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Atlanta Episode 5: “Nobody Beats The Biebs” Recap

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Atlanta hasn’t been afraid to tackle race in America head-on, specifically how black men are forced to walk the delicate line between being individuals and being a statistic in a country that assumes they have already lost this rigged game. Atlanta doesn’t just tackle the capital “R” racism, however. It delves into the murky waters of microaggressions that are all too familiar to us in our daily lives. That it is able to tackle both with such aplomb and humor is again a testament to Donald Glover’s writing staff and a well-deserved slap in the face to the Matt Damons of the world who don’t see why representation in front of and behind the camera are imperative.

“My client’s interested in anything that makes money.”

Not everybody in life gets to be the star of the show. Some of us have to be the other guys.  The character actors. The Bokeem Woodbines. The Paperbois. I’m embarrassed to admit it took me almost five full episodes to realize what it was about Paperboi that I was so drawn to. Sure, Brian Tyree Henry has been putting in that work, hitting it out of the ballpark in not just this role but his supporting role on the just-wrapped HBO hit series Vice Principals, but there’s a familiarity to Henry’s Paperboi that is often even more relatable than Earnest Marks. Paperboi is ordinary as hell. Yes, he sells drugs and he’s a semi-famous rapper known for shooting a guy but there is a level of Generation Y struggle that is captured so brilliantly here. Just like many of us, watching as millennials seem to snap up all the opportunities we thought were still ear-marked for us, Paperboi is the guy putting one foot in front of the other every day, hoping he finally makes the come up.

Atlanta further delves into the surrealism of the entertainment industry in the tight “Nobody Beats the Biebs” and farms laughter from every angle. Earn, Paperboi and Darrius are isolated from each other for the better part of the episode but they each deal with the recurring theme of the psychological limitations of white supremacy in different ways. Earn uses it to his favor, Darrius is perplexed by it and Paperboi…? Paperboi  is incredulous that he must play by the rules of this Universe. Also, did I mention in this Universe that Justin Bieber is a little Damon Wayans –looking ass nigga? I threw my house shoe across the room in respect like my  Grand’Mere used to do when I realized Black Bieber (BB) wasn’t some rap pseudonym and that Atlanta fully intended to play this whole thing straight. Black Bieber is not any “harder” than real life Bieber and he’s just as annoying. Atlanta treads just the right balance of Voltaire-level absurdity with the very real fact that America is willing to overlook just about anything from a person as long as said person just so happens to be a heteronormative, white male between the ages of 18 and infinity. {cough~ Donald Trump~ cough} Somewhere I’m sure the point of and nuance of newcomer Austin Crute’s performance was lost on the real-life Bieber.

However impenetrable it seems for those rules to be broken, a new generation of black folk has been able to bend them as far as they can go. It’s not just the Jaden and Willow Smiths of the world living carefree. Now, your neighbor’s son has a septum piercing, a Freddie Brooks tattoo and a football scholarship and doesn’t care how you judge any of those things. What should be seen as a step in the right direction is often met with seething animosity from Gen X and even those of us in Gen Y. Why should millennials feel carefree enough in their blackness to Cosplay or make Metal music or market their own brand of home-brewed kimchi when we had it so hard just trying to be ourselves back in the day? The reality is that we are just hating, of course, but it can seem like an entire generation of kids are coming up without an appreciation for any of the effort we put in just trying to lay the groundwork. Nowadays, the world is just one big AfroPunk festival. Paperboi is experiencing this firsthand and we follow him from the step and repeat to his failed attempt at flirting with a woman reporter to his elegantly -crafted and hilariously-scripted breakdown on the basketball court against BB.

“Wipe that sharecropper smile off your face.”

