Claws (TV series)

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Claws
Claws logo.png
Genre
Created by Eliot Laurence
Starring
Composer(s) Jeff Rona
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s) New Orleans
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network TNT
Original release June 11, 2017 (2017-06-11) – present
External links
Website

Claws is an American drama television series that premiered on TNT on June 11, 2017.[1] The series was ordered for a first season containing 10 episodes on December 13, 2016, and was originally developed as a half-hour, single-camera comedy for HBO.[2] Set in Palmetto, Florida, the series is mostly filmed in New Orleans.[3] On July 12, 2017, TNT renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on June 10, 2018.[4][5]

On July 2, 2018, TNT renewed the series for a third season.[6]

Plot[edit]

Five manicurists at the Nail Artisan salon of Manatee County, Florida enter the traditionally male world of organized crime when they begin laundering money for a neighboring pain clinic.[7]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Niecy Nash as Desna Simms: the owner of Nail Artisans, a nail salon in Manatee County, Florida, and an associate of the Husser family. She launders money for one of their most profitable pill mills, so she can save up and buy a better salon. She was in a somewhat reluctant relationship with Roller Husser, but when he withholds some of her earnings, she and his mistress Virginia attempt to kill him. It is later revealed that Desna and her brother Dean spent their childhoods with abusive foster parents, explaining why she's so determined to build a life for herself. She eventually gets permission to leave the mob, but is subsequently forced to continue laundering money for the Russian mafia.
  • Carrie Preston as Polly Marks: a redheaded South Carolinian and one of the salon's manicurists. A former professional con artist, pathological liar and skilled burglar, she only recently made parole for running a Social Security fraud scheme. Her relationship with Desna is one of absolute loyalty; she even threatens Virginia with a knife when she nearly implicates Desna in Roller's "death". She also forms a motherly bond with Marnie, an adolescent girl seeking to escape her own neglectful mother, who is trying to force Marnie into prostitution. Preston also portrays Lillian Marks, Polly's twin sister who pressures her to own up to her mistakes.
  • Judy Reyes as Annalise "Quiet Ann" Zayas: the salon's lookout, doorman, and Desna's muscle on occasion. She is college-educated, with plans to become a teacher, but her career was ruined when she was convicted of attempting to murder her husband after he stabbed her girlfriend. Ann is openly lesbian, but has difficulty balancing her relationships with her role in the mafia, especially when she falls for a police detective investigating the salon.
  • Karrueche Tran as Virginia Loc: a former prostitute for Uncle Daddy and Roller's mistress. After Polly is arrested, Roller forces Desna to hire Virginia in her place, but Desna throws her out in disgust after suspecting that Virginia was the one who told him about the arrest. Eventually, Virginia is accepted when she shoots Roller to defend Desna and proves her willingness to master the manicurist's trade. Later, she becomes pregnant after having sex with Dean and eventually agrees to marry him.
  • Jenn Lyon as Jennifer Husser: Desna's oldest friend, right-hand woman, and Bryce's wife, with whom she has two daughters. Having already lost more than a few relatives to the consequences of organized crime, she is adamant that Bryce not be part of his family's criminal business, but he does so nonetheless, causing a rift to form between her and Desna. When her family is absorbed by the Russians, she manages to keep her position at the salon thanks to Desna vouching on her behalf. However, an affair she has with a man named Hank threatens her marriage with Bryce.
  • Jack Kesy as Roller Husser: Clay's nephew, Desna's off & on lover and a high-powered drug dealer whose supposed death in the first episode triggers conflict between the Hussers and Desna's salon. It is later revealed that he is alive, having been imprisoned by a woman as her sex slave. He escapes and rejoins his family, but when his dealings with the Russians are exposed, he and his brother and uncle are forced to work for them.
  • Kevin Rankin as Bryce Husser: Jennifer's husband and Roller's brother, who joins the Dixie Mafia to get justice for Roller's death and takes over his narcotics racket, though he is struggling to control his own addiction. When Roller unexpectedly returns, the two clash over his success. Bryce is subsequently forced to relinquish control of his business to the Russians when they absorb the Husser family, and is later shot while taking part in an attack on his boss, Zlata.
