The morning after sleeping with Tasha, Silver gets a surprise visit — from Tasha’s husband. Ghost questions Silver about Proctor, asking if any criminal charges have been filed against him. Ghost is clearly still worried about what business Maks had outside Proctor’s apartment. As he’s getting ready to leave, Ghost notices a woman’s earring on the floor, though he doesn’t seem to realize it’s Tasha’s. “I didn’t know you had a lady,” he says. Silver replies, “I wouldn’t call her my lady.”
Maybe not, but Tasha is still thinking about him when she talks with Keisha, who questions why that on-camera interview was a good idea. Raina interrupts — she’s over Tariq and the bullying at school, and she tells her mom about a new school she wants to go to in Connecticut. As they talk, Tasha sees the bruises Tariq left on Raina’s arm when he pushed her, but Raina lies about what happened.
Ghost meets up with Rashad Tate about sourcing a potential area for a club in Queens, but he’s surprised when Tate reveals that he invited Dre (“one of the young kids you helped save from the neighborhood”) to join their meeting. And we know how Ghost feels about surprises. (I’m with you, Ghost.) As soon as Tate walks away, Ghost aggressively pulls Dre to the side, and Dre ends up telling Ghost everything about what’s going on with Tommy, the meeting with the Jimenez, and the proposed deal about the Toros Locos’ territory. Essentially, Tommy wants to start a war if he doesn’t hear back.
When Dre tells the crew a war might be coming with the Jimenez, they’re not happy at all, especially since this is all due to Tommy being a hothead. Cristobal and Dre regroup on the side after everyone else leaves, and Dre admits that he didn’t know having Julio killed would lead to “a f—ing war.” Cristobal wants to know what’s next. “I don’t know,” Dre admits, “but whatever it is, we got to be on the same page, and we got to be a step ahead of Tommy somehow.”
Taking Dre’s advice, Ghost meets up with Tommy, who just wants to know whether Teresi is really his father. Ghost tries to get him to focus on the Jimenez, asking whether Tommy is even sure his people would go to war for him over Julio, but Tommy can’t back down from the proposed deal. “I don’t want to start a war I’m not sure I can win,” he says, “but I can’t go back there and negotiate against myself.” Ghost agrees to go with Tommy to meet with the Jimenez.
At the meeting, Ghost uses his gift of Gab to hit Diego where it hurts. He threatens to expose their organization for not being as fearsome as they appear to be since they couldn’t even finish a job they started (killing Lobos). He gives them a day to decide. Ghost and Tommy definitely make good partners.
Now only if Dre could tighten up. Dre and Cristobal meet with Diego to stop a war from happening. Dre is making a bold move by taking a position against his connect, and the Jimenez want to know why they should trust him. “Because I want to be the biggest goddamn drug dealer in New York City, and I can’t do that working for Tommy,” Dre says. To sweeten the deal, he offers up access to the Basa Hotel group. I think he’s bitten off more than he can chew, but Diego is in if Dre can make it happen — and if he can’t, Diego will kill Dre himself. They’ll give Tommy what he wants to buy Dre time. Dre calls Tommy to tell him the news as Cristobal questions whether Dre can get this done without Tommy finding out.
Tommy does some soul searching and, after asking his mother again about the identity of his father, decides to visit Connie, Teresi’s wife. While Connie is in another room, Tommy steals a picture from a photo album. He visits his mother again to confront her about lying, and she finally admits it: Teresi is his father. Tommy storms out.
As for his mom, Kate visits Teresi in jail, threatening to tell Connie about their relationship — and the son she doesn’t know about — if Teresi doesn’t honor their agreement to stay away from Tommy. Now I’m curious as to why. The plot thickens. (Recap continues on page 2)
Ghost just won’t let Proctor live. He gets into Proctor’s car outside his daughter’s school to ask why Maks was at his house the other night. Ghost just needs confirmation that Proctor isn’t going to snitch. As much as Ghost is wary of Proctor, Proctor doesn’t have a choice, either. (Or does he? Cough, the laptop.) Proctor tries to convince Ghost: “I don’t know how to be any more clear. Whether I like it or not, we are in this s— together.” Ghost admits he doesn’t know who to trust but wants Proctor to keep him in the loop.
