Power Season Finale Recap: The Gang Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane That Might Prove Fatal For Angela; And Ghost & Tommy Will Never Be The SameRead Now
When you’re right, you’re right. Didn’t I predict this would happen? Well, sort of…Last night’s season finale was classic Power, and the show at its best. Collusion, murder, lies revealed, hearts and promises broken. Our four main characters, must band together (one last time?) and trust each other to ensure they all avoid jail time or worse. All of the lies, double crossing, and selfish acts have led to this moment.
For the first time in the series we have a scene where the four principal actors are in the same room. Angela texts Tasha and tells her they need to meet with Ghost and Tommy. Tasha relays the message to Ghost. Ghost picks Tommy up after Tommy has a little coke binge to deal with the emotions of murdering his father. This was a nice moment for all us loyal viewers who have been with the series since day one. Power never does things by accident or happenstance. Having Ghost, Angela, and Tommy’s old high school be the place where they all meet up was symbolic. All the acts committed and the people they’ve become are rooted inside those walls. More on the location and some of the subtle things in extra thoughts, we need to dive into the meat of this episode.
Angela reveals to the crew that her colleagues (the Feds) brought her in for questioning and are trying to indict them all under RICO. BOOM! A RICO case is no joke. People indicted under this act, designed to stop organized crime and criminal conspiracies, if found guilty, generally go to jail for life. But, have no fear, Ang has a plan. If everyone does their part and doesn’t break team, she thinks they can all get away free and clear. Of course there are moments of doubt during this discussion. How do they know they can trust her, or more broadly each other? Ang cooly points out that she has been protecting all of them for years. She’s right, in a sense. Yes, self-preservation was behind a lot of it. But, she has had their back and kept them away from the Feds.
There was a moment in that scene that was particularly important. After they check Ang for a wire and she says, “None of you trust me. After everything I’ve done for each of you.” Tasha responds, “I know. But you’re just like Ghost. You always put yourself first.” In last week’s recap I talked about Angela and Ghost being the same side of a coin. When they have a plan and decide to do something, they put on blinders and will move heaven and earth to see their plans through. It’s what makes them really good at what they do, but it’s also their curse. It blinds them to other, possibly better, alternatives. It also highlights their extremely selfish sides, which to say the least has been problematic this entire series.
Back to the plan. Angela knows that if none of them talk, they are in the clear. But, they need to tie up the loose ends, aka people on the periphery. She believes if they can keep, Silver, Proctor, and Lakeisha quiet, all is well. Plus, if she can guarantee Dre’s safety (WITSEC) he will have to implicate Alicia Jimenez in the Lobos and Sandoval murders, clearing them all of any wrongdoing. Pretty good plan, all things considered.
Speaking of Dre, he had a rough episode. Homie was getting it in with his baby mama and next thing you know he’s got people shooting at him. Dre got his off in more ways than one, but he’s rightfully shook and needs Angela to deliver on WITSEC like she promised. What a scene! Who has the wherewithal in the middle of sex, to fend off a murder attempt? LOL. Kudos to Dre and his baby mama with the big time assist. When you’re about that life, it’s a 24/7 thing I guess…
We talk about Dre being Ghost 2.0, but Dre makes mistakes I don’t know that Ghost would. Dre’s open disrespect of his soldiers and inability to see a few moves ahead has him caught between a rock and a hard place. We said that 2Bit situation would come back to hurt him and it has. 2Bit seeks out Tommy to let him know where to find Dre and Tommy lets Angela know, since Dre was her “loose end”, he has a line on Dre and is going to kill him. Angela counsels Tommy out of that plan and into her plan that ultimately forces Dre to implicate Alicia, clear the core four, and allow Tommy to become distributor again. That was all very neat and tidy. A little too tidy…
You know what else was tidy? Keeping Silver and Proctor quiet. Our man Ghost took care of that. Proctor let Ghost know that Silver was back and cooperating with the Feds. Proctor also let Ghost know that there is a witness. A woman that will testify that he is Ghost and responsible for murders and is the head of a criminal conspiracy. Proctor does a tremendous job of presenting the two options, it’s either Tasha or Angela. Those are the only two women that know, right? Oh Ghost, you should’ve killed Maria Suarez along with Miguel…
As for Silver, not only is he a snitch, but he’s smashing Tasha. Ghost can’t allow that. There is no way Ghost will allow Silver to be his downfall. Kill him and dispose of the body, problem solved. Although, how the hell did Ghost manage to kill a man in a public parking garage and dispose of the body? These structures have cameras all around them.
