“Now pick your jaw up off the floor, go back to your clam chowder and shallow conversations.”
The latest episode of Pose just – like we said in the headline – delivered the greatest read in HERstory.
In the penultimate episode of the show’s second season, Blanca (MJ Rodriguez), Angel (Indya Moore), Lulu (Hailie Sahar) and Elektra (Dominique Jackson) embark on a much-needed beach vacation to Long Island.
It was a much lighter instalment in comparison to the rest of the season; previous episodes saw the departure of Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain), Ricky’s (Dyllon Burnside) HIV diagnosis and the murder of fan-favourite character Candy.
Blanca meets a handsome lifeguard after a near-drowning experience, and despite the reservations of the others, accepts his invitation to go on a date. Meanwhile, Angel, Lulu and Elektra enjoy food and drinks at a high-end restaurant.
A rude, white middle class woman addresses the girls and calls them “too loud”, later admitting: “I know a man pretending to be a woman when I see one, and I see three right in front of me. This is not that kind of establishment.”
It then led to the greatest comeback of all time from Elektra.
Towering over her, she responds: “God may have blessed you with Barbies, a backyard with a pony in it, a boyfriend named Jake and an unwanted pregnancy that your father paid to terminate so you could go to college and major in being a basic bitch.
“None of these things make you a woman. Your uniform of ill-fitting J.Crew culottes, fake pearls and 50 cent scrunchies cannot conceal the fact that you do not know who you are. I know our presence threatens you.
“We fought for our place at this table, and that has made us stronger than you will ever be. Now pick your jaw up off the floor, go back to your clam chowder and shallow conversations. My girlfriends and I aren’t going anywhere. Y’all heard that?”
It was one of the fiercest moments from the series, and social media seem to agree.
“I need to be able to read people like Elektra from Pose,” said one fan, while another wrote: “Elektra read this country club white lady to FILTH. Pose is one of the best shows I’ve ever watched.”
Check out the best reactions from Twitter below.
— Lexi (@Lexi2Sassy) August 14, 2019
When I grow up I want to be able to read like elektra #pose
— Fluff Daddy (@KeyKeyBoomBoom) August 14, 2019
— jefferson andal (@jefferociouss) August 14, 2019
I didn't know how tall Elektra was until she stood up to read that stupid white woman who disrespected her & her house. Boy, there was so much deserved shade thrown in her direction! #Pose authors know how to make us tick! #PoseFX
— Cameron M.Hatter (@rock_all_u_got) August 14, 2019
Me: When Elektra read that woman at the Country Club for filth all the way from head to toe. We all have to stick up for ourselves and each other. @PoseOnFX #pose #poseonfx #lgbtqunited pic.twitter.com/2RpyIZK3kM
— Robert Johnson (@RobJinTheCity) August 14, 2019
— Jessecahhhh (@_DamnJess) August 14, 2019
Here's what I learned from last night's episode of Pose: Stop trying Elektra. She is not illiterate, and she has proven that.????????????
— Quinton Roberts (@whodatthough) August 14, 2019
Elektra tells it like it is and is unapologetic
— Ashley Walker (@A_Walker1908) August 14, 2019
I fell in love with Elektra for the first time last night. #Pose
— Soul snatcher/Low Dropper for Jesus (@Mr_Everythng) August 14, 2019
Honey this READ Elektra just did in the latest episode of Pose has me CRINE ????????????????????
— Kyra (@Queen_Kyra__) August 14, 2019
Yes Elektra with the readdd #pose
— Ray Ray (@ravennykel) August 14, 2019
This was a great episode!! I feel like it was a movie type epi and I loved every second of it. I can’t get over the read scene from Elektra. I also drowned when Blanca did but no sexy lifeguard for me ???? #pose #poseonfox
— EmpathyGuy (@empathy_guy) August 14, 2019
That was a fun lighthearted episode! Love it! And get it Blanca ???? and Mutha Elektra NEVER disappoints! — watching Pose FX
— Bstar71 (@Bstar_71) August 14, 2019
Best Pose episode so far ???????????? ELEKTRA IS THE BEST
— Miguel Lorenzo Isip, PTRP (@LorenzoThinks) August 14, 2019
— Phi Palmos (@PHIbulous514) August 14, 2019
— PAUL CULSHAW (@PaulCulshaw1983) August 14, 2019
elektra from pose is easily the greatest TV character of all time
— proud Like a Virgin stan (@eggychic) August 14, 2019
Elektra and that READ #pose
— 90 Day Beyonce’ (@ZackVonGaGa) August 14, 2019
Elektra is killing me this episode of pose!
— Day (@_sodaavon) August 14, 2019
— Carolyn Young (@catenemslayla) August 14, 2019
Watch Elektra deliver the greatest read of all time below.
Since Pose premiered last year, it’s received universal praise from fans and critics. Earlier this year, it received nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Billy Porter.
Rodriguez made history earlier this week when she beceme the first trans woman to win Best Actress at the Imagen Awards. “You’d never think in a million years you’d get an award like this being a woman like me,” she said in her acceptance speech.
“Obviously, this is not just for me. This is for the little kids like me. I’m just trying to speak as much as I can for my community as possible and that goes for my Latino community.”
The second season finale of Pose will premiere next week on FX – watch the trailer below.