3.05.2013

Black Girls' Night Out: Joanna Locasto

"OMFG Please let it all be over."
*rubs temples*

Since ancient times, comedians have observed that Black folks take off running at the first sight of danger.  We don't ask why other Black folks start running; we just take off running.  We don't walk into darkened buildings when we know a killer's afoot, Mika Coretti.  In short, we know when it's time to go.

Somehow, for some reason, Joanna Locasto didn't get that memo.

For those of you who are watching Deception, you know that Joanna has had ample cues and opportunities to go.  From a personal standpoint, she had no reason to move in with the Bowerses in the first place, but from a professional standpoint, she should've been long gone before now.

But then, of course, the hacks writing this drivel wouldn't have a show.

Promotional fail continues, by the way.
When last we saw, Robert Bowers was onto Joanna and invited her "home."  And she went.  In this week's ep, he's grilling her at her faux job about her prior work history and fictional abusive marriage.  This is yet another cue that she needs to bounce, but Joanna sticks around.

Robert flies in her mother, Mrs. Locasto, the former "head of the household", and Joanna arrives just in time to keep her mom from talking about Joanna being a cop.  Turns out, her mom is in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and Joanna's able to quickly whisk her away and brief her on the pending investigation.

Speaking of the investigation, Will (Laz Alonzo) is out there working his hide off, making some headway.  Not that any of us actually care, but we discover that Vivian was simply a pawn used to deliver faux records about her family's new cancer drug.  But since she died first, the role of pawn went to Edward Bowers.  We also learn that Vivian's accomplice Ben and Julian's new squeeze Audrey went to college together, and Audrey appears to have had them both killed.

Audrey also gets up in Joanna's face to start a fight over Julian the Fugly.  At first I blinked, wondering why this emotionless, half-assed catfight was even being shown.  Joanna has Will, for pygmy's sake; why on earth would she care about His Royal Dogliness?  Especially when Mrs. Locasto reminds her daughter (as did Vivian) that Julian merely used her for sex, for years, and she let him.  Mrs. Locasto brings up all the other girls he was sleeping with at the same time, and tells Joanna that no matter how much things seemed to have changed (which Joanna insists they have), they're exactly the same.

The episode ends with Joanna and Julian sleeping together (*retch*), and my mother and I both screaming at the TV.

And we're not alone.  Previews of the next episode show Joanna confessing her indiscretion to Will, who promptly chews out her and fires her (which, at this point, she needs to be).



But let's talk about the Joanna/Julian fail for a minute here, shall we?  We'll start with the personal aspect.

Joanna has fished Julian's drunken ass out of bimbo-ridden pool parties and watched him be a spoiled, privileged brat for most of his life.  He used her body all through adolescence, and she knows just how dysfunctional and soulless his entire family is.  In short, she's well aware that he is not a catch.

And at the time she sleeps with him, he's dating someone else.  Um, count the fail much?

Now let's talk professionally.  Black women...we tend to take our jobs seriously, and I do mean "jobs".  Some of us work a full-time job and have 1-2 hustles on the side (while raising kids by ourselves), and we won't let anything or anyone threaten our gigs.

So this is what I mean about having Black writers behind Black characters because I'm watching Joanna and wondering who sat down and drafted the characterization for this fool.  It's bad enough she slept with her FBI handler (Will) while on the job, but now she's also slept with a member of the family's she supposed to be investigating.

Let's be real; this contaminates whatever evidence she collects to the point that any testimony she utters in court will be worthless.  It also lays waste to her credibility as a professional and overall future as a cop...which, when you think about it, works out fine 'cause ain't no way in hell is this show getting a second season.  For those of you who watch  cop/procedural shows, you know how seriously female cops take their jobs and how preciously they guard their credibility.  They constantly have to prove their ability to do the job despite persistent doubt from (male) peers and superiors.  Now we've got a Black female cop character who can't keep her legs together or her emotions in check while she's supposed to be working undercover for the FBI - WTF????  Um, what are the writers trying to say?

