Premiered March 23, 2008
"Growing up in Bed-Stuy, one holiday I looked forward to was Easter. You were dressed up, girls were dressed up and it was a good day to pretend you were on a date." -Chris Rock's opening narration
Meanwhile, Chris's mother Rochelle (Tichina Arnold) is shopping for a new Easter hat.
She visits a new hat shop in the area run by a woman named Hattie (Anna Maria Horsford). Rochelle mentions that she's won her church's annual Easter Hat contest several years in a row and plans to win again this year. Hattie tells Rochelle that won't happen because SHE intends to win the competition herself!
Chris' plans to escort Tasha are complicated when she tells him the pageant will be held at her grandmother's church in Queens.
Rochelle says she wants him cheering her on at the hat contest at her church, which means Chris needs to be in two places at once.
Will Chris be able to pull of his scheme? Will Rochelle be able to defeat Hattie in the bonnet contest?
"Everybody Hates Easter" is an entertaining holiday-themed episode. The Everybody Hates Chris series did a pretty good job in general of applying sitcom tropes to 1980-something Brooklyn and it's always nice to find mainstream shows that feature people of color.
|Chris daydreams about terrible things happening to Tasha's boyfriend (note the sneakers sticking out from under the meteor)|
There's also a touch of influence from A Christmas Story in this Easter episode not only because of nostalgic voice over narration, but because of the protagonists' imaginative vignettes (like Chris's meteor strike fantasy).
Tichina Arnold also does a great job in the “Easter Hat” storyline. In fact, the whole cast is excellent and all the regulars gets at least one moment to shine. During the hat contest, the church's choir performs a catchy and hilarious gospel-style song about Easter Hats that adds to the fun of the episode.
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