‘The Chi’ recap: Emmett is rocked, Jake is booked for season four premiere
SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains explicit details about the track.
Showtime’s “The Chi” season four premiere kicks off with what feels like a dream streak foreshadowing what we might see over the course of the season.
Dressed in a tuxedo, teenage Kevin (Alex Hibbert) frantically searches for an exit – an image fans should watch out for.
Kevin wakes up next to Jemma (Judae’a Brown) confirming that the two are in the “sleepover” phase of their relationship, making the all-too-familiar mistake of waking up in his girlfriend’s bedroom.
Kevin’s plan to jump out of Jemma’s window, put on the rest of his clothes, and knock on the front door acting like he’s just introduced himself seems to be working – on the surface, at least – until what we were seeing Jemma’s dad reviewing Kevin’s home security footage. .
In the aftermath of the election of Mayor Otis “Douda” Perry, allegations surfaced about his role in the 63rd Street Mob. And viewers even get a nod to the show’s biggest question as season three approaches: what happened to Brandon (played by Jason Mitchell, who was kicked from the cast after allegations misconduct have surfaced).
Watching a report, Smokie’s clients say Brandon may have been made by Douda – or entered witness protection.
The next scene shows Jemma’s dad telling Kevin that he looks like a group of teenagers who have arsoned several businesses in town. The father encourages positive images of blacks in a practice widely known as the “politics of respectability,” or conforming to the dominant culture in order to avoid problems for blacks.
Flashback ‘Soul Food’
Emmett, played by Jacob Latimore, is shaken.
Prior to his marriage to Tiff (Hannaha Hall), he had a brief “entanglement” with his business partner, Dom (La La Anthony), and he’s worried Tiff would find out. Now Emmett’s father Darnell, played by Rolando Boyce, is dating Dom.
Dom, doing the smart thing, clears the air by informing Darnell of his previous relationship with Emmett.
Not only is the episode, titled “Soul Food,” an ode to the 1997 film that Darnell, Emmett, Tiff, and Dom watch together, it also recalls the iconic line shouted out by Vanessa Williams’ character in the movie: “The Family f- – -ed my husband, ”an explosive revelation akin to what Emmett is desperate to avoid.
Philanthropy and flirtation?
Douda and his wife, Roselyn (Kandi Burruss), meet Tracy (Tai Davis), who is making a name for herself as an activist defending mothers who have lost children to gun violence and missing black women and girls.
While Douda seems keen on helping Tracy’s organization, it seems there is a mutual attraction between the two.
“I would have left too.
While Jake and Kevin are on their way to a basketball game, they come across a kid berating Kevin for his school uniform.
Two policemen see the altercation and one of them asks the boys for their identification. Jake ignores the officer as he walks past him. The officer quickly slams Jake to the ground, beats him and stops him. As Kevin watches Jake get beaten up, he picks up his satchel to retrieve his ID card when one of the officers points his gun at him.
Meanwhile, one of the kids films the entire episode on a phone.
Douda and Trig, Jake’s (Luke James) brother, find out that Jake is handcuffed to his hospital bed as Jacob Blake, a Kenosha, Wisconsin, a man paralyzed from the waist up due to a police shooting.
Later, Kevin visits Jake, who says, “Maybe if I had my uniform I would be gone too,” which comes back to what Jemma’s dad said about portraying a certain picture in order to avoid trouble.
And Trig, who wants revenge immediately, seems to find – and beat up – the cop who assaulted Jake.
‘Are you sure you want to do this?’
After deciding not to have an abortion, Kiesha (Birgundi Baker) intends to give her unborn child up for adoption. But she has one condition for future parents: her unborn child must be brought up in a two-parent family.
During an interview with a married couple, Kiesha realizes that there are internal conflicts between the two – a hunch confirmed when the woman later confides in him that a divorce is in progress.
Scenarios to think about:
- Will Emmett crack under the pressure of his transgressions?
- How is Jemma’s dad going to deal with the fact that he’s almost confirmed that she’s sexually active with Kevin?
- What is the true nature of Douda’s interest in Tracy? How does Roselyn take into account? How will he react to Jake’s blows?