Magical black friend with no backstory hugs the white lady and suddenly Alicia’s all making out with Foxy Dude and getting job offers?! Personally transformed? An emotional trajectory from permanumb to all the feelz, catalyzed by a black lady’s offer of friendship?
Magical black friend around whom inexplicable factoids collect, masking the absence of real human character?
Magical black friend is 30 with no friends but Alicia? And a bum brother?
Magical black friend likes to dance? And roll her eyes at nonsense?
Magical black friend likes dating artists but eventually gets bored?
TV, whatever points you scored by letting a middle-aged woman have sex on network TV, you’re gonna lose on Lucca.
Make Alicia do something for her. Testify on Lucca’s behalf. Bring Lucca chicken soup so we can see the inside of Lucca’s apartment. Shop for holiday gifts together and marvel at both the detritus of consumer culture and the frail family bonds that are supposed to be shored by it.
Make them real friends. The distance of differing race and class positions overcome by shared hotness, iciness, rejection of nonsense, and love/hate of The Law.
Two real women, friends on TV.
That would be revolutionary.