'Star' season 2, episode 3 recap: Big Trouble makes big waves and scores
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“Star” returned last night, Oct. 11, on Fox. Star (Jude Demorest), Alex (Ryan Destiny), and Simone (Brittany O’Grady) are forced to work under Ayanna’s (Michael Michele) command and none of them like it. As usual, Star takes matters into her own hands to further Big Trouble’s music dreams and her forcefulness pays off in an unexpected way. Meanwhile, Carlotta (Queen Latifah) tells Jahil (Benjamin Bratt) to stay away from the girls and Alex struggles to cope with Derek’s (Quincy Brown) disability.

Playing By the Rules – Or Not

Ayanna is particularly tough on Big Trouble after their unauthorized video stunt last week. She assigns them to sing a remixed version of their song “Sugar” in a mall and it’s an utter disaster. Alex, who seems to be teetering on the verge of a break down, ends up smashing an amp at the end of the performance because no one in the food court audience even pays attention.

Ayanna punishes them further by promising them a TV spot with Noah. They don’t realize she’s only going to have them sing back up for him, not perform on their own. Star is furious and instantly turns the ambush table by talking the girls into “stealing” the spotlight, by performing their own song anyway. The crowd loves the performance. Ayanna is angry. But, she can’t deny the attention the group garnered. It looks like Big Trouble is fulfilling her prophecy of “failing upwards.” Woot woot!

Is Love Brewing on Multiple Fronts?

Cotton (Amiyah Scott) goes to work for Elliott and he defends her by firing an employee who makes crude remarks at her. He asks her to dinner and she declines “for now” and he takes this as a sign she may consider eventually saying yes. Are these two on the way to a reunion? It looks probable.

Meanwhile, Carlotta meets the hunky new A & R guy and some sort of physical attraction is immediately obvious. Later, he drops by her house with a bottle of wine and gives her the good news that he secured producer approval for the girls. This is great because it means they can control creative direction of their album. This is a huge win. The pair of happy campers don’t kiss or hug in the moment – but, this seems entirely feasible in the future.

Finally, Noah and Star have been flirting ever since they met. He’s a little hot under the collar after the stunt they pulled on live TV. But, he’s not too upset as things quickly heat up between him and Star. They kiss and just when it seems like things will go to the next level, Star pulls away and leaves him wanting more. Are they the next new couple?

Alex and Jahil Have Problems

Alex is on the way to a meltdown. She struggles to help Derek with his physical challenges and her secret abortion is obviously still eating away at her. Last week, she stole a bracelet. She’s on a self-destructive path. Let’s hope she finds help.

Jahil is also struggling to return to his life after being on the run. Cotton is mad at him for deceiving her. And, the girls don’t trust him either. But, he stumbles on a great track. Carlotta won’t listen to it. So, he plays it for Ayanna when he purposely bumps into her at a bar. Is Jahil finally going to catch a break? Or, will his connection to Ayanna be more trouble than it’s worth?

“Star” airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.ET/6 p.m. PT on Fox.