“Power makes people do some crazy s—.”
Amen, Cristobal. The whole series really could be summed up in that line. And maybe the craziest s— of all happens in “A Changed Man?”: Ghost attempts to make amends with the people in his life — even Dre. Crazy, right?
While Ghost was on his redemption tour, many of the characters faced challenging obstacles, Ghost included. It was actually hard to find someone who came up smelling like roses other than Saxe, Mak, a fast food empire, and Entourage.
So strap in and strap up, because this is where it goes down.
1. Saxe and Mak
Victory is so close for this smug duo that they can taste it. It seems like proving that Angela is dirty has been the sole driving force for Saxe and Mak, and they now have the evidence they need (I’m a little unclear how they got it, but, hey, they got it). Oh, and is Mak an even bigger dick than Saxe now? He was straight up nasty to Proctor’s ex. Maybe he’s always been a jerk and I’ve just been blinded by my love of Han from Fast & Furious.
“Why mess with greatness?” McDonald’s can’t ask for more than that endorsement from America’s favorite drug dealing, murdering food lover.
3. Proctor’s ex
Forty-five days sober and strong enough to reject Proctor’s bonus alimony payment? Good for you, Lindsey!
My theory of Power secretly being a Turtle spinoff only gained steam this week thanks to the introduction of Proctor’s criminal cousin Benny, who looks a lot like Turtle’s criminal childhood friend Dom. I’m so ready for the Power bottle episode where Proctor goes to L.A. to defend a certain A-list movie star.
New business alert! While Tariq is avoiding his father, he goes on a violent joy ride with his street father figure, Kanan, leading him to start selling pills at school. Man, just when I thought this kid was becoming a man. Well, I guess he’s becoming a man kind of in the same way that Ghost did.
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New business alert, part 2! After Teresi panics thinking that Ghost and Tommy could be onto him, he decides to take his snitching to entrapment levels. Knowing his son is in desperate need of a new network, Teresi convinces Tommy that they can smuggle drugs into the prison through ramen packets. Someone is going to be in the running for Anti-Father of the Year!
Congrats Dre on finally finishing in the middle of the Power power rankings. The turncoat has basically always been top 2 or bottom 2, so it’s good to see him even out a bit. Dre was originally going to be higher (maybe McDonald’s high), considering he appears to make peace with Ghost and solve his Diego problem. But he also seems super paranoid when it comes to Cristobal — and that’s probably going to be that much worse after he sacrificed his translator.
The episode title asks if Ghost is a changed man after last week’s meltdown and subsequent sit-down with Reverend Macedon. Well, if we’re going off just this episode, then I’d say he is. Ghost spends the episode handing out apologies like it’s his job, making amends with Tasha, Angela, Tommy, and, most surprising, Dre. And while not all of them accept, he’s got bigger problems, like an IRS audit and the feds closing in on Angela. But at least he’ll get a solid few months with Angela before she’s the one locked up.
New businesses all around! Unfortunately for Tommy, this one is fed-sponsored. The budding ramen empire aside, the Tommy and Angela partnership gets off to a promising (and hilarious) start. “I didn’t tell you you could f—ing call me,” Tommy says when Angela rings him up. Angela is tracking Dre after Tommy put the tracker on his enemy’s car, leading her right back to the Jimenezes. Also, I continue to look forward to the day that I can put Tommy at the top of this list. I mean, it’s only a matter of time before he’s forced to kill Teresi, right? Actually, I’m unsure if that will put him at the top or the bottom of the rankings.
As the longtime, dedicated wife of a drug kingpin, Tasha St. Patrick should know the key word when questioned by police: “Lawyer!” It’s not like she doesn’t know any lawyers between her lover and her husband’s lover. Tasha makes it through her interrogation without breaking but she’s clearly shaken afterwards, prompting her to confront Angela and Ghost and rope poor Terry into this.
The guy doesn’t even appear and he’s got no power. Apparently love does cost a thing — or a lie to police and federal prosecutors.
The walls are closing in, part 1. It’s been a rough season for Proctor, who at least once a week finds himself in a meeting that he wants no part of. And then when he finds himself in a meeting he wants to be a part of (Dom!!!), Mak shows up to threaten him. This leads to Proctor stooping to his lowest point as he tries to get his sober ex-wife back on drugs to hurt her chances of getting custody of their daughter. Maybe this isn’t an Entourage spinoff after all, because Turtle would never do such a thing.
The walls are closing in, part 2. It wasn’t that long ago that things were looking pretty hot for Angela. She had busted the Jimenezes, became the hero of the office, and was still glowing from her budding relationship with a high-ranking government employee. And now? She lost the Jimenezes to said love interest, her drug lord ex-boyfriend is back in the picture, and, oh yeah, she’s on the verge of going to prison. On the plus side, she’s getting some quality Tommy time!
You know what they say: Snitches get covered with liquor and burned alive.