POSE S2 Episode 5: What Would Candy Do?!
POSE S2 Episode 5:
What Would Candy Do?!
It was the twist and then... the episode begins with a 🕴🏾dance 💃🏾 segment of signature moves through the centuries and now Vogue has become the evolution. Madonna has spent a 3️⃣rd week at number ☝🏾 with the hit single “Vogue” as new reporter Sue 🎥👩🏽💼🎤 Simmons is live outside a city YMCA with a view to see.
The hidden ball culture has created a craze and massive long🚶🏾♂️🚶🏽♀️🚶🏾♂️🚶🏽♀️🚶🏾♂️🚶🏽♀️ lines with ladies in wait from Jersey to the upper west side inspired by the material girl.
“I need you to help me”
“Slow down. You look like you’re about to have a heart 💔 attack”
Damon is approached by the centers director in need of him to add in more class 🗓 days to his schedule to service the large demand of Vogue lessons according to the large supply of people mainly these bitches that are terrifying.
“5️⃣, 6️⃣, 7️⃣, 8️⃣”
He agrees to teach the classes and it’s now in session as Damon gives whites 👨🏻👨🏼🦰👩🏻🦰👩🏼👱🏻♀️ from the upper areas of town a taste of some culture and creativity. “I need you to move your arms like their swords”, he encourages a student soon in need of her husband🤵🏻 to learn how to move his hips like Damon, but no can do.
“Great work today.” 👩🏻🦰
“Thanks. First time?!” 🧑🏾
“Is it that obvious?” 👩🏻🦰
A woman greets Damon after class and begins to start conversation, but cuts to the chase.
“You know I’m not actually here to learn how to dance.”
Revealing she’s a scout for recruiting dancers 👯 to tour and the 🚍tour he is being moved to the front of the audition line for is 👰🏼Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour.
He screams! 😳
“I told y’all this would be the year we break out!” 👩🏾🦱
The Evangelistas are sitting in toe as Blanca glows✨ with excitement of the accomplishments her children have acquired.
🗣 “On the road with Ma-fucking-Donn❗️”
Simultaneously sharing the news ecstatic 💂🏾♂️Ricky discusses with the 🌬Wintours about how he too has been offered a pass 🎫 to the 👉🏾front👈🏾 of the line to audition as well for the tour upon meeting then dancing for a scout earlier that day on spot.
Catch angel 👩🏽 signal no ma’am 🙅🏽♀️🙅🏽♀️🙅🏽♀️ to Damon about Papi being a manager 😂
“What she mean by the front of the line?”
“It means that I’m better than all them other bitches...”
🎧 “Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic is playing as once again the fucking 🎶 is on point!
The 🏘 houses dine 🍽 and discuss some more about their desired times with the 👑 of Pop, but for ☝🏾 house Mother it seems that she is owed already.
“That being said, if you do 📚 this job I’d be expecting an introduction.” 👩🏾
The boys realize that they are embarking on an potential yet unexpected journey plus a break in their respective dance careers. Blanca showers Damon with hugs 🤗 and love 💕, but Elektra basks in her own gloating as she is the reason of their successes.
“It’s nice not to see you depressed on that couch no more”
Blanca and Damon are cleaning 🧽 in the kitchen washing and drying dishes 🍴🥣🍽🥄. Blanca is glad 😊 to see Damon is a better mood, but he just 🙆🏾♂️ stretching 🙆🏾♂️ since the rugrats moved out.
“You know you can’t fool your mother.”
As she too even knows one can miss a low down 🐕 of a cheater. She questions if he’s seen Ricky though it’s here and there when at a function (ballroom event or any event). Damon doesn’t understand how after giving ❤️ and soul ☝🏾 could just ignore them so easily. Mother interjects Ricky is feeling 💔 it but hasn’t shown it.
“You don’t get over your first 💝 that easily.”
“Ricky wasn’t my first ❣️... dance 🕴🏾 was.”
She celebrates 🎉 his artistry as he’s getting back to himself finally with talent and energy ⚡️ only needing a break. She pushes he speak with Mrs. 👩🏾🏫 Helena, the Head of School about his decisions as he’s on a scholarship 📄 and basically giving a pass to audition after deadlines. “You know she’s not gonna let me drop my scholarship to go dance with some pop 🌟.” Reminding Damon of being a semester away from graduation 🎓 she leaves it up to Helena rather he stays or goes.
