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'Power' fan recap: The emancipation of Holly

Season 2 | Episode 5 | “Who You Are and Who You Want to Be” | Aired July 11, 2015

You know that interrogation scene in Basic Instinct where a fully confident (and sexually charged) Sharon Stone practically brings a room full of well-trained men to their knees with a simple leg cross? Well, that’s not what happens here at all.

In Power, it’s the interrogator who has the upper hand, unaffected by Holly’s method of seduction. “I like your watch” just doesn’t sound sexy when you’re wearing pants, it seems. Unfortunately for him, Holly isn’t giving up any pertinent information on Tommy—even with the threat of a one-way trip back to Cleveland in an orange jumpsuit looming over her head.

As special agents try to figure out how to break her, Ghost confronts Stern about his big article on the Vibe party in the New York Post, which doesn’t mention him at all. Stern, ever the master manipulator, reminds him to focus on the good: Truth is getting press, which gets people talking, which brings in more money. Solid, right? He even invites Ghost to a “special” party among his wealthy friends as a thank-you. What could possibly be wrong about this scenario?

Back at Holly’s interrogation, Angela is upset because she’s sitting around like a “glorified intern” rather asking the questions herself. One missed call from a potential witness who ends up dead because you were too busy getting busy, and they hold it over your head forever. What gives? Oh, and a quick phone call from the district attorney’s office in Cleveland reveals that Holly’s arrest warrant has been voided due to a main witness recanting their story. However, Angie keeps this information to herself and Holly’s emancipation is put on hold.

Things aren’t looking good for Ghost either. Lobos is demanding to be paid much sooner than he thought, which means he’ll have to move his product faster in order to meet that request. Without enough territory to accomplish that, he’ll need to conjure up some manifest destiny and acquire more land. The solution: Take out the Serbians, blame it on their rivals, and swoop in to gain their trust. Sound familiar? (We’re looking at you, Kanan.)

Holly still isn’t budging, forcing the FBI to switch up its game plan. And now, here’s a moment of appreciation for Special Agent Mike Sandoval. Pros: Really really, ridiculous good looking; is the boss; is bilingual; likes to go by the book. Cons: Slightly sexist (told Angela he doesn’t trust her because she acts like a little girl) and is a liar liar, pants on fire.

Sandoval steps in to interrogate Holly by pretending to be just like her. He falsely recalls being let down by the people around himself and working hard to get to where he is. His plan works because they bond over their seemingly similar backgrounds, and Holly lets her guard down enough to consider not taking the fall for Tommy.

Meanwhile, Angela and Ghost meet up to have their weekly discussion on honesty—and Ghost still refuses to tell her about his double life. To make matters worse, he’s kept Tommy in the dark about Angela’s suspicions and it looks like Tommy’s unrelenting loyalty is about to hit him where it hurts.

Against his better judgment, Ghost attends Stern’s special gathering, which looks more and more like Caligula with each passing room. This party has everything: booze, babes, masks, whips, illicit acts. Stern attempts to bond with Ghost by offering him a rainbow of women, but Ghost declines. He has other things to worry about, like finding a new way to tell Angela the truth without actually telling her the truth.

Holly sticks by Tommy and insists he isn’t a killer, even after special agents show her the gruesome crime-scene photos from RSK’s murder. Poetess Eve once said that love is blind and it will take over your mind, and she was right. Facing an (unlawful) arrest, Holly convinces them to let her go to the bathroom so she can get her mind right. Angela follows her in, and they sit down for some girl talk.

Actually, Angela tries to convince her to do something for herself for once and give up Tommy. It almost works … until Holly recognizes her. “I remember you. You f—ed James. At Truth. Up against the wall in his office. He’s cheating on Tasha with you.” OH, SNAP.

It only took two seasons, but now Angela knows that James St. Patrick is Ghost (FINALLY!). She strikes a deal with Holly to dig up dirt on him, and in return, she’ll do everything she can to protect the auburn-haired klepto and her boyfriend. After sobbing her feelings away in the bathroom, she regains her composure and joins Ghost for a romantic stroll in the rain. “So, baby, how was work?” That’s code for, “I know who you really are and you’re about to get it.”

But wait, there’s more. Greg has been watching from his car and now knows about them too. Lucy, it looks like you’ve got some ‘splaining to do.

Notable Quotables

Cooper Saxe: What’s the nature of your relationship [with Tommy]?
Holly: We’re f—ing. We f— sometimes when we get bored.

Angela (on Holly’s loyalty to Tommy): When you really love a guy, you stand by him, no matter what he’s done
Holly (to Angela): You didn’t know … you dumb b—h. You’re the one sleeping with Ghost, not me.

Power airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Starz.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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