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Abbott Elementary Recap – A Very Abbott Festival (219)

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY - “Festival” - Abbott Elementary rallies together to fight the threat from Legendary Charter Schools. Ava pitches a festival to draw parents to school and collect their signatures for a petition. However, Draemond shows up with the intention of derailing the event. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 (9:00-9:32 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Gilles Mingasson) QUINTA BRUNSON, TYLER JAMES WILLIAMS, SHERYL LEE RALPH, LISA ANN WALTER, JANELLE JAMES

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The fight to save Abbott was in full swing on Abbott Elementary Season 2 Episode 19. 

With Barbara’s former student, Draemond, going full steam ahead with his plan to make the elementary school a charter school, the teachers were forced to suit up, step up, and give it their all. 

When they realized the moral approaches weren’t going to yield the success they needed, they resorted to some frowned-upon methods—tricking the parents into signing the petition unknowingly. Surprisingly, it was Barbara’s idea, and while she made sure to emphasize that this isn’t how she usually lives her life, it was a special case—the future of Abbott was on the line. 

Barbara is an OG Abbott teacher, so you honestly don’t want to mess with her. And it’s nice to see her tiptoe on the dark side ever so briefly, including when she surmised that Draemond was a “jackass.” 

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The teachers rallied together to come up with a fun open house to get the parents invested, Janine’s idea that Ava stole, but who’s keeping score? Though, we have to give her credit for coming up with AVA Fest—no, it wasn’t a nod to her as principal, it stood for A Very Abbott Festival. She just gets it. 

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The one thing that’s clear is that the teachers are very much aware of each of their strong suits and flaws. They knew that despite Ava coming through to secure a “headline” for the event—Yasmine Sullivan—they needed a backup plan in case she proved to be unreliable. And she did. When they said to trick the parents, Ava took it to the next level, even lying to her staff about booking the local yet global R&B singer.

Thankfully, Gregory anticipated this flub, so he took one for the team and reached out to Tariq, Abbott’s original legend.  You know it had to take a lot for Gregory to make this sacrifice, but in the end, he saved the day by riling up the parents and showing them just how devoted Abbott was to their children. When Janine and Tariq broke up, it seemed as though his appearances would be limited, but the series truly finds creative ways to involve him which is so fun. And there’s no bad blood with Janine and Tariq so that’s good. 

Abbott Elementary Recap Season 2 Episode 19 Festival

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY – “Festival” – Abbott Elementary rallies together to fight the threat from Legendary Charter Schools. Ava pitches a festival to draw parents to school and collect their signatures for a petition. However, Draemond shows up with the intention of derailing the event. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 (9:00-9:32 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Gilles Mingasson)
QUINTA BRUNSON, SHERYL LEE RALPH, LISA ANN WALTER, TYLER JAMES WILLIAMS

And when it mattered most, the community also stepped up, basically ensuring that Mr. Johnson could mop the floor with Draemond after his speech to convince everyone to embrace the Legendary Charter brand flopped and the parents saw right through it all. 

The Open House proved to them that Abbott is a good, nurturing, and fun place for their kids, with incredible and caring teachers. And despite not having all the necessary resources, they always find a way to make it work—they’re resourceful. One of the parents made a great point—if Draemond cared so much about Abbott, why wouldn’t he invest in the school they already had instead of trying to make everything better, which simply meant that half of the students and teachers would get cut. 

At the end of the day, it was Abbott 1 – Draemond 0. They’d put that up on the scoreboard, but unfortunately, that didn’t survive the hurrah. 

Other Noteworthy Moments

  •  For someone who really identifies with the Black experience, I was surprised Jacob didn’t know who Lee Daniels was. 
  • There were plenty of sweet moments between Gregory and Janine, including their blissful gaze once they realized that Abbott was saved. Also, Gregory saying “I’ll do it with you after school, Janine,” and Barbara’s “ohhh,” was fantastic.

  • Erika is the definition of a good friend, and she sees between the lines. Hopefully, she’ll be the one to talk some sense into Janine because Gregory is not fine being just friends. 
  • Her offer to get Gregory roped into Herbalife tickled me.
  • Ava is always one foot in one foot out. She clearly cares about the school but she always does what’s best for Ava, including going to a job interview for Chief Marketing Officer at Legendary Schools. You have to respect her hustle.
  • “Just trying to dunk a white dude” wins as the best quote from the episode. At least Jacob’s aware, right? Nut-ass suit was a close second. 

  • Amber made an appearance and good news—not only did she get the bag, but she also moved on already with a new man!
  • Gregory’s dancing brings me joy… more joy than his deadpan stares into the camera. 
  • Tariq is truly unstoppable… points for creativity and his desire to make raps for national parks. 

