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Twenties: Keep Ya Head Up

After an earthquake rocks their girls’ worlds, literally, the three friends spent our fourth episode of Twenties doing their best to find some sort of normalcy; whatever that looks like for each of them. Marie struggles to be heard still in meetings and finds an unlikely ally in Quintrell, the new object of her boss Zach’s eye. Hattie, given the keys to Ida’s home, can’t help but be drawn to the life she thinks the older woman has. And Nia struggles to find her groove in acting classes while worrying endlessly over Tristan and his non-phone having self.

As we descend deeper into the season, Twenties continues to provide character development that goes beyond its thirty-minute allotted screen time. The growing relationship between Hattie and Ida has gone in an unexpected direction. In the beginning, it seemed Ida would only be there to keep her foot on Hattie’s neck; never giving her a break. Yet the longer Hattie’s around Ida, the more apparent it becomes that perhaps there’s more to Ida than the hard mask she wears constantly. She’s opening up to Hattie in ways that are always unexpected and from left field. The relationship between the women jumps through hoop after hoop and occasionally loops back around on itself. There’s chemistry between them but whether or not it’ll be acted upon remains to be unseen. Sophina Brown continues to set Ida’s tone high above everyone else and does it so well that I myself squirm whenever she fixes Hattie with a look. Her presence is almost intoxicating it’s so good.

Meanwhile, Marie is drawn to the newly introduced Quintrell but still trying to hold up the image of a perfect relationship with Chuck. The easy connection catches her off guard but also gives her confidence a boost. It’s because of Marie that Quintrell agrees to work with the company, she could have quite possibly just made their biggest and best deal yet. It’s a move in the right direction, but there’s still Chuck and his continuous pouring out of hints to Marie that maybe he hasn’t told her everything. Their latest attempt to spice up their sex life leaves Marie with questions instead of satisfaction and the crack in her perfect facade widens. Which causes a rift between her and Hattie. In an ironic sort of fashion, it’s Hattie who is able to see that Marie and Chuck’s relationship is suffering. Perhaps it’s because she can’t keep a solid relationship of her own or the fact that she lives with them or maybe she just knows Marie that well. Either way, her knowing clapbacks that aren’t meant to carry any real heat get farther under Marie’s skin than she’s willing to tell.

Each week Twenties offers up a different perspective to be thought about. It’s usually tucked away in a conversation that happens so quickly most miss it. This week, I found the topic of bisexuality particularly interesting. In less than two minutes, Marie, Hattie, and Nia represent three different kinds of women and convey the stereotypes that go along with them. One that supports bisexual men but won’t date them, one that believes men can’t be bisexual and one that supports men being able to explore their sexuality as freely as women do. It’s a conversation that happens often in groups of women, it’s debated over and over again on the internet. Our three friends don’t get to have an in depth talk about it, but it was nice all the same to have the conversation there and on screen. It’s a subject I hope the show circles back around to in the future.

Between Hattie and Ida’s complicated relationship and Marie and Chuck’s rapidly declining one, Twenties is setting its audience up for some hard conversations. Many of which, I look forward to the show exploring more of.

Twenties airs on Wednesday nights on BET

-Danyi

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