Family Reunion: Season 1, Episode 7 “Remember The First Day of School” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Principal Dana Glass (Mark Curry) speaking of the fight for education.
Principal Dana Glass (Mark Curry)
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The kids finally head to school, and most of them are quite happy, except Jade who hates the conservative dress code.


Network
Netflix
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

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Recap

It’s A Wonderful Life: Brooke, Mazzi, Shaka, Moz

For the longest time, Mazzi hasn’t been the tallest or best student in his class. So with being accidentally held back a grade, he is quite excited. He gets to be the star pupil and feel good about himself. Unfortunately, this doesn’t last more than a week since Moz finds out and pushes him to accept he belongs in 5th grade.

As for Shaka, he too is enjoying the movie but not because of his class but this girl name Brooke. From what it seems, she is a gamer like him, stylish like him, and he sees them as a match. Something his mother agrees on.

Brooke (Akira Jolie Akbar) as Shaka steps to her.
Brooke (Akira Jolie Akbar)

This Is The South: Missy, Mikayla, Jade, Principal Glass

With it being the first day of school, naturally, Jade wants to make a good impression. Which with her, since folks like Mikayla won’t let her live, can only be done with fashion. Problem is, the Principal, Principal Dana Glass, is former military and strict. So between Jade’s bare shoulders, Mikayla’s legs and Jade’s friend Missy wearing something form-fitting, they all get in trouble.

How The South Was Won: Missy, Makayla, Jade, Principal Glass, Amelia, Cocoa

Which leads to Jade protesting with the girls and Cocoa joining since she doesn’t support the rules. Rules that Amelia is very confused about, in terms of why is there such a fuss. So, Jade explains that Amelia’s fight was for civil rights, and Jade’s is for an equal dress code to the boys. For some wear A-shirts in class, which show a lot of skin, adorn form-fitting shirts, and it seems for them just not showing their butt crack is the minimum.

Leading to Amelia, while not necessarily supporting the cause, supporting the right to protest. Making it so Principal Glass is forced to speak to the school board about a possible change.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Assuming the kids all go to the same school and are all under Principal Glass, didn’t Ami violate school dress code policy? Or does it only apply for the 9 – 12 crew?
  2. Where does Ava and Drew go to school? We didn’t even see them during the protest.
  3. Did Jade meet Missy before the first day of school? They were very chummy.
Missy (Delon Shaw)

Review

Highlights

Jade’s Fight For Equality

As shown in a series LadyLike does on YouTube, school dress codes for girls are ridiculous. Which is why you have to appreciate Family Reunion bringing it up for a lot of the dress codes contribute to this idea that men, and boys, can’t control themselves so women should be oppressed. Something we see, in a small way, by the joke Mikayla makes which makes it clear the boys support isn’t because they want to be allies.

But, the point is, just as things have changed from girls barely being able to show their ankles, it has been proven education won’t stop if the girls get to be fly and comfortable. Unless someone else harasses them or makes them uncomfortable.

Shaka Has A Little Girlfriend

It’s just cute to me Shaka has a little special friend. Especially one that is a gamer but isn’t some stereotypical nerd. Brooke clearly has a sense of humor, is fly, and has diverse interest. Be it video games or her sneaker collection.

Mikayla Bringing The Blackness

I missed Mikayla. She was one of the reasons I had so many high hopes since I thought, as much as this would be a family program, it would also challenge a few things. Not like Black-ish, which usually focuses on Dre and Bow’s situations, but more so what kids from Ami to Jade’s age go through. Be it not being seen, or feeling, Black enough; the culture differences, and things of that nature. Which hasn’t happened, unfortunately, but Mikayla brings hope in the form of dropping names and knowledge.

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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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