Previously on Queen Sugar, “Fruit of the Flower”
Charley learns just how far Landry will go to thwart all of her efforts to be successful in the St. Joe community. He uses his influence to take away both her original location for the Brown Sugar Festival and the backup Remy provided. He then sabotages her ability to put on the kind of event she wanted when she settles for using the Bordelon farm.
But if there’s one thing Black folks do better than anyone else it’s the swiftness in which we’ll rally to protect our own from even the slightest whiff of racial injustice. With help from Remy, her family, and even Davis, Charley manages to hold an event that further cements the bond between the Black farmers and their commitment to her mill.
Of course, it wasn’t easy. After he notices how close Charley and Remy have become, Davis tries to swoop in and be Charley’s savior. He provides celebrity presence by attending with a few of his teammates and his new girlfriend, Tamar (Margot Bingham), who performs at the festival. Then he quickly tosses Tamar under the bus when he tells Charley that his relationship with her isn’t serious; Charley wastes no time in telling Davis that her relationship with Remy is. Hopefully, that, coupled with the fact Charley didn’t want to know why he was leaving town for awhile (he’s having surgery in L.A.), is enough to lay to rest any ideas Davis had about a reconciliation.
Dr. Robert DuBois lost his damn mind. His and Nova’s live interview wasn’t getting a lot of internet chatter so he decides to flip the script — literally — and act as Nova’s adversary and not an ally. He must have learned that at the Taylor Swift School of White Feminism. Backstage, Nova lays into him for setting her up (even though she handled herself beautifully) and tells him not to come to the festival. So, of course, he shows up at the festival begging for another chance. It’s in this conversation that Nova finally admits out loud what she already knew: they’re too different. He has visions of them being the Beyoncé and Jay Z of Black activism. Nova just wants to help her people without playing games and without requiring fame while she does it. They’re over.
Ralph Angel likes a quick fix so he’s not happy when the early numbers for the upcoming harvest reveal that he’ll only break even and not make a huge profit. Prosper explains that he lost every year his first seven years of farming and that greatly affected his business. But Ralph Angel gonna Ralph Angel and worries that he’s not going to have enough money to give Darla the wedding she deserves. He doesn’t worry all that much because he originally balks at Hollywood’s suggestion to get a second job.
Darla’s parents are coming to the wedding! It’s hard not to feel for Darla when she’s crying and shaking at the mere thought of seeing them again.
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Queen Sugar S2E12 Review Score
"Live in the All Along"
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, Bianca Lawson