Fresh Off the Boat
The Complete First SeasonDVD - 2015
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Eddie: Just when you think you've won the game, this trick done changed the rules.
Mom: Eddie, don't call your mother a trick. (to principal -) You need to make school more challenging, or else my son will fall behind. … Well, is there extra school? Where is the closest CLC?
Eddie Narrating: Chinese Learning Center... An after-school program for reading...math, science... And violin.
Jessica: What's the Daytona 500?
Neighborhood ladies: We watch cars race around speedways 200 times ... stopping only for fuel or engine maintenance...and although the ultimate cup winner is decided by an elaborate points system...individual race winners can still celebrate ... by getting a grandfather clock or drinking a glass of milk. Caveat... drinking milk isn't specifically NASCAR... but auto racing in general.
Eddie: That's me, your boy Eddie Huang in the headphones. My family was moving from Washington, DC, to Orlando, Florida. I was 11 years old, and it was 1995. This is the story of my family, an American family, the Huangs. That's my dad. He loved everything about America. Full-on bought into the American dream. Moms was always hard on me, way before all that "tiger mom" stuff. She thought I was trying to cause trouble wearing that Nas shirt... but she didn't understand. If you were an outsider, hip-hop was your anthem. And I was definitely the black sheep in my family. These other people are Emery, Evan and Grandma. Whatever. Was I excited about the move? No. Did anyone ask me if I was excited? Hell, no. But it's hard getting respect when you're 11.
Eddie: Lot of white folks here.
Emery: Not like back in DC.
Eddie: Yeah. The only white people we ever saw there were the tourists who got lost. … White... House.
Louise: Eddie, half the reason I come to this country...is so you could have lots of sex. What I mean is, Taiwan was so conservative. You couldn't really have sex before you were married. You didn't know if you and your wife were compatible that way. It was dumb luck that your mom and I were.
Louise: Sorry. Look. I don't want you to go out and have sex tomorrow, Okay? But this (the book?) This is just gonna confuse you. I will tell you the truth if you wanna hear it.
Eddie: Yeah? Okay.
Louise: Hmm. Okay, where to start? This will sound crazy, but it's way better than video games. You know how sneezes feel really satisfying in a weird way? … Stay away from Arkansas. They outlawed all the fun stuff. … Spring break. My God. I am so excited for you. I might come with. … That's a great question. I say maybe you burn about 200 calories. … If you pretend like you have a bad back, you don't have to do so much work.
Jessica: Eddie, I just don't understand you... the music you listen to, the way you talk, your clothes. Why can't you support something that I like for once? Well, why can't you be a good Chinese boy like Evan and Emery? They both study hard, play violin... wear button-up shirts properly... not like you, buttoning the top button and letting the rest flap out like a cape.
Jessica: That's called being a "G," Mom!
Mom: Why do you want to be a letter... that's only worth two points in Scrabble?
Louise: And stop reading that book (by Stephen King.) Those stories always give you nightmares.
Jessica: You know what gives me nightmares? Our bank account.
Louise: My wife is not a patient woman. Do you know how many times she tried to start a garden? Have you ever seen a woman yelling at seeds? "Grow! Grow!"
Jessica: Are we Chinese enough?
Louise: Yes... What?
Jessica: Marvin says sometimes he forgets we're Chinese. Maybe he's forgetting because we're forgetting. I mean, when did we start wearing shoes in the house?
Jessica: What's Shabbat?
Goldstein: Well, Shabbat is the Jewish day of rest. We're prohibited from doing certain things from Friday night to Saturday night...turning electrical devices, like the stove, on and off... uh, handling money, putting flowers in water.
Emery: It kind of sounds like you're gremlins from the movie Gremlins.
Principal: And according to the lunch monitor, he kicked him in the groinal area...shoved pudding in his face... and unleashed a stream of obscenities
I can't repeat because God is listening. There were some words he used that I've never heard before... and I grew up in Boston.
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