Meanwhile, at the same event, Earn gets mistaken for some other black guy named Alonzo by a chain-smoking Dwight lady agent and uses her own casual racism to get into an industry-exclusive event. He does some critical networking and the show sets up a potential love interest that I am sure is going to go over suuuuper well with Van back home. Elsewhere, Darrius has taken the day off to go hang out down at the shooting range. His serenity is short-lived when two stereotypically-drawn rednecks come over to admonish him for his chosen target. You see, Darrius has chosen a print out of a dog as his target practice and Darryl and his other brother Darryl are livid. “You can’t shoot at a dog!” they bark. Darrius fails to see the infraction here seeing as how they are currently shooting at human targets, some of which are racially categorized.  Atlanta allocates time to speak on the hypocrisy of some white folk’s love for animals over their fellow man{cough~Mike Vick ~cough} A Muslim stranger jumps to the defense of Darrius but soon takes things several steps too far, crying out about the blood of infidels flowing. Darrius can’t get on board with all that. He just wanted to come down to the shooting range and blow off some steam. I don’t know how I feel about the punchline there being Islamophobia. I trust that the writers can remain clever satirist without falling for the trap of punching down (punching sideways?)

“Is it too late to get your hairline done?”

I’m not trying to say Paperboi was out there looking like all of our uncles at the cookout pickup game this past summer but he was totally out there looking like all of our uncles at the cookout pickup game this past summer. Black Bieber is not above trading insults with Paperboi in between hamming it up for the fans and their lightning-fast devolution into an actual schoolyard fight is some of the funniest stuff I’ve seen on T.V. this year. As much as they claim to hate each other, Paperboi and BB are actually cut from the same corny nigga, U.S.A. Polo Assn. cloth. I wouldn’t even call their scuffle a fight. Screams of “I hate you!” and open handed mugs to the face, do not a fight make. I like this pairing a lot and here’s hoping we get to see more of Black Bieber this season if only for Crute’s pitch-perfect  line reading of the episode (“Nigger!!!”)  alone.

Black Bieber has a hotter career to maintain so he stages a press conference after the fight that wasn’t really a fight to apologize to his fans, reiterate that he is a good Christian soldier and to premier his new single as I did a literal spit take from my couch at home. Let me just say, I am super on board with black folk trolling white people in this way. And for any white folk out there offended that the Biebs is being reimagined as a black kid, just take a second to be reminded of the reimagining of little Michael Jackson as little Donnie Osmond. If black people have to sit through a debate where a narcissistic, racist sociopath covered in Hawaiian Tropic and cocaine residue imagines he can solve police brutality through expanded (and highly unconstitutional) Stop and Frisk programs, white viewers can sit through a brilliant inversion of black versus white male expectations via some Damon Wayans looking nigga with a lazy dab.

Episode 5 has some vexing continuity issues.  I can believe that Earn was able to secure this charity event for his client that fast but are we just abandoning the storyline from a few episodes back where Paperboi is legit scared for his life? I’ll be looking to see how Atlanta closes its loose ends and ties these stories together over the course of the next five episodes. I anticipate that Glover and his team will continue to imbue Atlanta with the same level of absurd fun that scenes like this episode’s ending did so effortlessly. It is here that the show is able to elevate the genre and speak to the often absurdities that come with being black in America.

What did you think about Episode 5? Have you ever met an Uncle Ruckus Jr. like the guy that interrupted Paperboi when he was talking to the reporter? Do those guys still exist?

Until next time…

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  • PhlyyPhree

    I love this show. I was discussing it with the guy earlier today.
    I love how it packs SOOOOO many issues into one episode. I noticed during the gun range scene how the Muslims were quick to jump to Darius’ defense….until big Tom came through with his shot gun. To me, that seemed like a reflection on how other PoC interact with black folks today: a lot of verbal solidarity, notsomuch with the feet-on-ground, foot-to-aas when it really counts. But eh, the thought was there.

    I thought about Earn’s interaction with racist agent wheat lady in the other thread today. It was all cool when she thought she knew Earn and she was getting something (I don’t know what) out of the casual relationship. I hated how quickly she exposed her psychosis, refused to acknowledge that she was wrong in who she THOUGHT he was. I hope future episodes don’t show her actually attempting, and succeeding, in her threat to see Earn homeless.

    • The guy ???

      • PhlyyPhree

        No.

    • King Beauregard

      Earn is basically homeless already, right?

      • Val

        Couch surfing?

  • cyanic

    Episode 4 had Earn booking Paper Boi a nightclub gig. Once Earn secured radio play for his single he has been able to since leverage Paper Boi into low level celebrity spaces. Paper Boi is not afraid for his life from the Amigos. He did his business transaction with them. With regard to the shooting in Episode 1 there was no murder only the reputation of misinformation and hearsay that says there was. Paper Boi when talking to Earn at the beginning of Episode 2 there is no victim. He likely discharged his gun without injuring the man he had a confrontation with.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      He’s in danger for his life because he’s coming up. That’s what the Gas Station seen, and the Batman knocking on his door scene were about.

