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Twenties: You Know What We Call That? Growth.

In the season finale of Twenties, which came much too soon, our favorite trio each find themselves questioning how far they’re willing to go not only for each other but for themselves as well. While Hattie takes a risk to get Nia on Ida B’s hit show, Marie throws a party that’s more stressful than fun. The final episode both pushes itself to the edge and leaps off the cliff, but it doesn’t lose sight of what makes the show so enjoyable in the first place; it’s near-perfect comedic timing.

The reason Twenties works so well is because of the dynamic between the leading three friends. The chemistry between Hattie, Marie, and Nia shines bright and leaves the audience unable to not smile along with them as they joke, tease and banter with each other. Especially when it comes to the way they encourage one another to chase after their dreams. Hattie loves her friends, she loses her job behind the risk she took for Nia but in the end, it got her friend the part in the show. And she’s pleased beyond belief for the other woman, something good came out of the chaos of her firing. But she and Marie end up butting heads during the birthday party because Hattie refuses to not hint and snark her disdain for Marie’s relationship. She doesn’t have to admit it yet, Hattie knows her friend.

Even though our trio is the draw to the show, the support characters still stir up some drama of their own. Idina, the barista, has no problem giving Hattie the cold hard facts about herself she doesn’t want to hear. Idina is interested in Hattie, but the latter is too stuck in stereotypical tropes of the world. To Hattie, she and Idina can’t date because they’re both masculine presenting lesbians. She fears going against the idea that in a same-sex relationship, one partner must seem more masculine while the other presents as feminine. Idina thinks that’s all bullshit, and she’s right. She doesn’t want to be Hattie’s friend and she’s not going to settle to be one either. On the other side of things, we’re given a little peek into Ida B’s mind and expectantly her thoughts are full of Hattie. Ida doesn’t even have time to digest because she’s blindsided by a betrayal from Hattie she never saw coming. It’s three steps forward and two and a half steps back with these two. And it only makes them more fun to watch.

With special guest stars, Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox as Chuck’s parents, the season finale of Twenties pulled quite a few tricks from up its sleeve. Marie’s birthday party sets a few expectations for the second season, including a wedding between her and Chuck, a new relationship for Ida and Hattie to explore, and the start of Nia’s dream career coming to fruition. In only eight episodes, Twenties managed to create not only a smart, cohesive and relatable character in Hattie but it also managed to give her a space to evolve in. Not to mention with her best friends by her side, we know Hattie can do anything she puts her mind to. But like all good shows, Twenties also leaves us with more questions than we have answers. One of the biggest questions being: what is Hattie going to do about Ida?

I’m rooting for this show to get a second season. It would be a grave mistake for BET not to do so. For the first time in a long time, they are making moves in the right direction and giving out authentic black representation. Twenties hits all the marks it needs to and beyond. I’ve got my fingers crossed it’ll be given another season, it definitely deserves it.

-Danyi

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