Home TV Series Queen Sugar: Season 4, Episode 13 “I Am” [Season Finale] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Queen Sugar: Season 4, Episode 13 “I Am” [Season Finale] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

In the season finale for Queen Sugar, while many find peace, unfortunately for Charley, it seems she just keeps swapping who she is at war with.


Community Rating: 55.56% (1)


 


Network
OWN
Director(s)Ayoka Chenzira
Writer(s)Anthony Sparks
Air Date9/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
ParkerAmirah Vann

Recap/ Review (with Commentary & Spoilers)

Something From Our Past | Nova, Ralph Angel

Forgiveness takes months, if not years when it comes to Ralph Angel. Even when it came to Darla, it took Ralph Angel having a whole ho phase, and two relationships for him to get back to where they were. Making you wonder, who is Nova? Yes, they share a mother and father, and both of those people are dead. However, Nova is the reason Ralph Angel’s son is in therapy and the mother of his child, love of his life, relapse. How can you forgive that?

Well, manipulation. Nova pulls out the journal of their mother True and uses that to reconnect with her brother and remember old times. In fact, it eventually leads them to discover where their mother was buried, and with that, Nova has seemingly won back her family and now has what she needs to start her next book.

Commentary

Ralph Angel embracing Nova.

All I’m saying is, compared to all Nova had to do with Charley and Aunt Vi, this seemed a little quick. I know Darla pushed for reconciliation, and this was also done for Blue but, Ralph Angel is as stubborn as the rest and is probably the most sensitive one of them all. Are you going to tell me he wouldn’t call out Nova manipulating him with stories of their mother?

But, with that said, I really hope, beg even, this show does a flashback next season featuring True. We got a handful of scenes of the past this season, so could we get a few more? I understand the point is True lives on in her children, but I’d love to really get to know the source. After all, we got to know Ernest and Lorna, so why not True?

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. When is Ralph Angel going to meet Miss Martha?

A Love Renewed | Ralph Angel, Nova, Darla, Calvin

After all their trials and tribulations, it seems Darla and Ralph Angel are back together. Not as before, due to things changing, but better since Ralph Angel is no longer a child, or childish, and Darla has seen the worst of him and his family and may have found renewed acceptance. The kind I don’t think could weather another scandal, because they close rank quick, but at least it seems there won’t be any side eyes or cold shoulders for a long time.

Which can also be said when it comes to Nova and Calvin. Despite him being married when they first dated, someone who enabled bad behavior from cops, and making Nova seem like a fetish at times – they end up together. She even introduces him to her family during election night, and only Micah reacts in a way that could make him feel unwelcomed.

Commentary

I will forever be stuck on wondering why Dr. DuBois didn’t show up since we saw Nova’s other exes. Not that I have anything against Calvin, per se, but I do feel like he is the token white guy we often see on Black majority program. The one who isn’t like the rest, who gets the invite to the cookout and, just like tokenism sucks when it is one Black, gay, Indian, or etc character on a white predominate show, the same shall be said when things are flipped. But hey, maybe having a relationship may force Nova to confront her issues head-on. Be it through not storming out when she is arguing a foolish point or using this new book to explore herself rather than her shallow perception of others.

As for Darla and Ralph Angel? I’m sorry, but they built up Deesha too good to let that go. Leo, if that’s his name, the guy Darla was dating, he was trash, and I’m good with his exit. Deesha, on the other hand, after she did all that work for the grant, and was the first women with some serious melanin we saw Ralph Angel with? Oh, him pushing her aside for Darla gives me pause.

Which isn’t to say I don’t understand Ralph Angel’s need to make sure the mother of his child, and his most consistent friend, is alright. It’s just, I feel like their relationship is more so based on the familiar than what’s good for them. The same goes for Nova and Calvin. When it comes to Ralph Angel and Nova, I feel they both pick partners who they have some realm of control over and who won’t push back much when they exert it. Hence why Nova backs away from anyone who challenges her and the one time Ralph Angel had a woman with her stuff together, his insecurities sent him to a woman that more so needed than wanted him.

Here is hoping, one day, the show explores the relationship issues Ralph Angel and Nova have and what is the source.

I Am My Father’s Daughter | Aunt Vi, Frances, Parker, Charley, Sam

Long story short, Charley wins the election and thanks to Sam returning his favor to Aunt Vi, is able to put Frances away in jail. However, the celebration is short-lived. For not too long after watching a Black officer take Frances away, Charley arranges a meeting with the illustrious Parker who we learn is Sam long lost daughter who will be Charley’s opponent in season 5. Also, here is a kicker, she is mixed like Charley so this time she is going up against a Black woman! There is no race card to play here, it is just all about who has more ambition and is willing to bend things and people to their will.

Commentary

Parker (Amirah Vann) and Charley facing off, with Sam in the background.

Parker (Amirah Vann), Sam, and Charley

I just want to know the entire backstory. How did Vi get involved in Sam’s relationship, hid the baby momma, and when did Sam reconnect with Parker? Also, considering what Vi did for him, why did he come down on Charley so hard? I don’t think Parker and Charley are the same age but did he not see a bit of his daughter in her? You’d think between that, and out of reverence for Vi, he’d leave the family alone without a favor being called in. But, I guess to re-establish him as the show’s villain, they had to have this reveal of him being the puppet master’s father?

Which does make you wonder, what happened to her mom? How does she feel about Sam, her daughter’s relationship with him, and what she plans to do?

