Jul 18 2015

Power– “Why Her?” Retrospective. Hard Choices.

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Season 2, Episode 6

Air Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:00 pm ET/PT on Starz

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Keep an eye on her. Remember, no matter how tight that pussy is, she’s still the enemy.” – Tommy

Photography By Myles Aronowitz

Holly doesn’t mince words with Angela when explaining they both have something to lose.

In last week’s episode, “Who You Are and Who You Want to Be,” Holly (Lucy Walters) told Angela (Lela Loren) “Ghost” is really Jamie St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) and not Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora). But Angela can’t just take Holly’s word for it; she needs proof and pushes Holly to get it for her. Also last week, Tommy came up with the perfect plan to bring Vladimir (guest star William Popp) into the fold. With Vladimir’s “show of power” in front of Ghost in “Why Her?,” Tommy and Ghost just might regret their decision to add him to their drug syndicate.

There are so many behind-the-scenes relationships going on in Ghost’s drug syndicate, it makes my head spin. Ghost doesn’t trust easily so he questions Tommy about Dre (Rotimi). Since Kanan (Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson) vouched for Dre, his word is good enough for Tommy. But Tommy is too naïve, in certain respects, for his own good. He would be wise to take a page from Ghost’s book. Sooner or later, Kanan will be revealed for who he is and it isn’t going to be pretty.

Ghost and Tommy would be wise not to trust all of the people at the table.

Ghost and Tommy would be wise not to trust all of the people at the table.

Ghost and Tommy gather everyone—Drifty (guest star Jamie Hector), Ruiz (Luis Antonio Ramos), and Vladimir together—everyone except Kanan and Dre—to discuss territories and the speed needed to move Lobos’ (Enrique Murciano) product. Whether Kanan isn’t there because “he’s out of town” or whether it’s because Ghost doesn’t trust him remains to be seen. We already know Ghost has his suspicions about Kanan being behind Pink Sneakers’ (Leslie Lopez) murder so it’s not surprising Ghost doesn’t include Dre, Kanan’s main man, at the meet. What does surprise me is the get-together Ruiz has with Dre later on. I don’t think Ruiz is as loyal as Ghost thinks he is.

Children often pay the price when their parents separate, and such is the case with Ghost and Tasha’s (Naturi Naughton) son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.). I truly wanted to wipe the smirk off the face of Miss Chambers (guest star Charlotte Booker), the headmistress at Tariq’s school. What a bitch she is acting all holier than thou with Tasha. Chambers looks and acts like the epitome of a WASP, making me wonder whether her attitude comes from the St. Patricks being African American or whether she just doesn’t like them. Something tells me it’s the former. Let’s not forget Tasha bought her kids’ entrance to the private school with a huge donation.

Distrust abounds in “Why Her?”—not only between Ghost and Angela, but Holly and Tommy as well. I got a real kick out of Ghost and Angela asking each other, “Is there anything I should know?” and acting like nothing has changed. Both are holding back while trying to find a way to be together. But Angela has her career to think of and Ghost has Tariq on his mind. Knowing Tariq is acting out at school causes Ghost to have a heavy heart over his and Tasha’s separation; he hates thinking he’s the cause of Tariq’s problems.

While Tommy thinks he's truly in love with Holly, he's in for a rude awakening.

While Tommy thinks he’s truly in love with Holly, he’s in for a rude awakening.

Then, there’s Holly and Tommy. Holly is being pressured to find evidence in order to keep Tommy out of jail but having Angela texting her isn’t very smart. I hate to think what would happen if Tommy picked up Holly’s cellphone and saw those messages. And that’s nothing compared to the way Holly searches for evidence against Ghost in Tommy’s apartment. If he’s worth his salt, sooner or later Tommy is going to realize things are out of place. I feel sorry for Holly if Tommy finds out what’s going on. She may think she has a good reason for cooperating with Angela but I doubt Tommy will see it her way. Besides, Holly thinking Angela will let Tommy off scot-free is just asinine. But all that is moot considering what happens at the end of “Why Her?”

I know Tasha wants to be able to protect her kids but I’m not so sure having Shawn (Sinqua Walls) take her to the firing range to brush up on her skills is such a good idea. Innocent people end up dead when guns are in the hands of inexperienced people. I can see it now—everyone’s asleep; Tasha hears a strange noise in the house and when Tariq or her daughter Raina (Donshea Hopkins) opens the bedroom door, Tasha’s going to fire a shot that will change her life forever. There’s no coming back from something like that. Trust me; it could happen.

Photography By Myles Aronowitz

Ghost does his best to explain things to his kids.

It is heartbreaking to listen to Ghost trying to explain what’s going on to his kids. While Tasha certainly had a legitimate reason for throwing Ghost out, I wonder whether she’s going to change her mind, especially with her mother Estelle (Debbie Morgan) in her ear. It’s very difficult to watch your children suffer because of your actions. And let’s face it; despite Tasha’s attraction to Shawn, she loves Ghost.

A car accident brings Ghost and Tasha closer than they have been in weeks. I’ll tell you, Tasha is one smart woman and knows how to manipulate her man. She’s like a tigress protecting her brood when she learns why Ghost is sleeping with Angela. The question is, will Tasha’s plan work? As an aside, Tasha gets her revenge the best way a woman can. I just hope Shawn doesn’t get his heart broken in the process.

Other Observations

Power has had its share of brutal beatings but none quite as gruesome as when Vladimir teaches an Albanian adversary a lesson. I shudder at the mere thought of that scene.

Overall

Writer Gary Lennon’s dialogue and Sanford Bookstaver’s keen direction make “Why Her?” a truly exciting episode. The last five minutes constitute one of the most powerful scenes of the episode, leaving the audience wondering, ‘What now?’ Is this truly the last we’ll see of Holly? What’s going to happen with Angela’s case? Will Greg (Andy Bean) ever figure out the truth about Angela, Tommy, and Ghost? How is Tommy going to get out of those handcuffs?

 

What did you think of “Why Her?” Hit me up on Twitter @SeasideTV or leave your comments below so we can discuss.

Tune in to Power Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT, only on Starz.

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Follow Power on Twitter using hashtag #PowerTV. You can also follow these cast members: Kanan @50Cent; Jamie “Ghost” St. James @OmariHardwick and @IAmTheRealGhost; Tasha @naturinaughton; Shawn @sinquawalls; Angela @LelaLoren; Tommy @JosephSikora4; Holly @lucytwalters; Greg Knox @andybeanactor; Dre @rotimi; Miguel Sandoval @davidfumero; Isabel @YainisYnoa; Pink Sneakers @TheLopezLopez; Julio @JR8Ramirez; Ruiz @LuisARamosActor, Felipe Lobos @enriquetwiter; Kantos @adamthuss, Cooper Saxe @shane_m_johnson, and Lakeisha @lala. Follow creator and executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh @CKAgbohOfficial.

All photos courtesy of Myles Aronowitz/Starz © 2015 Starz Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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Linda

Love TV, movies, and books--mostly mysteries, with a good love story thrown in every now and then. I have four adopted dogs who I adore. I love trying new recipes, and enjoy eating what I make. English language perfectionist. Reading in bed, Italian food, warm weather, the beach, all types of games = favs!

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