11 comments:

  1. I think about the the beginning to Public Enemies classic rap " 911 is a joke" Going...going..gone! This show seems to be losing steam and it continues to be a joke.

    I hated this episode, not only for the obvious...the predictability of Deception but it's like the creator keep throwing out subtle messages, as you mentioned in the last paragraph, about Jo's " love" life. They seem to have that stereotype about Black women sleeping around and just good enough for that.

    It's stuff like that they I fear about shows like Deception. Supposedly, the writer was inspired by Scandal. That's good and all,but this show is missing a lot of creativity, experience and understanding. Mind you in Scandal, Kerry Washington's character is in an adulterous affair with the Prez,but it's a romance, there are feelings there.For some reason, she doesn't look like somebody's booty call as much as Meagan's character does. I hate to say it,but she's looking like Will and Julian's one night stand and to some indirect way it is mentioned on the show, the mom describes Julian as a "player" and that she would be his "fantasy". I just feel that is the message behind that.

    And man..Ive never seem so much family dysfunction on a show. I know true families like this who don't have this much drama as they do . Maybe Im wrong, but I think that the creator wanted that same hype like Scandal but tried too hard and too fast to do it.

    A part of me want Deception to survive because of Meagan,but it's between a toss up or possible cancellation of the show. Unless the creator improves the show..or get a good Black writer for the show, it will be as good as dead.I would hate that because it would give TV producers a good reason not to put on Black female leads( thought it would be a contradiction because so far, Scandal continue to defy those odds)

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  2. Every single word you wrote after the vid is pure platinum. Especially this:

    Black women...we tend to take our jobs seriously, and I do mean "jobs". Some of us work a full-time job and have 1-2 hustles on the side (while raising kids by ourselves), and we won't let anything or anyone threaten our gigs...So this is what I mean about having Black writers behind Black characters because I'm watching Joanna and wondering who sat down and drafted the characterization for this fool.

    This is EXACTLY what I mean. Anyone who knows what life is like for the average sistah knows that we don't let NOTHIN' fuck with our money. That's the life we have and we know it. If you don't know us and/or can't relate to our lives, then yeah...you'd characterize us in the most bullshittingliest way possible.

    Let's be real; this contaminates whatever evidence she collects to the point that any testimony she utters in court will be worthless. It also lays waste to her credibility as a professional and overall future as a cop...which, when you think about it, works out fine 'cause ain't no way in hell is this show getting a second season. For those of you watch serious cop/procedural shows, you know how seriously female cops take their jobs and how preciously they guard their credibility. They constantly have to prove their ability to do the job despite persistent doubt from (male) peers and superiors.

    S. Epatha Merkerson, who I guess is supposed to be Joanna's mother, played a cop for years on Law & Order and she didn't let ANYTHING get in the way of her job...not even breast cancer. So yeah, the characterization for Joanna is an utter and complete fail. Meagan, getcho ass outta there right the hell now.

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  3. She has been cast in the Will Ferrell movie Anchorman. Her character supposedly plays Ron Burgundy's boss.

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    1. As long as she gets seven figures, I'm happy for her.

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  4. Has anyone noticed how NO ONE is talking about this show? No seriously...Google it.

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    1. Wow! that is pitiful. Even around IR and AMBW websites, you will see people periodically talk about Scandal or some other similar flick,but they aren't focused on Deception and can understand why. It has to suck when you don't have webpages full of thoughts about it. I feel for Meagan. I was hoping this would be her big break.

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    2. I had an FB friend mention it once, after the 3rd ep. She said it was definitely not Scandal. But she hasn't mentioned it again.

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  5. Hey, maybe that's why the show's called Deception. 'Cause we were deceived into thinking that the show would star Meagan Good.

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  6. Lol...good point about the Deception title

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