Also, can Charley catch a break? Between Micah not going to Harvard and now yet another opponent, is this woman going to give her life over to the community? Get gray hairs and eventually succumb to a heart attack or stroke? Seriously. No boyfriend, no hobbies, no friends beyond Prosper – yes Charley is a strong woman, but she needs something or someone to lighten this load, and clearly she isn’t much for therapy, or she’d still be going.

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. Are we going to see Lorna again?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Be accountable, but still good to yourself.
— Ralph Angel

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Blue opens up his gift from Ernest, and it is a beach ball. One he honors for it holds Ernest’s breath in it.
  • Aunt Vi talks about Hollywood opening up a wing spot.
  • When Charley won the election, she hugged Darla – the last friend we’ve known her to have made herself.

 

Queen Sugar - Episode List

Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 4, Episode 13 “I Am” [Season Finale]In the season finale for Queen Sugar, while many find peace, unfortunately for Charley, it seems she just keeps swapping who she is at war with.
Director(s)Ayoka Chenzira
Writer(s)Anthony Sparks
Air Date9/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
ParkerAmirah Vann
  • Something From Our Past | Nova, Ralph Angel
  • A Love Renewed | Ralph Angel, Nova, Darla, Calvin
  • I Am My Father’s Daughter | Aunt Vi, Frances, Parker, Charley, Sam
Season 4, Episode 12 “Here”

Just a Nova seems to be recovering her place in the family, Charley might be ready to cut them all off.

Director(s)

Pratibha Parmar

Writer(s)

Anthony Sparks, Alison McKenzie

Air Date

9/4/2019

Introduced This Episode

Layla

Kei'Undrea Turner

  • Let’s Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The Past: Darla, Nova, Aunt Vi, Blue, Ralph Angel
  • Destroying The Path I Laid Down: Aunt Vi, Jimmy Dale, Nova, Layla
  • If It Isn’t One Thing, It’s Another: Charley, Micah, Keke, Aunt Vi, Nova, Prosper, Frances
Season 4, Episode 11 “I’m Sorry”As a rainstorm sweeps through St. Jo, many find themselves with someone who forces them to slow down and think about their future.
Director(s)Stacey Muhammad
Writer(s)Valerie C. Woods, Mike Flynn
Air Date8/28/2019
  • A Prom Night To Remember: Micah, Keke, Asha
  • I Should Be With The One I Love: Deesha, Ralph Angel, Darla
  • A Change Gon’ Come: Nova, Calvin, Hollywood, Aunt Vi, Charley, Jacob
Season 4, Episode 10 “Oh Mamere”The night Blue was conceived is talked about, as well as many past trauma that still shakes characters to the core.
Director(s)Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s)Chloé Hung, Felicia Pride
Air Date8/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
JordanAmanda Tavarez
  • Charley, Nova, Aunt Vi | Hurt People Hurt People
  • Micah, Blue, Prosper, Ralph Angel, Hollywood | Boys & Men
  • Jordan, Darla, Aunt Vi, Ralph Angel | Darla Talks About The Night She Conceived Blue
Season 4, Episode 9 “Stare At The Same Fires”As Nova comes to terms with what she did, and tries to atone, Darla struggles in isolation. Also, the men challenge themselves to open up to one another.
Director(s)C. Fitz
Writer(s)Lisa Morales
Air Date8/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Miss MarthaCarol Sutton
  • Oh Mother, Mother Of Mine: Miss Martha, Nova, Darla, Ralph Angel, Blue, Leo
  • Not All Boys Become Men: Micah, Keke, Ralph Angel, Hollywood, Aunt Vi
  • Gather Together & Share The Burden Evenly: Prosper, Charley, Nova, Micah
Season 4, Episode 8 “All The Borders”When it rains, it pours, and while it seems some may have learned to swim, others may pass out from the struggle and drown.
Director(s)Deborah Kampmeier
Writer(s)Valerie C. Woods, Chloé Hung
Air Date8/7/2019
  • Deesha, Darla, and The Review Board: Ralph Angel, Deesha, Darla
  • The Demon Formerly Known As Frances And Calling In Old Favors: Frances, Charley, Sam, Aunt Vi, Hollywood, Nova, Ralph Angel
  • The Past Is A Struggle With or Without You: Darla, Deesha, Ralph Angel, Romero, Charley, Micah, Keke, Calvin, Nova, Aunt Vi
Season 4, Episode 7 “Of Several Centuries”As the dust begins to settle from Nova’s book, the Landry and Bourdeux family decide to hurt destroy what the Bordelon family has built. Either physically or its bonds.
Director(s)Tchaiko Omawale
Writer(s)Anthony Sparks
Air Date7/31/2019
  • The Ghost Of My Past Continues To Haunt Me:Leo, Darla, Nova, Calvin
  • Learning To Be Strong On My Own: Aunt Vi
  • And It All Falls Down: Ralph Angel, Charley, Deesha, Jacob
Season 4, Episode 6 "By The Spit"While some are making strides recovering from Nova’s book, Aunt Vi begins to really feel the effects and Nova, herself, is dealing with the dark side of her new success.
Director(s)Bola Ogun
Writer(s)Felicia Pride
Air Date7/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Pastor Angel MartinezArmando Leduc
Lady GenevieveGinnie Randall
  • Recovery Is A Slow Process: Aunt Vi, Ralph Angel, Blue, Darla, Hollywood
  • What Fed You Once Can Bite You Later: Nova, Octavia
  • Your Focus Can’t Only Be On The Opposition, But Those You Have To Win Over: Romero, Pastor Martinez, Charley
Season 4, Episode 5 “Face Speckled”Nova’s book continues to devastate her family and extended family. But, we also learn of someone who was omitted who takes offense to the book.
Season 4, Episode 4 “Skin Transparent”On the eve of Nova’s book release, another secret comes out, and Darla confronts Nova about bringing her narrative to her story.
Season 4, Episode 1 “Pleasure Is Black” [Season Premiere]Despite being warned, Nova went full steam ahead with her book, and we only get a taste of the fallout this episode.
Season 4, Episode 2 “I No Longer Imagine”As more people read Nova’s book, we learn it comes just on the cusp of the storm ending for some and one colossal storm on its way.
Season 4, Episode 3 “Where My Body Stops Or Begins”As the drama Nova brought to everyone’s life continues to ramp up, Charley is faced with issues with the Landry family and Micah.

