Previously on Queen Sugar, “Heritage”
While it’s easy to guess what Ralph Angel is feeling after Darla tells him there’s a possibility he’s not Blue’s father, he doesn’t actually give words to his feelings this episode. Darla wants to talk, but Ralph Angel drives off instead. When he finally answers her numerous calls and begs him to come home, he responds, “What home?” Devastating words to a woman who so desperately needs their family to work. A few months ago, the commitment was a possible threat to her sobriety, but she later admits to her mother that the home she has built with Blue and Ra has been good for her recovery. Now, one vital aspect of her sobriety — honesty — threatens her home.
Charley and Remy’s good place seems to have been very temporary when he questions her decision to go into business with Martin Bennington (Shawn Parsons), a relative of the Landry family. Remy has a habit of forgetting all that Charley accomplished before she met him. I found his “Are you sure you know what you’re doing?” to be condescending. He’s not completely wrong in being suspicious or jealous as Bennington does ask Charley out on a date, which she declines. Still, it would be nice if he didn’t feel the need to second-guess all of her decisions and make snide remarks about her cunning. She’s already losing farmers who buckled under the pressure and threats from Landry.
Nova’s split from Dr. Dubois is definitely final as she sells the pearls he gave her. At a party with some local friends and activists, Nova is called to task for her Zika story. Another activist basically accuses her of selling out and alarming the community for her own gains. Seeing as how the story helped fund a major project, Nova sees it as a win. Yet, Nova is still trying to figure out what type of activism is the most effective so the woman’s words sting — especially as they come on the heels of Nova being asked to serve on a board when she feels she belongs closer to the people.
I know we’ve put Hollywood on a pedestal, but that brother know better than to snoop through a woman’s purse. He suspects Vi is keeping a secret and when he’s busted sorting through her meds, she finally comes clean about her Lupus diagnosis. She does that thing where she offers him an out because she doesn’t want to be a burden and he’s all, “Girl, stop playing.”
Micah’s experience being violated by that police officer has him viewing the world with new eyes, and that includes his school. Nova may not be the only activist in the family as Micah seems poised to take action against his school’s Civil War/Confederate display.
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Queen Sugar S2E14 Review Score
"On These I Stand"
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