Tariq is running with the wrong crowd again. He starts helping people rob houses, but when he gives the all-clear for the guys to break in, he winds up in something darker than he expected. When Tariq goes upstairs to see what’s going on, he sees one of the guys trying to rape the woman they’re robbing. He yells for Brains, by name, to tell his friend to stop; now that the woman has heard one of their names, they kill her instead. Tariq runs out before they can find him and asks his dad about going to the school Raina suggested. Oh, what an interesting change of heart.
Meanwhile, Sandoval runs into Saxe and asks for reassurance that they’re still working together. Saxe agrees, but only to cover himself. He leaves Sandoval to meet with Angela and Donovan and finds out that Sandoval came to Donovan’s house, possibly to kill him.
Saxe doesn’t want to go Maks unless their evidence for an arrest warrant is airtight, or they’ll all be on Mike’s hit list. When Saxe asks for more evidence, Angela pulls out the burner phone Ghost found that was planted in Greg’s apartment. She thinks Sandoval is the mole and framed Greg to cover his tracks — but Saxe doesn’t think she can prove it since the burner phone is inconclusive evidence. Back to the so-called drawing board.
Saxe is dangerously playing both sides, as it’s soon revealed that he’s baiting Sandoval. He tells Sandoval what he and Angela discussed, knowing it’s enough to land Angela on Sandoval’s hit list. Sandoval heads to Angela’s apartment. It’s going down! Why would she let him in??? Angela doesn’t hold back after Sandoval reveals what he heard from Saxe. She shows him the pictures that implicate him, running the play-by-play on what she thinks happened to Greg: Sandoval went over to kill him because Greg found out he was the mole and needed to cover his tracks. Being the prosecutor that she is, she gets Sandoval to crack. “What did Lobos have on you?” she asks. “Did he threaten you? Was it your family, your daughter?”
Sandoval lets it all out. “You have no idea what it’s like to be in a situation where if you make one mistake, the person you love most dies,” he says. Lobos was going to kill his daughter. But it turns out Angela is wearing a wire, and Maks, Saxe, and Donovan have all been in the van listening. Maks wants to wait for a full confession, but Donovan doesn’t want to lose another colleague and runs into the building to save Angela from Sandoval. Since Sandoval isn’t going out like that, he pulls out his gun and threatens to expose her.
During their exchange, Angela turns off her wire. Sandoval makes her turn around and makes up a self-defense story that could save him after he kills her, but Angela doesn’t think it will work. “How will you sell self defense if you shoot me in the back?” she asks. When Sandoval is startled by her question, she pulls out her gun and shoots him in the shoulder, then reveals the wire to him as she tells him there’s another way to save himself. “You’re not a murderer,” she says, “you’re a witness.” The FBI agents bust in, find Angela pointing the gun at Sandoval, and arrest him.
Later, Sandoval sits with Maks and requests immunity in exchange for telling him everything. Maks isn’t buying it until Sandoval spins it in his favor, revealing he could lie and say the cases he oversaw were influenced by Lobos, which would make the District Attorney’s office look more corrupt than ever. When he puts it that way, Maks is willing to consider Sandoval’s offer.
Angela shares the good news about Sandoval with Silver, who relays it to Ghost and Tasha. When Ghost steps away to update Stern, Tasha and Silver plot what’s next for their little situationship. Maybe she’ll keep a closer eye on her earrings next time.
Proctor, Tommy, and Ghost meet up to talk out what Sandoval knows. Tommy suggests killing Sandoval during the small window of time they have before he’s put in protective custody. He also suggests asking Teresi to help. Ghost is wary, but Tommy thinks they know enough about Teresi’s motives to trust him, and he makes the call.
And so Sandoval is killed as he’s getting prepped for his transfer. Maks, Angela, and Saxe find Sandoval dead in his room; after Maks and Saxe leave, Angela leans over the dead body and says, “That was for Greg.” Damn, Angela. We see you. We also see Proctor — it’s revealed that he actually did keep the laptop. Oooh, I hope Ghost doesn’t find out.