Previously on Queen Sugar, “As Promised”
Queen Sugar – S1E7 – “In No Uncertain Terms” | 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
Aunt Vi, Patron Saint of Patience, Soul Food, and Side-Eye, warned Charley that everything isn’t always as it seems. So, while it may appear to Charley that everyone is just taking (especially from her), it might be best if she takes a step back and put herself in others’ shoes for a moment. Of course, Charley doesn’t necessarily do that in “In No Uncertain Terms,” but she, like her siblings, is a work in progress.
Charley does take one bit of Vi’s advice to heart: She’s honest with Micah about the state of his parents’ marriage and his father’s transgressions. Micah doesn’t want to see his father again, but in a confusing turn, he also doesn’t want to be “stuck” in Louisiana for the foreseeable future. This is a complete change of heart from a few weeks ago, when he couldn’t wait to be out of Los Angeles. Still, Micah seems to settle into being with his extended family just fine – he plays with Micah, jokes with Hollywood, and hangs out with Nova and her new boo. That makes it particularly heartbreaking when he gets caught in the middle of Charley’s beef with Nova. When she learns of the $10K Nova “borrowed” to bail out Too Sweet, Charley lashes out by reading her sister and later demanding she bring Micah home, and then warns her sister to not take her son anywhere without checking with her first. Clearly, this is Charley’s way of wrestling back control of the one thing she can – her son – but anyone who’s ever raised a teenager knows that it almost always backfires.
One of the most compelling aspects of Queen Sugar is how it makes us care about this family, even when they’re wrong. Our first introduction to Ralph Angel was watching him leave Blue alone in a park with some damn churros (Yes, I’m still salty about that) while he robbed a grocery store. And even though he’s made small strides forward, he continues to stumble backwards, and yet we care. We root for him to get it together. This week, he tries. He really does. His home visit with his parole officer begins tense – Ralph Angel doesn’t tell the truth about how he got laid off and doesn’t admit knowing about the stolen goods – but he eventually gets the green light to work at the farm, provided he can get Charley to pay him, and move for sole custody of Blue if he can get Vi to sign him over. But now’s not really the time to be asking Charley for favors, and Vi isn’t convinced Ralph Angel can handle custody of his son while he’s still making fool decisions like stealing iPhones and stashing them at the farm.
There’s no word on how Too Sweet’s doing now that he’s free, and Nova has found her time occupied with her new flame and with work. In true Nova fashion, she gives a defiant apology when confronted with the stolen funds; she justifies her actions by throwing the $3 million Davis paid his accuser in Charley’s face. Oh, girl.
The sisters hadn’t made up after their row last week, and it doesn’t look like reconciliation is coming any time soon, though now is the perfect time for the family to pull together now that their rock, Aunt Vi, has been shaken.
Hollywood’s wife, Leanne, shows up at the family’s crawfish boil. She’s confused, angry, and looking for Hollywood. He should have taken Micah’s advice from earlier: After overhearing his uncle on the phone with Leanne, he checked Hollywood and told him to tell Vi about whatever’s going on. He’s not wrong, because it appears Vi might have been understanding of Hollywood remaining married to provide health insurance for his ill wife, but she can’t abide the lies.
And if it’s one thing Queen Sugar has shown us is that the lies will get you every.damn.time.
Seeds Planted this Week:
- Remy did all but profess his love for Charley, and it’s absolutely clear he’s interested in her romantically. Hopefully, this goes on as a bit of a slow burn. I like the idea of Charley finding love again – and Remy seems solid – but it would be nice to see her get the farm and Micah in order before diving into another relationship.
- Can Roberta go sit down somewhere? And why does Ralph Angel have such cold sex?
- Calvin is leaving his wife? Nova demands he stop calling her and not make leaving his wife about her.
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Queen Sugar S1E7 = 9.3/10