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David Makes Man: Season 1, Episode 4 “Gloria” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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We retrack the day David had, but now focus on Gloria and what she deals with to put food on the table and the roof over her kids’ heads.

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Director(s)Kiel Adrian Scott
Writer(s)Denitria Harris-Lawrence
Air Date9/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
JayRus Blackwell
Mrs. HartrubJuanita Jennings
EarlKeith Wheeler

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Trying To Do Right By This Child: Mx. Elijah, Starry

Mx. Elijah may love Starry, but their lifestyle isn’t really made to take care of a child. Granted, a child damn near an adult, but still needs tending to. So, they try to get them into the Job Corps program but since Starry is trans, using a fake ID, there is a problem. One which leads the recruiter to become indignant so Mx. Elijah removes Starry from the situation and side-eyes the brother who makes it clear skin folk ain’t kinfolk.

Life For Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair: Gloria, David, JG, Mrs. Hartrub, Raynan, Jay, Earl

A day in Gloria’s life: Co-workers who don’t show up. A boss who, despite her working a year and a month, and being dependable, not only doesn’t take her serious when she applies for a management position but makes a move on her. Then, to add insult to injury, he actually injures her AFTER TRYING TO MAKE A PASS!

This leads to bruised ribs, and who knows what else. Luckily, while the manager Jay might be an ass, Earl, the cook, is nice. In fact, after Jay fires Gloria, since apparently she talks back and is too sassy, he saves her from going to jail for murder. Also, he makes sure Gloria has some food for herself and the boys. Making him a saving grace.

However, between JG burning sheets, which leads the building manager, Mrs. Hartrub, getting on his ass, then in Gloria’s, she gets no peace. Though, she isn’t alone. Raynan, after the drop David did, is pressuring him to do more work. Which, of course, David doesn’t want to do. But with Gloria now not having a clear way to get her and David out of the complex, it seems David may end up succumbing to Raynan one way or the other.

It’s Not Alright, But It’ll Be Okay: Mx. Elijah, Gloria

A child who wets the bed, another covering for him so you have one less thing to worry about, a lost job, bruising, a limp, and another day coming. It’s a lot for one woman to deal with. But Gloria dreams. She does so throughout the episode. Heck, when Mx. Elijah shows up, she dreams about showing out at a ball. But, with two boys at home, one still very much a child, she can’t go. Wants to, but can’t, and ultimately not just because of the boys but because the balls are where a lot of her old troubles stem from.


Gloria’s Dreams & Struggles

There is just something about a tease between the way Gloria wishes the way life was, to being slapped back into reality, which helps you understand the rollercoaster of emotions she goes through. Also, how difficult it is for dreams to die. For even with how Gloria struggles, there remains hope. She sees another path, another way, and you can see she believes she can obtain that life. It just may take a while.

