Twenties 2×05 Review: Cop or Drop?

Cop or Drop Twenties Season 2 episode 5 review
Ida B, Idina, and Hattie in ‘Cop or Drop?’ (Screengrab: Twenties Season 2 Episode 5)

Twenties season 1 episode 5, ‘Cop or Drop?’, allowed Hattie to make her position clear to Ida B. And I can’t wait to see where their relationship will go next.

Even though Hattie’s been enjoying hooking up with Ida B, their relationship hasn’t been without a bunch of issues. Being an openly queer woman, Hattie’s not about keeping her relationships secret. She’s all about moving around the world as her authentic self. Being with Ida B made doing so difficult for Hattie. She didn’t like Ida B taking her to a secret dinner in the previous episode. And she surely didn’t like Ida B not introducing Hattie as even a mere friend to other people in this week’s installment.

After talking to Idina (I’ll get to her in a bit), I liked seeing Hattie put her foot down and making it clear to Ida B that things had to change between them otherwise they couldn’t be together. While I appreciated Ida B realizing she had stuff to work on, I can’t help but side with Hattie on this particular issue. Hattie shouldn’t continue to emotionally torture herself by being with Ida B and hope that she will change down the line. As Hattie put it, they can both keep playing this game, but in the end, Hattie’s the one who will lose and get hurt. As far as my opinion goes, the writers have the emotional dialogue game in Twenties on lock! Hattie and Ida B’s interaction near the end of ‘Cop or Drop?’ hit all the right marks for me. It felt real.

With Hattie taking a stand in front of Ida B, Idina did a similar thing with Hattie. It’s obvious Idina still harbored feelings for Hattie. I liked how she refused to be used by Hattie for emotional support whenever things got rough with Ida B. Now that Hattie’s stepped away from Ida B, I’m interested in seeing how things will develop between her and Idina. And if Ida B does change her attitude to get Hattie back, I’m ready for the well-written relationship drama!

Coming to Maire, she told Hattie and Nia about Chuck being bisexual (after asking for his permission). Of course, Hattie knew about Chuck’s sexuality because gaydar is a real thing. As far as Hattie’s concerned, if Marie’s happy with Chuck, Hattie’s happy with Chuck. On the other hand, the revelation about Chuck’s bisexuality was a bit much for Nia to digest because she had no clue. But she’s ready to support Marie. And that’s what really counts. The friendship between the three lead women continues to be the highlight of Twenties. The closing scene with Hattie and Marie singing the iconic song “Finally” by CeCe Peniston served as another example of how much these women meant to each other. 

With Chuck and Marie deciding to explore their desires with other people, I think the narrative’s going toward Marie hooking up with her client Quintrell. However, with the two getting ready to make a movie together, adding a physical component to their professional life will likely make things complicated.

Talking about making movies, Ben’s all about supporting Nia and helping her to level up in her acting career and becoming a movie star. I don’t know about you, but I’m with Marie on this one. She knows Ben better than Nia and Hattie. According to her, Ben’s interested in Nia because he wants a “Black trophy on his arm” and using her to prop himself up in Hollywood. Again, I don’t want to see Nia get hurt by Ben (emotionally or professionally).

As for Ben wanting to create a movie to please everyone, I can kind of understand where he’s coming from. Frankly, the highly-popular Downton Abbey franchise (which I love) is very low-stakes. The Downton Abbey movie basically gave everyone happy character arcs. And the sequel will likely be no different. There’s a market for joyous storytelling. But Nia’s into tackling more complex characters as an actress. I wonder how Ben will react if Nia outright refuses to go along with his plans.

And before I close my review, I have to mention I was pleasantly surprised by Hattie being so prepared during her latest writing group meeting even though she was harsh in her critiques. Idina’s a good influence on her. And I want to see that continue.

What did you think of ‘Cop or Drop?’

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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3 thoughts on “Twenties 2×05 Review: Cop or Drop?

  1. I like Hattie establishing boundaries with Ida but I feel Ida isn’t being given time with her coming out journey. Feels like she’s being rushed and given an ultimatum. There’s a generational gap that’s not being acknowledged.

    1. I do agree. That’s why I also feel that 20-something mins per episode aren’t enough to really address certain issues. But then again, considering how open Hattie is with her sexuality, I can understand her frustration with Ida B, regardless of the generational gap. This is Ida B’s journey and I get Hattie… who is young and very open/proud… not wanting to stick around to teach her stuff.

      1. It’s really not. I think most episodes are only around 22-23 minutes. And yes, I can see Hattie being frustrated with that as well. I’m interested to see how the rest of the season plays out. I’m sure Ida B will be back.

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