The Bernie Mac Show

Season 4 Episode 9

Jack & Jacqueline

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Feb 04, 2005 on FOX
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Jack & Jacqueline
Wanda decides to enroll the kids in an organization that teaches social skills to young people.

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  • This episode is an interesting take on the upward mobile social club aspect. Wanda thinks it’s great, Bernie has his suspicions, and of course the kids expose that there are positive and negative aspects to the organization.moreless

    I thought this was a pretty good episode. ‘Jack & Jacqueline’ is based on the real cultural and social club, ‘Jack & Jill of America.’ Those outside of ‘J & J’ see it as a club for snobbish, snooty, uppity blacks. Those inside of ‘J & J’ see it as a club for the benefit and teaching of future leaders from the black community. The episode adds a few twists to the standard comedy series episode formula, which in turn winds up adding to the ongoing feud between Bernie and Vanessa. Wanda, alum of ‘Jack & Jacqueline,’ thinks the kids can benefit from a similar experience. She also has an ulterior motive; to mingle with other successful parents of club members. The formulaic portion comes when Bernie resists, reluctantly agrees, and then warms up to club when he sees how the other kids and teens are positively influencing Vanessa, Jordan & Baby Girl. The teens are actually just pretending to be well mannered, when they actually are drinking gin during their ‘teas’ and using the appearance of good manners to get better curfews and presents. Vanessa and the other teens get caught trying to shoplift at the mall. Even though the other girls explained that Vanessa resisted going along with this ‘J & J’ initiate rite, Bernie was upset that she got caught up in the first place. A typical ending would have Bernie apologize for not believing Vanessa all along. This ending is better, as Bernie exposes his view that there is something mischievous about Vanessa (can’t remember the exact phrase), vowing not to let Vanessa wind up like her mother. He may have lost the battle by talking bad about Vanessa’s mom and not trusting Vanessa, but he refuses to lose the war with Vanessa’s ongoing, defiant teen behavior.moreless

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