Alligator Man

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"Alligator Man"
Atlanta episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 1
Directed byHiro Murai
Written byDonald Glover
Production codeXAA02001
Original air dateMarch 1, 2018 (2018-03-01)
Running time30 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
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"The Jacket"
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"Sportin' Waves"

"Alligator Man" is the first episode of the second season of the American comedy-drama television series Atlanta, and the eleventh episode of the series overall. It was originally broadcast on FX in the United States on March 1, 2018. The episode follows series protagonist Earn as he tries to break up a domestic disturbance involving his uncle, played by guest star Katt Williams.

The episode was praised by critics and received 0.851 million viewers in its initial airing.

Plot[edit]

The episode opens with a robbery of a Mrs. Winner's committed by two teenagers.

Later, sometime before Christmas, Earn is "evicted" from his storage facility space. He visits Alfred (who is under house arrest) and Darius (who is mutually at odds with Alfred). After Earn reviews the terms of his probation, Earn and Darius then visit Earn's uncle Willy to defuse a domestic disturbance. Willy is antagonistic even when the police arrive but eventually simmers down and flees the house after talking to Earn about not repeating his history of professional and personal mistakes, but not before giving Earn a gold-plated handgun.

Earn and Darius then return to Alfred's house, but Earn chooses not to ask to stay with them after Tracy, one of Alfred's friends and an ex-con, beats him to it, making him officially homeless.

Production[edit]

A closeup of a man smiling in front of a poster. He has a beard and black hair.
Atlanta creator and star Donald Glover wrote the episode.

The episode prominently references the Florida Man meme.[1]

Reception[edit]

"Alligator Man" received positive reviews from critics. Vulture praised the opening gunfight sequence of the episode and "when the blood and screams flip the vibe from slapstick to horror".[2] The publication did, however, criticize the role of women in the show as people that "things simply happen to", rather than agents of change.[3]

The episode received 0.851 million viewers in its initial airing, described as "steady" with the ratings from the first season's finale, "The Jacket". "Alligator Man" scored a 0.4 rating in the 18–49 demographic.[4]

Donald Glover received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for this episode.[5] Katt Williams won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in this episode.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yohana, Desta (March 1, 2018). "How Atlanta: Robbin' Season Brilliantly Flipped the Florida Man Meme". Vanity Fair. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Seitz, Matt (February 16, 2018). "Atlanta's Second Season Is Stronger and Stranger". Vulture. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Washington, Bryan (March 1, 2018). "Atlanta Robbin' Season Premiere Recap: You Good?". Vulture. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Welch, Alex (March 2, 2018). "Thursday cable ratings: 'Atlanta' returns well, 'RuPaul's All Stars' ticks up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Emmys: Netflix Beats HBO With Most Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (September 8, 2018). "'Game of Thrones,' 'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Lead Winners on Night 1 of Creative Arts Emmy Awards". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2018.

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