  • Jason Antoon as Ken Brickman: a shady medical doctor who runs one of the Husser family's pill mills. He suffers from emotional instability stemming from his failed marriage, but ends up finding a potential new romance with Polly. However, she dumps him when his work as a police informant is exposed.
  • Harold Perrineau as Dean Simms: Desna's autistic brother whom she takes care of. He takes up bodybuilding as a hobby following Roller's "death", and falls in love with Virginia, one of his sister's associates.
  • Dean Norris as Clay "Uncle Daddy" Husser: Bryce's and Roller's uncle and the ruthless head of the Husser crime family. After the latter disappears, he starts grooming the former to succeed him, but realizes too late that Roller's actions have put the family into deep debt with the Russians. Stripped of his independence, he turns to the Haitian mob for assistance.
  • Jimmy Jean-Louis as Gregory Ruval (recurring season 1, starring season 2): A doctor and Desna's love interest, whose role as a boss in the Haitian mafia is unknown to her. He forms an alliance with the Hussers when they lose their interests to the Russians.[8]
  • Suleka Mathew as Arlene Branch (recurring season 1, starring season 2): Quiet Ann's girlfriend and a detective investigating Desna and Dr. Ken. Ann is reluctantly forced to frame her for drunk driving, and she is ultimately fired from the police force. However, this turns out to be a ruse as part of a sting operation aimed against the Russians and Desna.

Recurring[edit]

  • Dale Dickey as Juanda "Auntie Mama" Husser: Clay's wife who was killed by the Russians in the first season's finale. She appears as hallucinations to Clay in season 2.
  • Evan Daigle as Toby: a transvestite who works for Clay as his dominatrix.
  • Hunter Burke as Hank Gluck: the owner of the Jewish cafeteria in Palmetto and a former sexual partner to Jennifer Husser. He is stabbed dead by her husband Bryce.
  • Andrea Sooch as Riva: head of a powerful Russian mob family that does business in Florida. She's killed by her sister Zlata in the season 2 premiere.
  • Franka Potente as Zlata Ostrovsky (season 2): the newly reformed, former black sheep daughter of a powerful Russian mob family that does business in Florida. She kills her sister Riva and assumes control of the Husser family's criminal interests, while also taking Desna under her wing.[9]
  • Katherine Reis as Olga Ostrovsky (season 2): Zlata's daughter who Roller was forced to marry. Despite their relationship being an arrangement, Olga develops real feelings for Roller over time.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph as Matilde Ruval (season 2): the Haitian mother of Gregory, who runs a charity for orphaned girls.[10]
  • Sherry Cola as Lucy Chen (season 2): a classified special agent under the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations and an aligned partner to Arlene Branch.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

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11"Tirana"Nicole KassellEliot LaurenceJune 11, 2017 (2017-06-11)U11.100451.18[11]
In Manatee County, Florida, manicurist Desna Simms launders money from selling painkillers for her boyfriend Roller, the nephew of bi-sexual Dixie Mafia boss Clay "Uncle Daddy" Husser, through her Nail Artisans salon. She hopes to save enough money to buy a nicer salon and a house where she can better care for her autistic brother, Dean. One of her colleagues, Polly, has just been paroled for fraud and joins Desna and her friends at a New Year's Day celebration at Clay's bar, "She She's", a transsexual strip club. Pleased with Roller's success as a dealer, Clay gives him a larger cut of the profits. Desna discovers that Clay has reneged on a substantial bonus he had promised her, and she confronts Roller, but he refuses to help her. Furthermore, he insists that she fire Polly and permanently replace her with his mistress Virginia, who Desna regards as nothing more than a freeloading whore. Instead, she and her crew assault Virginia and publicly humiliate her. The stress convinces her to split her cut with the girls, the only ones she can really trust. Later, during a visit to Roller's house, Desna snaps, attacks Roller and tries to drown him. He gains the upper hand and starts to choke Desna, but is subsequently shot dead by Virginia.
