Eddie Huang’s sitcom Fresh Off the Boat got a LOT of attention around its premiere, and for good reason. It was a monumental show, but we were all waiting to see if it was also a good show. And it turns out, it is. We can get pretty pretentious around these parts (and I mean that as a term of endearment) with our Fargos and our True Detectives, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a good sitcom too. And this is a good sitcom. Not the horrible braincell-killing Big Bang Theories, but more of a Goldbergs nostalgia-fest with the racial-political commentary of Black-ish or (occasionally) Jane the Virgin. It mixes humor and Big Events with such a light hand, as was apparent this week, with one of the greatest father-son sex talks of all time.
In this episode, every student in Eddie’s grade was sent home with a sex ed book to help parents talk their kids through the birds and the bees. Unfortunately, the book is full of convoluted metaphors even worse than birds and bees:
So Eddie’s dad, Louis, takes it upon himself to be honest. As he puts it, half the reason he came to the U.S. was so that his son could have lots of sex. I mean, not really. But kinda. He tells Eddie “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.” So he sits down to tell his son “the truth.” And what follows is a beautiful montage of weird and useful and more weird advice about the act that is “way better than video games.”
“And, most important, like we always say during the SNL monologue when a musician hosts,”
There you have it. Everything a kid needs to know (and a lot he doesn’t) about sex. Oh, except maybe one thing.
She’s got that part covered, though.