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Pose: Season 2, Episode 9 “Life’s A Beach” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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Blanca and Angel looking at the ocean.

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

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My Name Is Blanca, And This Is My Rock Bottom: Frederica, Blanca

Imagine: it’s early in the morning and you’re a trans woman getting called after the crackheads have found somewhere to sleep. Naturally, you imagine the worst has happened since one of your sisters were killed, so many of your friends and associates are dying from AIDS, and none of your children no longer live with you. Luckily, for Blanca, it is just that her shop burned down.

Well, luckily in the sense no one was physically hurt or killed, but there is the problem of only Frederica having any insurance so she is the only one who will recoup any loses. Meanwhile, Blanca’s dreams are up and smoke and her source of income as well.

When You’re Good To Momma, Momma’s Good To You: Elektra, Blanca, Lulu, Angel

As you can imagine, Blanca isn’t in the highest of spirits. Her kids moved out, she and Pray Tell got beef, who knows when was the last time she was touched – intimately – and now she is on the path to being broke. This doesn’t make her fun to be around and while Elektra, Lulu, and Angel try to cheer her up, it’s a struggle. One which isn’t helped by Elektra complaining about the heat, since Blanca only has fans and no air conditioner.

But, being that Elektra has taken her role as mother more seriously lately, and has seen it as more than just a title to show she is a veteran at balls, she decides to have a girls trip. One strictly with Blanca, Lulu, and Angel, not the rest of her new children – who we strangely don’t see at all. Not even the mini-Elektra.

Which may lead to the question of where could they go? The answer? Somewhere on Long Island. You see, Elektra has a rich client with a big house that he bought but never really uses. Elektra, with her gift, convinces him to be in his bondage situation in the basement as she and her girls use the house as a home base as they wine, dine, and head to the beach.

Elektra prepping for a read.

Elektra: What exactly is it you’re trying to say?

Unfortunately, there is some struggle in this. Some of it is small, like Blanca not having the right clothes, Angel not knowing how to swim, and Elektra’s client having no booze. However, there are also bigger issues which include both the fear of being clocked (Called out for being Trans) and a woman actually doing so.

Don’t fear though, for “Life’s A Beach” is a feel-good episode and Elektra is in top form. She is both that hot mess that makes you roll your eyes and also that fierce lioness who is the only one allowed to come for her children. Anyone else? She’ll bite your head off and feed your carcass to her kids.

So This Is Love?: Adrian, Blanca, Angel, Elektra, Lulu, Candy

Though, perhaps the big thing which comes from this trip is Blanca meets a man. His name is Adrian, he is going to be a doctor, goes to Fordham, and when Blanca nearly drowns, he saves her. Also, they have a romantic walk on the beach, make out, and when Blanca gives his number, he calls, leaves a voice mail, and when she calls him back? OH! He picks up and we see Blanca like the teenaged girl she didn’t have the opportunity to be.

Adrian (Austin Scott) after giving Blanca CPR.

Adrian (Austin Scott)

Thus giving us an episode all about love. Not just romantic love, but the love of family. Having that normalcy many, or some, trans women don’t have. Be it feeling comfortable enough to be in a bikini at the beach, a nice restaurant, spending a lovely evening with a man, or have someone defend them publicly and not just stroke their ego privately.

Also, Candy makes a brief appearance, as the ladies are singing along to a song, and maybe, just maybe, Candy’s death weighing on Elektra, not seeing her in that casket, is why she did all this. Perhaps Elektra finally realized she needs to become a person, never mind the elder or mother title, who doesn’t wait to be pressured to do something, or guilted. She needs to be proactive and use the privileges she has to not just be an inspiration, but expose her children to what they are capable of having.



We Got The Elektra We Should Have Had When The Season Began

I think many of us can agree that the Elektra which opened this season regressed from the one we thought we knew from the season 1 finale, right? So it makes her coming into that role of a mother, friend, sister to a point, since they seem so interchangeable, like we’re finally where Elektra should be.

