Season two of the Godfather of Harlem is set to return to Epix on April 18. Given how season one ended, there’s a lot to look forward to and many questions that need to be answered. Before we enter into season two of the Forest Whitaker-led drama, take a look back at season one. Through the “Rewind” series, examine the highs, lows and mind-boggling moments from each episode of season one. A new edition of the “Rewind” series is available each day at 9 a.m. ET. NOTE: The article below contains spoilers for the seventh episode of the first season of The Godfather of Harlem
Synopsis: “Masters Of War”
“Bumpy incites war between the Genovese and Bonanno families. Meanwhile, when Margaret goes missing, Mayme teams up with Elise in a desperate attempt to find her. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. feels the repercussions from his slander dispute with Esther James. Stella reveals a family secret,” EPIX writes.
Four Questions That Need Answers
Why couldn’t Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. just keep his mouth closed?
Leading up to the congressional hearings, Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. named Esther James as a “bag lady” for the mob? While it’s pretty clear that she is a “bag lady” for the mob, Powell Jr. has no proof of this. This lack of proof allows James to sue him for $200,000, which he doesn’t have. First, James gives him the opportunity to apologize on television. Then, she comes to arbitration and Powell Jr. continues to insult her in front of the judge. The judge points ou that his words could drive up the price of his settlement, but he keeps going off. Time after time, he’s only made this situation worse.
Why does Vincent “Chin” Gigante try to kill all of his daughter’s boyfriends?
Vincent “Chin” Gigante is a protective father. He wants his daughter to be safe and happy, but there are times when fathers can cross a boundary. Through the last two episodes, it’s become clear that Gigante has crossed that boundary many times. First, he killed Bonanno’s son when he found out that he was seeing his daughter. Now, he’s trying to kill Teddy Greene because he doesn’t want his daughter to date a Black man. In all actuality, he may have tried to kill Ernie Nunzo too if he was really dating his daughter. His love for his daughter has manifested in an unhealthy way that has caused him more trouble than good because Bonnano has learned that he killed his son. This means war for both families just as Bumpy Johnson had hoped.
Why couldn’t Teddy Greene just stay in the back?
Speaking of killing boyfriends, Ernie Nunzo is still looking to murder Teddy Greene. He shows up at Happy Records while Greene is meeting with Bobby Robinson. Trying to keep Greene out of trouble, Robinson tells him to stay in the back until Nunzo leaves. Unfortunately, Greene wants to be a tough guy now that he has a gun, so he comes out and holds Nunzo at gunpoint. Somehow, he walks him to a park at gunpoint, pistol whips him and tells him to stay away from him. In the process, he tells Nunzo that Bumpy Johnson has been organizing this whole back and forth between Vincent Gigante and Joe Bonanno. This move is entirely unnecessary and puts Bumpy Johnson back in the hot seat because Ernie Nunzo goes to share this information with his boss.
Who shot Bumpy Johnson?
The obvious answer to this question is Vincent Gigante. However, he’s not supposed to touch Bumpy Johnson because of the orders from the Five Families. The next option could be one of Guapo’s friends. While there were no witnesses to Guapo’s murder, it may not be hard for someone to put two and two together. The last potential suspect is someone from Harlem who is trying to take his crown. When he came home from Alcatraz, he took out Big Earl. The same could happen to him.
If you’ve missed any of your recaps so far, catch up here: Episode One | Episode Two | Episode Three | Episode Four | Episode Five | Episode Six