|"OMFG Please let it all be over."|
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,
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.|
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 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?