Family Reunion: Season 1, Episode 3 “Remember Vacation Bible School” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Amelia (M'Dear) in her Sunday's best.
Amelia aka M'dear (Loretta Devine)
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With Jade and Shaka forced to go to Amelia’s bible school, they attempt to embarrass her. As this happens, Cocoa and Moz clash on parenting.


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Netflix
Director(s) Jody Margolin Hahn
Writer(s) Adrienne Carter
Air Date 7/10/2019

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Recap

Moz’s Go-Kart Racing: Cocoa, Moz, Ami, Mazzi

While Cocoa and Moz are usually on the same page, with them in his hometown now, it seems he is trying to lean things more towards his upbringing. Which, at first, Cocoa was fine with since it was about community, family, and faith. However, what wasn’t spoken on was go-karts. Something Moz buys to apologize to his kids about all the changes and for the RV ride over to Columbus – since apparently he couldn’t or wouldn’t hire movers.

But while not happy at all about Moz buying the kids forgiveness, what really upsets Cocoa is when Moz pushes Ami to lie about hurting her leg or Mazzi to lie about hurting his wrist. For what’s the point of this movie if, instead of picking up good habits and reinforcing the good they have instilled in their children, bad habits are introduced?

Bible Study Duel: Amelia, Jade, Shaka, Elvis

In the McKellan family, whether first lady, pastor, or child, you learn your bible. This is unfortunate for Jade and Shaka, who came up secular, but Amelia is being given a chance to change that. Yet, one can argue her methods are unorthodox. How so? Well, in her “Vacation Bible School,” a week-long program, she challenges the kids to go bible verse to bible verse with her. The winner, they get a belt. The loser? They get a face of canned whipped cream.

Now some, like Elvis, see this as a win-win situation. However, those with an ego like Jade? Even if she isn’t trying to climb the social ladder of the church, this is embarrassing. So, with the assistance of Shaka, they try to put Amelia in her place. Which they do in the bible school, but then Amelia pushes Jade to do the same in front of the church and takes out the earpiece Jade used to get back at her. Leading to Jade trying to flip back the script by channeling her grandfather and deliver a sermon.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Why would you buy go-karts and only have your kids drive around in the backyard? Are you telling me between Amelia and Jeb neither would get mad at what those karts would do to their grass?

Review

Highlights

Elvis

Elvis flirting with Jade.
Elvis: Oh. You’re not ready for all this yet?

What you have to love about Elvis is that he owns who he is. Elvis is country and is confident. Something we see in both his reactions with Amelia and Jade. Jade especially since you can tell she thinks he is beneath her yet not a word she says chips his smile. Which is quite touching since Elvis is around that age when insecurities can really kick you in the butt, so him so solid in his worth and what he believes he can offer is wonderful acting and writing.

