The BEST Episodes of The Chi
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2021
A relevant, timely and distinctive coming-of-age story following a half dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago. The story centers on Brandon, an ambitious and confident young man who dreams about opening a restaurant of his own someday, but is conflicted between the promise of a new life and his responsibility to his mother and teenage brother back in the South Side.
#1 - The Scorpion and the Frog
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 16, 2019
Brandon is faced with a life-altering decision. Emmett takes a step toward adulthood and Kevin tries out a new look. A trip down South leads Ronnie to confront his demons. Detectives Toussaint and Cruz make a big arrest.
#2 - A Stain
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 2, 2020
Ronnie laments a loss. Emmett and Dom get help from landlord Zeke in their new effort. Kiesha is resigned to her fate but vows to fight. Jemma melts Kevin’s heart. Politics pit Douda against Camille.
#3 - Lean Into It
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 2, 2019
Brandon takes a big step with Jerrika. A new opportunity forces Emmett's hand. Kevin makes a new friend and a fateful decision. Ronnie spirals out of control.
#4 - Feeling The Heat
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 5, 2019
Brandon and Emmett come together for some Chicago summertime fun on one of the hottest days of the year. Kevin deals with a death in the family. Ronnie reconnects with Rafiq and gets some helpful advice. Toussaint and Cruz make a major move on the home invasion case. Reg and Douda form a plan to fix the gang’s problem.
#5 - Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 9, 2019
Brandon and Emmett hatch a plan. Emmett starts his new job. Ronnie deals with the consequences of his actions. Kevin gets into hot water with his mom. Detectives Toussaint and Cruz make an exciting discovery.
#6 - Every Day I'm Hustlin'
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 14, 2019
Brandon begrudgingly puts on a front to help Jerrika land a new client. Reg must answer to the leadership of the 63rd St. Mob. Ronnie reels from devastating news and makes a deal with an inmate. Emmett adjusts to his new living situation and starts another side hustle with Amir. Kevin is forced to make a difficult decision. New Detective Toussaint investigates a South Side home invasion.
#7 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2018
A fateful event sends shockwaves through a community on the South Side of Chicago and connects the lives of Brandon, Ronnie, Emmett and Kevin in wholly unexpected ways.
#8 - Lackin'
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 16, 2020
Ronnie is praised by his church community, while others won't let him forget his mistakes. Emmett and Dom prepare for their grand opening. Kevin tries to balance obligations.
#9 - Namaste Muthafucka
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 11, 2018
Brandon attempts a reconciliation with Jerrika, but struggles to establish his business. Kevin realizes he can't stop Jake. Emmett reels when Jada is offered a job in another state.
#10 - Blind Eye
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 26, 2019
Detective Cruz is left to make a difficult choice. Brandon gets some insight into Douda's past. Jerrika drops a bomb about her career. Emmett tries to figure out who Keisha is dating. Ronnie opens up to Jada, who helps him heal old wounds.
#11 - Frunchroom
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 9, 2020
Kiesha remains trapped in her own personal nightmare while Kevin, Nina and Dre worry about the future. Emmett and Jada bring comforting words and food to the Williams’. Ronnie hopes to be absolved of his past transgressions.
#12 - Wallets
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 4, 2018
Brandon branches out on his own, while Emmett searches for his son after Tiffany takes him away. Ronnie seeks redemption at a mosque where he meets Rafiq. Kevin tries to stop his best friend from going down a dark path.
#13 - Ease On Down the Road
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 18, 2018
Ronnie faces his past crimes. Meanwhile, Brandon's plan to finance his business goes awry. Kevin stars in the school play and attends a cast party with his friends. Emmett decides to fight for full custody. Season finale.
#14 - Eruptions
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 7, 2019
Brandon deals with an unfortunate turn of events that takes him back to Reg. Jada makes a decision that forces Emmett to grow up. Kevin, Jake and Papa hatch a plan to do a project for school. Ronnie takes an inmate under his wing.
#15 - A Leg Up
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 12, 2019
Brandon competes in the finals of The After Taste Food Competition. Emmett tries to smooth things over with the women in his life. Kevin and Jake get into a fight, while Kevin’s friendship with Maisha blossoms. Ronnie and Jada grow closer after a family secret comes to light.
#16 - Brewfurd
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 28, 2020
Kevin rallies Papa and Jake for help. Emmett finds a short-term solution to his food shortage problem. Jada samples the dating scene and a local trap kitchen run by Dom. Trig devises a plan to get custody of his brother Jake from Douda.
#17 - Showdown
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 28, 2019
Brandon stresses over The After Taste Food Competition and makes a deal with Emmett, while an accident at Sonny’s threatens Emmett’s job. Kevin, Jake and Papa cause mayhem on picture day at school. Ronnie adjusts to a new life he didn’t expect. Reg gets called on the carpet by Douda and a revelation comes to light.
#18 - Buss Down
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 5, 2020
The Williams family goes into a tailspin. Emmett and Tiff devise a plan to move in with Jada while he gets his new business off the ground. Ronnie gets a not-so-friendly reminder that his neighborhood has a long memory of his past deeds.
#19 - Past Due
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 21, 2019
Brandon gets a new opportunity. Kevin and Maisha form an unlikely friendship. Emmett takes on more responsibility at work. Cruz deals with blowback from Ronnie’s confession. Ronnie receives some shocking news. Toussaint gets a lead on her case.
#20 - Foe 'Nem
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 21, 2020
A wedding alters Kevin and Kiesha's lives. Emmett juggles his business and his growing family. Ronnie struggles to find his way. Jake's estranged brother Trig lands back in town on a mission.
#21 - Alee
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 2018
Brandon reels from a loss as Ronnie realizes he’s made a grave mistake. Meanwhile, Emmett’s carefree life is upended. Best friends Papa and Jake taunt Kevin over his school crush Andrea. Detective Cruz is shaken by conflicting clues in the investigation.
#22 - Gangway
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 12, 2020
Ronnie finds a new calling in his bid for redemption. Emmett lets his dad Darnell and his insecurities get the best of him. Kevin is weighed down by a lie. The mayoral race heats up when candidates Douda and Camille Halloway face off.
#23 - A Couple, Two, Three
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 23, 2020
Ronnie finds absolution. Emmett and Tiff take a step toward their future. Trig plays his final card against Douda. Life events mature Kevin, Jake and Papa.
#24 - The Whistle
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 25, 2018
Brandon compromises his employment by defending a co-worker. Emmett spends an eye-opening day with Quentin. At the roller rink, Kevin tries to get Andrea's attention.
#25 - Woo Woo Woo
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 26, 2020
Kevin’s birthday finds him in far from a celebrating mood. Ronnie takes his grandmother Ms. Ethel on a whirl back in time. Emmett goes on a cannabis run with Tiff. Douda’s campaign hits another speed bump when a past wound draws fresh blood.