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Dear White People: Season 3, Episode 3 “Volume 3, Chapter 3” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

As Brook tries to hunt down Sam, who continues to struggle with her junior project, Lionel heads to the House of No Pi with D’Unte.

Community Rating: 56.01% (1)


Director(s)Kimberly Peirce
Writer(s)Justin Simien
Air Date8/2/2019
Introduced This Episode
Jerry SkylerJustin Simien

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Is There More Than Meets The Eye?: Sam, Jerry

The filmmaker in residence this semester is Jerry Skyler, a person who has popularized a character named Mr. Giggins who is from the 1800s and is a former slave. One who apparently lived in the house and loved to suck up to white folk. Which makes Sam discredit Jerry even as she struggles to figure out what she is going to for her film.

Heading Down The Rabbit Hole: Wesley, D’unte, Lionel, Sam, Narrator

With Lionel experiencing a bit of a sexual awakening, he wants to have a ho phase. Hence getting head in the library and if it wasn’t for seeing Wesley at the House of No Pi, where the local QPoC (Queer People of Color) hang out, he’d probably have a whole lot of fun. Maybe or maybe not with D’unte, who knows? Lionel seems like the type who’d fall for anyone that opens his mind to new worlds and ways of being.

Lionel on the search for head and/or ass.

That aside, who he also runs into is the narrator who keeps pushing the idea they need to kill the narrator, him and Sam that is. Which is a riddle neither strongly want to dive into, so the Order of the X remains dormant.

Why Does No One Appreciate My Ambition?: Coco, Brooke, Kelsey, Sam, Lionel

Coco and Brooke have a lot going on. Coco is trying to get an A in Professor Queensfield’s class despite everyone, well Kelsey, saying that’s not possible – you just need to aim to pass. Which is strangely her goal despite the large course load she is doing. Which, if Brooke would just give her more caffeine would help, but Brooke would rather spit in Coco’s coffee than violate the rules her job has set.

Plus, Brooke doesn’t have time for Coco’s madness. She is tracking Sam down for some Jerry Skyler perspective, trying to coerce Lionel to publish something for the New Independent, and neither are making themselves available. So, after a certain point, she just says “F*** It” and does what she needs to. Which is publish all the articles her absentee editor Lionel have been sitting on.

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I feel like I’m always chasing […] and the faster I run, the further I am.
— Brooke



House of No Pi & Chester

While there are a handful of programs dedicated to the college experience, even featuring queer characters, when it comes to shows with budget? Dear White People might be the only one featuring queer men of color at this level and making them more than the sassy Black friend. So while we don’t know if Lionel, aka Chester, will actually integrate and make friends, if not just be a ho, it’s an exciting development for the show.

On The Fence

The Order of the X Still Is Meh

Though it is nice to see older men of color have a consistent role on a show like Dear White People, I can’t say Narrator, since we don’t have another name for him, has really been hitting it out of the park. Especially since The Order remains this old sputtering car that seems like it could breakdown on the side of the road. But maybe, just maybe, between Moses or someone us, they could boost not only Sam and Lionel’s interest but ours as well.

Jerry Skyler

Jerry Skyler (Justin Simien) trying to give advice to Sam.

Jerry Skyler (Justin Simien)

You and I both know Jerry Skyler is modeled after Tyler Perry (Jerry = Perry, Skyler rhymes with Tyler). Mr. Giggins is a minstrel act like many have said Madea is, and with Simien playing Jerry as someone deeper than the character he plays, the shade is real. Mostly in the form of this idea that, with you knowing better, being financially better off, why are you still portraying a character many find offensive? At least to those with a mindset similar to Sam.

