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Power Recap|Season 4, Episode 10: You Can't Fix This

"You dragged us back into the life."

Naturi Naughton produced anger, hurt, and sadness so well I wondered if this was filmed during her pregnancy. Tasha is sitting in the truck with her husband and son moments after identifying her daughter's body. Her innocent child was murdered and she's unsure why. Well, unsure until her husband tells her it's because he angered the Jiminez and Raina's death was street retribution. He sets off to get revenge and Tasha throws away the notion of going legit at the very time she was actually ready to change her life for the better. Now the mourning mother wants blood, and she wants Ghost to do it quickly and quietly because they have two children that need them. This is ironic not only because the youngest St. Patrick was sent to her room two seasons ago and only seen about twice since, but also because their son actually knows who killed Raina and is keeping the killer's identity a secret, even from his parents (as I predicted), sending Ghost on a murderous goose chase. Tasha knows Tariq is lying and notes that her husband doesn't see it because their son lies just like his punk ass daddy I mean Ghost.

What happened next is a little weird. They go into the house where Kesha greets them with a house full of people we assume they are close to. This is strange because Raina died hours ago and their house is full of people like it's a repast. If I had to guess, I'm thinking that this scene is to show the duality of the St. Patrick's, mourners and murders simultaneously. While each tries to cope with the loss, they are met with the well-intentioned but annoying phrases that people say to provide comfort, my favorites being "everything happens for a reason" and "I can't imagine losing a sibling, but especially not a twin". We know it is not long before Tariq turns to the lean, and for once, I'm not all that mad at him. Ghost has already gone to the place he goes before he commits every murder, his closet, and donned on his finest all black murder outfit. When Ghost pulls out the vest and gloves, somebody is dying. We just hope it is the right person. There's this moment when Ghost sees the Man of The Year program on the floor, picks it up, and crumbles it prophetically. I want to scream don't do it at my television but, it was his daughter, so...

Angela(Lela Loren)'s in charge.Photo Courtesy of Starz

We see Angela in her new role, she takes John Mak's case and gives it to the entire team in one fell swoop of a power move. The case seems to have a Jimenez tie (with the gold gun), so right away we know next season she will still be entwined with Ghost and sacrificing her job and her morality. Sax comes in and smugly breaks the news that Raina was killed outside of her school. He is inappropriate and insensitive, but he's also really good at making it known he doesn't agree with the fate of the case and Angela in charge. On her break Angela goes to send condolences to Ghost, tells him to let her handle it so he doesn't die, and then goes to visit Raina's real killer, Rar Ray. She asks RayRay why he was visiting Tariq at school, and Ray Ray seamlessly slipped into Officer Friendly mode, saying he was trying to scare Tariq straight. We later find out that he also told Angela he thinks Tariq killed Raina.

In the middle of this, Ghost and Tommy shoot it out with some Jiminez guys, and two important discoveries are made, Jiminez's don't kill kids and Julio was set up with Dre's assistance. They all die though because, killers. Ghost kills him before he spills the rest of Dre's plan to Tommy's dismay, but Tommy also let's it rock because his best friend's daughter is dead.Guess that marriage counseling Kanan recommended is no longer necessary.

Silver comes to see his mourning girlfriend and says he loves her. He notices Ghost is not at the house, and immediately knows that criminal workings are underway. It's in this moment that Tasha could not care less about going legit. She wants this handled swiftly in the streets according to street rules-blood in, blood out. She then tells Silver to leave. Their fairy tale is over, there is no happily ever after.

Ghost and Tasha come in to a house full of people after Raina's death.Photo Courtesy of Starz

Tommy goes to pay Dre a visit and sees him talking to an undercover cop. Unbeknownst to him, he's really seeing Dre with Raina's killer. Meanwhile Tariq is on his way to see Dre too, geeked up on lean and grief. It's here that I feel the need to talk about Kanan. Y'all know I love Kanan. Any episode he appears is a good one and here goes my murderous bae figuring out who killed Raina before anyone else, though Angela was close. While plotting on Dre, he connects the dots between her death and Tariq calling him looking for Ray Ray. He calls Tommy to let him know Ray Ray must die and to let him know that Tariq is probably looking for him. Meanwhile, Ghost is meeting up with Councilman Tate , who wants to exploit Raina's funeral to help his crooked pastor. I see I'm about to hate Larenz Tate's fine self like I hated Idris in the Wire. I also wondered how Ghost didn't punch Councilman Tate in his face when he told him that the funeral would be there, no matter what. The "Are we clear" took me out and Ghost should have taken Tate out but I guess that's for season five.