      • cyanic

        There’s an easter egg in Episode 4 where a man was looking for Paper Boi. There details given that the man looking for him is an usual character. Who knows where they might be going with this?

  • Val

    I thought the shooting range segment was just too obvious. I mean, as soon as I saw that the target he was using was a dog I knew exactly what was going to happen. And it did. This show seems too smart to be so obvious.

    Also, I find it interesting that there’s no well developed women characters on the show. His girlfriend is one dimensional at this point. I hope this changes.

    • cyanic

      Did you see the preview for next week’s episode?
      https://youtu.be/CsCIwDpO7ak

      • Val

        Good. thanks.

        • cyanic

          The show is male centered. I think it’s simply a byproduct of primarily male creatives making a show about their male perspective. Nobody complains when shows are geared towards women are exclusively through the filter of the female characters. Is balance better? Not necessarily if it compromises art.

          • Val

            Okay I get that but women centered shows always have recurring developed male characters. And, it’s more than just the male pov of the show, which isn’t a problem at all. The exclusion of developed women characters is the problem. Hopefully that’s going to change.

            • cyanic

              I think Jane Adams the neurotic white lady on this episode is very developed. And we just met her character. But she suggest a whole backstory of a physical relationship with this Alonso guy and the price women pay to be in male spaces career wise.

              • Val

                Meh, his girlfriend has been on the show from day one but what do we know about her? Anyway, I’ve explained my concern, I guess you just don;t agree.

                • cyanic

                  She’s independent. Going on a date while the father of your child sleeps with you in the same bed without you know what. She’s doing right by him and their child while attempting to have some pleasure like dining out. Or her goal of owning her own boutique. She’s not a negative character or a cliche stereotype. In the hands of a lesser actress she could be a scorn b-word. She’s not. Give them some credit.

                  • Val

                    Scraps.

                    • cyanic

                      Laughs.

            • Wise Old Owl

              How Many Black Male Characters are truly developed and 3 dimensional on television…Are the Black Male characters developed on Insecure, Scandel, and etc…The Lyons on Empire are not developed, not even my beloved Cookie…I know that she is not a male, but she is the heart, brains and soul of the show about a Black Father and his 3 sons fighting for his Mythical McBeth Throne. I actually find Atlanta refreshing, because finally it is a show that at least attempts to show Black Male angst and insecurities…we all are not dripping with gangster swag or Morris Chestnut Abs.. Even Survivors Remorse, which should be about the struggles of a young Black Male professional athlete bearing the burden and guilt of making it out the hood, is really used as a vehicle to promote Hollywood’s agenda, his swirling mother and lesbian sister…there is nothing wrong with interracial and intergender dating, but if you notice Rosewood has the same agenda…the show is not really about Morris, but his sister and mother dating lives. Can Black Men have at-least one show focused on our unique place in America…

              • Val

                Not sure what your comment has to do with mine but I guess you had something you wanted to say. Anyway, it’s not a zero sum deal. Both Black men and women characters can be well developed. It doesn’t have to be either or.

                • Wise Old Owl

                  My comment was about the lack of developed Black Male characters on television and that a lot of shows do not have developed and 3 dimensional Black Male and Female characters…the one bright spot is Queen Sugar, which shows complex Black male and female characters.

              • Wizznilliam

                I like that they use regular looking dudes. Paperboi and Darius look like they could be somebody’s uncle or cousin. Not some model looking dudes with six packs, perfect hair and skinny jeans. Dude is literally sweating like crazy on every episode.

                • Wise Old Owl

                  I agree and that’s part of the main attraction of the show. Brothers are far more deeper and complex than we are typically portrayed in Pop Culture. Black Men are not Hypersexual Thugs With Swags…we are simply human beings dealing with the harsh realities of an environment that is not supportive of our existence.

                • This too. As much as a I love Ava Duvernay she really hasn’t casted a main Black dude that didn’t look like an ex college athlete that kept working out. Gets tiresome to watch.

                  • cyanic

                    Female creatives have a right to cast based on aesthetic preferences. Glover’s BM is light skin and seems Afro-Latina instead of just a light skin black girl.

