'Black Mafia Family' Episode 5 Review: Show changes pace, Meech leaves Lamar rattled

Lucille argues with Charles over the hospital payout as the mother thinks the 'chump change' is not worth her son's vision


                            'Black Mafia Family' Episode 5 Review: Show changes pace, Meech leaves Lamar rattled
Eric Kofi Abrefa as Lamar in 'BMF' (Starz)
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Spoilers for Black Mafia Family Episode 5 'Secrets and Lies'

'Black Mafia Family' returned with another episode and this one exceeded our expectations which weren't that high. The Starz show has debuted four episodes so far but has been disappointing with its confusing and dragged pacing, with fans also sharing a similar opinion. So it was quite a welcome surprise when the fifth episode finally picked up the pace.

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'BMF' is based on the true story of the Black Mafia Family a drug and money laundering organization. The part of Demetrius Flenory in quite the artistic choice is played by his actual son Demetrius Flenory Jr. The newbie actor has been getting better every passing episode and his pairing with Da'Vinchi who play his brother and business partner Terry Flenory works well. Read on to know what happened in the fifth episode and what we thought of it.

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Meech tightens the reins on Lamar

The fifth episode of the crime series opens as Meech narrates that everyone tells lies and that we are taught to lie right from the start. We then cut to Meech having a meeting with Pat (Wood Harris) as he amicably tries to cut ties with his boss and teacher of all things crime-related. Pat's been shorting them for years and now he wants to stand on his own. This does not go down well with Pat as he likes to keep his underlings pressed below his thumb. Meanwhile, Terry and Meech have another problem on their hand... how to get back their stash from Lamar? In a stroke of genius, we see Meech play dirty and pick up Zoe (Stormy Merriwether) Lamar's adoptive daughter and the apple of his eye before he can take her home. Lamar is at his wit's end when he finds out and calls the 12 Street Boyz to look for Zoe threatening them into submission. This was quite the fun development as usually, Lamar is the one who sends shivers down others' backs. The rattled guy starts furiously looking for Zoe as we see Meech keep the girl happy and entertained with his web of lies.

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Demetrius Flenory Jr. as Demetrius Flenory in 'BMF' (Starz)

 

Meanwhile, Mama Lucille (Michole Briana White), ever the doting mother, trusts Terry when he lies about not dealing drugs with Meech even as Charles (Russell Hornsby ) voices his contrasting opinion. This honestly is just a family disaster waiting to happen. Kato(Ajiona Alexus ) who's under Lamar's thumb is put on the spot when Terry dumps Zoe at her house to keep her busy with cartoons. Lamar calls her and threatens her to spill but she keeps mum as he goes about like a lion out on a hunt. Problems may soon arise for Detective Bryant (Steve Harris ) as well as Detective Lopez (Sean Michael Gloria) spots him with Meech. The 50 Boyz and the 12th Street Boyz clash as we see Slick (Myles Bullock) get abducted with Terry and B-Mickie (Myles Truitt) trying to beat out the location of their goods from him. Meech ever the street-smart fellow decides to hand over Zoe to Slick to make him look like a hero if he gives up the information. Getting the location, the 50 Boyz take back their stash with Zoe returned. Pat meanwhile tries to sway Detective Bryant to get him to work for him but is met with a stern dismissal. Looks like this dirty cop's trying to get clean, but we'll see, after all, a dog's tail can never truly get straight.

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Michole Briana White as Lucille in 'BMF' (Starz)

Remember how we said a family disaster's just waiting to happen? Well, it does. At the end of the episode, Mama Lucille overhears Meech and Terry's conversation about their business and its shady acts as she walks into the room to find Terry with fat packs of cocaine. The perfect picture of her beloved son is shattered as she walks out in shock and disgust of her trust being betrayed. "Secrets and Lies" was easily the best episode of the series so far with quite the exciting events thrown in. We're happy to see the show is finally progressing and picking up its pace.

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'Black Mafia Family' airs every Sunday at 8 pm ET on Starz.