Episode 113 Recap: "Fatherless Boys"
Brad eventually makes his way out to the backyard, where he sees Randal's beloved boat. He goes to the tool shed, pulls out an ax and starts hacking away at the bow.
"At least your daddy lives in the house with you," Justice says.
He says, with some anger, that he's tried calling Travis and has left messages but that he's never heard back. Although Kelly is upset by this news, she pushes it aside and shuffles the kids off to school.
Alone together, Joey notices that his mother is upset. She breaks down, apologizing that Joey never had a man in his life that taught him to tie a tie, or do anything else. Joey assures her that it's okay. She dries her tears and asks about the interview. Joey tells her it's a well-paying job at the chemical plant, and hands her the classified ad.
"This plant is awful," Natalie says, worried. "They'll have you cleaning up chemicals and spores and all types of mold."
She then makes Joey promise to apply elsewhere.
"You think you can be aggressive with me and I can't be aggressive with you, rook?" Eddie asks.
Eddie doesn't appreciate Lushion stopping him from hurting Randal the night before, much to Lushion's shock.
"You better learn how I do things around here real quick, or you can sell your ass up the river and kiss this job goodbye," Eddie warns.
Lushion won't bend to Eddie's threats, though, and he steps outside. In the hall, Esperanza walks up to check on Lushion and notices something is wrong. She guesses that Eddie might be the source of his mood, and warns Lushion that Eddie is a less-than-scrupulous police officer. When he breaks the rules, she says, Lushion should keep his mouth shut.
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Realizing the power she holds in the situation, Natalie takes matters into her own hands, telling the man over the phone that Joey was a terrible employee, used to steal things and has a criminal record. The man thanks Natalie, hangs up and politely but swiftly ends his interview with Joey.
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Eddie and Lushion are out on patrol when Eddie spots some men sitting on their car. He tells Lushion that they're up to no good and, despite Lushion's protests, says he's going to check them out. Once outside the car, Lushion sees that one of the men is Quan. Eddie shakes him down, and Quan looks to Lushion, assuming the unwarranted search is retaliation for Joey. Finally, Lushion steps in and says that Quan hasn't done anything wrong and to let him go.
Back in the squad car Lushion is furious, saying Quan and his friends were innocent. Eddie scoffs at this and pulls out a bag of cocaine. Lushion asks why he didn't bust Quan for possession. In response, Eddie takes a hit and offers some to Lushion. Eddie then pulls out a stack of cash he also took from Quan—and makes his motives clear.
"You ain't going to save the world, but you can change your life doing this," he says, "get Natalie out of the hood, take care of your kids. Think about it."
Mattaline leaves, and Travis goes in for another kiss, but Kelly still resists, keeping her mouth firmly closed.
The children arrive home, and Kelly asks Paisley and Peter to play in the other room. Justice is surly with Travis and says he doesn't want to talk, but Kelly and Travis insist. They sit him down on the couch for what they expect will be a difficult conversation, and Travis says he'll start answering all his calls and will play a bigger role in Justice's life. But there's a harder topic they have to broach. Travis then explains how, while he loves Justice very much, he isn't his biological father.
Oddly, Justice seems unmoved by this and asks to go play with his friends. He leaves the room, and Kelly turns to Travis and thanks him for having the discussion.
"I'm sorry," Randal says weakly.
Brad pauses a moment before lifting the ax and swinging it at Randal's head. Randal deftly dodges. Brad drops the weapon, and the two men exchange vicious blows. Suddenly, Brad's gun is out, and the two men are wrestling on the ground, Randal struggling to get the gun away.
Meanwhile, Alex is sitting at home in a daze when she hears a shot go off. She springs up and runs out her front door and into Randal's house, in view of a puzzled, frightened neighbor walking her dog. Alex appears in the back door only to find Brad and Randal still rolling on the ground, struggling for control of the handgun. Alex screams at them to stop. Another shot goes off.
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