The episode, though comical and heartwarming, took an important stance, emphasizing the need to cherish, celebrate, protect, and fight for our public schools and the teachers who go hard for their students. If we don’t, who will?

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Abbott Elementary Recap Season 3 Episode 3- Gregory’s Garden Goofballs

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Abbott Elementary Review Season 3 Episode 3- Gregory's Garden Goofballs

Amid the plethora of laughs delivered in any given episode of Abbott Elementary, the sitcom always finds a way to weave in a poignant lesson about the efforts of teachers to come through for their students.

The effort was evident on Abbott Elementary Season 3 Episode 3 in more ways than one. The obvious one was Janine’s devotion to finding Jacob Hill’s hard-of-hearing student, Imani, a qualified ASL interpreter. And though the red tape and logistical loopholes almost made her give up, she was swiftly reminded why she’s in the position at the district in the first place—Ava nudged her by stating that they do what they have to do for their kids, while Manny encouraged Janine to look at less conventional ways to do what needs to be done. After all, as he pointed out, she got the position for her creative problem-solving skills.

So, Janine did just that—she got Imani’s parent’s number, encouraged them to go public with the district’s failure to provide accommodations and the threat of bad press was the perfect amount of pressure for them to green light all of Janine’s requests.

As a teacher, or a former teacher who now wants to invoke change from the top, Janine can’t bring herself not to care, and it’s teachers like this, who don’t do it for the money, that are so needed. They advocate for the children, the schools, the teachers, the needs, and everything in between.  One small ripple can make a big change!  

Gregory’s contribution may have been on a smaller scale, but his impact was just as effective, if not more, as he found himself dubbed the “cool” teacher—one that kids looked up to for advice and guidance. While his first attempt at providing relationship advice didn’t go over so well (but, quite honestly, I think it was right on the money to tell boys to focus on school rather than girls), he ended up finding the right balance and offering up himself as a mentor to those who needed it. Yes, even if that meant a safe space to pass gas!

In fact, before Gregory came around to the idea of being a “cool teacher,” he needed a little push from his peers, namely Melissa and Mr. Johnson, who both gave their all for the kids. And we love to see it. 

And fans who were bummed when Janine and Tariq broke up because it meant he wouldn’t be around as much, have no fear, because the sitcom knows just how much we all love him, and he’s here to stay, for now. 

Tariq hilariously appeared several times throughout the episode dropping his “son” to and from school, before seeking out Barbara’s advice on how to connect with his stepson. Giving life advice as a teacher seemingly never stops—and neither does Barbara’s impact as a “step-teacher.”

While the “performance of the week” award would hands-down go to Tariq’s Zack Fox, the moment of the week had to be Mr. Johnson popping in to state “be gone, Satan” when he sees a young girl crying, all while telling everyone he’s going to grab his “holy mop water.”

Mr. Johnson remains a scene-stealer, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

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‘Abbott Elementary’s Season 3 Promo Goes Viral With Jeremy Allen White Joke

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Imagine a world in which Abbott Elementary and The Bear exist in each other’s orbit.

The former almost made it happen with its brand new promo for the upcoming third season went viral following a joke about Jeremy Allen White.

In the snippet, Ava (Janelle James) calls Gregory (Tyler James Williams) “Jeremy Allen Black” after he whips out his muscular arms to try to convince her to loosen up on the new rules she’s introduced after spending the summer at Harvard. 

Someone said that the scene alone deserves an Emmy, adding, “writers are writing.”

That Jeremy Allen Black joke at the end. Yeah another banger semester incoming,” someone else quipped, as another added, “give quinta the emmy, pulitzer, all of them!”

Plenty more memes piled in on X (or what we all still call Twitter): 

“so if in the abbott universe jeremy allen white exists does that mean that ayo edebiri also exists and if so how does ayesha fit into this equation,” someone else questioned referring to Janine’s (Quinta Brunson) sister Ayesha (Ayo Edebiri)—and we have to admit, they have a point. 

“Ok so if Jeremy Allen White is in this universe does that mean Ayo Edebiri is? And does Quinta think her sister looks like her?” another user pointed out. 

And if the joke was somehow lost on you, don’t worry, we got you—it’s a play on Jeremy’s recent viral (and steamy) Calvin Klein underwear ad that he people talking, retweeting, resharing, and gawking. 

The actor, who is also known as Lip from Shameless, nearly broke the internet by flaunting his muscular physique—arms and all. 