Now here comes the ascension into climax (which is also a great name for a Maxwell CD or a band, just run me my money).

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Tasha sees Tariq stole her gun and goes to the only other person she know she can count on for information, Angela. Women are really saving the day here. I'd like to point that out again. Tariq is on his own quest. He figures out that Dre is the common link between all o f the criminals, gets Ray Ray's address from Dre, and meets goes to kill him. It is here that we need to point out again Dre ain't ish. With both Ray Ray and Tariq threatening to expose him, he probably hopes they kill each other.

Now the climax. Tariq goes to kill Ray Ray, Ghost goes to stop Tariq, Tommy goes to kill Ray Ray and Tasha goes to stop Tariq. Tariq kills Ray Ray, which I'm not sad about, except now Tariq's life is really changed. He always wanted to know the truth about his family and now he knows, and is a part of their dirty lives. He freezes as his father and uncle move the body and his mom instructs him to take off his bloody clothes. When he gets home, he follows the routine his father followed so many times- burn the clothes, go in the bathroom, clean his body and nails, and throw his clothes in the black trash bag. It's at this moment he transforms into his father. All of this time I thought it was Dre who was going to follow in Ghosts footsteps, but maybe when Ghost said he was grooming Tariq to be a better him, this is what he unknowingly predicted. There's this moment where Tariq looks at the picture of him and his sisters, his family, and then into the mirror, and it parallels the first time we saw Ghost after a kill in that same bathroom.

After Tommy and Ghost dispose of the body, they are planning to go see Dre. Tommy's phone rings and he answers, and passes it to an irritated Ghost. Y'ALL. It's my muh-effin boyfriend Kanan. The gang is back and about to play teachers versus the students gang style with Dre. Dre killed Father Callahan, and Julio so it is about time he sweats a little. He's been getting cocky and we all know that pride cometh before the fall.

As happy as that final scene is, there is another scene that isn't as nice and that is Tasha meeting with Silver. She tells Silver that she killed Tariq (remember, it was her gun, and a bullet was left in the wall that Angela discovered. Silver says that he can only be her lover or her lawyer, not both. Well Silver, she just confessed to a murder so which one do you think she's choosing? Tasha whips out that checkbook.

I have some theories about Season 5 ( which will be shot in two weeks):

  • The bullet was purposely left in the wall so Tasha could take the fall. It took the heat off of the already suspect Ghost, the career criminal Tommy, and Tariq. Who would blame a stressed and grieving mother who shot her daughter's killer less than 24 hours later. Also she went to Angela before so Angela knows she was distraught and there are witnesses.
  • Dre and Councilman Tate come for Ghost and Tommy's drug status. Dre needs protection and he's not dying immediately. He and Tate already have a bond.
  • Kanan, Tommy, and Ghost are about to have the best year ever, making money hand over fist and killing whoever gets in the way
  • Angela is going to cover more of Ghost's crimes and they will start dating again.
  • They are going to send Tariq away to Connecticut because he knows too much and no good parent wants their son in the game.

Brittiany Cierra is an entertainment and travel journalist and On-Air host highlighting where culture, music, film, television, and current events intersect. When she's not writing about people, places, and things, she's speaking about, dancing on, or marketing them. Follow the journey on twitter and Instagram.

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"They say the next big thing is here,that the revolution's near,but to me it seems quite clear that it's all just a little bit of history repeating"

-Shirley Bassey, History Repeating

The episode picks up with a dazed Tariq, still lying, still angry at his father, and still healing over his Kanan heartbreak. While he can barely look at his father and does't return his father's embrace, he runs to uncle Tommy, the one family member he feels he can trust. Tariq is still going to Tariq, but this episode was redeeming. He's not pretending to be someone he is not, he is just a teenager, questioning, frustrated, and messing up. Next we see Mak, expertly played by Sung Kang, on a quest to remove himself from the rest of the prosecution team, and find Greg Knox's killer. He is still smug, expertly dressed, and two steps ahead of the rest of his team. It's easy to see the latter is something that will either help or hinder Mak in the remaining episodes. When Tasha finally sees Tariq, she has ly be referred to as "The Reckoning" with her estranged, self righteous husband. Ghost starts to unload on Tasha after finding out that Tariq was kidnapped previously while he was still on a federally paid for vacation, but Tasha flipped the script, telling Ghost that while he was in jail, she was saving their family.