                    • I mean they can. I’m not hating on her for it. I just get exhausted of that look.

                    • cyanic

                      Imagine how everyone feels about the looks which are repeated in Hollywood casting throughout the decades.

                    • Naaw.. his BM looks like every black girl I know that went to Clark or Spelman…and an Afro Latina IS a black girl.

                    • cyanic

                      There’s a difference between high yellow and caramel.

                    • But she isn’t high yellow though. She isn’t even “exotic” looking.

                      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d04cefe3dea36ef7e462602238d28d46c0c9cd3e04bb90a8c28fad2ad861254d.jpg

                    • cyanic

                      Exotic is relative. She looks like Vanity me. Unlike the around the way girl she is on the show.

              • Negro Libre

                Lol, y’all really need to stop with this Hollywood Agenda stuff…

                Shows a lack of understanding between the art world and contemporary philosophy, and how that impacts how and what movies are made, especially the Artsy ones.

                • Val

                  And they never complain about the Hollywood agenda when the message is a positive one about Black folks in general.

                  • Negro Libre

                    Yeah, perfect example was how BLM and the movement of the time was responsible for the success and the release of Straight Outta Compton. If that movie was released in 2013, it would’ve likely bombed at the box office.

                    • Wizznilliam

                      Bombed? You think so?? I mean, is it really that much different than Boyz in the Hood? That didn’t bomb. Or every other black urban movie featuring some kind of gang environment.

                • Wise Old Owl

                  Please, I understand quite well that all Art and even pseudo Hollywood Pop Culture has an agenda and persuasion objectives.

          • Negro Libre

            I think this is a slippery slope always has been always will.

            People write stories with an internal message they are going to pursue: it might be a story manhood, womanhood, coming of age, autobiographical etc, that requires certain people be one-dimensional and others aren’t. The more people tend to like a show, the more there’s a tendency to feel a need for representation of other characters or types in a story, and they lowkey forget that the story wasn’t made with their interest or desires, and in fact, if the writer does incorporate their ideas, it might and probably will, lose the center of the story.

            • Val

              So, you’re saying that if majority White shows make their POC characters three dimensional that the shows will suffer?

              • Negro Libre

                It depends on the story that the writers are telling. If they’re not telling stories that require 3-dimensional characters, then yeah, it will suffer; there’s a lot of examples of these, especially in comedy, where they try to do it and it fails, and it doesn’t work.

                It’s just like you writing a story and your publisher comes in and says, “Hey, stick an authentic white guy or gal into this, so I can market it to white people in the burbs and boost sales.” You’re more likely than not, going to have to reconstruct the entire story from scratch, even though he doesn’t see it that way.

                • Val

                  I don’t know, NL, it feels like you are just taking the contrarian point of view as an exercise here. Lol It’s really not a plot shattering thing to treat characters as human and develop them in a real way.

                  • Negro Libre

                    I’m actually not. I’m defending writers here. Most of the black-centric shows of the 90’s, including shows like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Martin, had 1-dimensional white characters, primarily because the show wasn’t aimed at telling stories about white people. 3-dimensional white characters, especially on a regular basis, more likely than not would’ve ruined the shows.

                    • Val

                      Okay then. Anyway, I just think you and others are making this more complicated than it is. Giving a particular character, a female one in this case, a backstory doesn’t have to detract from the story nor the other characters.

                      In fact, it should enhance the story.

                    • Wizznilliam

                      It looks like they will starting with the next episode though. Those 30 mins go by quick though. She is in all the little side promo vids on YouTube though so they must consider her one of the main characters.

              • Brooklyn_Bruin

                Well yes. But most stories only have one 3 dimensional character.

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            They complain plenty. See Ghostbusters

            • cyanic

              80s nostalgia causes hysteria.

          • Yeah, I’m not necessarily tripping on that.

    • Vanity in Peril

      Next week’s preview hints at a women-driven plot but could be another tired “beaches be trippin over their mens” trope.

      I want this show to do better.

      • Val

        Me too, VIP.

    • King Beauregard

      I wonder if the point of the shooting range segment was to make the viewer think about how nuts shooting ranges are, and beyond that it was just a matter of following through to the inevitable conclusion. Though I suppose they could have just smash-cut to Darius getting tossed out of the building.

