I was watching "Ashes to Ashes" again yesterday, and once again I have to laugh at the show's pathetic attempt to create racial tensions (or whatever After-School Special issue they're focusing on that week! ). While I realize the show is set in the formerly lily-white B.H., we're talking So. Cal. in the 90's. People of different skin colors were not/are not out of place in the L.A. area. A point well illustrated by the show itself: Throughout the various crowd shots around school they show many kids of different races; The school DJ that David took over for was black; Henry, Brandon's boss at the Beach Club, was black and Brandon didn't seem to have a problem with it. My favorite scene, though, that I think totally demonstrated the show contradicting itself was when Brandon and Robbie were arguing in the hallway the day after the "incident" with the sister's boyfriend. As Robbie is trying to make the case that Brandon (and the rest of B.H. by association) seems to have a problem accepting Robbie and his family because they are the oh-so-out-of-place black family, who should walk by right behind them? A black, female student. Then the camera pulls back and you can see a group of football players, some of whom are black, walking down the hall. Not that racial tensions didn't exist then (and now), but I think the show tried too hard to create an issue where there wasn't one, and the whole thing just felt forced. Not to mention their extremely laughable portrayal of the "hood". Even though it was the '90's, I'm pretty sure the tough kids living in those areas did not wear PASTEL colors!!!
And, my last complaint with the episode, as it is with many of them, is that we never see the Ashe family again, despite the fact that there was no mention of them moving away, and Robbie seemed pretty well settled in as the Blaze's photog!!!