Season 1/ Episode 4 "The Darker Sooner"

Ralph Angel takes a back seat as the focus is on Charley’s business acumen and Nova’s journalism.

Season 1/ Episode 5 "By Any Means"

So it seems, the past familiarity of storylines was just to draw you in, get you comfortable and settled, and while there isn’t some huge surprise or shock in “By Any Chance”, there are veers to paths perhaps not surely expected.

Season 1/ Episode 6 "As Promised"

Perception is everything. It is what allows a person to trust another and it determines how we are going to handle another person. Especially when it comes to our secrets, as well as our time. Yet looks can be deceiving so even at our best mistakes can be made. As seen in this episode.

Season 1/ Episode 3 "Thy Will Be Done"

Everyone grieves differently and the pain isn’t consistent. There are good days and bad days, but it is the things left behind which matter most. So when those things are being ravaged through or taken from you, naturally it can lead to you being left a bit messed up. Which with what everyone is grieving, be it Ernest or their marriage, it seems there is always but one straw before the camel’s back ends up broke.

Season 1/ Episode 2 “Evergreen”

Family. Be it by bonds created by blood or choices we made, it gets complicated. But no matter the bond it always takes two or more to maintain that connection and keep it beneficial. Which can be hard when ego, our own inability to communicate, and distrust gets in the way.

Season 1/ Episode 1 “First Things First”

OWN is a slept on channel. Granted, starting things off with a slew of Tyler Perry productions didn’t begin its scripted foray with the best reputation. However, since branching out to different visionaries OWN arguably has gained the type of programming you’d have expected the decades old BET to have had years ago. So with their newest addition, Queen Sugar, arguably Oprah Winfrey and her team have created a solid launch pad for new talent, seasoned talent who deserve steady work, and those in between who may be familiar faces but never got the roles they deserved.

Season 1/ Episode 7 "In No Uncertain Terms"

Freedom lies across the field of the difficult conversation. And the more difficult the conversation, the greater the freedom.
—  “Chapter 11: Yes to No, Yes to Difficult Conversations.” Year of Yes

Season 1/ Episode 8 "Where With All"

A storm comes to the area and forces everyone to Aunt Vi’s house, included some people Aunt Vi would never willingly invite in. No matter how strong the storm is.

Season 1/ Episode 9 "Next to Nothing"

The storm has passed and with that comes a calm. Not a calm before the storm because this show isn’t about such things. It’s the type of calm which is healing. For while there are uprooted trees and fallen branches, yeah there maybe some tears. But in rebuilding, you are reminded of who is there for you through thick and thin, and not just family either.

Season 1/ Episode 10 "So Far"

There are quite a few setbacks, for everyone, in this episode, but there is always one person who creates some sort of silver lining. In that person, there is hope.

Season 1/ Episode 11 "All Good"

The importance of a connection with another human being, especially one which is dependable and trying to do right by you, is such a beautiful and strengthening thing. Though it isn’t always stable and with that comes fear.

Season 1/ Episode 12 "Far Too Long"

Almost everyone is trying to prove something to themselves or others. Either proving they can move on, triumph over adversity, or that they deserve to be loved.

Season 1/ Episode 13 "Give Us This Day"

Charley’s various manipulations are tested, as Nova learns of the complications which will come dating Calvin again and Ralph Angel looks for some respect from Charley.

Season 2/ Episode 1 “After The Winter”

One of the hardly arguable highlights of Black media returns. And, as always, you find yourself smiling because of the family dynamics, crying tears over certain struggles they have, and end up triggered as well. To say the least, Queen Sugar remains an emotional roller coaster ride that as soon as it is over, you want to get right back on.

Season 2/ Episode 2 “To Usward”

Grieving isn’t something just for the dead. A loss of innocence, relationships, these are worth mourning over. But from the dead, the richness of once was life, blooms something new. Something we see quite a bit of in “To Usward.”

Season 2/ Episode 3 “What Do I Care For Morning”

“What Do I Care For Morning” is an episode of growth and recognizing the needs of another person. Be it Charley recognizing the needs of Davis or Ralph Angel to be a role model in their son’s lives. Perhaps recognizing the greatness and intellect in another person as Nova does. If not something as simple as Hollywood recognizing the type of woman he has in Aunt Vi and that he needs more of the loving she gives.

Season 2/ Episode 4 “My Soul’s High Song”

What is the dream? Who or what inspired it? How can you obtain it? In “My Soul’s High Song” the focus is on what makes a person feel happy or whole. Especially in times when you aren’t necessarily thriving but surviving. Sometimes due to compromise.

Season 2/ Episode 5 “Caroling Dusk”

Investing in something bigger than yourself is the main focus in episode 5 “Caroling Dusk.” Be it investing in your kids and making sure they know you, know that you will consistently be there, or investing in someone else. Trying to make it so, in the long run, you can say you did more than became a success and can show it through property or a bank account. For the true success is perhaps the people you lifted up as you were climbing to the top and reached it.

