If this week’s The Chi had an MVP, I would give Tiff my full support.
Put aside, for a moment, the fact that she has some of the best lines from the episode. I’m just super impressed with how she refuses to rage at Emmett for his avowed infidelity – and how that decision, in turn, drives him far crazier than any high voice or epithet thrown. And as an added bonus, she doesn’t let her husband’s messiness interfere with her burgeoning edibles business … even though Tiff’s business partner is her hub’s mad ex-partner.
Speaking of sexy moments… what about that final scene with the mayor, Mrs. Perry and a friend? Read on for “Native Son” highlights, broken down by character.
KEVIN, JAKE AND JEMMA | Kevin and Jake spend part of the episode suspended at school, being sponsored by a white teacher who informs them that he is “one of the good guys.” He offers them a date: if they write about their feelings about the police attack they suffered, they can leave. Jake declines. Kevin starts writing. Later, Jemma asks Kev to come on his school talk show to discuss what happened with the cops, but he doesn’t want to. Jake, however, agrees. And on the day of the interview, he’s wearing cologne, and Jemma notices it. Hmm …
EMMETT, TIFFANY AND DOM | Tiff returns home the morning after sleeping with Dante, and Emmett demands to know where she was. She doesn’t hide anything, telling him that she was with her client, and when Emmett angrily asks her if they slept together, she categorically replies that they did – and that Dante is much more knowledgeable in certain areas. than Emmett. (Ha!) At work, Emmett lets Dom know that he told Tiff about it, and she is upset: she really loves Tiff and was hoping they could be friends besides starting the edibles business together. But it may still be possible. At an event to start the commotion on the edible side, Tiff makes it clear that she isn’t mad at Dom… but that she doesn’t want Emmett to sleep with the chef again, either. And after chatting with clients who have an open relationship, Tiffany announces to Emmett that she wants one too. He is not in the idea, but he accepts it.
TRIG AND IMANI | Nuck brings one of his daughters to Imani’s salon to have her hair done, and the young woman is so traumatized that Imani decides she must intervene. So she asks Trig to get involved, but Trig says he doesn’t want to: The woman is there of her own free will, he reasons, although Imani quickly corrects him that she certainly is. not. She points out that Trig, along with Tracy, is already working in a citizens’ group designed to serve the community and step in so black residents don’t have to call the police. (We see the first call – a domestic violence situation – in action: Trig gets a punch, but overall it doesn’t go too badly. I’m worried, however, that the well-meaning volunteers but untrained go into potentially very volatile situations, but we’ll see how it goes in the weeks to come.) “So sex workers don’t deserve your help? Imani asks angrily, causing Trig to sleep on the couch that night. But they can have bigger problems: Shaad learns from Nuck that Imani is transgender, and it seems to freak him out.
DOUDA, ROSELYN AND TRACY | Douda wants to take $ 5 million from the police budget and give it to Tracy to spend on community initiatives. Roselyn and Marcus think this is a terrible idea. But after Tracy sided with the mayor, saying average town people don’t care about bringing the Olympics to town, she’s his favorite person. And when she asks him if he wants company at his place… we can guess the rest. What you might not guess is Roselyn walks in on the two getting friendly (and undressing) in the living room, then tells them to continue. “Don’t stop now,” she said as she sat down on the couch, “I like to watch. Douda laughs at first, but when Tracy grabs his arm and pulls it towards her, he goes clowning while the First Lady of Chicago drinks everything from across the room.
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