Black-ish (season 4)

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Black-ish (season 4)
Black-ish season 4 poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Release
Original network ABC
Original release October 3, 2017 (2017-10-03) – May 15, 2018 (2018-05-15)
Season chronology
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List of Black-ish episodes

The fourth season of Black-ish aired from October 3, 2017 which concluded on May 15, 2018 on ABC in the United States. It is produced by Khalabo Ink Society, Cinema Gypsy Productions, Principato-Young Entertainment and ABC Studios, with creator Kenya Barris, who also serves as executive producer alongside Anthony Anderson, Brian Dobbins, Jonathan Groff and Helen Sugland.

The series revolves around Dre, portrayed by Anthony Anderson, a family man who struggles with finding his cultural identity while raising his kids in a white neighborhood. He lives with his wife, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross).

This is the first season not to have Yara Shahidi as a part of the main cast, due to her character receiving her own spin-off show, Grown-ish.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
731"Juneteenth"Anton CropperPeter SajiOctober 3, 2017 (2017-10-03)4014.71[1]
The Johnsons go to Jack and Diane's school play about Columbus Day and Dre is dismayed by the historically inaccurate way that the holiday is portrayed. He feels like there aren't enough black holidays, so he enlists Aloe Blacc at work to help him create a catchy song to raise awareness for a holiday worth celebrating: Juneteenth.
742"Mother Nature"Ken WhittinghamCorey NickersonOctober 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)4024.43[2]
Bow feels overwhelmed after Devante's birth and learns that she is suffering from postpartum depression. Dre urges her to get help and stands by her side while she works through it. Meanwhile, the kids try to help their parents by baby-proofing the house.
753"Elder. Scam."Anton CropperCourtney LillyOctober 17, 2017 (2017-10-17)4044.13[3]
When Ruby gets scammed, Dre suspects that she isn't as sharp as she used to be, particularly because she was the one who used to scam others. Elsewhere, Diane develops a crush on Zoey's friend Aaron.
764"Advance to Go (Collect $200)"Anton CropperGail LernerOctober 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)4063.98[4]
Dre brings everyone together for a rowdy family game night and the competition is fierce. The game of choice is Monopoly, and as the night progresses, alliances are formed and some are pushed to their limits. Meanwhile, Bow makes clear how she feels about Junior's girlfriend.
775"Public Fool"Kevin BrayKenya BarrisOctober 31, 2017 (2017-10-31)4033.53[5]
An incident at school gets Junior expelled from his beloved Valley Glen Prep. Faced with sending their son to public school, Bow and Dre worry over how he will fare in his new environment.
786"First and Last"Linda MendozaLaura Gutin PetersonNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)4053.70[6]
Diane experiences a big life event; sensing his dominance on the court coming to an end, Dre conducts psychological warfare on Junior before challenging him to a game of basketball.
797"Please Don't Feed the Animals"Michael SchultzHale RothsteinNovember 14, 2017 (2017-11-14)4073.86[7]
Dre's godbrother is released from prison, sparking a debate; the kids pressure Ruby to reveal secrets from her past.
808"Charity Case"Claire ScanlonSam LaybourneDecember 5, 2017 (2017-12-05)4094.04[8]
Dre is chosen to lead Stevens and Lido's new charity campaign, which helps people give back to their community. When Bow advises Dre that there is more to giving back than cutting checks, he decides to donate some of his clothes to a man in need. Meanwhile, Junior fails his driving test, so Ruby offers to chaperone him and the twins on an informative outing.
819"Sugar Daddy"John FortenberryYamara TaylorDecember 12, 2017 (2017-12-12)4104.29[9]
Dre is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and resolves to cure himself; Jack is convinced that baby Devante hates him and enlists Junior and Diane's help.
8210"Working Girl"Michael SpillerLindsey ShockleyJanuary 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)4084.02[10]
Bow struggles to adjust as she returns to work after maternity leave; Ruby gives the twins a workaround plan to get out of doing homework.
8311"Inheritance"Millicent SheltonStacy TraubJanuary 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)4113.75[11]
Ruby has a talk with Dre and Rhonda (guest star Raven-Symoné) about her inheritance; Bow's sister hires Junior as her assistant.
8412"Bow Knows"Rob SweeneyLaura Gutin PetersonJanuary 16, 2018 (2018-01-16)4143.76[12]
Dre runs point on a campaign focusing on the talk black parents have with their children about racial bias; Bow finds an online support group.
8513"Unkept Woman"Pete ChatmonChristian LanderFebruary 6, 2018 (2018-02-06)4123.72[13]
Dre and Bow's morning routine with the kids changes; Junior bonds with Diane now that he is in charge of driving his siblings to school.
8614"R-E-S-P-E-C-T"Gail LernerSteven WhiteMarch 13, 2018 (2018-03-13)4163.01[14]
Dre and Bow face their own gender biases upon learning that Junior and Zoey have both become sexually active.
8715"White Breakfast"Rob CohenLindsey ShockleyMarch 13, 2018 (2018-03-13)4152.86[14]
Dre and Bow try to figure out the right balance of discipline and support when Jack and Diane get in trouble at school.
8816"Things Were Different Then"Todd HollandCourtney LillyMarch 20, 2018 (2018-03-20)4173.90[15]
Dre sees his father's past in a new light when and Junior plan Pops' 65th birthday party; Jack and Diane take advantage of Bow's decision to say yes to everything for a whole year.
8917"North Star"Eva LongoriaLaura Gutin PetersonMarch 27, 2018 (2018-03-27)4188.58[16]
Dre and Bow learn to love each other's cuisines when their families arrive for Easter; Jack and Diane pretend not to be interested in Junior's Easter-egg hunt to impress their cool cousins.
9018"Black Math"Kevin BrayDoug HallApril 3, 2018 (2018-04-03)4195.27[17]
When Junior is accepted into Stanford, Andre tries to convince him to attend Howard University instead. Jack develops a comedy style and Ruby decides to manage his career, forcing Diane to compete for her attention.
9119"Dog Eat Dog World"Anton CropperJenifer Rice-Genzuk HenryApril 10, 2018 (2018-04-10)4204.90[18]
The family is divided over the idea of getting a dog after Dre and Bow promise Jack he can get one if he gets straight A's-- and he does. Meanwhile, Bow's brother Johan (guest star Daveed Diggs) is in town and he doesn't get the warm welcome he expects from Ruby.
9220"Fifty-Three Percent"Tracee Ellis RossGail LernerApril 17, 2018 (2018-04-17)4214.04[19]
Fighting more than usual, Dre and Bow return to their therapist, who suggests they schedule a date night. Elsewhere, when the bouncy house gets left behind after Devante's first birthday party, Jack and Diane take advantage of it in different ways.
9321"Blue Valentime"Jonathan GroffYamara TaylorMay 1, 2018 (2018-05-01)4224.45[20]
Tensions are high between Dre and Bow as their contractor arrives to remodel the kitchen; Dre reflects on the good times in his relationship with Bow.
9422"Collateral Damage"Gail LernerOwen H.M. SmithMay 8, 2018 (2018-05-08)4234.32[21]
As their marriage seems to have hit the rocks, Dre and Bow separate. They maintain a civil relationship in front of the kids but privately maintain their strained relationship. During the graduation party, Dre and Bow get into a heated argument not realizing their kids are watching, diminishing the hopes that they and the family had on their marriage.
9523"Dream Home"E. Langston CraigGraham Towers & Steve VitoloMay 15, 2018 (2018-05-15)4244.96[22]
Dre and Bow, try to lead a separate life by split their time to spend time with the kids. A dream glass house that Dre leased in the hills proves to be a non favorite for the kids. Bow on the other hand struggles to be the man of the house. Bows father untimely passed on—prompting them to choose each other. They ultimately move back in together and resume their marriage.

