“Luna Palaver” is hands down one of the most essential pieces of TV you will see all year.
This recap of the Apple TV+ series Central Park season 3, episode 8 recap “Lunar Palaver,” contains spoilers.
Last week’s episode of Central Park was focused on the Mother/Daughter relationship between Paige and Molly. Molly had a slumber party which led to her sneaking out with her friends to meet up with some boys. Paige found out, and while she was upset with her daughter, the duo got back on track to build that trust again. Will we finally get some more details about the Mayor? Let’s dive in.
Central Park season 3, episode 8 recap
The episode starts with Cole breaking out in a song about waking up and getting prepared for his Saturday. While he is dancing around the park, a woman is scared by Cole, who is wielding a wooden sword, and the lady says she felt threatened by Cole. Owen does what any father should and stands up to the questionable lady. However, this was Cole’s first run-in with someone who might be racist, and Owen knows he will have to sit down and talk with him.
We see an anxious Owen walking through the park, and he breaks into a song about how it shouldn’t be any different for Cole because of the color of his skin. Honestly, we get quite a few laughs from this show, but this song was powerful and moving. It broke down a lot of what is wrong with society’s racial profiling.
Helen is bolting from Bitsy because she is off to some fancy she isn’t invited to. As Helen leaves, Bitsy asks where she is going and tells her it’s none of her business for the next five hours. Bitsy is a bit perplexed and heads to the balcony, where she sees Helen putting on lipstick and getting into a car. She no longer cares about the event and wants to know where Helen is going.
At the Tillman’s household, Owen talks to Paige about what happened in the park. As they are discussing it, Molly walks in, and they let her know what went down. Next, Cole comes in and is excited because Lunar Palaver is happening, and Owen decides to hold off talking about it after that is over. Finally, birdie breaks down Lunar Palaver, a nerdy event that occurs under the full moon.
Back to the snooping Bitsy, who is inside the restaurant that Helen is at. However, the lady at the door lets her know they aren’t taking walk-ins because they are packed. So Bitsy opens the checkbook to bribe her to give her a seat in the restaurant. We see Helen and a man out on what looks like a date.
We see Owen and Cole are off to find him a costume for the big event while on their way. Owen is trying to have the talk with him, but Cole’s overzealous excitement about the event prevents him from doing so. Owen attempts to break the story down to him in logical terms of the people at the event, but they arrive at the costume place, putting a pause on the conversation. When Owen gets home, we see Cole’s costume, which is even worse than just the sword he was wielding earlier, causing Paige to have some concern.
While they are on their date, the man Helen is out with breaks out into song. He offers to rescue Helen from the world and wants to free her from all of her problems. Bitsy leaves because she can’t handle it anymore. Helen mid-song states that she will be filthy rich once Bitsy passes on, and she can’t leave that.
Owen has the talk with Cole, and there isn’t much I can add to this other than this moment was impactful on so many levels. I highly urge anyone who watches this show to share it with anyone they know. Including their kids because they could learn so much from this moment. A job well done by the entire writing team and Leslie Odom Jr. for his brilliant delivery of this whole monologue.
We get a confrontation between Helen’s boyfriend and Bitsy, who offers him money, never to see Helen again. While he puts it off for a second, he agrees to take the money and the deal.
We get a confrontation between Helen’s boyfriend and Bitsy, who offers him money, never to see Helen again. While he puts it off for a second, he agrees to take the money and the deal. Helen returns to work and tells Bitsy about her day, including how she broke it off with the guy. Bitsy freaks out because she realizes she paid the man for nothing. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA, I love these two so much.
As the episode closes, Owen walks Cole to the big event and lets him go on his merry way. What an incredible episode from start to finish.
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