22"Funerary"Howard DeutchEliot LaurenceJune 18, 2017 (2017-06-18)U13.127521.20[12]
Desna and Virginia set Roller's body adrift in a boat they set on fire and fake a shootout to cover up his murder. Unbeknownst to them, the half-burnt boat strands on the nearby coast and the police find the remains. When Desna goes to check on Virginia the next day, Desna finds she has run away. Desna's oldest friend, Jenn, is the wife of Roller's older brother, Bryce, a life coach who also has ties to the mafia. Bryce, a former crackhead, informs the other girls that Roller is missing. Polly is revealed to be a pathological liar when she seems to take on another personality while talking to a group of teenagers in a court-ordered program. Clay summons Desna to a meeting and asks her to find Virginia, as he is suspicious of her disappearance. Desna finds her living out of a dirty motel and convinces her to return. Clay offers Bryce the chance to run his pill mills, but Jenn, a recovering alcoholic, begs him to turn it down, afraid of gangster life and the temptation of getting back into drugs. Desna learns that a new, up-scale salon she wants to buy is no longer willing to sell, on account of an incident where Dr. Brickman, the quack doctor who works for Clay, disrupted the salon's working day. During Roller's raucous funeral, a battered Virginia bursts in claiming someone tried to kill her.
33"Quicksand"Jamie TravisEliot LaurenceJune 25, 2017 (2017-06-25)U13.127531.07[13]
Virginia spins a story about "Roller's killers" abducting and messing with her, angering Desna since her clumsy lies have made Clay even more suspicious. Dean, still distraught by Roller's death, becomes increasingly worried for his sister's life. Desna's real estate agent, Mandy, ditches her as a client after the salon deal seemingly falls through for good. When Chip (Elvis Nolasco), a corrupt detective with the Palmetto PD, (who also happens to be an enforcer for the Hussers) comes by to check Virginia's story, Desna places a fake witness to back her up. Bryce agrees to temporarily take over Roller's operation, under Desna's supervision. Dr. Brickman's instability grows worse after learning that his ex-wife is remarrying, and Bryce gets distracted, allowing a thief to steal the clinic's entire supply of pills. The girls take Mandy and some other clients on a drinking spree, during which Desna learns of the robbery as well as Clay's insistence that she and Bryce repay the $88,000 they now owe him for the loss of the pills. However, the theft turns out to be part of a plan to fully bring Bryce into the Dixie Mafia.
44"Fallout"Victoria MahoneyJanine Sherman BarroisJuly 2, 2017 (2017-07-02)U13.127541.24[14]
Desna suffers recurring nightmares about being abused by Roller. Polly's wealthy former friend Sally, who believes Polly is a rich trophy wife named "Heather", unexpectedly visits the salon. Polly maintains the "Heather" persona and claims she's not a manicurist, but now a rich widow conducting research for a novel. Clay calls in Desna's debt, but allows her to repay it in installments of $500. She comes up with a plan to increase sales at the clinic in order to free herself from his grip. Clay also asks Virginia to identify a suspect in Roller's death and then executes him, forcing the girls to clean up the murder scene and traumatizing Bryce by having him take part in the man's dismemberment. Polly ditches the others to spend more time with Sally (Gina Torres), who offers her the chance to move into her guest house, but she is quickly exposed as a fraud when her ankle monitor goes off and Sally spots an inconsistency in her cover story. Desna's efforts raise enough to cover all but $15,000 of the debt, which Polly collects by blackmailing Sally. Desna learns that Clay has put a hit on Dr. Brickman, who gets thrown out of his ex-wife's engagement party after showing up drunk. Before Desna arrives, Bryce abducts Brickman and drives off with him.
