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.
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Am I A Killer: Desna, Quiet Ann, Polly, Melba, Virginia, Jenn, Benedict
While Desna has had blood on her hands, usually there was a struggle of some kind. Killing someone in cold blood hasn’t really been her thing. For while she has crossed many lines and season 1 Desna may not recognize season 3 Desna, at the very least she could say any kill she personally made, was self-defense. Yet, with Benedict pressuring her, killing Melba is made a priority.
Problem is, with her telling Quiet Ann that Mac killed Arlene, and the crew wanting to support Desna, it makes killing Melba harder than it should be. In fact, even with them kidnapping her, this leads to Melba revealing Mac didn’t kill Arlene but Benedict doing so and with Quiet Ann flipping out leads to secrets being spilled. For example, Joe being married, what Polly knows about Joe being Benedict’s mole, and let’s just say things get really messy.
Zaddy Don’t Preach: Toby, Clay, Bryce, Roller
With Clint’s body found and the pressure being on, Toby is questioning what should he do? Clay may say he will protect him, but Roller is on the prowl, and his record of getting revenge is a bit better than Toby’s zaddy. So, he talks about confessing.
In Clay’s mind, this means going to see a priest, since Toby was raised Catholic, and also molested by a priest. But, what Toby meant was cops. This isn’t known to Clay so while he is killing a priest, with Bryce likely praying he won’t go to hell by association, Toby is setting up the drama to be dealt with in the season finale, and possibly season 4.
Another One Bites The Dust: Melba, Desna, Dean
Tied up in front of the crew, in the nail shop, with the constant threat of being shot must really open a person up. For despite, when Dean arrives, trying to play on his feelings, even noting, before his arrival, she doesn’t believe Desna has the ovaries to shoot her, Melba decides to reveal the truth. She tells Dean that he wasn’t loved, about the plan, and the need to wonder why is strong.
But, with her confession, it does open up another reason for Desna to shoot Melba and be done with it. However, Dean talks about how shooting changes a person, makes it seem Desna is better than that, so that idea is scrapped and Melba is let go. Only to, moments later, get hit by a chicken truck and die.
Letting It All Hang Out
After a certain point, all shows need their characters to let their secrets out, air grievances and release their judgement. It’s required for thing to truly move forward. So Polly’s stuff coming out, Desna being called out, Jenn saying what she really thought of Virginia earlier this season, it is all very much necessary. Especially for a show like this which needs its core group to be connected for, as consistent as the show is when it comes to how it handles its villains, sometimes the villains aren’t going to pop. Mac and Melba surely didn’t. So it makes those core characters and relationships all the more important for a show’s continued survival.
Why Would Melba Confess?
To be fair, Claws doesn’t have the same leniency as Insecure or Atlanta, even Fleabag, in which the entire team can afford to take time off to come up with the best ideas for villains, stories, development, and what have you. Sometimes you just got to turn something in because there is a deadline and punch it up as filming happens. However, Melba deciding to confess after trying to punk Desna made no sense at all.
At least, it made no sense as to why she would do it. In terms of breaking the spell she had over Dean so that he and Desna could reconnect, that made sense. Also, considering maybe the actress who played Melba only wanted to do one season, and didn’t want to evolve like Roller or Clay, that might have been a factor. Either way, while there are reasons for what we saw, it doesn’t take away from a delivery which may leave you hemming and hawing.
On The Fence
We knew Melba wasn’t going to live through the season. Very few people who present themselves as enemies to Desna ever make it past the season. Hell, Roller had to be baptized in swamp water for him to be who he has become. Then, with Clay, he had to be humbled and perhaps the sole reason Clay isn’t plotting on Desna anymore is because, even with her infrastructure of a team being weak considering her assets, she is technically family through Roller. That and her girl Jenn is married into Clay’s family, and they have kids.
So really, what chance did Melba have? Especially when she adopted Dean to use and exploit him. Kill him eventually?
Clay Killing The Priest
With Clay choosing Toby, it makes sense for him to kill someone who molested him and took advantage of his youth. Yet, with it also working as maybe Clay giving up this peaceful thing Virginia started and didn’t foster much, there is the need to question if Clay was just being put on ice. That, with Desna beyond someone he could touch or help much, Clay was given something to push him maybe evolving. Perhaps have it where, unlike Dr. Ken, he isn’t floundering but still appears to have purpose on this show.
Toby Going To The Cops
While Benedict could be the new Zlata, in terms of training Desna for the next level, what he is not is the kind of villain who can die due to her actions, or around her, without Palmetto getting wiped clean. Also, with him being part of the Triads, and not a local sect but part of a major organization, it means that, unlike the Russians, the Haitians, even Dixie Mafia, he can’t come and go in a snap. He has to last past the season introduced. Which isn’t to say he might not be gone in season 4, but he’s safe for now.
Making it where Toby going to the cops only makes sense. For one, it solves the issue of what to do with Toby since he’s coming to that point of needing prominence. Secondly, as with the ladies of Desna’s crew, Toby has seen and known a lot which has gone down and needs to cleanse himself as much as them.
But, what remains to be seen is whether or not Toby may reveal to Desna, or someone else reveal, he tried to kill her.
Claws - Episode List
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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?|
|Season 1/ Episode 2 “Funerary”|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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?|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Season 2/ Episode 7 “Burn”||Desna begins to make moves which will have dire consequences. Including possibly pissing off the wrong people.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|