black-ish Season 3 Premiere Recap: Epcot and Epiphanies

Hell hath no fury like black-ish‘s Dre Johnson, decked out in Mickey Mouse ears and ready to tell his kids where to go and how to get there.

But that moment happens toward the end of black-ish‘s Season 3 premiere, which was shot on location at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., so let’s back up and look at how the Johnsons get into a brawl at the happiest place on Earth.

The episode begins with Dre explaining that “everybody loves special treatment,” so he’s taking his kids — as well as Bow, Pops and Ruby — on a elite-level visit to Disney, in an attempt to give Junior, Zoey, Jack and Diane the top-notch vacation experience he didn’t have as a child. In that vein, he’s also hired one of the park’s VIP guides, Cody (played by Community‘s Jim Rash), to ease the family’s path on the big day: skipping long lines, procuring special experiences… you get the idea.

Right away, Cody politely informs Bow that her pregnancy precludes her from being able to ride most of the attractions. Bummed, she slinks off to Epcot to join Pops and Ruby, who are having a good time running up Dre’s bill at the bar. (Those Magic Bands are a blessing and a curse, I tell ya.) That leaves Dre and the kids to enjoy Cody services, to which the Johnson siblings quickly become accustomed.

But after hours of the Johnsons getting treated like (and sometimes mistaken for) celebrities — “It’s just a flattering form of racism, son,” Dre tells Junior, who’s psyched that someone thought his dad was NFL player Marshawn Lynch — Cody has to bid them adieu… meaning that they’re thrown back into the masses and waiting (gasp!) as long as 25 minutes in line for a ride. (Side note: As experienced Disney-goers, 25 minutes is nothing.)

Adrift without their plaid-clad way-paver, the kiddos snipe at each other and their dad until he blows up. (Another frequent Disney event.) “You monsters are dead to me!” Dre shouts, striding away for a little peace and quiet. That’s where Bow — who’s had a marvelous time with Pops and Ruby, contrary to what she thought would happen — finds her husband, who laments, “I was just trying to make Disney World extra special.” But as the pair nibble on a giant turkey leg, they see that the long wait in line has given the kids time to realize that they actually really like each other. Everyone makes up, and the episode ends with the Johnsons, talking, laughing and taking in the fireworks over Cinderella’s castle that evening.

What did you think of the episode? Grade the premiere via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your thoughts!

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  1. hbeachman says:

    Toby or Cody? Pick one!

  2. BENJAMIN Fricks says:

    Nothing more then a 30 movie ad for disney

    • MRD says:

      Completely agree. Characters (like the grandparents) acted atypically happy, won over by the so-called magic of Disney which owns ABC. Boring.

    • val says:

      Total piece of crap, will be hard to watch Blackish again. They showed a huge lack of integrity on this Disney infomercial.

  3. readenreply says:

    I love how Dre is a big man child and only becomes self aware when he sees his kids acting just like him.

  4. Erica says:

    The most outlandish part of the episode…. how easily the cast was park hopping!!!!!! Any real Disney goer knows you don’t just bounce from Animal Kingdom to Magic Kingdom to Epcot to Animal Kingdom to Magic Kingdom!

  5. dman6015 says:

    A half-hour advertisement for Disney World Theme Parks. Probably didn’t even pay ABC the extra ad revenue. Disney World attendance must be down.

  6. Tom says:

    A 30 minute commercial for ABC’s parent company. Awful.

  7. JunkChuck says:

    A terrible, horrible, cynical insult to loyal viewers. Blackish is quite possibly the funniest show on television–and certainly among the top five on broadcast channels–but this episode was little more than an infomercial for DIsney, which owns ABC, to promote their amusement park. I would have thought that a show like this would avoid missteps like this, a clear demonstration of a network and it’s corporate overlords taking an audience for granted. Shame on them all.

  8. Ana G says:

    It felt like a 30 minute Disney commercial.

  9. Irene says:

    Should have been listed as “paid programming.” First time I ever FF’d through most of Blackish. They should be embarrassed.

  10. Coco says:

    A shameful ad for Disney via ABC’s well-respected show. Tsk tsk

  11. Rochelle D. Coleman says:

    LMBO, I just experienced the season premiere of Blackish!! So I pull up to the car wash and there are about 20 cars ahead of me…omg!! But then it hit me, I am VIP (I have a monthly pass)…YES!! There is nobody in the VIP lane…so guess who went in front of all those people…yup me!! Lol
    VIP coming through!!
    I love Blackish!!

  12. L. O'Brien says:

    ABC should figure out a better way to advertise Disney. A season premiere should inspire you to watch a show- this makes me reconsider ever tuning in again. Awful.

  13. Allen S. says:

    This was one long Disney commercial, complete with an actual Disney ad near the end. Excessive and annoying. Usually I like this show.