradition and personally I thought it fell flat. Humor-wise, I just wasn't feeling it. 

Charlie is getting more obnoxious as the season goes on. I get that he guilt tripped Dre into bringing him on the ski trip, but it still baffles me that he spends any time outside of work with him at all. Who or what was in his trunk? It would not shock me at all if Charlie turned out to be a serial killer.

Also, remember how Junior and Charlie's son hit it off? Wouldn't it have made more sense for Charlie's kid to come with them on the ski trip too? I get that the entire premise required a white friend to come with them, but it still seems odd that we haven't seen his son at all since his introduction.

It also seems a little unfair that only Junior (and I guess technically Dre) gets to bring a friend. The twins are little, but I would think at least Zoey would have wanted to bring someone to keep her company since she didn't have any interest in skiing anyway. 

Rainbow stole the show with her air quotes around the "Dr." in Dr. King's name. I cracked up at her rationale that medical doctors and PhDs shouldn't share the same title. It reminded me a little of Friends when they used to tease Ross all the time for introducing himself as Dr. Gellar. 

Did you guys like it better than I did? Maybe throwing Pops into the mix instead of Charlie would have helped. We're now half way through the first season, does anyone have any thoughts or hopes for the second half? I wouldn't mind seeing more of the Rainbow/Zoey bonding that was touched on this week. So much of the focus has been on Dre and Junior, it would be nice to explore the rest of the family a little more. 

As always if you missed anything, you can watch black-ish online and catch up. 

Martin Luther Skiing Day Review

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black-ish Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Dre: There are certain trailblazing cultural icons that every black person should know: Obama, Tupac, Dave Chappelle. Hell I'd say Dr. King's near the top of that list wouldn't you?
Rainbow: Maybe even above Dave Chappelle.

Dre: I was beginning to think I'd never see you again. I almost forgot what your face looked like.
Rainbow: It's been twelve minutes.