We open on Nova, who has since broken up with her police officer boyfriend. And she misses him, so she’s currently fucking a lot of dudes that look like him. Bless. Hun. Her sad feels do not stop her from rolling to her friends’ baby shower to big her up, for having twins without a partner. Organize drives raising money to bail out people awaiting trial. And then go to the club to pick up some strange. Nova is going to be all right. I also think Rutina Wesley is finally finding the right rhythm for Nova. I was worried last season as Rutina Wesley continually played her very sharply, almost one note. That is not the case so far which I really appreciate.
Charley is securing investors for the Sugar Mill. The investors are in, but only if her husband is also involved. Charley’s stung that so much of her work and access to capital and success is directly tied to her, dissolving marriage. Although I still can’t quite make up my mind about her. I feel for her that, her power is tied up with that of a rapist, she’s desperate to get away from. Her would be boyfriend isn’t making things better, and from their short interaction can’t appreciate the rock and the hard place she’s between.
Next is Ralph Angel. We see that he is essentially running all day to day operations of the farm, himself. He shows blue, who has gotten so BIG, his own little corner. I’ll remind you that last season finale has ralph angel discovering that his father amended his will leaving the family farm only to ralph angel, and not shared between the three siblings as originally thought. Ralph Angel is really coming into his own and seems as if he has everything he has ever wanted. Darla, 2 years clean, blue, and he is a natural born farmer. He has good ideas, to plant crops that could help the farm turn a profit. So they wouldn’t be depending just on the sugar mill.
Next we see Keke and Micah pulling up in his new rari. Keke is driving and Micah’s in the passenger side, so you KNOW they are in love. Because if anyone bought me a new whip, even if that shit was a nissan, ain’t nobody driving that shit but me. Charley, Keke, and Micah are having lunch. Watching the interaction with Micah and Keke, I am once again reminded that I am desperate for a teen high school show about teens of color. Desperate. And not a comedy but like a CW glossy, gossip girl, vampire diaries, riverdale show about black and brown kids. That’s all. Anyway Micah, thanks his mom and keke, remarking that this lunch is the best birthday gift he could have gotten. I love Micah. And I love this writing of him, and of all the men of queen sugar in general. But he is so sensitive and warm and intuitive. Anyway keke pokes him a little, saying that clearly the new car is the best gift. Micah volleys back, “That car is not just a car though. It’s my dad trying to buy me or apologize, feel better about himself. It’s a lot of things but it’s not just a car.”
Aunt Vi is still running her ship over at the diner. She is badly missing Hollywood. And calls his phone then hangs up. And then Hollywood calls ralph angel’s phone and asks if she’s ok. I love these two y’all.
The family sits down to Juneteenth Dinner and Ralph Angel talks about some day to day operations, detailing the profitability of the soy bean crop, along with a choice he made that saved the farm money and Charley immediately chastises him for decisions he made. In the exchange we preview what will be one of the more primary conflicts this season. Charley’s need to be in control over everything and lingering mistrust in her brother’s ability.
Darla arrives and explains that her tardiness was due to her NA meeting running over. Charley bristles visibly and Ralph Angel takes Darla outside to talk about it. She says for the first time she’s being honest with herself about her addiction and treating it. They go back inside. Aunt Vi, matriarch, tells Ralph Angel to sit in his father’s old seat and that Darla goes right beside him. A crowning and coronation of the King and Queen, by the pope herself. And as we watch, the dinner scene is intercut with one of the most the heartbreaking sequences, of the episode.
Micah on his way to the house is pulled over, in his new guilt gift. The officer doesn’t give him a chance to explain, he merely pulls his gun. what follows hurts even worse. As calls are made to find out where micah is. The speculations of his whereabouts are ones that should be what happened. He forgot about dinner. He’s off with his friends. He’s running around with that girlfriend of his doing the things we did when we were his age. And yet, we have to consider the darkest possibility. It’s freedom day and they are reminded that we still arent free. Especially when they find his car by the road.
Thanks to Nova’s connections they find out where Micah is being held. The officers don’t see his name in the system and therefore won’t even check the holding cells. It isn’t until Davis comes by and dances for the white folk, that they actually get up and check the cells for Micah and then release him.
In the parking lot wrapped up in themselves and their anger at each other, Davis and Charley fight. Neither one noticing that Micah wet himself, it’s Nova that is present and attends to his dignity and his needs. In the fight Davis presses Charley for joint custody. Charley recoils at the thought. It’s important that Micah knows and is raised by his father, but I don’t know that I would take kindly to a rapist wanting to raise my child either.
All in all, this episode was about second chances, and what do we do when we’ve been given them? Do we make the same choices as before? Or do we change and try to move forward? Everyone this episode confronted about how they are going to use their second chance.
I will probably do Part two of the premiere tomorrow. Queen Sugar airs on OWN Tuesdays at 10pm. You can catch up on Hulu, comcast on demand.
As I am always saying, this show is stupid pretty. So here are, my picks for frames of the episode.