‘Queen Sugar’ Season 3, Episode 9 Recap

‘Queen Sugar’ Season 3, Episode 9 Recap: ‘When All Is Said And Done’

They should have called this episode ‘The Charley Episode’ because even though she’s not in every scene, Charley Bordelon  (Dawn Lyen Gardner) dominates Episode 9, officially called “The Tree And Stone Were One.” Sadly, there are only four episodes left as Queen Sugar takes no midseason break this year. That’s too bad, as it finally feels like everything is coming together.

Aunt Vi (Tina Lifford) and Hollywood (Omar Dorsey) are getting married and the only thing we can say about that is that we can’t wait to see it. Aunt Vi is getting her pie business off the ground and is ready to sign the paper after her partner shows himself to be what my mother always called a ‘fair-minded white person.” Remember, that’s a stretch for Aunt Vi to trust a white man.

Charley may have to trust a white woman. Jacob Boudreaux (Lea Coco) while still making googly eyes at Charley has brought his mother to the table. Turns out, she wants her brother, Sam Landry (David Jensen) out of the way, not because of money, but because building a jail on family land to house ‘criminals and thugs’ is distasteful to her and her family legacy. While Charley can’t fathom betraying family, Mrs. Boudreaux asks her to consider if they both want to see the same outcome, does it matter what her motives are? Good point.

Meantime, as per usual, Charley’s loyalty to family is not returned. Nova (Rutina Wesley) finally fesses up that she and Remy (Dondre Whitfield) are a thing. And we find out a little more about Remy. He’s from Detroit. He’s an expert at rolling up a joint and guess what…he also indulges.

Charley isn’t feeling Remy and Nova’s new love and why would she? Her family stays giving her L’s but it doesn’t stop anyone from getting into her pockets when they need to. She basically tells Nova that she was a self-righteous douche plenty of times when Charley made a decision she didn’t like but now she wants her to accept this BS?

Remy comes to Charley with the same thing – because he was on that same BS, but now wants peaceful acceptance of his relationship with her sister. I give it to Charley – she got some needed and necessary things off her chest and clapped back at the both of them in the classiest way. She’s a better woman than me.

Someone else in Charley’s pockets – Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe). Darla (Bianca Lawson) is coming for Blue with a 70-30 custody request balanced in her favor. Oh, really Darla? You put another man’s baby on the Bordelon family, you turned tricks in front of your son while you were on drugs, you lied to Ralph Angel about Blue’s paternity for years and now you’re the most stable parent unwilling to work out at least a 50/50 split? On top of that, you’re throwing veiled hints about what you’d do to make it happen? Bitch, please. Ralph Angel don’t know you and we don’t either. Is it the bad wig jacking up your brain cells?

But at least now we know Ralph Angel’s name is on the birth certificate, I don’t know how that works in Louisiana, but I do know once you accept being the legal father, the financial responsibility is on you and so is any paternity, whether it’s by bloodline or not. But Charley still comes through with a high-powered lawyer. But of course.

And it looks like she’s going to need one for Micah (Nicholas Ashe) because this fool and his friends done burnt down a building on the plantation..by accident, although how could you not see how candles and old buildings don’t go together? Sigh. Their hearts were in the right place. But looks like it’s going to take more of Charley throwing on her superwoman cape and saving the day once again.

I love that Charley represents so many strong women that are the ones their families lean on for support while they spin into dysfunction. It is just so real. But at some point Charley deserves a break…or will hit her breaking point. It’s going to be an interesting ride over the next four episodes. Is it me or do these seasons go by just too fast?

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