She’s Gotta Have It: Season 1/ Episode 10 “#NolasChoice (3 Da Hard Way)” [Season Finale] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

She's Gotta Have It Season 1 Episode 10 #NolasChoice (3 Da Hard Way) [Season Finale] - Nola
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She's Gotta Have It Season 1 Episode 10 #NolasChoice (3 Da Hard Way) [Season Finale] - Mars, Jamie, Greer and Nola

The famous Thanksgiving scene is revamped and it leaves Nola with but one real choice.


Previous Recap: Episode 9 “ChangeGonCome Gentrification”

Network
Netflix
Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Spike Lee

Guess Who’s Coming to Thanksgiving: Nola, Mars, Greer, Jamie, Opal

It’s Thanksgiving and with Nola’s parents at her grandfather’s house, not having the time to wait for her, she is alone for Thanksgiving. Well, if she didn’t decide to cook up a meal and call the fellas over, she would have been. But being that Nola likes a certain level of control, she doesn’t tell any of her lovers about the other coming to dinner.

Which of course, with three strong personalities at the same table, leads to a bit of a pissing contest. Whether it is saying what they are thankful for, complimenting Nola’s food, their association with the president (Barack Obama) or noting their part of the monster portrait, the evening is barely with any peace. That is, until they all dance to Prince, “Raspberry Beret.”

But no soon after the dance is done, they sleep and each man drifts off. Leaving the only one worthy of staying overnight in Nola’s loving bed: Opal. Someone who comes over since Sky is spending the day with her father. Hopefully meaning all is forgiven since, at the end of the day, isn’t Opal the chosen one?

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Mars father is named Monty and mother Lucy.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

She's Gotta Have It Season 1 Episode 10 #NolasChoice (3 Da Hard Way) [Season Finale] - Opal

  1. Anyone else thought that truth serum weed would have led to more than a dance sequence? Not that I’m complaining, since it was to Prince, but still.
  2. Why wasn’t Opal invited to Thanksgiving when she is, assumingly still, one of Nola’s lovers? So much for transparency.

Highlights

Greer’s Outfit

This praise has nothing to do with the story but, Prince would be proud – and perhaps wonder if that outfit came in his size. Well, back when Greer’s look was Prince’s style.

On The Fence

That’s It?

She's Gotta Have It Season 1 Episode 10 #NolasChoice (3 Da Hard Way) [Season Finale] - Nola

I don’t wanna say this is a weak season finale but, it certainly doesn’t end things with a BANG! It, if anything, is like the million and one candles Nola has. Things just flicker, make subtle pop noises then nothing but smoke. Which perhaps should have been expected? After all, Nola bringing every single guy to the same dinner? In the movie, after that event, she starts breaking up with everyone. Well, everyone but Jamie but watch the movie for the full details on that.

