Not a review so much as some thoughts on this episode (a great episode of Reba, by the way.) I noticed some reviewers were offended by this episode and I just have to wonder why. This episode was not about making fun of black people. This episode was about a real-life national crisis, Hurricane Katrina, and the big-hearted main character of the show Reba who takes in 18 some strangers (who happen to be black) into her home because they had no place to live. Racist? Barbra Jean behaved the way she did because she is Barbra Jean. Her character on this show is a misguided, know-it-all clown who means well... Of course she's going to try to "act black" to fit in. How does this reflect poorly on the writers of the show? Barbra Jean is not a mouthpiece for the viewpoints of the network, she's the comic relief. And the black characters on the show (who were portrayed with complete dignity and humanity) wanted nothing to do with her.
I applaud the writers for allowing real events and problems of the country to affect the characters on this show, and to have a plotline that put the Texan white family in a situation with an extended New Orlean black family - the scene between Reba and Ruby was beautifully done.
Reba invites a family displaced by Hurricane Katrina to stay with her family. When the original 2 invitees ultimately becomes approximately 18, the racially-motivated jokes and barbs start. Not a good episode at all.
I still cannot believe what I just saw. This episode was the one of the most offensive shows I have ever seen. It celebrated just about every negative stereotype of black people I have ever had the misfortune of being exposed to. After hearing so many positive things about this show, I decided to watch it today and was shocked and disgusted. It is unfortunate that the writers found it necessary to travel down this path. It would have been possible to do a show relating to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina without further dehumanizing its victims. Shame on you, Reba. This show is trash, I will not watch it again.
Racism comes in many forms. As disappointed as I am with Reba and Lifetime for airing a show filled with stereo types and racist comments. I am angry with the African American actors who participated in this attack on our culture. Truly the worst episode. Black women are more than braids slang and booty shakers. We are productive citizens making positive contributions to society. Interesting how they forgot to include a black man in this episode as the head of the family and made sure we expressed our gratitude to the white people for their hospitality. Hurricane Katrina was a devastating natural disaster and to make fun of that and the people is the worst thing I have ever watched.
In this episode, Reba volunteers to house a very large, black family. She is extremely stressed over it and is having a hard time dealing with the whole situation. Meanwhile, Barbra Jean is loving it and is trying to act the way she believes black people act. Van, Cheyenne, Brock, and Jake are all slightly humored by the situation, but at the same time, losing their minds!
I thought this episode was done perfectly. It is a very difficult subject to write for. Some peoeple may think that it was racist, but in my opinion, it was the exact opposite. The whole episode was written in an unoffensive, comical, realistic way. This episode was Phenomenally done and all around terrific! I applaud the writers and acters, as I do every time I watch an episode. This was clearly a very special episode.
UGH...Give me a break to anyone who feels this episode was racist. It was not in the least. Did it deal with stereo-types...you bet it did. The Barbara Jean character, took on the persona of a stereo-typical African American. So What? It was done with complete humor..and the majorty of the humor was derived from everyone's reaction to her. They were laughing and shaking their head AT her.
Lets not miss the point. The point of this episode is the idea of reaching out to a fellow human being in need. Period. It was well written and VERY funny.
I feel that political correctness has gone way too far. I'm over it. Pay attention to the INTENTION of something being said.... come on.
Before everyone assumes that this is a small minded..white man writing this...let me clear it up. I am A GAY 32 year old DEMOCRAT and I simply think that political correctness has gone way too far.
I don't think this episode is nice.When the fact that Barbara Jean imitates other people.It is not an appopriate thing to do.I really love this show but I really don't like the fact that these people make jokes about other people.I just think that this is very hurtful because I already felt that pain before.I really really love this series but I hope they don't do this again.I really don't like others getting hurt by this lovely series.I just hope that they don't do what they did on this episode again.I really love this series but I don't like others getting hurt.
I was very offended by this Episode “No Good Deed”. I thought it was very racists for the Lady with the blond hair to act so “black” like all Black people behave this way!!!!!! She made a comment about not washing her hair for 3 months because she had corn rows and her language and mannerisms were to reflect those of black people!!! It was very stereotypical and offensive. The audience was not only laughing at her character, but at Black people because of the negative associated stereotypes that we don’t speak correctly, we wear weave and “corn rows” that we have to go get “government assistance” … The next time the writers decide to actually put some more Black People on this show, check to see if it might offend.
This show brought back many memories, (as I was a Hurricane Rita evacuee) It hit very close to home. People in other states like texas think us here in Louisiana eat everything cajun and we all live next to swamps...Like when Cheyanne said ummm what are these and Grandma Ruby said egos and she said ummm tastes cajun. When I evacuated from Rita we went to houston and everyone there was very emotinal for us just like the hart family.
After having been displaced by Hurricane Katrina for four months, I can honestly say that this episode hit home.
It really stinks having to sleep on your friend's couch because your home doesn't exist. I have a new found respect for my buddy now for taking me in. I'm sure it was difficult on him, but we came through it ok.
Reba took some time and told Ruby "We have to talk." That talk was brilliant. Reba said it's going to be hard. Speaking from experience here in New Orleans, it IS hard. It's harder than you might think.
This was a very well-written and beautifully presented episode. One of the things I love the most about this show is that is is able to take serious situations and show people that no matter how bad it gets, with your own inner strength and people around you, you will come out okay....a "survivor." This episode was no different. This episode had the perfect blend of humor and seriousness. One of my favorite elements of this episode is how it showed that the people giving charity can sometimes feel completely overwhelmed when they get in too deep, but that\'s okay. My favorite scene was the one at the end where Reba and Grandma Ruby were reading out of the Bible. That was an extremely powerful and emotional scene that did justice to the entire point of the episode. A job very well done by all involved, as always!
This is one of the best episodes of Reba to date. It does not surprise me that Reba did an episode dealing with the affects of Herricane Katrina since she is so heavily involved with habitat for humanity.
I think this episode is one of Reba's best to date. I give it a thumbs up!!! Dealing with a disaster is never an easy thing, but Reba managed to do it with class and style. As Reba read from the bible page that Ruby marked for her my eyes welled up with tears.
Barbara Jean trying to pretend that she was black was just hillarious! I loved it....even though she sounded horrible.
This epsidoe will be a classic now and forever. It truly was enjoyable.