Black Cake: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Coventina” – Episode Recap/ Review

Alongside getting Lin’s background, we learn what happened to the original Eleanor.


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General Information

This section Includes information about the Director, Writer, and Cast.

Network

Hulu

Release Date

November 1, 2023

Director(s)

Natalia Leite

Writer(s)

Heather Jeng Bladt

Newly Noted Characters and Cast

Edwina

To Be Determined

Mr. Mitch

Glynn Turman

Previously Noted Characters and Cast

Lin

Simon Wan

Mathilda

Jade Eshete

Benny

Adrienne Warren

Byron

Ashley Thomas

Eleanor

Chipo Chung

Coventina

Mia Isaac

Pearl

Faith Alabi

Bunny

Lashay Anderson

Plot Recap

Lin’s Origin Story – Lin, Mathilda

As established, Lin was an immigrant. It is confirmed he is officially Chinese, and what got him into gambling was one day, as a child, running an errand, he came across roosters fighting and people making money. Lin, starting out, had luck, and his luck had good timing since the family needed the money because racism made it difficult for them to sell goods.

Fast forward many years later, Lin is still gambling, and thanks to his luck, he is able to woo Mathilda. Albeit against his mother’s wishes, but considering how much Lin lived his life on a risk vs. reward system, this seemed like a good bet.

However, as shown, eventually, his luck ran out, and before he knew it, he lost his wife and his daughter and eventually was kicked out of his family store by the Henry brothers.

Meanwhile, In The Present Day – Mr. Mitch, Benny, Byron

Being that Eleanor had strict rules regarding how she wanted things done, and with Mr. Mitch being a friend of Benny and Byron’s father, he honors her wishes beyond what his job calls for. This bugs both Benny and Byron a bit, since they still have issues between them and for Byron, he has other things to focus on.

Like what? Well, Byron is up for a promotion he ultimately doesn’t get. As for Benny? While she doesn’t seem to have anything notable going forward, she is willing to open up to Mr. Mitch about the pass.

She talks about wanting to open a café in the pass, she talks about making music, and Mr. Mitch notes Eleanor got him to subscribe to her YouTube page. Benny also brings up making Black Cake, which was a tradition for her and her mom until Thanksgiving, 8 years ago, when Benny decided to isolate herself from the rest of her family.

The Death of Elly and Birth of Eleanor – Edwina, Eleanor, Covey, Pearl, Bunny, Lin

Times in London were hard for Covey. Some things, like going from her father’s last name, Lyncook, to mother’s last name, Brown, were easy. However, adjusting to the rain and the cold, being a nanny, and the other ladies? Not so much.

Edwina, for example, is sort of the head of the girls, and while by no means a mean girl, she has the desire to push Covey to be more social. The problem is, being social means having to keep up with and reinforce her lie. And with new people coming off the boat from various islands weekly? Covey needs to lay low.

Hence, as she grows closer to Eleanor and both open up about their truths, she pushes them to leave. After all, Eleanor is an orphan, due to her parents dying young, and she prefers geology over nursing – especially since all she is allowed to do is clean rather than take care of patients. So, with there being a program in Edinburg College in Scotland, Covey advocates for them to go.

Unfortunately, the train ride there is when Eleanor dies, and Covey, when rescued, takes over her life. Also, for Bunny and Pearl, it is when they are led to believe Covey is officially dead, as does Lin.

Other Noteworthy Information

  1. It’s pushed that Gibbs is the person who likely killed Clarence

New Character Description(s)

Mr. Mitch

Glynn Turman as Mr. Mitch Black Cake Season 1 Episode 2 Coventina Directed by Natalia Leite 2023 Hulu

Mr. Mitch is a friend of the family, via Benny and Byron’s father, who is handling executing Eleanor’s last wishes – specifically having her children listen to her life story.

Edwina

Edwina Black Cake Season 1 Episode 2 Coventina Directed by Natalia Leite 2023 Hulu

Edwina is one of the girls in London who pushes Covey to be more social and date and also starts to unravel her made-up backstory.

Review


Community Rating: 88% (2 votes)


Notable Performances or Moments

Covey’s Journey

What remains a consistent selling point is Covey’s journey. As of the end of this episode, she has just made her way up north and has taken over Eleanor’s life, and everyone thinks she is dead. Building up to that, we see her navigate London, pseudo-progressive White folk, and try to balance holding her secret with maintaining her culture.

Truly, this show is all about Mia Isaac, and while it may feature some, like Adrienne Warren, with bigger profiles and names, she stole the show, and even though you can see they want to spread the spotlight around, it belongs to Isaac.

On The Fence

Benny Opening Up

One of the things we struggle with, regarding Benny, is that her whole character is built around something happening eight years ago. Yes, she is noted to be a single and can bake, but unlike Byron, it seems she has nothing notable going on so everything potentially interesting about her is that event which led to her separation.

This makes her feel like many characters, noted below, who feel pushed to the forefront far more than they should be since they don’t have the same hook as Covey’s story. They are just stealing time from what keeps you coming back.

Remaining Invested In What’s Going On In Portland Parish

While we do appreciate getting Lin’s background, I must say, from the mystery of who killed Clarence, to what is going on in Bunny or Pearl’s life, there isn’t much about Covey’s home that seems to hold much value. Plus, considering how Covey left that all behind, where is this information coming from?

I get this is a book adaptation, so likely the author clued us in, but where and when would Covey know about her father being kicked out of his shop? Pearl bonding with Bunny over also being left behind? Never mind learning about Bunny being pushed to date a man named Jimmy Paterson, who could also coach her?

Don’t get me wrong, I recognize their value, but Covey’s story is way too strong to pretend “Black Cake” can operate as an ensemble show.

Episode Directory

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Black Cake: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Coventina” – Episode Review

Summary

I find myself repeatedly trying to figure out if this is a multi-season show or mini-series, for I don’t know whether to savor what I get or be joyous for there is much more to come.

Overall
78%
78%
  • Covey’s Journey - 86%
    86%
  • Benny Opening Up - 73%
    73%
  • Remaining Invested In What’s Going On In Portland Parish - 74%
    74%

Highlight(s)

  • Covey’s Journey

Disputable

  • Remaining Invested In What’s Going On In Portland Parish
  • Benny Opening Up

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