Power Recap Season 3 Episode 9

Power Recap: How Ghost Got His Groove Back — Plus: Who Died Now?

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Power recap here.

Only in the highly complicated, very fraught and still-so-sexy marriage of James and Tasha St. Patrick can a middle school Career Day serve as foreplay.

Yes, I’m well aware that other big things go down in Season 3’s penultimate episode of Power — a significant death, a twisty murder plan, a triumph over two annoyingly arrogant pretty-boy club owners — but all I can focus on is the sweet, hot lovin’ that takes place toward the end of the hour. Tasha — Tasha, for goodness’ sake, of all people! — should know better than to hit the sheets with her unreliable, AUSA-banging estranged husband. And he should respect her ride-or-die-ness by not making her Angela’s stand-in. Yet here we are.

Let’s review the major happenings in “I Call the Shots.”

YOU GUYS WANNA BE ALONE? | Tommy surprises Ghost by freely admitting he was at Milan’s warehouse the night before — remember? When Ghost spied on him? — but doesn’t really mention it to his friend when Milan starts calling Tommy his “apprentice.” What’s more, Milan totally knows that St. Patrick is up to some shady stuff; he warns Tommy that “Ghost is an attachment, and attachments are bad for business if you want to stay alive.”

Which leads Tommy to confront his pal about how they really need to have each other’s backs, aka Ghost better stop screwing around and trying to unseat Milan. “I chose you over Holly. This time, mother—ker, you need to choose me,” Tommy warns him. “I do. I choose you. I’ll leave it alone,” Ghost replies. Anyone else feel like that scene was way more intimate than any of the times we’ve seen Ghost strip Angela to her skivvies? I’m not talking romance, I’m talking intensity and naked emotion, and Omari Hardwick and Joseph Sikora are bringing it right here.

Anyway… Ghost suggests that Tommy run point on a meeting between Milan and Ruiz to smooth things over regarding Ruiz’s refusal to pay up front for the designer drugs. And the minute that Egan is out the door, Ghost contacts Ruiz to “make the call now.” Because of course he was lying to his best friend in the universe about being transparent. Transparency is for chumps!

BRING YOUR CRIMINAL TO SCHOOL DAY | Ghost then skips off to Tariq and Raina’s school, where he’s speaking at a Career Day presentation organized by Tasha. The kids think he’s great. An irked ‘Riq spends his time texting “Slim” — aka Kanan — to hang out later. And when Ghost gives an in-depth, seemingly heartfelt explanation of how his family has suffered as he’s worked to become a high-level nightclub owner, Tasha’s metaphorical panties start their slow yet steady descent.

Speaking of working hard to keep the club going, Ghost just happens to be at his rivals’ venue — as is hotelier Karen Bassett —  during a big party when the cops raid the place and find lots of drugs sold and stashed on the premises. The rival owners are flummoxed as they’re handcuffed and led away; turns out, Ghost and Tommy made their quota for Milan by selling in the rival club instead of Truth — and Julio stuffed a whole bunch of illicit substances up in the ceiling for the police to find.

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YOU’LL DO | With his competition vanquished, Ghost returns home to compliment Tasha on her successful Career Day; she’s impressed with how he handled getting back into Bassett’s good graces. “No matter what, I’ll always protect you and the kids. You are my family,” he tells her, and then they’re kissing, and then he’s hooking her up with a new connect… if you get me. (Side note: Naturi Naughton is ALL IN on this scene, and it is quite a thing to behold. It’s easy to forget, given Ghost and Angela’s frequent flesh sessions, that Tasha is just as big a freak. Consider yourself reminded. Not to mention after the act, her reading of the line, “It ain’t us getting back together… is it?” has about 30 emotions stuffed into eight words. Nice job.)

But when she learns about Ghost’s plan to use Ruiz to mess with Milan, she kicks him out and then calls Tommy ASAP. Tasha is understandably worried about Milan’s threats to come after her and the kids if Ghost doesn’t lay off; Tommy is shocked to hear that the man who promised not to play any more games never stopped doing so.

Power Recap Season 3 Episode 9VAYA CON DIOS | While all of this is going on, Ruiz and Milan have a little confab that ends well — though Milan’s unaware that Ruiz is wearing a wire, supplied by Greg. After the meeting, Tommy dismisses Ruiz’s driver and opts to take the primera home himself… so he can stab him to death under an overpass, then leave him in a stolen car provided by Dre. “This ain’t me doin’ this to you. It’s Ghost,” Tommy says as he pushes the blade into his colleague’s belly, then takes off. But I’m pretty sure that recorder was picking up everything that was said the whole time — including when Tommy referenced killing Lobos with Ghost.

