While Pose has always kept it real to the hairline, it decides to get a bit too real, and you may not be prepared for what comes.

Director(s) Ryan Murphy
Writer(s) Ryan Murphy, Janet Mock
Air Date 7/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Darnell Danny Johnson
Vivica Patrice Johnson Chevannes

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AZT For You & For Me: Blanca, Pray Tell, Judy

AZT works when you got nothing better, but the side effects are killer. Hence Pray Tell preferring a pound of butter, among other things, to the pills. Yet, between Blanca, Judy, and the events of this episode, he takes those pills. For he finds himself at a funeral unlike the others he’s been to, and it pushes him over that edge.

Sister, You Been On My Mind: Lulu, Candy, Blanca, Pray Tell, Angel, Darnell, Vivica

As long as we’ve known Candy, all she ever wanted was respect. That and a few trophies for something beyond Face. Yet, any time she tried to branch out, Pray Tell would cut her down like a cherry tree and throw her into the fire. Make her the laughing stock of the ball by reading her down to her draws. Yet, being the bad b***h she was, she’d show up again and again, trying to win his approval and get the same kindness Blanca and so many others got. Whether they deserved it or not.

So, as you can imagine, with Lulu and Blanca learning Candy was killed by a random John, he is one of the most devastated. For while Pray Tell was one of Candy’s biggest haters, it was because he was also one of her biggest admirers. She was fierce, femme, bold, and lived her life as authentic as she could. Minus the silicone she got that one time. And Pray Tell couldn’t deal since, even though he is a gay man and that meant he didn’t have to face certain things trans women did, she didn’t let society silence her or get her to tone it down. And for the way he treated her he might be haunted forever.

Though maybe not by the actual Candy. Someone who does show up and address a few people. Pray Tell is the first, since she couldn’t move on before figuring out why he hated her so much. From there it was Angel, reminding her to not waste her tears on her for she has the job of opening doors. Doing as Candy did and foster. Then there is Lulu who, with the death of a friend looming over her head, only sees the dark times. Yet Candy reminds her even when cold and feeling alone, they had each other, and those memories meant the world to her and also to Lulu.

However, the biggest moment comes in the form of Candy’s parents Darnell and Vivica showing up. For while Vivica was told she was given a boy, she had to bury a woman. And in death, all that struggle she had with Candy melted away for the outside didn’t matter. All that mattered was Candy was her baby.

As for Darnell? He always knew or at least was more prepped for Candy than Vivica. Leading to a touching moment, unlike what we often see. One in which the father is sweeter than the mom and that turning on the waterworks.

10s Across The Board: Candy

With being the daughter of Elektra, of course, Candy can’t exit a room, never mind life, without it being grand. She leaves during a ball, the first one to feature lip-syncing, and it is 10s across the board. And with a strut that would make the fishiest girl gag, Candy leaves our physical presence but cements her place in our hearts.



A Beautiful Send-Off

While Candy was never a big-time player, often just fodder for Pray Tell, she had her place. She was a staple of the show and almost felt like a representative of what Elektra once was before she became an icon. Yet, unfortunately, with shows like this, we have to be reminded as much as wit is a necessary part of survival, as much as passing, it sometimes isn’t enough. There will always be those ashamed of themselves, and what they like, so they kill one of the few who know.

Thankfully, while the show gives us Candy’s dead body, it spares us the actual murder. Much less graphic details in how Candy died and instead honed in on why she was a beloved character. Be it her telling things like it was, fiercely fighting for herself, putting Blanca to shame, or keeping Elektra’s tongue sharp by dueling with her like a crown was on the line. It’s unfortunate that Candy’s moment in the sun came due to death, but she has set a precedent. One which hopefully no character is faced with trying to match or surpass since this was a lot.

Candy looking over her shoulder.

Seeing The Business & Organization Behind The Balls

While the grandeur of the balls is always shown, the planning of categories, the trophies, and the business end isn’t really focused on. After all, that isn’t what most people pay to see. So seeing Pray Tell and the others have a meeting reminded you that Balls, to a certain degree, are a non-profit business. One which, like any non-profit, requires love, time, and patience, for often those who are served don’t always appreciate the services given to them. Yet, no matter how many fights and frustrations there are, when things are pulled off, and everyone is smiling, have a good ass time? It is so worth it.

