For Life season 1, episode 6 recap – “Burner”

April 2, 2020 (Last updated: January 28, 2021)
Jonathon Wilson 0
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The arrival of a difficult new prisoner shakes this up in “Burner”, as Aaron gets closer to the truth of his own arrest.

This recap of For Life Season 1, Episode 6, “Burner”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.

For Life Episode 6 livens up the show in “Burner” with the arrival of a new inmate, Cassius Dawkins, played by none other than the show’s executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Dawkins, an implausibly well-connected career-criminal with a Bronson-like list of crimes committed while incarcerated promises to shake up the status quo – and he doesn’t, yet, have anything to do with Aaron’s (Nicholas Pinnock) on-going crusade against the DA’s office.

He will, though, since Dawkins’ transfer to Bellmore is arranged by Maskins (Boris McGiver) himself to give Safiya (Indira Varma) some additional problems on top of the fact that Frank Foster (Glenn Fleshler) continues to bring drug-riddled steaks into the facility as part of an arrangement with Wild Bill (Peter Greene).

Dawkins’ first order of business is going to be inserting himself into that arrangement, but we’ll get to that. Meanwhile, Aaron tries to use information from his police file – the informant who was conveniently unmentioned during his trial – to bargain his way into another day in court, but O’Reilly (Erik Jensen) and Maskins quickly figure out that he must have been provided with that file by Hassan’s brother.

We also get more of Marie’s (Joy Bryant) cranky father in For Life Episode 6. He thinks Darius (Brandon J. Dirden) should propose to Marie, and he openly berates both of them for spending money on Aaron – he even goes so far as to visit Aaron himself in prison. This guy feels a bit like a device, if I’m honest, especially since he just arrives at Marie’s house out of nowhere, seemingly for the express purpose of forcing her into a position where she has to state out loud for the audience’s benefit that she isn’t going to give up on Aaron. It’s a clunky way of doing things.

Dawkins also stirs things up in the prison, befriending virtually everyone except Wild Bill and the Aryans, who he purposefully antagonizes. Asking to use Aaron’s burner phone, he places a call including Frank’s name, which doesn’t bode well for him, and obviously threatens Aaron’s ability to stay in touch with the people he needs to through the use of that burner.

Back in court, Hassan’s brother remains tight-lipped about giving Aaron the file, and by complaining about the validity of the witnesses in his case Aaron is able to discover the identity of the CI: His friend and business partner Angelo, who was evidently a plant the entire time.

This raises huge questions about the legitimacy of the bust that took down Aaron, and he can’t wait to cross-examine him. However, without access to his burner, which he’s forced to hand over to Dawkins, that’ll be difficult to do. Determined to end on something spicy, For Life Season 1, Episode 6 sees Frank return home to his father and wife tied up and held at gunpoint by Dawkins’ goons, who have a proposition for him.

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