Review In A Tweet: “The #FreshOffTheBoat Halloween Episode “Miracle on Dead Street” is the equivalent of getting a king sized candy bar while trick-or-treating”
On the latest Fresh Off the Boat it’s the Huang family’s first Halloween in the suburbs, and everyone has their own idea of what that means. Eddie is excited to finally trick or treat, since back in DC his candy bucket was stolen and use as a planter; his goal is to be knee deep in candy. Jessica believes it is a ridiculous holiday, while Louis is the opposite and is determined to make his “dead” street the most Halloween street in the neighborhood. Jessica on the other hand has a mission to defend her newly renovated investment property from a group of teenage boys.
Miracle on Dead Street is one of the most ambitious episodes of the series yet. The jokes during this episode are extremely risqué yet expertly hidden; the dirtiest of the jokes could easily fly over the head even some of the more degenerative of viewers. The jokes and the story still serve to explore the characters and develop them without any obviously forced growth. The highlights of the episode had to be Louis and Eddie’s costumes, Mr. T and Humpty Hump, the risqué jokes throughout the episodes by multiple characters, and Honey thwarting every one of Jessica’s attempts to discipline a group of teenage boys.
The writing and story continue to impress, and the actors only give better performances. Also the expansion of the cast to include more of the side characters is really fledging out to the show, and the call backs, (like Brian’s love for The Mask), add a layer of realism that helps engage consistent viewers without isolating new ones. It’s become somewhat rare for shows to drive a story forward, yet still be open for first time watchers. Fresh Off the Boat continues to prove that it’s not just a good “Asian Show” but a great show in general.
Fresh Off the Boat airs Tuesdays on ABC.