      And of course, writers are under no obligation to go to inevitable conclusions anyway.

      • Val

        Well, I think they were making commentary on White folks love of dogs and that for many their love of dogs supersedes their love of people and how ridiculous that is.

        • King Beauregard

          As a white guy — only one point of data, I will admit — my reaction to that was, as best as I can remember my stream of consciousness:

          “Awww, why does he want to kill a puppy? Why can’t he use a normal target like … oh crap, that’s even worse. Um, sorry Darius, you go right ahead and shoot your dog target while I feel bad about our nation’s love affair with guns.”

          • King Beauregard

            … so I can’t speak to the writers’ intentions, but I can at least say how I responded to it. Not that I have any interest in guns, but if I ever go to a range, I won’t use a human-shaped target. I will use a target that has a picture of a bottle, a tin can, or a target (if I’m feeling meta).

        • cyanic

          Especially their indifference to the lives of people of color.

        • Negro Libre

          I don’t actually mind people loving their own pets over people.

          It’s when they love animals they don’t even know or have experience with over people (Harambe and Cecil) that I come to the conclusion that all these people need is a Hitler to put that hatred towards humans into an actual physical act in reality.

    • Wizznilliam

      I thought that it was still good. I didn’t see the dog thing coming. It was only a few more minutes after that. And Darius is just hilarious in general. I got a couple more laughs just off his reactions.

      • Val

        It was okay but it just seemed obvious. And this show has so far not been obvious at all, which I love. But, I definitely laughed when he asked for his poster back. Lol

    • Trill Mickelson

      My favorite part about the shooting range segment was how the situation ended: Darius gets kicked out and nothing happens to anyone else. The dudes who spoke up for him got real quiet. The owner goes “I told you the rules when you came in here!” Did he actually tell him? What were they? Don’t shoot at dogs? That’s stupid. I assume something along the lines of don’t disturb others or something… but he wasn’t — the white dude started the whole thing.

      Maybe I’m digging, but that hit me more than the obvious (yet still extremely funny IMO) “white people sure love them some animals” bit.

      • Val

        Yeah, there were some layers to it.

      • Mary Burrell

        I found it hilarious

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        There’s so much in that scene

        “My kids could be in here” was the real subtle one.

        • Amen

          That was such a great line. The dissonance basically slaps you in the face

        • Yep.

      • KC

        Also, the Islamists didn’t even get asked to leave after the blood of the infidels line. It was surface level, but every scene in the show doesn’t need to be subliminal for me to enjoy personally.

      • Yeah I think that was intentional
        ..

    • Mary Burrell

      But that was funny to me.

      • Val

        Hiya, Mary!

        I didn’t say it wasn’t funny. Only that it was predictable.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      ” I find it interesting that there’s no well developed women characters on the show.”

      It’s the norm. Even on shows with women as the main character – it’s hard to find ones where there’s real nuance, depth, change, inner life. Arguably that could be applied to most male characters as well (looking @ Mad Men), but occasionally you’ll find complexity.

    • PhlyyPhree

      I knew what would happen in that scene. The part that I didn’t see coming was the (assumed on my part) commentary about the interaction/support from other PoC in those situations.

      • Val

        I didn’t really get what they were trying to say with the other POC characters at the range. At first I thought it was just that other POC were standing with him but then it seemed like it was a slight against Middle Eastern people. Still confused about that part.

        • PhlyyPhree

          Honestly, I kind of thought they were Hispanic until they started talking about “blood of infidels”. I thought it was commentary on how fleeting and flimsy support from other PoC can be for black people. They were popping big sh it, until the last white guy came out and pointed his shotgun at Darius. After that, we see only Darius getting kicked out, when he wasn’t even the one who escalated the confrontation with the first two fellas

        • Given ATL’S current diversity..I thought a Mexican would have been more fitting.

    • KwameF

      Good point about the female characters.

  • AlwaysBluffing

    Not U.S. Polo Ass’n, LOL!

    And I was confused as to whether Paperboi was supposed to be good at ball or not. Sort of the sports version of watching Vince from “Entourage” act.