African 🥁💥 beats and table jumps takes space as Helena calls Damon forth to 🗣 showcase a combination taking it from the 🔝! He leaps〰️, twirls 🌀and drops⤵️ to the floor. She commends 👏🏾 him on his presentation. At the end of class wishing all her seniors danced like Damon, he offers Helena out for a beverage ☕️.
“I know you’re disappointed but I still wanna do it.” Explaining to her his wants, but she knows he’s made up him mind💭. He never wants to disrespect her as she bent over backwards for his entry. “I know you’re good enough Damon.” Responding back and sharing her experience touring with Lester Horton, but that her teacher thought she was needed to be unapologetic strong and black in white spaces.
She gives Damon her blessing 🙏🏾.
“Teach the 🌎 who you are.”
He thanks her and promised 🤞🏾 to return and finish out his degree 📜.
Leaving out for rehearsal.
“Alright y’all all ✋🏾hands🤚🏾 on deck.”
Mother E is informing the children that the need for supporting Damon is now as this is his moment. Who else has been waiting for this moment Mother Wintour 👏🏾 👏🏾 👏🏾 she calls for attention need each member to do their part and not fuck this up. Both mothers take out their coins 💵💵 to chip in on a new style 👕👖, a new hairdo 💆🏾♂️, a new cut 💇🏾♂️, a new colors 👨🏽🦱.
MC Hammer 🔨 “Can’t Touch This”
It’s crunch time. Papi and Damon so push 🏋🏾♂️ ups. Ricky is in practice with Shadow and Silhouette then tailored🧵✂️ and touched 💈up by the finest oppose to in house 🏠 beauty treatments by Papi and Blanca.
“Let mother 👀 inspect you child”
Elektra enters to see was her 💵’s have done. She is please 👈🏾side to side👉🏾, 👆🏾head to toe👇🏾 boasting of her work being done now having chipped away the Evangelista filth.
“Do you still carry a torch 🔥 for Damon?”
Ricky denies too. As he is reminded that the 🏠 is known for being ruthless and if unable to secure a touring spot then don’t bother returning.
“Yasss bitch you is looking fly as hell” 💥👌🏾
The family gives life to Damon as he twirls 🌀in an all ▪️◾️⬛️ black ensemble complete with midsection out in time for #CropTopSeason! Looking all shiny✨ he is encouraged to eat some breakfast 🥞 🍳, but he isn’t ready with a stomach turning opting for 🍊🥤.
“Damon you’re ready. You have the talent. You look good. And most of all you got 💜.”
He thanks the family for the belief and help along the way.
Ricky and Damon greet each other learning that they are in the same group. The place is filled with dancers from everywhere, but they’ve noticed they’re the only two from ballroom. They continue to talk and wish each other luck.
Their number is called. They enter the room.
“You know why you’re here. So show me what you got. Make it count”
The lead 👨🏿🦱 choreographer speaks to the group before the 🎼 plays.
“Deep in Vogue” plays. It’s a classic ballroom hit from Malcolm McLaren featuring the Legendary ICON himself of Vogue, Willie Ninja.
The boys hit the old ways and strut themselves in to a new 🌊 of new way and new moves into a pose.
The 🍵 is on “deep in Vogue” that it is one of many songs that came of before Vogue yet Madonna got her turn and changed up her version.
Example: “Deep In Vogue” names the ballroom houses oppose to Madonna naming designers.
A personal favorite of mine is Queen Latifah’s “Come Into My House”. I love the way she says 🗣 GIVE ME BAWDY!
The ✌🏾 showcase Vogue elements and dancers as well in their visuals.
“I have not danced like that ever in my life”
They come out of the audition tired 😓 and thirsty sharing a water💦 bottle. They compliment each as a fell dancer walks by eying Ricky who causally 👋🏾waves. They figured it’s ☝🏾 of them who will get that call.
“Mother can you sit down you’re making me nervous”
It’s callback time and you would have thought Blanca auditioned to dance for the tour, but Damon needs her to chill 🥶.
The ☎️ rings
“Hello? Yeah ok one second. Damon it’s for you.”
He 🚶🏽 to the ☎️. “Hello.”
“I understand.” says Ricky as it’s seen they both have calls currently on their callbacks. The moment builds and the ☎️ calls end.
“Thanks you so much.” 🧑🏽
“What did they say” 👩🏾
“I ah got the call back” 🧑🏽
“We got the call back” 🧑🏽
Ricky and Elektra happy about the call as Damon’s ☎️ call leaves us a bit weary. He bows he head crying 😢 to lift it up and reveal he too has gotten a call back.