Back at the Assistant United States Attorneys’ office, Mike Sandoval gets a report informing him that Hugo — Lobo’s associate, with whom Mike was in frequent contact — has turned up dead. So Sandoval puts on a baseball cap (ooh, no one will recognize you in that!) and runs to Hugo’s apartment, where he cleans out any trace of evidence that they knew each other. Only Greg, who found the burner phone while snooping in Angela’s bag and traced its sim card’s purchase to a bodega near Hugo’s apartment, happens to be in the neighborhood and sees his co-worker coming out of the building. Oops.

WAIT, WHO’S KILING WHOM? | When Ghost and Tommy talk later, Egan wastes no time confessing/bragging that he murderer Ruiz. Ghost is thrown, saying he needs more time to come up with a different plan for getting rid of Milan. “No,” Tommy responds. “If we’re gonna do this, kill Milan? I call the shots.” But when he later meets up with the cannibal and his gang, Tommy sings quite a different song. He reassures the Eastern Europeans that he’s one of them, then announces that “we need to kill Ghost.” Twist!

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Got predictions for the season finale? Sound off in the comments!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Eric says:

    Ghost will kill Tommie because he knows Tommie cannot be trusted when out comes to Milan.

    • Michael Bell says:

      It seems like Tommy is one step ahead of Ghost. Tasha is his number one ally. They should smash just for the neck of it. Angela is a hoe. Greg will not rest until either Angela or Ghost go down. Rest in Peace Ruiz 😯

  2. flowerduh says:

    I think Tommy is going to kill Milan because he wants to prove to Ghost that he isn’t stupid. That he can handle things on his own.

    I believe that I am the only one who thinks that Keisha is alive and that Tommy told her to leave town.

    • Samson says:

      I think that Ghost will kill Tommy in the end. I know Ghost doesn’t trust the judgement of both Tasha and Tommy because they’re not wanting to give the street life up and he does but I do feel he’ll experience pain through betrayal of his son. Its sad because I want to see him and Tasha make it. I don’t know…

    • Samson says:

      I do believe that Tommy told Keisha to leave town…I hope. If so, I agree that I believe he’ll try to kill Milan by himself. Yes, I believe he is wanting to be the man but proving himself to Ghost…not sure about that. I think he’s sick of Ghost not trusting him and Tasha has lost confidence somewhat in Ghost to handle things. She loves him–no doubt but she feels he isn’t the same and he isn’t. Whether that’s good or bad…not sure.

      • flowerduh says:

        Thank you! Now I know I’m not the only one who feels Tommy didn’t kill Keisha. But I don’t think Ghost will kill Tommy (or vice versa) because even though they don’t like each other they still have some love for each other.

        I’m glad that Tasha finally admitted that Ghost was right and it’s time to go legit.

  3. Ms crame says:

    It’s getting bore. The writer is doing to much. Some people should have been die. There making ghost look weak. It’s to many bloopers in power.it don’t have you really on the edge. Angela should have been going. It’s funny how the new boss over came.ghost Tommy should have been dead. Ghost son should have been dead. That’s not the way mobs do things. Sincerely ms crame

    • Do a spell check before posting next time. Yes, the writing do need to improve. They see only what they want to see, but things that obviously should have been caught, it don’t. Like why don’t Milan know Tommy killed Ruiz. You see everything else. Why didn’t they see Greg flopping around on that ground like a fish when he got shot and Lobos was taken. Why itchy trigger Dre haven’t blown Kanan brains out…he has no back up crew anymore, so why is he still afraid of him.He threaten your child! Why Angela so stupid to leave that phone in her purse while in Greg company…so many stupid moments that I can’t list. My fingers tired!

  4. Zion says:

    Watchable but I agree with everyone else on here, the writers are not thorough, Didn’t anyone notice that Tariq got new shoes? Didn’t Ghost see that his son was on the phone when he was giving his mighty speech? Milan has Ghost watched and followed but not watching Tommy? when everything else is enveloping so fast why haven’t they caught Mike as the inside man for Lobos’ death?????????? urrrrgh!!!!

  5. Beth says:

    there are a LOT of loose ends to tie up next week?? I hope they do..

  6. Wesley thompson says:

    I agree that tommy told lakeisha to leave town or she will be killed. “Tommy will not kill or even help kill milan” he just wants milan andbhis entire crew to believe that” Ghost and Tommy are the stars of the show there is no oower without ghost or tommy. Milan is just another bad guy. Everything tommy said was being recorded by greg’s wire (button) ruiz wore

  7. Miss Blackie says:

    Interesting episode. But I must say, I am really scared for George Knox. He’s so close to unravelling all these and I think he might get killed. I’m so gonna cry if this happens. Who else feels Agent Knox is gonna die?

  8. james says:

    how does no one trust ghost, tommy tasha angela need to trust this guy, he makes big moves on the show

  9. Alfie Mac says:

    Tasha and Ghost love scene was truly satisfying ❤️!!!!!!!! That Ghost is the “TRUTH”!!!! And salutations to the writer, director, producers and cast of this outstanding series POWER!!!!! Best ever.🎤