Earn and Van attend a Juneteenth party hosted by a wealthy couple and meet some unusual characters.

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Janicza Bravo

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Stefani Robinson, Donald Glover (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Glover ... Earnest 'Earn' Marks
Zazie Beetz ... Van
Cassandra Freeman ... Monique Allen
Rick Holmes ... Craig Allen
Ashley John ... Chick
Jonathan Blanchard Jonathan Blanchard ... Quartet #1
Jason Allen Sylvain Jason Allen Sylvain ... Quartet #2
Victor Bowie Victor Bowie ... Quartet #3
Sam Martin Sam Martin ... Quartet #4
Tony Scott ... Bartender
Joan Q. Scott Joan Q. Scott ... Lisa
Vincent M. Ward ... Marcus (as Vincent Ward)
Tamika Parrish Tamika Parrish ... Snobby Woman
Clint Magby ... Man
Vonii Bristow ... Valet 1
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Earn and Van attend a Juneteenth party hosted by a wealthy couple and meet some unusual characters.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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When Earn is talking to Craig in his study, you can see the album cover of Childish Gambino's album "Awaken My Love" on the shelf. Childish Gambino is Donald Glover's alias when performing as rap artist. See more »

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Craig Allen: You look familiar, Cherokee?
Earnest 'Earn' Marks: No, just black.
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References Eyes Wide Shut (1999) See more »

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Change of the Guard
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Written by Kamasi Washington
Performed by Kamasi Washington
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That Was Awkward...
20 February 2018 | by lassegalsgaard-45284See all my reviews

The one thing that has constantly bothered me about this episode, is that there never seem to be any stereotypical white guys present in the show. Now, this is not because I particularly wanted a white guy to be on the show, but mostly because I thought they had done a great job of presenting various stereotypical characters in the show, but had never included that particular stereotype. I always thought it could be the funniest thing ever if they decided to include it, but it wasn't anything that I was calling for. I mean, they have had some very corny white characters on the show, like the manager guy who was in the premiere episode, and then never seen again since. The show has done a great job of keeping everything consistent so far, but still be able to change up the format a little bit for each episode. And this was another homerun episode, that had so much funny humor and some great and memorable moments.

Something that I have loved ever since the first episode, was the chemistry between Donald Glover and Zazie Beetz. They are great in their respective roles, and they both knock it out of the park everytime they are on the show: both together and in their standalone scenes. They have always been strongest together, and I think that this episode showed the power that they have on screen. There are many small scenes in this episode where they have to play off each other, and they do that so well and to the point where it does feel a little bit improvised, but never in a bad way. Plus, the ending scene was very satisfying for the people who are shipping these two characters.

This episode was another one that focused a lot on Vanessa, and I never think that is a bad thing, because her character is very strong in the show, even though she hasn't appeared in that many episodes. She has a great role to play in this episode, and it does play off the thing that happened to her at the end of the sixth episode, which I hoped they would. And seeing how things went in this episode, it feels like we are not done with this storyline yet, which means that we will probably get some more Van in the future, which makes me very exciting for what's going to come in Season 2.

I mentioned the stereotypical white guy, and we get that character in this episode in the form of the rich Craig. This was such a fun character and to see his interactions with Earnest were some of the highlights of this episode. Craig is one of those who doesn't want to offend black people, to the extend where he becomes obsessed with them and their culture, which made Earn feel incredibly uncomfortable. I never knew I wanted these scenes or a relationship like this, but I enjoyed watching it, and I hope that Craig is someone who we can revisit in a future episode.

The episode's setting also gave an opening to introduce a lot of fun and goofy characters. There is a very invested priest and a very awkward playwright, and I loved the awkward interactions they had with Earn and Vanessa. I loved those scenes and not only because of the introductions of these weird characters, but because it gave Glover and Beetz something interesting to play opposite and helped improve their respective performances.


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