Queen Sugar: Season 4, Episode 2 “I No Longer Imagine” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Darla and Ralph Angel talking on a stoop.
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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.


Network
OWN
Director(s) Carmen Marron
Writer(s) Chloé Hung
Air Date 6/19/2019
Introduced This Episode
Leo (Darla’s Boyfriend) Bryan Terrell Clark
Deesha Erica Tazel
Jimmy Dale David Alan Grier

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The Calm Before The Storm: Darla, Leo, Deesha, Ralph Angel

Both of Blue’s parents go on dates! Ralph Angel with Deesha, the woman we met in the last episode who has a tomboy for a daughter, and is a public defender. As for Darla? She is dating a man named Leo, a man 5 years sober, who she met in group. Both dates go well, and while a little awkward, they are in a cute, romantic comedy kind of way.

In fact, Ralph Angel happens to come across Darla and Leo having a moment while he drops off Blue. Leading to a conversation neither seems ready for yet. Not because they still want one another, but feelings still do linger, and while they can co-parent, they aren’t necessarily at that place where they can be friends. Though, with that said, they are able to be happy for one another.

The First Sign Of Drizzle: Nova, Micah, Ralph Angel, Charley, Nova

Ralph Angel is the first one to step to Nova, and it is all about mentioning how Ralph Angel isn’t Blue’d dad and making him damn near seem like a sucker for not realizing it. This, as you can imagine, doesn’t sit right with Ralph Angel – even though Nova has said so much worse about him before this book. But, what makes this time different is what Nova has said, written, will be public. Meaning Blue can discover the truth without Ralph Angel, or even Darla, being involved. Which perhaps hurts the most for him, and maybe on behalf of Darla, since things are just getting good and stable for them.

So Nova taking their agency, stealing their ability to prep themselves and Blue was worse than a stab in the back or smack in the face. It’s like poison. For she has had this in her thoughts, on paper, for months and didn’t say a word. But now has decided to share this with the world without a single real disclaimer.

Which, don’t get me wrong, as Nova realizes what she has done, it makes her want to retool things. However, her publisher rep says they are two weeks away, and the book is being printed and pressed – it is too late to turn back. That really pushes Nova to try to talk to Charley since the vitriol that Nova wrote makes it sound like between what happened with Remy, or something else, Nova was in her feelings when writing about her little sister.

Nova's pictures in her home.

I mean, not word for word, but the way she describes Charley is as a privileged light skin woman who used her privilege to enable rape culture and take advantage of people. Words which shocked Charley for while her business is public, after all, Queen Sugar is in our universe, she wasn’t expecting to be hit from within the family like this.

But perhaps the biggest thing for Charley is, like Ralph Angel and Darla, is how this book could affect her child. Micah, who grows more and more radical by the day, is clearly under Nova’s influence. So much that Charley fears he’ll turn on her when he reads the book. And honestly, considering the way he is now, punching kids when offended, though for justifiable reasons so that they don’t get comfortable, she could be right. It isn’t like Micah hasn’t turned his back on Charley before and, like most of the family, there is a very delicate bond which always seems on the verge of breaking.

When The Wind Kicked In: Jimmy Dale, Aunt Vi, Hollywood

Though all of that might be child’s play compared to Aunt Vi’s situation. For on top of Hollywood lying to her about the book, having and reading it, Jimmy Dale is coming to town to visit Vi. Why? Who the hell knows? To our knowledge, Ernest kicked him to the curb and Vi divorced him. So as for why he is showing up now is anyone’s guest. But, considering how charming he is to many, one can only assume it is to stir up some trouble because he is bored wherever he has been hiding.

Jimmy Dale (David Alan Grier) charming a local business owner.
Jimmy Dale (David Alan Grier)

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. After Ernest ran off Jimmy Dale, where did he go all these years?
  2. Surely, Too Sweet can’t be the only, or worst, thing Nova put about herself in that book, right? How about that affair, what about how Aunt Vi’s prejudice poisoning her relationship with Charley and her dad? Not to mention her situation with Remy, Dr. Dubois, she could talk about causing minor hysteria in the community, and so much more.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

“If you ain’t being used, you useless.”
— Jimmy Dale

Highlights

Ralph Angel With A Medium Toned Woman – ON A DATE!

Up till now, there has been an unfortunate pattern. One which had Ralph Angel more than willing to have sex with medium and chocolate tone sisters, but he wouldn’t date any. From Darla to Trinh, it seemed, perhaps like Ernest, he may have feelings for women of a darker hue, but what he lusted for, tried to make things work with, were those of a lighter complexion.

So him taking time up with Deesha, having what looks like a date and, even if it wasn’t, asking her if she’d see him again for a proper one? SCORE! Especially since their kids are becoming friends and that could open up quite a few storylines for Blue.

The Build To The Fallout

Ralph Angel reminding Blue he loves him.
Ralph Angel: No matter what nobody tell you, you know I love you, right?

Such as him learning Ralph Angel isn’t his biological father. Which, to me, might be the most heartbreaking consequences of Nova’s book. For everyone else is grown, and Nova’s commentary is about stuff they have buried or are dealing with. Blue, on the other hand, he knows nothing. Leading to the fear that, beyond learning RA isn’t his dad, he may also learn how he came to be as well and what happened with his mom when Hollywood discovered them.

Lest we forget, Ralph Angel is just reaching the point of telling him about his time in prison, so can you imagine Darla talking about his conception coming from rape? A topic she barely has dealt with herself? Man, Nova fixing to get more than her siblings and aunt on her case.