“Someone from ballroom culture is about to get their chance.”
Blanca loves on Damon as this is his journey but it’s bigger then him and bigger than Madonna as the acceptance and influence on pop 💥 culture is real.
“You’re still at it enough”
Ricky is seen 🦆 walking at Chris’ 🏠... yeah that 👨🏽🦱 Chris who was on 🚍tour fucking but wasn’t on fucking. Ricky not having enough is insisting he practice his move for the Butch Queen Vogue Fem category as the competition is becoming tonight.
BQ Vogue Fem is about performance in a sultry and dainty way of Vogue.
Wanting Ricky to come to 🛌 as he is stiff 👅🍑🍆 he urges he will after the ball as he needs to conserve his energy. Sexual frustrations 😤 become frustrations 🤬 as Chris takes is personal that Ricky objects to his 3️⃣0️⃣ ⏲minute lay up.
“How would you know? You never walked a ball...” he continues, but Chris soon attacks his “ball kid” label and 🏠 for wanting to be independent and not a follower of a bitch on a leash.
“Be a man and say what’s on your mind”
Chris demands from Ricky who acknowledges he’s made a mistake seeking him over Damon. They go back and forth between support, sex and selfishness though it ends in Ricky having to leave.
“Tonight is the last night.”
Elektra and the wintours❄️ meet about Ricky’s last night practicing before auditioning with Queen Madonna also known as her soon to be bestie. Did you notice 👩🏾 👀 Jazmin’s look? As she was the ☝🏾 who said Madonna would be her bestie... kinda giving Blanca 2.0 as she had the ideas 💡 and Elektra would down play and take them. The Godiva goddess continues bringing religion ✝️ into this asking for a sign to then ask herself.
“What Would Candy🍫 Do?”
Mother knows best that the late Candy 🍫👩🏾🦱 Ferocity wasn’t a thinker💭 , but she took action not sitting on problems for long. She pulls out a 🔨 admitting to it being Candy’s actual 🔨 . A prize possession that she would use to break Damon’s motherfucking 🦶 then 😢 🐺 claiming it to have slipped from her ✋🏾hands🤚🏾 after applying Vaseline intensive care 🧴.
They ain’t down for this 1️⃣8️⃣7️⃣. However Elektra leaves them with an ultimatum and incentive for whomever does it will be rewarded with being a costar to Madonna’s birthday 🎂🎊 party.
She leaves the 🔨 and walks 👠👠 out.
🗣🎤 “Alright alright alright it’s happening for us children. Vogue has hit number one on the charts and the word is out Ballroom is in!” 👲🏾
The crowd cheers to the news of music 🎶 and community 🏳️🌈 colliding to go mainstream as they as now visible on a platform.
“The category is Runway bring it like old school 🎞 black and white cinema.”
The ladies hit the runway in remembrance of Fosse and Joan Crawford. Angel And Papi hurry to Blanca insisting she comes with them. They leave the floor and head to the back.
🧑🏻”Yo Tell em What you told me”
They come to Lemar 👨🏽🎤 Wintour who shares that Elektra plans to take Damon our with a 🔨 , but as we realize Papi could ave told Blanca the story him damn self.
I got you Lemar sis. 😉
“Elektra I’m not even gonna ask you if it’s true.” Blanca comes for Elektra at the bar in request to ceasefire and hand over the 🔨 now. “Anything happens to my child I will kill you” she says to Elektra as this isn’t just a solo opportunity it’s a moment for all of us. Reminding her that she is one of us too and to call us the got damn 🐕’s.
She signals and Jazmin hands🤚🏾 over the 🔨 ... oh 😳 shit!
“You ruins all my plan mongrel”, says Elektra handing over the 🔨 to Blanca.
They 😏 and 😊 at each other.
The category is “Fringe Fever”.
Papi and Angel give eyes across the bar.
“Where you been?!”
She questions Papi who’s been working extra shifts to push his weight around to take care of 🏠 . They admit that work has been a good distraction for then both since Candy’s 💀 ⚰️ . It is revealed that she has booked another Wet N’ Wild 💄💋 campaign also a chance at an Essence 📸 cover.
The ✌🏾 flirt back 👈🏾and👉🏾 forth with Angel walking off and Papi complimenting her.
🗣🎤 “The category is Butch Queen Vogue fem. I need to see it soft and dainty.”
Press and curl hits the floor
Followed by Damon who wakes it up real CUNT.
