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Mohawk Girls: That’s just the way it is

This week on Mohawk Girls, reality is not all it is cracked up to be for our fab four. Caitlin (Heather White) realizes all of her past relationships have been dysfunctional, Bailey (Jenny Pudavick) feels Watio (Jimmy Blais) is forcing her to compromise her wedding dreams, Zoe (Brittany LeBorgne) feels she needs to dumb down her election platform in order to be elected, and Anna (Maika Harper) may not be ready to fit in at Kahnawa:ke after all. And that, folks is just the way it is. Sometimes life is not how we envision it to be.

This week, Caitlin and Luscious Leon (Dwain Murphy) went on their first dates and Leon was not sparing any romantic detail. Fancy restaurant, champagne, presents and he COOKS too—where do I sign up? Leon is definitely out to woo and Caitlin—having only dated Mohawk men like Butterhead (Meegwun Fairbrother)—is completely off balance as Leon treats her like the princess she deserves to be. Bailey and Anna seem happy for her. However, Zoe lashes out, worried Caitlin’s reputation will suffer and—dare I suggest—her own reputation by association? Despite these little hurdles, Caitlin continues on her path of self-improvement and starts her own home business with Leon’s support.

Meanwhile, Bailey and Watio are planning their wedding. Now we all know relationships are all about compromise, but given these two and their differences, are these compromises going to prove too much? Watio wants a simple wedding with a barbeque so they can include everyone, but Bailey has always dreamed of the huge fairy tale celebration. Auntie Velma (Ashley Michaels) steps in to pay for Bailey’s dream, but that causes some consternation. Watio’s pride is hurt. Eventually, he relents and Bailey gets the perfect wedding gown. After all, as Bailey’s dad Sose (Glen Gould) says: “Happy wife, happy life!” But how long can that type of happiness last?

Since Anna dropped out of school, she has found a job waitressing at the local bar. This provides an opportunity to make new friends at Kahnawa:ke, and a perfect place to start hunting for a replacement for Thunder (Kyle Nobess). But who should appear as her new BFF? Butterhead. I definitely smell trouble ahead for Anna now that she is taking advice from Butterhead; not to mention, how is Caitlin going to react to this news?

And finally, Zoe  has refined her election platform for Chief but the girls find it too highbrow for Kahnawa:ke. Determined, Zoe heads out into the community to get  some input. Left feeling defeated, Ohserase (Shawn Youngchief) rallies around her, and I think I even saw a brief glimmer of a spark. But Zoe is still taunted by her sex addictions. Can she pull off this election without stumbling back into her old naughty “good girl” habits?

As a side note, in what I like to call “our cultural lesson of the night,” this episode touched on what is commonly referred to as “white guilt.”  Ironically, it occurs in the Caitlin/Leon storyline as Caitlin suspects Leon’s kindness comes from some need to “save the Indian.” This type of over reaction or compensation is common in mainstream society. When those of the settler populations come to learn of past horrors perpetrated on Indigenous populations they oftentimes overstep and try to take over in a need to quell their guilt. In tonight’s episode, it becomes clear Leon is not at all committing this but rather is just trying to demonstrate to Caitlin how much he cares.

What do you think is going to happen next? What is going on with Butterhead and Anna? Let me know in the comments below!

Mohawk Girls can be seen Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on APTN.

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Carolyn Potts

Teacher. Writer. Mom. Masters' Candidate, Faculty of Education, Western University. Studying Pop Culture Media as a Decolonizer of Education Policy and Practice. I also volunteer as a Girl Guide leader in my spare time.
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