The babies might have been two by that point (there are two year olds that look like babies) and or it is just like Family Guy and the Simpsons, the other characters age up but some remain the same.
What's the deal with the Gross Sisters? Is it ever explained why they have blue skin?
Wild Mass Guessing here, but a couple of episodes showed their mom and dad having the same blue skin. Perhaps it's a genetic thing involving the pigment of their skin.
I like to think they're part Smurf. But in fact there is a rare skin disorder, Methemoglobinemia, that gives a blue tinge to the afflicted; oddly most of them are from Kentucky. Maybe the Grosses have people back in the hills?
It's just a visual effect to show that they have ashy skin. Penny turns the same color when she decides to emulate the Gross Sisters and says to the audience "Yeah, I'm ashy, and yeah, I'm in boot camp" in response to the audience seeing her altered state.
Why is it that... Penny can accept that Dijonay is a backstabbing bitch, but once she's better at Penny with poetry... Dijonay's the anti-Christ?
I remember another episode that refutes that. Dijonay leaves Penny to care for her brothers and sisters while she goes out to a concert. The tickets turn out to be counterfeit and she's kicked out. Penny arrives with the kids and the musicians after they had a close encounter and Penny definitely didn't forgive Dijonay for ditching her nor did her brothers and sisters. It was then when Dijonay admitted out loud by herself that what she did was wrong. Penny hears it and forgives her. So yeah, she doesn't always get away with it.
For the besting Penny as a poet thing, I'm pretty sure it's a case of 'student surpassing the teacher' and Penny just couldn't take it. Though Penny is usually a good friend, she's not immune to the Green-Eyed Monster and can be self serving at the idea of being the best at something or the idea of popularity.
Why did the show air on Centric? Owned by Viacom. One of Disney's rivals.
The show was actually pitched to Nickelodeon (also owned by Viacom), maybe it was their way of airing it.
In the Thingy episode, around the end, after Penny is proven wrong about her father cheating on her mother, Penny's mother makes a joke about only leaving her father for Denzel Washington. When Oscar says the same thing about Halle Berry, suddenly everything is dead serious and everyone was pissed off at him. Why? What makes what he said any different from what Trudy said?
Because only girls are allowed to say their fantasies in public. *rolls eyes* I guess it's funnier when Oscar suffers.
I always thought that that was the point... to point out a Double Standard...
It kind of coincides with the Unfortunate Implications of black parents being more likely to enforce corporal punishment when their children speak out of turn - and Oscar is snarky, cracks jokes, and doesn't exactly give his mother the utmost of respect.
If Lacienga is not friends with Penny, then why is she always with Penny and her friends?
They might be neighbors, or cousins.....nah.
They are neighbours, but Lacieniga seems to willingly hang out with Penny and her friends. I don't know, is this Character Development where she learns to become more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch? I recall some episodes where she actually isn't that much of a jerkass.
Is Trudy black or white?
She's black. In one episode that takes place in the fifties, she's even flat-out stated to be a "colored veterinarian".
She's just light skinned. And for some reason, even lighter than her mother and father, brother and sisters as well.
This troper always assumed she was Latina. It's possible she could be mixed race however.
She's just a light-skinned AA.
To the troper who mentioned that she's lighter than the rest of her family 'for some reason,' it's common in AA families to have varying degrees of melanin. She also could have had lighter toned grandparents/aunts/uncles/etc.
In one episode, Oscar has Penny do a ton of tough chores, only for it to turn out that Trudy asked him to do all those chores. He then pays Penny five bucks (if I recall correctly) despite all the hard work she did. This prompts her to stage a mini revolt with the other kids because of their "unfair" allowances. In the end, the moral is that allowances are a privilege, not a right, and she goes home. That's okay and all, but Penny started the mini revolt because Oscar got away with tricking her in to doing all his work with no remorse. Doesn't that lead to a Broken Aesop of sorts?
This show is full of those.
It's rather hard to take some of these seriously given how shitty people act to each other. I guess one of the points of the show was that life's not fair and that some people will get away with stuff, but it's so outlandish in trying to present other aesops and morals that it's hard to take it seriously.
Maybe this is due to bring in a different country but... During the American Idol spoof, Wizard Kelly is perfectly allowed to manipulate the competition in order to make the more marketable girl win. The girls can only stop him by making their friend quit the show. But couldn't they report what they found to the FCC that the contest was rigged? People must've had to pay to vote so this is a breach of confidence.
And while we're at it, why didn't they copy all of that data? Having a back-up to report what they found would've been the smarter thing to do?
In the episode "Adventures of Bebe Sitting," there's one scene that doesn't sit straight with me. While Dijonay is exposed for taking advantage of Penny and Penny claims that she doesn't know Dijonay, why did Dijonay's own siblings refuse to claim that they knew her? I don't like Dijonay, but I think that's a little messed up for her own siblings to not claim her as a sister.
Dejonay did say she was going to spend the evening with Penny and the kids, but then she ditches them to go to the concert. Maybe the siblings were angry she did that to them, not just Penny, and decided her getting a taste of her own medicine would make her realize how awful her actions were.
The impact would not have been felt if Dijonay's siblings didn't call her out. She's used to ditching Penny/being a terrible friend and getting a slap on the wrist. She's not used to her siblings acknowledging her as a terrible person (and considering how big her family is, there can't be anything worse than to have so many people in your life who lack respect for you).
How is it that Oscar hasn't been sued and/or arrested for selling snacks that actually poison people?
Rule of Funny is the main answer due to the nature of the show. OR it's probably because Oscar never intentionally gets anyone sick with his snacks or because the people who indulge in his snacks know what they are getting into before consuming it.
In the episode where Penny throws a house party but all of her friends end up going to another one, her parents invite kids from school that Penny is not friends with. And to top it off, her parents begin treating her like she is a child, bringing up games that she like as a child, neglecting that she is no longer at the age where she would enjoy those things. Obviously, Penny is very upset and embarrassed by this, but she is portrayed as being an angry brat for this. I never understood this when Trudy and Oscar were the ones who seemed to forget she's 14 and tried to force her to have fun with kids she doesn't like.
Trudy and Oscar are in that "parents-who-forget-how-old-their-kids-are-and-treat-them-like-little-kids" trope. As for being forced to be nice to the kids she doesn't like, it has more to do with the fact that they're guests in their home.
When it comes to Oscar's rivalry with the talking baby, why can't the former just ignore the talking baby so the baby can eventually get bored of Oscar?
For one, ignoring does not work. And two, Rule of Funny. If people in Sitcoms weren't picking up and dropping the Idiot Ball at every possible opportunity we wouldn't have a plot.
I don't completely agree. Ignoring will work on some occasions, but considering Oscar's Butt-Monkey status, it's less likely to work.