Season 4, Episode 10
Air Date: Sunday, September 3, 2015, 9:00 pm ET/PT on Starz
“This is on you. What happened to going clean? There is no taking care of it! Our daughter is gone!” — Tasha St. Patrick
This quote doesn’t even begin to describe how angry and heartbroken Tasha (Naturi Naughton) is after finding out Ghost (Omari Hardwick) feels responsible for the death of their daughter Raina (Donshea Hopkins). While I can’t say I blame her, she needs to understand the guilt Ghost is carrying and give him a break. Besides, Ghost isn’t to blame; Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) is, or at least he thinks he is. “You Can’t Fix This” starts almost immediately after Raina’s murder in “That Ain’t Me.” Even though Tariq knows Ray Ray (Marcus Callender) killed his sister, he’s not talking. Is it because he’s scared of the crooked cop or does he want to be the one who avenges his sister’s death? After all, Raina was more than Tariq’s sister; they were twins and twins share a special bond.
The scene at the St. Patrick home seems almost surreal when Tasha, Ghost, and Tariq return from the police department. From the music playing and everything shot in slow motion, it’s easy to understand how Raina’s parents are feeling. That’s especially true for me, having lost a daughter myself. It’s almost unbelievable even though you know it’s your reality. But while Tasha seeks comfort from her family and friends, Ghost is hell bent on vengeance.
The scene with Ghost, Tommy (Joseph Sikora), and Uriel (Ian Paola) is particularly gruesome but I’m glad Uriel gets his due. The interesting part is what Ghost and Tommy learn from him about Julio’s (J.R. Ramirez) death. All I can say is Dre (Rotimi Akinosho) better watch his back, not only where Tommy is concerned. I’m a bit surprised Tommy is willing to work with Kanan (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) again, but at least it leads to Kanan telling Tommy about Ray Ray. Armed with this information, it’s only a matter of time before he tracks down the homicidal cop.
As vicious as Tommy can be, he is equally as heartbroken over Raina. It’s funny that one minute, Tommy seeks solace at the church with Father Callahan (Jim Norton) and the next, threatens to commit murder. Power always finds a way to inject a bit of humor into its episodes and in “You Can’t Fix This,” it comes during Tommy’s confessional with Father Callahan.
Tommy: “If I catch him alone, I’m gonna break that Sixth Commandment again.”
Father Callahan: “Tommy, I can’t give you absolution in advance.”
Unfortunately, Tommy also tells Father Callahan something drug related that leads to a deadly meeting.
In a harrowing scene, Tommy learns the truth from Destiny (Andrea-Rachel Parker), Ray Ray’s cousin and Tariq’s off-and-on girlfriend, if you can call her that. Knowing how easily Tommy goes off the rails, I truly was frightened for Destiny. She may only be a teenager but she is as complicit in Raina’s murder as Ray Ray. After all, she’s the one who told her cousin where Tariq would be.
Tommy then explains to Tasha who Ray Ray was really looking for when he killed Raina. This sets up a hunt for Tariq, who’s gone missing. Tasha, being the smart woman we know her to be, knows exactly whom to ask for help in locating her son. She and AUSA Angela Valdes (Lela Loren) may be enemies but Tasha knows Angela will do anything to help Ghost, even if the request comes from her. From this moment on, I couldn’t pull my eyes away from the screen. I was mesmerized as Ghost, Tommy, and Tasha all set off to find him before he gets to Ray Ray’s place.
With “You Can’t Fix This” being mainly about revenge, the writers take the time to introduce AUSA Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson) as Angela’s new adversary when he deliberately interrupts her first meeting as the new Chief of Justice. Saxe, smug as all get out, casually, even callously, announces Raina’s death to everyone in the room, but Angela, seemingly unfazed by the news, picks up where she left off. It is so obvious Angela still has feelings for Ghost; you can see it in Loren’s facial expressions, particularly those soulful eyes of hers when she purposefully runs into him. And vice versa, with how Ghost responds. I wonder though; tragedy has a way of bringing people together, especially parents when they’ve lost a child. Will this be the impetus for Ghost and Tasha to reunite and repair their marriage? Or will it send Ghost back into Angela’s arms?
Interestingly, Saxe still wants to prove “St. Patrick is Ghost.” I wonder whether it’s Ghost he’s truly after or if he’s just interested in derailing Angela. Too bad she isn’t around when Saxe brings in Maria (Maria Rivera), who, as we saw in “That Ain’t Me,” recognized Ghost’s voice on the television. Even though U.S. Attorney Tameika Robinson (Quincy Tyler Bernstine) isn’t interested in prosecuting Ghost for anything, she agrees to listen to Maria’s story. This can’t be good as it sets up another opportunity for the Feds to nab Ghost next season.
“You Can’t Fix This” finds Tasha becoming the mother lion who needs to protect her baby cub. Her response when having to choose between being Attorney Terry Silver’s (Brandon Victor Dixon) lover or client doesn’t surprise me. As we go into season five, it’s obvious she’s prepared to go to jail for something she didn’t do. Sound familiar? It’s almost like a reboot of this season where Ghost was in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
As much as I enjoyed “You Can’t Fix This,” I was a bit disappointed we didn’t get to see the raw emotions that come with the death of one’s child. There are no tears, save the few on Tariq’s face when standing over Ray Ray but that’s different. There is a somewhat emotional scene with Ghost when he’s in Raina’s closet and of course, there’s Tommy’s confessional but that’s it. It definitely wasn’t enough for me. I know everyone grieves differently and sometimes it’s delayed…especially when you have vengeance in your heart. It overshadows the sorrow because you are hell bent on exacting revenge, but still…
That said, “You Can’t Fix This” is everything a powerful season finale should be. It’s intense, emotional, full of anguish, suffering, revenge, a bit of humor, heart-pounding action, desperation, dead bodies, and so much more. And with Ghost, Tommy, and Kanan (that’s right, I said Kanan) on the hunt for the traitorous Dre, it sets up season five perfectly. Talk about strange bedfellows and coming full circle! I hope Dre truly gets his comeuppance next season; the little shit certainly deserves it.
What did you think of “You Can’t Fix This?” Were you satisfied with the way it ends, or excited about the storylines for next season? Hit me up on Twitter @SeasideTV or leave a comment below.
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