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After multiple sessions yield no results other than a series of low blows, the therapist suggests a break wherein they co-parent but don't hump (anyone) and only speak in case of emergencies, while sleeping in rooms mere feet away from one another. That's not weird at all. Callie is against it from the start. But that twinkle in Arizona's eye? That's hope. Is this her way out? They agree to a 30-day "split." Six weeks of turmoil and flip-flopping ensue. Relationship status: It's complicated.
Like Lieutenant Dan, ABC's Black-ish found some legs to stand on last night.
Last week's pilot made me nervous. I wondered: Will this series be one episode after another of stereotype bingo? How much more luscious can Rainbow's WonderFro get? Will Zoey, the oldest daughter, say more than four words at once?
More interracial primetime flip-flopping. We watched a gay man use sex to get what he wants. Just like in the first episode episode, Connor banged all the info he needed right out of Oliver the IT dude. It sounds strange, but that's all gays and anybody other underrepresented segment really ask for: the chance to be abysmal and callous (and human) in primetime like everybody else.
Tonight, during the third hour of TGIT, we meet law professor Annalise Keating, played by two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis in How To Get Away With Murder. This legal thriller is a beautiful vehicle for allowing Viola the Great room to showcase the full range of her brilliance. Finally, she gets to be the Beyoncé rather than the LaTavia.
We sat together on social media and in over-decorated How To Get Away With Murder watch parties and loved on Viola Davis. We fawned over her boundless talent; appreciated her masterful timing and thundering voice; and envied her flawless skin (It's okay. #melanin). We adored her brusque and her despicable. We watched Viola Davis be a person.