On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, Nina and Dre’s new marriage has been dragged through Hell on The Chi this season, but it looks like their relationship may survive.
- The Chi – Season 3 Episode 9 “Lackin’” [Live]
This season of The Chi has been rough.
There is so much I love about it. The uptick in interesting and engaging queer characters is fantastic. I’m enjoying everyone’s stories — Emmet and his new restaurant, Kevin and his friends navigating teen stuff, Trig and Imani trying to get custody of Jake, the Otis vs. Camille mayoral race showdown — they are all engaging plot lines.
I wish the Kiesha kidnapping story didn’t exist.
I get bad things happen, but abduction, sexual abuse and torture seem out of scope for this show. There are a lot of gritty realities portrayed really well on The Chi. But this type of kidnapping is extremely rare, and in my opinion, has been shown to us to gratuitous levels.
I do love that Kiesha got away and killed her abductor. I also think they are doing a good job of showing the grim process of reentering “regular” life after escaping a captor. But why after all that did they have to shoot Ronnie?
I’m done with the general grievances portion of my recap, on to the queer.
Nina and Dre had one premiere episode of happiness and since then things have been tough on their brand new marriage. There was something Dre said in an episode which made me afraid Lena Waithe was channeling her own marital problems. Then I saw this Tweet from Autostraddle:
I had really been out of the loop.
Finding this out made me really worried for the survival of my favorite TV queer moms’ relationship. I can’t even imagine the level of stress Nina and Dre are under, but in this episode, the loving connection we saw during their wedding came back a little bit.
Nina and Dre attended some kind of Women’s Healing Circle thing in a Chicago park in the dead of winter (aka my Tenth Circle of Hell) and talked about what their biggest burdens are.
That was sweet. It looks like there’s hope for Nina and Dre after all.
One last thing, this happened a couple weeks ago, but I had to give it a shout out. Otis’ wife Roselyn dropped this queer surprise.
I’ve watched this video about 20 times and it always makes me laugh. I wonder how many takes she did of “I said I was sorry” to capture the perfect one.
This week: I’ll be trying to survive another week of the apocalypse. I hope you all are doing what you can to stay safe and sane. ❤️