Based off what was seen, and the little synopsis on Wikipedia, it seems the focus for 2B is going to primarily be family. For this episode, it is Charley’s mother Lorna joining the series and us being prepped for Darla’s parents.
Health Scares: Aunt Vi, Hollywood, Nova, Robert
Something is up with Aunt Vi. It isn’t clear what exactly, but between getting dizzy and forgetfulness, it makes seeing her on the doctor’s table at the end of the episode a red flag. But, thankfully, Hollywood is doing well at his job and though the Landry family works with, owns, or is friends with Hollywood’s boss, he needs the money. Especially if he ends up having to take care of Vi.
But while Aunt Vi worries about her personal health, Nova got the whole 9th ward in a panic over the Zika virus. Thanks to an article she puts out, there is a panic developing. One which Chantal (Last seen in s1e10) side eyes Nova for since she isn’t a doctor. Social activism, she is an expert on but whether the 9th ward is the perfect place for the virus to become a major issue? She is overstepping.
Well, that’s her opinion anyway. Robert, on the other hand, supports Nova expanding her horizons in looking out for her community. Unfortunately though, while she may have gotten close to Robert, when Ralph Angel comes over, she doesn’t note this man means a damn thing to her. She just makes him seem like an old friend passing by. Maybe someone she just sold weed to but she isn’t trying to be blunt about it.
My Family Tree: Darla, Ralph Angel, Blue, Nova, Charley
With Darla and Ralph Angel getting married, alongside Blue working on a family tree project, it seems like the best time to start announcing the engagement. One of which Blue is the first to know, followed by Nova, then comes Aunt Vi. Now, Nova is cool about it, and of course Blue is giddy with excitement. As for Aunt Vi? Well, after a sort of side eye moment, she comes around. In fact, she has an engagement party. One in which we see that whatever ill will came from Ralph Angel’s reveal has either been healed or put aside for the celebration. But the icing on the cake, which gets me emotional just thinking about it, is when Aunt Vi gave Darla permission to call her by that name. Saying she is family now.
Leaving one last piece of the puzzle: Darla’s parents. People who, when Darla leaves a voice message, she talks like they may barely know about Blue and may not know a damn thing about Ralph Angel either. One thing is for sure though, Aunt Vi never met these people.[note]It should also be noted that Darla and Ralph Angel go on a date and there is a conversation about maybe wishing she did things differently. Like finishing college. Something which, the next time Ralph Angel is feeling insecure, surely will be brought up.[/note]
Have You Met My Mother?: Micah, Davis, Charley, Lorna (Sharon Lawrence), Remy
Charley finds out about what happened to Micah and naturally, she is ready to raise all hell. However, Micah doesn’t want to do anything about it and Davis kind of supports the decision. Plus, all things considered, Charley has so much more to worry about since her mother Lorna is in town. Something which is touted as quite dangerous because there is no love lost between Lorna and Aunt Vi. Someone who she, Lorna, seemingly agreed a long time ago to be nowhere in the vicinity of.
I mean, considering she probably caused a whirlwind in Ernest’s life, including marriage, can you blame her? Never mind Aunt Vi probably having loyalty to Ralph Angel and Nova’s mother. But, based on what Wikipedia is saying[note]So take that with a grain of salt.[/note] we’ll have to wait until episode 11 to hear Lorna’s side to the story.
But, long story short, Lorna may not be a force to reckon with, as Charley made her seem, but she is a piece of work. Yet, Remy finds her charming and while there are clearly some issues between Charley and Lorna, which includes her growing up biracial and always feeling like an outsider, their relationship can heal.
Oh, and before we move on, let it be known: It is about to be on between Remy and Charley. Her divorce is final and public and she is starting to talk nasty. Enough to make that light skin man blush a little and be thrown off. Not to say she is laying it down and spreading it wide but she is giving clear signals that the wait is about to be over.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- How in the world did Lorna and Ernest meet? Considering the way Lorna lives now, and with her ability to send Charley to boarding prep schools back in the day, when would there two cross paths? What would attract him to a white woman like her?
