'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.
If it wasn't clear before this week, by now it should be crystal: Atlanta isn't here to give you the kind of sitcom you might want. Donald Glover is here to deliver the kind of genre-defying vignettes he wants.
Teddy Perkins is a gothic funhouse of an Atlanta episode, filled with warped mirrors reflecting different aspects of American and African-American experience, as well the preoccupations of the show's creator, Donald Glover.
It's impossible to gauge what evolution looks like for a show like Atlanta, but it's safe to say that if this show is evolving into something, "Perkins" provides a lot of clues about what that will look like.