Low Point

Elektra Couldn’t Have A Moment?

I’m just saying. I get Candy’s biological parents came, and that was a moment, but Elektra took her in when Vivica and Darnell either kicked Candy out or didn’t support her transition. So you telling me she couldn’t visit Elektra? Have one more back and forth with her? Her MUTHA?! That was such a missed opportunity.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 2, Episode 9 “Life’s A Beach”Elektra becomes the mother and person we expected to see, after the time jump, as she takes her daughters out to recover from a harsh summer.
Director(s) Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Writer(s) Janet Mock, Our Lady J
Air Date 8/13/2019
Introduced This Episode
Adrian Austin Scott
  • My Name Is Blanca, And This Is My Rock Bottom: Frederica, Blanca
  • When You’re Good To Momma, Momma’s Good To You: Elektra, Blanca, Lulu, Angel
  • So This Is Love?: Adrian, Blanca, Angel, Elektra, Lulu, Candy
Season 2, Episode 10 "In My Heels" [Season Finale]You already know if Janet Mock is writing or directing you are going to be shedding tears. Add in she is doing the season finale? HA! Grab some tissues, we’re crying together.
Director(s) Janet Mock
Writer(s) Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Air Date 8/20/2019
Introduced This Episode
Quincy KJ Aikens
Chilly Gia Parr
Jazmin Damaris Lewis
  • Blanca, Pray Tell, Elektra, Lulu, Angel, Lil Papi, Damon, Frederica | A Sickly Mother
  • Lil Papi, Ms. Ford, Angel, Jazmin | When In Doubt, Trust Papi
  • Angel, Lil Papi, Quincy, Chilly, Blanca, Elektra, Pray Tell | There Is More Than One Way To Tell A Happy Ending
Season 2, Episode 8 “Revelations”Line are crossed, secrets exposed, and children reveal themselves to be adults. Which, for Blanca, is one of the challenges she never prepped for.
Director(s) Steven Canals
Writer(s) Steven Canals
Air Date 8/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
Manhattan André Ward
Jack Jack Mizrahi
Castle J. Cameron Barnett
  • Progress For One May Not Be Progress For All:Pray Tell, Manhattan, Jack, Castle, Ricky, Damon, Helena, Blanca, Angel, Lil Papi
  • When The Shade Comes From Acid Rain: Blanca, Damon, Lil Papi, Angel, Blanca, Pray Tell, Ricky
  • They All Grow Up Eventually: Pray Tell, Ricky, Elektra, Blanca, Angel, Damon
Season 2, Episode 5 “What Would Candy Do?”With the opportunity to dance for Madonna coming up, Elektra and Blanca show who they are as Damon and Ricky grow close, once again.
Director(s) Tina Mabry
Writer(s) Steven Canals
Air Date 7/16/2019
  • A New Opportunity: Ricky, Blanca, Elektra, Damon, Helena
  • A Haus Is Not Always A Home: Ricky, Blanca, Elektra, Damon
  • Forgiven, Not Forgotten: Ricky, Damon
Season 2, Episode 6 “Love’s In Need of Love Today”“Love’s In Need of Love Today” is otherworldly in more ways than one as a death scare leads to Pray Tell seeing an old frenemy.
Director(s) Tina Mabry
Writer(s) Our Lady J, Brad Falchuk
Air Date 7/23/2019
  • If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Another: Blanca, Pray Tell, Judy
  • Pray Tell, This Is Your Life: Candy, Costas, Pray Tell
  • Singing, Dancing, & A B*** Stealing Pearls:Frederica, Blanca, Pray Tell
Season 2, Episode 7 “Blow”Unlike many times before, the community comes together not when it is down or recoiling, but while standing tall, and with elders watching over them.
Director(s) Jennie Livingston
Writer(s) Janet Mock
Air Date 7/30/2019
  • The Children Need More Than Mothas, They Need Elders: Lulu, Elektra, Blanca, Pray Tell, Damon, Ricky
  • Blanca Might Be The Favorite, But She’s Grown Now: Lulu, Blanca, Pray Tell, Ricky
  • When We Come Together, It Will Be Joyous: Lil Papi, Angel, Federica, Blanca, Ms. Ford
Season 2, Episode 4 "Never Knew Love Like This Before"While Pose has always kept it real to the hairline, it decides to get a bit too real, and you may not be prepared for what comes.
