The season 3 finale of Claws is damn near built like a series finale. For with nearly all secrets revealed and confronted, villains handled too, what is left?

Director(s) Dale Stern
Writer(s) Janine Sherman Barrois, Eliot Laurence
Air Date 8/11/2019

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Take, Take, Take: Benedict, Quiet Ann, Desna

With Mac and Melba gone, you may think Desna now has peace. Wrong! Now Benedict moves the line back further and coerces Desna to convince Quiet Ann to get Henry in Benedict’s pocket. I would say the Triad’s pocket but honestly, who knows if Benedict is part of the Triads or just said that to scare Mac and Melba. I mean, all things considered, shouldn’t the Haitians and Russians have long come in to handle how their top people got killed? I’m just saying.

Sometimes You Can’t Just Move On: Dean, Virginia, Ann, Joe, Dr. Ken, Polly, Jenn, Bryce, Clay, Roller, Desna

One problem with Henry getting involved, however, and Desna seizing control of the casino, isn’t just Ann and Henry, it’s Joe. He was promised a promotion of sorts, even a partnership, for working with Benedict and now that is being stolen from him. Though, considering how Desna’s team is disintegrating, maybe he shouldn’t be so mad?

Virginia telling Dean she no longer wants to get married.
Virginia: I don’t want to get married anymore.

After all, Dean and Virginia get back together and break up, Polly breaks up with him and gets back with Dr. Ken, whose whole drug dealing hasn’t been discovered yet, and then there is Roller’s family. Clay reveals to Jenn about Toby trying to kill Desna, the Clint thing, and that causes a huge blow up at Desna’s party. For Roller pushes Clay into Desna’s birthday cake, after Jenn pressures him to tell the truth, and it’s just a hot ass mess. But what do you expect from a party in Florida?

This Is The End (Or Is It?): Roller, Desna, Quiet Ann, Benedict, Joe, Clay, Toby

However, all that drama doesn’t solve the issue of Benedict. Someone who, for a good minute, seemingly was to be in the middle of a fight between Desna and Ann. For with Ann and Joe talking, making it seem they were going to work together behind Desna’s back, maybe as punishment, it seemed a new villain was rising. But, in the end, those two working together was just to murder Benedict and burn down the casino. That way if Joe can’t have it, no one can, and as for Ann? Well, I guess the fire was supposed to end Desna’s endless pursuit for more and dragging everyone past yet another gate of hell. Oh, and to add insult to injury, Ann has no qualms telling Desna what she did.

But, before the fire and all of that, there remains Roller going to jail due to Toby’s confession. Long story short, Roller turns himself in, Clay is instructed to find Toby, which he does through Grindr, but Clay can’t kill that child. So, instead, he tells him to run and says to Desna he couldn’t find Toby.

This leads to Desna’s plan B, which is not only getting Roller off a bus going to prison but killing the people driving it and sending him off to Cuba. The place he’ll likely stay, alone, for quite some time as Desna, in pursuit of a dollar, loses the woman we met back in the series premiere.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. When Mac and Melba died, did Dean inherit anything?



Quiet Ann Is Not Quiet Anymore

Let’s be real, the reason Quiet Ann was quiet was because there really wasn’t much to her character before. Yeah, she had a child who we never met or know if she is alive. Also, her whole family is queer. But the show hasn’t really cared about that. Hell, Ann being bi or lesbian was more so used as a joke than anything serious most of the time.

That’s at least until Arlene, and that back and forth took Ann off auto-pilot. Not just as a character, but how she was written as well. So can you blame her for what she did? Due to Desna, who now owes everyone much more than they owed her when the show began, Ann lost the one person in her life who, generally, told her the truth. Desna doesn’t. Ann’s family is all closeted, and she only learned the truth about her parents within the past year (last season specifically) and as for the crew? Honestly, they all are probably one situation of Ann saying something they don’t like from going off on her.

But it wasn’t always like that, you know? And, let’s be honest, as noted in past recaps, this show has long been on a path where all it could do is escalate with bigger organizations, more money, and more trouble for Desna and her crew. Making Ann burning down the casino and likely killing Benedict a possible reset to the show.

Well, assuming like Ruval, Riva, Clint, and Zlata, that killing someone who seems to be a notable figure in a major crime organization doesn’t lead to their boss or peers showing up to see what’s going on.

Quiet Ann revealing she burnt down the casino.
Quiet Ann: I killed Benedict, too.

Clay Has Truly Changed

Clay is the only villain on this show who has lived multiple seasons. Which is strange, when you think about it. He has never really been on Desna’s side, and hasn’t even really been supportive of his boys through and through either. Yet, since Juanda died, and he got humbled, he really has changed.

