Keep it 100, ya’ll are worried about Ghost aren’t you? No doubt he’s hood tested and has proven he ain’t no punk. But you can only push someone so far before they crack. Last night’s episode titled Things Are Going to Get Worse lets us know this will be the toughest of all jams for Ghost to escape. The question is, what will be the collateral damage as he attempts to get out of this one? Just think this is all because he couldn’t resist Angela’s kitty. Can’t say I fault him there. Damn men, we are real dumb sometimes.
The episode opens with both the prosecution and defense going over the weak links in their cases; Angela and Ghost. For Mak and the prosecution, Angela’s sexual history with both Ghost and Knox is a liability. The entire team’s credibility is at risk because they all knew about it. For Proctor and Ghost, the jilted lover angle is too easy for a jury to get seduced by. All credible facts and evidence will be ignored because the salacious story is easier to comprehend and plays better in a jurors mind. Courtney Kemp and director Sanford Bookstaver do a great job shooting this sequence, having the scene flip back and forth between Ghost and Angela answering the same set of questions. Punctuated with both Ghost and Angela realizing they cannot take the witness stand. Reliving their affair and seeing where it has landed them had to be extremely painful in that setting. Imagine what it would be like in open court? But it sure was fun while it lasted, right?!
Meanwhile back in the drug and club game, everyone is adjusting to the new reality. Ghost being denied bail and sitting in jail for the foreseeable future means Dre is running the club business. We see Dre setting up a scam to increase legitimate profits while simultaneously moving designer drugs. Remember Dre, in essence has three sets of interests to serve. The clubs need to run and be profitable on the legit side. On the drug side he has to move product for Tommy and Julio and also generate enough cash to payoff Kanan and crew. Notice that smile on Dre’s face watching his plan in motion? A fourth interest is also at play, his own. Tommy, who is in effect operating as Ghost, needs to see the bigger picture and make sure “the connect” is happy and manage the other fronts (i.e. Keisha’s weave shop, more on that later). All of that while dealing with the fact that his boy is in prison. Julio is the distro and is now in the Tommy role. This is a real New England Patriots next man up type system, except not run nearly as efficiently. We’ll see how effective as the season progresses. One of the primeras (Cristobal) is already bucking and looking for a new “connect.” Julio says he will handle and when he presses Tommy and asks about Ghost’s situation, he’s rebuffed.
Speaking of Ghost, he doesn’t know half the drama that’s going down on the outside. He’s got his own problems to worry about. He’s locked up, pissing blood from an ass whipping, and receiving indecent proposals from dudes named Biscuit. Plus there is the inevitable Tony Teresi situation that the show not to subtly keeps hinting at.
Ghost’s family is in turmoil. His daughter Raina is extremely worried about her father’s well being. His disrespectful, punk ass son Tariq is continuously lashing out and directing his anger in extremely unhealthy ways. Can we talk about Tariq for a second? Look, I get that he’s angry at his dad for cheating on his mom and not being honest with him. But if you’re gonna go hard and act tough, don’t act like a sucker around Kanan, asking “does that mean he did it?” Kanan is taking over as a father figure for Tariq so I understand the deference. But Tariq, you’re a punk. I know many of you are looking forward to Christmas being cancelled on Riq. If he keeps riding with Kanan, my money is on sooner rather than later. Part of that collateral damage Ghost will ultimately have to deal with. Let’s not forget Tasha, who is questioning if it’s worth it being the ultimate “down ass bitch.” Yikes. Sign me up for all these problems…
The prosecution tries – unsuccessfully – to get the judge to put a gag order on the case, which would prohibit the lawyers from talking to the media. A “Hail Mar”y effort by Mak and team after Proctor introduces the racial element into the case. The Feds get another workout this episode as they raid TRUTH. Mike Sandoval having the murder weapon on him and planting it at the club during the raid is insane. Did Dre turn off the security system (assuming the cameras) that fast? So there is no footage of Sandoval going into Ghost’s office alone? Red flags. Which brings up another point. Since when do attorneys attend searches when a warrant is served? I don’t have any personal experience with this but it does seem a bit irregular. Angela (an AUSA) was present on last week’s episode during the search of Ghost and Tasha’s penthouse. In any event Donovan finds the gun and now the prosecution has the murder weapon, Ghost’s fingerprints, and DNA at the crime scene. That’s enough for a charge of 1st degree murder with the death penalty.
Last night’s episode was a busy one for Tommy. He’s dealing with “the connect” who is nervous because Ghost is locked up and could start snitching. We mentioned earlier that he and Julio are not quite in lock step the way he and Ghost were. He didn’t like the way Julio handled the Cristobal situation, so he fixed it himself, in one of the classic Tommy scenes. He is the one character on the show that really enjoys torturing people. Remember when he burnt the dude in season one who was stealing from he and Ghost? Watch the Tommy-Julio dynamic. There are seeds of discontent and animus bubbling there. While he is literally trying to juggle a million balls in the air, Tommy does make time to pay Keisha a visit. They smashed. We called it last week. It’s interesting why Keisha tells Tommy they have to keep it a secret from Tasha. Keisha really believes that in order for her and Tasha’s friendship to work, Tasha has to be the one in “power.” She tells Tommy “I can’t have anything nice that she doesn’t have, or she’ll take it.” I like the shift that is coming in the Tasha-Keisha relationship. Looking forward to seeing it materialize over the course of this season.
Good episode, it feels as though we’re building towards a good midseason courtroom episode. The pending trial will have all the twists and turns we come to expect from Power.
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