There are only eight episodes of this show this season for some reason. Last week, a new commenter pointed out that the Richard Cabral’s character is named Isaac, not Hector. I don’t know how I got that wrong all season as they do not even sound alike. Remember how I said I have to use a chart for this show? Well Hector was the name of Cabral’s character in the first season of this series. So Hector will now be called Isaac as if I was not already confused enough. Sorry. Since we are about halfway through, the miserable stories should start intertwining a bit. Let’s see how that happens…
The Migrant Workers
Isaac is dead and his brother, Diego is at the police station trying to get some justice. He tells about all the murders that happened on the farm and the rapes. No one cares. The cops ask him if Isaac killed Teo and put his body in the river. Diego says they put a lot of bodies in the river. We may not see anything else from the farm workers for a while. Where did Luis go? What happened to Coy? Did his family come for him?
Shae (and Dustin)
Last week Shae met a guy named Dustin. This week we see him introducing her to Everett, who runs an online porn business. It seems Shae is going to take on some online sex clients now. I don’t see much of a problem with that for her really. It beats what she was doing and it’s a lot less dangerous. I don’t even think it’s illegal! Look at our girl climbing the ladder of success.
Shae is still pregnant and waiting on an abortion. When Kimara takes her in, they have to sweep the entire car for bombs. Is that what it has come to in this country? Then they walk a gauntlet of women passing out pamphlets and asking her to choose adoption because “there are so many families wanting to adopt.” Um, not really. In the waiting room, she starts thinking about the women outside and she changes her mind and runs out of the waiting room. Kimara explains that she can’t afford to care for the baby and that if she waits past 20 months she can’t have an abortion. It seems Shae had made up her mind to keep the baby. This also pushes her into the web cam sex industry. Kimara buys a book from the parenting section of the book store and takes it to Shay. It’s late and she just wants to drop it off. Shay has checked out the the shelter permanently. When she tries to get help from the government agency lady, she says she has no one that can be bothered to look for her because they are focused on illegal immigration and forced labor and murder and rape. Sex trafficking just has to take a back seat to that for now.
Nicolas and Clair Coates
Last week we saw Timothy Hutton finally make an appearance this season as Nick Coates. He’s married to Clair. They legally hired a Haitian nanny who speaks no English and is completely dependent on them. His business is tanking and he is having to layoff a ton of people.
Gabi, the new nanny is at the park with Nick and Clair’s boy when she thinks her wallet and passport have been stolen. She finds they have just tumbled out, but when she tells Clair about it, she suggests that she keep the passport in her safe. Don’t do it, Gabi! Keep it yourself! Gabi tries to say no, but Clair insists and locks it away. Clair reveals she has an adult son in Haiti but they have not spoken in years.
Clair asks Gabi what happened to some fish that was in the refrigerator. Gabi ate it and Clair doesn’t seem to have a plan in place for Gabi to eat. Later, a very grumpy Nick takes Clair to some event he doesn’t want to go to. As it turns out, it’s a benefit for human trafficking and sex trafficking. Clair is listening to Kimara give all the gory statistics while Nick unburdens himself on a man who is off to the side drinking away his troubles as well. The discuss how the women don’t bother to work and they have to provide for everyone. They share their anger over the concept of white male privilege while they are working themselves into early graves with less return for their sweat equity each year. Clair makes a $5,000 donation to the charity. She also tells Kimara it took nine IVF procedures for her to have Nicky. He’s her miracle baby. Nick blows his top when he finds out about the donation. Then he tells her she looks like a fool every time she tells the miracle baby story. He’s had a few too many. They have a big fight.
Gabi is teaching Nicky a french song and hand clap. Things go fine until Nicky loses interest and becomes violent toward Gabi. Gabi grabs his hands and scolds him. Clair dashes over and lays into Gabi for scolding him, ignoring the fact that Nicky got physical with her. Gabi seems frightened by Clair.
Jeanette is being portrayed as sort of dumb on this series. It probably just looks that way because she is the only one on the farm that cares about anyone other than herself. JD, her brother-in-law does to some degree but he’s trying to drown his emotions in alcohol. Jeanette’s compassion for the workers who died in a fire is having serious consequences on her life. She is writing a letter of some sort that is making her very emotional. Then she takes a bag and checks into a hotel room. He husband finds out that she is at the hotel and calls her over and over. So she has to check out. Why not just call the front desk and tell them not to put any calls through?
Next she tries to rent a room for a while. But since she has no verifiable employment or personal bank account, she is having issues. The woman she is trying to rent from suggests that if she doesn’t have a personal account, she should probably just go home and make up with her husband. I say she needs to go to the bank and clean out the account and rent a nice place on the outer banks somewhere. Instead of listening to me, Jeanette goes to talk to a lawyer. She is shock to find that a temporary separation doesn’t qualify her for any support. Also, she will need to file for a permanent separation and be apart a full year before she could file for a divorce. She is not even at that point. She just needs some money to support herself for a bit while she figures out what to do next. Like I said, girl. Go to the bank. Do an ATM tour. And why the hell haven’t you been sticking money away for emergencies like this for the past 24 years? It seems the lawyer convinces her to file for a formal separation.
Later we see Jeanette with her husband in a diner. She asks if he is doing okay. He says there is food in the freezer, so he is getting by. Jeanette made so many individual meals for the freezer that I was sure she was taking them to the immigrant workers housing trailers. As long as her husband is eating, it appears he is fine. He is clueless as to why she took off. Is it just because he wouldn’t let her help those people? She doesn’t seem to know how to explain to him that it is fact he feels like he has the right to let her or not let her do anything. She says it is because a lot of people died and he doesn’t care. Then she asks for money. He says he gave her everything. She says she has nothing that is hers. He blames her for stirring things up and leaving him holding the bag now that the fire is being investigated. He says it’s all nonsense. He agrees to send her a monthly allowance until she “gets over herself” when she sends him and address. She says she doesn’t want a handout, she wants what she is owed. He seems mystified that she should be owed anything. He tosses money on the table for the check and storms out.
Jeanette shows up at her sister’s house.
Previously Kimara saw a girl in a convenience store that she new was working the streets. She handed her her phone number and told to use it if she needed to. Kimara got a late night call from the girl, Vanessa. She was being abused by a john in a hotel room. Kimara went to get her. In order to get her away she maced the guy in the face. The episode ends with her speeding away in the car with the girl.