Updated: Apr 20, 2019
FX gave us double double of Atlanta on its' series premiere night and here I am with an Episode 2 recap. This episode, the writers keep with the black on black crime and come harder touching on police brutality and the stigmas of homosexuality, the effects of violent rap music on children and mental health. Let's get right into it.
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Episode 2 puts us at the aftermath of the shooting. Earn and Alfred are in some minimal level of jail holding chatting back and forth about their police ride experience. Earn appears to never have experienced the whole ordeal of police, jail, and the like. When Earn starts verbally wondering about the results of the shootout, Alfred reminds him quickly that 'he doesn't know what he is talking about' and that 'this is not the time or place' to talk about it. Alfred gets bailed out of jail while Earn awaits his fate.
"WE BOTH KNOW WHOSE FAULT THIS IS, WHAT WAS HE THINKING?"
"Law" by Yo Gotti is the perfect intro song as Alfred is leaving the jail and Darius informs that he is all over the news and his music is playing on the radio. A cop runs up to Alfred as he nears the exit to ask for a picture with Paperboi further exclaiming how he locked Gucci Mane up. Yikes! Unenthused, Alfred takes the picture.
Earn makes his one phone call to Van to bail him out, unaware that Alfred wants to bail him out but cannot because he isn't 'in the system yet'. Earn returns to his seat attempting to take a nap and is interrupted an officer telling him you cannot sleep.
"IF YOU WANNA SLEEP YOU SHOULD'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT BEFORE YOU CAME TO JAIL."
Another man in holding begins to talk to Earn about how he ended up in holding. With his deep Georgia accent, he loudly tell a story about how he was arrested for public intoxication because of an old friend. The irony, the old friend is sitting next to him and apologizes again for getting them locked up. This guy is not having it. This conversation was a real moment in Atlanta life.
"DAMN I SHOULD'VE WENT HOME, SHIT!"
Alfred and Darius go to J.R. Crickets to get some wings to go. The server expresses his love for Paperboi and how he appreciates his rap gangsta. He loves it so much that he got the cook to hook him up with sauce on his lemon pepper wings, also known as #lemonpepperwet. The server sees Paperboi as a reincarnation of 90's rappers and presses him to keep holding it down.
“IT'S GOOD TO SEE A RAPPER THAT WILL JUST BLOW A NIGGA BRAINS OUT IN THE STREETS."
Later, Alfred is at the gas station when he starts to notice his surroundings a bit more considering the shooting last night. After making a quick purchase of gas and cigarillos, he skips out on pumping and goes straight home because he fears something is going on. Almost immediately we're back with Earn in holding when he is offered something to drink and eat. I'm unable to tell if it's piss, dirty water, or gatorade. He doesn't take the drink, but does give his food away and watches another man in holding begin hopping around the area. Many laugh and someone mentions he is in there every week. I'm not gonna say what happens next but this scene has a graphic ending. You have to watch.
"YOU SHOT SOMEBODY!"
At Alfred's house, he is mentally out of it. The little bit of fame he is getting is starting to get to his head. Instead of going out to socialize with Darius, he leaves the house and walks his neighborhood. During the walk he sees kids playing with toy guns and says he is 'just like Paperboi'. The mother of the child comes out to scold her son about playing with guns. Alfred rushes over to further encourage the kids that as Paperboi himself, they should not play with guns. Finally recognizing him as the rapper she heard on the radio earlier, the mother retrieves her phone and asks for a picture disregarding the initial talking-to about the gunplay. Alfred is again unimpressed by the sudden fame but takes the pictures happily.
"SEXUALITY IS A SPECTRUM, YOU CAN REALLY DO WHAT YOU WANT."
In holding, Earn is caught in-between a reminiscent conversation of a man and his ex-lover. This is the funniest scene of both episodes 1 and 2, but it says so much about the stigma of homosexuality in the black community per se. I'll have to let you watch that as well.
Nearing the end of the episode, Alfred returns from his walk as someone knocks at the door and asks if Paperboi lives there. Darius reluctantly says yes. The person then says "Ok." and runs away from the door.
"YOU TOO HOT."
Earn is bailed out of jail as soon as the holding cop announces everyone is headed to their cells. :cue outro music:
- Although I think I already know why, what did Batman (the guy at Paperboi's door) want?
- Where is the 3rd suspect in the shooting?
Until next week!