FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “The Flush”


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It’s guy’s weekend on FRESH OFF THE BOAT this week as Louis (Randall Park) decides to bond with Eddie (Hudson Yang) after his brothers narc on him about taking the next step with Alison (Isabella Alexander). As Grandma Jenny Huang (Lucille Soong) gets a new recliner Jessica (Constance Wu), Honey (Chelsey Crisp), Evan (Ian Chen) and Emery (Forrest Wheeler) take a road trip to Georgia to pick up the chair that doesn’t go as planned.

With Emery and Evan dropping the bomb that Eddie and Alison have been kissing, Louis decides to have a guy’s weekend with Eddie to bond with him. Eddie, however, invites his friends over as well. Louis rolling with it decides to teach the boys poker, however, Trent (Trevor Larcom) has brought over a lone beer that he paid his sister sixty dollars for. Wanting to try it, the boys retreat to Eddie’s room under the guise that they are all tired. Eddie is the first to try it and immediately feels not well. While Eddie’s in the bathroom, Louis walks in on the rest of the boys with the lone and sends them home and demands that Eddie opens the door. Eddie does and sees that his dad has finished the rest of the beer and has broken out all over his face just as he has. Louis then tells Eddie of “The Asian Flush”, an allergic reaction to alcohol that their bodies lack the enzyme to process alcohol. Louis tells Eddie the tales of how he coped with it during his college years through a very funny montage (featuring a cameo from Ming-Na Wen) including showing him a fanny pack (Louis calls it the flush pack) of what to take before ingesting alcohol. Louis tells Eddie that he will be punished, but never be afraid to talk to him about anything.

Meanwhile, Jessica resolves that she will save twenty dollars on the shipping and handling fee by picking up Grandma Jenny’s chair by herself. Honey loves road trips and decides to tag along as do Evan and Emery as they want to see the world’s biggest peanut in Atlanta. On their way down, Honey gives the trucker signal to get the truck driver to honk the horn. The horn scares Jessica with Evan and Emery suggesting that they pull over to a gas station. As Jessica gets out, Evan Emery explains on what to do and what not to do to Honey as Jessica is a road grump. As the trip progresses the three take every measure to ensure that Jessica is not set off by anything including hiding parking tickets away from her. Once the second ticket is given, the three show say mention now that they have to hide another ticket, to which Jessica overhears. Honey comes clean and explains to her that she is a road grump to which Jessica says she wishes she knew as she wants everyone to have fun. Jessica rips up the tickets and throws away the license plates, so they can’t track them down and the group resumes their road trip.

As Eddie and Louis marathon the Police Academy films on VHS, Jessica and the boys walk in after having to turn and around because of no plates leading to more tickets.

I had to pause this episode a few times as Ray Wise’s Marvin landed perfect delivery on a few jokes. The one that had me dying is when Marvin and Louis are swapping father stories, with Marvin saying that his father hired an angel to make him a man. I couldn’t believe they included a prostitution joke on ABC. This show is pushing the boundaries on all fronts this season and making it work in spades. Louis trying to bond with his son was also very well done as Eddie is a teenager now. He wants to be there as his son transitions into a man. Not to mention he handled Eddie’s drinking very well too. For a filler episode, this was very solid.

Needle drops for this episode:

“Ice Cream” by Sarah McLachlan off the album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.

TB-TV-Grade-A-Season 3, Episode 17 (S03E17)
Fresh Off the Boat airs Tuesdays at 9PM on ABC

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