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?
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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.
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.
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
- Where is Amir and his uncle?
- When is the last time Rafiq and Ronnie worked together?
- So, things with Tracy were just dead, huh? I get they have history, but it seemed they were reconciling.
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.
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.
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.
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 2, Episode 7 “Blind Eye”||Alongside venturing into Detective Cruz’s past, part Detective Toussaint’s is revealed, and Jerrika makes a big move. As does Douda to make sure Brandon becomes a fat fish.|
|Season 2, Episode 8 “Lean Into It”||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?|
|Season 2, Episode 9 “Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings”||As the show preps for Brandon’s exit, it becomes clear there is more than enough going on that his time can be used well.|
|Season 2, Episode 10 “The Scorpion and The Frog” [Season Finale]||While we already knew certain characters wouldn’t make it past this season, additional names get added, and it becomes clear there is a lot of change on the horizon.|
|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.|
|Season 2, Episode 4 “Showdown”||Jerrika and Brandon’s relationship gets tested as Ronnie learns he will be paying restitution for a long time.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Season 1/ Episode 3 “Ghosts”||As Ronnie’s life continues to get complicated, the women of The Chi finally begin to be developed – somewhat.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|