The women exert their power in this week’s episode of Snowfall. Franklin gets an LSD-induced rant from Cissy about how she disapproves of him prioritizing money and a white CIA agent over his family.
Veronique meets with Kane, the man who ordered the drive-by that nearly killed her in the fifth episode of this season, to guarantee that the peace truce he formed will be maintained. Louie, on the other hand, is the matriarchal figure at the center of what could be a Snowfall universe paradigm shift.
Throughout the episode, Louie systematically implements measures to secure her drug empire’s autonomy. She met with Teddy behind Franklin’s back in order to establish a direct cocaine supply route between him and her without Franklin acting as an intermediary.
This comes after she fought violently in previous episodes to preserve her and Jerome’s drug firm from becoming a subsidiary of Franklin’s empire.
After learning that Leon and Franklin had agreed to sell cocaine to Kane, the man who ordered the drive-by that nearly killed her, as a type of peaceful ceasefire, she organized a hit on Kane. For the past few seasons, Snowfall has been progressively establishing Louie as a major player in the crack cocaine market, and they have the historical precedents to back them up.
Men run the crack cocaine empires that history remembers from the 1980s Los Angeles. However, Louie’s clandestine discussions with Teddy for a direct route to cocaine shipments, as well as her ruthless and unilateral decision to hire a dirty cop to neutralize a danger, indicate that Snowfall is preparing to introduce viewers to a Black matriarch with her own crack cocaine business. Snowfall is setting Louie up for something significant, if you know the narrative of Jemeker Thompson.
Thompson “knew then that I wanted money and that I wanted to control everything,” according to her interview in the 2018 Netflix docuseries Drug Lords, after she and her mother were evicted from their South Central Los Angeles home in the early 1970s when she was eight years old.
Her unwavering determination to overcome her adversities finally led her to become involved in the crack cocaine trafficking. Thompson joined the new world of crack cocaine as the girlfriend of a cannabis dealer named Anthony M. “Daff” Mosley, much as Louie was introduced to the Snowfall audience as the feisty girlfriend of a cannabis dealer named Jerome.
After having to perform oral sex on a bail bondsman named Willie to get her first ounce of cocaine in 1980, Thompson and Mosley quickly started selling up to four kilos a week, according to Thompson’s memoir Queen Pin.
Thompson expanded her cocaine distribution network outside of Los Angeles and into Detroit after Mosley was killed. And she shared Louie’s business attitude from previous seasons of Snowfall.
Thompson, like Louie telling Teddy that she almost went straight to the Colombians to acquire her cocaine, not only considered it, but also did it.
Thompson developed a profitable and successful hair distribution business that law enforcement suspected was a front for money laundering, similar to how Louie helped Franklin run the legitimate nightclub business to assist him launder his money.
Thompson’s drug business got so large that FBI investigators told her mother that her daughter was “one of America’s greatest cocaine distributors.” After effectively cutting Franklin out of the drug business, Louie may develop her drug empire to the heights of Thompson, with the Snowfall series coming to an end next season.