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"Pilot"
Pilot
Season 1
Episode 1
Total Episode Count 1
Written By Nahnatchka Khan
Directed By Lynn Shelton
Production Code 101
Air Date February 4, 2015
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Pilot is the first episode of ABC's hit TV show, Fresh Off the Boat.

Summary

Eddie Huang's family moves from D.C. to Orlando when his father assumes control of a failing steakhouse, certain that he can turn around its fortunes. Jessica is confused by the rituals and habits of her new neighbors. Eddie finds it difficult to fit in at school, while Emery seems to be doing just fine.

Plot

The episode begins with Eddie dressing up in the clothing of a stereotypical black rapper while some rap music plays in the background. He comes out of the changing room and his mom, Jessica is there with his two brothers, Evan and Emery. Jessica checks out the price tag on his golden chain necklace but it's too much money for her. A narration of Eddie's future self happens, explaining that it was very annoying how Jessica never understood that in America, there are set prices and you can't haggle for anything. He explains who everyone in his family is and he explains them moving from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida. The next scene shows them moving there. They are all in the car and Eddie is listening to rap music on his headphones. He sees that Evan is singing and he takes off his headphones to hear what he is singing. He and his father, Louis are singing "I saw the sign" while Jessica is nodding her head happily without singing. Eddie hangs his head and groans out of hatred for the song. Louis turns off the music and explains to Eddie that moving to Orlando isn't going to be bad. It's going to be a very amazing thing for them. Mainly, he is doing this because he just opened up his own restaurant called "Cattleman's Ranch Steakhouse". Eddie mentions Shaquille O Neil and Jessica rags on him for liking the African American culture so much when the Asian culture is better. She explains how sexy Pete Sampras is. Louis gets annoyed by his wife admiring another man, but then, he hears a song on the radio. It's their favorite song. "Something to talk about". He turns it up, starts singing along to it and Evan joins in. Jessica is hesitant to do this at first, but then she quickly and happily gives in, singing along. Eddie hangs his head again and plugs back in his headphones to ignore them.

They finally make it to Cattleman's ranch. Louis introduces them to the place and Jessica had her concerns about it. She knows nothing about the American culture and she isn't entirely comfortable with them moving here and doing this. Eddie just tries to tell her how amazing this restaurant is and what good things it's going to do in their lives. Meanwhile, Eddie, Evan, and Emory are very skeptical about the whole thing in general. Jessica expresses her concers about there being a lack of customers to Louis and he convinces her that people will be coming in sometime soon. Although she is very hesitant to all of this, she puts her trust in him.

When they are moving into their new home, Emery and Eddie notice that there is a lot of Caucasian people in this new place, which they are very unfamiliar with. Jessica is greeted by the neighborhood girl, Deidre and her friends when they rollerblade over to them. When she talks to him, Deidre says a lot of prejudice things about her that she apperantly doesn't notice. Jessica kind of hated her for making these comments, but she feels that she needs to pretend to like her anyway in order to have friends there, because of the fact that everyone else is the neighborhood follows her.

The next day, Eddie, Emery, and Evan are sitting at the table eating breakfast and getting ready for school. Eddie complains about having to start school on a Wednesday and Jessica tells him that the sooner they start, the better chances he has at going to college, getting a job, and making money. Eddie hates the stuff she's saying but he gets dressed and goes off to school anyway, taking Evan and Emery with him. Just then, Louis comes in and tells her that he just got a brilliant idea on how to attract customers for his new restaurant. He needs to hire some more white people for the restaurant so that the place will have more of an American theme if there are American people there, instead of an Asian guy. Jessica just rolls her eyes.

On the first day of school for Eddie, Mrs. Uveda is introducing Eddie to the class but is confused when she sees that his Chinese name is "Chungi yi Ming". Eddie just tells everyone to call him Eddie, relieving Mrs. Uvenda of a ton of stress. Later at lunch, Eddie sees that a lot of people are eating Lunchables. He goes up to one table where a kid named Walter is sitting. Walter tell him that he can sit there as long as he doesn't talk to him because he doesn't like kids and his only friend is a 40 year old man. Eddie sits there with Walter for a while until a kid at another table calls him over there. He introduces himself as Brock and they become good friends. However, Eddie opens up a can of some mealworms that really stinks. The boys are all disgusted by this and theymake fun of him and shoo him away from the table. He goes back to the table with Walter where he sarcastically apologizes for the way they treated him and then rudely demands that he sits somewhere else for leaving him like that.

Jessica is rollerblading with the other neighborhood women, annoyed with Dierdre's story and Samantha's bag of dog feces, being carried right in front of her face. She soon takes a break and bids a do to her friends, as the school bus pulls up. Evan, Emery, and Eddie get off. Evan tells her about a hilarious fat kid who he befriended in his class named Jay Jay. Emery, introduces her to his newfound girlfriend, Kim, and Eddie comes off the bus, complaining and wanting to go back to D.C. again. Jessica tells Eddie that they have no choice and that she too is suffering, trying to fit in with the new friends there. Eddie just angrily walks away, telling her that she's never on his side.

