The Chi: Season 2, Episode 8 “Lean Into It” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Ronnie and Jada getting a bit cute.
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As we approach the season finale and know certain people are going to be written off, you’re left to question if others may join them?


Network
Showtime
Director(s) Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Writer(s) Terri Kopp
Air Date 6/2/2019
Introduced This Episode
Malcolm Cayen Martin

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Education Doesn’t Change Everything: Malcolm, Kevin, Jake, Mr. Gasca

It’s finally time for that school field trip, and neither Kevin nor Jake are all that excited. However, Jake does see an opportunity to see some weed to the North Side Academy kids and Jake? Well, Mr. Gasca sees this as an opportunity for Jake to get acquainted with the school and so he has him paired up with Malcolm, another kid he referred to the school.

This leads to a few things: First and foremost, Kevin makes a new friend who may seem like he hasn’t gone through puberty yet, but is cool. Also, later on, makes it clear he isn’t a square. Kevin ends up with Jake’s weed, and Malcolm makes it sound like he might be doing some light dealing. But, as Kevin seems like he may end up in the drug game, Jake sort of seems like he could get down with the kids. Mind you, he may just end up their entertaining Black friend who gets a reality check, but that could just be my pessimism. Who is to say the kid who invited Jake to a party on the North Side wasn’t just looking for a dancing negro to entertain his friends? Considering how pale the school was, maybe he wanted some diversity in his life?

Off The Wagon: Ronnie, Jada, Emmett, Sonny, Shante, Detective Cruz

Sonny is finally back on his feet and reveals to Emmett that the insurance money has made it so he is thinking of opening another BBQ joint. One which, since his kids want him to cut down his hours, Sonny offers Emmett the opportunity to manage – at least in terms of inventory, social media, and the non-kitchen stuff. With said opportunity, Emmet is at a bit of a crossroad. Mostly because now he actually has options and isn’t just about surviving. However, a salaried position with benefits? When he talks to Jada about that, she reminds him that without a high school diploma, this is a rather good deal.

Ronnie taking a drink.

Speaking of Jada, for a hot minute, it seemed her and Ronnie could have been a thing. Problem is, Ronnie ends up drinking again. Why? Well, when babysitting Shante’s baby, he keeps her two hours past what he was supposed to and with his grandmother leaving the ringer off, he doesn’t’ hear her call. So, she storms in, gets the baby, says Ronnie isn’t the child’s grandfather, and this triggers old memories. Ones so powerful he gets drunk, nearly assaults Jada, and ends up pulled into Detective Cruz’s car. Not for driving drunk, or it seemingly being a phone call. Likely, he was just stalking him.

Know Who You Playing With: Jerrika, Brandon, Otis, Reg, Alderman Bonner, Detective Cruz

With Jerrika having disbanded from her parents’ company, and Ms. Brown, she realizes something. With her insider knowledge, a law degree, and Alderman Bonner, she can make a difference. Leading her to consider taking the bar exam for, in order to make change, and not feel swept up, she needs to gain power beyond manipulating Alderman Bonner. Which isn’t something she speaks to Brandon about yet, but he has a lot going on right now.

Take Detective Cruz revealing he is being watched, learning the man he has been dealing with, Mr. Perry, will eventually reveal Douda to him if he don’t start falling in line. Also, Jerrika tells him, due to his mom taking out a second mortgage, the house is only worth $20K instead of over $175K. But, with talking to Reg and maybe settling into his fate a bit, he proposes to Jerrika and officially gains a fiancée. One who likely has no way from saving him from what’s to come.

Reg noting how it is easier to be that bad guy.

Speaking of unlikely saving someone, Reg is coming to that point where he may get got. For while Douda admires the kid, especially for taking care of his little brother, a war may break out if he doesn’t get handed over. So it seems Douda is mulling over letting one die or loyalty.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Where is Amir and his uncle?
  2. When is the last time Rafiq and Ronnie worked together?
  3. So, things with Tracy were just dead, huh? I get they have history, but it seemed they were reconciling.

Highlights

Jerrika Recommitting To The Law

While it was revealed Tiffany and Brandon won’t be in season 3, it would be nice to send off Jerrika passing the bar exam and working on tenant law. For a long time she has focused on money, making her parents happy, and slowly becoming them. But with this shift, it is like she is an insider using her knowledge for the people – without having to go full dark side before coming to the light. Which is going to make her exit even sadder.