But, like with the Black American v. African situation, unless this leads to conversations, it isn’t something to applaud.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 3, Episodes 4 - 10
Season 3, Episode 3 “Volume 3, Chapter 3”As Brook tries to hunt down Sam, who continues to struggle with her junior project, Lionel heads to the House of No Pi with D’Unte.
Director(s)Kimberly Peirce
Writer(s)Justin Simien
Air Date8/2/2019
Introduced This Episode
Jerry SkylerJustin Simien
  • Is There More Than Meets The Eye?: Sam, Jerry
  • Heading Down The Rabbit Hole: Wesley, D’unte, Lionel, Sam, Narrator
  • Why Does No One Appreciate My Ambition?:Coco, Brooke, Kelsey, Sam, Lionel
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter I” [Series Premiere]I feel like I should preface my review by saying that I was not blown away at all by the movie version of Dear White People. To the point that I’m quite surprised it was adapted into a series. If only because I found it to be like a watered down version of all the social justice warrior posts one could find on Tumblr or twitter. Yet, with its revival, and on Netflix of all places, there was a desire to see what they could do with the premise in an expanded form.
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chapter II”Dear White People makes up for the lack of exploring Lionel’s sexuality in the movie version in this episode.
  • I Don’t Prescribe to Labels: Lionel [DeRon Horton], Troy [Brandon P Bell], Silvio [D.J. Blickenstaff]
  • Black Loyalty Over Everything (Lionel, Sam, Silvio)
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Chapter III”Troy takes center stage and his storyline is sans a white girl and plus Nia Long.
  • In My Father’s Shadow: Troy
Season 1/ Episode 7 “Chapter VII”Gabe gets his own episode and, like mostly every other character, it is all about his relationship with Sam.Gabe gets his own episode and, like mostly every other character, it is all about his relationship with Sam.
  • Your Lying, Cheating Heart: Sam, Gabe
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Chapter IV”Colorism is one of the main focuses of Coco’s episode and damn if the display of it may not bring you to tears.
  • Toning Down and Compensating: Coco [Antoinette Robertson], Sam
  • Being Chosen: Coco
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Chapter V”Reggie found the perfect woman for him but she belongs to someone else, a white guy, and that hurts his ego so much it clouds everything else.
  • She Went With A White Guy: Reggie [Marque Richardson], Joelle [Ashley Blaine Featherson], Sam
  • Don’t Say Nigga: Reggie
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Chapter VI”When your victimhood is politicized and popularized, what time or ability does that give you to grieve? That is the question posed as Reggie deals with the aftermath of having a gun pointed at him.
  • Public Victims: Sam, Reggie
  • The Wo(Man) Behind The Movement: Sam, Reggie
Season 1/ Episode 8 “Chapter VIII”In our 2nd Lionel episode, the focus is him truly getting to know Troy and how his journalism career is going.
  • Brooke, Gay Apps, and Comment Sections: Lionel
  • Like An Onion, They Have Layers: Lionel, Troy
Season 1/ Episode 9 “Chapter IX”Coco once more is the focus and, unlike Lionel, we get to complete her storyline of going from insecure to some form of self-actualized.
  • The New Puppet Master: Coco, Troy
  • On My Own: Coco
Season 1/ Episode 10 “Chapter X” [Season Finale]Um, I’m starting to think Netflix isn’t that good at making season finales that can actually feel like a period or exclamation mark rather than an ellipsis.
  • To End or To Be Continued: Sam, Gabe
  • Stepping Forward Out of The Shadows: Coco, Lionel, Troy
Season 2/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1” [Season Premiere]Dear White People returns and Sam is struggling to get back into her groove, until some anonymous person takes things too far.
Director(s)Justin Simien
Writer(s)Justin Simien
Air Date5/4/2018
Actors Introduced
JamilaElle Lorraine
  • Easy Listening: Sam
  • Water Me, Challenge Me: Joelle, Sam
  • The Return of the Ankh: Sam, Joelle
Season 2/ Episode 2 “Chapter 2”Three weeks after having a gun pointed at him, Reggie is only getting worse and it seems partying, sex, therapy, and alcohol aren’t doing a damn thing.
Director(s)Kevin Bray
Writer(s)Chuck Haywood
Air Date5/4/2018
  • The Downward Spiral: Reggie
  • A Spy In The Ivory Tower: Dean Fairbanks, Reggie, Troy
  • When In Doubt – Activism: Gabe, Reggie
