Aug 07 2017

Power – “You Lied to Me” Review. A Clean(er) Image?


Season 4, Episode 7
Air Date: Sunday, August 6, 2015, 9:00 pm ET/PT on Starz


You’re gonna talk to me or they’re gonna kill you.” — AUSA John Mak


Kanan (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) unwittingly becomes Tariq’s (Michael Rainey Jr.) savior when he killed Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose) in last week’s episode, “New Man.” As James “Ghost” St. Patrick sits with Tariq on the subway on their way home in the opening sequence of “You Lied to Me,” I still find myself questioning Tariq’s actions. In my review of “New Man,” I commented about how unemotional Tariq was after all that went down. Now, it appears his stiffness may be either a bad case of shell shock or pure hatred for his father. Throughout Ghost’s imprisonment, “Uncle Tommy” (Joseph Sikora) was there for Tariq and the kid shows his true emotions when Tommy shows up. I feel bad for Ghost; he loves his son but it’s obvious Tariq isn’t returning the feeling.

Speaking of feelings, I’ve never seen a daughter so happy to see her father as Raina (Donshea Hopkins) is. She gets quite a shock, though, after eavesdropping on Ghost and Tasha’s (Naturi Naughton) conversation about Kanan. Hearing her parents couldn’t have been easy for her. Most kids think their parents are perfect and Raina is no exception. It’s interesting how Power is portraying Ghost’s children as complete opposites, both in feelings and respect for their parents. I’m not so sure how smart this plot device is, though, to pit one against the other.

Tommy takes things in his own hands as Dre has his back.

Damn, Dre (Rotimi Akinosho) has grown some mega-sized balls! Julio’s (J.J. Ramirez) body isn’t even cold yet and Dre asks Tommy for his job. Of course, that was the plan all along when Dre and Cristobal (Matt Cedeño) set up Julio last week. I don’t think Dre realizes what a mess he’s created by involving Julio’s former gang. Dre is turning out to be much more ruthless than I thought he could be. Tommy, on the other hand, bites off a little more than he can chew when he approaches Diego Jiminez (Maurice Compte) and his sister Alicia (Ana de la Reguera) asking to be reimbursed for Julio’s death. Tommy may think he has the upper hand but I doubt he’s going to get the answer he wants. I just hope this whole mess doesn’t come back to bite him in the ass.

Ghost and Tasha may have to present a united front in public, but no so much in private.

Now that Ghost is once again involved with Simon Stern (Victor Garber), hopefully in a legal real estate deal, Stern wants not only Ghost but the whole St. Patrick family to clean up their public image. If anyone deserves an Emmy® for “You Lied to Me,” it’s Naughton for her performance during the interview with Olivia Gorman (Lexi Lawson). If I didn’t know any better, I would have believed Tasha is the dutiful wife Naughton portrays her to be. Needless to say, Tasha and Ghost need to be careful with Stern. Everything is not as it seems with him as Ghost quickly finds out after speaking with Councilman Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate) during the party at Ghost’s nightclub, Truth.

Donovan and Angela are a force to be reckoned with.

When AUSA John Mak (Sung Kang) first appeared on this season of Power, I enjoyed Kang’s portrayal of him. Mak came across as very smart and a definite team player. But in “You Lied to Me,” Mak proves he’s only out for himself. He couldn’t care less about the rest of the team, especially when he tells Mike Sandoval (David Fumero), Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson), and Angela Valdes (Lela Loren) they’re mere “civilians” now. And, who else wanted to wipe that smirk off Mak’s face when he asks the team if they need their parking validated? The nerve! What I found noteworthy about the team is who pairs off with whom in order to find Greg’s (Andy Bean) real killer. With SAC Jerry Donovan (Ty Jones) reviewing the tapes of when the Feds hit Truth, it will be interesting to find out what he and Angela do with the information.

Other Thoughts

Nothing good can come of this.

What do you think of Tasha’s budding relationship with attorney Terry Silver (Brandon Victor Dixon)? I know she’s a wronged wife but really? What are they both thinking!? Two wrongs don’t make a right, Tasha!

And what’s it going to take for Tariq to wake up and realize Kanan isn’t such a good guy after all? Kanan did quite a brainwash job on the kid. All that drinking Tariq is doing is going to lead to no good. One of these days, hopefully sooner rather than later, he’s going to understand the only people you can truly count on is your family.

Tommy can be a real idiot at times as Ghost points out during their conversation about attorney Joe Proctor (Jerry Ferrara). Who thinks Proctor’s time on this earth is limited? It doesn’t help when Mak opens Proctor’s eyes to his predicament.

What did you think of “You Lied to Me?” Were you as shocked as I was when we finally learn why Tony Teresi (William Sadler) wants to talk to Tommy? Hit me up on Twitter @SeasideTV or leave a comment below.

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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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