Douda’s Pending Crackdown

Despite Douda’s reputation, we haven’t seen him do a lot of gangster s***. It is revealed to us he is the reason why the white girl died, but as for the person Greavy has hyped up? That hasn’t been shown yet. Now, granted, he isn’t a street kid anymore, so why would he get his hands dirty? However, I feel like the show needs him to do that. Plus, with him confirmed for another season, it would be nice if his presence wasn’t just menacing, but also a bit ominous as well.

A Whole New World For Kevin & Jake

With Maisha going poof, it is nice Kevin might be getting some kind of direction with his character and Jake as well. For with them being exposed to the life of those who live in the North Side means so much potential growth. Which does leave the question of what Papa may do, but let’s assume he’ll be along for the ride since he made a friend during the trip.

Malcolm (Cayen Martin) talking to his new friend Kevin.
Malcolm (Cayen Martin)

But perhaps the bigger deal is that, for Jake, we learn his mom is alive, and Reg has been trying to get and keep her clean. Which, considering Reg may end up dead possibly, could make it so Peaches will become a prominent role in season 3. Plus, considering the path Jake is on now, Reg’s death might be the only way he doesn’t end up dealing drugs as a profession versus exploring other options. Add in making friends with the white kids, and it could mean this show may address how diverse Chicago is, if not segregated.

Emmett Moving On Up

As we know, Brandon is on his way out, and the next oldest of the young adults is Emmett. Who, honestly, has been setup to be a potential mentor for Kevin and the rest as they hit their teen years. So him becoming a manager seems right. Plus, then he can get a place and reach the milestone of maybe having a serious girlfriend.

