'Black Monday' Season 2 Finale Preview: Dawn, Blair accept Mo's plan as Keith hit by taxi in high-octane promo
Showtime’s Wall Street late-‘80s dark comedy ‘Black Monday’ has enjoyed a rollercoaster of a second season. In its nine episodes, so far, we have seen the three main characters -- Mo (Don Cheadle), Dawn (Regina Hall), and Blair (Andrew Rannells) -- go on a wild journey, each messing up, each learning, and messing up again.
Season 2 began with Mo having escaped New York to go into hiding in Miami with Keith (Paul Scheer), while Dawn and Blair questionably run the TBD Group on Wall Street, trying hard not to slide back into illegalities, trying to stay clean. But obviously, none of this works out.
Mo, in the aftermath of a drug massacre, gets caught by Connie (Xosha Roquemore), his former betrayer, an FBI agent. She turns him into a snitch for the bureau so that they could get an inside look into the company. Dawn succumbs to pressure and accepts a hefty sum from the African-American Scholarship fund, knowing that she’s risking the futures of several Black kids.
And Blair is the one who gets the most corrupt. He has a love affair with a Congressman called Roger Harris (Tuc Watkins). He later bankrolls his election campaign, in a bid to save him from his homophobic father-in-law’s clutches. And ultimately becomes the cause of Harris’ death as he blackmails him with a sex tape.
But at the end of episode 9, things were left in a worse place than any time before. Connie (and the FBI) was on to all of them. Dawn felt betrayed by Mo. Keith was in cahoots with Larry Lehman (Ken Marino) in an attempt to destroy the three. And Blair was doing too good a job at hiding his grief about Harris’ death -- he even went on TV and read a fake suicide note where Harris claimed all responsibility for turning Blair gay.
But even without the personal drama and transgressions, all the three main characters remain in “deep s***” as the FBI plans to make the kill. How will they escape, if at all? Mo, it was revealed at the end of episode 9, has a plan. But what exactly is the plan? We know three elements of it that already seem to have been accomplished. One, Blair blackmails Pastor Newell (Harris’ father-in-law, played by Michael Hitchcock) to get a bank bailout. Keith convinces Larry they need a patsy to blame the illegal Yen trade on. And Dawn convinces Marcus (Dule Hill) of the AASF to give her $3 million to make their problems go away.
So, what’s next?
The final episode is called ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’, and it looks like a fitting end to a wild season. As per the synopsis of the episode, the plan comes together. The promo for the episode begins ominously enough -- a bunch of FBI agents cocking their guns, entering the TBD Group office in a clandestine manner.
Following this, we see Mo trying his best to convince Dawn, Blair, and Keith to come together and trust him to save them. He explains that he has a plan, even though Dawn looks unwilling to put her faith in him once again. She has, after all, been betrayed by him more than once before. But as Mo puts it, they have “no other f***ing choice”, do they?
In true ‘Black Monday’ fashion, we get a glimpse of the chaos that’s about to ensue, even as Mo declares his love for cocaine, once again. The finale promises to be action-packed. We see guns, we see a chase and we see Keith getting hit by a taxi. Hopefully, it will do justice to all of them, even Keith.
The finale of ‘Black Monday’ Season 2 arrives Sunday at 8 pm EST/PST only on Showtime.