55"Bats**t"Howard DeutchJanine Sherman BarroisJuly 9, 2017 (2017-07-09)U13.127551.19[15]
With Jenn's help, Desna tracks Bryce to a remote swamp. At the last second, they persuade him to spare the doctor's life. While visiting the new salon, Desna is alerted by a neighbor that Dean is vandalizing a billboard featuring their old, abusive foster parents. The other girls suggest that Desna is enabling Dean's behavior, and that the new salon is a poor choice. At a meeting, the Hussers indirectly accuse Virginia of lying to them. When she and Desna argue afterwards, Polly takes it upon herself to intimidate Virginia and remind her to keep her mouth shut. Dean gets Desna to help him confront their foster parents and later reveals that he was raped as a child. Recognizing how the situation is making him more unstable, Desna has Polly plant evidence framing them as Roller's killers. Desna learns from Mandy that another salon has made an offer. The mafia executes a hit on the foster parents, with Bryce acting as the triggerman and committing his first set of murders. Roller, having survived his "death", wakes up to find himself the prisoner of a strange woman.
66"Self-Portrait"Tricia BrockLeila GersteinJuly 16, 2017 (2017-07-16)U13.127561.25[16]
Desna confers with Virginia and Polly, making it clear that Jenn must never learn the truth behind Bryce's actions. Roller's abductor, a mentally unstable artist, reveals that she sees him as her soul mate and intends to trap him there forever. Desna decides to fire all of the manicurists at her new salon; in retaliation, they flood it and leave the girls with thousands of dollars worth of repairs to make. As an incentive to keep him in the family, Clay offers Bryce more money and a new mansion. After being denied the chance to participate in the NailPalm tournament, Virginia ditches the girls and returns to prostitution. Desna meets Dr. Gregory Ruval (Jimmy Jean-Louis), a gynecologist who is patient and good-humored as her frantic life causes her to continuously interrupt their dates. After a last-minute substitution with Virginia for an injured Jenn, Nail Artisans goes on to win the tournament and the $15,000 prize. Roller desperately tries to phone Clay, but is forced to drop the call as his kidnapper threatens him with a gun. Jenn discovers the truth about the murder of Desna's foster parents from Dean.
77"Escape"Shira PivenBruce RasmussenJuly 23, 2017 (2017-07-23)U13.127571.27[17]
Dean prepares to go on a trip with Virginia, upsetting Desna as she fears Virginia will break his heart. Polly takes in her teenage neighbor Marnie, after her mother is incarcerated. Desna asks Toby, Clay's transgender muse, to run Nail Artisans in her place so she can begin to cut her mob ties. Jenn quits her post at the salon on account of her newfound wealth, but also because she can no longer trust Desna. Ann's new girlfriend (and Chip's partner), Arlene Branch, encourages her to be more open about her feelings. Dean punches a man after he insults Virginia. A team of gunmen break into the mansion where Roller is being held and confirm his survival. After Dean is chosen as a performance artist's new model, Virginia gives him his first kiss and later has sex with him. At an anniversary party for Clay, Jenn angrily tries to choke Desna before Ann stops her. Drunk, she then fantasizes telling Bryce the truth, but ultimately decides not to. Desna asks Clay to release her from service to the mafia, and he finally agrees. Roller, strapped into a wheelchair and with a gun at his back, is taken by his kidnapper to an art show where Dean is performing. Virginia spots Roller just before the gunmen subdue his captor and rescue him.
88"Teatro"Nicole KassellMaisha ClossonJuly 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)U13.127581.59[18]
Roller visits the salon with signs of amnesia, not remembering that Virginia shot him. Fearing the potential repercussions, Desna and the girls agree to return him to the Hussers. Overjoyed, Clay arranges for a special "white party" to celebrate his return. During lunch, Roller asks to go to Desna's house, and they have sex. The next morning, he catches her kissing Ruval, forcing Desna to lie about their past relationship. Bryce's success as a dealer incurs jealousy in Roller, and at the party, a fight nearly breaks out between them. Ken and Polly also end up having sex. Two Russian mobsters to whom Roller owes money demand it back, and he pretends to regain his memory, claiming that they were his attackers. Desna finds evidence that Roller embezzled money from the clinic to pay the Russians. When his request to attack them is denied, Roller ends up fighting Bryce before Clay breaks it up. The head of the Russian mob, Riva, confirms that Roller is in her pocket. When Desna confronts him, Roller abducts her at gunpoint.
