It’s the calm before the storm as Ralph Angel and Darla have a whirlwind wedding filled with love and joy.


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It’s the calm before the storm as Ralph Angel and Darla have a whirlwind wedding filled with love and joy.


Director(s) Lauren Wolkstein
Writer(s) Norman Vance Jr., Ava DuVernay
Aired (OWN) 3/16/2021

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Recap

Wedding Preparation – Charley, Darla, Ralph Angel, Blue, Darlene, Nova, Calvin, Micah, Hollywood, Aunt Vi

With the wedding being a bit rushed, with only 12 or so hours notice, everything isn’t necessarily done last minute but does put pep into people’s step. Though considering it was three months into COVID lockdowns, having something to do not dealing with death, disease, and sadness, it made for quite the occasion. Sadly, one that Hollywood wouldn’t be able to join, on account of his mother’s passing, but Micah steps in as best man and holds it down.

As for everyone else? Well, Blue, naturally, is excited, as so are Calvin and Nova. Though, with Nova being forced to remember how hard she made things on Darla, there is some guilt, and so she pushes hard to make Darla feel welcomed. However, the person who does the most is Charley, who accepts being maid of honor, and even gets Nova, Aunt Vi, and Darla’s mother Darlene to join her for a bridal shower!

A Joyous Occasion – Charley, Darla, Ralph Angel, Darlene, Nova, Calvin, Hollywood

To kick off things, Nova presents to Darla a message Trudy, Ralph Angel, and Nova’s mom wrote before her passing, bestowing a blessing to Ralph Angel. Following that, arriving just on time, Hollywood shows up, and while he doesn’t stand beside Ralph Angel at the altar, but during the reception, he does give a nice speech. However, the star of the show, Darla, oh she stuns them all.

Darla in her wedding dress
Darla in her wedding dress

And mind you, throughout all of this, there isn’t much anxiety and very little doubt. Darla has some, which she talks about with Charley, but it is just that old struggle with questioning what she does and doesn’t deserve. All of which gets hushed up.

But, overall, it is a beautiful wedding that Darlene attends via Zoom, and it even gets Calvin to thinking about getting married again, thus sparking a conversation with Nova.

Prepping For What’s Next – Darla, Ralph Angel, Blue, Darlene, Nova, Calvin, Hollywood, Aunt Vi

As the high point of the day pasts, so comes the question of what’s next? Well, Darlene starts by stirring the pot and bringing up the idea of Blue going to school in DC near her. A conversation she only has with Aunt Vi, who promptly avoids such an uncomfortable thought.

A photo by Micah after Darla mushed her wedding cake into Ralph Angel's face, and Ralph Angel doing so to Blue
A photo by Micah after Darla mushed her wedding cake into Ralph Angel’s face, and Ralph Angel doing so to Blue

Leaving relatively nothing to disturb the day and us ending things watching Darla, Ralph Angel, and Blue smush the cake Aunt Vi made into each other’s faces. All the while, Hollywood, still in his feelings, noting Aunt Vi is all he has left, and she reaffirms he is all she needs. Thus this brings to a close the happiest day the Bordelon family has had in a while.

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Peep Ralph Angel talking to Blue about his parentage – could this be foreshadowing Blue’s biological father showing up?
  2. What happened to Darla’s dad? Why was there no mention?
  3. Taking note Prosper, assumingly, is still in Aunt Vi and Hollywood’s house, he couldn’t get an invite? Has he not been quarantining better than everyone there?
  4. Considering how much Davis is being brought up, should we expect to see him?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

I’m only nervous about things I’m not sure about.
— Ralph Angel

Review

Highlights

An Episode With Minimum Sadness

No one can question Queen Sugar being a drama for, more often than not, it operates as a dark cloud with a silver lining. Yes, COVID is running rampant, but the Bordelon family is fighting for its community. The Landry family might be trying to exploit and take people’s land, but Charley is pushing back and, at the very least, slowing them down. There is almost always something happening, but the Bordelon family presents that silver lining “but,” which impedes or slows down the BS so that people can prep or recover from the last onslaught.

