Published On: Wed, Nov 30th, 2016

Disney’s ABC show ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ mocks God, church, Jonah, Noah’s Ark, ‘God’s got nothing on Mommy’

ABC seems intent on taking down organized religion with the new Fresh Off the Boat episode “WWJD: What Would Jessica Do?” Jessica (Constance Wu) is terrified she will lose her youngest son Evan (Ian Chen) to God.

The conflict in the story involves Evan wanting to go to church with a friend instead of shopping with his Mom at Costco. Jessica does not approve because the Huang family is “mostly lapsed Buddhists who believe in some Chinese superstition, but also like Christmas, but in a festive, not-religious way.”

There is no freedom of religion in this household as Jessica proclaims her competitive spirit: “God’s got nothing on Mommy.”

She doesn’t like him praying – “What conversation does he need to be having with God that he can’t have with his own mother?”

She discounts the stories from the Bible. Jonah surviving in the belly of a whale? “Impossible.” Noah’s Ark? “You’re telling me a man had the chance to let all the snakes drown, and instead, he put two of them on a boat? No, that’s not real.”

She even pretends to be the voice of God to tell Evan to stop going to church.

Jessica: [ Deep voice ] Evan.
Evan: God?
Jessica: Yes, Evan. It’s me — God. I have a special message for you. Don’t go to church anymore.
Evan: What?!
Jessica: There’s too many people already. It’s just too much. Go to Costco with Mommy instead.
Evan: [ Gasps ] Mommy!
Jessica: I was just getting some applesauce.
Louis: Jessica!
Evan: I’m disappointed in your betrayal. But I forgive you. That’s what Jesus would do.


The only way Jessica can wrap her head around it all is by comparing church to Costco: “He says it’s fun, everybody knows everybody, they talk about values, and they have good snacks… Church is Evan’s Costco!”

Interestingly, The Real O’Neals aired an episode immediately following this one that compared church to CrossFit.

According to data compiled by The Nielsen Company, the following “Real O’Neals” episode had approximately 2.9 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, which is well below the approximately 6.3 million viewers and 1.79 rating for the pilot episode in March.

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