In episode five, “Represent,” everything falls apart. The most simple way to explain it is the social media influencer a game plan to make Lady Parts look like rebels of the religion and individuals who go against the culture. As you can probably tell, the band is not anti-religion or anti-culture. The songs they created were about daily life problems, not about how oppressed they were as females. Predictably the article tears the entire band apart. Mainly the fracture occurred because Ayesha put too much emotional trust into her new relationship. Then again, everybody can relate to the fact that love can sometimes blindside you to problems that were always there.
The manager is responsible because she allowed the influencer to control what the article reflected in terms of how the band was seen. Amina is in trouble because her part in the band was such a hidden secret that everyone in her community that she trust was impacted by the song she sang and her interview in the article.
Actions were bound to have consequences, and in this case, Lady Parts paid the price for their own naïveté. Everyone was so focused on the band becoming heard that they forgot to read what was being said about them. The entire ensemble got a chance to deliver some stand-out moments. Juliette Motamed put everything subtle that she could into the heartbreak her character Ayesha was feeling from being manipulated by the social media influencer, and it was difficult. Not only is it trusting someone with how you identify but also how the band that you are in perceived. This kind of subtlety works wonders for a character who, much like Saira, has been brash and confrontational all season. It breaks the façade to reveal the vulnerability of who they are and not who they are asked to be.
Ajana’s played Amina’s devastation at being cast out of her group of friends and the band so well. As annoyed as I have been about the character’s immaturity over the course of this season, her performance here made up for every past poor reaction or decision. Saira’s meltdown over the article was expected, and I’m sure we will learn the deeper motivations for her outburst in the finale.
One person I have not mentioned is Aiysha Hart, who portrays Noor. Her character was used as a benchmark for proper cultural behavior minus the forbidden playlist incident. Her big moment came by calling Amina out for keeping secrets and not being a good friend during the engagement. Clearly, Hart is a good actor because she sells this betrayal so well. It made me wish she had more moments throughout the series.
When it’s all said and done, the whole episode acts as a catalyst for the band to splinter and split. I can’t wait to see how these women come out the other side of it. One thing is for sure the aftermath of their fight with each other looks to be huge.