'Alfred Miles' (Brian Tyree Henry) is a new hot rapper trying to understand the line between real life and street life. 'Darius' (Lakeith Lee Stanfield) is Alfred's right-hand man and visionary. 'Van' (Zazie Beetz) is Earn's best friend and the mother of Earn's daughter.
It's a familiar structure for Atlanta, the circular Odyssey. It's also a great showcase for Henry, who says so much with his weary expression, a not-unamused exhaustion suggesting he already knows how all the stories end.
The title of this episode is "Barbershop," which may evoke the movies of the same title. But it's absolutely nothing like those films at all. There is no punchy give and take among the barbers and regulars, no trash talking, no political debates.