Queen Sugar: Season 2/ Episode 12 “Live in the All Along” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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As one door closes, and another gets locked, it makes the few happy relationships that remain a welcome focus.


Previous Recap: Episode 11 “Fruit of the Flower”


 

I Can’t Be Your Dream Girl: Robert, Nova

As has been shown throughout their relationship, if you want to call it that, while the end goal is the same, the method of being advocates is different. Nova doesn’t have much love for spectacles but Robert believes in employing them if it gets the job done. Hence why, after a rather peaceful 1st half of the interview, he antagonizes Nova. Sort of creating the dynamic those who might have seen The Bounce Back maybe familiar with. That is, two people who want to achieve the same thing bickering over what is the best way to do it and discrediting, or rather challenging, each other’s method.

Something Nova could have maybe rolled with if Robert did prep her first. However, with him giving her no clue in that he would do that and him having aspirations for her which don’t fit her goals, she ends things. Doesn’t just say they can’t work together or anything like that. She was looking for an out, he gave her one, and so she says her goodbyes.

He Means Something To Me (And Our Friendship is Gone): Davis, Remy, Charley

Being that Micah has recovered his relationship with his father, but is still a minor, naturally, there is a handoff between Davis and Charley. Especially after his situation with the police. Which would be fine if Davis didn’t still have feelings for Charley. If not at least thought, despite their marriage being done, he still had a friend. However, Charley doesn’t want to be friends.

Yes, during the Brown Sugar Queen gig (which Keke wins), which Davis helps make happen, there was a little bit of pain when Tamar and Davis were chummy. However, look at all Remy has done for Charley. He helped her, and her whole family, with the farm, the mill, and was even close with her dad. He stuck around even as Davis and she were still married and things were complicated. Why would she leave a man like that? Especially for Davis whose punk behind would downplay what Tamar means to him despite her showing up and doing a show probably for scale! If that!

We Aren’t Too Different You And I: Darla, Aunt Vi, Ralph Angel

Darla’s mom answers her call and with this comes hope. If her mom and she could have a nice conversation, surely she and her dad could as well right? Also, with her parents now talking to her, so comes the idea that rather than do a justice of the peace situation, why not a real wedding? Something which Ralph Angel was thinking about, but with the farm only breaking even, so comes the fears of how to pay for it? Something not addressed when Ralph Angel learns Darla spoke to her parents. Though, considering how proud Ralph Angel is, who knows if he would let Darla’s dad pay for a thing.

But, perhaps the moment which deserves the most attention is Aunt Vi having a moment with Darla as Charley did a few episodes back (which you can watch here). One in which Darla starts off talking about not speaking to her parents in 6 years, though trying throughout. So with them picking up, and saying they are coming to see her, it’s terrifying.

However, thankfully for Darla, with her being a loved one, family, of Aunt Vi, she gives her the same talk her sisters-in-law and future husband get. One which begins with a pep talk, something very parental, and then she smooths in a conversation to remind you that there isn’t a world of difference between you and her. One dealing with reminding Darla that she has to take control of her narrative. Something Vi did after her first husband beat her and Ernest ran him off.

Highlights

Showing How Scary It Is To Lose Access To The Bordelon Family

This song definitely was speaking to Charley and where she is at in life.

One could argue the Bordelon kids attract a certain type. The type who seemingly don’t just seek out a family member because of how attractive they are, but also what they bring to the table. For Davis, he got more than Charley but also a father figure. Then for Darla, though it took some time, she got a maternal figure out of Aunt Vi and a sister out of Charley.

Which, despite all he has done, did make it hard to watch as Davis officially got pushed out and lost access to that. No longer did he have a friend in Charley and you can see in his eyes, which always look so pitifully lonely, how he desperately needed her. That she was the only one who he could consistently rely on to be a crutch, a rock, or simply a friend.

However, knowing that Remy isn’t that comfortable with Davis past his role as a father, you can see Charley isn’t trying to give that man any reason to doubt her commitment. Showing that when it comes to Micah and Keke? What he learned in being committed and in awe of his partner came from his mom. Because with the way his dad tosses Tamar under the bus without apprehension, I can’t imagine Micah ever being that cold-blooded.

