'The Chi' Season 3 Episode 7 Review: Everyone's got dirt on their shirts and not all of it can be wiped off

From a finally rescued Kiesha's broken will to Douda's attempt to win Jake's trust, 'A Stain' is a deeply moving and a stirring affair


                            'The Chi' Season 3 Episode 7 Review: Everyone's got dirt on their shirts and not all of it can be wiped off
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Spoilers for 'The Chi' Season 3 Episode 7: 'A Stain'

Ever wished life's stains could be wiped away like the way they are in Tide commercials? Well, of course, some are easier to wash off, some remain forever. In this case, a finally rescued Kiesha Williams (Birgundi Baker) will have to find the will to live again. The world isn't alien to news of young women being abducted, raped or killed and 'The Chi' gives a classic example of what runs through the victim's mind when they are pushed to the point of diminishing returns.

'A Stain' isn't an easy episode to process despite the moments of humor and raunchy sex. For those who have followed the series religiously, Kiesha's absence was an integral storyline around which other subplots revolved and it finally ties that up with the teen getting rescued. Ahead of the season, actor Ntare Mwine, in an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) said his Ronnie Davis would find his purpose in Season 3 and by rescuing Kiesha, he's finally at peace with himself.

The episode makes a breezy affair. And midway through the episode, it makes complete sense as to why the episode was titled 'A Stain'. Every major character involved in the episode has that bit of grime on them they want to rid off. It's like the new stain on a shiny pair of Jordans. Take, for instance, Ronnie— A man who was nothing more than a hopeless drunk, a man who was a perpetrator and a victim of gun violence, a man who got bashed up for all the wrong reasons, finally erases his stain after a daring rescue.

A win-win for Dom and Emmett (Parrish Lewis/SHOWTIME)

Emmett (Jacob Latimore) had his stain too. He lost his respect from Sonny, a father figure and a mentor. His plea to landlord Zeke was turned down, but he and Dom (La La Anthony) made good with a catering order that earned them a plush cheque and fans who hoped for a hot fling between the two had their prayers answered as well. So, that's another strain that's cleaned up. Douda (Curtiss Cook) and Camille (Lena Waithe) have one final tussle, but the former takes the round.

But that doesn't mean his stain is wiped off. Jake (Michael V Epps) still considers him as one of the men behind Reg's (Barton Fitzpatrick) murder and no matter that cleaning (read as convincing), it's not going to wipe that piece of red anyway. So, it is good news for the Williams family. Kiesha gets back, but safe to say, her mental ordeal is far from over. 'The Chi' has made Season 3 more relatable to the current times. From racial injustice to corruption to sexual abuse, it has traced almost every discussion point of the present day.

This makes the slice-of-life drama a rather enjoyable affair as it manages to immediately get the audience to connect. 'The Chi' has had a great run so far and the subtle twists work well in the show's favor. With this, the series has managed to dole out great content for seven weeks and like fine wine, it just gets better by the day. 

'The Chi' Season 3 airs Sundays 9 pm ET on Showtime