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Episode 101: "Tirana" - Sunday, June 11, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Desna (Niecy Nash) and her girls take pride in doing nails at the Nail Artisans of Manatee County, but amidst painting hooves and dreaming of a better life, she finds herself entangled in a money laundering scheme with the Dixie Mafia. As New Year’s Eve approaches, Desna’s promise of getting out and going clean is complicated when things go south with Roller (Jack Kesy), leading her and newcomer Virginia (Karrueche Tran) to take matters into their own hands, changing their lives forever.

Directed by Nicole Kassell
Written by Eliot Laurence

Created by Eliot Laurence

Episode 102: "Funerary" - Sunday, June 18, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Following their entanglement with Roller (Jack Kesy), Desna (Niecy Nash) and Virginia (Karrueche Tran) desperately prepare a cover story to tell the girls and the Dixie Mafia. Meanwhile, Desna's dream salon is falling out of her grasp. Virginia suddenly goes MIA, only to return with a concocted story that sends Desna on a journey she never thought she would have to take.

Directed by Howard Deutch
Written by Eliot Laurence

Created by Eliot Laurence

Episode 103: "Quicksand" – Sunday, June 25, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
As Virginia's (Karrueche Tran) lies deepen, Desna (Niecy Nash) plays catch-up covering their tracks. Desna still has a small shot at her dream salon, and with the help of her crew, she is determined to get it. Something goes awry at the clinic, putting Desna and Bryce (Kevin Rankin) in danger of Uncle Daddy's (Dean Norris) wrath until they can figure a way out.

Directed by Jamie Travis
Written by Eliot Laurence
Created by Eliot Laurence

Episode 104: "Fallout" – Sunday, July 2, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Haunted by recent events with Roller (Jack Kesy), Desna (Niecy Nash) is doubly desperate to get out from under Uncle Daddy's (Dean Norris) thumb.  Meanwhile, Bryce (Kevin Rankin) drifts deeper into the Dixie Mafia, which Jennifer (Jenn Lyon) isn't happy about. Polly (Carrie Preston) reunites with her former gold-digging "friend", while Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes) is in a lady-mess of her own.  Meanwhile, Dr. Ken (Jason Antoon) finds himself in a world of trouble.

Directed by Victoria Mahoney
Written by Janine Sherman Barrois
Created by Eliot Laurence

Episode 105: "Bats**t" – Sunday, July 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Desna (Niecy Nash) and Jennifer (Jenn Lyon) may be Dr. Ken's (Jason Antoon) only hope, as Bryce (Kevin Rankin) wrongly accuses him of a heinous crime. Dean (Harold Perrineau) sees a disturbing billboard ad that hits too close to home, leaving Desna to cope with the dark aftermath.  Meanwhile, Virginia (Karrueche Tran) and Desna are forced to go to Polly (Carrie Preston) for help to rid the world of two horrible birds from Desna's past, with one well-aimed stone.

Directed by Howard Deutch
Written by Janine Sherman Barrois
Created by Eliot Laurence

Episode 106: "No. 2" – Sunday, July 16, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
All of our girls go to their new fancy salon for the first time. They aren't met with the kindness of strangers. Desna (Niecy Nash) and crew decide to compete in Florida's premiere nail design competition for a big cash prize. Feeling left out of the crew, Virginia (Karrueche Tran) does something shocking to get some of life's finer things.  Jennifer (Jenn Lyon) finds out an agonizing secret of Desna's that may destroy their friendship forever. 

Directed by Tricia Brock
Written by Leila Gerstein
Created by Eliot Laurence

Episode 107: "Escape" – Sunday, July 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
After the big nail competition, Desna (Niecy Nash) may finally get out from Uncle Daddy's (Dean Norris) grasp. Jennifer (Jenn Lyon) struggles knowing Desna's dark secret, while Polly (Carrie Preston) discovers her previously unknown maternal instincts. Meanwhile, Dean (Harold Perrineau) may have found his first feelings of romantic love and makes a discovery that threatens to destroy everyone he knows and loves.

Directed by Shira Piven
Written by Bruce Rasmussen
Created by Eliot Laurence

Episode 108: "Teatro" – Sunday, July 30, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) 
With a shocking revelation affecting the entire crew, Jennifer (Jenn Lyon) finds unexpected solace in her square-dancing instructor, Hank (Hunter Burke). Polly (Carrie Preston) uses all of her powers of bad for good, for the first time, while Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes) is torn about a big decision. Scary times are in store for Virginia (Karrueche Tran), but for Desna (Niecy Nash) most of all.

Directed by Nicole Kassell
Written by Maisha Closson
Created by Eliot Laurence

Episode 109: "Ambrosia" – Sunday, Aug. 6, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
With the clock ticking, Desna (Niecy Nash) is scrambling to get out of her worst trouble yet. Determined, she goes searching for the truth with her crew right behind her, save for Jennifer (Jenn Lyon), who is learning how to cope as a Dixie Mafia wife. When Desna's sleuthing hits pay dirt, she goes to the only person who can save her. Time is running out.

Directed by Marta Cunningham
Written by Jeff Augustin
Created by Eliot Laurence

Episode 110: " Avalanche " – Sunday, Aug. 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) 

Following a harrowing escape from Roller's (Jack Kesy) grasp, Desna (Niecy Nash) is on the run. Roller is close behind, running from the Russians. Dean (Harold Perrineau), Polly (Carrie Preston) and Virginia (Karrueche Tran) frantically search for Desna before time runs out. Meanwhile, Jennifer (Jenn Lyon) gets more deeply involved with Hank (Hunter Burke), oblivious to how close her life is to imploding. In the end, only Desna can save Jennifer, Roller, and her crew with a sacrifice greater than any she’s ever had to make. 

Directed by Howard Deutch
Written by Eliot Laurence
Created by Eliot Laurence