Darla Connecting with Aunt Vi


It has been a long journey from Aunt Vi not allowing Darla in her house to opening up about her past domestic abuse. And while it doesn’t go over my head that the way Aunt Vi was handled might have been a reprieve for her prejudice and how she messed Nova up, I can’t say I didn’t love the moment. If only because it really showed Aunt Vi wasn’t just being nice when she called Darla family. She meant it and in her actions with her, she proved that meant Darla was going to get the full experience.

Criticism

The Landrys

I’m just so tired of them as the show’s villains at this point. Mostly because they aren’t made to seem like anything but your basic and petty villains. The kind you would see on a network drama. Which, considering how Queen Sugar avoids most of the soap opera styled, network drama nonsense, it makes The Landry family, Sam especially, stick out like sore thumbs.

On The Fence

Lorna, and seemingly Robert’s, Exit

Recognizing the show can only maintain so many cast members, I got to say Lorna just dropping that bomb on the show and leaving kind of hurt. We were just getting used to her, the dynamic she brought to the show, and then she left. Almost like she wanted to make sure she didn’t overstay her welcome.

Yet, taking into consideration how Robert’s exit is seemingly being handled, it really makes you wonder if characters like these two are meant mostly to jolt the story and then be phased out. Especially in terms of Nova who I maintain, even a season later, still doesn’t have much of a hook to her storyline. I especially say this because, Lorna is Charley’s mother and yet hardly anything Lorna said or did boosted Charley in any way. Her legacy solely will be how she changed Nova.

Making me wonder, if not question, is Nova floundering? With Ralph Angel, he has Darla who matches, if not eclipses him. Aunt Vi has a connection to everyone which keeps her relevant. Charley has Micah, the mill, Remy, and her battles with the Landrys to draw you in but what about Nova? What is it she has besides this beautiful dark skin to make you say, “I want to know what happens next with her?”

I mean, for just an example, look at the comment section of most of the Queen Sugar posts on here. The back and forth doesn’t really ever deep dive into Nova. It circles around Darla, Ralph Angel, and Charley. I’m not sure if that is true in general, but sometimes I really do feel that while Rutina Wesley has top billing, is often part of any marketing campaign, and was the biggest name when the production started, her storylines have never solidified her assumed position.

Really making me wonder if Robert’s criticism of Nova, as a whole, maybe the writers’ of how Nova is handled. She is someone fine with being one of the community rather than act as a face or lead. That she needs someone to match wits with but instead is a muted figure. Thus making it where there is no pop and while the passion is there, it often doesn’t translate.

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  1. You see how HARD and how INTENSE Darla was looking at her mom lol ? Like Darla is fighting so hard, to not just go OFF on her parents. To yell and scream at them for the SIX years of separation that they have had. I feel like Darla has a right to be a little upset at them. As far as we know, considering her parents didn’t know how old Blue was, that Darla’s parents did indeed (Like we first speculated) disown her, and kicked her out when she fell pregnant with baby Blue. Along with the fact that RA was also the father.

    • Something tells me her mom is going to play innocent in all this. There was just something a bit too off about how calm and cool she was with Darla. Not to imply that she may not have known nothing, but with the way Darla, as you said, looked like she was about to snap on her, I need some Lorna level truth bombs dropped.

      • That or maybe the mother is just in denial that for the last SIX years she and her husband have turned their back on their daughter.Despite their daughter giving birth to a son, going through a bout of addiction, then getting clean and sober from said addiction. For a parent that is a hard pill to swallow.

        • Did you see the clip of Blue being anxious about meeting his grandparents? Including his grandpa?! Tonight is the night!!!!!!

