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The Night Of – Part 6: Samson and Delilah

Previously on The Night of, “The Season of the Witch”

The Night Of – Part 6: Samson and Delilah | Starring: Riz AhmedJohn TurturroAriya GhahramaniPoorna JagannathanBill Camp, Amara Karan

As hate crimes against Muslim-Americans increase around the city, a little light is shed on Nasir’s experience as a Muslim in New York City after 9/11. Through good old-fashioned police work, Box uncovers another blemish on Nasir’s supposed clean record: a violent outburst against another student got him expelled, and later led to a school transfer. When Naz tells his side of the story to Stone and Chandra, he admits to not feeling bad for what he’d done – as he’d been relentlessly bullied – but bad that he’d caused his mother pain. This is a very real and complicated look at what it’s like to be a person of color in America.

Chandra also does some investigating and finds the hearse driver who spoke to Andrea at the gas station. He’s the hotepiest hotep to ever hotep, likening Andrea to a cat who toys with balls of yarn (men) until one strikes first. Basically, she asked for it. Chandra is rightfully suspicious as he also followed the cab out of the gas station that night.

Interesting to note that he mentions the story of Samson and Delilah, which perfectly sums up his thoughts on women being evil seductresses intent on bringing down powerful men, and just last week Naz cut off his hair and immediately gave up all of his power to Freddy. He only sinks further into prison politics this week.

Images: HBO

Images: HBO

The fact that Box, who’s been lauded as this great detective, hasn’t questioned the driver when he’s had the same access to the surveillance videos is disturbing. Not that the character feels anything more than yet another red herring – still, it doesn’t give the viewer much faith that the police will investigate beyond developments that fit their narrative. As such, Weiss continues to enlist professionals who will say what she wants on the stand. The mix of narcotics and alcohol in Naz’s system that night has been known to incapacitate some, while others can function just fine. Guess which cases she’ll speak to at trial?

The case continues to wear on Naz’s family in completely heartbreaking and unfair ways. His mother was fired from her job simply for being his mother, and takes work as a custodian to bring in money. His father now delivers food, which leads to an extremely awkward encounter between him and Chandra when he arrives with her dinner – dinner he leaves at her doorstep without accepting payment. And Hasan has a brief appearance, tagging his school’s lockers with spray paint.

As the trial gets underway, Naz makes more questionable decisions including getting a tattoo: one letter on each of three knuckles spelling out SIN. I’m assuming the other hand has BAD. He also accepts a hit of heroine – the same drugs he smuggled in – from Freddy after turning him down once. Curiously, the one offer he refuses (a crisp white shirt and black tie for court) turns out to be the one gift from Freddy he should have accepted as the clothes Mrs. Khan provides for her son has Naz arriving for his first day in court looking like “an extra from West Side Story.

The Night Of - P6 - Naz in Court

Chandra is definitely capable, if not a little too eager, but most importantly (according to Naz) she genuinely believes he’s innocent. It remains to be seen if this will be enough. She agonizes over her opening statement only to take Stone’s short-and-sweet advice in the end. She doesn’t press the prosecution witnesses too hard, either. Her compassion and optimism make for a nice counter against Stone’s grizzled been there/done that demeanor. (If this were to turn into an anthology series where Stone and Chandra take on different cases, I’d be totally fine with that.)

Stone visits a Chinese herbalist whose powders cure his foot condition. Good thing that, as Stone spends a lot of time pounding the pavement in search of answers. An off-the-record conversation with Andrea’s accountant reveals her stepfather Don’s past with older rich women, and opens up a possible motive for him to have committed the crime as he now inherits her mother’s millions of dollars.

The Night Of - P6 - Stone

Again, this seems like information Box should have easily unearthed himself. And since the accountant was seen arguing with Don at Andrea’s funeral, it’s entirely possible he’s an accomplice. I said back in episode one that I’d be fine with the series not revealing the killer, and I’m happy that it appears we will get an answer to the crime (whether Naz receives a guilty verdict or not), but I wish a bit more time has been devoted to the investigative side of the case so all of this doesn’t feel so rushed.

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5 Comments on The Night Of – Part 6: Samson and Delilah

  1. The trial has started already? I need to watch.

  2. I’ll be brief:

    FOR THE PODCAST

    Naz/Freddie

    This nigga has fully embraced this hood shit! He ain’t never getting out of prison, even if he wins the case, he’s institutionalized. It’s one thing to keep your head down and do your time or maybe even do a little dirt for protection but he’s gone full convict. Now he out here getting tatted up and sucking on glass dicks, but I can’t say that about poor Petey tho! Selena had a prediction that Freddie was going to get killed and Naz is gonna step up and be the big man up in Rikers, I could see that happening. Watch, this nigga gonna have a full beard by the end of the series.

    Stone/Chandra

    I don’t have eczema but yo I need to get some of that Chinese shit! My dude Stone out here acting like a new man and rocking some oxfords. I told y’all he was gonna get cured in time for the trial! That scene with Chandra and the undertaker was creepy as fuck, I was so scared for her. Amara Karan was so good this episode and once again she is fine as all get out. That dress suit and those glasses, umph umph umph! Chandra seems to be a competent attorney but she needs to step up the heat in cross examination. Hopefully there will be a break in the case, looks like Stone found something that would at least bring in reasonable doubt.

    That’s all I got. Only two episodes left, I’m anticipating how they are going to wrap this up. This show has been amazing and I hope HBO brings it back for as a anthology or something.

    Love you guys take care!

  3. FOR THE PODCAST: Stone is nasty as hell for changing that kitty litter on his kitchen counter where he has to prepare his food. Where they do that at? I felt so racist when they first show stone on the table and there is Chinese writing on the wall. I immediately yelled out, I know he ain’t getting no pedicure! That funeral home guy was creepy as hell and of course is a crazy Christian to boot. I feel horribly for Naz’s parents. That’s why I agree with Canadian law of not allowing media coverage on some cases. People persecute you just because you are charged with something even though you are not supposed to be considered guilty yet. Even if Naz is found innocent, his family will probably still be stigmatized. I know that certain colors make people perceive certain things, but why is blue bad for a defendant to wear? And great now if Naz does get out he is going to need rehab. Do y’all think that Naz cutting his hair symbolized the moment he had lost his strength to no longer resist the temptations of prison or to possibly finally drop his good boy facade? What are yall’s thoughts on who did it: Naz, her stepfather, the guy with warrants, the hearse guy, or a complete random person ? Love the show guys. You are such great entertainers

  4. FOR THE PODCAST:
    Can we just take a minute to talk about how cute Stone and Chandra are together? Chandra keeps doing these super adorable things (“Put ’em up!”) and Stone’s all gruff about it, then as soon as Stone’s feet are fixed he’s the one goofing off and she’s all uptight and professional! Every scene with Chandra and Stone together makes me feel like, if all else fails, these two will go into business after the case.

  5. For the Podcast:
    First of all this: He’s the hotepiest hotep to ever hotep. 👊👏

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