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Queen Sugar Ep 311 — Photo Credit: Skip Bolen / @2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

Let’s start with the good news – this was one of the best episodes of this third, sometimes uneven season of Queen Sugar. But the good news continues. Anthony Sparks, already a supervising producer for the show, will replace Kat Chandler as showrunner next season. I don’t want to cast any aspersions on Chandler, as I have no clue about the internal workings on Queen Sugar. But the show was off in some respects this season and I trust that Sparks will make it more seamless.

The  fourth season renewal was announced along with his promotion, though I never thought that was in question.

The bad news is that Episode 11, “Your Passages Have Been Paid” means that there are only two left this season, which is down from 16 last year. I always feel withdrawal when the Bordelon clan is  on hiatus and as usual, they always leave us with some unresolved situations so we’ll head back to find out if, or how, they were resolved next season.

And there is a lot to resolve. Darla (Bianca Lawson) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) are in the midst of their custody battle, one that has made me try to figure out who I’d like to slap more – Darla or her mother Darlene (the always glorious Michael Michele).

The struggle that Ralph Angel has gone through this season has not only allowed Siriboe to add to the layers in his acting tool box, it has allowed the world to see how many Black fathers will fight to be present parents despite all the obstacles thrown their way. While I see Darla’s point about establishing a more formal custody plan, she went about it with ill intentions.

Ralph Angel has gone above and beyond for a child that is not his bloodline. That a future heartbreaking conversation with Blue (Ethan Hutchinson) is in order is no doubt wearing on him, but he’s fought hard to contain his feelings about Darla’s many betrayals and focus on co-parenting only to be met with this latest assault.

That is also the case with the pariah of Queen Sugar, Davis West (Timon Kyle Durrett). He, too, is trying his best to be a father – both to his now not secret child and to Micah (Nicholas Ashe). Now that Micah has become a person of interest in the plantation fire, he’s been called in for reinforcements. And he does a great job of it, by using his own mistakes to encourage Micah to do the right thing by not turning himself in.

Or was that actually what he said, because the resolution to their conversation is unclear. Although that was also Nova’s advice, and Charley’s, I’m unsure that’s the wisest course. Shouldn’t Micah be held accountable for his choices? On the other hand, they are in Louisiana.

That’s why seeing what happened to Too Sweet (Issac White) is, well, sweet. He’s thriving in college and he’s grateful to Nova (Rutina Wesley) for helping make it happen. She, however, is feeling guilty because he got busted with the weed she was selling. But Too Sweet won’t let her take that guilt. After all, he was the buyer. Once again, it’s about being accountable for your choices.

This has come to haunt Darla as well. Instead of trying to work through Ralph Angel’s earned reluctance to give her equal co-parenting time, she decided to play it out in court and allowed her mother to escalate it. She chose to allow Ralph Angel and his family to believe Blue was their blood and to put Ralph Angel on the birth certificate. She chose to leave Blue with the Bordelons while she and Ralph Angel got themselves together. And she chose to tell him her inconvenient truth. So when a defiant Darlene goads him into admitting he took the paternity test, they are both stunned to find out that Ralph Angel is not the father. At least biologically.

Aside from being upset at Micah, Charley must handle the family business. So when she finds out that a vote has already been taken to turn Landry land into the prison, she’s stunned. Is Landry’s sister really working with her or against her? In local Louisiana politics, Charley has little power. But this is Charley we’re talking about. So we’ll see who ultimately wins the long game.

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7 thoughts on “‘Queen Sugar’ Recap: Season 3, Episode 11 – The Family We Choose

  1. Khafee on said:

    Television programs are not always about depicting real life. Mass media is often used to “tell -a- vision” and to “program” and propagate agendas and to control the minds of the masses. As a black female viewer that supports positive black images on screen, I prefer to see black men and black women engaging in the natural balance of masculine and feminine energy with each other and building their family structure. Homosexuality and interracial relationships does not contribute to that. I take pride in my position in support of black male/female relationships and the black family. It would be less than authentic (fantasy) of me to promote anything that is antithetical to my very nature as a woman and as a black woman.

    • Not always, but this particular one takes pride in doing that very thing. If you prefer to only see black men and black women engaging in the natural balance of masculine and feminine energy with each other then you are absolutely correct in your decision to not watch any show that does not strictly adhere to those values. I hope you like The Waltons.

      • Khafee on said:

        I’m not sure of the relevance of The Waltons. But, I’ll move forward on subject. While Queen Sugar is a great show with great characters, like other television programming, it depicts what society and Hollywood dictates. The current theme is homosexuality and now interracial relationships. Thus, you have these images depicted in just about every TV show. Again, this is not a result of an evolving society, as we are deceived to believe. However, it is a well, orchestrated campaign to undermine the family structure, and the black family. Therefore, it is less about “depicting real life” as it is about promoting an agenda. As I prefer to only see black men and black women engage in the natural balance of masculine and feminine energy with each other, I most certainly watch shows that promote these values. Also, I extend peace and love to all of humanity, and I also support the natural evolutionary process of life. While homosexuality and interracial relationships are present, black male, female relationships and the black family must continue to thrive in a world that continues to undermine and devalue their existence.

      • Black male/female relationships will thrive just fine. Believe it or not, they’ve been thriving for thousands of years despite homosexuality and race mixing. Surely you don’t think these are new phenomena, do you? So stop fretting Khafee. The more things change the more they stay the same. Black on black male-female relationships won’t be going extinct any time soon and you’ll be ok.

      • Khafee on said:

        Please know, Sis, as a woman rooted in faith, I spend very little time fretting. However, I am conscious and aware of centuries old diabolical tactics used to emasculate black men and to deprecate black women, thus the attempt to completely erode the foundation of the black family. These genocidal tactics, some old and some new, have succeeded in many respects, and are covert, as well as overt, as we see daily from the mass incarceration of our black men to the outright slaughter of black men and women in the streets. Surely, you must know that the condition of the black family has declined since thousands of years ago? Perhaps, not. Be that as it may, I am for healthy and prosperous relationships between black men and women and healthy and prosperous black families. Society’s push of homosexuality and interracial relationships on black men, women, and children, is yet another direct assault on our community. Nevertheless, black people are the original people of the earth and our existence will always remain. It’s the integrity and quality of our existence that’s in question. That said, I intend to remain diligent in educating my family and my community on the collective unconscious condition of our world and how our obedience to the Supreme wisdom of our Creator will shift our circumstances and overcome all unrighteousness. Peace and blessings.

  2. Khafee on said:

    I love Queen Sugar. It is a very beautiful show with so many strong messages and images. But, one thing I must comment on is the interracial relationships (and homosexual relationships). To be fair, it isn’t just with this show, it is with TV shows overall lately. The image of black men and women in relationships with people other than black men and black women is disturbing. I guess now because of Hollywood and this sin-sick society’s mass promotion of homosexuality and all of a sudden, interracial-“ality”, we have to see it depicted in every aspect of human existence. There was a time when black actors would receive death threats for being in TV relationships with white actors, and a homosexual relationship was unthinkable. Now, it’s all over the screen. And, don’t think for one minute it’s a result of a progressive society. It is to further dismantle and dilute the black family structure among various other agendas at play. This is a complete turn-off. I prefer to see a solid, authentic image of the black family. That is, black man, black woman, and black children. Period.

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