99"Ambrosia"Marta CunninghamJeff AugustinAugust 6, 2017 (2017-08-06)U13.127591.34[19]
A series of flashbacks show Roller's first meeting with the girls, Polly's arrest for fraud, and Roller and Desna's growing romance; in the present, Roller explains his plan to clean out the mafia's accounts and frame Desna. She manages to pass along a code word to Polly before retrieving the money. Ann finds Arlene's files on Desna during a hookup. Bryce asks Clay to request approval for a strike on the Russians. Desna manages to puncture one of Roller's tires, forcing them to pull over for repairs. When a cop comes by, he refuses to help on account of being on the Hussers' payroll. Ann struggles between her love for Arlene and the need to protect Desna. Clay's patron Ted (Michael Emerson) is accidentally killed while visiting the club, and he hides the body in the club's freezer. Ann drugs Arlene, getting her arrested for DUI. As a final wish, Desna gives Dean her blessing to marry Virginia. Roller also reveals that Clay, not him, took the money Desna was owed. Polly figures out the meaning of Desna's code, just as Roller arrives to make the drop at an abandoned amusement park. He ends up killing the Russians and prepares to kill Desna as well, but she escapes.
1010"Avalanche"Howard DeutchEliot LaurenceAugust 13, 2017 (2017-08-13)U13.127601.57[20]
The girls reach the park in time to save Desna from Roller, but soon realize that Jenn and her girls are in danger. The Russians declare war on the Husser family, killing Clay's wife Juanda (Dale Dickey) and abducting one of Bryce's daughters. Desna finds Jenn with another man and informs her of the situation. Riva explains that Roller had a child with her niece, which explains why he'd been making payments to them. The Hussers get into a brawl before making up, and Clay concedes that the only way out of the crisis is to have Desna negotiate with the Russians. Marnie arrives at the salon looking for a place to stay, but Polly turns her away. Desna offers to give the Russians half of the family's revenue, despite not having Clay's permission. Polly catches Marnie's mother trying to sell her as a prostitute and buys her freedom with Ken's help. Clay approves the deal, but Riva changes her terms: complete control of the family's businesses in return for Roller's life. After a brief standoff, the Hussers and their associates are taken away to be put into service for the Russians, while Desna cuts a deal to continue laundering money on their behalf, on the condition that she returns to her old salon. Virginia discovers that she is pregnant. Desna gives Jenn the chance to take ownership of her other salon, but she and the others refuse to leave and vow to stay by her side until the end. The Hussers meet with their former rivals, the Haitian mafia, to discuss plans for an alliance; one of them turns out to be Dr. Ruval.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

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111"Shook"Marta Cunningham & Dale SternEliot LaurenceJune 10, 2018 (2018-06-10)U13.131511.32[22]
The Hussers continue to defy Desna's efforts to control them. Riva orders her to start running cocaine out of their strip club, to Clay's displeasure. Dean figures out that Virginia is pregnant. Riva's younger sister Zlata arrives from Georgia on a book tour. When Clay does not move the coke as promised, Desna and her girls go to pick it up from the cutting house; Riva arrives to berate them, but is then killed by Zlata for insulting her. Zlata takes over and recruits Ann and Virginia to hire male strippers for the club, with Polly training them. With Desna's help, Zlata then puts the Hussers in their place by showing Bryce a video of Jenn cheating on him and setting fire to Clay's mansion. She then forces Roller to marry her daughter Olga at gunpoint. Zlata also informs Desna that she will be giving her Jenn's house as a gift, as a sign that she is valued more than her girls.
