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‘Black-ish’ Season 2, Episode 9 recap: ‘Man at Work’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:15 AM

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Dre negotiates with new boss Daphne Lido, who has gained control of half of the company and wants to start inserting herself in company business.

When Dre’s cousin Sha overstays his welcome, the Johnsons come up with a plan to get him out of there on Wednesday night’s episode.

Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) tries to talk some sense into Dre (Anthony Anderson) when his cousin Sha (Faison Love) is taking advantage of Dre’s generous hospitality since Sha always looked after Dre while they were growing up on the streets of Compton.

Meanwhile at Dre’s job, his boss Mr. Stevens (Peter Mackenzie) is excited that the company co-founder, Phillip, is paying a visit to the office — only to find out that isn’t going to happen when Phillip’s ex-wife Daphene (Wanda Sykes) appears and announces that she has control of the company — compliments to their messing divorce.

Back at the house, Diane (Marsai Martin), Jack (Miles Brown) and Junior (Marcus Scribner) try to learn a little more about their big cousin Sha while Bow is drastically trying to understand why Sha is putting any and everything into her blender — making his own soap — since he is an artist.

With the new changes at work, Charlie (Deon Cole) begins to discuss with Dre all of the new changes he is looking forward to — like having two day work weeks and building a go-cart track outside of Dre’s office — since their new boss is African American but their meeting is quickly interrupted when Daphene asks to speak with Dre in private.

She drops a bomb on Dre that puts him in a real tough situation — she wants to fire Charlie.

Since Charlie has been a loyal friend to Dre — and is the only other black guy at the job — Dre thinks that he may be able to save Charlie by having a little chat with him about his work ethic — which is a difficult task since Charlie isn’t the brightest bulb in the box.

Witnessing Sha use Dre as a personal ATM machine, Bow tries her hardest to get her husband to see that Sha isn’t using the money for art supplies — but to supply his drug habit.

“I’m all for supporting a dreamer, I am, I mean I donated to Joe Lieberman, but at a certain point Dre, you have to think what if Sha’s dreams never come true?” Bow asks Dre — before stepping on Jack — who was lying on the floor, dreaming.

“Thanks a lot, Mom. I was just visualizing moving to New York and dancing in a Lebron James hip-hopera,” Jack says.

After Dre warns Charlie to step his game up professionally, in Charlie fashion, he takes it to another level — showing up to work in a fur coat and a hummus platter to make a presentation to PETA, mistaking it for pita bread.

Daphene sees that Charlie is just not going to cut it and tells Dre that he has to go but after Dre begs for a little more time — and Charlie walks out with a deer hoof — Daphene says he has two days.

Influenced by his artist big cousin, Jack has truly taken to the starving artist act by dancing around the house dribbling a basketball and not washing for a few days after Zoe (Yara Shahidi) tells him he is starting to smell.

Without even trying, Sha shows Zoe that he doesn’t just sit around and play on his phone but is creating art — turning a video of Zoe combing her hair into a clip that has already gotten 500 likes.

With time running out, Dre makes on last attempt to save Charlie but after he hears Charlie giving drug advice to a client, Daphene makes it clear that Charlie needs to be fired — the catch is Dre has to do it.

“Well I certainly can’t do it. He is black,” Daphene says.

“Charlie is my friend and this is your thing. I won’t do it,” Dre responds.

Not pleased with Dre’s defiance, Daphene gives him the ultimate choice — either he fires Charlie or she will fire them both.

After Dre tells Bow about his major dilemna, Bow reminds him that although Charlie is his friend, he has a family and they depend on him meaning he has to keep his job.

After embracing is a husband-wife hug, the moment is interrupted by Sha — who is excited about the big check he just got from his art exhibit — after being inspired by the canvas Dre helped him buy and having a dream about Bruno Mars on Mars eating a Mars Bar.

Sha tells Dre that he owes it all to him for seeing past a man just sleeping on the couch making mildly explosive soaps — instead he saw a man at work. With the words, Dre knows exactly what to do at work the next day.

Dre presents Daphene with a book on Charlie and all the things he does at work — beside stand awkwardly close to him in the bathroom — making an argument that if she wants to fire the best the company has, it’s on her and not on him. Ultimately his plan works and Charlie is saved for the day.

Back at the Johnson household, Sha’s big break has made a huge impact on the kids — thinking that the way to make it big is just sleep on the couch and do nothing all day — but Bow is not having it and explains to her four kids that they are not talented enough to be starving artists.

Although Dre went to hell and high water to save Charlie’s job, Charlie dropped a bomb that he has gotten a new job since it was clear that he wasn’t appreciated there.

Charlie tells Dre that regardless of them not working together all the time, he will still check on him from time to time and that if he ever needs a place to land, he knows that he has to take care of his own and he appreciates him to all his loyalty.


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