Low Point

Ronnie’s Relapse & Nearly Assaulting Jada

I get people have relapses, and Ronnie is dealing with PTSD, but he was finally doing well. He was sober, talking about his issues, and finally getting something which resembled a normal life. So for him to nearly assault Jada and revert back to the person we met in season one, if not worse, is so frustrating. Also, Detective Cruz popping up just leads to an eye roll since he just seems thrown into situations to remind you he is still part of the show at this point.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 2, Episode 6 "A Leg Up"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.
Director(s) Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s) Justin Hillian, Dime Davis
Air Date 5/12/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ricky Levenix Riddle
Neva N.K. Gutierrez
Shay Danyelle Monson
  • Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman: Keisha, Ricky, Maisha, Kevin
  • The Past Haunts You: Ronnie, Jada, Jake, Kevin
  • Trying To Get A Leg Up: Jerrika, Ms. Brown, Alderman Boner, Brandon, Emmett, Neva, Shay, Dan, Tiff, Otis, Darnell, Greavy
Season 2, Episode 4 “Showdown”Jerrika and Brandon’s relationship gets tested as Ronnie learns he will be paying restitution for a long time.
Director(s) Carl Seaton
Writer(s) Casallina Kisakye
Air Date 4/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ms. Brown Jacqueline Williams
Alderman Boner Phillip Edward Van Lear
  • When Problems Arise: Kevin, Keisha, Reg, Jake, Maisha, Papa, Douda (Mr. Perry), Detective Toussaint
  • Can’t Always Be There When You Want: Jada, Darnell, Emmett, Jerrika, Brandon, Tiffany, Ms. Brown, Alderman Boner
  • Restitution: Ronnie, Ethel, Jada, Tracy, Shanté
Season 2, Episode 5 “Feeling The Heat”It’s an episode of redemption, sweetness, and perhaps a rare reprieve in The Chi. Well, before it likely goes to hell.
Director(s) Jet Wilkinson
Writer(s) Ayanna Floyd Davis, Joe Wilson
Air Date 5/5/2019
  • Clipping At The Knees: Detective Toussaint, Detective Cruz, Reg, Douda
  • Restitution: Rafiq, Jada, Emmett, Ronnie
  • Come Together, Over Me: Brandon, Kevin, Emmett, Douda, Reg, Keisha, Nina
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot”The Chi seems like the evolved form of the urban dramas which dominate Black late 80s through early 00s nostalgia.
Network
Showtime
Creator Lena Waithe
Director(s) Rick Famuyiwa
Writer(s) Lena Waithe
Noted Cast
Brandon Jason Mitchell
Jerrika Tiffany Boone
Coogie Jahking Guillory
Laverne Sonja Sohn
Ronnie Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Tracy Tai’isha Davis
Kevin Alex R. Hibbert
Jake Michael Epps
Papa Shamon Brown Jr.
Andrea Mariah Gordon
Emmett Jacob Latimore
Keisha Birgundi Baker
Mr. Gasca José Antonio García
Jada Yolonda Ross
Sarah Kristina Emerson
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Alee”The Chi still treats its female characters dirty, but as it delves deeper into Chicago post-Jason and Coogie’s death, there is hope for others.
Director(s) David Rodriguez
Writer(s) Elwood Reid and Lena Waithe
Release Date  1/6/2018
Catch Up or Follow Along [External]
Characters Introduced
Ethel LaDonna Tittle
Quentin Steven Williams
Sonny Cedric Young
Miss Tiny Erica Watson
Alderman Martinez Sammy A. Publes
Maisha Genesis Denise Hale
Nina Tyla Abercrumbie
Detective Wallace Brian King
Detective Cruz Armando Riesco
Meldrick Byron Bowers
Tiffany Hannah Hall
  • Somebody Got To Look Out For Those Struggling: Emmett, Jada, Quentin
  • And It Was All Going So Well: Ronnie, Tracy, Kevin, Maisha, Jada
  • You Killed The Wrong Kid And Will Suffer The Consequences: Ronnie, Brandon, Laverne, Jerrika, Detective Cruz
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Ghosts”As Ronnie’s life continues to get complicated, the women of The Chi finally begin to be developed – somewhat.
Director(s) David Rodriguez
Writer(s) Adam Glass and Ayanna Floyd Davis
Air Date 1/21/2018
Characters Introduced
Trice Tosin Morohunfola
Reg Barton Fitzpatrick
Amir Behzad Dabu
Habib Amro Salama
  • Episode Focus: You Need To Get Your S*** Together | Laverne, Brandon, Jerrika, Ronnie, Detective Cruz, Kevin
  • Subplot 1: Money Is a Major Issue | Emmett
  • Subplot 2: When Money Isn’t an Issue At All | Quentin, Jerrika, Trice
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Quaking Grass”Violence begets violence, and there can never be peace as long as revenge links together like chains. In other words, things only get worse for damn near everyone.
Director(s) Tanya Hamilton
Writer(s) Elwood Reid, Justin Hillian, Mike Flynn
Air Date 1/28/2018
Characters Introduced
Greavy David Alan Anderson
  • Episode Focus: I Got Shot | Ethel, Jada, Ronnie, Brandon, Kevin, Jake, Reg, Jerrika, Detective Cruz
  • Subplot 1: Poking The Bear | Quentin, Trice, Detective Wallace
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Today Was A Good Day”While the title of the episode maybe, “Today Was a Good Day” that doesn’t necessarily apply to most of the characters on the show.