Season 2/ Episode 6 “Line of our Elders”

If I may sort of rant, I really don’t understand how and why this show doesn’t get major accolade notoriety. For while, I get, as a Black person, we should uphold the NAACP awards, maybe BET awards, and all that, it isn’t like all of your peers recognizing you, you know? Plus, with this argument amongst entertainers, and something I bring up in reviews at times, where they don’t want to be pigeonholed because of their race/culture, it makes our award shows nice but still limited.

But, in the long run, all that truly matters is that whenever this show wraps for a season, or as a series, everyone doesn’t have a gap in employment. For that is truly what matters in the long run.

So, with that said, let’s talk about Episode 6 “Line of our Elders” and how this show consistently makes you cry.

Season 2/ Episode 7 “I Know My Soul”

With the rich characters we have been given on Queen Sugar, naturally, there is this desire to know of their past. To maybe get an episode featuring them as kids, teens, young adults. Get to see their interactions with their parents at those ages, and perhaps even Aunt Vi. However, that may not be as necessary as it once was. For in “I Know My Soul,” the complicated relationship both Nova and Charley have with Ernest and Ra is dug into, alongside how Aunt Vi has played, at least for Charley, a role in it. Thus helping us understand the complexities of this family.

Season 2/ Episode 8 “Freedom’s Plow”

The midseason finale deals with all the fallout for what has happened since the season began. Be it where Remy and Charley stand, with what happened to Micah, alongside Ralph Angel’s big reveal and how he handled it.

Season 2/ Episode 9 “Yet Do I Marvel”

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.

Season 2/ Episode 10 “Drums at Dusk”

Love is in the air for Nova and Micah but sadly, as sweet as things are going for them, the opposite is true for Ralph Angel and Darla.

Season 2/ Episode 11 “Fruit of the Flower”

Everything you knew about Lorna and Ernest’s relationship seemingly is completely wrong and that seems to change everything for Nova. Alongside that, Remy playing a paternal figure changes things for Ralph Angel and Darla.

Season 2/ Episode 12 “Live in the All Along”

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

Season 2/ Episode 13 “Heritage”

Darla’s parents come about and like when Lorna came to Louisiana, we are led to believe everything we were told is not true.

Director(s)Liesl Tommy
Writer(s)Monica Macer & Davita Scarlett
Notable Guest Stars
DarleneMichael Michele
QuincyRoger Guenveur Smith

Season 2/ Episode 14 “On These I Stand”

As Darla and Aunt Vi deal with the revealing of their secrets, Nova and Charley find themselves having to really think about the next step of their careers.

Director(s)Christina Voros
Writer(s)Jason Wilborn & Anthony Sparks
Characters Introduced
Mother BrownBeverly Todd
MiaNaomi Mack
RidDominic “Tax” Alexander
MartinShawn Parsons

Season 2/ Episode 15 “Copper Sun”

Nearly everything goes to hell. The Mill is in trouble, due to slander, the Blue paternity situation rocks everyone and, even Micah is in trouble.

Director(s)DeMane Davis
Writer(s)Monica Macer & Dana Greenblatt
Characters Introduced
LizyDanielle Lyn

Season 2/ Episode 16 “Dream Variations”

Do not expect resolutions to any of your pressing questions in the season 2 finale of Queen Sugar. Hold onto them until season 3, unfortunately.

Director(s)Kat Candler
Writer(s)Ava Duverney

Season 3/ Episode 1 “A Rock, A River, A Tree”

Queen Sugar returns with Charley laying out her plan, Blue’s paternity results in, Nova making major moves, and Blue starting to act up a little bit.

Season 3/ Episode 2 “Of Their Sojourn Here”

Nova and Aunt Vi find strength and inspiration through each other as Charley takes note of Micah’s personal needs than she wants for him.

Season 3/ Episode 3 “Your Distant Destiny”

As Nova reminds us how tactless she can sometimes be, Ralph Angel decides to put his son before tryst and Micah adjusts to the changes in his life.

Season 3/ Episode 4 “No Haven in My Shadow”

As we come up on a year since we joined the story of the Bordelon family, as much as there is growth there remains secrets to reveal.

Season 3/ Episode 5 “A Little Lower Than Angels”

The writers of Queen Sugar have seemingly decided to provide many gifts with a few poisoned apples in a slightly polarizing episode.

Season 3/ Episode 6 “Delicate and Strangely Made”

Giving yourself permission to be happy is the first step and then asking, or taking it the second, as seen in this episode.

Season 3/ Episode 7 “Study War No More”

The focus of the episode is figuring out what you want and what compromises you may have to make to get it. If not tough conversation so people understand why you want something.

Season 3/ Episode 8 “Come, Clad in Peace”

After long struggling on their own, many begin accepting and asking for help. Thus showing how far some characters have come.

Season 3/ Episode 9 “The Tree and the Stone Were One”

Trust is a major focus as many become shocked by what is asked of them, whether understandable or just a Grade-A insult.

Season 3/ Episode 10 “Here Beside the River”

The nuclear button gets tapped a few times and while it’s mostly by Vi, it isn’t like she wasn’t provoked.

Season 3/ Episode 11 “Your Passages Have Been Paid”

As Micah’s decision makes the pending jail vote all the much more pertinent, Darla and Nova are forced to also be accountable for their actions.

Season 3/ Episode 12 “The Horizon Leans Forward”

While we get some semblance of a silver lining, Queen Sugar remains unrelenting. No matter how hopeful each episode’s title is. 

