This episode begins when Rochelle’s father (Jimmy Walker) stops by to kick it with the Rock family. No sooner does he gets there than he dies from a heart attack at the dinner table. It seemed a rather cold way to start an episode, but the laughs warm it right up.
Soon Rochelle’s mother (Loretta Devine) makes a visit with the rest of her family. Right away, she takes charge of the funeral arrangements and reduces Rochelle to the role of servant. For the first time in his life, Chris (Tyler James Williams) watches as his mother is reduced to a small child.
In her state of shock over her father’s death, Rochelle (Tichina Arnold) finds herself unable to take control of her household. Chris steps up to the plate and puts his brothers and sisters to work keeping the house and Rochelle’s family in order. Eventually she snaps out of it after her mother eats her favorite snack. She regains control of the house and all is well once again, and Chris ends up back as the servant with his mother as the boss once again.
As the episodes go on, Tichina Arnold’s Rochelle becomes more down-to-earth. In the earlier episodes, the humor of her stereotypical personality was played up for good laughs. In these newer episodes, that side has calmed down a bit to allow for more character development.
I love this show so much that I’m impatient to know what its fate will be. They’ve already gone about their business renewing America’s Next Top Model and Veronica Mars; they’d be smart to renew Everybody Hates Chris. If UPN doesn’t bother, then I suppose I could settle for the DVD box set.