Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 16: “Ride the Tiger” Original airdate February 6, 2018. Synopsis: In celebration of Chinese New Year, the Huangs have a contest to see who can go the longest speaking only in Mandarin. Grandma is apparently exempt, and the game comes down to Evan and Jessica. Their dialogue through nearly the whole episode is in Mandarin. Emery is pleased that his year of bad luck is over, and he’s […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 15: “We Need to Talk About Evan” Original airdate January 30, 2018. Synopsis: Evan and Jessica notice a Student of the Week at Abraham Lincoln Elementary bumpersticker on someone else’s minivan. Shocked that such a thing would exist and not go to Evan, they are determined to ramp up their Good Student game. Evan joins the School Dance committee and the French club. He organizes a school garden. And […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 14: “A Man to Share the Night With” Original airdate January 30, 2018. Synopsis: Louis sees Eddie shaving for what he believes is the first time. Overjoyed that his eldest son is now a man, he extends Eddie’s bedtime, long enough so he can watch the first part of The Late Show with David Letterman on school nights. Eddie, puffed up by his new manhood, takes Louis’s declaration to […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 13 : “The Car Wash” Original airdate January 16, 2018. Synopsis: Jessica’s deeply involved with edits on her novel, A Case of a Knife to the Brain, and Louis worries that he and his wife are growing apart because of it. Taking Marvin’s advice, Louis plans several surprises in order to keep the spark alive, but Jessica is not very receptive. Evan gets bumped up to seventh-grade English, where […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 12: “Liar Liar” Original airdate January 9, 2018. Synopsis: Louis finds a new group of friends through his Kenny Rogers rep, but as always, he goes overboard in making himself likable. Honey’s getting-ready habits take their toll on Emery and Evan’s planned activities with her, so they help her find a new look, beginning with the maternity wear store. Nicole has difficulty asking her crush for a date. […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 11: “Big Baby” Original airdate January 2, 2018. Synopsis: Honey’s mom (Cheryl Hines!) comes to visit, just in time to cause the newly expectant mother all kinds of stress about their differing approaches to motherhood. Jessica agrees to support Honey, but finds herself more often in agreement with Honey’s mom. Since Jessica and Honey can’t use the free cruise they won on Wheel of Fortune before it expires, Marvin […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 10: “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Original airdate December 12, 2017. Synopsis: Deirdre’s college roomie Holly (it’s Paula Abdul!) is visiting, and since she’s a “performance and movement” instructor, she offers to coach the homeowners’ association carolers. Jessica (who still takes Christmas very seriously) doesn’t think most of her neighbors sing very well, so she insists that Holly conduct tryouts, limiting this year’s group to six participants. […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 9: “Slide Effect” Original airdate December 5, 2017. Synopsis: Eddie’s friends each sign up for school activities. Trent’s the newest member of the Safety Patrol, while the others get into the school play, the book club, and the cheerleading team. Eddie doesn’t like the image they project, and when Trent writes him up for breaking the dress code, he pushes back in order to cultivate what he hopes […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 8: “The Vouch” Original airdate November 21, 2017. Synopsis: Jessica finally completes her novel, A Case of a Knife to the Brain, and Louis hates it but doesn’t want to hurt her feelings or discourage her. She puts him in a difficult spot, asking him to pass her manuscript to Kenny Rogers, who will be in Orlando to visit Kenny Rogers’s Michael Bolton’s Cattleman’s Ranch. Eddie and his friends […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 7: “The Day After Thanksgiving” Original airdate November 14, 2017. Synopsis: Grandma: still taking an ESL course. Louis: invites the ESL teacher to Thanksgiving dinner. Jessica: agrees to host Thanksgiving dinner so she and Honey can use Grandma’s chair on Black Friday. Eddie and Emery: take Evan to his first R-rated movie (I Know What You Did Last Summer). Evan: gets spooked and takes a little trip to […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 6: “A League of Her Own” Original airdate November 7, 2017. Synopsis: Nicole comes out to Honey and Jessica, sort of by mistake, but Honey handles it admirably, as do the other patrons of the Denim Turtle where it happens. Jessica handles it well too, although she’s adorably mystified that lesbianism even exists. Now she’s stressed about telling her father. Louis is amped about the start of another […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 5: “Four Funerals and a Wedding” Original airdate October 31, 2017. Synopsis: Louis is determined to help Jessica and her father establish a closer relationship before it’s too late. Emery continues to deal with his bad luck. Evan amends his will. Rad: There are some laugh-aloud throw-away lines here. I thought for a moment I was watching The Simpsons instead. The paper-thin B and C stories mean there’s really only […] Continue »
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