21 Jump Street rewatch: “Hi Mom”

Rewatching 21 Jump Street! Corruption in college athletics? You don’t say! It’s season four, episode eighteen, “Hi Mom.”

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 What’s goin’ down: A college basketball star dies in a drug-related car crash, so the Jump Street cops go undercover at his school to investigate.

Here’s Hanson: Hanson’s cover is as a tutor, who doesn’t teach the basketball players, but must secretly take their tests for them.

Bookhouse boy.

Bookhouse boy.

Penhall’s Prerogatives: Penhall is posing as an athlete again, this time a wrestler, and he’s shocked to see how drug use is so out in the open on the college campus.

Undercover blues: Fuller is undercover as a professor of African American studies. You know he’s undercover because he’s disguised under these huge glasses.

It worked for Clark Kent.

It worked for Clark Kent.

Goin’ to the chapel: Fuller’s son Kip makes a return appearance, for the first time since we met him in season two. They get along a lot better now, except that Kip is starting college at the same school where the drug case is going on.

Would you trust these guys?

Would you trust these guys?

Torn from today’s headlines: In addition to the drug use, we’re dealing with corruption in higher education, with schools pooling all their money into sports deals and away from the actual book-learnin’. Then it’s revealed one of the basketballers is illiterate, and the drama just keeps on coming.

Trivia time: Basketball legend and Airplane! co-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays the head of the school’s athletics department.

"Roger!" "Huh?"

“Roger!” “Huh?”

Jumpin’ or not? This one’s mostly plot-based, with little of the fun character moments that we love about the show. Everybody’s just going through the “cop show” motions. Not jumpin’.

Next week: The original Spring Breakers.

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