Director(s) Ryan Murphy
Writer(s) Ryan Murphy, Janet Mock
Air Date 7/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Darnell Danny Johnson
Vivica Patrice Johnson Chevannes
  • AZT For You & For Me: Blanca, Pray Tell, Judy
  • Sister, You Been On My Mind: Lulu, Candy, Blanca, Pray Tell, Angel, Darnell, Vivica
  • 10s Across The Board: Candy
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]Pose is so wonderful that you’ll wish Ryan Murphy and co. held this for Netflix so that we could get all the episodes in one sitting.
Creator Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Director(s) Ryan Murphy
Writer(s) Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Air Date 6/3/2018
Noted Actors
Blanca Mj Rodriguez
Damon Ryan Jamaal Swain
Angel Indya Moore
Stan Evan Peters
Pray Tell Billy Porter
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Access”Finding a way to go beyond surviving but absolutely thriving is either what is pursued or talked about. Though for some, thriving is a suburban fairytale.
Director(s) Ryan Murphy
Writer(s) Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Air Date 6/10/2018
Actors Introduced
Ricky Dyllon Burnside
Lil Papi Angel Bismark Curiel
Matt James Van Der Beek
  • A Whole New World: Ricky, Blanca, Damon, Lil’ Papi
  • I’ve Been Waiting For A Girl Like You: Stan, Angel, Matt
  • Pass The Baton: Elektra, Blanca
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Giving and Receiving”It’s Christmas time and as Elektra gives herself a gift, House of Evangelista makes sure everyone gets one. 
Director(s) Nelson Cragg
Writer(s) Janet Mock, Our Lady J
Air Date 6/17/2018
Actors Introduced
Tony Glamo
Costas Johnny Sibilly
Patty Kate Mara
  • Melting Away Like Snowflakes: Helena, Damon, Pray Tell, Blanca
  • A Fish With A Tail: Elektra
  • Merry Christmas: Matt, Stan, Angel, Blanca, Pray Tell, Damon, Ricky, Patty
Season 1/ Episode 4 “The Fever”Elektra and Pray Tell take center stage as realness becomes about more than just the physical but addressing how you feel and are inside.
Director(s) Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Writer(s) Janet Mock
Air Date 6/24/2018
Actors Introduced
Dick Ford Christopher Meloni
Aphrodite Alexia Garcia
Candy Angelica Ross
  • Fears and Insecurities: Damon, Candy, Ricky, Lil Papi, Blanca, Pray Tell, Elektra, Angel
  • Dissatisfaction With Being a Mistress: Stan, Angel
  • The Doctor Will See You Now: Pray Tell, Elektra, Blanca, Aphrodite, Dick Ford, Candy
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Mother’s Day”With news of Blanca’s biological mother dying, so comes a quest for reconciliation, even if some make it harder than others.
Director(s) Silas Howard
Writer(s) Steven Canals
Air Date 7/1/2018
Actors Introduced
Carmen Flor De Liz Perez
Alma Susanna Guzman
Manuel Gil Perez-Abraham
Mami Glenys Javier
Young Blanca Jayden Marine
  • Meet The Wife: Matt, Stan, Patty, Angel
  • A Mother Reborn: Elektra, Blanca, Candy, Lulu
  • The Path To Reconciliation: Blanca, Pray Tell, Carmen, Alma, Manuel
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Love Is The Message”Pray Tell gets center focus as we come upon the final days of his boyfriend, Costas. Though, we also get to see someone try to dust Blanca’s cobwebs.
Director(s) Janet Mock
Writer(s) Ryan Murphy, Janet Mock
Air Date 7/8/2018
Actors Introduced
Judy Sandra Bernhard
Darius Charles Brice
  • The Fall of Stan Bowes: Patty, Matt, Stan, Angel
  • Mama May Get Some Beef: Blanca, Darius, Lulu, Candy
  • In His Final Days, He Made Me Promise To Love: Blanca, Pray Tell, Costas, Judy
Season 1/ Episode 7 “Pink Slip”As the House of Abundance falls, a new house rises from the ashes. One which takes advantage of what either could be seen as a mistake or right decision by Blanca.