Season 2/ Episode 3 “Chapter 3”Lionel comes into focus as does his life after exposing the Hancocks. But, what really matters is a potential love interest you could get behind.
Director(s)Charlie McDowell
Writer(s)Justin Simien
Air Date5/4/2018
Actors Introduced
WesleyRudy Martinez
LeoKid Fury
?Todrick Hall
  • Finding Your Community: Silvio, Lionel, Troy, Sam
  • Dating As A Gay Man: Silvio, Lionel
Season 2/ Episode 4 “Chapter 4”Coco makes a new friend and puts tests that friendship with quite the task.
Director(s)Kimberly Peirce
Writer(s)Njeri Brown
Air Date5/4/2018
Actors Introduced
PenelopeDiamond White
Carson RhodesTyler James Williams
  • The Cultural Translator: Coco, Troy
  • The Rise of Coco: Coco, Sam
  • Penelope: Coco, Kelsey
Season 2/ Episode 5 “Chapter 5”FINALLY Joelle gets her time in the sun and while they lay it on thick what she goes through, as a dark-skinned Black woman, it’s to compensate for the topic being generally avoided.
Director(s)Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Writer(s)Leann Bowen
Air Date5/4/2018
Actors Introduced
TrevorShamier Anderson
RikkiTessa Thompson
  • Stepping Out of The Shadow: Sam, Joelle, Gabe
  • I Believe In You & Me: Joelle
  • The Line Between Woke & Hotep: Joelle, Sam, Reggie
Season 2/ Episode 6 “Chapter 6”The person behind AltIvyW is revealed, and Brooke gets added to the list of people who need their own episode.
Director(s)Justin Simien
Writer(s)Jack Moore, Chuck Hayward
Air Date5/4/2018
  • The New Independent: Silvio, Brooke, Lionel
  • I Was Getting Some, Getting Some… Teeth!: Wesley, Lionel
  • The Man Behind AltIvyW: Silvio, Lionel, Reggie
Season 2/ Episode 7 “Chapter VII”Stripped of the qualities he took upon for status, Troy is left trying to find who he is in spite, and because, of his community and upbringing.
Director(s)Steven Tsuchida
Writer(s)Yvette Lee Bowser, Nastaran Dibai
Air Date5/4/2018
  • Bottoming Out: Kurt, Troy, Dean Fairbanks
  • Stripping Down Bare: Troy, Sam, Coco, Reggie
  • Finding My Voice & Community: Lionel, Troy
Season 2/ Episode 8 “Chapter VIII”Gabe and Sam have a real conversation. One that fully addresses Sam, narcissism and all, as well as Gabe and how white allies, or those who attempt to be, will forever be dealing with the learning process.
Director(s)Justin Simien
Writer(s)Jack Moore
Air Date5/4/2018
  • The Read of Samantha White: Sam, Gabe
  • The Dismantling of Gabe: Sam, Gabe
  • The Possibility of Reconciliation: Sam, Gabe, Joelle
Season 2/ Episode 9 “Chapter 9”Sam heads to her dad’s funeral, with Joelle and surprisingly Coco, and comes to terms with, not just her guilt, but also a renewed love for her father.
irector(s)Janicza Bravo
Writer(s)Nastaran Dibai, Yvette Lee Bowser
Air Date5/4/2018
Actors Introduced
TinaWendy Raquel Robinson
WilliamRobert Curtis Brown
  • Guess Who Is Coming To The Funeral: Sam, Coco, Joelle
  • He Never Wanted You To See Him At His Worse: Sam
  • Back To Life, Back To Reality: Sam, Lionel, Coco, Troy
Season 2/ Episode 10 “Episode X” [Season Finale]We’re left on a cliffhanger, but do learn who burned down Davis house and get a major development in the secret societies plot.
Director(s)Justin Simien
Writer(s)Njeri Brown, Justin Simien
Air Date5/4/2018
Actors Introduced
Officer AmesScott Michael Morgan
  • Prepping For The Next Move: Dean Fairbanks, Troy, Kurt, Coco
  • Taking Down Rikki: Sam, Coco, Kurt, Silvio
  • We Needed A Win: Lionel, Sam, Wesley
Season 3, Episode 2 “Volume 3: Chapter 2”As Joelle continues to figure out how she’ll be as host of Dear White People, Rashid struggles with his role within the Black American community.
Director(s)Marta Cunningham
Writer(s)Leann Bowen
Air Date8/2/2019
Introduced This Episode
Moses BrownBlair Underwood
  • The Atlantic Disconnect: Rashid
  • It’s Hard To Be A Power Couple When Things Are One-Sided: Joelle, Reggie, Rashid, Sam
  • Moses & The Promised Land: Moses, Joelle, Reggie, Muffy
Season 3, Episode 1 “Volume 3: Chapter I”In a hyper-aware premiere, Dear White People implies there are going to be notable changes in season 3. For it doesn’t want to end up like other Netflix shows.
Director(s)Justin Simien
Writer(s)Jack Moore
Air Date8/3/2019
Introduced This Episode
D’unteGriffin Matthews
  • Take It Down Several Notches: Al, Coco, Troy, Abigail, Kurt, Sam, Reggie, Joelle
  • Finding Your People: Al, Silvio
  • Your Test Results Are In: D’unte, Lionel
House of No Pi & Chester - 85%
The Order of the X Still Is Meh - 70%
Jerry Skyler - 75%


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