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Pose: Season 2, Episode 7 “Blow” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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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.


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FX
Director(s)Jennie Livingston
Writer(s)Janet Mock
Air Date7/30/2019

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Recap

The Children Need More Than Mothas, They Need Elders: Lulu, Elektra, Blanca, Pray Tell, Damon, Ricky

With Pose, we’re reminded there is more to LGBT+ culture than the heartache or extravagance. There is a lot in between as well. One of the focuses this episode is mentorship, elders, and beyond the concept of a house mother. This is brought up since Lulu is struggling, Damon and Ricky are feeling the end of Vogue taking away their buoyancy, and Pray Tell is sick of it. When he came up, there were people who supported, encouraged, and damn near raised you outside your house. Survivors who didn’t just pave the way but showed you the way. So, calling on Blanca, even Elektra, he pushes for them to step up and present these kids with a challenge on behalf of ACT UP.

Elektra watching the children work.

Blanca Might Be The Favorite, But She’s Grown Now: Lulu, Blanca, Pray Tell, Ricky

Pray Tell has favored Blanca for years, and everyone from Candy to Elektra knows it. However, with him spotting Ricky down and out, he takes to him. Which leads to Ricky getting things a bit mixed up, since the boy probably hasn’t known affection without strings attached. So he takes Pray Tell’s kindness for perhaps more and flirts with him, which Pray Tell kindly rejects. Mostly due to being uncomfortable. Thankfully though, while Ricky plays too much, he is very real about learning he has HIV and doesn’t like as Pray Tell did when he originally found out.

Switching to Blanca, while she and Lulu came up in the same house, and have been going back and forth forever, at the end of the day they are sisters. Blanca is always about lifting people up and now with her own business, a functioning house, happy kids, she is inspiring. Hence Lulu deciding to go back to school for accounting. Get her own business and rather than be on the pole, or work in Elektra’s sex dungeon, make white-collar money rather than picking up their money off the floor.

When We Come Together, It Will Be Joyous: Lil Papi, Angel, Federica, Blanca, Ms. Ford

The ACT UP challenge ends up being a stunt making Federica’s home into a giant condom. This, alongside embarrassing her in the press, it gives Blanca a victory since it appears she will back off now. However, she doesn’t leave with her tail between her legs. She leaves implying she could always regroup and strike back.

Bringing us to Angel. As we saw in season one, she has long been groomed to eventually run the House of Evangelista and handle her business. Lil Papi too. But with her modeling career just growing, she doesn’t have the same issues as her brothers. Unfortunately, she may have something worse.

Angel and Lil Papi going to a party.

First and foremost, she dabbles with drugs. Secondly, she gets so high she runs late for her Bebe commercial, and Ms. Ford isn’t happy. In fact, she may need a chat with Blanca to get Angel’s head together.

That is assuming Lil Papi, who is now officially Angel’s boyfriend, doesn’t have things handled.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Lil Papi’s government name is Esteban

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

“White folks like to visit, but they never move in.”

Review

Highlights

Seeing Lulu Dressed Down

While it is important to show everyone fashionable, thriving, and beautiful, it is just as important to show these folks looking like all they got on is lotion, a house wig, and something they wear around the house. It may not seem like a big deal, but it gives this sense of humanity. That they don’t always have to be on or be in performance mode. That their vulnerability can be beyond tears from rejection but just being in their element and around those they trust. As we saw with Lulu.

Pray Tell Mentoring Someone Besides Blanca

Pray Tell speaking with Ricky.

Blanca is spoiled. Granted, she gives as much as she receives, but when it comes to the elders and mothas, she has gotten a rather consistent amount of care. Everyone else? Not so much. So Pray Tell focusing on Ricky and being there for him was a wonderful change.

Now, yeah, Ricky took it the wrong way, but the boy got issues – it’s to be expected. But I think with Pray Tell showing that he is there for him and not for that, it allowed him to open up and receive a love which likely was unfamiliar to him.

Angel and Lil Papi Together

Similar to what we saw with Angel. She didn’t think Lil Papi genuinely loved her and was just looking for ass. Yet, he took his time, showed he was truly invested, and look at the bliss they have now. They have a healthy and loving relationship. Note: They both aren’t the brightest people. Hence them trying cocaine, but hopefully they won’t get hooked. Specifically Angel, since her desire to fit in with everyone could be her downfall.

Let’s Not Bottom Shame

I don’t know much about bottom shaming, but know what a bottom is (the receiver for those who don’t know), so Pray Tell tapping on that was interesting. Since the show may have an LGBT+ focus, but it only occasionally hyper focuses on any topic. So when it does, while you recognize that it’s more so for the community than a general audience, it also reminds you that there is so much more you aren’t aware of, and they do not have the time to cover.

On The Fence

This Federica Saga

Federica trying to lower Blanca's guard.

A part of me wants it to end, since it isn’t going anywhere interesting. Yet, I want it to continue, for I’d rather the drama of Federica than someone being killed off. But, either way, Federica either needs to step up or become a frenemy like it seemed she was going to be. Hell, since she is worried about appearances, would it hurt her to maybe take Blanca under her wing? Expose her to a new world that is harsher than her yet is the next level if Blanca is serious about being a businesswoman.

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Season 1

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 Date8/13/2019
Introduced This Episode
AdrianAustin 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 Date8/20/2019
Introduced This Episode
QuincyKJ Aikens
ChillyGia Parr
JazminDamaris 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 Date8/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
ManhattanAndré Ward
JackJack Mizrahi
CastleJ. 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 Date7/16/2019
  • 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 Date7/23/2019
  • 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 Date7/30/2019
  • 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 Date7/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
DarnellDanny Johnson
VivicaPatrice 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.
CreatorRyan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Director(s)Ryan Murphy
Writer(s)Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Air Date6/3/2018
Noted Actors
BlancaMj Rodriguez
DamonRyan Jamaal Swain
AngelIndya Moore
StanEvan Peters
Pray TellBilly 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 Date6/10/2018
Actors Introduced
RickyDyllon Burnside
Lil PapiAngel Bismark Curiel
MattJames 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 Date6/17/2018
Actors Introduced
TonyGlamo
CostasJohnny Sibilly
PattyKate 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 Date6/24/2018
Actors Introduced
Dick FordChristopher Meloni
AphroditeAlexia Garcia
CandyAngelica 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 Date7/1/2018
Actors Introduced
CarmenFlor De Liz Perez
AlmaSusanna Guzman
ManuelGil Perez-Abraham
MamiGlenys Javier
Young BlancaJayden 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 Date7/8/2018
Actors Introduced
JudySandra Bernhard
DariusCharles 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 Date7/15/2018
  • 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 Date7/22/2018
Actors Introduced
KeenanBlake 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 Date6/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ms. NormanPatti 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 Date6/25/2019
Introduced This Episode
EuphoriaPeppermint
Ms. OrlandoCecilia 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 Date6/11/2019
  • 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
Seeing Lulu Dressed Down - 85%
Pray Tell Mentoring Someone Besides Blanca - 90%
Angel and Lil Papi Together - 86%
Let’s Not Bottom Shame - 87%
This Federica Saga - 75%

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