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The Streisand Effect 

When a blogger begins trashing Paper Boi online, he decides to hunt down the blogger. Darius helps Earn look for a way to make big money fast.


Hiro Murai


Donald Glover, Donald Glover (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Donald Glover ... Earnest 'Earn' Marks
Brian Tyree Henry ... Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles
LaKeith Stanfield ... Darius (as Lakeith Stanfield)
Freddie Kuguru ... Zan
Tyree Edwards ... Bro
Ira Carmichael ... Driver
Clark Harris ... Attendant
Gregory Keith Grainger ... Some Dude
Cranston Johnson ... Deshawn
Ralph Wilcox Ralph Wilcox ... Bartender
Brittany Level Brittany Level ... Friend
Nate Tong Nate Tong ... Guy
PJ PJ ... Kid (as Bankroll PJ)
Danny Vinson ... Farmer
Talbott Lin ... Crying Chinese Bro


When a blogger begins trashing Paper Boi online, he decides to hunt down the blogger. Darius helps Earn look for a way to make big money fast.

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Release Date:

20 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


About four minutes into this episode, there is a billboard shown with the website, At the time of this airing, that was not an actual website. does exist, with the purpose of providing an HIV testing center finder for any zip code in North America. See more »


Earn Marks: Poor people don't have time for investments, because poor people are too busy trying not to be poor.
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References The Sand Pebbles (1966) See more »


Enchanted Dream
Written and Performed by Donald Stuart Seigal and George Gatt
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The Streisand Effect??
15 February 2018 | by lassegalsgaard-45284See all my reviews

So, for the past three episodes, the writers have shown that they know what they are doing. They are making a show that is filled with stereotypical characters in this very stereotypical setting, while making them relatable and quite unique in their ways. I love these characters very much, and I can't wait to see where the episodes take them, but I feel like the writers have a specific responsibility: to make the characters feel relevant and not just have them to have them. Donald Glover is someone who understands that very much, because all the characters in this episode had a great part to play. This was a very inventive episode, and I love that they are so early in the process, that there are many ways that they can go before it is all over. This is only the fourth of ten episodes, so I am very excited to see what will happen. However, this is the episode we are talking about now, and it was a hilarious episode that led to story forward in an exciting way.

Once again, I have to compliment the comedic writing. Donald Glover returns as writer, having written the premiere episode. He is great and he writes these lines better than anyone else ever could. I have enjoyed his brother's writing efforts, but I think Donald has a better hold when it comes to writing dialogue, because every single line in this episode were subtly written, and equally subtly delivered by the actors, who have embodied these characters by now. Especially, Lakeith Stanfield... He is so funny and his delivery is outstanding. The way his character is written could have easily been very offensive, but because of his portrayal, it becomes a character that has a lot of depth and so much to offer for the show in the future.

This episode continued to expand on the character roster by introducing another very weird character to the mix. Zan is someone who made an impression in this episode, but needs to get a little bit more in before I can say whether I like his addition or not. However, I will say that I enjoyed his conflict with Paper Boi in this episode very much, and I understood why he did some of the things he did, because he arguments made sense. I loved the social commentary in the episode, because a lot of stars has to deal with Internet trolls, and it isn't always funny. It was a very clever decision, and it shows that Paper Boi is becoming someone in this society.

I also love to see Earnest slowly adapting to how things work now that he works with Paper Boi and Darius. It's hard to understand what is going on with him, because we have seen very little of his life with Van, but we do know that he is poor and doesn't make that much money. I love these small 'fish-out-of-water' stories that we get with Earnest, because they set up his character for something to come down the line, plus it makes for some great moments with Glover. He had a very profound scene in this episode that - while being very funny - was also very dramatic in a sense of the word, and I really saw Glover's acting abilities come to light. I love Glover and I can't wait to see what they do with him coming up.

I do have one hope, though. I don't have any problem with this particular episode, but I do really hope that they will focus a little more on developing Earnest's character and his relationship with his family. It's a plea that I think will come true, because I think we need a little bit more reason to really care for Earnest.

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