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Robinson snaps a black-and-white of Ian Ziering catching a Frisbee -- the douche in his natural habitat. Ziering offers a valid question to the rest of the gang: "Hey, why is that kid always taking pictures of me?" Robbie keeps his distance but continues to take pictures of these cool kids having a pow-wow underneath a tree. He's snapping them with a weird sort of fascination, smiling broadly, and I'm getting put off. What is going on here? Is Robbie going to stab someone at the end of this? Brandon sneaks up from behind and asks Robbie if he can help with trying to score an interview with his sister, but Robbie warns him, "She's not that crazy about white people," in contrast to his unsettling fascination with them. I don't think Brandon has to worry about Sherice screaming "honky" when he comes around, judging from the googly eyes they've been swapping.

A crown blue, chromed-out low rider sitting on dubs and hydraulics pulls into a tamale takeout spot. How they must have agonized when scouting for this location. Inside, behind the counter, is this Devo character that both Mr. Ashe and myself have problems with, albeit for different reasons. Sherice is at home and calls him at work, but he doesn't want to come to the phone. At the same time Brandon and Robbie arrive at the house and are greeted by Mrs. Ashe, who is dressed up and almost out the door with her husband for a night on the town. That means the kids are left alone tonight. In the other room, Sherice is finally on the phone with Devo, and she wants him to come visit her. Devo refuses, citing travel time, his job, and familial obligations. Trifling! Sherice is tired of his lack of commitment and hangs up the phone. Brandon overhears it all and launches his charm offensive, even telling her that he's a good guy "because my mother told me so." They do the flirty-eyes thing again; he bats the lash. Before you know it, the two are out the door to grab some dinner, leaving Robbie alone with a big bowl of popcorn and a confused look. He's going to stab someone.

Back at Tamale Palace, Devo and his dangling peace-sign earring are getting advice on romance from a co-worker who wears a wave cap. He tells Devo to take off early, change his clothes, and surprise Sherice by showing up to her house with flowers and...strawberry yogurt?

We get treated to our one and only visit to The Peach Pit this episode. Brandon introduces Sherice to everyone, even David the spaz. Kelly leans closer to Brandon and whispers sardonically, "This is very hip, Brandon. Very hip." I don't think she means that in a positive way.

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Mondo Extra
Black & White Television

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A crown blue, chromed-out low rider sitting on dubs and hydraulics pulls into a tamale takeout spot. How they must have agonized when scouting for this location. Inside, behind the counter, is this Devo character that both Mr. Ashe and myself have problems with, albeit for different reasons. Sherice is at home and calls him at work, but he doesn't want to come to the phone. At the same time Brandon and Robbie arrive at the house and are greeted by Mrs. Ashe, who is dressed up and almost out the door with her husband for a night on the town. That means the kids are left alone tonight. In the other room, Sherice is finally on the phone with Devo, and she wants him to come visit her. Devo refuses, citing travel time, his job, and familial obligations. Trifling! Sherice is tired of his lack of commitment and hangs up the phone. Brandon overhears it all and launches his charm offensive, even telling her that he's a good guy "because my mother told me so." They do the flirty-eyes thing again; he bats the lash. Before you know it, the two are out the door to grab some dinner, leaving Robbie alone with a big bowl of popcorn and a confused look. He's going to stab someone.

Back at Tamale Palace, Devo and his dangling peace-sign earring are getting advice on romance from a co-worker who wears a wave cap. He tells Devo to take off early, change his clothes, and surprise Sherice by showing up to her house with flowers and...strawberry yogurt?

We get treated to our one and only visit to The Peach Pit this episode. Brandon introduces Sherice to everyone, even David the spaz. Kelly leans closer to Brandon and whispers sardonically, "This is very hip, Brandon. Very hip." I don't think she means that in a positive way.

Back to Devo, who's in a phone booth trying to get Sherice's address from the operator, but her number is unlisted. Devo decides to wait around for a while; why, I don't know. If he doesn't have her phone number or her address, then I'd say there's little hope of him magically finding the house, and seeing as this is Beverly Hills, and he has none of the magnanimous appeal of a young Will Smith, he's just asking for it at this point. The nature of the "it" we'll find out soon enough.

At the Walsh house, the security alarm is at it again, blaring with no way for Mr. or Mrs. Walsh to stop it. The nosy Nancy Reagan woman from the first scene calls Mrs. Walsh to let her know that the neighborhood security patrol has been alerted.

Next is the slightly sad spectacle of Devo wearing a loud dress shirt and holding flowers, yogurt, and a bag of tamales while shooing away a small dog that continues to nip at his ankles. It's quite the empowering scenario for any young black man, I must say. Two of Beverly Hills' finest slowly pull up in their patrol car. "Don't you like animals?" they ask. They want to know where he's going with no car in the middle of the night in Beverly Hills. Devo tells them, his girlfriend's house. Oh, now it's your girlfriend all of a sudden. "What's her address?" they ask. He doesn't know. "What's in the bag?" "Yogurt." That's an immediate threat. "Put your hands to your side!" they say. Somehow the bag goes flying in the air and the two cops rush Devo. Now he's in a headlock up against the hood of a car.

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