Previously on Queen Sugar, “The Darker Sooner”
Queen Sugar S1E5 – “By Any Chance” | Starring: Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Dondre Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett,Nicholas L. Ashe, Greg Vaughan, Ethan Hutchison, Marycarmen Lopez, Bianca Lawson
The Borderlon siblings have mastered the art of self-sabotage, each either giving in to temptation when they know there’s a better way or ignoring their own culpability in the troubling situations they’re in. Ralph Angel had the roughest go of it last week, losing $15K on a bad seed purchase. This week, he finally answers for his mistake to Charley and confronts the overly helpful (but not really helpful) co-worker, who claims ignorance and offers up nothing more than “buyer beware.” Even though Ra vows to have no further dealings with him, he listens to the guy’s plan for ripping off the company when Ra discovers their boss shorts their checks on purpose – and then leaves with the Apple products mysteriously placed in his locker at the end of his shift. Or did Ra take it upon himself to make up for his lost wages?
Not everyone is impressed with Nova’s piece on police corruption; namely, her police officer lover, Calvin. He stops just short of “Blue Lives Matter,” and can’t reconcile what he thinks of police work and the system is worth dismantling because of “one kid who broke the law.” We haven’t seen much of their relationship, but two things are apparent: They love each other and Nova has kept him at a distance. These is proven here when Calvin calls Nova out on her shit. Too Sweet had the weed Nova sells on him when he was arrested. She can brush it off as “a little bit of weed,” but she knows it’s not that simple – especially when she now knows how the system is padding charges on young black men for profit. Nova’s relationship with Calvin is complicated, and not just because he’s married. Hopefully we’ve not seen the last of it; even though he returned the key to her house.
All of the savvy Charley displayed last week is non-existent in “By Any Chance.” Twice she ignores advice from people who know better to do what she wanted, and both times out of ego. First, she visits Goldy, the woman accusing her husband of rape, and offers more money. When Goldy refuses and implies Charley doesn’t know Davis as well as she thinks, Charley slut shames her. As their criminal attorney later pointed out, this wasn’t smart all. Charley hasn’t learned a lesson, though, and agrees to pay Goldy the $3 million she asks for later in exchange for dropping the charges against Davis.
In St. Josephine, Charley overbids on farm equipment at an auction simply to show up Landry and against the advice of her reluctant new farm manager. The one bright spot was Micah agreeing to move to St. Joe with his mom, hoping for a fresh start.
The most heartbreaking development came when Hollywood is called to check his wife (yes, his WIFE) out the hospital. She’s biploar and they’re only still married so she can use his health insurance; both are secrets he’s keeping from Aunt Vi, who has a rough go of it when she has to deal with her much younger and overbearing boss. Considering she quits her job, chances are pretty high she’s not going to be in the mood for Hollywood’s confession when he comes home – if he even plans on telling her.
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Queen Sugar S1E5 = 8.8/10