Kiki & Micah Still Together

Minor thing, I’m glad, through all these seasons, Kiki and Micah are still together. Not that Kiki has really had much of a storyline and as if we’ve seen much of her family since the beginning, but beggars can’t be choosy I guess.

Darla Is Happy – For Now

Darla was allowed a reprieve from her trauma, and while it is sad it is short-lived, let’s appreciate she was given a moment. Though, who knows, maybe Leo won’t read Nova’s book or be understanding? At this point, shouldn’t Darla have people in her life who don’t write her off as promptly as Ralph Angel did in the past? Surely she has come to a point in her life when people seek to get the full story and not just take in a snippet and run with what little they know.

Darla smiling, biting her lower lip, on her date.

On The Fence

The Return of Jimmy Dale

There are two sides to every story, and I’m sure Jimmy is dying to tell his. However, I’m not sure if I really want to hear it. True, it could lead to the ever private Vi having her 20s revealed to us in ways not done before, but we already got Nova’s book coming out. Can/Should this be seen as overkill?

This New Micah

I get Micah is coming into himself and is embracing his heritage but is it wrong to think he is taking it to the extreme a bit? His statement on why he punched the kid I get, since culture is the first wall of defense for dismantling any ethnicity or race of people. However, even taking note of his police brutality storyline, something about his storyline feels more about a reaction than character development.

Something that, I’d submit, could be said about a few things on this show – for better or worse.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Nova, in my mind, is trying to push people to actually deal with their issues instead of bury them. At least the issues she perceives them to have. And in using herself and her family, she is creating examples, representation if you will, to show the ways people can see themselves and their family members. Hopefully causing some conversations to happen and true healing to begin.

  2. Hey Amari, I know that this is a couple of days late but I have been really busy since you answered my comment. But yes, I agree, it really wasn’t until RA got his “freedom papers” so to speak, that he was finally able to put an end to that chapter of his life, and he can now truly focus on Blue, the farm, and just becoming his own person.

    How do you feel about Darla and Leo? For me it is really early, and it is clear that the two of them are just starting to get to know each other. I like Leo so far, he was funny, he’s kind of cute, and most importantly he can come to an understanding with Darla when it comes to each other’s past. Just the simplicity of being able to make a drug joke and somebody actually gets it. You know for the longest time all we ever wanted was for Darla to be heard. and to be listened too. She has had that with her sponsor, she has talked to her parents, and RA, but none of them ever actually understood what Darla was going through. Along with the fact that Darla can somewhat loosen up and talk with about her past yet there isn’t any shame or guilt that hangs over her, like when she would talk to RA, or her parents, nor is her past being viciously thrown back in her face either, like she had to deal with pretty much all throughout the 3 previous seasons as well. I’m just loving this place that Darla is in, from the beginning Darla was a changing and growing woman, from her time as a token booth worker, to working with Charley, to see her now, with her own house, car, a good job, and the fact that she is in school is such an amazing thing.

    That is why it absolutely KILLS me that Darla’s happiness is not going to last! Like Nova’s book is causing so much drama, heartache, and turmoil. I mean all of Darla’s stuff being put out there, for what? The B family treated Darla like trash for years basically, telling her and making it clear that she was not family so how dare Nova, put her business all out there! We’ve seen the previews….I swear if Darla relapses or gets her heart broken, I’m done.

    I mean as worried as I am about how Leo may react to the history of Darla, it is not as huge as how worried I am about how Blue may react. I mean for 4 season’s Blue has always loved and supported Darla despite all of the issues he dealt with, the only time he showed any real anger towards her was when the whole doll situation came up. Other than that their bond was always there even if Darla wasn’t actually with Blue every minute of everyday. Now with Blue being told about how he was conceived, even if it isn’t from some random kid but form RA and Darla themselves, it could absolutely change the way that Blue sees Darla. That could be enough to send Darla over the edge. It is one thing to have people that you don’t really care about, treat you bad, and say mean things to you, and to doubt you, it is another thing when it your child, the same child who has kept that same love and faith in you regardless of all of your mistakes. This could be major.

    Along with the fact that once again, Darla was raped. This wasn’t just some quick druggie lay, we know the history of how Blue was conceived, so for Nova to write about the history of how Blue came to be like she (or any of the B family for that matter) knows all of Darla’s druggie history is disgusting. Every member of the B family deserves to slap Nova, but Darla, I say she should get two extra blows as well. I mean not only did she write about how Blue came to be, and her basically questioning RA’s manhood, she also wrote about the night that Hollywood found her in that hotel room!!!! I mean wtf Amari, how sick is Nova. The moment in which Darla was at the lowest that she could be, is now out there for the world to read about, including her parents!

    Your thoughts (sorry it’s so long but, boy Nova is so wrong)

  3. I think, despite getting out, regardless of his relationship with Darla, RA couldn’t move on to his next chapter in life until he felt he could stand on his own, have something that’s his, and with him now free from the state’s watch, there is nothing bridling his growth.

  4. Hey Amari, great review!

    I have to say even though I have had my issues with RA over this 3 seasons, I have to say that so far this is the season that I am honestly really starting to like RA. I know it’s only been two episodes but I feel like this is the season where I can finally see a change in RA, along with some growth, and dare I say even some maturity from him. He is handling his responsibilities, taking care of Blue, but he is also in a much better place with Darla and that makes me happy.

    What are your thoughts? We’ll talk about Darla next.

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