122"Cracker Casserole"Dale SternJanine Sherman BarroisJune 17, 2018 (2018-06-17)TBA1.14[23]
Desna and Dean move in with Jenn, and give their house to Polly. The Hussers decide to find some dirt on Zlata, who informs Desna that she plans to open more pill mills by increasing revenue at Ken's clinic. Virginia accidentally admits to Desna that Dean got her pregnant, and that they have made an appointment at an abortion clinic. Ann stays with Virginia during the procedure and reveals that she had a baby when she was a teeneger, but her parents forced her to give her up. Roller tries to plant a bug in Zlata's office; she catches him and decides to give him a position under one of her men. Desna plans to shoot a commercial for the pain clinic to attract customers. Dean proposes to Virginia, and Jenn agrees to one last date with the man she cheated on Bryce with. The commercial is a disaster until Desna and Polly come up with the idea to turn it into a rendition of "Good Vibrations" with the club strippers. Roller informs Bryce and Clay that the Russians plan to use the mills to sell coke. Jenn comes home ready to make peace with Bryce, only to find him having sex with her mother.
133"Russian Navy"Cheryl DunyeRick ClevelandJune 24, 2018 (2018-06-24)TBA1.14[24]
Ruval invites Desna and Dean to spend a day on his private yacht, where he introduces them to his elderly mother, Matilde; their extremely affectionate relationship disturbs Desna. Zlata asks Clay to introduce her to Chip so she can obtain protection for her pill mills. The girls trick Bryce into coming over to the salon, then hold a debate between him and Jenn with Polly as the moderator and Ann and Virginia as questioners, which quickly devolves into arguing and Bryce storming out. Jenn then has a nervous breakdown and starts binging on junk food and alcohol. Zlata, upon learning of Desna's situation, brings her and Ruval to her house for dinner, where she publicly humiliates Clay, forcing him to lick her shoe. Dean and Virginia begin the difficult transition to living together. Marnie discovers that Polly has an estranged twin sister who lives in Seattle. Desna tells Ruval to decide whether she or Matilde is more important to him.
144"Scream"Billie WoodruffMaisha ClossonJuly 1, 2018 (2018-07-01)TBA1.25[25]
Ann finds herself feeling exploited and undervalued by everyone else; her brother, state senator Henry Zayas, visits and convinces her to come to her father's birthday party, though she is estranged from her parents. Matilde comes to the salon with some of her girls, where she meets Zlata. She makes it clear that Desna must prove she is worthy of her son's love. At the party, Ann has an argument with her parents. Eventually, they reveal that they are also gay, and that their anger towards her is because she refuses to leave her criminal life behind. Sometime later, Ann is called over to bail Jenn out of an arrest for shoplifting wine. Bryce decides to file for divorce, and lets it slip that the Hussers are planning something against Zlata. Polly scares Marnie away with her overprotective nature. Ann finally snaps and yells at Desna, before revealing her feelings for Arlene. Filled with guilt, Ann records a message confessing to setting her up. Arlene, who turns out to be undercover, arrests Dr. Brickman for questioning.
155"Vaginalologist"Dale SternEmily SilverJuly 8, 2018 (2018-07-08)TBA1.31[26]
At a ceremony to open the new clinic, Roller warns Desna not to tip off Zlata, whose largesse is already beginning to upset the girls who envy Desna's privileges. Dr. Brickman is threatened with RICO charges unless he agrees to wear a wire. Zlata decides to add Dean to Polly's stable of performers over Desna's objections. Clay grows more and more unstable, seeing visions of Juanda, and eventually getting in a fight with some homophobes. Ken's mother urges Polly to figure herself out if she wants to connect with Marnie. Bryce ignores Jenn's pleas and serves her divorce papers. Ruval finally decides to propose to Desna. Roller and Olga bond over treating their baby's illness. Clay leads an attack on the club, during which Bryce is severely wounded and rushed to the hospital. Desna realizes that Zlata lied to her about wanting to negotiate with the Hussers, and drives to her mansion, where she discovers Ruval having sex with Zlata and admitting that his love for her is not real.
