Claws: Season 3, Episode 6 “Fly Like An Eagle” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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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.


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TNT
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

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Recap

Goodbye Dean: Desna, Virginia, Dean, Mac

Thanks to Mac, Desna, and Virginia lose any influence they have on Dean. Why? Well, Mac validates the feelings Dean has long had about people trying to control his life. Which, as Dean comes to realize Desna and Virginia are trying to coerce him to do as they want, he makes a break.

Will My Heart Go On?: Polly, Arlene, Quiet Ann, Etienne, EJ, Jenn, Virginia, Brenda, Clay

With Dean possibly breaking up with Virginia, she is faced with a similar problem to Polly – who do you go to? Desna isn’t much of an option for she’ll redirect you to what is going on with her. Then, with Polly, her issue deals with Joe, and she can’t go to anyone. Heck, when she does, it blows up in her face!

As for Virginia? Well, she goes to EJ and with Jenn seeing them talk in her home, she dresses Virginia down. Which is followed by an apology, later, but the isolation continues.

Yet, being lonely is hard. I mean, let’s face it, Desna has stirred up a whole lot of trouble that led to people losing their loved ones. Making it so some, like Clay, didn’t have viable alternatives. Hence why Brenda is on his mind, and he is trying to have her in his hands. Heck, with Quiet Ann pregnant, she sees this as a possible means to pick up where she left off with Arlene. Even if the father, Etienne, is someone she is blackmailing for Desna. Which could bite her in the behind.

Etienne (Richardson Chery) snitching on the governor.
Etienne (Richardson Chery)

Though considering Arlene proposes, maybe this time Quiet Ann may have a solid member of the force to keep her out of trouble?

By Any Means Necessary: Governor Patel, Desna, Jenn, Melba, Mac, Dean

Desna refuses to let Dean be his own person, and this just angers Dean more and more. Especially since he knows it is because he is autistic and that might be why he lets Melba and Mac adopt him. An act that may seem the end of the line but with Desna and Jenn getting financial records and more to use on Governor Patel, and offering him a better deal to clean his money, this could be it.

Well, it seemed like it was for Mac and Melba until they mention the Macau Triads. Making it seem they are the Dixie Mafia to the Triads Russians.

Desna and Governor Patel (Bernard White) entering the casino floor.
Desna and Governor Patel (Bernard White)

Review

Highlights

Quiet Ann Has A Storyline

For most of the season, I’d even submit the show, Quiet Ann hasn’t played a large role. She has been consistently around, but when she wasn’t with Arlene, she was as present as the wallpaper. So her getting pregnant, bossing up in her own way, and being part of Desna’s schemes is a nice change of pace. Here is hoping it leads to bigger and better things.

Virginia Is Heartbreaking

Tran has really done wonders with this character, and you have to appreciate the growth the writers have inputted. Taking note of her journey from a simple sex worker to a girl with a family, a fiancee, to now her questioning if Dean was the key? It messes you up a bit. Making me glad Desna didn’t abandon her as Dean did, but you can see with Dean being the first good man she has had, until he flipped on her, it has left her shaken to the core. Leading to a drastic counter of this playful makeup and accessories and reminding you, no matter how old Virginia might be, she is still a girl finding herself and possibly dealing with one of her first true heartbreaks.

Dean Feeling Caged

It could be easy to judge dean for his actions and acts of cruelty, yet you have to admit he is right. Because of his autism, Desna acts like she owns him and while his leash isn’t short, the fact he is a grown man questioned about everything he does must be frustrating. Especially since Desna doesn’t support most of his ideas unless one of her friends are monitoring him. So him breaking apart is unfortunate but necessary.

Dean saying that just because he is autistic doesn't mean Desna can control him.

Desna’s Isolation Tactics

I don’t think I realized until this episode how isolated Desna makes sure her girls are. Who can Polly run to if she has a problem? Desna. Virginia? Same deal. Jenn is pretty much limited to Bryce, who barely agrees with her, or else Desna. Hell, Desna pushed Quiet Ann to dump Arlene a few seasons ago for her friendship. Never mind she got Roller so wrapped up we barely see him around his family.

When you think about it, Desna really is all Dean accuses her of and not just with him. It’s just, under the ruse of friendship, she has everyone else held close under different means.

Low Point

This Gretchen & Dr. Ken Thing

To me, Dr. Ken is a waste of screen time, and if he died, like Yolanda, I would hunch and move on. For at this point, it seems they are just keeping him around to eventually reunite him with Polly. Not because he brings anything to this show, but just to be a possible end game love interest.

On The Fence

Uncle Clay and Brenda

While murderous Toby is a fun Toby, who knows if he’d have the opportunity to kill again? Yet, Clay’s family is usually only interesting when it is falling apart. Otherwise, when things are peaceful, they can be as boring as mud.

How Long Can This Show Really Go On?

So should we see Mac & Melba as Dixie Mafia level and the triad over them as the Russians or Haitians? As likely said before, the issue with Claws will always be it has to escalate, and while the show tries to do that, it also seems like it is repeating itself. I mean, hell, they gave Dr. Ken a Polly clone, Desna and Roller are back together, Dean has been off and on about Desna being too involved in his life forever, and Arlene and Quiet Ann have boo’d up once more.

In my mind, like most shows, this shouldn’t probably go past a season 4. Even then, at the end of this season, this show may need a time jump just to shake some things, and people, loose.

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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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