However, while Hollywood was mourning and Darla dealing with some anxiety in this episode, there wasn’t this dark cloud looming over or the vibe we were in a tunnel running towards the light. The clouds were minimal, and there was nothing but illumination all around. Too bad it’ll only last an episode as the murder of George Floyd hits in the next episode.

An Acknowledgment Of Past Storylines

Whether it is how close Charley and Darla used to be, a reminder Blue isn’t biologically Ralph Angel’s, Darlene making a guest appearance, and Trudy, you have to always appreciate when long-running shows like this take a bit of a look back.

Charley Opening Up More

While Charley is no stranger to us, we’ve even met her mother for a whole arc, we must admit that in the pursuit of fighting for the parish, showing she belongs, it is easy to forget her journey to this point. Of which we understood her mother’s affair with Ernest, which caused a rift between her and Nova. Also, how Aunt Vi played a role in her upbringing. However, her years with Davis, being that we only got to see the tumultuous end, recent episodes remind you we didn’t know much about the beginning.

Charley telling Ralph Angel that she loves him
Charley telling Ralph Angel that she loves him

And from what it seems, Micah wasn’t aware either, so it as their relationship changes, it means Charley getting to open up and show a side beyond the one which inspires the community. Which, since hardly anyone has friends on this show, it may mean Micah will be the key to understanding where Charley’s head is at. Specifically, beyond her advocacy and in terms of being a single woman whose son no longer needs her and has a rather big empty house that rarely has more than her in it. Never mind Ralph Angel’s older sister who has memories of him, and with him, that haven’t really been delved into.

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Summary

Charley Opening Up More - 82%
An Episode With Minimum Sadness - 83%
An Acknowledgment Of Past Storylines - 85%

83%

In one of the few happy episodes Queen Sugar has provided in a long time, we’re given a reprieve before it dives into George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter marches.

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3 Comments

  1. Since Blue’s biological father is basically a rapist and likely not from Louisiana, I doubt they go down that road. I certainly hope they don’t. One thing I’ve always loved about this show over its peers is the lack of “drama” just for drama’s sake. Let’s hope they stick to that.

  2. I do wonder though, considering how Queen Sugar has been a bit ahead of the curve, when it comes to social issues, how could they handle Blue’s biological father? Never mind splitting Blue off from everyone else? Because, it could be interesting to see Blue run into a kid at school who looks like him and it evolve into a reveal of who Blue’s father is. If not Blue stumbling upon Nova’s book (the most likely way things will blow up) and him trying to deal with what led to him being born.

    In my mind, I think a project on his family, and their story, could spark things.

  3. Great review Amari, this episode was like a breath of fresh air. No one was really sad, or crying (expect for HW and the tear being of happiness for RA and Darla lol) I’m happy for RA and Darla, they have come a long way. You remember how we felt way back in season 2 when RA and Darla first decided to get married we was not here for it lol. Bianca Lawson looked absolutely stunning this episode, very pretty. It was good to see her mom again. I too question where her dad was, I guess the actor who plays the dad wasn’t available. Loved the little race Charley and Ra had, loved to see Charley opening up a lot more, I could see the writers trying to get them back together lol Loved seeing my faves back together again Darla and Charley, the two sides of the same coin lol Still don’t give a damn about Nova, she is BEYOND annoying lol

    I’m glad that they acknowledged again that Blue isn’t RA’s bio son. It does make me question especially with the writers invoking GF’s death into the show along with the protests, and RA telling Blue that he is black, that the writers may write Blue’s bio dad coming onto the show in the future say season 6. I mean anything can happen, along with Darlene bringing up the option of Blue going to a private/boarding school out there in DC where she is at, I think that would bring some interesting storylines in the show, Blue was still very young when the Blue babygate situation in season 2 happened but he will be in his double digits by the time the show starts filming again for season 6 so I think he would be able to handle that as the young actor that he is. Along with Blue’s father being written as an assaulter him possibly trying to flip things and put it back on Darla like she was a fault/threw herself at him, or him trying to push off responsibility by saying he too was equally drunk/high just like her. Maybe him even wanting to try and have a relationship with him, we know RA ain’t going to stand for that lol Either way it is beyond time for Darla to start having good things happen to her, she has cried and paid enough pennants for her sins already.

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