‘ATLANTA’ S.2, Ep. 5 ‘BARBERSHOP’ Review/Recap

Tonight’s episode of Atlanta should have been titled ‘The Amazing Adventures of Paperboi and Bibby’ because it was just that. This episode was definitely the funniest of the season. Directed by Donald Glover and written by Stefani Robinson, the episode brings the comedy. This is a perfect twist on Barbershop that definitely had me laughing the whole time. There is never really a moment where you don’t laugh or chuckle once the motions begin.

The episode starts off with Alfred at the barbershop. His barber, Bibby (Robert S. Powell III), is a man of many talents AKA a con artist and a scammer. He comes in on the phone having a conversation with his friend about a young lady that he attempted to talk to. The young lady just so happened to be fifteen years old celebrating her Qunicè. He uses on her “wearing a wedding dress” as an excuse as to why he approached her. This hits at older men talking to younger women who look older than they are, and that some men will approach a woman whether she is married or not. These are realities that women young and old face every day.

Bibby goes on to continue his conversation and create confusion for Al who is just trying to get his haircut. His barber keeps coming with distractions and prolonging the haircut. He talks to Alfred about a T-Mobile store being robbed, and kind of tells on himself in the same breath. Bibby’s “girl” calls and he must leave her house. This begin’s a journey for Bibby and Paperboi. The journey begins with a trip to Bibby’s girlfriend’s house. On the trip, their Bibby continues his hustle. He offers to help Al with cable in his home. Al declined, and Bibby asks him to at least help him get customers for Clear Channel. Apparently, Bibby pays the Bill’s in this home and has a stepson or his real son. He never really speaks on the matter. He comes up with every excuse as to why he’s late to her house, he ultimately blames Alfred. In the beginning, you think that Bibby is there to cut Al’s hair then go out with his girlfriend and her son. He’s only there to cut her son’s hair, and as he realizes that he hasn’t paid any bills, he leaves.

Bibby tells Al they will go to the shop so he can cut his hair. He offers Al food and says they’ll go get some Zaxby’s, a famous chicken food chain in the southeast region. They go to a house being built instead of Zaxby’s where Bibby offers Al half eaten food. They take bundles of wood and attempts to leave. Only to be caught by the lady who owns the property. He tries to scam his way out of the situation, but the lady doesn’t fall for it. Bibby speeds off and continues to apologize to Al. Al is on probation and just wants to get the barbershop so he can get a haircut. As they ride back to the barbershop, Bibby catches his son skipping school and chases them. He catches them and talks to his son about how he works so hard (we all know that’s a lie), and he just wants him to go to school. He then asks Al to talk to them. Al explains in the most aggressive way possible that he is a regular person. Bibby, his son, and Al get in the car and head back to the shop.

On the ride to the shop, Bibby is getting onto his son. As he gets on his son, he pays no attention to the road. They crash into a car, and an Asian woman steps out and cries in pain (all for the insurance money). Bibby takes off and leaves the scene. They hurry back to the barbershop for Al to get his haircut. He gets a phone call and continues to try to play Al… Al after having enough and having his day ruined jacks up Bibby and lets him know he’s not playing. Bibby tries to play Al and finally does his job. After running Al around the whole day he still expects payment. Al seems to have calmed down since he is on probation lets it slide. The next time Al steps into the shop, he switches barbers because of the nonsense he had to deal with because of Bibby.

This episode is hilarious on all levels. The references, the jokes, and just Bibby being an outright janky person. Bibby reminds me of an uncle that always needs something, but is never there when you need him. Every episode somebody gets robbed in some way. Tonight, Al got robbed of his entire day. I loved this episode, and it’s my favorite so far this season. This was comedic gold, and Stefani Robinson definitely deserves more episodes. This was a perfect twist on a relationship between a black man and his barber. Usually, we stick to one barber, but in extremes like this, you have to find a new one. I hope you guys enjoyed this episode as much as I did.

Did you guys enjoy the episode? What did you think? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @SuperBroMovies! Thank you guys for reading!!

– Rascal F. Kennedy

Starring Donald Glover, Keith Stanfield, Bryan Tyree Henry, and Zazie Beets:

Atlanta is one of the top cities for young rappers looking to make a name for themselves in the business. Among those up-and-comers is Alfred Miles, a hot new artist who is trying to understand the line between real life and street life. He is managed by his cousin, Earn, who gets caught up in the local rap scene and his cousin’s career after returning home to the ATL. Earn does whatever he can to try to get Alfred’s career to the next level. Darius, the rapper’s right-hand man and visionary, is also in Alfred’s entourage. When Earn isn’t busy managing his cousin’s career, he spends much of his time with best friend Vanessa, who is also the mother of his daughter.

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