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Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Why Her?” | Aired July 18, 2015

Power might center on Ghost’s struggle to leave the crime world behind, but it’s the women who took center stage this week. While audiences beg Hollywood for more diverse and strong female characters, the hip-hop drama is flourishing with complex women who are tenacious and vulnerable, flawed yet incredibly brave.

As Angela digs deeper into the investigation that could land her beau behind bars, Holly is trying her best to ensure that she and Tommy don’t get caught in the crossfire. Picking up from their bathroom conversation last week, the conflicted ladies meet over coffee to discuss the current state of their love lives—or to figure out how to prove that James St. Patrick really is Ghost. Holly remembers Ghost handing Tommy a gun that could have been used in Rolla’s murder, and it’s now her mission to find it. This is going to be easy, like picking out the Stormtrooper at a Star Wars convention, right?

Meanwhile, Tommy visits Vladimir, who is still raging over the alleged Albanian attack on his crew. He enacts his revenge by capturing one of the men he believes is responsible for the raid. In a sign that allowing him to join their drug ring is a terrible idea, Vladimir puts a burlap sack over the man’s head (mirroring the masks worn that night) and places a hungry rat inside. The Albanian does not die, but we all wish he had. Moments later, Ghost joins the torture party and it’s official: Vladimir is in. He celebrates his induction by dismembering the Albanian with a chainsaw while he is still alive. Oh, Vlady, you so crazy.

At Tariq’s school, Tasha meets with a counselor who is perturbed about his recent behavioral issues. After subtly questioning her parenting skills, it takes nearly all of Tasha’s strength not to tie her up by the ankles and drag her behind a chariot. “I didn’t realize my donation paid for all this concern,” she coos. In other words, mind your own business.

For the reformed Holly haters, her conversation with Tommy at their apartment is proof that not all first impressions are accurate. While she may have been the clueless klepto with a tendency for destruction, Holly is also a feminist (even if she doesn’t realize it). When Tommy tries to claim her as his own, her response is perfect: “I don’t belong to anyone.”

Ghost and Tommy host a drug-dealer networking extravaganza—minus the snacks—to get everyone to move the dope through their territories at a faster rate so Ghost can pay Lobos on time. Notably missing: Kanan, who is out of town, and Dre, who is too green to sit with the big boys.

Greg continues to follow Angela, who has set up another meeting with Holly. The auburn-haired witness thinks she found the gun that could implicate James St. Patrick as Ghost, but it turns out that she’s no weapons expert and it’s the wrong gun. Angela suggests wearing a wire next, but that’s out of the question. Tommy is pretty touchy-feely and surveillance equipment is a real mood-killer. It looks like Angela will have to find another way to get her proof.

At the gun range, Tasha and Shawn spend the day shooting and exchanging lingering stares. More important, we learn that Tasha is a superior marksman, and, like Jon Snow, Shawn knows nothing. They head back to the apartment, where Estelle, Tasha’s mom, raises an eyebrow at their burgeoning relationship. She urges her daughter to stay on #TeamGhost and Tasha declines, flat-out telling her she’ll be a much better single mom. Estelle answers back with a hard slap to the face and a staunch reminder of why you should never sass your mother.

Ghost urges (more like threatens) Holly to leave town immediately, because she is a liability for their illegal operations. He bribes her with money and a train ticket, and we are treated to the sultry sounds of FKA Twigs as Holly woefully stares down at the promise ring Tommy gave her.

After eliminating one threat, Ghost faces another when he sits down with Kantos for some much-needed boy talk. Kantos dishes on Stern, who is headed for an ugly and expensive divorce. In hindsight, Ghost probably should have skipped the alcohol (or at least spit it out, à la the Metratron in Dogma) because he ends up in a fender-bender, then in police custody. Not to worry: Tasha comes to his rescue—but so does Angela. Then comes that awkward moment when you, your mistress, and your wife engage in quite possibly the most uncomfortably intense stare-down in recent memory.

It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for since season one, and instead of sharp words and icy, backhanded compliments, the scene passes with no actual confrontation. Instead, we next see Tasha and Ghost on the drive home with Tasha setting up her front-seat interrogation. “Why her?” she asks. Ghost explains that she’s a high school flame he never got over, and reveals her status as a federal prosecutor. The natural response to this situation would be anger, which is what we do see, but then Tasha throws in a swift plot twist, urging her husband to continue sleeping with Angela so they can use this to their advantage. Let that sink in for a moment: She is setting aside her pain in order to protect her family at all costs.

Angela confronts Ghost, worried that something has happened to Holly after their missed meeting. Ghost assures her that Holly is safe and says she skipped town after a huge fight with Tommy. Taking his wife’s advice, he invites her to stay the night and Angela obliges. Things are back on track … for now.

Continuing with the romance, Holly and Tommy fool around, and Ghost’s right-hand man finds himself cuffed to the bed. It’s all fun and games until Holly suggests they go away and start new lives somewhere else. Tommy is not on board—his friends and family are here. Disappointed, Holly tries to persuade him by confessing her secret meetings with Angela, and how she’s been working with the feds to try to pin down Ghost. Furious, Tommy refuses to betray his friend and shouts obscenities to her as she walks out. It’s a good thing he was still cuffed. There’s no way she should would have made it through the front door.

So does that mean they’re done for good? And what is Ghost going to do when he finds out she not only stayed in town, but was working with Angela? And what’s gonna happen when Kanan returns? Prepare those Magic 8 Balls, because so many questions need to be answered.

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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