Claws: Season 3, Episode 4 “Boy, Bye” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Melba taunting Desna.
Melba: We took your lover!
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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.


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Director(s) Sheree Folkson
Writer(s) Sam Forman
Air Date 6/30/2019

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Recap

The Ghost Of Brenda: Brenda, Jen, Bryce, Clay

Clay is still trying to help Brenda but is struggling since, while his heart might be in the right place, his brain doesn’t know a thing about helping people – it’s used to exploiting them. So he needs Bryce to help, but after what Brenda did before, Jen doesn’t want him to be anywhere around her mother. However, while Bryce may not be able to help Brenda, it seems others might be taking to his encouragement.

Dean Loses Focus: Dean, Mac, Eric, Desna, Virginia

Virginia watching Eric perform.

Since the series began, Dean has been looking for something to dedicate himself into that he was good at. It started with bodybuilding, transitioned to being an exotic dancer, and now his focus is Mahjong. A gam Mac teaches Dean, in secret, but Desna wants him not to do for it means getting closer to Mac and being at the casino. Something Virginia doesn’t like much either for with her being based at the salon, it means she doesn’t see Dean much. Especially now with him spending all day at the casino.

Thus giving Eric, Jen’s ex, an opening, and her wavering over to him since he is giving her attention.

What You Won’t Do For Love: Ken, Joe, Polly, Desna, Mac, Melba, Roller, Clay

Ken, with seeing Polly moving on, decides to be as obnoxious as possible. Yet, as much as Polly may not want Ken, it does hurt her to see him move on. But, even with Joe’s alliance being to the enemy, there is something special there she cannot deny. Plus, he ends up being helpful in the long run.

How? Well, Mac and Melba kidnap Roller, force Clay, and Desna on a wild goose chase and when they get Desna to finally come alone to get Roller, they leave her for dead. Oh, not before she signs away her rights to the casino though. Leaving Desna, thanks to Roller, without her major new asset.

But, despite losing a major come up, she got Roller back, minus a toe, and seems committed to loving him. Even after all they’ve been through. Something which could also be said about Clay and Roller’s relationship which, thanks to him being in a life or death situation, also becomes better than ever.

Desna confessing she loves Roller.
Desna: I think I love you, Roller

Highlights

Desna Got Checked For Real

Escalation for a show like this is a necessary evil. However, one of the things which haven’t made a lot of sense is Desna reaching this point and not stumbling more than she has. Don’t get me wrong, you have to admire her ambition, but Desna is a girl who has made gargantuan leaps from being under Clay’s finger to formerly being 1/3 of a major casino. Much less, the work the Dixie Mafia was doing in no ways compares to Mac and Melba’s. So her getting major push back like this almost seems overdue. In fact, a part of me hope she continues to struggle since now there isn’t someone holding her hand through all of this. And while Zlata taught her to think like a boss, it wasn’t with an operation of this size with still only relying on the same handful of people.

Also, can I just say, even if they still seem a bit campy, with causing real harm to Roller, it made it so you had to take Melba and Mac a tad more serious. Not to say I think they’ll still live past this season, but now there seems to be an ever so slight chance. Though I wouldn’t bet on it.

Polly Is Really Breaking Out This Season

Polly seeing Ken on a date.

In the past, Polly was just a comic relief. The odd duck who, surrounded by women of color and the urban Jen, was the strange member of the crew – in more ways than one. However, between harnassing her mental health, relationships, her desire to become other people, and also maintaining that sense of comedy we’ve come to love, she has been showing up and showing out. I’m talking making more of an impact than damn near everyone but Desna and being a true joy to watch.

Low Point

This Brenda Storyline

From Clay trying to get people clean, Bryce not having anything better to do, a minor character’s return, and Jen being relegated to this vs. her work on the casino, the whole Brenda storyline is a bit lackluster. Not to say I don’t feel bad for Brenda, but it isn’t in a genuine way. It is more so due to her being between us being force-fed, and Brenda made prominent enough to seem like a co-star more than a guest star.

On The Fence

Virginia Possibly Cheating

It really does seem with Polly’s rise came Jen, Ann, and maybe now Virginia’s downfall. However, unlike Jen and Ann, Virginia possibly cheating is something you can kind of see happening and dealing with. Mostly since things have been rather good for her personal life for a while and with Dean ignoring her, you can see that flaring up insecurities. Plus, her cheating on Dean is the ultimate test for her relationship with Desna to see if Dean is the source of their friendship or if it has moved beyond Desna’s brother.

But, I gotta say, I wish it weren’t Eric who she was going to cheat on Dean with. If only because it seems like now he is spending no time with his daughter and his only focus is on Virginia. Making it so, in the long run, the conflict Jen could have, boosting her and Bryce up, is being ignored.

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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

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