Unaired episode[edit]

The would be fourteenth episode of the season, titled "Please, Baby, Please", was shot in November 2017, and originally scheduled to air on February 27, 2018. However on February 22, 2018, ABC announced that the episode would be pulled from the schedule and that a repeat of a past episode would air instead.[23] USA Today stated that the episode "was apparently too political for the network".[24] An ABC spokesperson said that there "were creative differences we were unable to resolve".[25] On March 10, 2018, it was officially announced that the network had no plans to air the episode.[26] In the episode, Dre tries to read a bedtime story to Devante during a thunderstorm, but instead improvises a new story based on recent social and political issues in the United States.[27]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
Total
(18–49)
1 "Juneteenth" October 3, 2017 1.5/5 4.71[1] 0.7 2.2[28]
2 "Mother Nature" October 10, 2017 1.3/5 4.43[2] 0.7 2.0[29]
3 "Elder. Scam." October 17, 2017 1.1/4 4.13[3] 0.8 1.9[30]
4 "Advance to Go (Collect $200)" October 24, 2017 1.1/4 3.98[4] N/A N/A
5 "Public Fool" October 31, 2017 1.0/4 3.53[5] N/A N/A
6 "First and Last" November 7, 2017 1.1/4 3.70[6] 0.7 1.8[31]
7 "Please Don't Feed the Animals" November 14, 2017 1.1/4 3.86[7] N/A N/A
8 "Charity Case" December 5, 2017 1.0/4 4.04[8] 0.7 1.7[32]
9 "Sugar Daddy" December 12, 2017 1.2/5 4.29[9] N/A N/A
10 "Working Girl" January 2, 2018 1.1/4 4.02[10] N/A N/A
11 "Inheritance" January 9, 2018 1.0/4 3.75[11] N/A N/A
12 "Bow Knows" January 16, 2018 1.0/4 3.76[12] N/A N/A
13 "Unkempt Woman" February 6, 2018 1.0/4 3.72[13] 0.6 1.6[33]
14 "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" March 13, 2018 0.9/3 3.01[14] TBD TBD
15 "White Breakfast" March 13, 2018 0.9/3 2.86[14] TBD TBD
16 "Things Were Different Then" March 20, 2018 1.1/4 3.90[15] TBD TBD
17 "North Star" March 27, 2018 2.6/10 8.58[16] TBD TBD
18 "Black Math" April 3, 2018 1.5/6 5.27[17] TBD TBD
19 "Dog Eat Dog World" April 10, 2018 1.3/5 4.90[18] 0.6 1.9[34]
20 "Fifty-Three Percent" April 17, 2018 1.1/4 4.04[19] TBD TBD
21 "Blue Valentime" May 1, 2018 1.2/5 4.45[20] TBD TBD
22 "Collateral Damage" May 8, 2018 1.2/5 4.32[21] TBD TBD
23 "Dream Home" May 15, 2018 1.2/5 4.96[22] TBD TBD

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