‘Atlanta’ Episode 3 Preview: Earn Is Broke in ‘Go For Broke’

Last week, FX premiered Atlanta, the long-awaited new show from Donald Glover. This Tuesday, the show returns for its third episode, “Go For Broke.”

As we learned in the first two episodes, Earn (Glover) is always struggling to find money and currently has a boring job at the airport. At home, he has a young daughter with his fiend Van (Zazie Beetz), who is dating other people. In the series premiere, he reconnected with his cousin Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry), who is gaining attention for his Paper Poi mixtape. Earn wants Alfred to let him manage him, but things got off to a rocky start in the second episode when the two were arrested after a shooting outside a club. Alfred always has his friend Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) around, even though most of what Darius says doesn’t make sense.

In “Go For Broke,” Earn is still trying to live as cheaply as possible, but not by choice.

The first two episodes beautifully mixed comedy with uncomfortable drama, especially during the second episode. Most of it took place inside a police station, where Earn sat back and listened to a variety of stories from other men waiting after being arrested.

“Hopefully, we speak to something broader than diversity because, to be real, that conversation is lame to me now. It’s kind of done,” Glover told Entertainment Weekly last week. “It’s more important that we have a coalition of points of view… I don’t want to win an award for having the most black cast of all time. I’d rather change a dynamic.”

DATE: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TIME: 10 p.m. ET.