At Cattleman's, Louis is going a job interview for a white man named Mitch to host the restaurant, who seems to be bit of a silly goof-off. Mitch assumes that Cattleman's is actually part of the Golden Saddle chain restaurant, which Louis denies, but Mitch then starts assuming that it's an inspiration, a spin-off, etc. and even points out that the stuffed bear statues in the restaurant are identical to that in the restaurant but Louis tells him that the difference is that the ones in his restaurant are brown, while the ones in theirs are black. Eventually, he hires Mitch as a waiter at the restaurant.

Cast

Major Roles

Minor Roles

Trivia

  • In this episode, it is revealed that Eddie's original Chinese name is "Chungi yi Ming" and that Eddie is just the American name he chooses to go by.
    • Although this was intended to be a Chinese name, the name "Chungi" is actually Vietnamese.
  • Mitch mentions in this episode that he has a wife. Not much is known about her at all as this was her only mention in the show. However, in the future episode Showdown at the Golden Saddle, it is revealed that he was sexually intimate with Nancy, meaning that he hates her enough to cheat on her.
    • In the commercial at the end of the episode, Mitch is acting and there are two actors portraying his wife and cousin. Nancy was portraying his cousin and an unknown woman was portraying his wife. It's possible that this was his wife herself, but given that all of the actors in the commercial were workers at the restaurant, it was more likely that this was Joe.
  • In this episode, Jessica mentions that her brother-in-law just got a new car. This would be continued later in the episode Success Perm, where Steve visited and he was shown bragging about his new car, only for the episode to later reveal that his car was used.
  • This episode featured the uncensored usage of the term "chink" twice. First used by Walter when calling Eddie one, and used shortly after by Louis, telling Principal Hunter what Walter had called him. This would be the first time that ABC has broadcast anything that uses that term uncensored.
    • The instance of Walter using the term was actually broadcast in the promo for the show itself. This was done out of the creators taking pride in using this term on their show.
  • In the Cattleman's Ranch commercial at the end of the episode, Mitch acts like a redneck to get the attention from All-American people. One of the things he says is "If you don't believe me, ask my wife, or my cousin, or my cousin wife." This is a reference to a common offensive stereotype of Americans, saying that they have incestuous relationships with their close cousins.
  • This is the only episode that doesn't feature the Theme Song.

Gallery

To view the gallery for this episode, visit the Pilot/Gallery.

Episodes
Fresh off the Boat — Season One
Pilot Home Sweet Home-School The Shunning Success Perm
Episode 1
"Pilot"
Episode 2
"Home Sweet Home-School"
Episode 3
"The Shunning"
Episode 4
"Success Perm"
Persistent Romeo Fajita Man Showdown at the Golden Corrall Phillip Goldstein
Episode 5
"Persistent Romeo"
Episode 6
"Fajita Man"
Episode 7
"Showdown at the Golden Saddle"
Episode 8
"Phillip Goldstein"
License to Sell Blind Spot Very Superstitious DTBPD1
Episode 9
"License to Sell"
Episode 10
"Blind Spot"
Episode 11
"Very Superstitious"
Episode 12
"Dribbling Tiger, Bounce Pass Dragon"
So Chineez
Episode 13
So Chineez
Fresh off the Boat — Season Two
Family Business Trip Boy 2 Man Shaquille O Neal Motors The Fall ball Dance
Episode 1
"Family Business Trip"
Episode 2
"Boy II Man"
Episode 3
"Shaquille O'Neal Motors"
Episode 4
"The Fall Ball"
Miracle on dead stret Fresh-off-the-boat The Big 1-2 Huangsgiving
Episode 5
"Miracle on Dead Street"
Episode 6
"Good Morning Orlando"
Episode 7
"The Big 1-2"
Episode 8
"Huangsgiving"
We Done Son The Real Samta YOTR Image
Episode 9
"We Done Son"
Episode 10
"The Real Santa"
Episode 11
"Year of the Rat"
Episode 12
"Love and Loopholes"
Phil's Phalves MCF Keep 'Em Separated Tight Two
Episode 13
"Phil's Phaves"
Episode 14
"Michael Chang Fever"
Episode 15
"Keep 'Em Separated"
Epsiode 16
"Tight Two"
Doing it Right Week in Review Jessica Place My Name is
Episode 17
"Doing it Right"
Epsiode 18
"Week in Review"
Epsiode 19
"Jessica Place"
Epsiode 20
"Hi, My Name Is ..."
Rent Day Gotta Be Me The Manchurian Dinner Date Bring the Pain
Episode 21
"Rent Day"
Epsiode 22
"Gotta Be Me"
Episode 23
"The Manchurian Dinner Date"
Epsidoe 24
"Bring the Pain"
Fresh off the Boat — Season Three
Episode 1
"Coming From America"
Episode 2
"Breaking Chains"
Episode 3
"Louisween"
Episode 4
"Citizen Jessica"
Episode 5
"No Thanks-giving"
Episode 6
"WWJD: What Would Jessica Do?"
Episode 7
"The Taming of the Dads"
Episode 8
"Where are the Giggles?"
Episode 9
"How to be an American"
Episode 10
"The Best of Orlando"
Episode 11
"Clean Slate"
Episode 12
"Sisters Without Subtext"

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