166"Double Dutch"Clare KilnerSam FormanJuly 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)TBA1.35[27]
Heartbroken by Ruval's betrayal, Desna takes Dean to see their old foster mother, Ms. Wallace; a vision of her younger selves gives her the confidence to return to Palmetto. Bryce slips into a coma, and Roller goes after Zlata, who threatens to kill his son and orders a hit on Clay. Polly and Ann have to take care of Jenn's kids, leaving Virginia in charge of the salon. Ken interrupts the Hussers as they hold a vigil for Bryce, while Ann and Polly have a frank discussion about working for Zlata. Bryce suddenly wakes up after Jenn has sex with him, and Clay decides to snitch on Zlata and Ruval to Chip. Ken learns that he will not be able to take Polly with him into witness protection unless he marries her, so he decides to propose. Desna warns Clay that Chip is working for Zlata, and he kills him with a shotgun. In return, he agrees to help Desna. Polly admits to Ken that she is a criminal, which the police get on tape. Desna burns an expensive dress that Matilde gifted to her.
177"Burn"Jamie TravisSigrid GilmerJuly 22, 2018 (2018-07-22)TBA1.30[28]
Arlene uses Polly as leverage to force Ken to go after Zlata; he gets a recording of her torturing Roller for Clay's location. Afterwards, Olga reveals to Roller that he is not her baby's father. Seeking revenge, Desna recruits Clay, Roller, Ann, and Virginia to burn Ruval's coke supply. However, Clay talks Desna into stealing the coke instead of burning it, upsetting Ann and convincing her to leave the crew. Jenn briefly contemplates stabbing Zlata at the salon, but chooses not to when she realizes that doing so would make them the same. When Desna ponders why Zlata has been grooming her, Clay explains that her clean record--something none of the Hussers had--makes her ideal for running the clinics, and that Ruval would have gotten her business license when she passed away. Enraged, she throws him out. Ann goes to see Arlene for emotional support. Desna has Roller plant coke on Zlata's enforcer Boris, leading Ruval to kill him. Arlene arrests Desna for money laundering.
188"Crossroads"Cherie NowlanJeff AugustinJuly 29, 2018 (2018-07-29)TBA1.30[29]
Facing 25 to 30 years for laundering, Desna contacts Polly with orders to destroy any evidence linking the salon to Zlata; Dean, upset with the girls, wanders off. Hank drugs Bryce so he can pursue Jenn. The Hussers decide to sell the coke quickly to avoid being incriminated. Matilde advises her son to take out Zlata. Dean tries to bail Desna out, but gets expelled for disruptive behavior. While the salon is raided by the FBI, Zlata's attorney Lauren enters a not-guilty plea on Desna's behalf. Clay's buyers try to double-cross him, but he convinces them to help him instead. Desna is freed on bail, and reveals Arlene's betrayal to Ann. Jenn gets a warning out to Bryce, who distracts Hank long enough for the police to arrive. When Marnie's mother arrives for a second chance, Polly turns her away. She then learns about the wire from Ken, and breaks up with him; Ann does the same with Arlene. Dean, fed up, moves out of the house. Desna decides to marry Ruval, then kill him.
199"'Til Death"Jamie TravisJanine Sherman Barrois & Maisha ClossonAugust 5, 2018 (2018-08-05)TBA1.28[30]
Polly suffers an asthma attack when Marnie disappears; the sudden arrival of Lillian compounds her misery. The girls (except for Polly) go shopping for dresses, where they run into Matilde, who insists that Desna wear a more "traditional" outfit for the wedding. The Hussers decide to open a rehab clinic in order to make more money off their customers once Zlata is eliminated. Bryce and Jenn are denied the loan they need for their new life in Tampa despite a passionate plea to the lender. Bryce stabs Hank dead after Roller forces him to sign over his business for the new clinic. Polly has a mental breakdown in front of Ken and the girls, and is put on a psychiatric hold. Clay and Roller give Bryce his money. Polly confesses that Lillian didn't drown in an accident; she murdered her out of jealousy. Desna accepts that, no matter how hard she runs away from it, she and the girls are criminals. Polly finally makes peace with Lillian. Desna agrees to let Dean take part in her wedding.
