‘Atlanta’ Recap and Review: “FUBU”
Last week on Atlanta, Al fired Earn after another mishap caused by his decision making. He also got his ass beat by Tracy. This week, we got a flashback of a young Earn that reminded many viewers of their middle school experience. Here’s a recap of “FUBU”.
Young Earn was excited to get a FUBU shirt only for another student named Devin to have the same the shirt the next day in school. Earn spent the day nervous that he was going to get roasted.
Our first introduction to young Al showed him in the principal’s office for allegedly selling a student a calculator that was apparently stolen.
Later in the school day, Earn pulled a loose thread from his shirt causing everyone to believe his shirt was fake. Even the lunch staff and older students knew about the situation too. It didn’t take long for the other students to start making fun of Devin too. The students looked to a Filipino student named John for his apparent expertise on dupes. He declared that Earn’s shirt was the fake until Al stepped in and said otherwise.
At the end of the day, Earn rushed to the bus and watched as Devin was bullied by upperclassmen. The next day in school, it’s announced that Devin committed suicide and that he was going through a rough time after his parents’ divorce. When he got home from school, Earn’s mother and aunt were sitting in the kitchen. The two women mentioned how important it was for Earn to wear nice clothes to his first day of piano lessons to make a good impression, especially as a young black man. Earn’s mother also bought him another FUBU shirt.
Review of this week’s Atlanta
This episode reminded me a lot of my own experiences in middle school from the teasing and bullying, to note passing in class, and watching other students act out in class. The ending of the episode was unexpectedly sad but touched on the important fact that we really don’t know what people are going through and our actions can impact others in unexpected ways.
This week’s episode also showed us how close Earn and Alfred were as kids, which makes their current situation just a bit sadder. Knowing Earn was a really smart kid and seeing where he is now, was an interesting dynamic revealed this week. The actors who played young Earn and Alfred, Alkoya Brunson and Abraham Clinkscales, were great. I’m excited about next week’s season finale and hoping that Earn gets at least one win this season.
I’m giving this week’s episode of Atlanta a 9 out 10.
Atlanta airs Thursdays at 10 PM EST on FX.
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.
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