Charley & Lorna
We’re going to set aside the Micah situation since it seems he wants to nip that in the bud. However, there is a serious need to note that what Lorna will bring to this show is straight drama. Yet, it is drama of the good kind. For she is one of the few who could really remind us that Ernest isn’t a saint. Something we have sort of been building to. Nova often would point this out when it comes to Ernest’s relationship with her mom, much less him being with Lorna. Aunt Vi sort of put some white paint on Ernest by noting his reaction to her first marriage and I’m sure Lorna is going to have some stories of her own.
But, when it comes to the relationship between Lorna and Charley specifically, I feel like it is going to compliment what will surely go on with Darla and her parents. For something tells me, considering how Lorna isn’t as bad as she has been painted, it may mean Darla’s are going to be a piece of work. Yet, for both, I see the healing process beginning. For Charley, it is accepting how her mother played a role, both positive and negative, in her life. From making her the success she is to how her creating this disconnect with Ernest is part of the reason Charley never belong. For while she may have sent Charley to Louisiana during the summer, it seems throughout the rest of the year Lorna didn’t go out of her way to make sure Charley could be around Black people.
Darla and Aunt Vi
Darla and Aunt Vi have always had a tumultuous relationship. Due to Darla hitting rock bottom, that is why Aunt Vi had her first experience with some form of motherhood. But even if it was Hollywood who found Darla and rescued Blue, things like that aren’t erased from a person’s memory easily. So for her to really tell Darla, now that Ralph Angel and she are getting married, she can call her Aunt Vi and say she is family! Oh my god, the tears.
But this relationship is probably going to be quite necessary. Now just to the benefit of Darla mind you. For while I’m sure Aunt Vi is going to have to come to the girl’s defense as her parents roll in, I think it may also benefit Aunt Vi. If only because, it is clear something medically is going wrong with Aunt Vi and I think, out of all her nieces and her nephew, Darla maybe the one who does the most. Nova may have the most time, yes, and Charley is a boss so she can do as she pleases, but I can imagine Darla being there the most. Just to really prove to aunt Vi that she isn’t going to take it lightly when she accepted her into the family. Especially considering, depending on how her parents act, Aunt Vi may very well be the last real maternal figure Darla may get to have.
On The Fence
You know, the more attention I pay to Nova the more she comes off like a Shonda Rhimes lead. Professionally, no one can touch her. She is top of the class, a leader, and one not to be messed with. However, her personal life? All drama she causes. Take Robert. This man seems like the perfect match for her. However, when she has the opportunity to properly introduce him to Ralph Angel, he gets curved. When it comes to Chantal, who seemingly still has a close relationship to Nova (behind the scene), there is no checking her for the way she talks to Robert.
I mean, the way she acts with Robert leads me to wonder if she ever had a healthy relationship? Like, something Aunt Vi talks about, or was it Lorna, is the idea that something isn’t always cause and effect. Sometimes it is the question of: Is it a choice or reaction? In my mind, the way Nova treats Robert could be a reaction from how her mom was treated by Ernest. This handsome, kind, dark-skinned Black man maybe loving now, but he keeps company with white people. White women. So, reacting to what happened to her mother, she makes the choice not to get too close. Not to let Robert get to the point her could truly hurt her.
Which may bring up the question of: What about Calvin and Chantal? But with them, I don’t necessarily see what they offered Nova long term. Chantal was someone who may have challenged Nova could be a good lover, but I think the way Nova’s sexuality is, she has no issues dating and being sexual with women. However, I don’t think she may be willing to go the distance. Granted, Chantel is the only women we have seen Nova with, much less flirt with, but with the way she and Aunt Vi talk about her past, it doesn’t seem Nova has consistently and often dated women.
Then, when it comes to Calvin, I honestly think she liked the fact he could never truly be hers. She wanted someone who was only available to a certain point. Plus, that relationship seemed to be another reaction. One in which she chose to live on the other side of her mother’s pain. To see what it was like to be the other woman. To perhaps steal a white man from his white family. Which isn’t to make her sound petty, since she truly seemed to have feelings for Calvin, but like most people on this show, it seems the parent of the same gender haunts their life and decisions. To the point, you have to wonder if any of them will ever really get from underfoot.