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Family Reunion: Season 1, Episode 9 “Remember Black Elvis?” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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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.


Network
Netflix
Director(s)Eric Dean Seaton
Writer(s)Howard Jordan, Jr.
Air Date7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
PaulRegi Davis
Debra SuePerri Camper
FrancineRachel Ferrera
SolomonDemetrius Hodges
Young MaybelleJordy Lucas
Young AmeliaTyra Gabrielle Morrison
TommyAndreas Orrego
Young JebediahNoah Taliferro Spaulding
Fannie JoeEbboney Wilson

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Recap

1852: Solomon, Fannie Joe, Amelia, Jade, Mikayla

Being that Jade has no boundaries, she took a locket which was in the family for 166 years, from Amelia’s jewelry box, just because it went with her outfit. She gets checked for this by Mikayla, and as Jade tries to sneak it back into Amelia’s jewelry box, she gets caught. This leads to Amelia offering to tell the history of the locket and all the kids coming into her room.

Fannie Joe (Ebboney Wilson) and Solomon (Demetrius Hodges) before they escape to freedom.
Fannie Joe (Ebboney Wilson) and Solomon (Demetrius Hodges)

Leading us to 1852 and when the 3x great grandparents of the kids left the plantation they were on and ran north to avoid Solomon being sold to someone in Mississippi. However, they got away, after a 2-month journey, and ended up in Pennsylvania. There, they had their child Alice, and that locket was a gift from Solomon to his wife Fannie Joe symbolizing them finding each other no matter what.

1928: Francine, Tommy

Fast forward some years, the locket went to Fannie Joe and Solomon’s daughter Alice, who then passed it down to Francine. Someone who was a dancer at the Cotton Club and almost lost the locket to some thugs. However, Tommy, the owner at the time, fought for her to get her locket back and with that courageous act, and some secretive flirting, since Tommy was white, they never minded the world and got married. Leading to Tommy possibly being disowned.

1966 Onward: Amelia, Maybelle, Daniel, Debra Sue, Moz, Cocoa, Paul, Jeb

Bringing us to how Amelia got that locket. Tommy and Francine didn’t have kids so Francine gave it to Amelia when she turned 16, and within a year she almost lost it. How? Well, she went to a basement party Maybelle, and while dancing with Jeb, the locket was lost. Luckily, Jeb found it and returned it, but Paul, Maybelle and Amelia’s dad, wasn’t having this boy date his daughter. Though we know, eventually, he did get permission.

Now, as for how that ties to the present? One issue Amelia has with the way Moz and Cocoa got married is that they didn’t jump the family broom. They had a Vegas wedding, not a church one, so they couldn’t do things the traditional way. So, after the kids push them to, moz and Cocoa begin plans for a renewal of vows.

As for Daniel? Well, let’s just say as long as he lives in Columbus, he may not jump that broom. At least, if Debra Sue is still around for if she isn’t the one, she may cut him.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • The land that the house sits on is the same the plantation Solomon, and Fannie Joe were enslaved on.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. How did the house come into the family?

Review

Highlights

A Family History Lesson/ The Importance of Elders

For some, possibly many, Black folk, our history, personal history, isn’t known. Reasons include missing parents, grandparents long past, no wedding books, written history, or anything like that. So outside of the shared Black experience and claims of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, some of us don’t know anything beyond who our parents are or were. Which is why your elders are important. They hold history beyond your parents and come from a generation when family was a bigger thing. Where what little they had, like a necklace, meant everything and while you may not see many walking around with heirlooms, such things marked major events that outlived the giver and receiver.

Which is all to say, while Amelia can be extra a whole lot of the time, and overzealous with her borderline religious fanaticism, she is an essential part of the family, and we were given one of the many reasons why.

Low Points

Joking About Domestic Abuse When It’s A Man

Debra Sue (Perri Camper) at the bar.
Debra Sue (Perri Camper)

I get Daniel is a basic joke of a character, but how light-hearted and comical him getting 36 stitches was handled was a shame. Especially since there was just an episode on toxic masculinity. So making jokes about a man who was subject to stalking and violence, it’s disappointing.

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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 Date7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
PaulRegi Davis
Debra SuePerri Camper
FrancineRachel Ferrera
SolomonDemetrius Hodges
Young MaybelleJordy Lucas
Young AmeliaTyra Gabrielle Morrison
TommyAndreas Orrego
Young JebediahNoah Taliferro Spaulding
Fannie JoeEbboney 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 Date7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Haven SheeksAmanda 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 Date7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
EricJaleel White
KatrinaTempsett Bledsoe
KurtCamaron Engels
ReneeJourney Carter
Officer WhitmanJohn 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 Date7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Principal GlassMark Curry
BrookeAkira Jolie Akbar
MissyDelon 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 Date7/10/2019
  • 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 Date7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
GraceErica 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 Date7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
GraysonJalyn Emil Hall
Sister PattyRoxanne Reese
LilyJaidyn 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 Date7/10/2019
  • 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 Date7/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
HimselfCharlie 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 Date7/10/2019
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
CocoaTia Mowry-Hardrict
AmiJordyn Raya James
MaybelleTelma Hopkins
JebRichard Roundtree
JadeTalia Jackson
ShakaIsaiah Russell-Bailey
MazziCameron J. Wright
AvaLexi Underwood
McKaylaLindsey Da Sylveira
ElvisLance Alexander
DrewNoah Alexander Gerry
AmeliaLoretta Devine
MozAnthony Alabi
DanielWarren Burke
A Family History Lesson/ The Importance of Elders - 95%
Joking About Domestic Abuse When It’s A Man - 60%

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