Queen Sugar Season 1 Episode 6 Review: As Promised

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Every week this exceptional family drama has gotten better and Queen Sugar Season 1 Episode 6 was no exception. As a matter of fact, it may just be my favorite installment thus far. 

Despite the incredulous look that Charley gave Vi when she said it, I did feel awful for Nova. The message she was trying to get across on that radio interview was important, but all the shock jocks and their audience wanted to talk about was the Davis West scandal. 

Charley and Remy - Queen Sugar Season 1 Episode 6

I think we need to ask ourselves why women who come forward to report rape are always to blame? Why do you we portray the victim as having asked for it?


I got how Charley took that as a dig against Davis, but I don’t believe that’s how Nova intended it. She was looking at the bigger picture of rape culture in our society where as Charley was seeing it only through her own personal lens. 

Nova’s reaction to Chantal was amusing. With everything else going on, the last thing she expected was to get hit on, but there was definitely some chemistry between these two and they already appear to have their activism and spiritualness in common. I’m curious to see when and where we see Chantal again.

We need to start drinking now.


Aunt Vi probably should have had a glass or two before her nieces arrived.

Charley and Nova’s fight hit all the right notes, with the two sisters arguing loudly in the kitchen while Remy and Ralph Angel attempted to hold a conversation in the next room as though nothing was happening. Tell me I'm not the only one who has had this scenario play out at a family get together.

Nova stood her ground, Charley was so angry she blurted out the truth about what they were about to pay to make it all go away and Aunt Vi’s deadpan comment made me laugh out loud. 

Charley: If that whore, Melina Galoudian, is such a victim, then why is she asking for a $3 million pay out from us to make this go away?
Vi: Well that is one expensive piece of ass.

Is anyone else falling hard for Remy Newell? I love the way he steadfastly keeps showing up, trying to get these siblings to work together. That he’s engineered his own seed cane and is giving it to the Bordelon’s for free, just to get the chance to see it grow is just the cherry on top. 

Everyone, including Remy was a little shocked to see Charley working in the field. She’s a hard worker when it counts and it was nice to see her willing to get her hands dirty. . 

Cut Charley some slack. You don't know what it's like to have your whole life blown up on TV like that.

Ralph Angel

It was also good to see Ralph Angel have his sister’s back. I’m sure both Ralph Angel and Nova have harbored some jealousy towards their sister’s seemingly charmed life up to this point, but it’s clear that all the fancy cars, private planes, and personal staff don’t equate happiness…although I’d be willing to test the theory myself given the opportunity. 

The other engaging sibling moment was when Nova asked her brother about his parole officer. I kept wishing that Ralph Angel would take the opportunity to confide in her about his trouble at the warehouse, but it never happened. 

I was so proud of Ralph Angel when he not only ended his involvement with the theft ring but strong armed his boss into laying him off instead of firing him and messing with his parole…but then I wanted to scream at him for being so stupid. 

Ralph Angel Struggles - Queen Sugar

Honestly, the man has done time in prison, how could he not see that Melvin or his boss at the warehouse wouldn’t try to set him up after he made that scene? 

I was literally holding my breath when the police opened that shed. At first I’d hoped that Ralph Angel would have already gotten rid of the stolen goods himself, but the more nervous he looked, the more unlikely that seemed. 

Thank goodness Aunt Vi’s smart enough for both of them. I can only hope he’ll tell her the whole story so she doesn’t believe her nephew is nothing more than a petty thief. 

Finally, we get to the Queen Sugar quote of the night…

You're a monster, Davis. You turned me into a monster too.


But let’s rewind a bit. Earlier at the farm, I could not believe that Davis could honestly compare himself to Too Sweet. I was so happy he made those stupid comments in front of Nova because I knew she’d verbally tear him to bits.

I don't know what lies you have to tell yourself to get up each morning, but let me point out the most obvious one. The system doesn't treat all black men alike, but you're so narcissistic that you don't even recognize what your privilege buys you.


Davis is a grown man who can pay his accuser millions to make her and the charges go away, not to mention hire the best attorneys to make it happen. Too Sweet is a teenager sitting in prison for holding a joint. He can’t afford an attorney. He can’t make bail and he’s been beaten up so badly he needed emergency surgery.

Other than the color of their skin, these two people have absolutely nothing in common, but Davis can’t help but make himself out to be the victim.

That is, until the real victim called him out. 

I figured Melina would have something on Davis but playing the recording of his own words was still shocking. 

I can bang any bitch on the road, any bitch. I pay you to keep your mouth shut. That's what I pay you for. Unless I put something in it, I pay you to keep your mouth shut. I pay you to do shit my wife won't do, you understand.


Oh, we understand…and more importantly, so does Charley. I was a little surprised when she walked into that room holding Davis’ hand. Needless to say, that’s the last time he’ll ever touch her. 

So how messy do you think the West divorce will get? How much backlash will Nova face for using the $10,000 for Too Sweet’s bail, and will Ralph Angel be able to convince Charley to give him an actual job on the farm? 

Check back soon for our Queen Sugar round table and if you can’t wait for more, you can watch Queen Sugar online here at TV Fanatic. 

As Promised Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Queen Sugar Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

She should keep her bleeding heart politics to herself.


I think we need to ask ourselves why women who come forward to report rape are always to blame? Why do you we portray the victim as having asked for it?