Season 3/ Episode 13 “From On The Pulse Of Morning”

The season finale of Queen Sugar gives you all you could want and more, making it seem like the clouds are gone and the storm might be over – for now.

Characters Introduced This Episode

Parker Campbell (Amirah Vann)

Parker (Amirah Vann) meeting Charley for the first time.

Parker (Amirah Vann)

Character Introduction

A member of the Beckington Group, who handles Community Relations, she is the child of Sam Landry and a woman named Betty. Sam, ages ago, was with Betty, got her pregnant, and somehow Aunt Vi got involved and was able to help Betty leave town and protect Sam’s future and the family’s reputation. But, years later, the two reconnected, behind Frances back, and now are the ones controlling the highway which will run through St. Jo and Parker herself will be Charley’s next target.

 

Queen Sugar - Episode List

Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 4, Episode 13 “I Am” [Season Finale]In the season finale for Queen Sugar, while many find peace, unfortunately for Charley, it seems she just keeps swapping who she is at war with.
Director(s)Ayoka Chenzira
Writer(s)Anthony Sparks
Air Date9/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
ParkerAmirah Vann
  • Something From Our Past | Nova, Ralph Angel
  • A Love Renewed | Ralph Angel, Nova, Darla, Calvin
  • I Am My Father’s Daughter | Aunt Vi, Frances, Parker, Charley, Sam
Season 4, Episode 12 “Here”

Just a Nova seems to be recovering her place in the family, Charley might be ready to cut them all off.

Director(s)

Pratibha Parmar

Writer(s)

Anthony Sparks, Alison McKenzie

Air Date

9/4/2019

Introduced This Episode

Layla

Kei'Undrea Turner

  • Let’s Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The Past: Darla, Nova, Aunt Vi, Blue, Ralph Angel
  • Destroying The Path I Laid Down: Aunt Vi, Jimmy Dale, Nova, Layla
  • If It Isn’t One Thing, It’s Another: Charley, Micah, Keke, Aunt Vi, Nova, Prosper, Frances
Season 4, Episode 11 “I’m Sorry”As a rainstorm sweeps through St. Jo, many find themselves with someone who forces them to slow down and think about their future.
Director(s)Stacey Muhammad
Writer(s)Valerie C. Woods, Mike Flynn
Air Date8/28/2019
  • A Prom Night To Remember: Micah, Keke, Asha
  • I Should Be With The One I Love: Deesha, Ralph Angel, Darla
  • A Change Gon’ Come: Nova, Calvin, Hollywood, Aunt Vi, Charley, Jacob
Season 4, Episode 10 “Oh Mamere”The night Blue was conceived is talked about, as well as many past trauma that still shakes characters to the core.
Director(s)Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s)Chloé Hung, Felicia Pride
Air Date8/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
JordanAmanda Tavarez
  • Charley, Nova, Aunt Vi | Hurt People Hurt People
  • Micah, Blue, Prosper, Ralph Angel, Hollywood | Boys & Men
  • Jordan, Darla, Aunt Vi, Ralph Angel | Darla Talks About The Night She Conceived Blue
Season 4, Episode 9 “Stare At The Same Fires”As Nova comes to terms with what she did, and tries to atone, Darla struggles in isolation. Also, the men challenge themselves to open up to one another.
Director(s)C. Fitz
Writer(s)Lisa Morales
Air Date8/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Miss MarthaCarol Sutton
  • Oh Mother, Mother Of Mine: Miss Martha, Nova, Darla, Ralph Angel, Blue, Leo
  • Not All Boys Become Men: Micah, Keke, Ralph Angel, Hollywood, Aunt Vi
  • Gather Together & Share The Burden Evenly: Prosper, Charley, Nova, Micah
Season 4, Episode 8 “All The Borders”When it rains, it pours, and while it seems some may have learned to swim, others may pass out from the struggle and drown.
Director(s)Deborah Kampmeier
Writer(s)Valerie C. Woods, Chloé Hung
Air Date8/7/2019
  • Deesha, Darla, and The Review Board: Ralph Angel, Deesha, Darla
  • The Demon Formerly Known As Frances And Calling In Old Favors: Frances, Charley, Sam, Aunt Vi, Hollywood, Nova, Ralph Angel
  • The Past Is A Struggle With or Without You: Darla, Deesha, Ralph Angel, Romero, Charley, Micah, Keke, Calvin, Nova, Aunt Vi
Season 4, Episode 7 “Of Several Centuries”As the dust begins to settle from Nova’s book, the Landry and Bourdeux family decide to hurt destroy what the Bordelon family has built. Either physically or its bonds.
Director(s)Tchaiko Omawale
Writer(s)Anthony Sparks
Air Date7/31/2019
  • The Ghost Of My Past Continues To Haunt Me:Leo, Darla, Nova, Calvin
  • Learning To Be Strong On My Own: Aunt Vi
  • And It All Falls Down: Ralph Angel, Charley, Deesha, Jacob
Season 4, Episode 6 "By The Spit"While some are making strides recovering from Nova’s book, Aunt Vi begins to really feel the effects and Nova, herself, is dealing with the dark side of her new success.
Director(s)Bola Ogun
Writer(s)Felicia Pride
Air Date7/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Pastor Angel MartinezArmando Leduc
Lady GenevieveGinnie Randall
  • Recovery Is A Slow Process: Aunt Vi, Ralph Angel, Blue, Darla, Hollywood
  • What Fed You Once Can Bite You Later: Nova, Octavia
  • Your Focus Can’t Only Be On The Opposition, But Those You Have To Win Over: Romero, Pastor Martinez, Charley
Season 4, Episode 5 “Face Speckled”Nova’s book continues to devastate her family and extended family. But, we also learn of someone who was omitted who takes offense to the book.
Season 4, Episode 4 “Skin Transparent”On the eve of Nova’s book release, another secret comes out, and Darla confronts Nova about bringing her narrative to her story.
Season 4, Episode 1 “Pleasure Is Black” [Season Premiere]Despite being warned, Nova went full steam ahead with her book, and we only get a taste of the fallout this episode.
Season 4, Episode 2 “I No Longer Imagine”As more people read Nova’s book, we learn it comes just on the cusp of the storm ending for some and one colossal storm on its way.
Season 4, Episode 3 “Where My Body Stops Or Begins”As the drama Nova brought to everyone’s life continues to ramp up, Charley is faced with issues with the Landry family and Micah.

