He may not have gone entirely legit yet, but right now Rene appears to be the most levelheaded person in Crisp’s extended universe. While everyone else is off making reckless decisions to try and find themselves, Rene knows exactly what he wants and won’t stop ringing Debbie’s buzzer until he gets it. In a city where good relationships are hard to come by, Rene doesn’t want to lose the only semblance of a family unit he has. The problem is he’s been an asshole for so long that no one takes him seriously anymore. It’s possible that his conversation with Nilda about this in the car may have just been a ploy to connect, but even so, it’s built on truth. Rene is bound to slip into his old tricks again, but until then he seems to be making an honest shot at the family life he missed while in prison. Even more importantly than Rasta Monsta’s continuing growth — which he’s lately been indifferent to — this is his idea of success. Just because this path to self-discovery involved crime rather than Bushwick bike rides and ill-advised hook-ups doesn’t make it any less relevant to the kids he lords over. If everyone can find a way to break through that old dynamic and communicate openly with each other, this former thug has a good chance of taking them to the top.