Energy Guide II: Ghost Recap: 2-Bitter
The good old 2-bit appears in Power Book II: Ghost this week just in time for parents’ weekend on the Stansfield campus. And that makes sense in a way: Even though he is no longer with us, the sins of Tariq’s father continue to affect his son’s life.
But the Tejada family is not without an uproar in Family First, which records Canes’ fall from Monet’s inner circle – let alone their house. Read on for the episode highlights.
LET IT SNOW | Brayden wants Tariq to reconsider his big NO to selling cocaine: Homecoming / Parents’ Weekend is the perfect time to kill with the white stuff, he argues. But Tariq firmly believes it’s a mess they don’t want to get into with Course Correct, and Brayden resigns. But then 2-Bit shows up at the dorm with a gun and a demand: Tariq will get him a large amount of money – in line with Ghost’s promise to look out for Dre’s death in the prison cell at the end of Power – or Tariq will die.
The only problem is that Monet hasn’t gotten a Tariq product lately, so he’s relying on cash. At that moment, Effie shows up to offer him a deal: if he can help her move the Coke she has, she’ll cut it in half. He agrees, they are having sex and she is making a murder sale to stressed out children who are desperately trying to escape their parents and get back to the studies they miss.
However, it feels like Effie is picking up feelings for Tariq. And when he blows her off because something much bigger is brewing (more on that in a moment), she gets angry. At that moment she meets Brayden – who knows her from Choate, do you remember? He quickly learns that she and Tariq had a sideline and that Tariq lied to him with all his might. Later, when Tariq returns to her room, a lively Brayden says they are finished.
CANE GOES ROGUE | On Canes orders, a GTG member dresses like an overzealous Stansfield basketball fan and decides to kill Tariq while he’s at Zeke’s big game. This is also the place where Tariq planned to give the money to 2-Bit. Tariq quickly realizes that he is being shadowed and makes it to the empty pool deck of the sports complex before the GTG guy jumps him. ‘Riq gives all he’s got but he’s just about to be with Ghost when 2-Bit arrives, pulls the guy off Tariq and drowns him in the pool. As a courtesy, 2-Bit demands more money.
Of course, GTG’s Lil Guap hands the responsibility for death back to Cane. And he and a few other gang members drive their point of view home by jumping Zeke and some of his teammates after leaving a nightclub. Dru can stop Lil Guap from shooting off his cousin’s kneecap, but he almost kills Lil Guap in the process. Everett sees everything and is horrified; When the punching is over, he’s out there.
When Dru comes across Cane and learns how her father arranged the crackdown on the prison, he asks his brother to kill Lil Guap to end the madness. Instead, Cane kills two of Lil Guap’s henchmen and then demands that GTGs give him half of their business. Lil Guap gives in quickly out of fear for his life.
And at home, Monet realizes that she can no longer rule in her older son. When he later shows up at the house, Diana sadly meets him at the door to let him know that he is no longer welcome in the organization or in the family. Elsewhere, Tariq and Monet meet so she can tell him she hasn’t met him and that she understands if he has to kill Cane at some point in the future. “If he comes for you, that’s what it is,” she says (STONE COLD!), But quickly makes it clear that he is a dead man if he seeks out Cane for retaliation.
JABARI, GET A HANDLE! | Jabari meets again with his agent, who loves the beginning of a new story he’s working on. But he wants to know how it ends … and we all know that Jabari hasn’t had an original thought in his entire life. So Jabari, who still thinks Tariq and Prof. Milgram are playing “Hide the Syllabus”, begins to chase young St. Patrick. He follows him to a handover with Dru, where Jabari hears the words “Course Correct” and finally searches for the app in the App Store. But Jabari also does a lot of mean mugging and angry pencil snapping. Would anyone believe him if his caricature paranoia turned out to be partially true?
Meanwhile, Zeke is genuinely in love with Carrie – who Monet meets in passing this week and things are going as you’d imagine – and he ends up shattered in her apartment after the incident outside the club.
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