Most of my thoughts in the order that I thought them while watching the second season of She’s Gotta Have It S2 E2: #ConeyIslandIsTheEndoftheLine on a cloudy, rainy Sunday afternoon in Southern California during Memorial Day Weekend while sitting on my pink, velvet couch.
For the slow folk: SPOILER ALERT!!!!!
The Coney Island stop is literally the last line on the subway.
Random: The first time I went to Coney Island, a pigeon sh—on me. It was supposed to be good luck. Ehhh… Not so much.
The cinematography here is beautiful.
This episode was written by Cinque Lee, younger brother of Spike, also co-writer of Crooklyn.
I miss Brooklyn.
Opal’s mad that her daughter thinks of her girlfriend as a Mom aka Nola provides love and a safe space for her kid and the kid receives it as such. This is a problem?
I’ve seen a lot of conversation about this scene at the breakfast table where Opal flips about Nola and Skylar taking pictures.. I wonder if this conflict was included to highlight how women do men in hetero relationships. Maybe we—the heteros watching -- only see the crazy in it because it’s depicted in a different kind of relationship? Hmmm.
“There is nothing romantic about being a broke artist”-- Opal. This chick drives me crazy, but she does make a point or two, here and there.
I love Nola’s braids. They are perfect. I want these braids. But like in a blond version. I’m afraid I’m gonna look like 90’s YoYo tho.
Shemecca’s bob is so cute. I like her bob. I like Clorinda’s fluff.
I love how this show treats the white girl like how every mainstream show treats the lone black girl. LOL.
Clorinda is an ass. Nola is listing her goals for the summer and Clorinda tries to set a cap for her ambitions. Like, who are you to do that to anyone? Just cause you ain’t able doesn’t mean she isn’t.
Papo! Sorry “Divine”. Damn he ended up in jail for 18 months over some graffiti? Are you serious? Wow.
He’s a Five Percenter now. I have my own issues with Five Percenters, mostly the misogyny (which I also have with Christianity) but especially the way they treat women walking around the streets. Notoriously disrespectful. I appreciate that they want to uplift black folks tho.
Clorinda has a job offer for Nola. Ooh! I actually get Nola’s POV here. Sort of. I want her to take the meeting—you don’t turn down an offer until it’s officially made. But I appreciate that Nola doesn’t want to sell a piece of her art that was birthed from pain. Some artists do. Jay Z had that great line, -- where is it from?--- “my pain equals your entertainment”—so much truth in that for most artists.
LOL at Nola calling Fort Greene “the hood”. Wait, what does having hazel eyes have to do with not living in the ghetto? Can you only have hazel eyes not in the ghetto? WTF is Clorinda talking about?
I hate friends who always want to remind you of what they’ve done for you. That “you wouldn’t be without me” ish gets old quick. I always want to tell folks, “cool, make another me”.
I actually think Clorinda’s heart is the right place, but she’s such an ass. She’s a really well-written character. She elicits a visceral reaction from me.
Damn. Mecca still on antibiotics? I’ll just keep up with my squats and the Stairmaster. I’m good on shots. Awww, Winnie’s really into Mecca. Who knew Fat Joe had all of this personality?
Miss Ella aka Pauletta Washington. Real talk: she shoulda been kicked Nola out. Sis is walking around with a new camera and ain’t got the rent or her student loan money? That’s just plain irresponsible. It’s some ish Mars would do. Nola is Mars with better infrastructure. She has two parents who occasionally help her out, a place to go if she really messes up and her landlord is her parents’ friend, which means she gets a discount on rent and she can be late without being kicked out. She’s not more responsible. She has a more reliable safety net.
I love Nola’s parents. Old black people are hilarious. How he just gonna hang up on people like that? Mommy got a job!! I love this scene. You’re never too old to get excited about life/opportunities.
Nola hitting up Rockeletta Moss for a job… late AF. Rockeletta Moss finds a paying job for her. I wish the story line had actually followed up with this.
Wait. Who is Jamie having the sex with? Is that his wife? “I love you so much”? He and Cheryl back together? How did that happen? Wait. Did that happen? But then why is the ring on the table if its Cheryl? Who is having the sex with?
There’s no way not to look like an asshole in a seer sucker suit. Interesting. Makes the developer/gentrifiers of Brooklyn look like carpet baggers of the South via Reconstruction. Ha! Nice touch.
Cloirinda looks like Elaine Welteroth here. It’s the hair. And the glasses.
“Eminent lo mein” of China Town is quippy and also racist AF.
Opal talks to Nola the same way a parent talks to a child. “What if I wasn’t taking care of us?” Um…. Opal ain’t paying Nola’s rent or her bills, cause they all late. What care is Opal taking? A dinner here and there doesn’t give you the right to woman up like that. There are other ways to suggest to someone that you want them to take a job. Sheesh!
Wait. Nola still picking the kid up from school? After that she doesn’t have two Mommys talk? Really? You’d have to get your own child, Ma’am.
Why is Jamie on a stakeout to go in his own house that he has keys to? See. Now I don’t think it was Cheryl he was doing. Who was that? And why he got that little ass bag? That’s all the stuff you taking man? And why is he still wearing his ring? It’s not like he respected the vows before the separation. And how he gonna be mad that Cheryl got a new boo? Like, you were cheating on her with Nola, and so blatant about it that you left the lady and your baby on Thanksgiving and had a big ass portrait of your mistress in your marital home. Son. Son. Son. How you mad?
I’ve seen a lot of folks going in on Cheryl for how she spoke to Nola. Ummm…Nola deserved every bit of that reading/cursing. Cheryl’s done her part with her husband; she kicked him out the house. It’s not like she isn’t holding him accountable too. But Nola knew Jamie was married and did him anyway. She deserves to be cursed out over that. Nola needed to be held accountable for her role as a mistress. I like Nola. She was dead wrong for that.
Mars and Sis got evicted? The split screen of Mars and Sister cursing out the neighbor together was hilarious.
Why the hell would you take someone else’s biological child to get their ear pierced. Having a bad day is not an excuse for that dumb ish. I’ve been rooting for Nola in her arguments with Opal, but Opal has valid concerns about Nola’s irresponsibility.
Nola’s being an ass by not being accountable to Opal. And Opal was an ass shaking the machine when Nola won a prize. That was just mean. Nola is “messy”, just like Opal said. But that was a lot. And then she wants to flip on her in public. And they’re having this whole argument in front of the kid. WTF?
I’m not mad at their conflict, but it seems disjointed. Like, the first conflict
The visual of Nola on the Wonder Wheel is amazing, especially, as it rocks back and forth, kinda like a cradle, is awesome. Or wait, is that supposed to visually represent, life’s ups and downs?
I also love how this is shot. In real-life, Coney Island is kinda seedy. But there’s something to be said for shooting at a place as finding it worthy of being seen elevates it, and how you shoot it to see the beauty in it.
NEXT EPISODE: She’s Gotta Have It, Season 2, Episode 3