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Good trouble is a show he never forgets, which is, I guess, one of the reasons he so easily switched from spinoff to ensemble drama that stands alone – the characters feel like fully realized people with a real history that influences and influences their actions. The plot isn’t always predictable, but the choices these characters usually make (I watch you, Callie, always) make sense because those choices are grounded in a story we had to see play. Character development, friends! What a wonderful thing!
This idea is particularly exposed in view of the current Malik line. Malika’s broken relationship with her mother, the resentment and anger she feels for a mother who never gave her what she needed and the guilt Malika bears for calling the CPS on her and breaking up their family, was central to Malika’s story when we first time met in the first season. The relationship was complicated to say the least, and when her mother died, there was never a true cure – which is why Malika’s feelings for her mother still arise.
Because of her internship at Dignity and Power Now and her own experience with the prison and the women she was there with, Malika begins to look at the whole situation with her mother from a new perspective. She is so angry at this change of perspective that her mother is literally chasing her dreams.
For her internship project, Malika wants to launch a fund that provides mothers who are either in prison alone or have a family member in the system with the resources they need – things like childcare when a single mother needs to appear in court (we’ve seen how many this thing that people take for granted was crucial in the case of Yvonne Byers). To make this fund happen, Malika and Dyonte interview women who are affected by it so that their stories are heard and emphasize the importance of what they are trying to build. The stories are shocking, women who couldn’t afford lawyers, women whose children were taken away from them, who turned to drinking because of stress, and much more, all because they only needed a little help and couldn’t find it anywhere. Malika hits hard. She burst into tears and admitted to the boss that she did not realize that her mother was in fact “a victim of the system of mass imprisonment in this country.” It is a system that destroys lives, including those families left outside. When Malika’s father went to jail, her mother remained the sole caregiver of two young children and had no support system. Malika so far could not see that she was trying her best. She worries that maybe if her mother had some kind of support system, their lives would be completely different. Maybe she would still be alive. It’s a moment of destroying the gut, but it’s a breakthrough that Malika was supposed to achieve. At the end of the episode, he finally asks Dyonte to share his therapist’s number. She is ready to get the help and support she needs as she copes with all this pain. It took us a while to get there, but our girlfriend is finally taking steps towards real healing, something that has been going on for three seasons.
Another thing that Good trouble it goes so well that it takes the stories to some unexpected places, as it does with Alice’s comedy diversity workshop. The last time we saw her, things seemed to be evolving in the face of Alice and Lindsay’s rivalry, after Alice made an impression on her mother with great success and Lindsay angrily told her she was “lucky to have had [her] ethnicity to which they could return. “But the story line is turning.
Alice realizes that she “opened a Pandora’s box” making such an impression because now all the writers who make sketches for comedians write her roles that are flat racist Asian stereotypes. She wishes she had never done that. But it’s Lindsay who makes sure Alice knows this isn’t on her. “You have every right to interpret your mom,” they tell her, apologizing for what they said earlier, “The problem is we have no control over how people appropriate our humor.” Alice doesn’t know what to do to get out of this horrible situation she finds herself in (oh, and by the way, the sketches don’t just rely on Asian stereotypes, but on offensive caricatures of everyone in that group, which is especially insane because this, ahem, comedy diversity workshop). Lindsay’s advice: “Show them that what makes us funny is not just what makes us different.”
Alice returns to the workshop determined to show some new characters (her “Obama for DJ Khaled” is A +), but that doesn’t matter. Another comic in the workshop, Derek, tells her that for sure, he would rather not play a “stupid jihadist” in every sketch, but he goes with that, because these are things that director Scott loves, and he’s the one who chooses who goes into the shop window. at the end of the workshop. Their careers are on the horizon. And so Alice performs another horrible sketch with a racist stereotype, but this time you can see all over her face that she hates herself for doing it.
By the way, things about Callie and Kathleen Gale are getting hit. Or, roughly, a few commas. After a fierce warning from Kathleen last week that Callie is starting to trust her better or there will be consequences, women seem to be in a much better place. As for the case of Jerod Murphy: Kathleen notices something very interesting on the deputy sheriff’s feeds on social media and decides that despite her previous belief that interviewing deputies who participated in Jerod’s attack will give their case only before trial she now wants to interview them .
Callie and Kathleen are an awesome team. Through some clever interrogation techniques and a lack of discretion when placing tattoo images on replacement parts, women discover they can prove that these guards are part of the replacement gang, and beating Jerod Murphy was the initiation ritual for the new recruit. The state prosecutor wants to end the interviews immediately, but not before Kathleen replaces them because they have been covering up the “gang problem in the sheriff’s department” for years and spending millions and millions of dollars to resolve the use of complaints by force without doing anything. Even if the court does not allow her to use the evidence she has found, Kathleen is more than happy to try this case “in a court of public opinion”. She comes for them and won’t stop her. Does anyone else feel completely empowered after this scene? Constance Zimmer is so weird in this role.
Kathleen’s strategy works. The Attorney General calls as soon as Kathleen and Callie return to the office with a deal: They will dismiss the charges and agree to a cash settlement – which will all go to Jerod because this was a pro bono case – if they sign the NDA. They won. It is over. This is a good day.
And then all those good vibes that Callie feels to ensure justice for someone and work under the boss of a lady who doesn’t care about anyone, go away when Jamie asks her to meet for a drink. Things between Callie and Jamie had already been awkward since their meeting over the Yvonne Byers case (Jamie’s line “Will you fire me from this job too?” Was such a petty bitch comment and it really brought me life) and then again when they found themselves at the bar, while they were both with other people and moving some steps of jealousy. Well, yes, there is tension as they sit to chat. Jamie’s purpose in this meeting is twofold: first, he wants to stop being mad at her and move on. He doesn’t think they can ever be friends – this seems to hurt Physie physically – but he wants them to be professional, because they’re sure to run into work.
But his second item on the agenda seems to be the biggest damage: Jamie tells Callie that through his job at the Attorney General’s Office, he learned that Kathleen Gale is under FBI investigation. He wanted to warn her of what she might be getting into. Callie immediately defends herself and thinks it’s just the prosecutor taking revenge or Jamie trying to make her doubt herself and her choices. He tells him to stop covering for her before he goes out. And for good measure, she adds, “I definitely don’t need professional advice from all of you.” Another little bitch comment! This break brings all the juicy drama and is great.
• Good trouble She always feels ahead of topic with topic and social comments, and the decision to dive and Alice’s story is no different – filmed some time ago, Alice facing racist Asian stereotypes obviously feels heavier in light of the country’s showdown with rising anti-Asian crimes from hatred. Highlighting the way these offensive stereotypes are part of the fun, and the comedy encourages thinking broader conversation.
• After not receiving funding for Bulk Beauty, tech ladies try to find someone to present their app to, meanwhile dipping into their savings to stay afloat. Rachel thinks she has to move home to Indiana for a while, but the other women don’t want to, so Mariana invites her to stay in Coterie. She immediately becomes unbearable – to Mariana, Callie, indeed to the whole community of life. So Mariana breaks her “no help” rule with Evan and allows him to schedule a meeting for her to speed up the process. We’ll see how far the truth comes out!
• The faces of Clare and Gina when Mariana suggests they take turns in Rachel as a “team building” exercise are perfect.
• Want to know how to attract the audience to the character after the meeting? Meet them through a friendly chat in the bathroom about stain sticks. Welcome Jamie’s supervisor, Nicolette!
• I feel like we could get a whole spinoff based on the friendship of Tony and Rowan. I want to know more about those two! I want to see the day they came out with Kathleen!