Tonight’s episode reached peak critical mass as Ghost, Angela, Tommy, and Dre all faced the consequences of their actions. Since Angela decided to be with Ghost, she’s been struggling to reconcile with his life of crime. Now that Ruiz is in federal custody to testify against Lobos, Angela is well aware her future with Ghost is at stake. Angela tells her lover there are too many obstacles for them to overcome. When Ghost asks her to elaborate, Angela uses a bit of misdirection by reminding Ghost he’s still married to Tasha.
Michael visits Lobos and updates him on Ruiz. Livid, Lobos tears into Michael and demands he send his hit man, Hugo, to find Ruiz and kill him before he testifies. Michael tries to talk Lobos out of this idea, saying “I can’t have another witness killed on my watch.” This further enrages Lobos, who turns the tables and threatens Michael. “I sometimes ask myself who I should kill first — you, or your daughter?”
Angela heads to Greg’s apartment in an attempt to dissuade him from his campaign to take down Ghost, but Greg’s pride won’t allow it. Later, when they meet with the task force, Greg asks to change strategy: Instead of just giving up Lobos, Greg also wants Ruiz to reveal Ghost’s real identity. Angela warns this might anger Ruiz and his lawyer, but the opportunity to take down Lobos’ whole network is too good a chance to pass up, so their boss signs off on Greg’s plan.
Tommy, still shaken from the Koreans’ drive-by shooting, gets a surprise visit from his mother, Kate. Holly witnesses firsthand the unconventional relationship Tommy shares with his mother. As they snort lines of coke together, Kate asks Holly how she and Tommy met. When Holly says they met at work, Kate remarks that sleeping with the boss is a good way to avoid work. Holly is too distracted to trade barbs with Kate, secretly texting the Jamaicans she hired to kill Ghost.
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Ghost decides to spend the day with Tariq and takes him to Truth, surprising him with tickets to a basketball game later that night. But Ghost tells Tariq he’ll have to help around the club to earn the tickets, and hands him over to Dre. Tariq confides to Dre that he’s disappointed with his father because he didn’t seem affected by Shawn’s death, but Dre assures him Ghost was deeply affected. Dre explains all fathers want the best for their children, and the reason he’s working at Truth is to provide a better life for his daughter. When Ghost checks in on Tariq, his son lets him know his affair with Angela hurt his family. “You just moved in with her, what kind of father does that?” Tariq asks, deeply upset. Ghost owns up to his mistakes and hugs Tariq, saying “A real man apologizes when he does something wrong.”
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