I’d even say season 3 was the confirmation that he not only changed but wanted to. He tried to compete with Desna, be a kingpin himself, but in the end, he just wanted what Desna originally did – stability and safety. Two things he had since Desna’s drama didn’t come directly at him, and while he was living in a humbling situation, there was peace if he wanted it. Plus, money-wise, it seemed he didn’t want for much since cash was never really mentioned as an issue for him. Hell, even Toby didn’t complain all that much about it.

And in that, you realize Clay really has boiled down to his essentials. Perhaps, in a way, his fall mirrors Desna’s rise and where she might be next season. For Clay did get in over his head and had an escalating presence in his businesses trying to push him around until eventually, he stopped playing the game. For in pursuit of being the boss, he lost his wife, his nephews off and on, and nearly lost his life a few times. Leading you to wonder if he might talk to Desna, and help her see reason, before it isn’t someone close to Ann that dies but Dean or a member of her crew. Lest we forget, she did almost lose Virginia who, marriage or not, is like her annoying little sister.

Virginia Not Willing To Go Back To How Things Used To Be

Virginia’s storyline switched from a joke to getting very real. Similar to Clay and Ann, this was a season reminding us how far she had come from when we first met her. Before she was just a silly girl with ho-ish tendencies, who was just trying to survive. Now, she is a woman with friends, a family, and options. Not options like before of picking her poison but options in the form of things which will nourish her, help her grow as a person, professional, and a partner.

So her getting some D from Dean then rejecting his assumption they are back together is a sign she is better than ever. For now, she not only owns her sex but the trajectory her life can take. On top of that, she knows her safety net, or support system, is so secure that she doesn’t need Dean to have it. Virginia finally has something for herself, and one of those things is her peace of mind.

On The Fence

Dr. Ken Back In Polly’s Life

*Rolls Eyes* Admittedly I don’t like Dr. Ken, probably never did, and him being killed off would have not been an issue. Yet, he lived and rather than be single and get her mind right, Polly jumped right back with him. Which sucks however, at the same time, as noted above, this season has largely been about transformation. It jump-started a lot of characters from living in the background, and just being on whatever path Desna was on. Which, for Polly, due to Joe, sent her down a dark path of murder, extortion, and expanding beyond Desna being fine with someone who lives in a world of moral ambiguity.

Making Dr. Ken, even if he is now dealing pills, a safer choice if we want to see Polly stay alive and get hurt less. Though I still hope, if there is a season 4, the Triads or whoever kill him to show they mean business.

