Queen Sugar Season 3 Episode 4 Review: No Haven In My Shadow

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Everyone was doing their best to figure things out on Queen Sugar Season 3 Episode 4; only some were left with more questions than answers.

Darla returned home, much to Ralph Angel's shock. Of course, he could have gotten a heads up if he had only accepted one of her phone calls and listened to her instead of always passing the phone off to Blue. 

Darla Returns - Queen Sugar

Darla has every right to be a part of her son's life. She's sober and responsible, but the rift between her and Ralph Angel will take time to repair, and whether it can ever heal completely is still a question. 

I was a little miffed when Darla got angry about not being told that Blue had begun wetting the bed. I can see how being kept in the dark about it could be upsetting, but not nearly as infuriatingly hurtful as withholding information about Blue's parentage for almost six years!

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Ralph Angel continued to look devastated by it all, but he did an admirable job of making Blue the priority in his dealings with Darla, and allowing Darla to be the parent to attend the field trip was the right thing to do. 

Remy's Class - Queen Sugar Season 3 Episode 4

Elsewhere, Remy visited the Bordelon farm with his agricultural class. I was shocked that only .3% of all of the farmland in the United States is owned by black families. Considering all of the black farmers who have worked the land, the figure was demoralizing. 

Once again, Nova and Remy bonded over their love of their communities, and once again, I wondered if these two are slowly headed towards a romance. 

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Nova and Remy are a possible couple that I find intriguing, although I'm not convinced that they'd work. Remy is so laid back, while Nova is fierce. Perhaps the biggest issue is that Nova says she's not interested in starting a family and we know that having children is a priority for Remy. 

Nova Contemplates Her Book - Queen Sugar Season 3 Episode 4

Whereas Nova and Remy might have a possibility for romance, Hollywood and Violet are in the middle of a true partnership, even though Violet was having trouble letting go of the past. 

Violet: I started this business myself and that's the way I want to keep it.
Hollywood: There ain't no shame in letting loved ones pitch in.
Violet: It's all beautiful, baby, it really is, but at this point in my life I don't want to owe nobody nothing.
Hollywood: Owe?
Violet: You know Jimmy Dale bought this house and he let me know it every time I set foot through that door. Held money over my head like he owned me.
Hollywood: Yeah, but me and Jimmy Dale are like night and day so don't go there.

I was thrilled that Violet communicated her issues with Hollywood instead of shutting him out.

Jimmy Dale, from what we've been told, was an abusive, controlling jerk, and being married to him has left Violet with emotional scars, but Hollywood is one of the kindest, most generous people on the planet. 

Hollywood's top concern was for Vi's well being. He can see how she's struggling and his new found wealth can help ease some of her burdens.

Hollywood's Offer - Queen Sugar Season 3 Episode 4

In the end, I was proud of both of them. Hollywood could have gotten angry at Vi for turning down his offer. Instead, he listened and explained how worried he was for her. 

For her part, Violet took the time to consider where her kneejerk response came from and then decided to take the chance on their partnership. All of that certainly bodes well for their upcoming marriage. 

Charley continued to be mired in the minutia of the Landry family history and finances. Considering Deborah's detailed description of Colton Landry in this Queen Sugar quote, is there any doubt he'll be popping up in St. Jo's sometime soon?

Colton Landry, Sam's only son, with ten percent. He's this hotshot patent lawyer in Houston, Ivy League, wife and kids, goes to church every Sunday. Oh, and he also has a really nice lady on the side for the last five years.


I was happy to see Charley taking the initiative to take care of Prosper. He needs someone to look out for him, and Charley can be there for him in a way she wasn't for Ernest. 

The anniversary of Ernest death brought up a lot of feelings and memories for everyone, but perhaps Davis was the most unexpected.

You know, Ernest meant more to me than most anybody realizes. He came to all my big games. He would just call just to shoot the breeze sometimes, or offer advice. You know, just about life, love, everything. I'd never experienced that. He treated me more like a son than my own father.


Perhaps that declaration would have been even more touching if Davis didn't follow it up by telling Micah he has a sister that Davis has virtually ignored all of her life. 

Tia's 13-year existence brings up all sorts of questions, such as, was Davis paying her mother any kind of support, and if so, how did he hide that from Charley?

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I'm curious to see what Charley's reaction will be to this news. Fury, disappointment or some combination of the two seem the most likely. 

Letters To Ernest - Queen Sugar Season 3 Episode 4

Finally, the bonfire commemorating Ernest life was a beautiful way for the family to remember him and keep their connection strong. 

We'd always spend Christmas Eve at the bonfire at the levy. The whole town would come out to celebrate. They told us kids that the fire would light the way for Santa Claus to come find us to bring us presents, but Mama said that fire was how we talked to our ancestors. It created a pathway to send them messages in the flames. When our own granddaddy died, Ernest hugged me and said that a bonfire would light his way to heaven. He always knew how to make you feel better.


From Violet to Blue, everyone had a message for Ernest that was sent up to heaven on the flames. Blue asking Nova and Ralph Angel about his grandmother was also a particularly touching scene.

But the peacefulness of this episode's end had me expecting challenges just around the corner. 

Will Darla and Ralph Angel continue to successfully co-parent? And will Charly be able to keep her investigation into the Landry's undercover until she can take them down?

Check back for my review of Queen Sugar Season 3 Episode 5, and until then, you can watch Queen Sugar online here at TV Fanatic. 

No Haven In My Shadow Review

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Queen Sugar Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

Colton Landry, Sam's only son, with ten percent. He's this hotshot patent lawyer in Houston, Ivy League, wife and kids, goes to church every Sunday. Oh, and he also has a really nice lady on the side for the last five years.


Black folks ain't got the time for writer's block. Too much to say and not enough time to say it. Here's what I know. You're the only writer I know from St. Jo, that means something. You've got stories up and down this land.