The ladies of The Chi continue to get a voice as Keisha gets features and Emmet’s past partners. Alongside this, Brandon decides to get a leg up and Ronnie reveals a trigger to Jada.
Justin Hillian, Dime Davis
Introduced This Episode
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Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman: Keisha, Ricky, Maisha, Kevin
It isn’t clear what is happening between Maisha and Kevin, but it seems he is increasingly warming up to the idea of her being a fixture in his life. Mind you, not enough to claim her around his friends but considering her kisses her, in front of her friends, at her birthday party, there’s progress. Unfortunately, when it comes to Keisha, while she too is taking steps to be in a relationship it is with her track coach Ricky.
The Past Haunts You: Ronnie, Jada, Jake, Kevin
A person’s childhood is the building blocks for their life. So, with Jake getting blamed for stuff, and Kevin often reinforcing the accusation, it messes with him a bit. Especially since Kevin clearly has a future ahead of him, to the point of being recommended for a fancy academy, and Jake recognizes the struggle is real and coming for him.
But he isn’t alone in dealing with childhood trauma. Ronnie gets a job, thanks to Jada, to clean out a house across the street and while, at first, it’s pushed that maybe he was molested, instead, we learn his father lived across the street. Which wouldn’t be a big deal if the man was active in his life but the way things appear, either his dad didn’t know about him or ignored him. Making how much care he put into his lawn but couldn’t hang out with his son, who seemingly grew up without his momma, and lived across the street, part of Ronnie’s trauma. Hence why, a few episodes ago, he was pretending to shoot his neighbor, and it wasn’t due to how he acted with Jason.
Trying To Get A Leg Up: Jerrika, Ms. Brown, Alderman Bonner, Brandon, Emmett, Neva, Shay, Dan, Tiff, Otis, Darnell, Greavy
After Tiff put the fact she is getting child support out there, the mothers of Emmett’s other children seemingly decide to visit the Chi and organize. This pushes Emmett to take a note out of Darnell’s playbook and make peace with them for the sake of the kids, and so they aren’t trying to gang up on him or get into altercations with each other.
But, I would be remiss not to note another inspiration of Emmett is Brandon. Someone who has a bit of a rocky time with Jerrika this episode. You see, Brandon is looking to work with Otis (Douda) since Dan fixes the cooking competition (we can even hear one judge saying that he could get fired helping Dan). So, taking note of a conversation with Greavy, he is ready to use whatever advantage he can.
Leading to the issue with Jerrika: Because she decides to play ball with Alderman Bonner, who coerces $30,000 out of her for a community center, he finds her to be a hypocrite for not supporting him working with Otis, who likes to pay for things in cash. Also, unbeknownst to her currently, who offers Brandon $10,000.
Yet, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The real trouble comes from when Jerrika’s friends come over and once again, Brandon’s insecurities rear its head. For if it isn’t the idea that he doesn’t provide financially, it’s that his worth comes from giving Jerrika some good thug d***. Which leads him to storm out and while it may make you fear they are about to take another break, luckily they make up within a day.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
Where are Brandon’s friends or is it, outside of Hannibal, all his friends are his ex-co worker, Emmett, and Kevin?
Is Greavy going to get a divorce since Laverne clearly isn’t coming back and he isn’t moving?
Emmett Humbling Himself
While still a ho, it seems he no longer is trying to be a dumb one. For between Brandon cracking jokes and Darnell’s example, it seems he might be growing up a bit. Also that he is coming to realize he is getting older and he can’t get away with what he once did. He needs to, even if he isn’t going to see and spend time with his kids, at least step up financially and realistically note what he can contribute.
Jerrika is a Boss
Jerrika bossing up with Alderman Bonner may not compensate for the fact she is one of the few women this season with a compelling storyline, but it remains an improvement over the last one. For she has moved far beyond just being Brandon’s girlfriend and they are addressing her privilege, showing her friends, her issues with the relationship, and her challenges as a businesswoman. Especially a young Black one with men who think they can play her.
While I must admit that I’m starting to get sick and tired of Ronnie’s whole life being a sob story, it doesn’t mean I’m not invested in the character. Such as why Miss Ethel was raising him since, I’m sure it was mentioned, but gaps between season make you forget the little details. So with learning his dad was across the street and had nothing to do with him, I get why that messed him up in the head a bit. I also appreciate this growing relationship he has with Jada. Even though I’m rather unsure if it is circumstantial or they are actually friends.
Kevin’s Apology To Jake
While Kevin apologies to Jake more often than the other way around, since Kevin is frankly in the wrong most of the time, I love the fact he isn’t pushed by Papa to apologize this time. Instead, he brings some food, somehow affords a video game, and they make peace. Now, whether he’ll stop assuming the worst about Jake is a totally different thing. Yet, recognizing her was wrong and that this is messing with Jake’s feelings shows he could evolve and their relationship get stronger.
On The Fence
The Beginning Of The End For Brandon
Considering all Brandon has gone through, I feel like I’m going to hate watching him become the scapegoat for Douda. Yet, on other hand, maybe he won’t go down for Douda and ends up being the one who takes Douda down? I mean, it isn’t clear how this show may handle its major drug lords so it may either start a trend or keep us guessing.
So Is Kevin Into Maisha Or Nah?
Here is my thing, he kissed her in front of her friends, so there is evidence and people who know what he did. Yet, in front of his boys, he still plays down what is happening and makes her defend their situation? I’m confused. Especially since he can man up enough to apologize to Jake but not stick up for Maisha? His growth is inconsistent and it is lowkey bugging me.
Where They May Go With This Keisha & Ricky Thing
Here is the thing, I want more out of Keisha than being one of Emmett’s options and Kevin’s sister. But her dealing with an R. Kelly type? I just don’t know how to feel. They could use Ricky to show how men prey on young women, but… let’s just say this storyline is the kind you see the value in having but also don’t want to happen to a character who is barely established. Since, you know, this will become the sum of her character forever and a day.
The Chiends in a polar opposite way to how it began. There is peace, little to no drama, and rather than focusing on endings, it is all about new beginnings. Though not necessarily of the positive kind.