‘Fresh off the Boat’ Episode Review: “The Vouch”

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 go in together on a 300-CD disc changer, and conflict arises when Eddie disapproves of the music the others want to store in it.

Y: Some lines I enjoyed, some of them because it’s the last week of NaNoWriMo:
“How am I supposed to write without coffee?”
“Don’t push your vegetable agenda on me.”
“I can’t believe I finished a novel.  I feel like a runner at the end of a marathon, except words are my miles.”
“The Republic of Texas” (on Kenny Rogers’s return address label)
“More than thirty-five hundred songs inside a machine that’s only seventeen inches long by eight inches wide by nine inches deep, and she only weighs twenty pounds!”

N: I don’t have anything to complain about with this episode.  Must be the spirit of Thanksgiving.

FOB moment:  “Jessica, there is a character in your book that somehow manages to get murdered twice!  It doesn’t make any sense!”
“And a Chinese immigrant opening a western-themed steakhouse in central Florida does?”

Soundtrack flashback:  “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” by Busta Rhymes (1997).  “Circle of Life,” from the soundtrack for The Lion King by Elton John (1994).  “Book of Days” by Enya (1991).  There are two songs I couldn’t nail down: something with the lyrics or title “ride or die,” and something by Gwar.  I like Gwar a lot, but the sample was too short for even a guy with metal ears like mine to peg.  If you can identify either of these tunes in the comments, I’d be most grateful!

It was nice to have so many flashbacks in this one episode after a couple of weeks where there weren’t any.

Final grade, this episode: I can’t explain it, but I really enjoyed this episode even though nothing about it was outstanding.  B+.

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