There goes the Dre Borhood.
The power goes out on one of the hottest days of the year at Black-Ish on Tuesday, which also serves as the winter premiere of the ABC series. And – this won't surprise loyal viewers of the show – Dre is out of his goddamn mind within five seconds of the blackout beginning.
After everything that has happened in the last year or so, "there is no more overreaction," he tells Bow, defending his decision to stock up on food and toilet paper in extreme cases. “We haven't been able to park in the garage since spring,” she replies, adding that the point of living in a neighborhood is to rely on your neighbors when they run out. "It's not my job to look out for the community. It's up to me to take care of myself and mine," says Dre.
Bow gets the chance to put her point into practice when her neighbor Janine comes by to ask for a roll of toilet paper. After all, the stores are out. Bow wrestles one from her uncooperative husband's supply and in return receives an invitation to sunbathe in Janine's air conditioner thanks to a generator. (Dre is not welcome, however.)
While the blackout continues, Dre goes crazy easily in the supermarket and buys several loaves of bread, several steaks – you have the idea. (“Bread is the sticky tape for groceries,” he explains to the twins, pointing out various ways in which carbohydrates can get you through a day.) Meanwhile, Bow is feeling comfortable in her neighbour's air conditioner when Janine starts a sales pitch: You want to bow down to join her in a tiered marketing project (read: pyramid scheme) about essential oils or some nonsense. Bow freaks out weird and takes off.
Meanwhile, Dre goes to the store to get more propane for the grill (no refrigeration, I have to grill those steaks!) When his neighbor Wayne kindly offers to give him one of his spare tanks. Later, when both Dr. as well as Mr. Johnson at home, each admits that the other was not completely wrong. Then they get to the very core of the episode.
"It was so easy to believe in the community when all of my neighbors were black," says Dre. And Bow says she too feels isolated as the only black family on the street. But before they can get too deeply into it, the power supply is restored and they go in to take in as much AC power as possible.
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