POWER Review: “In My Best Interest”


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Uhm, where do I begin?

Angela (Lela Loren) arrests her beloved Jamie (Omari Hardwick) for the murder of Greg Knox (Andy Bean); Mike Sandoval (David Fumero) is the real killer.  Kanan (Curtis Jackson) kidnaps Tariq (Michael Rainey, Jr.) and demands ransom money from Tasha (Naturi Naughton).  And Ghost and Tommy finally kill Milan (Callan Mulvey).

Whew!  A lot to discuss in last night’s episode of .

First, let’s talk about the reemergence of Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose).  This is only her second appearance, and I am glad to see her back.  I was beginning to suspect that she was introduced for us to buy that thin story about her rescuing Kanan from death.  Although the storyline is still thin, it’s beginning to thicken up a bit.  Jukebox is a tough cookie.  She senses that Kanan might be going soft on killing Tariq.  She snaps him out of it and gets him to think bigger: get some money from Ghost and kill Tariq.  He can then “ride off into the sunset,” she says.  I sense that Kanan is reluctant.  I am not sure why though.  Again he killed his own son.  There is nothing beneath him, so this idea that he feels some sort of love for Tariq is a stretch.  It definitely makes me more terrified of Jukebox.  I can’t recall a time when a female antagonist has had such ill feelings toward a child.  Because of a lack of this character representation, Jukebox looks like more of a monster than Kanan.

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Kanan is the new Milan.  He is Ghost’s new boogeyman.  Ghost isn’t yet aware that his son has been kidnapped, and when he finds out, he will have to fight to get rid of Kanan yet again.  This can’t be good news for Dre (Rotimi), who knew all along that Kanan and Tariq were hanging out. Now that Ghost has been arrested, this may turn him into the monster he’s tried so hard to not become.  Ghost may waste Dre off the fact that his most prized possession, his son, was under the wing of Kanan and Dre didn’t tell him about it.  I hope that Dre having a daughter will soften Ghost’s heart, but I am not so sure.  He may also go hard on Angela, his beloved who arrested him for a murder he did not commit.  Ghost has tried so hard to remain under the radar, and this arrest has put him in the spotlight.  His reputation as a popular club owner, a good father and husband, and upstanding citizen have been tainted.  Not only did Angela arrest him, she did it in his nightclub Truth in front of his business partner Karen Bassett (Ivana Milicevic).  I am not sure how he is going to clean all this up.

Tommy (Joseph Sikora) faked the funk in last week’s episode.  Remember how he claimed he wanted to kill Ghost?  He tricked us.  He only said that to Milan to get him to think he was on his side.   How could I have fallen for that?  Ghost and Tommy are brothers! Duh.  He sure did a great of convincing me, so I completely bought that he did a great of convincing Milan.  Tommy is the big man now. And he is completely smitten with his new role.  He “calls the shots,” as he says.  He’s also learned a few things from  Ghost: Tell some things and keep some things in the dark.  Tommy will continue to sell drugs in Ghost’s clubs unbeknownst to Ghost, and when Ghost finds out, Tommy claims that he will make him comply.  Oh, boy.  Could these boys stop sparring? It never lasts.

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Mike Sandoval is a real scum bucket.  He kills Greg because Greg finds out that he is Lobos’ mole.  Mike kills Greg in his apartment in cold blood.  He got lucky because earlier that night, Ghost broke into Greg’s apartment to find out whether he had any evidence connecting him to the Vibora Ruiz murder.  Greg is implicated as the actual mole, and Ghost aka James St. Patrick is arrested for his murder.  That Mike is a lucky guy.  Although Ghost is blindsided, he will get out of this.  How?  I am not sure, but he is the master of getting out of sticky situations.  See: Lobos and Milan.  Never underestimate Mr. St. Patrick ever.

If that isn’t enough, heartbreak is at the end of this episode.  It hurts Angela to have to arrest her beloved.  It’s like a twisted Romeo + Juliet story.  No one can have them if they can’t have each other.  She is super convinced that he is behind Greg’s murder.  It shows that she values her calling: being a legit federal officer.  I commend her for doing this.  She chooses justice over romance.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t bode well for Jamie.  I have to admit that considering how careful Ghost is about everything, it’s a little hard to believe that he broke into Greg’s apartment without leather gloves.  But that’s neither here nor there.  We are looking for a great story, so we have one.  Ignore that.

This season’s finale of “Power” did not disappoint.  I am so upset that I have to wait a whole year for this series to return.  What shall I do until then? I need some suggestions. Like, seriously.

Season 3, Episode 10 (S03E10)
Power airs Sundays at 9PM on Starz


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