It's Only Natural
When Dre's mother comes for a visit, Diane's scalp is but one battleground. Fortunately, everyone's looking cute.
"Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law hate each other" is a sitcom plotline just about as old as sitcoms themselves. Where the latest Black-ish breaks new ground with its introduction of Dre's mother, Ruby, is that she actually is, as Bow puts it, "a bit------ much." (Ruby's a bitch.) But her visit inspires and/or coincides with some notable looks, so let's walk through them!
Bow: You're scattering rose petals like it's the coming of spring!
Dre: Is that what it seems like?
Dre: GOOD. 'Cause that's what I'm going for.
And he's got the fantasy summer suit and boater to match his feelings.
Bow's experience is a little different. Pelts are involved.
Ruby herself arrives with a striking Afro ("All-natural Zulu/Cherokee blend!"), a bold print tunic, an on-trend statement necklace, and questions about why Bow looks so much "less tired"!
Ruby's also brought a thong, for Zoey, I guess on the theory that you're never too young to worry about panty lines. If you're making a list of battlefields on which Ruby and Bow will be facing off, add Zoey's butt.
Although, if Zoey attends school with Pussycat Dolls -- this one's minus her boa and trilby, I assume because they're against the dress code and she had to put them in her locker -- maybe Ruby's got a point.
I don't care how much of you your pyjamas cover, Dre: getting caught by your wife napping in your mother's bed is not a good look.
I get where Zoey's going with the Ryan Gosling-in-Drive toothpick as part of his look for picking up (overly) sexy senior Kyra, but even as a method of feeding him lines, is any teenaged girl really going to look twice at a dude in a Bluetooth headset? I can tell you no forty-year-old girl will.
Black-ish heard you liked jumpsuits, brought you some jumpsuits. I'm normally against them, but the far left one is so adorable on Zoey. Also? It's Adidas.
I don't claim to be an expert on black hair, but even I know this is way out of bounds. Fighting your daughter-in-law via your granddaughter's hair -- particularly when, if you thought about it for a second, you'd know your daughter-in-law would say your granddaughter is too young to take care of natural hair herself? Yeah, NO.
Zoey has more style hanging out at home in her after-school clothes than I did last week when I went to a Broadway show. And that is a fact.
What's good: Ruby realizing that she was wrong to mess with Diane's hair, and taking it upon herself to do it the way Bow wanted.
What's bad: that another fight breaks out between Ruby and Bow, leaving Diane with a half-done hairdo and, eventually, three combs and a brush stuck in her hair due to Dre's inexpert hair work.
As we leave the Johnsons for the week, Dre has not only learned that he can't treat his mother and his wife as "separate but equal" (great advice, JOSH), but tells Ruby that Bow is his #1 lady, now and forever. Ruby is only a bit of a bitch about it, and while I still wouldn't want to spend a weekend with her, I can't stay mad at those earrings.