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Emmy episode analysis: Zazie Beetz (‘Atlanta’) earns her first nomination but ends things with Earn in ‘Helen’

Emmy episode analysis: Zazie Beetz (‘Atlanta’) earns her first nomination but ends things with Earn in ‘Helen’

Zazie Beetz has earned her first Emmy nomination this year for Best Comedy Supporting Actress as Van Keefer on the FX comedy series “Atlanta.” She’s one of the new faces from the show that helped to nearly triple its Emmy nominations from 6 to 16 from its first season to its second season. To best showcase her work, Beetz has submitted for voters’ consideration the fourth episode of season two, “Helen.”

In the episode, Van and Earn (Donald Glover) take a road trip to the city of Helen, Georgia, for Fastnacht, a Swiss-German festival that Van and her friends enjoy but which makes Earn uneasy, resulting in their relationship problems coming to a head. Over the course of the episode Van slowly admits (to herself and to others) that she and Earn are growing apart, and by the end, after staking their relationship on a best-of-five table tennis match, it is

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