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Season 2

Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 3, Episode 9 “Melba Toast”In the penultimate episode of the season, a lot of feelings are aired out, and a familiar threat is presented to challenge Desna’s crew.
Director(s) Erica Watson
Writer(s) Emily Silver
Air Date 8/4/2019
  • Am I A Killer: Desna, Quiet Ann, Polly, Melba, Virginia, Jenn, Benedict
  • Zaddy Don’t Preach: Toby, Clay, Bryce, Roller
  • Another One Bites The Dust: Melba, Desna, Dean
Season 3, Episode 6 “Fly Like An Eagle”All eyes are on Dean as Desna becomes desperate to bring him back under her wing. Leading her to boss up to accomplish that goal.
Director(s) Clare Kilner
Writer(s) Sharon Lee Watson
Air Date 7/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Governor Patel Bernard White
Etienne Richardson Chery
Gretchen Seana Kofoed
  • Goodbye Dean: Desna, Virginia, Dean, Mac
  • Will My Heart Go On?: Polly, Arlene, Quiet Ann, Etienne, EJ, Jenn, Virginia, Brenda, Clay
  • By Any Means Necessary: Governor Patel, Desna, Jenn, Melba, Mac, Dean
Season 3, Episode 7 “Chicken Pussy”Quiet Ann finds herself blowing up Mac, Melba, and Desna’s spot and with that, it is determined someone has to die – and someone does.
Director(s) Jamie Travis
Writer(s) Sigrid Gilmer
Air Date 7/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
The Professor Nelson Lee
  • Trying To Get Dean Back: Desna, Roller, Dean
  • The Struggle Continues: Toby, Brenda, Clay, EJ, Virginia, Bryce, Jenn, Joe, Polly
  • Things Will Be Changing Around Here: Dr. Ken, Desna, Arlene, Quiet Ann, Mac, Melba, The Professor, Henry, Governor Patel
Season 3, Episode 8 “What Is Happening to America”For years now, Desna has dealt with different world-renowned gangs to make it out of poverty. Has she finally reached the end of her rope?
Director(s) Carrie Preston
Writer(s) Doug Stockstill
Air Date 7/28/2019
  • 24 Hours: Benedict, Melba, Mac, Desna, Dean
  • Embrace The Darkness: Polly, Joe, Governor Patel
  • Paying The Cost To Be Middle Management: Mac, Melba, Desna, Benedict, Quiet Ann, Chad, Bryce
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Funerary”
  • Bad Girls: Polly, Ann
  • Secret Shopper: Desna, Jen, Dr. Ken
  • Dealing with the Death of Roller: Uncle Daddy, Desna, Virginia, Bryce, Jen
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Quicksand”As Virginia comes up with an elaborate tale of what happened to her, Uncle Daddy also works up some manipulation to get what he wants for this situation.
  • Story Time with Virginia Young: Virginia, Desna, Uncle Daddy, Chip
  • Planning for Life After Money Laundering: Jen, Desna, Mandy
  • Back In The Game: Uncle Daddy, Bryce, Jen, Desna, Dr. Ken
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Batshit”With uncle daddy paid off, now the only thing Desna has to worry about is someone learning about her and Virginia’s involvement in Roller’s murder. Well, that and Dean losing his mind over the Coombses.
  • Family Matters: Uncle Daddy, Juanda, Desna, Virginia, Bryce, Jen
  • Meet The Coombses: Dean, Desna
  • Two Birds, A Slew of Bullets: Virginia, Polly, Dean, Desna, Bryce
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Fallout”As PTSD starts to effect Desna heavily, and Uncle Daddy gives Bryce a reason to have it too, we finally learn the truth about Polly.
  • Virginia’s Lies Catching Up On Her: Virginia, Uncle Daddy, Dr. Ken, Bryce, Desna, Jen
  • Trying To Pay Uncle Daddy Off: Desna, Polly, Uncle Daddy
  • We’re All Trying To Leave Something Behind: Dean, Desna, Polly
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Self-Portrait”Desna may actually have a quality man in her life. But will he be willing, and able, to deal with her being a rock for so many people?
  • Mr. Emerson: Gladys, Roller
  • Who Can I Run To?: Dr. Ken, Virginia, Desna, Gregory (Jimmy Jean-Louis)
  • Nail Palm: Jenn, Desna, Uncle Daddy
Season 1/ Episode 7 “Escape”It’s time. Desna is going to ask to be free but with Jenn being a bit unstable and Dean off with Virginia, there is so much that could go wrong just in one day.
  • Odd Lovers: Ann, Arlene, Dr. Ken, Polly
  • Odd Lovers (2): Dean, Virginia, Roller, Gladys
  • It’s Hard To Say Goodbye: Desna, Jenn, Uncle Daddy
