Any episode that involves Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) is going to be a great episode in my book.  I love how the writers decided to shake up the structure this week. Jack and Diane have been assigned a school project, to do documentaries on one another.  The delightful Diane creates a sports documentary about her twin called Paths of Delusion: The Jack Johnson Story. There is a video montage of Jack playing Jr league basketball with a voice over by Diane which begins with,

“Sports, who plays them? Who watches them? Who Cares? Every weekend millions of American families waste hours upon hours of their lives watching untalented children play games that don’t matter. And one of those kids who doesn’t matter is Jack Johnson.”

Jack is a big fish in this little pond and Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) are delighted to get the whole family involved to support the “Jack Attack.”   The big incident of the show is the realization by Dre and Rainbow that there is a league in Compton where the really great basketball players are grown.  Of course, Jack must play with the best so the family switches leagues and as usual, their great expectations turn into rude awakenings.

Junior (Marcus Scribner) is growing into a comic genius. Junior supports his little brother by being a referee in the league.  He plays a perfect “blerd,” and he nails every moment he gets on screen. His timing is perfect and I love how his character is challenging his dad in super creative ways way beyond the usual father-son dynamic portrayed in sitcoms.

I absolutely love the message in this episode, challenging the audience to take a different look at how grit and determination factors in with success and failure using sports played by kids to teach us all a valuable lesson.

Well done black-ish! Welcome back to Wednesday nights!

11049613_10206537176921402_2619367755764345357_nJeanine T. Abraham is a professional actor, blogger, new playwright, and GirlTrek organizer living and working in Brooklyn, NYC