To borrow a sentence from the film adaptation of this week’s Canonical Studies text: The conspiracy to fix Tariq St. Patrick in his mother’s murder trial? It lives! It’s aliiiiiiiive!
Sunday’s Power Book II: Ghost begins with a discussion of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and ends with Tariq hiring Tameika as a lawyer and announcing that he will confess to Ghost’s murder. In between there is an unsuccessful hit, the return of Epiphany (insert emoji), and an occasional dismemberment. Read on for the highlights from “Monster”.
Sugar cane really works Villain | After Cane cut up the GTG people he killed in the last episode and put them in an oil drum (while Lil Guap watches in horror), he is surprised that his brother turns up at GTG headquarters. Dru is outraged that Lil Guap is still alive, especially after the ambush outside the club. But Cane doesn’t want to hear it. “Either you with me or you against me,” he says to Dru.
At home, Monet wonders why Dru didn’t kill them all – after all, now that Cane is out of the picture, he’s going to run the family business. And this business is having a little trouble: Cane took all the Tejada dealers with him, and Rico is on his way to move the product.
Monet reorganizes her hustle and bustle by telling Tariq to move the cocaine in question. At Brayden’s suggestion, he reconnects with Effie, apologizes, and gets her to sell the white stuff at Yale. It’s salty for him – for good reason – after he blew her away on her last day in Stansfield. He apologizes, then tells her that his mom wants him to do something really bad. (We’ll get back to that in a moment.) “I can’t tell when you’re lying. I never can, ”says Effy, and did I mention how much I like her? As they talk, she says that both he and she are monsters and that he should make peace with them. “I accepted it for myself the night I turned you over to Choate. The sooner you accept it, the better off you’ll be. “
EPIPHANY RESURFACES | Saxe and MacLean visit Epiphany at one of their regular customers’ homes, where she lives while the guy is out of town. They know she has charges against her, but they float on the idea that she could avoid jail time and keep custody of her child … if she is ready to testify at Tasha’s trial. Little do they know that Steven Ott hired a photographer to track Saxe. And when he sees the photos of the superunethical joint visit to Epiphany, Ott demands that Saxe use them to destroy MacLean.
Meanwhile, MacLean leads Paula to believe that “Dr. Epiphany Turner “is an” expert “who almost makes Tasha’s eyes pop out of her head. “Epiphany is not a doctor. She is a stripper! “She tells the investigator. Paula, who is already suspicious of her lover / colleague, realizes how bad this could all be in her case.” If Saxe calls her to the booth, what will Epiphany say about you? “She asks. Tasha recognizes that Epiphany could easily identify Tariq as part of Tasha’s operation, and asks Paula to forward a message to Tariq: Epiphany is as dangerous as “Slim” – aka Kanan – and he should treat her the way he looked after him. (Oh, and Tasha found out 100 percent that Paula and MacLean file each other’s legal filings, if you know what I mean.)
MAN ON A MISSION | Tariq follows Epiphany to the house and is about to pull out his gun when she mentions that Davis MacLean and “a square white boy” (heh) were there. He is about to do something very bad when she casually mentions that if she had the money, she would just run away. And later, in court, Epiphany is MIA when she is called to testify.
Things develop from there. Saxe and MacLean fight, and Saxe shows him the photos. Paula confronts Davis about lying about Epiphany and not telling her about his side business with Saxe, and the extent of her whisper is admirable. And when the court is back in session, Saxe surprises everyone by calling Tariq as a witness.
DRU LOW! | When Tariq goes to the bar to meet Monet, he frankly tells her that he gave Epiphany the money he made selling Tejada drugs. She pulls a gun on him and things get very ugly and / or fatal, but then two cars pull up and shoot at the bar with devotion. Tariq grabs Diana and is taken to cover while Monet and Dru try to do the same Evade firestorm. Eventually Dru decides he’s going to sneak out of the back and try to sneak up on the shooters, but he ends up with a bullet in his shoulder.
Cane shows up a moment later after finding out that Rico – who was looking for a new distro – tried to cut Monet out of the game. At the hospital, Dru has an operation and Monet tells Cane to never come back. So Cane calls Ramirez, angry that the hit went wrong and didn’t kill his intended target: Tariq. (Side note: I’m not going to lie – I’m a little shaky on this point. The hit in question was the one at the bar? Or the one in Stansfield? I realize it makes me sound very stupid, but I can’t figure it out Halp. Anyway, Cane gets so mad that he kills Ramirez.
TARIQ’S NEW COUNSEL | Paula later serves Tariq his subpoena to appear in court, giving him friendly advice: “You need a lawyer, Tariq. Davis prepares you. “We learn that she no longer works for him and she shows him the cemetery video that Saxe MacLean gave weeks earlier.
So Tariq calls Tameika, who tells him to give her a dollar so she can officially be his lawyer and her conversations come under legal privilege. She asks him up close: “Tariq, did you kill your father?” He takes a breath and then replies, “Not because I’m a monster. Because he was a monster. “Then he announces that he will confess everything if Saxe puts him on the stand.
CARRIE GETS DEEPER | Did we know Carrie used to be a prosecutor? It’s entirely possible it showed up before, but it felt like news to me when it showed up on this episode. Either way, she and Jabari suggest that they create a buffer between the police and the student body while examining the body in the pool. So she starts asking Zeke questions and finds out more than she expected about GTG and the like. But how much of it does she pass on to the detective in charge – under the category “anonymous information from a random student”? It’s unclear.
When she returns to her office one afternoon, Monet is waiting for her. You see, Monet found out that Zeke and his professor are sleeping together, so she threatens Carrie to stop poking around. “If Zeke gets into trouble about this swimming pool, your surname will be the first name out of my mouth”, she promises her.
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