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  • Crosses the Line Twice: The episode when Bernie Mac convinced Jordan to fake an asthma attack to go to a Clippers game, guest actor Billy Crystal criticized Bernie's actions, emphasizing how he suffered from asthma as a kid and how it should never be used for nefarious purposes. Then Billy Crystal started faking an asthma attack to mess with Bernie's head.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Vanessa, after five years of driving Bernie Mac nuts with her stuck-up attitude and occasional Wangst, used her uncle as the subject of a college application's personal statement. The title? The person in my life who inspired me the most. Awww...
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "For a Few Dollars More", Jordan gets stuck in a hot-air balloon during his birthday party, which leads to a 400 mile police chase, which has become funnier in light of the "Balloon Boy" incident in 2009.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Surprisingly enough, Jordan of all people gets this moment in "Here To Stay." During the shopping trip, Bernie has given Jordan some money to pay for his medicine, and Jordan used a minimum amount to pay for the generic brand since it's much cheaper, giving him enough money to afford the telescope he wanted to buy earlier. Somehow, he was able to sneak the telescope inside the car and into the household without Bernie even knowing (until much later, of course). It's rather impressive for someone who is considering "soft like ice cream". Vanessa even lampshades this very trope.
  • Moment of Awesome: When Jordan decided to stop sitting on the sidelines of his football team, and started taking hits to earn Bernie Mac's respect.
    • As well as any moment where Bernie sheds his Jerkass facade and goes into full-on Papa Wolf to protect Nessa or Jordan.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In show example. When Bryana got lost at a Chuck-E-Cheese like entertainment center, the fun atmosphere and cartoon mascots turned utterly terrifying in seconds. The moment doubles as Adult Fear for the adults searching for Bryana.
  • Seasonal Rot: A lot of fans agreed that the last season lacked the edge of the first few years. Some thought that Character Development was a big component, since the kids were less problematic as time went on, and also because Bernie Mac became a more caring, mature parent without resorting to threats or physical intimidation.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The episode with Bernie Mac letting his paranoia from a home break-in keep him from functioning like a rational human being (see Properly Paranoid) ends with an inspirational speech about not letting fear rule your life. Nowadays, this may come off as Anvilicious, but the episode first aired shortly after the September 11th attacks, when the viewers needed to hear that message more than ever.
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  • TearJerker: Any time Vanessa cries.
  • Wangst: Vanessa's ranting against how unfair Bernie Mac is as a parent has been accused of this. Although it's completely understandable, she had to cope with being raised in a broken home with an unreliable mom, and having to raise her two siblings by herself.
    • Wanda goes into this in "Wanda's Week Off".
    • Bryana in "Five Stages of Bryana" does this.
  • The Woobie: Vanessa. Although it's buried beneath a lot of what comes across as Wangsting and ungratefullness, Camille Winbush portrays her well enough that there are times you just want to give the poor girl a hug.
    • Lampshaded in one episode when Vanessa's visiting friend from Chicago observed her rough interaction with Bernie Mac, and called Vanessa a bitch because of it. From that moment onward, Vanessa became more patient with Bernie and vice versa, eventually getting along better.
    • Jordan is this as well. He's the weakest one of the main cast, is constantly getting picked on by other kids in school, and was constantly denied a birthday party from his mother, not to mention he misses his mother very much. Poor kid.

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