And just like that, we're already off to episode 2! We start off with a an adorable moment: Ralph Angel stops by Darla's teller booth to bring her beignets (jealous!) and ask her out on a "propert date." (Double jealous!) We can tell Ralph is really trying here, and the only thing cuter than this moment is when Ralph hits up a local farmer's market for soy beans, and Blue is off to the side, playing with fluffy baby chicks. My heart!
Serving Ralph and Remy as they talk at the High Yellow is Roberta — you remember good-for-nothing, trying-to-steal-everyone's-man Roberta from last season? Well, I guess she's good for something, because she tells Violet that she overheard some troubling news: There was an electrical explosion at the rig Hollywood is working on. Oh no! Here, I silently said a prayer that the Queen Sugar creators would not go as far as to kill of Hollywood, everyone's favorite uncle and friend.
There's some really breathtaking acting here from Dawn-Lyen Gardner; you can feel the pain that she feels at hearing her son wants to spend time with his traitor of a father, especially when she's been having a hard time getting him to open up to her after the arrest. She calls Micah to talk to him, but he tells her he needs some space. (I can't imagine telling my parents at that age that I needed "space," but I guess he gets a pass after everything he's been through.) Charley is visibly upset, but she agrees.
And then we're at date night, with Darla, Blue, and a shirt-and-tied Ralph Angel. They're trying to enjoy a date night, but it's hard for them to break out of parent mode with Blue playing loudly with his doll, Kenya, next to him. But when the waiter comes over and asks if Blue wouldn't rather have a Transformer than a doll, Ralph is not having it. "We'll have two ice cream sundaes — one for my son, and one for his doll." You better tell him, Ralph!
The trio seem to be doing okay until the end of their date night, when Ralph admits to Darla he doesn't have enough to tip the waiter (who doesn't deserve one, anyway — asshole!) because he only brought a certain amount of money. When Darla offers to put some money toward the tip and he tries to refuse, she tells him he doesn't have to play a role for her: They can be themselves, and honest with each other. I love the dynamic between these two, though I'm admittedly always a little bit weary of Darla and her intentions. (Promise it has nothing to do with jealousy. Okay, maybe a little bit.)
And then, in a beautiful bit of storytelling, at the same time Remy is talking to Charley about his wife's death in the Army Reserves, we see Violet over at the rig, searching anxiously for Hollywood. For every man that walked off the rig bus, I was biting my nails, searching right along with Vi for Hollywood, mentally praying again that Queen Sugar wouldn't do us like that. Luckily, they didn't, and I literally sobbed when these two ran into each other's arms. Don't you just love Black love? And these two together?
After he hangs up with his mom, we see Micah walking around town, strolling aimlessly down random streets and attempting to get on the bus (which the suburban LA kid has no idea how to do). And then British soul singer Sampha's "100°C" starts playing (I swear that man's voice breaks my heart every time I hear it, from the very first note), and we see just how lost Micah truly is —literally and figuratively.
At the end of the episode, we see where his wanderings lead him, coincidentally: To his aunt's fundraiser. Nova embraces Micah in a hug and tells him it's gonna be okay — as the sirens of the police who are monitoring the event flash behind him. Damn. Goosebumps.
The second episode of the season — the ending, specifically — was a reminder of just how powerful the storytelling is in Queen Sugar — and the unique way the series has of weaving in the realities of our world with the fictional world of St. Josephine. I'm looking forward to next week and hopefully seeing Micah heal, Violet and Hollywood reunite, and Charley getting back to business.
Until then, Queen Sugar fans!
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