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Mama Walsh brings a gift over to the new neighbors. At the door stands Felicity Ashe, who I presume is the mother of Robinson, judging by the similar last names and genetic disposition (nudge, nudge). Mama Walsh gives Mama Ashe a neighborhood crime watch pamphlet and informs her there have been recent break-ins in the neighborhood. "My husband thinks it's a good thing all these break-ins occurred before we moved in," says Felicity. Mrs. Walsh's face goes blank. An electric piano pierces the scene. "He was joking, of course," Felicity reassures her. Was that maybe unnecessarily tense? Juxtapose that scene with any scene you can think of from All In the Family.

Brandon and Robinson are riding back from school. Was there ever even a shot of a school bus on this show? ["There was at least one -- that episode when Christmas angels saved the gang. Don't ask." -- Sars] Robinson loves his new surroundings, but Brandon's not sure he'll ever get used to this place (Beverly Hills). "Well, that's because you've never lived in the hood," bites back Robinson, his ghetto pass suddenly out of his pocket. One thing is evident: the Ashes aren't holding anything back to put the neighbors at ease. "Sorry you miss Minnesota so much, Brandon. Do the independent voters there do drive-bys?" The Ashes moved to Beverly Hills thanks to Robinson's dad's lucrative popcorn business. His dad is the papa of Papa's Popcorn, Brandon's favorite popcorn! Sounds like a self-made man. Brandon drops Robinson off and slowly backs out of the driveway. His hair is perfect. I'm being for realz, ladies. His car suddenly crashes into the front of the Ashe's daughter's car, which is just pulling into the driveway. Incidentally, the Ashe daughter is Vivica A. Fox, in case you're keeping score. ["She was in her late twenties at the time." -- Sars] The two argue over whose fault it was and threaten to sue each other, as is the right of any blue-blooded rich kid.

Back home, Mr. Walsh insists on paying for the Ashe daughter's damages, but Brandon angrily disagrees as a matter of principle. He insists that she was to blame. He's wrong, by the way, and I'm not just saying that because he's white and she's black, and you can't prove that I am even if that was absolutely the case. Mrs. Walsh puts her foot down to Brandon with a strikingly oblique diatribe. "They're our neighbors now and we have to try and get along with them. We have to learn to live with them."

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Mondo Extra
Black & White Television

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YOU GRADE IT
Times Change

Mama Walsh brings a gift over to the new neighbors. At the door stands Felicity Ashe, who I presume is the mother of Robinson, judging by the similar last names and genetic disposition (nudge, nudge). Mama Walsh gives Mama Ashe a neighborhood crime watch pamphlet and informs her there have been recent break-ins in the neighborhood. "My husband thinks it's a good thing all these break-ins occurred before we moved in," says Felicity. Mrs. Walsh's face goes blank. An electric piano pierces the scene. "He was joking, of course," Felicity reassures her. Was that maybe unnecessarily tense? Juxtapose that scene with any scene you can think of from All In the Family.

Brandon and Robinson are riding back from school. Was there ever even a shot of a school bus on this show? ["There was at least one -- that episode when Christmas angels saved the gang. Don't ask." -- Sars] Robinson loves his new surroundings, but Brandon's not sure he'll ever get used to this place (Beverly Hills). "Well, that's because you've never lived in the hood," bites back Robinson, his ghetto pass suddenly out of his pocket. One thing is evident: the Ashes aren't holding anything back to put the neighbors at ease. "Sorry you miss Minnesota so much, Brandon. Do the independent voters there do drive-bys?" The Ashes moved to Beverly Hills thanks to Robinson's dad's lucrative popcorn business. His dad is the papa of Papa's Popcorn, Brandon's favorite popcorn! Sounds like a self-made man. Brandon drops Robinson off and slowly backs out of the driveway. His hair is perfect. I'm being for realz, ladies. His car suddenly crashes into the front of the Ashe's daughter's car, which is just pulling into the driveway. Incidentally, the Ashe daughter is Vivica A. Fox, in case you're keeping score. ["She was in her late twenties at the time." -- Sars] The two argue over whose fault it was and threaten to sue each other, as is the right of any blue-blooded rich kid.

Back home, Mr. Walsh insists on paying for the Ashe daughter's damages, but Brandon angrily disagrees as a matter of principle. He insists that she was to blame. He's wrong, by the way, and I'm not just saying that because he's white and she's black, and you can't prove that I am even if that was absolutely the case. Mrs. Walsh puts her foot down to Brandon with a strikingly oblique diatribe. "They're our neighbors now and we have to try and get along with them. We have to learn to live with them."

At the Ashe residence, the daughter, Sherice, just as vehemently argues to her parents that the accident was not her fault. Maybe this should be the episode? They can cover the accident from every point of view and at the same time, like that awful Mike Figgis movie Timecode. Papa Ashe is going to call the insurance company, and in frustration Sherice calls her family sellouts even though the head of her family is S-h-a-f-t. That's right, bitches: Richard Roundtree in the role of Papa Popcorn Mr. Ashe. Sherice is ashamed to go see her friends back in the old neighborhood of Inglewood, but Mr. Ashe is pleased about anything that keeps her away from her low-life boyfriend, Devo Damars. And that's the strangest, most unlikely name for a black character I've ever come across. That name is a reflection on just how lost this show's writers were when writing black people. "We gotta find a name that's street. Well, what's more street than alliteration?"

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