Even though family may love each other at the end of the day, that doesn’t mean things are always easy. While Pose has shown some of the strain that takes hold of our beloved houses, the show always goes to great lengths to prove that through it all, they stick together.
But in “Revelations,” the eighth episode of Pose’s second season, the families we’ve seen build themselves up are getting pulled apart. With just a few simple words, every decision made thus far in season 2 proves to have a consequence, testing the limits of the bonds that tie us.
From Damon’s angry rampage to a few tender moments, here are our five key takeaways from episode 8 of Pose season 2, “Revelations.”
Strange bedfellows: Throughout all of Pose, we have seen romances, both good and bad, bloom among our favorite characters. But the opening of “Revelations” may be the first relationship on the show to make us say, “Wait, what?” Just an episode after Pray Tell was seen comforting Ricky after he learned he was HIV positive, we learn that the two are taking care of each other in more ways than one. It makes sense — both men are lonely and scared of the disease, and are in need of love where they can find it. But the Greek chorus of supporting characters quickly establish that what’s happening may not be healthy, especially if he keeps their relationship a secret from Blanca. “We know you’re gonna torture yourself until you tell her, so just do it,” an observant fellow emcee informs him.
Fire and fury: Oh, poor, sweet Damon. After weeks of finally learning to trust Ricky again, he gets hit hard with the news not just of Ricky’s new fling, but of his health status. And naturally, he’s pissed — now his health is at risk and his heart is broken. So at his graduation party, when Angel begins throwing some innocent shade, Damon opts for the nuclear option. Ricky and Pray’s relationship? Out of the bag. Angel’s cocaine use? Revealed. But most importantly, when Blanca refuses to accept his accusations immediately, Damon turns the barrel on her as well, saying that she’s selfish and doesn’t support him enough (reader, I nearly tossed my phone at the television when he said “that’s what you’re supposed to do”). Clearly, Damon snapped.
Moving on out: After all she’s been through this season, it’s good to see our girl Angel finally getting what’s hers — and that means a full-page modeling spread in a major magazine. So, upon seeing her success, Papi offers up the fact that with her new lifestyle, Angel may want to consider moving up in the world by moving out of Evangelista HQ. It’s a tough decision for Angel, only made easier after Damon’s angry announcement to Blanca that she’s been on cocaine. Instead of forcing her mother to decide what to do with her, Angel softens the blow, and volunteers to leave, lovingly telling Blanca, “I’m not gonna let you stop being a good mother because of me.” We stan a supportive mother-daughter relationship.
The ambassador: After blowing up their relationship, Damon and Blanca get their healing moment as well — Damon reveals that he’s going on tour with Malcom McLaren in Europe, and could be gone for more than a year. He finally breaks his sullen silence toward Blanca and tells her he doesn’t think he can go. But she pushes him, telling him that he has a responsibility to himself to take that job. “You’ve got a talent, and the world needs to see that,” she reminds him. And now, with Damon gone, Blanca is left alone, with all of her chicks having flown the coop. But she still has the always-iconic Elektra Abundance-Then-Evangelista-Then-Ferocity-Now-Wintour to fill her familial void. The two chat about motherhood and share a rare hug, before Elektra, as always, declares “That’s enough, mother has to go to work now.”
Dance Dance Revolution: While we get to see a lot of perspectives this episode, “Revelations” belongs to Damon, who gets to finally let loose his anger. But he doesn’t only do so with his words — this episode features two stunning dances where Damon uses all of the anger and passion inside him to burn the dancefloor to the ground. Both in his graduation showcase and his special ball category, Damon captures our attention with his movements, almost effortlessly. So let’s give a special shoutout to Ryan Jamaal Swain, who did an amazing job embodying the emotional and physical expression of Damon’s rage throughout this episode. We’re not sure if we’ll be getting to see him again soon, so just in case — thank you for sharing your gift, Ryan.