Making Religion Fun

Like Cocoa and Moz’s kids, I’m sure many of us were forced to go to church and, when the coercion ended, we didn’t decide to pick up the habit. Yet, with church a core part of the show, just as much as Family Reunion, in general, can bring on nostalgia, so does the church element. Not listening to a preacher drone on for an hour or more, seemingly in love with the sound of their own voice, engorged by the fact they have an audience, but the fun parts. Be it the singing, sense of community, and the games. And while Family Reunion isn’t trying to bring people back home, as we see with Moz at times, it does tap into old memories that have long been archived.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 9 “Remember Black Elvis?”With the kids learning their family history, thanks to Jade being shamed about knowing hers, so comes Cocoa and Moz wanting to do something which is a family tradition.
Director(s) Eric Dean Seaton
Writer(s) Howard Jordan, Jr.
Air Date 7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Paul Regi Davis
Debra Sue Perri Camper
Francine Rachel Ferrera
Solomon Demetrius Hodges
Young Maybelle Jordy Lucas
Young Amelia Tyra Gabrielle Morrison
Tommy Andreas Orrego
Young Jebediah Noah Taliferro Spaulding
Fannie Joe Ebboney Wilson
  • 1852: Solomon, Fannie Joe, Amelia, Jade, Mikayla
  • 1928: Francine, Tommy
  • 1966 Onward: Amelia, Maybelle, Daniel, Debra Sue, Moz, Cocoa, Paul, Jeb
Season 1, Episode 8 “Remember Macho Mazzi?”It’s a 2 for 1 special as Mazzi’s attitude brings up toxic masculinity and Jade entering a beauty pageant leads to a conversation on Black beauty.
Director(s) Kelly Park
Writer(s) Henry “Hank” Jones
Air Date 7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Haven Sheeks Amanda Detmer
  • Blood Pressure Blues: Amelia, Maybelle
  • Boys Will Be… Held Accountable: Daniel, Moz, Mazzi, Cocoa
  • SHE’S YOUR QUEEEEEEENNNNN: Jade, Haven, Cocoa
Season 1, Episode 10 "Remember When Our Boys Became Men?" [Season Finale]Part 1 of Family Reunion comes to an end with everything that made Columbus seem like a good place to live being undone.
Director(s) Robbie Countryman
Writer(s) Lia Prewitt-Martin
Air Date 7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Eric Jaleel White
Katrina Tempsett Bledsoe
Kurt Camaron Engels
Renee Journey Carter
Officer Whitman John Brotherton
  • (No Longer) In Sync: Eric, Katrina, Kurt, Jade, Drew, Moz, Cocoa, Renee, Ava
  • The Talk No One Wants To Have: Elvis, Mazzi, Shaka, Moz, Cocoa, Officer Whitman
  • We Can’t Live Here: Moz, Cocoa, Officer Whitman
Season 1, Episode 7 “Remember The First Day of School”The kids finally head to school, and most of them are quite happy, except Jade who hates the conservative dress code.
Director(s) Eric Dean Seaton
Writer(s) Taylor Vaughn Lasley
Air Date 7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Principal Glass Mark Curry
Brooke Akira Jolie Akbar
Missy Delon Shaw
  • It’s A Wonderful Life: Brooke, Mazzi, Shaka, Moz
  • This Is The South: Missy, Mikayla, Jade, Principal Glass
  • How The South Was Won: Missy, Makayla, Jade, Principal Glass, Amelia, Cocoa
Season 1, Episode 6 “Remember That Crazy Road Trip?”Remember the road trip from Seattle spoken of earlier in the season? This episode reveals what happened.
Director(s) Eric Dean Seaton
Writer(s) Anthony C. Hill
Air Date 7/10/2019
  • The Ride From H-E Double Hockey Sticks: Amelia, Jade, Moz, Cocoa, Ami, Mazzi, Shaka
Season 1, Episode 5 “Remember Grace Under Fire?”Despite all the good Cocoa and Moz thought moving to Columbus would do, the kids continue to pick up bad habits. Also, Moz’s sister Grace reveals a secret.
Director(s) Leonard R. Garner, Jr.
Writer(s) Chris Moore
Air Date 7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Grace Erica Ash
  • So Many Secrets: Jade, Mazzi, Ami, Shaka
  • This Is Me: Grace, Cocoa
  • Listen: Grace, Jeb, Amelia, Moz, Jade, Mazzi, Ami, Shaka
Season 1, Episode 4 "Remember When I Lost My Sister"As Cocoa has trouble fitting in, Shaka is forced to realize how much he stands out in Columbus, Georgia.
Director(s) Leonard R. Garner, Jr.
Writer(s) Ralph Greene
Air Date 7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Grayson Jalyn Emil Hall
Sister Patty Roxanne Reese
Lily Jaidyn Triplett
  • The First (Un)Official Date: Ami, Lily, Drew, Jade
  • Open(ing) Minds: Cocoa, Amelia, Sister Patty, Maybelle
  • Why Stunt When You Can Be Humble?: Grayson, Shaka, Sister Patty, Elvis
Season 1, Episode 3 "Remember Vacation Bible School"With Jade and Shaka forced to go to Amelia’s bible school, they attempt to embarrass her. As this happens, Cocoa and Moz clash on parenting.
Director(s) Jody Margolin Hahn
Writer(s) Adrienne Carter
Air Date 7/10/2019
  • Moz’s Go Kart Racing: Cocoa, Moz, Ami, Mazzi
  • Bible Study Duel: Amelia, Jade, Shaka, Elvis
Season 1, Episode 2 “Remember Charlie Wilson”Amelia’s past is discovered by her grandkids, and let’s just say Amelia “Trimming the mustache” of someone gets Jeb fired up.
Director(s) Eric Dean Seaton
Writer(s) Beverly DeLoatch, Charity L. Miller
Air Date 7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Himself Charlie Wilson
  • Spoiled Kid(s): Jade
  • The Legend of Charlie Wilson: Mazzi, Shaka, Charlie Wilson, Jade, Amelia, Jeb
Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?” [Series Premiere]Family Reunion is reminiscent of old school sitcoms in all the best ways.
Network
Netflix
Creator(s) Meg DeLoatch
Director(s) Eric Dean Seaton
Writer(s) Meg DeLoatch
Air Date 7/10/2019
Genre(s) Family, Comedy
Good If You Like
  • Or Rather Miss Black Sitcoms About Family
  • Jokes Around Black Southern Culture
  • Light Commentary About Black Culture
Isn’t For You If You
  • Don’t Like Family-Oriented Comedy
Introduced This Episode
Cocoa Tia Mowry-Hardrict
Ami Jordyn Raya James
Maybelle Telma Hopkins
Jeb Richard Roundtree
Jade Talia Jackson
Shaka Isaiah Russell-Bailey
Mazzi Cameron J. Wright
Ava Lexi Underwood
McKayla Lindsey Da Sylveira
Elvis Lance Alexander
Drew Noah Alexander Gerry
Amelia Loretta Devine
Moz Anthony Alabi
Daniel Warren Burke

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