Paul Schiraldi/Starz
July 02, 2017 at 10:00 PM EDT


TV Show
Crime, Drama
run date
Omari Hardwick
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B+

Ghost, back at it with the white Vans, hovers over the toilet in his jail cell. He’s hurting, physically and mentally, after being denied bail, and we’re seeing the aftermath of the guards beating him down. He’s limping; there’s blood. It’s bad. Proctor pays his client a visit and suggests that Ghost keep a low profile. Behind bars, he’s no longer Ghost — he’s James St. Patrick. I’ll take the family man alter ego for $1,000, Alex.

James’ kids, though, are butting heads about their father. Raina believes her father is innocent, while bratty Tariq thinks he did it, no thanks to Kanan. At this point, Tariq is over his parents and doesn’t trust them, leading him to look to Kanan as a father figure. I can’t wait to see Tariq’s face when he finds out he’s being used as a pawn. (No new friends, Tariq. No new friends.) Tasha, trying to keep the kids in line, takes them to school and gives them a pep talk: They shouldn’t discuss their father with anyone or call him Ghost. Tasha tries to get Tariq to talk and asks him about Kanan, which will come back to bite her later. I think he’ll be the first to turn, but don’t let me speak too soon.

Keisha, meanwhile, runs up into Tommy’s place, demanding that he and Tasha remove their names from the shop. She wants her life back, and she deserves it. Although Tommy shuts that idea down, he assures her she’s safe. We saw what happened to Holly, but something’s telling me this will end differently. And here’s something I don’t think anyone saw coming: Later, Tommy and Keisha hook up. Yes, I know. Keisha feels like Tommy’s the best thing that’s come out of all of this, but both of them agree to keep it hush around Tasha, as they should. We’ll have to revisit this one; I’m still not sure how I feel about them.

Angela is pretty much Hester Prynne in her office, as she overhears her colleagues plotting to exploit her sexual relationship with both Knox and James as an angle for the trial. She interrupts the festivities when her fave, John Maks, interrogates her about her relationships with James and Knox as if she’s on the stand — where everyone agrees she shouldn’t be called. Anyway, introducing the love triangle discredits their office since they all knew about it.

Proctor does a similar mock interrogation with James after his client suggests using the love triangle as their angle. Proctor shuts that down since it gives the prosecution the “jealous ex” motive. They’re going to have to work harder if they want James. Proctor’s advice? He should make phone calls letting people know he’ll be in there for a while. He has to appear to be the family man at all costs.

In James’ absence, Dre is running the nightclub and finding new ways to run weight through the club. Business is booming, but for how long? Personally, I think that even though Dre comes off as an eager beaver, he’s green and can’t be trusted.

While Dre is moving drugs through the club, Tommy is also trying to keep up business as usual — until he finds out that Cristobal, one of his guys, went rogue. Since Tommy needs to lie low, Julio offers to handle it on his behalf. He runs up on Cristobal to confront him about leaving, and Marcus, one of Tommy’s guys, gets punched by Cristobal’s guy, Domingo. When Tommy finds out that Julio didn’t step up like he should have, he takes matters into his own hands, taking Domingo’s car and running him over. Domingo isn’t dead, but that still must’ve hurt. Tommy doesn’t take disrespect lightly. Ouch.
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