Director(s) Tina Mabry
Writer(s) Our Lady J, Steven Canals
Air Date 7/15/2018
  • Laying Down The Law: Blanca, Lil Papi, Ricky
  • As the Phoenix Dies, New Ones Rise From The Ashes: Elektra, Lulu, Candy, Mr. Ford
  • The End of One Relationship & Start Of Something New: Lil Papi, Angel, Stan, Blanca, Elektra, Lulu, Candy
Season 1/ Episode 8 “Mother of the Year” [Season Finale]The final category is: Mother of the Year and considering all Blanca has done for her children, even her mother, will she win or will there always be next year?
Director(s) Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Writer(s) Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Air Date 7/22/2018
Actors Introduced
Keenan Blake Morris
  • Love Never Dies: Blanca, Keenan, Pray Tell
  • Family Is Forever: Elektra, Blanca, Angel, Stan, Patty
  • Mother of the Year: Blanca, Lulu, Candy, Pray Tell, Elektra
Season 2, Episode 2 “Worth It”After a long period, years, of making herself smaller, Elektra is reborn. As that happens, Blanca too reaches new heights as she finally opens her nail salon.
Director(s) Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Writer(s) Janet Mock
Air Date 6/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ms. Norman Patti LuPone
  • She Works Hard For Her Money, So She Expects Luxury:Elektra
  • It Was Due To Happen: Damon, Ricky, Lil Papi, Angel
  • Everything’s Coming Up Blanca!: Ms. Norman, Blanca, Pray Tell, Damon, Ricky
Season 2, Episode 3 “Butterfly/Cocoon”As we are given multiple reasons to celebrate, there is one major blemish that will likely ruin the in-house parade you’ll be having.
Director(s) Janet Mock
Writer(s) Our Lady J
Air Date 6/25/2019
Introduced This Episode
Euphoria Peppermint
Ms. Orlando Cecilia Gentili
  • Don’t Tell The Boss, The Client Is Dead!: Euphoria, Ms. Orlando, Elektra, Blanca, Candy
  • Wet N’ Wild: Ms. Ford, Papi, Angel
  • A Papi After My Own Heart: Papi, Angel
Season 2, Episode 1 “Acting Up” [Season Premiere]The ladies of Pose return, and with the AIDS crisis in full effect, those who aren’t about the community and taking advantage of “Vogue” giving spotlight are called out.
Director(s) Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Writer(s) Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Air Date 6/11/2019
  • Someone Must Speak For The Dead: Judy, Pray Tell, Blanca
  • It Can’t All Be Sacrifice: Angel, Lil Papi, Blanca
  • Not All Queer Folk Are Kin Folk: Pray Tell, Elektra, Blanca, Candy, Lulu
A Beautiful Send-Off - 95%
Seeing The Business & Organization Behind The Balls - 85%
Elektra Couldn’t Have A Moment? - 69%


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  1. Avatar of Emily51

    What an episode! And how sad it is that is that unlike, say, the story line of “Madonna’s song is getting us noticed”, the issue of black trans women being killed was as prevalent back in 1990 as it is today. And I’m glad they didn’t show us Candy’s murder. I feel like this show is too high in quality to stoop to “Criminal Minds”/”Law and Order SVU”s level.

    I was surprised too that Elektra didn’t get a scene with Candy. There is so much history between the two of them. Speaking of Elektra, I don’t know why I noticed this, but she seems to be relying on Blanca a lot lately (or maybe dumping everything on Blanca lately). First, after the death of her client, she rushed to Blanca for help. Then, when Candy’s parents arrived, she made Blanca deal with them. It’s like Blanca is the mother and she is the daughter.

    And I really enjoyed the scene of the meeting about the business of the balls. I love peeks behind the curtain, so to speak. And Pray Tell was throwing out one-liners and comebacks which were so funny! I hope they have another scene like that in a later episode.

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