June 20th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
The more I watch "Ice loves Coco," the more I feel like I am watching 'The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet," minus the kids, but throw in a few hair extensions.
When I caught the debut episode last week I was ready for "The Odd Couple" - some sex and lots of crazy over-the-top antics. But that's not what I got in the last episode ,or this week for that matter. Instead the first two episodes have really been about the love in this family.
We learned how Ice-T and his wife Coco make their seemingly "opposites attract" relationship work in the debut. But in this second episode we met Coco's sister Kristy Williams, who is five months pregnant and comes from Arizona to visit the duo.
But even before she shows up we see Coco and Ice at home planning for the visit - Coco was cleaning the house as if the royal family were on its way, dusting tables and vacuuming non-stop. Ice asks "Why are you cleaning?" Coco responds, "because Kristy is coming into town tomorrow and you know how I want everything to be perfect for my sister!" Coco then suggests to Ice that Kristy could sleep in their bed since she is pregnant. Ice-T likes that idea about as much as he likes Coco in a turtleneck.
Instead he shoots back by saying, "That's not an option. She's just pregnant. Women can still chop wood when they are pregnant. At least she ain't sleeping on the floor!" Awww isn't he sweet?
By the way, Kristy is the real star of this episode. Everything revolves around her. When Kristy arrives in town, the first place Coco takes her is shoe shopping in NYC. While in the boutique with her sister and another close friend, Rashida, Coco tells her sister she can't buy flats because she doesn't allow flats in her home! And it's totally believable since so far we haven't seen Coco in flats or without make-up (or without perfectly bleached roots).
Coco even suggests that her sister should wear shoes during child-birth. Coco said: "I am trying to take her out of Arizona and make her feel like a sexy woman even being pregnant. I'll have (her) in Louis Vuitton's in the stir-ups." All three ladies break out in laughter at the thought of that.
Then her sister lets her know that she wants Coco to be involved in the birth of her child by being in the delivery room. Coco and Ice-T are both surprised at this request. Ice says Coco can cook a grilled cheese sandwich but questions whether she can actually assist with childbirth.
Not wanting to let her sister down, she says yes, and then sets out to learn everything about childbirth. Speaking of children, Kristy and Ice-T have a heart to heart talk as he shows her around the set of his show "Law & Order: SVU." She urges Ice-T to pressure Coco into having a baby so her child will have a cousin. Ice-T said he didn't believe in pressuring anybody, but he goes on to say, "I told Coco whenever you are ready to have a baby let me know. Ice can do the deed. It's not a problem. I can put twins in her. That's not a problem." TMI?
Later we see Coco take a childbirth support class, and watch as she and Ice view a birth on TV. And although I love this show, I didn't enjoy these two scenes. Both were contrived with Coco obviously playing up the shock, fear and disgust factor when it came to learning about what a woman goes through for birth.
Minutes before the half-hour show ends we get a diversion. We see Ice-T talking to speaking to a group of students at Kean University. The actor tells a parable to illustrate his overall message to the college crowd: in life you will always be given opportunities that you should never pass up. And for a second, just a second, I thought this gangsta rapper was becoming Oprah!
The show's premiere did well in the rating with "Keeping up with the Kardashians" as its lead-in. It will be great to see if viewers continue to love Ice and Coco in the following weeks.
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