    • Sounds like they are about to fully expose and detail Darla’s life for us. Oh, thank you for sharing this (^_^)

      • She wrote letters Amari, LETTERS! ! ? It’s one thing for the parents to not return her calls, but to not answer her letters. Everyone knows how personal, and how emotional writing a letter can be. You let the words come from your heart, your basically pouring your heart out. So, for Darla to write letters to her parents about Blue, about how sorry she was, how she missed her parent, and about how she was now clean and sober, and for them to STILL not give any sort of response to her, over the course of SIX years! Damn our girl has been through a world of hurt, and pain! ?

        • But what got me is the fact her mom talking like she didn’t know a thing. Has the dad been throwing out letters and filtering phone calls? The mom is coming off a little too cool right now.

          • We know from Darla that her old man ran the household. Darla even said that even if her mom did disagree with the dad, she never spoke up and said anything. So, it is clear that Darla had an understanding of what was going on with her parents, and how thing worked. So, I honestly wouldn’t put it past the dad, to doing something so twisted and evil like that. Throw out the letters, than the mother wouldn’t have any idea that their daughter wanted to reconnect with them.

            That or maybe the mother is just in denial that for the last SIX years she and her husband have turned their back on their daughter.Despite their daughter giving birth to a son, going through a bout of addiction, then getting clean and sober from said addiction. For a parent that is a hard pill to swallow.

  2. Whatever goes down, will she still be your # 1 character? Like I love Darla and BL but we all know when character f’s up we gotta call them out on it, ya know. Call a spade a spade. ♠️♣️? (Even though it will be HEARTBREAKING. ?)

    • I mean, her and Charley are the only ones who get an emotional response out of me so even if she moves to number 2, I bet you she’ll bounce back season 3.

      I just can’t wait till Wednesday to know this dang secret. We’ve gone over so many theories, I’d like to know who was closest. If we even were close to the writers’ decision at all.

  3. Yeah but Darla working as “Star” is something that RA already’s knows. So, in terms of the secret I don’t know why Darla would say things like “please forgive me, and I have to take responsibility”. As far as we know she already did once her and RA had that “Discussion” about “Star” so it has to be something else. Charley as been so inviting with Darla, went to her 2 year sobriety celebration and all of that, so I don’t see how Darla’s history of being a sex worker would hit such a nerve for Charley where she (Charley) would fire Darla, unless Charley didn’t know all of the gritty details of Darla’s past, but I feel like the things that Darla was doing, isn’t a secret in the family. Unless, like I previously stated, she had just never met Darla, until she came for her father’s funeral and all of that you know. I guess in the long run it kind of makes sense, since Charley and Darla just started to have scenes together THIS season, and Darla and Nova have rarely interacted. And we know how Nova feels, Nova – (She can go this is a family matter) ?

    • Hmm, I think one thing leads to the other. The newest idea is that to get back into her dad’s good graces, she does something to screw over Charley. Something that also screws over RA since now he can’t get the money he is owed for his harvest.

      Like I said earlier, it seems so long since Darla screwed up and with this being her time in the sun, I know it is going to be big. Just how big is the question.

      • Whatever it is it will be heartbreaking to see.? Is it necessary though – maybe. Like you said, her name has been in the sun for sometime now lol I just hope that it isn’t too bad to where she ends up getting shunned by the family again, noting being able to see Blue and all of that. Which is why having Charley fire Darla really makes me nervous? Like it was is it? Because from what I gather, it seems like Charley fires Darla after she finds out or is told whatever the secret is, I’m guessing RA just tells the whole family.

        • I too wonder how far this issue may go. If Charley fires her, does that mean the wedding might be off? Could it mean RA getting in his feelings and going as far as to try to get sole custody of Blue?

          It sort of saddens me that while Charley’s mom brought peace, Darla’s parents are raising hell.

  4. But why would Charley feel like she has to fire Darla? She can’t help that her dad knows the Landry’s ya know. And again we know how emotional and quick acting Charley can be, if things don’t go her way or if she doesn’t like how certain things go down, she goes off. So, finding out that her sister in law, as some sort of connection to the people who are trying to take down her mill and stuff, I get it, but damn!

    • The Charley firing is what throws me off. Because, unless it’s petty, I can not fathom the reason. Even my dad being involved with the Landry idea, what is Charley going to do? Make her choose? Fire her for picking the wrong side?

