In the first episode, titled "Alligator Man," two teenagers casually converse as one plays FIFA. The duo appears innocent but eventually ends up robbing a fast food joint as they demand dominance.
Although the circumstances for the city are different, they are still the same for Earnest "Earn" Marks (Donald Glover) as he's still living in his storage unit. Unfortunately, the jig is up. Fans of the FX series would remember that the first season ended with Earn living in the space, but now he's back to being homeless.
Just like the city, Earn's cousin, Alfred -- also known as Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), is also in an uncomfortable state -- or maybe comfortable since he's confined to his own home. The rising rapper is now on house arrest and appears depressed. For one, the vibes between Alfred and his close friend Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) are completely off. The two are practically brothers but barely speak to each other during their encounters, which is strange as they've been living together since season 1 and still are.
Money Makes Atlanta Go Round
If there's one obvious aspect about Atlanta, it's the fact that each episode focuses on money and the lack thereof. The new episode revolves solely on the disappearance of $50. This is where we meet a new character who is Earn's uncle, Willie (Katt Williams). Willie apparently kidnapped his girlfriend for allegedly stealing $50 from him.
Aside from money seemingly being the common factor in each episode, Earn also always ends up in situations he doesn't need to be in. Earn heads to Willie's to do damage control with Darius and hopefully mend fences between Willie and his girl, but he gets distracted because both Willie and his lover tell him that they have an alligator hiding out in their room.
This is a pivotal moment in the episode because there's something bothering everyone, but no one is actually willing to open up about their issues and current state.
Moving forward, it seems that Darius might have spoken things into existence when he picked up on the atmosphere which he called intense.
Willie's argument with his girlfriend inspires a neighbor to call the cops. The cops finally arrive and demand that Willie surrender to them, but of course he doesn't.
Throughout all of the drama, Earn and Willie actually end up having a heart-to-heart talk, which leads Willie to gift him a gold gun, telling him that it's something he's definitely going to need while in the music business.
Later, Earn attempts to bargain with the cops, claiming that his uncle will be out soon, but instead the alligator that was "hiding out" makes a beautiful debut as it walks out in front of the house to "Hey Love" by Delfonics.
While the alligator makes its grand appearance, Willie makes an exit and sprints down the street. As for Earn, he also tries to run from his situation hoping he can stay with his cousin. Unfortunately, another guest is already staying there.
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Atlanta airs on FX at 10 p.m. on Thursdays.