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Power’ recap: N-word, please! Ghost is (really!) back

Tommy says that word, Ghost breaks up with Angela, and the true sender of the death cards

Season 3, Episode 6 | “The right decision” | Aug. 21

 

Let’s talk about the thing that we almost missed in last night’s episode of Power: Tommy (Joseph Sikora) dropped the N-word.

He didn’t drop it the way say, someone who means to cause harm toward black folks might drop it. He casually said it in the way your Slim Shady-esque homeboy who’s been rocking with you since middle school might say it. It was quick. Silent, almost — but he for damn sure said it. And Ghost, for his part, popped his head up to the side, and let him have that moment — though it certainly seemed like this was par for the course and not at all foreign.

Tommy is in grief. Whether he meant to or not, he killed his girlfriend Holly (Lucy Walters) in last week’s episode. And he and Ghost (Omari Hardwick) just killed Lobos, which means that he just killed his career as a drug dealer. He loved that job. Loved it. Made him feel whole. It put a lot of money in his pocket, and it’s the only profession that Tommy has ever known.

Ghost believes he’s able to move on, divorce Tasha, and start a new life with Angela. But, oh, how wrong he is.

And now it too is dead. “We’re finally free, Tommy,” Ghost says to him, reminding him of how rich they are from all the drug money and how the sky is the limit. Tommy — Ghost tells him — can start over.

“Start over?? With what, Ghost? N——, I ain’t got no connect. I ain’t got no family …,” he trails off, clearly thinking of Holly.

Tommy’s real comfortable, yo. It’s a quick and important — and depending on who you ask, authentic — moment. And it’s one that comes on the heels of the two men finally getting back together in partnership, after spending much of this season away from one another, with Tommy being instructed to murder the one consistent and trusted friend he’s had for years. There are no boundaries that come up in their friendship. The murder of foes, the silencing of lovers and the fraternal association of using a slang treatment of a word that is almost always hateful when spoken from a white man to a black man — these two have stepped back into groove with one another.

For his part, Ghost believes he’s able to move on, divorce Tasha (Naturi Naughton), and start a new life with Angela.

But, oh, how wrong he is.

The murder of foes, the silencing of lovers and the fraternal association of using a slang treatment of a word that is almost always hateful when spoken from a white man to a black man.

Turns out the guy who has been running security for Ghost is Milan, the Serbian bad guy who has been leaving all those scary cards. Yep, he saved Ghost from imminent death (and now we know why!) when he was facing the barrels of those guns from the Jamaicans that Holly hired to off him in last week’s episode. He did it because Ghost has messed with his business — and now he wants Ghost and Tommy to work for him.

And if Ghost doesn’t want to comply, then he’ll go right toward his weak spot: Angela (LeLa Loren). Tommy would rather that Ghost just murder Angela — he’s clearly not a fan — but Ghost breaks up with Angela in the final minutes of the show. She slides down the door in dramatic, breakup-girl fashion and sobs her eyes out. Ghost is on the other side of the apartment door in tears himself. Then he sobers up and walks out.

Bye-bye, Jaimie. Ghost is back for real, y’all.

Kelley L. Carter is a senior entertainment writer at The Undefeated. She can act out every episode of the U.S version of "The Office," she can and will sing the Michigan State University fight song on command and she is very much immune to Hollywood hotness.