Tonight’s episode of Power emphasizes one important fact: Ghost is free in theory, but not in practice. Tariq is kidnapped again (but doesn’t know it) because Jukebox and Kanan have revisited their plan to get ransom money from Ghost. For now, Tasha and Ghost believe that “Tariq is spending the night at his friend’s house,” but we’ll get back there in a sec.
Tommy is in Chicago indefinitely
handling business, but no one can get in touch with him. He won’t even
answer his phone for Ghost.
Ghost thanks Tasha for sticking by him and asks her if they can start over. Tasha looks at him like:
Hopefully Tasha will finally get
herself together, financially, independently of Ghost. She could at
least sell some of those designer clothes and accessories that she still
has with the tags one them. Who’s to say he won’t pull some mess like
Speaking of money, Stern is back in
the picture because Ghost owes him big time. Tasha forgot to mention
that Stern gave her money to stay afloat when the feds froze their
assets. Stern tells Ghost that if he agrees to work with him in a real
estate deal then the debt will be forgiven. Basically, Stern wants Ghost
to be the face in a deal he made in a “minority” neighborhood” with
himself as the silent partner.
Of course Ghost doesn’t trust it! But
at the same time, this is his taste of karma. How many times has he made
important decisions without telling Tasha? Tuh!
The next metaphorical pile of bricks
that comes crashing down on Ghost is Tony, who calls him demanding to
talk to Tommy or else he’s snitching.
Jukebox has Tariq holed up in Queens,
but won’t even tell Kanan where he is until he gets ahold of Ghost. In
this moment it’s clear that the trust and fellowship between Jukebox and
Kanan is crumbling swiftly. Kanan tells her that he’s working on it and
Jukebox is counting down until she kills Tariq for fun. Her exact
Tasha gave Tariq one more day to stay at his friend’s house before she comes to pick him up.
Finally we get to Chicago. Tommy is
there meeting up with Jason Micic, a Milan affiliate, to discuss a
“small hiccup with distribution” and money owed. Let’s cut to the chase,
this is a set up. They take Tommy to what’s supposed to be his grave.
Then a Milan affiliate (one of the ones who defected and helped Tommy
and Ghost kill Milan) tried to frame Tommy. He told Tommy that Jason
gave the okay to kill Milan, which wasn’t true. Now Jason is out to make
an example, thinking they willfully defied his order, which of course
doesn’t look good when you’re a criminal underworld boss. Tommy starts
fast talking and convinces Jason that Milan’s mans n’em are playing both
sides and his life is spared once again. Isn’t this about the
billionth time Tommy almost got killed? Geesh, he and Ghost have 1,000
lives. Anyway, Tommy drives back to NYC, but he stops in Cleveland
first to visit Holly’s uncle, who molested her, and beat him to death
with a bat.
As if that’s going to bring Holly back.
Julio confronts Dre about seeing him
talking to Kanan despite Tommy specifically telling them not to mess
with dude. Unfortunately for Julio, this isn’t the smart way to go. Dre
is a smooth talker and talks his way around this, but Julio is marked.
He conspires with Cristobol to get Julio killed. Together they get a
Toros Locos boss to agree to the job under the condition that he doesn’t
make it look like a Toros Locos murder (because that could start a
In short, there is no happy ending for
Julio, but he does go out like a G. Seriously, he almost took out all
three dudes sent to do the job. Almost, but that just isn’t good enough
when it comes to survival.
Let’s pour one out for Julio. You were a real one.
Kanan finally runs up on Ghost and
tells him what needs to happen in order to keep Tariq alive. A new
problem is that Ghost is low on money since he just got out the joint.
That’s not Kanan’s problem so Ghost better act fast. Meanwhile, back in
Queens, Tariq thinks he’s about to go home, but Jukebox knocks him out.
The only thing Ghost thinks of for
money is robbing Tommy’s stash house. This is super messy, but Ghost is
backed into a corner. Kanan gives Ghost an empty gun, but keeps a loaded
one for himself and also promises that no one will get hurt.
You know Kanan killed one of Tommy’s
goons, right? Anyway, Ghost calls Tasha to explain that he’s picking up
Tariq and that she shouldn’t worry. Then, on the ride to Queens, Kanan
reveals that they’re going to see Jukebox and Ghost actually looks
scared. As they pull up to the house, Kanan gives Ghost a loaded gun.
Ghost looks surprised, but this is when it becomes clear that Kanan is
not in control of the situation (in case you didn’t get that memo
earlier from Captain Obvious). Kanan says that Jukebox is going to want
to kill Tariq the minute she gets the money and he also doesn’t know
what she plans to do with him and whether she’s working alone or not. He
gives Ghost the option of killing him and going on the rescue mission
alone, or they can run up in the spot together to save Tariq.
They roll together. The first thing
Ghost sees is Tariq tied up. Jukebox then senses something is off so she
points a gun to Tariq head. Ghost, near tears, begs for his son’s life.
Then Jukebox starts taunting Tariq by revealing that “Slim” isn’t who
he says he is and that Tariq was just a dollar bill to him. Jukebox
demands that Kanan tells Tariq who he is or she’ll kill Tariq. Kanan
admits he’s a “no good muhphucka” who used to run the streets with his
dad. He admits to killing Sean, his own dang son, and says he’d do it
again because “Sean was soft and not like Tariq.” Oddly enough, there’s a
spark of humanity in Kanan and it seems like he genuinely feels bad for
getting Tariq into this situation. Jukebox gets too cocky and shifts
her posture just so that Kanan is able to kill her. Ghost frees Tariq,
they hug and then Kanaan points the gun at them before changing his mind
and saying, “See you around Little N—a,” before bouncing with the money
they stole from the stash house.
Tommy is going to be pissed when he
finds out about the money, Tariq is probably still in hot water because
his rich friends have probably figured out by that he had something to
do with their houses getting robbed and this is all just bad. A whole
Next week things get worse in Ghost’s quest to go legit.