Abbott Elementary always knows exactly how to touch on serious topics affecting teachers while adding a dash of much-needed humor.
And that was the case with Abbott Elementary Season 2 Episode 9, which found Janine taking a sick day after she ate a tuna sandwich that was left out and heated up by the sun, er, “nature’s microwave.”
Jacob warned Janine not to eat the sandwich, reminding her of the time he got food poisoning in Zimbabwe, but she didn’t listen, and she suffered the dire consequences—food poisoning and her first-ever sick day.
Of course, it happened at a time when the educational system is going through a substitute/teacher shortage, a memo (which stands for memorization, in case you didn’t know) that Ava conveniently overlooked. Despite her best efforts, she wasn’t able to track down a sub for Janine’s class and was forced to take it on by herself, which, as you can imagine, was a disaster in the making.
Ava rarely takes anything seriously, but this time, she was finally called out on it in a way that she couldn’t ignore—by fine Gregory. He insisted that Ava follow Janine’s sick day binder to a tee, noting that they work hard on the curriculum and that the students need structure in order to function. Deviating from the way things are on done on a daily basis sets the kids up for failure. After Gregory’s pep talk, Ava took her responsibilities as a sub in a slightly more serious way, making sure to write the date on the chalkboard, reading a book during story time, and finding a way to print out the sheets for their weekly spelling test.
Of course, when all was said and done, she said it was easy and didn’t understand why the teachers “whine” so much, but in reality, it was a huge wake-up call for Ava. So much so that she even ordered more printer paper, which wouldn’t be necessary if she didn’t use it all up for her pyramid scheme fliers, but I digress. The point is, Ava acknowledged that not everyone is cut out to be a teacher; it takes a special person who wants to dedicate all their time and love to help children flourish.
Her pyramid scheme of selling eye masks also backfired as all of her customers reported getting freezer burn, which surely wasn’t a user error. When she realized how much backlash she was getting, she immediately closed up shop. Unfortunately, Jacob didn’t get the memo when he treated himself to one of the masks… and suffered the consequences.
There was a subplot involving Melissa and Barbara relishing in the silence in the teacher’s lounge upon Janine’s absence, and when another co-worker, Tasha arrived and made it clear that she wasn’t the kind of person who enjoys Janine’s peppy personality, they all bonded. I’ll admit, the storyline was a little cold-hearted as Janine genuinely loves and looks up to her colleagues, particularly Barbara. Their comments and complaints about her were a little mean-spirited, even if they were blowing off some steam. If it wasn’t for Jacob and Gregory, but particularly Jacob, no one would have stood up and defended Janine, when the reality is, she’s the kind of person that helps Abbott Elementary function. She’s a dialogue starter, and not to mention the person who will “fix” anything that’s broken. Does it backfire sometimes? Yes, but they’re all better off because of her presence.
Jacob is a truly great friend for sticking up for Janine, as for Gregory, well, his love for her is undeniable. He checked in on her through texts, he made sure her class was running smoothly, and he even brought her electrolytes the following day to make sure she stayed hydrated. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
What did you think of the episode? And are you excited about the holiday special?
Abbott Elementary Recap 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.
‘Abbott Elementary’s Season 3 Promo Goes Viral With Jeremy Allen White Joke
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.”
“Put your arms away Jeremy Allen BLACK” that deserves an Emmy on its own. Writers are WRITING https://t.co/XxWAwcI1Mn
— Meech (@MediumSizeMeech) January 31, 2024
Plenty more memes piled in on X (or what we all still call Twitter):
“put your arms away jeremy allen black” pic.twitter.com/2N1EFYsB0k
— ًً (@girlsonfillm) January 31, 2024
— fabiana (@_fabiana00_) January 31, 2024
“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.
— ♡ (@laacolee) January 31, 2024
— 💌 (@lavertigineee) January 31, 2024
Jeremy Allen White watching the Abbott Elementary trailer pic.twitter.com/1xOuRBd03E
— 𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑧𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒𝑛𝑧𝑜𝑠🐇 (@AmeliaXCV) January 31, 2024
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!
Abbott Elementary Season Finale Review – It’s a Slow Burn After All (222)
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.
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.
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.
— wine mom y0r forger🍷 (@autumnvelvets) April 20, 2023
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.
— َ (@sxarlights) April 20, 2023
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.
— َ (@sxarlights) April 20, 2023
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*
— Principal Ava Coleman stan (@1ux1isbon) April 20, 2023
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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