Season 1/ Episode 4 "The Darker Sooner"

Ralph Angel takes a back seat as the focus is on Charley’s business acumen and Nova’s journalism.

Season 1/ Episode 5 "By Any Means"

So it seems, the past familiarity of storylines was just to draw you in, get you comfortable and settled, and while there isn’t some huge surprise or shock in “By Any Chance”, there are veers to paths perhaps not surely expected.

Season 1/ Episode 6 "As Promised"

Perception is everything. It is what allows a person to trust another and it determines how we are going to handle another person. Especially when it comes to our secrets, as well as our time. Yet looks can be deceiving so even at our best mistakes can be made. As seen in this episode.

Season 1/ Episode 3 "Thy Will Be Done"

Everyone grieves differently and the pain isn’t consistent. There are good days and bad days, but it is the things left behind which matter most. So when those things are being ravaged through or taken from you, naturally it can lead to you being left a bit messed up. Which with what everyone is grieving, be it Ernest or their marriage, it seems there is always but one straw before the camel’s back ends up broke.

Season 1/ Episode 2 “Evergreen”

Family. Be it by bonds created by blood or choices we made, it gets complicated. But no matter the bond it always takes two or more to maintain that connection and keep it beneficial. Which can be hard when ego, our own inability to communicate, and distrust gets in the way.

Season 1/ Episode 1 “First Things First”

OWN is a slept on channel. Granted, starting things off with a slew of Tyler Perry productions didn’t begin its scripted foray with the best reputation. However, since branching out to different visionaries OWN arguably has gained the type of programming you’d have expected the decades old BET to have had years ago. So with their newest addition, Queen Sugar, arguably Oprah Winfrey and her team have created a solid launch pad for new talent, seasoned talent who deserve steady work, and those in between who may be familiar faces but never got the roles they deserved.

Season 1/ Episode 7 "In No Uncertain Terms"

Freedom lies across the field of the difficult conversation. And the more difficult the conversation, the greater the freedom.
—  “Chapter 11: Yes to No, Yes to Difficult Conversations.” Year of Yes

Season 1/ Episode 8 "Where With All"

A storm comes to the area and forces everyone to Aunt Vi’s house, included some people Aunt Vi would never willingly invite in. No matter how strong the storm is.

Season 1/ Episode 9 "Next to Nothing"

The storm has passed and with that comes a calm. Not a calm before the storm because this show isn’t about such things. It’s the type of calm which is healing. For while there are uprooted trees and fallen branches, yeah there maybe some tears. But in rebuilding, you are reminded of who is there for you through thick and thin, and not just family either.

Season 1/ Episode 10 "So Far"

There are quite a few setbacks, for everyone, in this episode, but there is always one person who creates some sort of silver lining. In that person, there is hope.

Season 1/ Episode 11 "All Good"

The importance of a connection with another human being, especially one which is dependable and trying to do right by you, is such a beautiful and strengthening thing. Though it isn’t always stable and with that comes fear.

Season 1/ Episode 12 "Far Too Long"

Almost everyone is trying to prove something to themselves or others. Either proving they can move on, triumph over adversity, or that they deserve to be loved.

Season 1/ Episode 13 "Give Us This Day"

Charley’s various manipulations are tested, as Nova learns of the complications which will come dating Calvin again and Ralph Angel looks for some respect from Charley.

Season 2/ Episode 1 “After The Winter”

One of the hardly arguable highlights of Black media returns. And, as always, you find yourself smiling because of the family dynamics, crying tears over certain struggles they have, and end up triggered as well. To say the least, Queen Sugar remains an emotional roller coaster ride that as soon as it is over, you want to get right back on.

Season 2/ Episode 2 “To Usward”

Grieving isn’t something just for the dead. A loss of innocence, relationships, these are worth mourning over. But from the dead, the richness of once was life, blooms something new. Something we see quite a bit of in “To Usward.”

Season 2/ Episode 3 “What Do I Care For Morning”

“What Do I Care For Morning” is an episode of growth and recognizing the needs of another person. Be it Charley recognizing the needs of Davis or Ralph Angel to be a role model in their son’s lives. Perhaps recognizing the greatness and intellect in another person as Nova does. If not something as simple as Hollywood recognizing the type of woman he has in Aunt Vi and that he needs more of the loving she gives.

Season 2/ Episode 4 “My Soul’s High Song”

What is the dream? Who or what inspired it? How can you obtain it? In “My Soul’s High Song” the focus is on what makes a person feel happy or whole. Especially in times when you aren’t necessarily thriving but surviving. Sometimes due to compromise.