Season 1/ Episode 8 “Teatro”Roller somehow goes from kidnapped by the Russians to walking around freely. Alongside this, he is acting funny. Making Desna, Virginia, and everyone else who knows the truth about him getting shot, antsy.
  • Memory Lapse: Desna, Roller, Bryce, Uncle Daddy, Virginia, Dean
  • Sibling Rivalry: Bryce, Roller, Uncle Daddy, Jenn, Desna
  • The Russian Connection: Roller, Desna, Riva (Andrea Sooch)
Season 1/ Episode 9 “Ambrosia”As Roller tries to get a handle on his situation, Bryce’s unraveling causes a major threat to Uncle Daddy’s operation. Alongside this, we get to see how Desna became part of Uncle Daddy’s operation and got with Roller.
  • Anything for Desna: Arlene, Ann, Polly
  • Who We Were: Desna, Roller, Jenn, Polly
  • Who We Are Now: Roller, Desna, Bryce, Uncle Daddy, Dean, Virginia, Polly
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]Claws is not a show to be slept on. For with Niecy Nash’s experience, combined with her co-stars, you get a program which certainly will make your jaw drop. If you don’t find it predictable.
Season 1/ Episode 10 “Avalanche” [Season Finale]Many sacrifices are made, financially and by means of body count, for some semblance of peace. Leading Claws to have a finale which has Desna break even, but with a whole lot more on her plate.
  • The Tides of War: Desna, Uncle Daddy, Roller, Jenn, Riva, Juanda, Jenn
  • What The Future Holds: Desna, Uncle Daddy, Gregory
Season 3, Episode 5 "Zaddy Was A Rolling Stone"Just as it seems Mac and Melba have cut ties and made peace with Desna, Mac tries to hold onto Dean and stirs up trouble.
Director(s) Niecy Nash
Writer(s) Darrin Dortch
Air Date 7/7/2019
Introduced This Episode
Calvin Simms Glynn Turman
  • You Thought You Was The Only One: Polly, Yolanda, Joe
  • Some Are Naturally Gifted: Brenda, Jen, Bryce, Uncle Daddy, Toby, Virginia
  • Daddy’s Here: Dean, Calvin, Mac, Melba, Desna, Roller
Season 2, Episode 1 “Shook” [Season Premiere]The Russian takeover goes anything but smooth, especially as Riva’s sister Zlata comes about and decides she doesn’t like the way Riva handles things.
Director(s) Martha Cunningham, Dale Stern
Writer(s) Eliot Laurence
Air Date 6/10/2018
Actors Introduced
Zlata Franka Potente
Olga Katherine Reis
  • Change in Management: Riva, Zlata, Olga, Desna, Clay, Roller, Bryce, Ken
  • We Are Going To Make Some Changes Around Here: Desna, Zlata, Olga, Roller, Bryce, Jennifer, Clay
  • Momentary Bliss: Desna, Ruval, Clay
Season 2/ Episode 2 “Cracker Casserole”Zlata continues to be an empowering force in Desna’s life. Something needed as Dean and Virginia present some surprises.
Director(s) Dale Stern
Writer(s) Janine Sherman Barrois
Air Date 6/17/2018
Actors Introduced
Brenda Lusia Strus
  • Karma’s a B****: Brenda, Bryce, Desna, Jennifer, Hank
  • Doing Things Out Of Order: Virginia, Desna, Dean, Quiet Ann
  • Make Zlata Proud: Zlata, Desna
Season 2/ Episode 3 “Russian Navy”With the introduction of Ruval’s mother comes Desna questioning if it is over as it has just begun. However, Zlata, through Clay, shows her what she needs to do.
Director(s) Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s) Rick Cleveland
Air Date 6/24/2018
Actors Introduced
Matilde Sheryl Lee Ralph
  • Heading Down The Rabbit Hole: Jennifer, Bryce
  • Consolidation of Assets: Clay, Zlata, Chip
  • Mommy Dearest: Desna, Ruval, Matilde, Zlata
Season 2/ Episode 4 “Scream”Quiet Ann comes into full focus as her family, inner thoughts, and a few things she has been holding back are revealed.
Director(s) Bille Woodruff
Writer(s) Maisha Closson
Air Date 7/2/2018
Actors Introduced
Henry Ivan Hernandez
  • There’s Too Much Going On: Quiet Ann, Zlata, Bryce, Jennifer, Roller, Clay, Desna
  • It Runs In The Family: Henry, Quiet Ann
  • No One Can Read Your Mind: Desna, Quiet Ann, Polly, Arlene, Ken
Season 2/ Episode 5 “Vaginalologist”Desna comes to a crossroad in which her loyalties will lay and Zlata does something which makes the decision go from difficult to easy.
Director(s) Dale Stern
Writer(s) Emily Silver
Air Date 7/8/2018
  • Finding Myself In Someone New: Jennifer, Bryce, Uncle Daddy, Polly, Dr. Ken, Juanda, Marnie, Arlene
  • When Things Seemingly Were Going Good: Ruval, Desna, Zlata
  • Bang Bang, Zlata Shot Me Down: Bryce, Desna, Zlata, Uncle Daddy, Ruval
Season 2/ Episode 6 “Double Dutch”After Desna’s discovery in the last episode, and what happened to Bryce, she finds herself retreating to the last person who made her feel safe to rediscover herself.