Abbott Elementary’s new promo promises plenty of laughs right from the start on Feb. 7, as Janine considers adding vulgar language to her vocabulary (stopping Gregory in his tracks) and Gregory and Janine swear that things aren’t odd between them despite their near-romance last season, to which everyone’s favorite janitor Mr. Johnson (William Stanford Davis) simply replies, “interesting,” totally unconvinced. 

Oh man, it’s great to have television back again! 

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Abbott Elementary Season Finale Review – It’s a Slow Burn After All (222)

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Wowie… that was a bummer. That was my initial reaction after Janine turned Gregory down on Abbott Elementary Season 2 Episode 22. But it wasn’t actually a bummer at all. 

Fans expected the duo—who has been crushing on each other since their first day at Abbott (love at first sight!)—to finally make a move on each other in the season finale, but when has Abbott ever done what was expected?

The mockumentary may be your typical workplace comedy on the surface, but it colors outside the lines, which is what has made the show so relatable, realistic, and most of all, unlike any other on television. 

And Janine and Gregory’s slow burn has been the best part of it. There are so many TV couples we ship that lose their magic the moment they get together—the chemistry only lives in the “will they or won’t they.”

Abbott is making sure that isn’t the case with Janine and Gregory. 

However, Janine’s selfish decision also prioritized something much more important than what fans want (because we know shows sometimes give into fan demands, which actually cheapens the storyline)—they led with the plot that made the most sense for the characters. 

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY – “Franklin Institute” – Abbott Elementary takes a field trip to the Franklin Institute. Gregory is eager to spend time with a reluctant Janine who is avoiding him. Ava teaches the students about aliens, leading to chaos when someone spots an extraterrestrial in the museum. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 (9:00-9:32 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Eric Liebowitz)
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It couldn’t have been easy arriving at this pivotal point with Gregory and Janine and then deciding not to give into that storyline, especially when they both admitted that they have deep feelings for each other (and they were pouring their hearts out to each other in a literal heart display that could be heard subtly beating in the background making for a perfect moment), but it was necessary for Janine’s character growth. She’s been having a bit of an identity crisis this season, and her brief but life-changing chat with Maurice, and surprisingly, later Ava, put things into perspective for her. 

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She went from one very long and serious relationship with Tariq to another one with Maurice, but she hasn’t been in a healthy or promising relationship with herself. She needed to explore that a little bit more before throwing herself into another relationship, especially one that was so real.

In addition to realizing the importance and necessity of being selfish sometimes (putting yourself first), Janine also knew that this wasn’t a relationship she could ever risk not working out. There was no going back, and if she was going to make that jump, she needed to be fully ready. They love each other so much, they can’t risk hurting one another.

It takes a lot to turn down the person that makes your heart skip a beat, gives you those flutters, and puts a smile on your face daily, but Janine knew it was the right call. And we haven’t seen her be so confident in her decision, like, ever. 

Janine and Gregory’s Franklin Institute moment proves how important the timing is; it wasn’t the right time now, but I’m confident it will be in the future when they are both ready, and it will only be that much sweeter. 

Gregory was heartbroken, but he found the positive in the situation as well, and he got a huge relief from not having to carry around those feelings for Janine anymore now that it was all in the open. 

And there’s a reason why “if it’s meant to be” is so fitting here—if it’s meant to be, they will find a way back to each other.

But for now, they’ll spend the summer brunching as the after-school crew and finding themselves. It’s clear that Gregory has a lot to figure out as well because otherwise he wouldn’t have pursued two relationships this season that he wasn’t fully invested in or getting anything out of. 

It was also nice to see the moment between Janine and Gregory happen outside of school walls. They weren’t coworkers or teachers but two friends trying to navigate their complex feelings. The choice to have that conversation in pajamas was key, and while they weren’t on their own turf, per se, the change in attire was so much more personal, alluding to a comfort level between the two of them. 

The rest of the episode was pure Abbott magic—from Ava scaring the children with her conspiracy theories to the children panicking after thinking that Barb was an alien because of her CPAP machine and right down to Gregory and Jacob’s bro hug. Some might say, the real romance was blooming in Gregory and Jacob’s friendship. 

Abbott always strikes the right chord, blending the comedy into the emotional beats of the series. 

As for the best moment of the episode? Look, the way Gregory just laid out his feelings for Janine was everything, but his love for her has always been evident in the nuanced moments, so my vote goes to Gregory informing her that he took her recommendation to watch Night at the Museum seriously because he wants to know what she likes. SWOON! Also, the way he smiled after telling Jacob about their kiss was also very adorable. 

Am I in love with Gregory? *Stares nervously into the camera*

What did you think of the Season 2 finale? Do you wish they just let Janine and Gregory have their moment or did you like how they explored this new shift in the dynamic?

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