If anything, Ossie Davis saves the day for this episode in his role playing a seasoned mentor for a group of Pullman Porters, underscores his talent and steals the show. One can actually tuck themselves under his character's wing and feel safe within the ugly world in which they must live. And because you become attached to him, it is even more heartbreaking when the character is laid off after a lifetime on the job, but you know that he'll find something at some point.
Overall, the episode moves the story into the next generation of the family as World War I commences. A bit preachy at times while overtly trying to make note of the popular debates and philosophies between W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington a more central theme than it needed to be given these characters' circumstances (but apparently done to frame the history of the era), the performances, particularly that of Dorian Harewood as the self-effacing Simon Haley, propel the story along nicely.