Speaking of family, everyone's favorite blood in-territory-out drug dealer turned, well, drug dealer, Julio, died last episode. Tommy immediately questioned Dre, who did an excellent job pretending not to know Kanan was alive or that he had any contact with Tariq. Then he put on an academy performance discovering Julio was dead and wanting to exact revenge on Julio's killer, aka Dre's accomplice. Someone must like Dre, God or the Power writers, because he skates through every situation with more charm and composure than the last and even got a promotion as the new distributor. Even when it came to confronting Tariq on why he was keeping his involvement with Kanan a secret, when Dre realizes all Tariq wants is answers he gives them to him, becoming one of the only people that Tariq can trust to tell him the truth. Let's recap, upcoming drug dealer who also wants to be a business man, using charm and street smarts to get what he wants while forming a friendship with his mentor's son. Sound familiar? OH. Like Dre whispered over Julio's cold, dead body, he won.

Rotimi and Joseph Sikora as Dre and Tommy in episode 7 of Power, avenging Julio's deathPhoto Courtesy of Starz

Also familiar, is Sandoval trying to pin his crimes on whoever they will stick. With Mak investigating every lead to bring Knox's killer to justice, Sandoval is planting seeds to set up agent Jerry Donovan as the killer. He even goes to kill Donovan, who just so happens to be at Angela's house discovering that Sandoval most likely is the killer. At this point, Valdez,Donovan, and Sax are assembling the real dream team to take down Sandoval.

A lot of previous predictions came true this episode. First, Teresi is Tommy's father. Tommy's conversation reveals two things, his mom purposely kept his father away from him, and his love for redheads is not just some strange Oedipus complex, but inherited from his father. Second, Tasha and Silver start their affair. Silver rubbed all up on Tasha's fur collar and I knew we were getting our long overdue sex scene. While overdue, their connection still seemed rush. Silver went from only knowing Tasha as the dutiful wife of James St. Patrick, to singing Karaoke with his friends, to popping up at his house. What did come out of this episode, is the reminder that Power's music director is a genius. Tasha singing Whitney Houston's " I have Nothing", asking for someone to love her for the real her, while pretending to be someone she isn't is poetic.

Power is doing something interesting this season with women. The most ruthless characters on the show are women. They are focused, fierce, and pretty dark. When you take into account the craziest person the three most ruthless people knew in the world was 5'5 115 pound Jukebox, Angie was willing to give up her job and take everyone down with her and bounced right back as a stronger leader in the name of truth, Tasha is cheating on her husband with every man who makes her feel wanted and we don't blink an eye, and the newest killer is the Jimenez sister who was heard to be so ruthless that everyone assumed she was a man- the traditional roles of women are being flipped upside down on it's head.

Another interesting character introduced this episode is Councilman Tate (Larenz Tate). It's obvious he wants to get to know James, and was rooting for his release, and that Stern is against him and Ghost being friends, but other than that, he remains a mystery. With only three episodes left in the season, and a whole lot of build up and no real movement, predicting the next few episodes is challenging but here goes:

  • Mak convinces Jerry he knows he's an accomplice in the Homeland Security Agent's death
  • Sandoval attempts to kill Angie but Ghost kills him in the moment instead
  • Tariq goes looking for Kanan
  • Tommy and Ghost have a standoff with guns after Tommy kills someone he probably shouldn't have
  • Councilman Tate discovers who James St. Patrick really is and has a past of his own
  • Lakeisha finds out about the affair with Silver and gets so jealous she tells Silver Tasha is a criminal

Brittiany Cierra is an entertainment and travel journalist and On-Air host highlighting where culture, music, film, television, and current events intersect. When she's not writing about people, places, and things, she's speaking about, dancing on, or marketing them. Follow the journey on twitter and Instagram.