So with that in mind, I must admit I’m unsure how to feel about this ending. Opal, in the long run, was the only one of Nola’s lovers she didn’t have some kind of issue with, so her ending the season with her makes sense. Yet, at the same time, outside of one or two episodes, they barely shared multiple scenes. But, I guess that is what second seasons are for. Of which, while Netflix has yet to say a word, they usually take about 1 – 2 months, this year anyway, Spike Lee, according to Bustle.com, seems down for more seasons.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
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Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Eisa Davis
Air Date 5/24/2019
  • Hello To Old Friends: Opal, Nola, Greer, Mars, Jamie
  • Art Criticism: Nola, Shemekka, Clo
  • The Black Orchid: Nola, Dr. Jamison
Season 2, Episode 8 “#OnTheComeUpTheComeDown&TheComeRound”Clo and Nola have a conversation Nola, specifically, has been avoiding as Divine finds himself reconciling with two people he may not have expected to.
Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Joie Lee
Air Date 5/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Nairobi Nyla Nolasco
  • Getting To Know You: Nairobi, Bianca, Divine
  • The Come Up: Shemekka, Nola, Septima
  • Hard Conversations: Jameelah, Clo, Nola
Season 2, Episode 7 “#OhJudoKnow”While we learn about Puerto Rican history and life after Maria, we also learn something major about Mars!
Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Lemon Anderson
Air Date 5/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Lucy (Tina) Rosie Perez
  • Welcome To Puerto Rico: Winny, Shemekka, Mars, Nola
  • Scared To Love: Mekka, Winny, Nola
  • Dona Lucy FKA Tina: Nola, Mars, Lucy
Season 2, Episode 6 “#WhenYourChickensComsHomeToRoost”After showing up and out during the Prince celebration, the kids switch things up for a more dramatic performance that puts people on notice.
Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Antoinette Nwandu
Air Date 5/24/2019
  • Cry Today, Smile Tomorrow: Mars, Clo
  • Things To Celebrate: Greer, Jameelah, Nola
  • Mask Off: Virgil, Skylar, Nola, Jamie, Cheryl
Season 2, Episode 5 “#SuperFunkyCaliFragiSexy”It’s time for the Purple People Party in celebration of Prince! But, naturally, his discography is the backdrop to more than the party but also Nola’s love life.
Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Barry Michael Cooper
Air Date 5/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
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Andrew Nolan Gerard Funk
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  • Moving On: Greer, Reed, Nola
  • Short Term Lover: Olu, Nola
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Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Radha Blank
Air Date 5/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ebon Cuddy Brandon Victor Dixon
Dutch Olivia Washington
Herself Carrie Mae Weems
Olu Michael Luwoye
Herself Amy Sherald
  • Here Is To Old & New Friends: Ebon Cuddy, Dutch, Nola, Olu
  • You Are Valid: Nola, Carrie
  • Talking Yourself Out Of A Blessing: Dean, Nola, Olu
Season 2, Episode 3 “#LuvStings”Nola decides to expand her horizons a bit as Mars tries to handle being homeless. Oh, and Jamie learns who Cheryl is seeing and Shamekka gets revenge.
Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Jocelyn Bioh
Air Date 5/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Jameelah Ciera Payton
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Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Cinqué Lee
Air Date 5/24/2019
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Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Spike Lee
Air Date 5/24/2019
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  • To Know Mars Is To Love Him – Spite Of: Nola, Opal, Mars, Clo
  • Adjusting To The Domestic Life: Greer, Nola, Jamie, Cheryl, Opal
Season 1/ Episode 10 “#NolasChoice (3 Da Hard Way)” [Season Finale]The famous Thanksgiving scene is revamped and it leaves Nola with but one real choice.
Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Spike Lee
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Thanksgiving: Nola, Mars, Greer, Jamie, Opal
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Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Radha Blank
  • Pointing Fingers: Bianca, Papo, Nola
  • Giving My All With Nothing Left For Me: Dr. Jamison, Nola, Clo, Mars
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Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Barry Michael Cooper
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Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Joie Lee
  • Out of Place and Pedestrian: Nola
  • You Know The Way I Feel About You: Greer, Nola
  • Love vs. Duty: Jamie, Nola, Cheryl, Virgil
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Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Barry Michael Cooper
Virgil Brandon Niederauer
  • Like Nicki: Shemmeka
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Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Eisa Davis
Characters Introduced
Opal Ilfenesh Hadera
Skylar Indigo Hubbard-Salk
Terrell Ato Blankson-Wood
Stefano Riccardo Costa
Raqueletta Moss De’Adre Aziza
  • The Beard: Nola, Terrell
  • Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep (Part 1): Nola, Miss Ella, Papo
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Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Lynn Nottage
Characters Introduced
Dr. Jamison Heather Headley
Miss Ella Pauletta Washington
  • Seeing the Doctor and Buying The Dress: Clo, Nola
  • Wrong Answer: Nola, Jamie, Mars, Greer
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Network
Netflix
Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Radha Blank
Characters Introduced
Winny Fat Joe
Shemekka Chyna Layne
Bianca Kim Director
Papo Elvis Nolasco
Cheryl Sydney Morton
Rachel Elise Hudson
Septima Joie Lee
Sonny (Stokes) Thomas Jefferson Byrd
  • I Just Want To Be BootyFull: Shemekka, Clo, Nola
  • Life with Clo: Clo, Nola
  • The Men’s Reaction to the Assault: Mars, Jamie, Greer, Nola
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Creator Spike Lee
Director(s) Spike Lee
Writer(s) Spike Lee
Noted Cast
Nola DeWanda Wise
Jamie Lyriq Bent
Greer Cleo Anthony
Mars Anthony Ramos
Clorinda Margot Bingham

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