'Diarra From Detroit': It's So Bold In the D

Did Diarra follow a false lead in the previous episode? This time, she's really deep in it as we inch closer to the truth.

Diarra decides she's done with the cold case and Ambien Chris and goes to pawn her wedding ring. Outside the shop, she spots someone watching her from the rearview, and she's scared off.

Moni, meanwhile, wants to stay on the case. Her son found a Post-It that Moni tracked home from Diarra's evidence board. Next to the drawing of a spider is "*8PI7TH", which they deduce means 8 pm on the 17th. "Milk carton boy was meeting someone - tonight!" Moni declares. They think Chris was planning to rendezvous with a source to solve his own past kidnapping. 

But there's no time to get into the details because Detective Holdstein shows up to question Diarra on her whereabouts when the Russian was shot at the sex club. Because she was the one who first mentioned the Russian when she came to the station, she's now a person of interest in his murder. Oh boy. Diarra decides to toss all evidence from that night, including the Russian's burner phone, into the Detroit River.

Diarra From Detroit: Don't Stalk the Player, Respect the Game

Diarra and Moni deduce that clues to the rendezvous point may lie in the old-school Funsaver camera retrieved from Deonte's backpack. Moni gets the photos developed and learns of the old PKR Auto Plant. Moni also picks up a framed photo of Chris and Diarra from their date to the escape room. As Diarra and Moni piece together more clues, Diarra realizes she's running late to Aja's Detroit Experience Gala, where she's expected to give a flattering speech on behalf of her friend. 

As Moni waits at the plant, Diarra arrives at the gala tight on time. Tea corners her, saying he remembers the Mr. Greeks Express in the mall food court back in the 90s, the last place anyone saw Deonte. "And if it's anything like the real Mr. Greeks," he says, "it's a mob spot."

Diarra lays out all the fun saver photos on a gift table. As we zoom in on each, we flashback to Chris setting traps—ladders, barbed wire, and more. Diarra realizes Chris was setting up the abandoned auto plant as an escape route, and wasn't meeting a source but a suspect. She immediately meets Moni with less than thirty minutes until her speech.

They enter the abandoned plant, where a woman waits. "Chris didn't strike me as the kind of guy who needed a representative," she snarls. "Our answer is still no. Where is he?" Diarra has no idea, and as the woman accuses Chris of being a con man, Diarra realizes she looks familiar. Two suited men appear, and they run. Diarra uses her memory of the photos to navigate an escape, and they temporarily elude the men chasing them. 

Outside, a car pulls up and the driver says get in. The lady inside is a mob enforcer, Goldie Luckett, he tells them. "You better hope she don't work for Zervas, he was my prime suspect in 95." Marshall suggests they go back to their boring life and leave this behind.

At the gala, Aja is frantically looking for Diarra to give the speech so Tea distracts them with a smooth R&B rendition of "It's So Cold in the D." This show is will, you all. But Diarra shows up with Moni in tow, looking rough. In her speech, she tries to tie her circumstances into kind words about Aja and hopeful words about Detroit. 

Diarra later remembers that she first saw Goldie during her date with Chris and wonders, "Were we on a date, or was that cover for a shakedown?"

In the end, we finally meet Zervas, and he's not a nice guy.


Chris seems too smart to let himself get kidnapped a second time. Is he actually a con man?

Moni walked out during Diarra's speech about Aja. Is she jealous of their friendship?

Diarra invited Danger over to help her "sleep." Is this a new beginning for their friendship or a quick distraction?

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