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.
|Writer(s)||Ryan Murphy, Janet Mock|
|Introduced This Episode|
|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.
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.
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.
Pose - Episode List
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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?|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|