Power premiere recap: 'When I Get Out'
I’m sure real tears fell down your face (*insert Soulja Boy crying meme*) when you heard, “They say this is a big, rich town.” Nine months after the season 3 finale nearly sent us into fits, Power is back.
The first episode of season 4 wastes no time reminding you what your ex-fave did to Ghost last season. Here’s your refresher: Ghost’s federal prosecutor ex-mistress Angela arrested him at his nightclub, Truth, for the murder of… wait for it… Angela’s ex-colleague, ex-boyfriend, ex-lover, and magic bean holder, Greg Knox. Now of course, we know Ghost didn’t do it, but with petty revenge swirling around in Angela’s bones, she doesn’t want to hear that. It gets worse.
Season 4 opens on a contemplative Ghost in jail, surrendering his personal belongings, as he flashes back to Tasha reading him his rights for bringing a fed into their lives, Tommy yelling at him for not being in control of the situation, and Angela asking his whereabouts the night before. He snaps out of it as his wife calls his cell, but prison guards won’t let him answer. He points out that it could be an emergency. Angela quips, “We can send an NYPD cruiser by your place if you’d like.”
While all this is happening, we see Sandoval, the agency’s mole and Greg’s real killer, about to dispose of the gun that killed Knox. Angela tries to act like she’s enjoying seeing Ghost helpless, but that feeling doesn’t last long. When she gets back to her apartment, she looks distraught, dropping a glass of red wine on the kitchen floor. You don’t get to be sad, girl! You put him there.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Tommy rolls up to Keisha’s spot, where he’s been hiding her from Milan and Tasha. He’s come to tell Keisha that Milan is dead (as you’ll recall, Ghost and Tommy killed him) and that she doesn’t have to worry anymore — but then he gets a call from Tasha telling him that Tariq is missing. Being the interesting problem solver that he is, Tommy heads to Truth nightclub to get answers from Dre about Tariq’s whereabouts, only to learn that Angela arrested Ghost. Le sigh. We already knew Tommy wasn’t a fan of hers, and then she pulled this stunt. I was rocking with Angela until she turned on Ghost. With Ghost locked up, Tommy has to quell the team’s concerns about the “business.”
So what’s Tasha’s reaction to all of this? She’s broken and fed up. Not only is she still married to the man who wanted nothing to do with her, but Angela arrested Tasha’s lifeline, and now a stranger wants ransom money for her son. The thin line between her love and hate for Ghost becomes apparent when Ghost’s crooked lawyer, Joe Proctor, tells Tasha she needs to scrounge up $2 million dollars of clean money for Ghost to post bail. Stakes are high since he’s being charged with killing a federal agent. Good luck with that. As Tasha starts working on pulling the money together, things get ugly. She discovers that Ghost cleaned out their rainy-day fund and finds a note in their security box that reads, “I’m sorry Tasha. I’ll put it back.” I’m not convinced, either. (Recap continues on page 2)
So what about that ransom request for Tariq? Kanan has been exerting a dark influence on Tariq, feeding him lies about his father, with whom Tariq already has a rocky relationship. After drugging Tariq, Kanan and his cousin start plotting what to do with him until Dre shows up and asks to bring Tariq home. Kanan is elated to hear that Ghost finally got locked up thanks to Dre’s big mouth. Since Tariq is their prized possession, Kanan and his crew demand $45,000 a week in exchange for letting him go. Ouch. What makes it worse is Tariq’s strong fondness for Kanan. He’s found a friend in the wrong guy. When Tariq wakes up, Kanan tells Tariq his father is locked up, feeds him some lies, gives him a burner phone, and makes sure Tariq concocts some kind of BS story for Tasha to explain his whereabouts.
Now, the person who needs to be dragged is Dre. Ever since Kanan threatened to hurt his daughter, Dre’s been playing both sides. He works in Ghost’s nightclub, trying to convince him he’s ready to get back in the game, while also spying on Ghost’s every move for Kanan. When Dre brings Tariq home, Tommy’s spidey senses go off as he wonders how Dre just magically found him. Tommy, we’re on the same page. I don’t cape for him, either. Dre manages to keep it together until he leaves, knowing that when Tommy finds out the truth, that’s all she wrote for him and Kanan.
With Ghost stamped as a cop killer, prison guards — especially the one played by the late Charlie Murphy — are having a field day with him. How much longer can Ghost keep it together? I’m hoping long enough for no one else to turn on him while he’s in there. My heart can’t take it. Tasha finally visits him in jail and is rightfully upset. He spent investment money they had on reserve without telling her, and Angela and the feds accosted their home with a search warrant while their daughter walked in. (Hail to Raina for reading Angela for filth.) Tasha found a necklace Ghost was going to give his mistress, and she still has to find $2 million dollars to post bail for this man. If that isn’t a ride or die woman, I don’t know what is.
Without saying too much, Ghost alludes to where Tasha can get the money, so she turns to Tommy for the answers. They gather the money for the bail hearing, which Angela thought she was going to head up. Not so fast. Angela slept with both Ghost and Knox, so she can have several seats — and she does, in that bail hearing. Since their office is biased and essentially compromised thanks to Angela, new guy John Mak (played by Sung Kang of the Fast & Furious franchise) presides over the case as the prosecutor in the bail hearing. While the judge seems like she’s leaning in Ghost’s favor, she denies bail until his trial. It would’ve been too easy for Ghost to get out in the first episode, but a girl could dream.
After the hearing, Ghost still tries to convince Angela he didn’t do it, but she’s so far gone. I wanted to tell her wipe that smirk off her face, but it was just me and the TV screen. Although this is just the beginning of a tumultuous season 4, I can’t wait for Ghost to be vindicated — hopefully not at the expense of someone else close to him.