Season 2/ Episode 5 “Caroling Dusk”

Investing in something bigger than yourself is the main focus in episode 5 “Caroling Dusk.” Be it investing in your kids and making sure they know you, know that you will consistently be there, or investing in someone else. Trying to make it so, in the long run, you can say you did more than became a success and can show it through property or a bank account. For the true success is perhaps the people you lifted up as you were climbing to the top and reached it.

Season 2/ Episode 6 “Line of our Elders”

If I may sort of rant, I really don’t understand how and why this show doesn’t get major accolade notoriety. For while, I get, as a Black person, we should uphold the NAACP awards, maybe BET awards, and all that, it isn’t like all of your peers recognizing you, you know? Plus, with this argument amongst entertainers, and something I bring up in reviews at times, where they don’t want to be pigeonholed because of their race/culture, it makes our award shows nice but still limited.

But, in the long run, all that truly matters is that whenever this show wraps for a season, or as a series, everyone doesn’t have a gap in employment. For that is truly what matters in the long run.

So, with that said, let’s talk about Episode 6 “Line of our Elders” and how this show consistently makes you cry.

Season 2/ Episode 7 “I Know My Soul”

With the rich characters we have been given on Queen Sugar, naturally, there is this desire to know of their past. To maybe get an episode featuring them as kids, teens, young adults. Get to see their interactions with their parents at those ages, and perhaps even Aunt Vi. However, that may not be as necessary as it once was. For in “I Know My Soul,” the complicated relationship both Nova and Charley have with Ernest and Ra is dug into, alongside how Aunt Vi has played, at least for Charley, a role in it. Thus helping us understand the complexities of this family.

Season 2/ Episode 8 “Freedom’s Plow”

The midseason finale deals with all the fallout for what has happened since the season began. Be it where Remy and Charley stand, with what happened to Micah, alongside Ralph Angel’s big reveal and how he handled it.

Season 2/ Episode 9 “Yet Do I Marvel”

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.

Season 2/ Episode 10 “Drums at Dusk”

Love is in the air for Nova and Micah but sadly, as sweet as things are going for them, the opposite is true for Ralph Angel and Darla.

Season 2/ Episode 11 “Fruit of the Flower”

Everything you knew about Lorna and Ernest’s relationship seemingly is completely wrong and that seems to change everything for Nova. Alongside that, Remy playing a paternal figure changes things for Ralph Angel and Darla.

Season 2/ Episode 12 “Live in the All Along”

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

Season 2/ Episode 13 “Heritage”

Darla’s parents come about and like when Lorna came to Louisiana, we are led to believe everything we were told is not true.

Director(s)Liesl Tommy
Writer(s)Monica Macer & Davita Scarlett
Notable Guest Stars
DarleneMichael Michele
QuincyRoger Guenveur Smith

Season 2/ Episode 14 “On These I Stand”

As Darla and Aunt Vi deal with the revealing of their secrets, Nova and Charley find themselves having to really think about the next step of their careers.

Director(s)Christina Voros
Writer(s)Jason Wilborn & Anthony Sparks
Characters Introduced
Mother BrownBeverly Todd
MiaNaomi Mack
RidDominic “Tax” Alexander
MartinShawn Parsons

Season 2/ Episode 15 “Copper Sun”

Nearly everything goes to hell. The Mill is in trouble, due to slander, the Blue paternity situation rocks everyone and, even Micah is in trouble.

Director(s)DeMane Davis
Writer(s)Monica Macer & Dana Greenblatt
Characters Introduced
LizyDanielle Lyn

Season 2/ Episode 16 “Dream Variations”

Do not expect resolutions to any of your pressing questions in the season 2 finale of Queen Sugar. Hold onto them until season 3, unfortunately.

Director(s)Kat Candler
Writer(s)Ava Duverney

Season 3/ Episode 1 “A Rock, A River, A Tree”

Queen Sugar returns with Charley laying out her plan, Blue’s paternity results in, Nova making major moves, and Blue starting to act up a little bit.

Season 3/ Episode 2 “Of Their Sojourn Here”

Nova and Aunt Vi find strength and inspiration through each other as Charley takes note of Micah’s personal needs than she wants for him.

Season 3/ Episode 3 “Your Distant Destiny”

As Nova reminds us how tactless she can sometimes be, Ralph Angel decides to put his son before tryst and Micah adjusts to the changes in his life.

Season 3/ Episode 4 “No Haven in My Shadow”

As we come up on a year since we joined the story of the Bordelon family, as much as there is growth there remains secrets to reveal.

Season 3/ Episode 5 “A Little Lower Than Angels”

The writers of Queen Sugar have seemingly decided to provide many gifts with a few poisoned apples in a slightly polarizing episode.

Season 3/ Episode 6 “Delicate and Strangely Made”

Giving yourself permission to be happy is the first step and then asking, or taking it the second, as seen in this episode.

Season 3/ Episode 7 “Study War No More”

The focus of the episode is figuring out what you want and what compromises you may have to make to get it. If not tough conversation so people understand why you want something.

Season 3/ Episode 8 “Come, Clad in Peace”

After long struggling on their own, many begin accepting and asking for help. Thus showing how far some characters have come.

Season 3/ Episode 9 “The Tree and the Stone Were One”

Trust is a major focus as many become shocked by what is asked of them, whether understandable or just a Grade-A insult.

Season 3/ Episode 10 “Here Beside the River”

The nuclear button gets tapped a few times and while it’s mostly by Vi, it isn’t like she wasn’t provoked.

Season 3/ Episode 11 “Your Passages Have Been Paid”

As Micah’s decision makes the pending jail vote all the much more pertinent, Darla and Nova are forced to also be accountable for their actions.