    He seemed kind of sorry, and not just in the sense that he’s an out of practice, paunchy drug dealer in his 30’s–the way he shot his one field goal wasn’t the most natural. And some of the cuts had that “this character has to play a sport the actor’s not good at, so let’s show him doing sports stuff as little as possible” feel.

    Great episode. Those guest spots (from Jaleel White to Jane Adams) were fantastic. Any show that can make you say, “Wait, is…is that Lil’ Zane?” has done something.

    • Trill Mickelson

      I’m glad I’m not the only one wondering whether or not he was actually supposed to be able to hoop. No one who is old enough to dribble a basketball without having to look at it shoots like that.

  • You don’t stop living just because someone is out to kill you

    • Val

      I would but I’m chicken. Lol

  • King Beauregard

    The dog target made my little head go through the intended operations, and come out the other side with improved perspective. Well done guys!

    But now I want to go to the shooting range with targets that look like Yoda, centaurs, “Horror of Party Beach” monsters, and the like. One or two of which are labeled “Daddy”.

  • cakes_and_pies

    Darious is so oblivious and slighty awkward, I find his character to be cute.

    • Val

      He’s a carefree Black guy. I love it.

    • cyanic

      The actor playing him is also attractive which only adds to the cuteness you gleam from his character.

      • cakes_and_pies

        I never paid him any mind in his other roles. Thin dudes freak me out.

        • Wow okay

          • cakes_and_pies

            #NotAllThinMen

            • cyanic

              He already feels slighted by your first mind.

              • cakes_and_pies

                I see. My bad.

        • cyanic

          Despite his Chapelle qualities physically he’s been adorable to me since day one.

          • Mary Burrell

            I was try to figure out who he reminded me of the actor who portrays Darius is very Chappelle like I agree.

      • MsSula

        Agreed. I find him very cute. Then again I rep for the #SkinnyDude cooperative. Lol.

    • Mary Burrell

      He is funny

  • cakes_and_pies

    How you not gone mention the appearance of Lloyd, Lil Zane, and and Jaleel White? The are the trifecta of “Where y’all been at and how did they find you?”

    • TeeChantel

      Right. I was like look at Urkel

      • brothaskeeper

        He’s always gonna be Urkel. And Stefan. And Myrtle.

        • TeeChantel

          Always. Urkel was larger than life

      • cakes_and_pies

        His appearances are so random.

    • Vanity in Peril

      I’m still mad Lloyd wasn’t talking about 5’2 so I must have blocked him out.

      • cakes_and_pies

        *gaffawed out loud*

      • Amen

        well played ma’am

      • SAR

        lol

    • Mary Burrell

      I did laugh seeing Urkle

      • cakes_and_pies

        Mr/ “Who Made the Potato Salad?” will always get a chuckles out of me.

        • Mary Burrell

          Oh my goodness I have that on DVD it’s obscure I thought I was the only one who watched that.

    • Mary Burrell

      I remember Lloyd I was trying to remember who is that guy he looks familiar and couldn’t remember his name. That’s just how long him and Jaleel White have been out of the radar.

    • LadyJay?

      God, to think at one point me and Lil Zane and his 3’11” self were an item. *shudders*!!

      • Val

        Wait, what?

        • LadyJay?

          In my HEAD, Lil Zane and I were dating…..

      • cakes_and_pies

        I need some details on THAT.

        • LadyJay?

          Details on what? Having a crush?

          • cakes_and_pies

            I misread it. I thought you two dated.

            • LadyJay?

              Nope.

    • Nik White

      Jameel was on Family Feud recently.

    • SAR

      Which makes sense for why Paper Boi is at this game? Was is purposeful so that the Beibs was the biggest thing at the ball game?

      • cakes_and_pies

        That’s a good theory.

    • Lloyd has a new single that I’m feeling.

    • THAT’S who the other dude was…

  • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

    So we now we treat LHH like a stepchild?

    • QueenRaven23

      :( The Hollywood season is way funnier than Atlanta.

      • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

        Mmm hmm

    • cyanic

      Too fake. Worst cast worst version of the show. LA rarely makes an ideal place for a reality show.

      • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

        Shoot, that’s all of ’em. LOL

  • Lego

    The characterization Justin Bieber in this episode was such potent commentary, forcing viewers to confront biases regarding the racial politics of celebrity. Even the song he sings at the end salted the wound. Biebs was the best story line of the episode.

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