Finally Ricky giving a few spins 🌀 like Diana.
Judges your scores
“What you 😠 about Elektra. Don’t be 😠 bitch the 👶🏾 children always wind up paying for the sinner of their mother 🤱🏾”
Grand Prize 🏆 Damon Evangelista!!
Upset Mother Wintour leaves as she can’t take defeats. 👠👠
“Get fuck out of here bitch.” 👲🏾
The Evangelista are seen ending the night of glory in photo 📸 frames.
After the function Ricky is trying his damnedest to snatch🧲 up a body, but this ☝🏾 won’t budge as he aware of his recent break 💔 up with Damon. Insisting he might need a coach, a drunken 🥴 Ricky is approached by Damon who congrats him on his performance tonight and the auditions in hopes he’s picked for the tour.
“Promise. 🤞🏾 me you’ll stop drinking 🍺.”
He says to Ricky wanting him to out live experiences in life to be able to tell them ☝🏾 day to... him.
Ricky tries to think quick revealing that he broke up with Chris. Damon wishes him well pushing for his independence. They hug 🤗 and embrace each other.
Mind you y’all catch that couple 👬 in the back not wanting to leave. 😂
“My ass has never been worked that hard before.” 🧑🏾
“That’s a lie” 🧑🏽
Damon and Ricky leave out the audition building 🏢 doors 🚪 on to the side walk in sweat 😓 and laughter.
“Fuck 🤬 I really wanted this!”
We learn that neither of them were picked for the Blonde 👱🏻♀️ Ambition tour. Damon reassures Ricky that what they are doing is bigger than this. Soon after they are approached again by the 👩🏻🦰 scouting agent who gives them info on another audition a reboot of Solid💫Gold, a classic Soul 🚊 style music countdown show 📺.
Damon excitedly 🤗 the scout 👩🏻🦰 and then leans in 🧑🏾Ricky as they ⏸ before potentially reigniting an old flame🔥.
“We discovered Arsenal 👨🏽🦲 Hall.”
They meet with the producer of the show who shares they are only 🎥 shooting a pilot and can pay 💰 only at scale with seeking only 3️⃣ dancers.
“We only have ☝🏾 demand. You gotta take both of us.” says Damon.
They agreed to the job.
The top 🔟 countdown featured Damon, Ricky and a female feather dancer as they danced to the sounds of pop🎹 ballads, contemporary 🎸rock even light and catchy 🎧🎤hip-hop. While watching the episode, I had 🔑’d because I wondered why Damon never changed his clothes as the other has costume changes. Also were they 😐 accepting to men dancing with each other on 📺 as they did to light rockers Heart.
The taping 🎥🎬 ends with Vogue and they leave out in laughs remembering the fun filming they completed in hopes for a pick up.
“✌🏾 years ago we was dancing in the balls and now.”
The ✌🏾 are left realizing they had the best time together today, but Ricky doesn’t want it to end. Damon feels it should stay in the dance floor and focus there only. Admitting to messing up and being made a better person Ricky wants no one else, but Damn and a fresh start.
Damon’s extends a ✋🏾hands to give that much. Ricky taken a step back and has to take what happens shakes his hand🤚🏾 to agree.
“Who knows” 🤷🏾♂️
The ✌🏾 depart as Damon questions the future.
The episode ends with a quote by famous black dancer and legend Alvin Ailey:
“I am tying to show the 🌎 that we are all human beings and that color🎨 is not important. What is important is the quality of our work.”
This week’s episode I’ll be honest and say it felt like ahhh👉🏾👉🏾👉🏾 filler and I understand why as we are still dealing with the 💀 of Candy 🙏🏾 as it was a harsh 💊 to swallow. I did enjoy moments like the 🎶 and highlights of excitement though overall it was a “meh” 😩 episode.
I know the momentum will surely pick back up next week as the gaggers 🙈🙉🙊 are coming I already know it.
And continue our lessons of ballroom history the back story to the ballroom dancers becoming actual hired dancers for Madonna’s tour is fact. Legendary Icons Willie Ninja and Jose Xtravaganza were her dancers and are featured in a documentary discussing the life and times of Madonna, Music and Vogue!
Congrats 🎉 on Pose earning multiple nominations at the Emmys from Best Drama to Best Actor in a Drama for Billy 👲🏾Porter.
However why is the academy playing in MJ 👩🏾🦱 Rodriguez’s face on these nominations?
I hope the Black ✊🏾🏆 awards pay attention I’ll say that.