The major courtroom episode we have been predicting for weeks finally came and it did not disappoint. It’s so critical for the fulcrum or pivot episode of a season to deliver new twists and plot lines and Don’t Thank Me did that. The charges against Ghost have been dismissed (with prejudice), thanks to information and testimony from Angela. Tommy got Keisha sprung and has a situation brewing with the connect in Chicago. Ghost adds Marshal Williams to his body count before being released (RIP Charlie Murphy), and is now indebted to Tony Teresi. Plus, all of the outside threats Ghost didn’t have time to worry about while he was locked up, are all converging at once.
One of the many things I enjoy about Power is the depth of the characters. Angela has done her share of dirt, and has paid the price for some of her actions. She wrestles with perfection, moral conscience, and her Id. In last week’s episode she discovered information that proved Ghost didn’t kill Greg. The revelation of that information, on the one hand, would free an “innocent” man. But on the other, would have very harmful repercussions, not only for herself but all of her colleagues. Dating back to season one, we saw this with Angela. At her core, she believes in fairness and doing the right thing. What makes her compelling is she wrestles with that in a very human way. Trying to balance her feelings and search for happiness with what is right. Who hasn’t been a similar dilemma?
Before the big reveal when she takes the stand and blows up the prosecution’s case, and possibly her career, Angela goes to Sandoval with what she’s discovered. Of course he pulls rank and tells her they will not include the club footage as evidence. She then goes to the correctional facility and meets with Silver and Ghost where she doesn’t give up the video evidence but tells them how the prosecution plans to attack in the asset forfeiture hearing. Silver uses this information and puts Ghost on the stand instead of Tasha, a smart move initially. However when Ghost is cross-examined he loses his cool.
The motion to dismiss is a surprise to the prosecution, particularly when they find out Angela is the witness for the defense. She lays out how they ignored key evidence and then the team starts pointing fingers. There is enough evidence for an irate Judge Tapper to dismiss the charges, with prejudice. The key there is Ghost can be retried. Also of note, he perjured himself under oath by saying he never went to Greg’s apartment. Angela knows that to be false. Could there be a situation looming down the line where she has to decide once again between herself and Ghost?
Before the judge dismisses the charges against Ghost, Tommy learns from Tasha that Proctor was removed from the case and she might have to testify. This sends Tommy into a panic, as Tasha knows the intimate workings of the criminal conspiracy. She knows where the money comes from and how it gets cleaned. Tasha also figures out that Tommy and Keisha are smashing, and the potential danger that could cause. Keisha is sprung on Tommy and it is evident. Tommy is not in the right headspace to deal with a woman’s feelings and emotions. Not to mention Keisha also knows about her beauty salon being a front for the drug business. To make matters worse, with the clubs being shut down as part of the asset forfeiture proceedings, Tommy has limited options on moving the drugs. Petar and the Chicago connect are growing impatient.
Tommy has too many balls he’s trying to keep in the air and his focus needs to be on the drug business. He has a situation developing with Dre and Julio that we’ve discussed the last few weeks. Dre is playing the game for himself as well as Tommy. The illegal backdoor game they ran two episodes ago is back. Speaking of Dre, lying ass Tariq told Tommy a story about Dre taking him to a party where he lost his virginity. Tommy, already leery of Dre, is none too pleased with this discovery. Oh, and in the midst of all of this, the Chicago connect wants Tommy to come out for a sit down. Tommy might be the leading candidate for MVP on this season. The man is literally doing everything. But I’m worried. Tommy is a ticking time bomb, always seconds from an explosion.
Keep it 100. Were ya’ll nervous Power was turning into Game of Thrones when Teresi and Biscuit came into the workout room to kill Ghost? Nah. If the Power creative team were going to do that, season one or beginning of two would’ve been the time. Too much is invested now. Before Teresi and Biscuit enter, Ghost has the showdown with Marshal Williams that was long overdue. To be fair, when we heard Williams was going to get transferred last episode I figured that’d be the last we’d see of him. But, kudos to Courtney Kemp and the team for advancing the Ghost/Tommy/Teresi plot line in a way I didn’t see coming.
Williams pushed Ghost too far on this one. Talking about his kids and his wife. Ghost has been marked all series as being able to maintain control. We are going on a full season and a half of Ghost not being able to control his emotions. That inability has obviously landed him in trouble but also brings him closer to being what he is desperately trying to escape. Williams’ murder at the hands of Ghost was a savage beat down. There is a level of rage Ghost gets to, and we saw it when he smashed Williams’ face with the weight plate. Rough way to go out.
Shouts to Teresi for thinking quick on his feet and recognizing there was no way he would get out alive with his original plan. Teresi kills biscuit and helps Ghost stage it as a suicide. Now Ghost owes Teresi and has to do what he wants. We all know what Teresi wants, right? To see his son, Tommy! We called that and Ghost basically figures it out when Teresi approaches him before he’s released and gives him the cell phone to pass along to Tommy. The backstory here could be major. What’s the deal with Tommy’s dad? How will that impact Tommy’s relationship with Ghost?
It wouldn’t be Power without the unexpected. Simon Stern, a rival nightclub owner, is back. We talked about this at the end of season 3 and beginning of this season. A man like Stern doesn’t just walk away after being beat. He looks for opportunities to strike back. It looks like he has a way in, as Ghost’s family is currently dealing with cash flow issues and Tasha calls Stern looking for a “float.” Dangerous business. Let’s not forget the douchebag twins and Kantos who got their club shut down by Ghost last season. What if they are all working together to upend Ghost? Again, problems he couldn’t anticipate because he was too busy trying to avoid the death penalty.
The other problem Ghost is unaware of is Kanan. He is still alive and with the return of Jukebox (my favorite) the plan to hold Tariq for ransom and kill both he and Ghost is back on. But is it? Did anyone notice the tension between Kanan and Jukebox? Kanan may have a new plan or might feel differently about killing Tariq. There are threats coming at Ghost from literally all sides. He may have been better off inside.
This was the best episode of the season so far. Ghost is far from being out of the woods and new threats are emerging from every angle. One of my concerns about Power was running out of fresh storylines if and when Ghost got out of jail. That doesn’t seem like it will be a problem. But, I do wonder if Courtney Kemp has an ending in mind.
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