Mx. Elijah

For an episode in which it felt like a lot didn’t happen, since a portion was dedicated to Gloria’s dreams, Mx. Elijah still managed to stand out. Be it in the form of going drag as a boring male, seeing them dressed up for a ball, or understanding their relationship with Gloria better. It’s episodes like this which make you believe Mx. Elijah could steal the show from Gloria, even David, but is being held back from truly stunting on everyone.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 10 “3 Sons’ Sky” [Season Finale]What was a dream, what was reality, what does the future hold? David Makes Man leaves you hoping for the best but expecting the worse.
Director(s)Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s)Tarell Alvin McCraney
Air Date10/16/2019
  • Fallout After The Storm: David, Gloria, Tare, Jessica
  • The Exit Plan: Elijah, David, Shinobi, Desmond, Raynan, Gloria, Teo, Dr. Bree, Principal Fallow, Sky
  • It Was All A Dream: David, Tare, Dr. Woods-Trap, JG
Season 1, Episode 9 “Some I Love Who Are Dead”In the penultimate episode of the season, we're introduced to Gloria’s mother and witness many interactions that have to be followed up on in the finale.
Director(s)Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s)Denitria Harris-Lawrence, Allison Davis
Air Date10/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Gloria’s MotherLela Rochon-Fuqua
  • While Some Escape, Others Hunker Down: Tare, Shinobi, Elijah, Ms. Hertrude, David, Willie
  • An Uneasy Family Dinner: Angie, Raynan, Desmond, Teo
  • At Least My Children Love Me & Know They Loved: Gloria’s Mother, Gloria, David, JG
Season 1, Episode 8 “Bubble House”The reason Sky died is revealed, as appears to have ran away and a death at The Vil forces David to step up in a way a 14-year-old shouldn’t.
Director(s)Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s)John J. Strauss, Jaquén Castellanos
Air Date10/2/2019
Introduced This Episode
Willie DerrickSolomon Valdez
Congressman ReedRaheem Babalola
  • School Daze: David, Congressman Reed, Dr. Woods-Trap
  • Where Is Seren?: Dr. Bree, Principal Fallow, Jessica, Ray, David, Starry, Mx. Elijah
  • Life For A 14 Year Old Shouldn’t Be So Rough: Teo, Raynan, Shinobi, Willie Derrick, David, Desmond
Season 1, Episode 7 “Son of Man”The night Sky died is shown, alongside how the Vil comes together to celebrate Halloween – which Seren gets to experience.
Director(s)Daina Reid
Writer(s)Allison Davis
Air Date9/25/2019
Introduced This Episode
DesmondNick Creegan
  • The Night Of The Murder: Sky, Raynan, Desmond, David
  • Praise The Lord: David, Seren, Jessica, Ray
  • An Open Invitation: Mx. Elijah, Seren, David, Starry, Gloria, Shinobi, Raynan
Season 1, Episode 6 "When It All Falls"Desperation for better, or just stability, leads Gloria and Dave down dark paths. The kind they’ll surely have to pay for later.
Director(s)Daina Reid
Writer(s)John J. Strauss
Air Date9/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
AngieJoselin Reyes
Principal FallowLiza Colón-Zayas
  • Hurston Prep Interviews: Seren, Marissa, David, Dr. Woods-Trap
  • The Struggle To Pay Rent: JG, Gloria, Ms. Hertrude, Starry, Raynan
  • Making Deals With The Devil: Raynan, Dr. Bree, Principal Fallow, Angie, Sky, David
Season 1, Episode 4 “Gloria”We retrack the day David had, but now focus on Gloria and what she deals with to put food on the table and the roof over her kids’ heads.
Director(s)Kiel Adrian Scott
Writer(s)Denitria Harris-Lawrence
Air Date9/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
JayRus Blackwell
Mrs. HartrubJuanita Jennings
EarlKeith Wheeler
  • Trying To Do Right By This Child: Mx. Elijah, Starry
  • Life For Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair: Gloria, David, JG, Mrs. Hartrub, Raynan, Jay, Earl
  • It’s Not Alright, But It’ll Be Okay: Mx. Elijah, Gloria
Season 1, Episode 5 “Love or Poetize These Hoes”David goes to his first dance, and it seems a lot of people are heavily invested in his potential love life – beyond his date!
Director(s)Daina Reid
Writer(s)Jaquén Castellanos
Air Date9/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
TareTeshi Thomas
  • Vulnerability & Promises | Dr. Bree, David, Gloria, Tare, Raynan
  • Don’t Embarrass Yourself | Mx Elijah, Gloria, Tare, Marissa, Seren, Ray, Jessica, David
  • All Good Days Come To An End | Tare, David, Sky
Season 1, Episode 3 “MJB”As David sits down with a counselor, and reveals his story to Seren over a sleepover, he unfurls like a flower in the spring.
Director(s)Kiel Adrian Scott
Writer(s)Tarell Alvin McCraney, Lucien Christian Adderley, Richard “Byrd” Wilson
Air Date8/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ray KellyJimel Atkins
Young GloriaLauryn Dennis
SharonCarrie Elizabeth Brown
DariusTimothy Richardson
Jessica KellyGillian Williams
Dr. BreeRuben Santiago-Hudson
  • We Was Wild Wasn’t We?: Miss Elijah, Gloria
  • Talking To Dr. Bree: Dr. Bree, David
  • Seeing How The Other Side Lives & What They Go Through: Marissa, Darius, Sharon, Young Gloria, Jessica, Ray, Seren, David, Dr. Woods-Trap
Season 1, Episode 2 "Dai Out"Brother Dave finds himself engaging with Raynan’s criminal element a bit deeper, as well as meeting some of Ms. Elijah’s associates. Maybe even making a friend.
Director(s)Kiel Adrian Scott
Writer(s)Tarell Alvin McCraney, Lucien Christian Adderley, Richard “Byrd” Wilson
Air Date8/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
SaulDarryl W. Handy
StarryLogan Rozos
FemilaTrace Lysette
Uncle TeoElvis Nolasco
Ms. ElijahTravis Coles
ShinobiJordan Bolger
  • Saul, JG, Gloria, Dave, Raynan | JG Has Options
  • Dave, Raynan, Uncle Teo | Brother Dave Stepping Into The Light Or Shadows?
  • Ms. Elijah, Starry, Femila, Shinobi, Dave | It’s A Starry Night & Dave Could Use Some New Friends
Season 1, Episode 1 “David’s Sky” [Series Premiere]David Meets Man brings a vibe which feels like a small indie made with love into a series format with limitless potential.
Director(s)Michael Francis Williams
Writer(s)Tarell Alvin McCraney
Air Date8/14/2019
Genre(s)Drama, Coming Of Age
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  • Coming Of Age Stories Featuring Black Boys
  • A Mixture Of The Issues Of The Hood With The Opportunities & Strives To Get Out Of It
Introduced This Episode
DavidAkili McDowell
JG (Jonathan)Cayden K. Williams
SerenNathaniel Logan McIntyre
SkyIsaiah Johnson
Dr. Woods-TrapPhylicia Rashad
GloriaAlana Arenas
MarissaLindsey Blackwell
RaynanAde Chike Torbert
Mx. Elijah - 80%
Gloria’s Dreams & Struggles - 85%


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