Myles Aronowitz/Starz
Georgette Pierre
July 16, 2017 AT 10:00 PM EDT


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

The pre-trial begins, and defense is trying to get the gun dismissed. Proctor cross-examines Special Agent Donovan about the gun he found in James’ nightclub office — yes, the same gun that Sandoval planted. Proctor really goes in with his questions, even accusing the agent of being the mole whom Knox found. Donovan gets hot headed — the same anger and attitude that Silver warned James about — and the prosecution isn’t happy.

Proctor tries to get Bailey on his side by playing to the fact that James doesn’t think Greg is the mole either. Bailey baits Proctor with the recording of Tommy admitting to killing Lobos, asking to meet Proctor at his place. He makes it very clear that when he hears it, he’ll have to choose between Tommy and James. When Proctor tells Tommy about the recording and the upcoming meeting with Bailey, Tommy invites himself against Proctor’s request — as if he really had a choice.

At the meeting, Proctor plays the recording — and hears Tommy kill Ruiz. Remember: Knox offered Ruiz a deal if he agreed to wear a microphone. Since the evidence would implicate Tommy and possibly James, Proctor wants to know if the prosecution team has heard this. Although he mentioned the recording to Saxe, Bailey confirms that only the two of them have actually heard it. And then Tommy jumps out like the Scream killer and stabs Bailey to death.

Tommy thought Ghost and Proctor were plotting against him, so he wipes blood from the knife on Proctor’s sweater. When Proctor tells Tommy that Ghost went to Greg’s place looking for the same recording they just heard, Tommy realized he just messed up. (Read actor Joseph Sikora’s thoughts on Tommy’s actions here.) Now, Proctor is left with the laptop of the recording and a dead man lying in a pool of blood in his apartment. Just another day in the life of Joe Proctor.

On their mission for better evidence, the FBI rolls up to Keisha’s hair salon and Truth nightclub with court orders that shut down both indefinitely. Keisha calls Tasha, and Dre calls Julio. (How convenient, calling Julio now.) Dre goes to Kanan’s place to drop off his cut, not knowing where the next payment is going to come from now that the club has been shut down. When Dre sees Tariq, he tries to get him to leave, but unsurprisingly, Tariq decides to stay. A girl Tariq was eyeing earlier invites him to the back bedroom as Kanan and his goons egg him on. With Tariq acting shy, the girl consents to him touching her leg. I’m still over Tariq.

Ghost finally has what he needs to shut down Teresi’s blackmail. Using Tony’s dying wife as collateral damage, he taunts him about Stiletti’s family finding out who killed their father, which could affect his upcoming trial. Case (hopefully) closed.

Remember when I said Maks would use Angela’s bum deal to their advantage? He does just that by presenting evidence to get Proctor removed as James’ lawyer. The argument is that Proctor is compromised since he also used to represent Tommy — and since James didn’t take the deal, it makes their case stronger. Proctor gets thrown off the case as the lawyer, but at least the gun gets thrown out in their favor. Judge Tapper is the king of tit for tat. Now it’s Silver or bust.

Proctor breaks the news to Ghost, then heads to Angela’s apartment to let her have it. He gives her a whole speech about how innocent James is. “You want to know what the worst part about it is?” Proctor says. “Everything he’s done, he did for you.” He tells her that the gun doesn’t belong to James, adding, “What does that say about the rest of your case?” Trying to look too cool for school, Angela finally digs deeper into the club footage, only to find that James really didn’t hide the gun and that Sandoval was the last person who viewed the footage. Deleting footage won’t save you, Sandoval. Someone please show Angela to her several thousand seats.

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