Director(s) Clare Kilner
Writer(s) Sam Forman
Air Date 7/15/2018
Actors Introduced
Ms. Wallace Aloma Wright
  • Fallout: Jennifer, Desna, Bryce
  • Rediscovering Desna: Ms. Wallace, Desna
  • Trying to Make Things Right: Jennifer, Desna, Polly, Arlene, Dr. Ken, Roller, Uncle Daddy, Chip
Season 2/ Episode 7 “Burn”Desna begins to make moves which will have dire consequences. Including possibly pissing off the wrong people.
Director(s) Jamie Travis
Writer(s) Sigrid Gilmer
Air Date 7/22/2018
  • Bryce In Recovery: Jennifer, Zlata, Bryce
  • Pulling Rank: Quiet Ann, Desna, Clay, Virginia
  • The Stumble Before The Fall: Dr. Ken, Arlene, Desna, Ruval, Roller, Zlata
Season 2/ Episode 8 “Crossroads”With Desna hitting rock bottom, the question isn’t when she’ll pick herself up but how and whether her next plan actually succeeds.
Director(s) Cherie Nowlan
Writer(s) Jeff Augustin
Air Date 7/29/2018
  • Welcome To Rock Bottom: Desna, Mandy, Clay, Roller, Zlata, Polly
  • This Is Goodbye: Desna, Dean, Virginia
  • Don’t Call It A Comeback: Hank, Jennifer, Bryce, Ann, Arlene, Desna, Zlata, Ruval, Dr. Ken, Polly
Season 2/ Episode 9 “Til Death”We finally get to “meet” Polly’s twin sister Lillian as Desna makes her final plans for her wedding to Ruval.
Director(s) Jamie Travis
Writer(s) Maisha Closson, Janine Sherman Barrois
Air Date 8/5/2018
Actors Introduced
Clint Michael Drayer
  • We’re Moving to Tampa: Bryce, Jen, Clay, Roller, Clint, Hank
  • Hidden Assets: Desna, Ruval, Zlata
  • Who I Am, Who We Are: Desna, Polly, Roller, Dean, Virginia
Season 2/ Episode 10 “Breezy” [Season Finale]The saying goes, “You have to pay the cost to be the boss” and damn has/does Desna pay for the title.
Director(s) Dale Stern
Writer(s) Eliot Laurence
Air Date 8/12/2018
  • Pre-Wedding Jitters: Desna, Clay, Roller, Clint, Zlata
  • Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: Olga, Ruval, Roller, Desna, Zlata, Matilde, Arlene
  • And You Thought You Had It All Figures Out: Desna, Clay, Clint, Roller, Virginia, Ann, Jennifer
Season 3, Episode 1 “Just the Tip” [Season Premiere]Claws returns in style and with drama. Including a twist you might not have seen coming in a million years.
Director(s) Dale Stern
Writer(s) Eliot Laurence
Air Date 6/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Mac Michael Horse
Melba Rebecca Creskoff
  • New Money, New Rules, New Enemies: Mac, Melba, Desna, Virginia
  • Who Can Really Sit Idly About During All This Chaos?:Bryce, Jennifer, Clint, Uncle Daddy, Roller, Dean, Desna, Polly, Ann, Arlene, Toby, Virginia
  • It’s Always The Unexpected: Toby, Uncle Daddy, Desna, Mac, Melba
Season 3, Episode 2 “Muscle & Flow”Desna starts feeling the pains of being a boss as Mac and Mable assign her duties which may not make big money, but are necessary for the day to day.
Director(s) Jamie Travis
Writer(s) Janine Sherman Barrois
Air Date 6/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
Joe Juan Riedinger
EJ Bechir Sylvain
Brienne Aadyn Encalarde
Yolanda Andrene Ward-Hammond
  • Daddy’s Home: EJ, Jenn, Bryce, Brienne, Virginia
  • The Church of Tanika: Virginia, Uncle Daddy, Bryce, Roller
  • Pay The Cost To Be A Boss: Virginia, Joe, Desna, Mac, Melba, Clay, Polly, Ken, Jenn, Quiet Ann
Season 3, Episode 3 “Welcome To The Pleasuredome”Just as Desna thinks she got Melba and Mac in check, they remind her all that ambition won’t make up for lack of experience.
Director(s) Dale Stern
Writer(s) Maisha Closson
Air Date 6/23/2019
  • Brienne Meets EJ: Brienne, EJ, Bryce, Jennifer
  • When You Know Better, You Do Better: Uncle Daddy, Bryce, Toby, Brenda, Virginia, Dean, Desna, Roller, Polly
  • Making Boss Moves With Limited Experience: Mac, Melba, Desna, Polly, Roller
Season 3, Episode 4 “Boy, Bye”Desna comes to fully realize she may be way out of her depth as Melba checks her. Also, as that happens, Dean pushes away Virginia for Mac.
Director(s) Sheree Folkson
Writer(s) Sam Forman
Air Date 6/30/2019
  • The Ghost Of Brenda: Brenda, Jen, Bryce, Clay
  • Dean Loses Focus: Dean, Mac, Eric, Desna, Virginia
  • What You Won’t Do For Love: Ken, Joe, Polly, Desna, Mac, Melba, Roller, Clay
Quiet Ann Is Not Quiet Anymore - 85%
Clay Has Truly Changed - 84%
Virginia Not Willing To Go Back To How Things Used To Be - 86%
Dr. Ken Back In Polly’s Life - 70%


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