TV Club: Fresh Off The Boat: “Dribbling Tiger, Bounce Pass Dragon”

Last week, Fresh Off The Boat stepped up its game by finally tying together its primary and secondary storylines at the episode’s end. In “Dribbling Tiger, Bounce Pass Dragon,” we get a successful inversion of that formula. During the very first scene, the Huang parents are told by Evan and Emery’s principal that they need to volunteer with the school district in lieu of recent budget cuts, lest they make a donation. The Huangs reluctantly agree, and the stories divide as Louis becomes coach of Eddie’s basketball team and Jessica is tasked with directing Evan and Emery’s school play.

By establishing this forked structure right off the bat, writer Rich Blomquist is able to give each of the Huangs’ extracurricular activities equal amounts of screen time, keeping the focus sharp as we hop back and forth between their respective duties. Sure, it’s a fairly simple …

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