Okay, I know I was just playing before, but now I’m serious. Charley REALLY needs a Waiting to Exhale, Lemonade type of moment or no one will be able to escape her wrath.
Say it with me, “Hell hath no fury…like a woman scorned!”
The night started off with Charley, back in Saint Josephine, understandably depressed and angry after learning the truth about Davis. She then has to explain to a confused Micah that Davis had an on-going relationship with a hooker, and she is divorcing him.
Micah reacts like any teenager would when he realizes that his whole world has been upended and the move to St. Joe is now permanent.
Ralph Angel is focused on being a farmer full-time after a visit from his parole officer who keeps stressing the importance of having a pay stub. He also throws a wrench in Ralph Angel’s life when he tells him Blue can no longer stay with him. Aunt Vi became Blue’s legal guardian when Ralph Angel was incarcerated awhile back, so technically, he has to live with her.
On top of that, Aunt Vi refuses to sign back over guardianship to Ralph Angel, but nobody can really blame her after she just saved Ralph Angel from getting arrested again. But, she explains to him that “over her dead and buried body” will Darla have the chance to get custody of Blue.
While Ralph Angel was in prison, Darla turned tricks for money while their son Blue was in the same room (and same bed!). So Aunt Vi is taking no chances with Blue and his parents’ track records.
In the meantime, Nova is getting “close” with Chantel from the radio station. It’s nice to see Nova happy compared to the constant turmoil she was in while hooking up with Calvin. Chantel even seems to be on the same page as Nova as an advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement.
We find out how involved Chantel is in black issues when Nova, Micah and her go to a street art gallery by BMike a.k.a Brandan Odums, a real-life New Orleans artist.
The art showcased in this episode was powerful. There where larger-than-life portraits of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Oscar Grant each holding a sign that proclaimed, “I AM A MAN.”
Set against the amazing display, Chantel and Micah talk about being involved in BLM as she asks him, “Who are you? Who do you want to be?”
The good vibes of this episode are a stark contrast to the war path that Charley is paving, but luckily Remy and Aunt Vi are there to set her straight.
At first, Charley attempts to snap out of her sadness by diving back into the farm business, but when she tries to pay for farm equipment, her card is declined and all hell breaks loose. She finds out that Nova took $10,000 to help Too Sweet and calls her a thief.
Then, Ralph Angel asks about getting a pay stub for working the farm and she goes off about that. From where she stands, all anyone does is take from her without giving anything in return, and she’s sick of it.
When she confides in Remy, he apologizes on behalf of all that she has been through and cautions her not to let her situation turn her bitter. Can I PLEASE find a guy like Remy? #BAE.
Aunt Vi is more to the point when Charley starts complaining about Ralph Angel. She tells her that everyone is not out to get her and explains how much trouble Ralph Angel could have been in if he had stayed at the warehouse.
At Hollywood’s crawfish boil, tensions seem to ease and everyone comes together around some good food (the cure for everything). But then Leanne shows up and has a meltdown, leaving Hollywood with some serious explaining to do.
When Aunt Vi realizes he has been lying to her this whole time, she breaks up with him, and for the second time now a Bordelon woman has had her life destroyed by the man she loved.
After the end of episode 7, we can conclude two things. 1). The black experience, in all of its complexity, was given the respect it deserves. And 2). Remy is the only hope for the redemption of men. I hope that never changes.