Previously on Queen Sugar, “By Any Chance”
Queen Sugar – S1E6– “As Promised” | 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
In what has become expected in Queen Sugar, “By Any Chance” shows the Borderlon siblings making small progress, but with big setbacks. For every win, there’s an L, yet all roads to peace seem to be leading them to the farm.
Ralph Angel draws Aunt Vi’s suspicion by flashing cash and putting a lock on the farm’s shed. He sold just enough of the stolen iPhones to get on his feet and wants out, but Melvin (Anthony Michael Frederick) drops all of his “aw shucks, I’m just trying to help” demeanor and makes it clear backing out of their arrangement is not an option. He emphasizes this with a workplace beatdown and forces Ra to store more stolen goods at the farm, in the shed.
The brawl isn’t enough to get Ralph fired, so he plays the only card he has: He threatens his boss with reporting his shortened checks if he doesn’t lay him off; not fire him. His bluff is called and police arrive at the farm with a search warrant on behalf of Ra’s employer. Being the angel she is, Vi already moved the phones to the bottom of the Bayou, and Ralph Angel once again avoids serious trouble. However, this has to affect the way Vi views him and most likely chips away at her trust. Also, I can’t imagine Melvin and his boys will let that stolen merchandise go.
Nova also puts the farm in jeopardy when she uses $10,000 from its account to bond Too Sweet out of jail. Her advice of going to his happy place when things get rough isn’t working. Just a day after a four-hour surgery he’s sent back to prison and he’s about to break.
Nova’s appearance on a radio show does little to spread the word or get Too Sweet a decent attorney as the shock jocks would rather make jokes about Davis’ case. When Nova tries to steer the conversation in the proper direction, she calls Davis’ accuser a victim and this doesn’t sit well with Charley. After their fight, and a heartbreaking call from Two Sweet, Nova’s frustration is understandable. Using the farm’s funds is the one thing she can do to help a young boy who relies on her. Still, doing it without input from Ralph Angel or Charley is sure to cause more drama. On the plus side, she has a fellow activist (Reagan Gomez-Preston) flirting with her. Calvin who?
Charley agrees to take a chance on a strain of sugar cane Remy has engineered since he’s offering it for free. She also – with the help of Vi’s good cooking – convinces Prosper to take the management position. And she’s one step closer to putting Davis’ case behind them; she just has to get through the meeting with Goldie and listen to her husband apologize for a rape she doesn’t think he committed. Before he can, Goldie reads a statement that shatters everything Charley thought she knew about her husband and her marriage. Davis had been seeing Goldie for more than three years. He left her in the hotel room with the other players to tend to an emergency with Micah. He also left the other players with his permission to have sex with her because he’d already paid for it. When she refused, they raped her. If Charley had any doubt about Goldie’s story, they’re quickly squashed when Goldie plays a recorded call from Davis in which he reveals himself to be depraved, misogynistic, a liar, and all around fuckboy. Goldie came there for $3 million and an apology from Davis; she leaves with $3 million and an apology from Charley instead.
Can Remy be trusted? Is Charley truly done with Davis? Will Ralph Angel’s and Nova’s decisions come to back to haunt them?
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Queen Sugar S1E6 = 9.3/10