      I mean, it has to do with money. Maybe her past John ends up being a potential client who gets fresh with Darla and she smacks him? Then, with Charley having to choose between money or Darla, she chooses money?

      • I don’t think that Darla’s confession has anything to do with the will. Everyone has looked at the will, they would be able to tell the difference between Darla’s handwriting and their dad’s, especially Aunt Vi, also we saw the dad writing the will, and they had the narration of him reading the will too.

        I mean the Landry’s have been doing everything in their power since Charley got her mill to take her down, so I feel maybe that is what it could be. Charley just doesn’t like their her sister in law’s family has some sort of relationship with her enemies,well that could send Charley into a tell spin you know. Also the whole John thing could be a possibility as well. But the last episode is 90 minutes, it reads that RA sees if he can forgive Darla, so the outcome between the two of them can be anything. But Charley firing Darla is something that is really making my head spins as well ya know? Like damn, her parents doing whatever their doing with the Landry’s has nothing to do with Darla, especially if she hasn’t spoken to her parents in 6 years. It probably is a combination of everything, money, Landry’s, all of that.

        • Pushing me to wonder, how much of Darla’s past does Charley know? She had a whole life in LA and barely visited, so how aware is she of Darla’s struggles?

          • Charley probably never met Darla for all we know. Charley knows post addict Darla, not college Darla, or druggie, strung out Darla. So, whatever goes down it might feel like a real slap in the face for Charley. Charley helping Darla get a job, and the whole wedding dress situation, Charley is going to feel some sort of anger about the secret, even if it doesn’t directly effect her like it does RA, thus leading Charley to firing Darla. Plus, you know that the firing is going to be ugly, possibly yelling and door slamming lol I mean we know who Charley can get. ?

            • And considering Darla is Charley’s only admin staff, that is going to be a major blow to the mill. Making me think, it has to be her being a sex worker that gets her fired. Why else show men in the area know her? This show foreshadows a lot so that has to be part of the problem.

  5. Also, I found the synopsis for the last three episodes of the season, they put even more emphasis on the Darla secret thing, I can share it if you want? I just wanted to ask you first. They aren’t spoilers just giving us a little breakdown of the episodes are going to be about.

  6. Yeah, that’s what I figured as well, but then she says things like “please forgive, and I have to take responsibility”, like if all it is,, is that she is rich, I don’t think that it would be that serious you know. Like it is RA and all that and we know know how emotional he can be, but I feel like he would understand Darla being a bit hesitant to tell him that she came from money.

    • But considering he went to jail because he assumed they both have nothing and now he has a record, that is a major deal.

    • Hmm… It is something she did that Ralph Angel doesn’t know about. I first thought maybe it could deal with Blue and her not knowing if he is RA’s but that is way too dramatic. So I’m switching to her probably revealing something to RA before her parents do or say something.

      • Which is like why though? Like with everything we have seen from Darla these past two seasons, her crying all these tears for her parents, for there to be some big secret that RA doesn’t know about just seems weird to me, ya know. Seeing D build up all these relationships with Aunt VI, and Charley, and for all of that to possibly go to shit because of whatever D tells RA it’s just like really writers!?!?!?!?

        • I think it is because Darla has been afforded a sainthood other characters haven’t gotten. Each one from Blue to Nova had a moment when they deserved to be side eyed for their actions. Darla, on the other hand, has all but played a victim. Someone on the path to redemption without any real bump in the road. So, in a way, she is overdue to do something wrong. Something fans can criticize.

          • To an extant, but when Darla threw away Kenya, and Blue had that meltdown people were PISSED, I was too for a bit because it was like damn you just threw the doll away lol But I mean this seems like it is something big you know, like I just think that is weird that whatever she tells him, she felt like she could’t tell him until her parents were like physically there with her you know. So, it’s like now that her parents are there she feels like has to confess? What if they never came, would she have still told RA or what? Like I guess I’m just confused lol

            • Imagine if it is something like, “I’m rich.” because I’m still a bit lost at what point in her life did they meet?

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