Season 3/ Episode 12 “The Horizon Leans Forward”

While we get some semblance of a silver lining, Queen Sugar remains unrelenting. No matter how hopeful each episode’s title is. 

Season 3/ Episode 13 “From On The Pulse Of Morning”

The season finale of Queen Sugar gives you all you could want and more, making it seem like the clouds are gone and the storm might be over – for now.

Ernest’s Final Gift To Blue Being A Beach Ball & How Blue Treasures It - 89%
Charley Winning The Election - 85%
Parker Seems Like An Excellent Foe For Charley - 86%
Finding True’s Grave, And Nova’s Speech At The End Of The Episode - 90%
Seeing Frances Taking By A Black Cop - 88%
Charley’s Unending War - 71%
Ralph Angel & Nova’s Current Relationship With Each Other & Their Significant Others - 70%

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10 comments

Amari February 17, 2021 - 7:56 AM

I need them to stop playing with Darla and let that girl live. Especially with the season trailer noting she got laid off and major obstacles like that can threaten a person’s sobriety.

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Sarah February 13, 2021 - 11:56 PM

Hey Amari, we are so close to the new season! I don’t know if you have seen this yet but I wanted to get your thoughts on this small little sneak peek that OWN put out of RA, Darla, and Blue (who is sooooo big now wasn’t he just 5 like yesterday lol) Some people in the comments are speculating that Darla may be pregnant…… I don’t know how to feel about that right now but knowing this show Darla may have some real struggles throughout her pregnancy.

Also peep Ms. Ava’s word’s “We get to see RA and Darla happy for a little while”…….. ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZSPvgjDOcs&t=27s

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Sarah January 25, 2021 - 8:08 PM

Well, Amari it has been a long time, but the trailer for season 5 of QS is out and boy, do we have tears, tears and more tears. My faves Charley and Darla still seem like they will be dealing with a lot lol Although B looks really good in the trailer. I really hope for good things for Darla and Charley this season, they have had to deal with a lot of shit. Still not over Nova writing that book about her family so it will be very interesting to see Nova meet Calvin’s family. Seems like they know that Nova was the other woman, I wonder if the show will bring in Calvin’s children as well. Blue is so big now, he is 10 now which is insane! We’ve watched him go from 5 to 10 in the last 5 years lol He has literally grown up on this show. RA looks good, he really has settled down a lot since the show first started lol Seems like they are hinting at someone possibly dying!?!? Can’t wait to read about your thoughts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMcaW7anZUA

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Amari January 27, 2021 - 7:02 AM

1. Darla and Ralph Angel having a full on relationship is going to be fun, and seeing how she maintains sobriety considering losing her job and likely struggling for a new one – an issue I’m sure multiple people are going through
2. Charley as a politician is going to be so fun to watch, especially as the Landry trial progresses
3. Nova meeting Calvin’s family and the dirty ass looks? Child, ain’t enough love in the world
4. Blue getting nightmares from getting the talk is going to be interesting, especially since, unlike his cousin, he hasn’t experienced anything but with not too many child actors having prominent roles like Blue does on adult shows, this could be a prime opportunity to see how Black kids are traumatized early on to build a tolerance for what may come
5. I gotta admit, the losing or taking the land storyline is starting to feel a bit old now. I know the struggle is real but, will it ever get better?
6. Micah in a frat is a storyline I quite like. I forgot if he went to an HBCU or not though. Imagine, without the COVID storyline how interesting things could have been.

I think, overall, I’m happy it’s back but I wish there was something beyond the promise of seeing people struggle. If not, survive despite the struggle. It makes me glad some shows are outright sidestepping what went down in 2020 and wanting to maintain the reality their shows were in than bringing in what’s happening.

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Amari Sali June 13, 2020 - 1:26 PM

I’d love for his perspective to start coming into play. It isn’t clear if this show may last long enough for us to see Blue as a teenager and have a full on rebellious stage, but seeing him learn the truth about his parents, and how Aunt Vi treated them would be interesting. There is also the question of whether he got to stay friends with RA’s ex’s daughter.

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Sarah June 13, 2020 - 3:52 AM

Color me shocked when the actor who play’s Micah on Instagram lol I did not see that coming lol no I don’t think it’s weird. If the writers could make it work to have M go through his own sexually awakening if you want to call it that lol Him and his bf are cute though. What more do you think the writers can write and give the characters. Baby Blue is 9 now and will be 10 in September they can give him so much more now.

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Sarah June 12, 2020 - 3:09 PM

Hope your doing alright during these rough time’s. No season 4 wrap up? What are your expectations for the characters for the upcoming season whenever it finishes filming and comes out. Also I no i’m let with all of this but I can’t believe that BL is 41 years old lol

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Amari Sali June 12, 2020 - 6:58 PM

The stack of season reviews I know I should do, and could do, but sadly have little time to do… Though, with every binge series I drop, I’m certainly tempted to head back and do wrap ups.

41?! HOW? WHERE? WAS “HOCUS POCUS” BASED ON HER?

Is it wrong that, with Charley’s son in real life coming out, I want him to be bi or gay?

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Reginald Jackson May 17, 2020 - 12:54 AM

Their relationship is built off of what the show writers write, not what you feel. Its a TV show, not real life. He literally explained why he was in love with Darla and you still gotta make things up? In real life I’d think a man choosing to be with his childs mother is awesome and not be mad because he chooses his light skin family over the dark skinned girl.

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Bluesman007 October 20, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Very well addressed and excellent points raised by you on a great show that simply isn’t being viewed in huge numbers. This season finale was as usual high on drama and brilliantly acted. Looking forward to next years Season 5 premiere.

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