2010"Breezy"Dale SternEliot LaurenceAugust 12, 2018 (2018-08-12)TBATBD
Virginia narrates the events of Desna's wedding: after signing Ruval's prenup, Zlata tells Desna that she will have to kill him, which horrifies her. Roller's cousin Clint tries to drive a wedge between him and Clay by suggesting that he might have had something to do with Roller's father's death. A hurricane cuts the hotel's power, but Desna refuses to postpone the wedding; secretly, she cuts a deal with Arlene to snitch on Zlata. When the wedding concludes, Olga overhears Roller and Desna having sex in the bathroom. Clay nearly commits suicide out of guilt, but decides not to after a visit from Juanda's ghost. Olga tips off Ruval, and he attacks Desna; she manages to throw him off a balcony to his death. Zlata then kills Matilde and forces Desna to sign over Ruval's properties. Before she can kill Desna, Dean shoots her from behind. Arlene informs Desna that, while the charges against her will likely be dropped, her salon will have to close. Polly voluntarily enters a hospital for treatment. Desna cuts the Hussers out of her business dealings for good. Mandy provides Desna with a casino formerly owned by Ruval to manage. Shortly thereafter, Virginia is shot while shielding Desna from an attempted assassination.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The first season of Claws has received mostly positive reviews. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 80% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 6.69/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Well-acted, visually impressive, and energetically paced, Claws leaves a mark with a strong first season that hints at even greater potential."[31] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 64 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[32] Variety described the show as aesthetically captivating but with weak storytelling.[33] A 83% approval rating for the second season was reported by Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 8.6/10 based on 6 reviews.[34]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Tirana" June 11, 2017 0.4 1.18[11] 0.3 N/A 0.7[35] N/A
2 "Funerary" June 18, 2017 0.4 1.20[12] 0.5 0.99 0.9 2.19[36]
3 "Quicksand" June 25, 2017 0.4 1.07[13] 0.5 1.06 0.9 2.13[37]
4 "Fallout" July 2, 2017 0.5 1.24[14] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "Bats**t" July 9, 2017 0.4 1.19[15] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "Self-Portrait" July 16, 2017 0.5 1.25[16] 0.4 1.04 0.9 2.29[38]
7 "Escape" July 23, 2017 0.5 1.27[17] 0.4 1.08 0.9 2.35[39]
8 "Teatro" July 30, 2017 0.6 1.58[18] N/A N/A N/A N/A
9 "Ambrosia" August 6, 2017 0.5 1.34[19] 0.6 1.28 1.1 2.62[40]
10 "Avalanche" August 13, 2017 0.6 1.57[20] 0.4 1.13 1.0 2.70[41]

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Shook" June 10, 2018 0.5 1.32[22] 0.5 1.10 1.0 2.42[42]
2 "Cracker Casserole" June 17, 2018 0.5 1.14[23] 0.4 N/A 0.9[43][a] N/A
3 "Russian Navy" June 24, 2018 0.4 1.14[24] 0.4 1.07 0.8 2.21[44]
4 "Scream" July 1, 2018 0.4 1.25[25] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "Vaginalologist" July 8, 2018 0.5 1.31[26] 0.3 N/A 0.8[45][a] N/A
6 "Double Dutch" July 15, 2018 0.4 1.35[27] 0.5 1.09 0.9 2.45[46]
7 "Burn" July 22, 2018 0.5 1.30[28] 0.4 1.03 0.9 2.33[47]
8 "Crossroads" July 29, 2018 0.4 1.30[29] 0.5 N/A 0.9[48] N/A
9 "Til Death" August 5, 2018 0.4 1.28[30] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Niecy Nash Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Janine Sherman Barrois Won [49]
Satellite Awards Best Musical or Comedy Series Claws Nominated
Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series Niecy Nash Won

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Live +7 ratings were not available, so Live +3 ratings have been used instead.

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