Director(s) Darren Grant
Writer(s) Marcus Gardley
Air Date 2/11/2018
Characters Introduced
Hannibal Chris De’Sean Lee
Tep Ronald L. Conner
JB Curtis Toler
Kasim Bassam Abdelfattah
Demetrius Gregory Fenner
  • You Got To Put In That Work To Get Paid: Jake, Emmett, Amir, Reg
  • Trying To Bring Back Some Peace: Q, Sonny, Brandon, Hannibal, Kevin, Maisha
  • Ain’t No Party Without Some Drama: Jerrika, Brandon, Q, Reg, Ronnie, Tracy
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Penetrate a Fraud”As Brandon and Sarah grow closer, a major piece of evidence comes into Detective Cruz’s hand. Though considering the moves Quentin is making, Jason may not remain his focus for long.
Director(s) Roxann Dawson
Writer(s) Casallina Kisayke
Air Date 2/18/2018
Characters Introduced
Shante Aeriel Williams
Becky Melissa Carlson
  • Redemption Moves: Emmett, Amir, Ronnie, Detective Cruz
  • O.G. Movements: Quentin, Trice, Reg, Tep, JB
  • Jerrika Who?: Brandon, Sarah, Laverne, Greavy
Season 1/ Episode 7 “The Whistle”People pay for their deeds, good or otherwise, and while some are as sweet as a kiss, others are as brutal as a bullet.
Director(s) David Rodriguez
Writer(s) Lena Waithe, Dime Davis
Air Date 2/25/18
Newly Noted
Luis Steve Casillas
Det. Ed O’Malley Guy Massey
  • You Just A Pawn In A Game: Kevin, Andrea, Maisha
  • Doing The Right Thing Doesn’t Mean You Won’t Be Punished (Part 1): Brandon, Luis, Sarah, Detective Cruz, Jerrika
  • Doing The Right Thing Doesn’t Mean You Won’t Be Punished (Part 2): Quentin, Sonny, Emmett, Trice, Reg, Jada
Season 1/ Episode 8 “Wallet”As Brandon figures out how to start his next chapter, Quentin treks backwards to prove a point to Trice and Reg of who not to f*** with.
Director(s) Tanya Hamilton
Writer(s) Adam Glass, Marcus Gardley
Air Date 3/4/2018
Characters Introduced
Chauncey Brad Walker
Mr. Wu Wai Yim
  • I Just Wanna See My Son: Emmett, Tiffany
  • I’m Just Trying To Have Something of My Own: Jerrika, Hannibal, Brandon
  • You Better Watch Out For Your Friends and Family: Kevin, Jake, Papa, Quentin, Reg, Ronnie, Meldrick
Season 1/ Episode 9 “Namaste Muthaf*ka”What goes around comes around isn’t just about karma in this episode, but also what happens in darkness will eventually be exposed by the sun. Whether you walk into the light or not.
Director(s) Zenta Fuentes
Writer(s) Adam Glass, Sylvia L. Jones
Air Date 3/11/2018
Characters Introduced
Dek Ivan Ellis
  • Stepping Up: Emmett, Jada, Ronnie, Ethel, Detective Cruz, Detective Wallace
  • Trying to be Big Homey/ We Need To Talk: Reg, Kevin, Papa, Jake, Quentin, Detective Wallace, Laverne, Tracy
  • What Was In The Dark Comes to Light, And It Isn’t Always Something Evil and Disgusting – Just Uncomfortable: Jerrika, Brandon, Luis, Sarah, Ronnie
Season 1/ Episode 10 “Ease On Down The Road”The Chi ends 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.
Director(s) Justin Tipping
Writer(s) Elwood Reid
Air Date 3/18/18
  • Curtain Call: Trice, Jason, Detective Wallace, Quentin, Reg, Jake, Kevin, Papa, Andrea, Maisha
  • The Job Of a Father: Emmett, Tiffany, Jada
  • Closure: Ronnie, Brandon, Jerrika, Reg, Laverne, Detective Cruz
Season 2, Episode 2 "Every day I'm Hustlin'"As the investigation into Miss Ethel’s attack begins, it appears Ronnie may get out, and Brandon may have more issues than Reggie.
Director(s) Darren Grant
Writer(s) Joe Wilson
Air Date 4/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Darnell Rolando Boyce
Detective Alice Toussaint Crystal Dickinson
Douda Curtiss Cook
Kimberly “Escape Artist” Hendricks Kimberly Hebert Gregory
  • You’re Now Accountable: Reggie, Douda, Kevin, Jake, Nina, Karen, Detective Cruz, Ronnie
  • Things Can’t Be As They Appear: Brandon, Jerrika, Amir, Tiffany, Emmett, Darnell, Jada
  • The New Cop To The Southside: Detective Toussaint, Detective Cruz, Reggie, Brandon, Miss Ethel, Ronnie, Kimberly, Kevin
Season 2, Episode 1 “Eruptions”How Ronnie end up in the position he’s in is uncovered alongside everyone’s struggle to either grow up, find stability, or just not succumb to the bad side of Chicago.
Director(s) Jet Wilkinson
Writer(s) Ayanna Floyd Davis, Lena Waithe
Air Date 4/7/2019
  • Growing Up In Chicago: Kevin, Papa, Jake, Maisha, Emmett, Tiffany, Jada, Keisha
  • Trying To Find Stability: Brandon, Jerrika, Ronnie
  • Surviving Chicago: Miss Ethel
Season 2, Episode 3 “Past Due”Kevin and Brandon FINALLY reconnect as Ronnie is hoping he can get out thanks to Detective Cruz rushing to close Coogie’s case.
Director(s) Justin Tipping
Writer(s) J. David Shanks
Air Date 4/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
Gladys Renee Lockett
  • Daddy Issues: Ronnie, Tracy, Emmett, Sonny, Tiff
  • What Are Friends For?: Brandon, Hannibal, Kevin, Maisha
  • Technicalities: Kimberly, Detective Cruz, Ronnie, Detective Toussaint, Gladys, Kevin, Miss Ethel

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