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587: Bringing Up Dads
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February 25, 2006

Ed Washington feels like he is growing apart from his daughter, Tamika, and tries to mend their relationship.


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Production Team
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Bob Hoose   Glenn Montjoy
Bob Hoose   Glenn Montjoy
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"Ed's Flop"
Written By: Broadcast

In last week's show we had an all-classic character cast; today we are a visited by a cast of characters that have been struggling to grow dear to all our hearts.

Though this show did not feature a brilliant plot, it was a necessary and important addition to the Washington storyline. Many have complained that the family has been extremely unrealistic; getting mixed up with the most improbable storylines and situations. While at times it may have been slightly entertaining, it made it difficult for us to relate to them, and definitely never brought them out to be more than 1-dimensional characters.

Out of the bunch, I found Ed Washington to be the least developed. He simply wasn't growing on me as fast as either Marvin and Tamika were.

Luckily, this show brought us to a more personal level with both Tamika and Ed, as well as Elaine. Tamika was certainly the most irritating as the family started out, but today she showed enough maturity to actually make me feel for what she was feeling. She certainly wasn't insensitive as she was in past episodes. Actually, I scarcely noticed anything she said that go on my nerves in today's program; which is rare because I usually end up finding at least one thing.

Lately, television shows have been making family fathers dumb and helpless. Today, Ed wasn't just some Dad trying in a desperate manner to make every attempt to relate to his daughter. He acted as though any normal father would've in the same situation. That's what made it nice to listen to. It wasn't too overdone. We saw his genuine attempts to understand his daughter. He did a brilliant job at making me experience what he was feeling throughout the show.

The interaction between daughter and father made for a few good scenes. A bit of the dialogue between them was partially too corny and cheesy for my liking, however I suppose it's not very good to criticize that. Elaine did not go unnoticed as the supportive mom—again, doing an excellent job.

Finally, everything wrapped up into a heartwarming father-daughter moment. I hope to see something like this again.

Though, this episode certainly did not go without criticism. I didn't understand they decided to add these additional characters to the program. The twins were terribly annoying and have been an overused addition to many already existing children shows; where twins hang around one another, talk like each other, complete one another's sentences, and do absolutely everything identical. Whether Odyssey thought that it would be an amazingly original idea to add such characters; they sure got it wrong. Most of the times, these twins end up not being enjoyed by anyone and don't usually make anything but one episode with a clichéd storyline (and undoubtedly that episode will be about them getting mad at each other and separating...or them being clever and exchanging places). Unless they actually have different personalities, they won't have a chance past one episode. Afterall, we've already had least 4 sets of twins on the show. Though, the only thing that I liked about them was the fact that they found Mr. Washington entertaining. Overall, however, my opinion still remains that the farther they stay from the show, the better.

Gwen isn't a terrible character; but if she does stay on the show, she doesn't sound like someone I'd be really interested to hear as the center of a show. She wasn't that fascinating in "Lost by a Nose"; mostly because I found her to have an obnoxious voice. However, she'll due if she remains a side-character.

And sure, the giant hot-dog, the bubbling hat, and the belly flop I could've done without—but if you take into consideration that Ed once worked as a Toy man, it only helps his character remain consistent.

Though, I did enjoy the amount of music they decided to play throughout the show. It wasn't too much, but it was noticeably kept low and played only for the scenes that required it.

There are a few more specific details that I could take about in today's show, but I think I'll leave it at that. All in all, not a great, but a necessary addition to the series—and especially in shaping the Washington Family into being more fascinating and likeable characters.


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The title of this episode is an Allusion to Dr. James Dobson's book Bringing Up Boys.
- king shasta


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