The last loose end to tie up was Lakeisha. She and Tasha had a nasty encounter after Tommy threw Lakeisha out of his apartment. Tasha wanted to make sure Keisha was cool lying to the Feds again. Some friendship. They are supposed to be girls. Tasha has been using her since season 3 and things will never be the same between them. After Tasha’s unsuccessful visit, she texts Tommy to tell him, “get your girl in line.” Tommy calls Keisha back to his apartment and apologizes for how he treated her earlier. Keisha explains to him that Saxe came around looking for dirt, but she’s no snitch.
In that moment it was do or die for Keisha. Tommy had his glock under the pillow, ready to shoot if she didn’t provide the answer he was looking for. Keisha for all intents and purposes said she’s ride or die. During their reconciliation Saxe arrives at Tommy’s apartment and drops the bomb on him that Angela knew Teresi was a snitch and she told Ghost. He played the recording where Teresi doesn’t implicate Tommy in anything. Tommy now knows he murdered his father for nothing and it was Ghost and Angela behind it all along.
The important thing to remember here is that Ghost, Tommy, and Angela are a weird love triangle. Clearly, there is no romantic connection between Tommy and Angela. But Tommy loves Ghost like a brother. However, Ghost has broken Tommy’s heart and lied to him, repeatedly. Those lies and betrayals were almost always because of Angela and they caused Tommy to kill people he loved (see Holly and Teresi).
When Tasha and Tommy show up to Angela’s apartment ready to kill her, how many of you thought she was going to eat it right there? Ol girl was shook. I mean who could blame her? She’s uncorking wine thinking everything is cool and then Tasha and Tommy are bearing down on her. In that moment she knew they’d be justified in killing her. She’s the reason Ghost’s head is all twisted up and why he does things that’s not in their (Tasha and Tommy) best interest. She manages to temporarily save herself, but not before questioning if Ghost has broken team, like he always does.
We end at the beginning. Back inside the halls and stairwell of their high school. That spot where Ghost and Angela got busted as kids for making out. Ghost asks Angela to meet him there because he wants to know, if she is going to testify against him. She wants to know if he killed Silver, and if so, why? To say these two have major trust issues is an understatement. But it all goes back to that moment in high school and Angela leaving for Choate and the two never seeing or speaking to each other again until they were adults. Then they begin a torrid affair mixed in lies and secrecy. In many ways they were doomed from the very beginning. That intense teenage love they had was torn apart in a Romeo and Juliet-esque way. Think about it? Her parents did want her messing with a thug, they send her away to school. He experiences grief and heartache in his life, she never reaches out to comfort or connect back with him. Their teenage brains and emotions never truly recovered. Sure Ghost got married and had a family, but what were the circumstances of that marriage? He and Tasha get pulled over by the cops, she hides the gun, he knows he can trust her and then he proposes to her the next day? I mean, ok, sure. That’s a good foundation for a healthy marriage and relationship…More importantly since that break in high school (i’d say 9th grade) they both became singularly focused and turned inward to protect themselves from being hurt again. Both becoming extremely successful (albeit differently) but intensely selfish.
Tommy arrives at the school with one clear mission. He wants to kill Ghost. There has been too much hurt and it needs to end once and for all. What are the chances that Tommy knew they’d both be there? He couldn’t have been following them, he was with the Italians. Perhaps he knows Ghost so well, that this would be the logical place he would go with Angela?
As Ghost and Angela slip back into their 14-15 year old selves, after Ghost lied and said he didn’t kill Silver and Angela withheld the information about Maria Suarez, they’re in the stairwell clinging on to that teenage love. Angela sees a gun pointed at Ghost and pulls him out of the way and takes a bullet to the chest. The episode ends with Ghost looking up in horror and seeing that it was Tommy who pulled the trigger. Meanwhile, the love of his life is bleeding out in his arms, grasping for breath.
What a visual to end the season with. Kudos to Courtney Kemp and the team, this was a tremendous episode. In that final moment, that was Angela’s last attempt to prove to Ghost how much she loves him. She literally took a bullet for him. If that doesn’t convince him nothing well. We can speculate on what will happen next season, suffice to say for now, Ghost and Tommy will never be the same. Angela may die as a result of the gunshot, she may not. But Ghost is now truly a man alone on an island. His family is fractured and his day one homie tried to kill him, instead shooting his love.
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