‘The Chi’ Season 4 finale recap: Mayor Douda skips town and communication heals marriages — sort of

Tiff isn’t sticking to the pact she agreed to with Emmett regarding their marriage.

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Tiff (left, with Emmett) answers an ultimatum regarding her marriage.


SPOILER ALERT: This recap of Season 4 finale contains explicit plot details.

Let’s get right to the two questions fans may have had after watching “The Chi’s” episode nine cliffhanger: Did Marcus (Joel Steingold) survive his attack by Mayor Douda? Yes. Did Jake, played by Michael Epps, tell Jemma (Judae’a Brown) what he saw? Yes. 

In the aftermath of helping Marcus — and covering his tracks — Trig (Luke James) is aided by Shaad, played by Jason Weaver, whom he was on the outs with.

Marcus’ security system — we last saw in the season four premiere when he watched Kevin as he left Jemma’s room — appears to have rid Chicago of Mayor Douda (Curtiss Cook). Trig tells Douda he has the footage of him attacking Marcus, and tells him to leave the city. 

As Douda appears to run, his wife, Roselyn (played by Kandi Burress), seems to be the interim mayor — for now. 

As for the rest of the cast: 

  • Nina (Tyla Abercrumbie) and Dre (Miriam A. Hyman) got their house order — and welcomed a young girl with a troubled home life, whom Kevin (Alex Hibbert) has taken an interest in. 
  • Kiesha (Birgundi Baker) makes her relationship with Christian (Freedom Martin) official.
  • Tracy, played by Tai Davis, overhears Trig’s ultimatum to Douda, and breaks things off with him. 
  • While playing cards, Trig and Shaad have a heart-to-heart in which Shaad finds out a friend who owed him money died. He opens up to Trig in a heartbreaking way. 
  • Tiff, played by Hannaha Hall, realizes that Dante (Cory Hardrict) isn’t boyfriend material enough to leave Emmett.
  • Emmett, played by Jacob Latimore, and Tiff decide on staying married, promising each other to “do their best” when it comes to their marriage.
  • In a later scene, she’s seen kissing her business partner, played by basketball player Iman Shumpert. 
  • Jada (Yolonda Ross) seems to be on the road to recovery, and thanks everyone in her corner during a surprise party Emmett organizes for her. 
  • Shaad apologizes to Imani, played by Jasmine Davis. He later defends her — and describes her as family — after an altercation. 

The season four finale is named “A Raisin in the Sun” after the 1959 play — and possibly the 1961 film starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Louis Gossett Jr. — written by South Side native Lorraine Hansberry, the first Black woman to have her work performed on Broadway. 


Nina, played by Tyla Abercrumbie (left) and Dre (Miriam A. Hyman), agree to work on their marriage.


Storylines to think about for season 5 — assuming there is one:

  • What’s next for Douda?
  • How soon will Emmett find out about Tiff?
  • Will Papa continue to try to win back Maisha (Genesis Denise Hale)?
  • What are Roselyn’s plans for the city since it seems she’s taking over for Douda?
  • What’s next for Community Protection?
  • The state of the Williams household dynamic.

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