Adrian x Blanca

While it isn’t like most of the women on this show have men flocking to them left and right, Blanca has been ruthlessly beaten down since the beginning. She has been noted as being brick (not passing) and everyone’s words have beat Blanca’s confidence to dust. Hence why she is so invested in her children since her relationships with those kids are the closest thing to intimacy she has.

However, Janet Mock has blessed us with a preview of the romance movies she will likely bring to Netflix, as part of her deal. We’ll get to see girls like Blanca, firm in who they are, but maybe not the most comfortable, living the dream. Having a man, like Adrian or Papi, not whoever Evans Peters played in season 1, approach them, romance them, accept them, and love them.

We’ll have it all. That anxiety about waiting for the phone to ring, or receiving a text, the giggles, banter, and maybe the struggles of being trans will be addressed, maybe not? What’ll matter is that butterfly feeling you get vicariously. One that, considering the show is about to hit another time jump, I hope those butterflies become a ring and we can see Blanca end up married. But, if I’m being realistic, that might be too much to ask/ hope for.

The Ladies Being Comfortable In Their Own Skin, Either With Time Or Because Elektra Pushes Them To

Generally speaking, this season has kept the audience from learning of different terms and ways trans people can, and might, tear each other down for not looking fish (Passing for the gender they see themselves as). However, it hasn’t taken away the fear of being clocked and how that affects the way the cast moves throughout the world.

With Angel, that is a constant fear as she moves about in the modeling world and despite how femme she is, and Lulu, both show that even with the privilege they have, they share that same vulnerability. Which, again, makes Elektra stepping up and being louder than the voices in their heads so important. Because, essentially, she has to deconstruct years of damage from the outside world and while, yeah, she has come for Blanca and the rest, there is a difference in your mom toughening you up for the world and the world ostracizing and degrading you.

Can This Be The End Of Frederica?

Don’t get me wrong, Patti LuPone was fun, but hasn’t really done much or given much to the show. So it would be nice if, with the shop burnt down, there is no retaliation but just Blanca moving on. Essentially using what happened as a learning experience and that’s it.

Low Points

We Couldn’t Have Gotten More Scenes In The Nail Salon Before The Fire?

Considering Blanca’s grand plans of hiring trans people and things like that, and that dream now up in smoke, it makes me wish we got more time in the nail salon. For while it isn’t lost on me Blanca used up her savings, this was her dream, and a big middle finger to the world, not to forget big for the community, since we don’t see many or any own anything, I feel like the shop was mostly talked about. We saw only, what, one or two customers since she started? Also, was she able to afford employees? Where were they?

And that’s the issue here. The Frederica drama overshadowed the actual accomplishment and ultimately undercut the loss of the shop.

Frederica and Blanca after the nail salon fire.

On The Fence

I Need Candy & Elektra To Have A One On One

It’s always very awkward when shows recognize missed opportunities they can make up for. In this episode, it was noting Elektra didn’t go to Candy’s casket and, unlike the others, she didn’t have that goodbye conversation. One which would have had Candy tell Elektra about herself and have things air out. Not to forget, it would also help us understand how Elektra came into Candy’s life, if not reintroduce that story. Never mind possibly speak on colorism within not just the Black community, but how that may play a role in the trans community. Especially since beauty and passing is such a big deal. Making it likely anything which could be seen as an obstacle towards not just realness but being desirability is an issue.

So imagine hearing the conversations about being dark-skinned Black women and Elektra talking about how she dealt with it. Maybe even expressing regret in not uplifting Candy so maybe she didn’t have the same hang-up? I’d even add, since one of Elektra’s children are a dark skin beauty, her showing, like Pray Tell, how much of a wake-up call Candy’s death was for them.

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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

We Got The Elektra We Should Have Had When The Season Began - 95%
Adrian x Blanca - 90%
The Ladies Being Comfortable In Their Own Skin, Either With Time Or Because Elektra Pushes Them To - 89%
Can This Be The End Of Frederica? - 80%
We Couldn’t Have Gotten More Scenes In The Nail Salon Before The Fire? - 69%
I Need Candy & Elektra To Have A One On One - 75%


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