I mentioned last year about this time that Disney Channel was debuting a show about Jessie, nanny to a family with 4 children, 3 of whom were adopted. My kids have been avid watchers, and told me excitedly earlier in the week that they'd seen an ad for a new episode where they were celebrating Zuri's Gotcha Day. So we're watching it now.
The show gave a pretty standard definition of Gotcha Day as the day an adopted child joined the family. Oh, and we discover where Zuri is from -- Uganda. Up until now, it's been the irritating information that she's from "Africa," as if that wasn't 54 different countries and countless different cultures. Almost immediately the show backslides, deciding to use "Africa" as the decorating theme for the party. Sigh.
Ravi, adopted from India, says for his gotcha day celebration he wants curry and an ice sculpture of the Taj Mahal. That's where Jessie comes up with the idea of using "Africa" as the decorating theme instead of rainbows and unicorns, which Zuri wants.
Now we're hearing Luke's gotcha story, or at least his version of it -- he's a superkid from Krypton they found in the park. Ravi's story reveals a secret, that they were expecting a baby instead of a young boy. Now Ravi thinks he's a big disappointment. And the parents are mad at Jessie who spilled the beans that the family was expecting a baby. They say they weren't planning to tell him until after they died (though they hadn't quite figured out how).
Now the parents are apologizing for not having told him the truth sooner. Oh, joy, the parents say, "There's no doubt that you were the kid we were meant to have." Family hug!
But the butler knew better than Jessie, and decorated the whole place with pink unicorns and rainbows. Success. But in a nod to Zuri's heritage, Dad brings her a zebra. Oh, and we discover that Dad is the one who told Luke he was from Krypton. And he asks, "Was that wrong?!"
Zoe and Maya say they liked tonight's show. But Maya says the parents should have told the truth to Ravi and Luke from the beginning. If he knew the truth from the beginning, Ravi wouldn't have been so sad when he found out.
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