Power (Recap) | Are We On the Same Team? (S5 E3)

by Derek Lawrence | via Entertainment Weekly

Is it hot in here or was that just Sunday night’s Power?

“Are We On The Same Team?” was easily one of the show’s most romantic episodes ever, which was fitting considering your recapper watched and wrote this in Paris. (Also fitting for your recapper is that he was there alone…)

It wasn’t all romance, though, as a lot of the main characters continued to be dealt rounds of bad news. Like Tommy for instance, who consistently gets kicked when he’s down and, even worse, doesn’t realize how bad things are truly going. Unsurprisingly, our favorite new Italian remained at the bottom of this week’s Power power rankings, while some surprising names skyrocketed to the top.

So strap in and strap up, because this is where it goes down:

1. Teresi
That crafty son of a b—. The only times we’ve really seen Tony Teresi since his introduction last year have been in his interactions with Ghost and Tommy, and our No. 1 impression of him was that he’s no snitch. Well, wrong on that one. He’s more than a snitch, he’s a genius snitch mastermind. When Saxe and Mak come to try and get him to flip on Tommy, Teresi cracks an evil laugh, revealing that this has been his plan all along. And by episode’s end, he’s already free (that was suspiciously quick). Tommy comes to pick him up and tells his son that after they see Connie, they’re “going to get into some trouble.” More than poor Tommy even realizes.

2. Kanan
Life is pretty good for Kanan right now (helps when your portrayer is an executive producer!). Despite all that has gone on among the trio, he’s managed to slither his way back in with Tommy and Ghost. Not to say that he hasn’t been helpful, considering he seemingly gets 2-Bit to betray Dre and provide him the info to jack Cristobal. Although, I should add that he didn’t tell his buddies about the robbery, instead using that money to buy product from Tommy (which Ghost explicitly told Tommy he didn’t want to happen). The one knock I will put on Kanan, who we all can’t help but love even if he’s the worst, is that no one talks to Tasha like that and gets away with it!

3. Angela
A good alternate title for this episode could have been “How Angela Got Her Groove Back.” It was all coming up aces for Angela on Sunday night (if you ignore the whole obstruction of justice and murder cover-up thing). Meet cute and sex with a handsome agent? Check. Continue to resist answering Ghost’s calls? Check. Shut down Blanca’s investigation? Check. Figuring out that Alicia is really the second Jimenez brother? Check. One thing I would suggest to keep an eye on is Angela opening up on the Jimenez case to this mystery hunk Steve Tampio. Knowing Angela’s luck, that will come back to bite her.

4. LaKeisha
Like Teresi, LaKeisha, who hadn’t really gotten any of her own material during the first two episodes, makes her debut in the rankings this week. Both of her scenes here are still mostly in service of other characters (Tommy and Tasha), but she comes in strong with truth bombs for her ex-lover and her best friend. First, she turns down Tommy’s advances, and then she tells Tasha that she shouldn’t be surprised Tariq is lying to her since they’ve been lying to the kids their whole lives. “What do you expect?” Harsh, but fair. “If you want things to be different, then you got to make them different.” Poetic. I hope you were listening, Carmelo.

5. Cristobal
Getting stuck up by Kanan doesn’t stop Cristobal’s rise to becoming Dre’s No. 2. Even better, the promotion comes directly from Diego. It’s always nice when the psycho, murdering drug kingpin takes a liking to you!

6. Tariq
I feel like I’ve rightfully been hard on Tariq, but I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Here, after Tasha apologizes to lying to him for all these years, he finally comes clean about witnessing Ray Ray shoot Raina. The mother and son then share a cry and an embrace. And all this happens as they arrive at Chote in what appears to be the latest drop-off ever.

7. Tasha
“If you f— with me, you better kill me n—-a, because I swear to god, you best believe I will get you back.” Yoooooo, don’t come at Tasha! Naturi Naughton has been killing it so far this season, whether it was standing up to Kanan, or confronting Ghost about murdering Jeff, or her big heartfelt moment with Tariq. 2019 Emmy voters, take note!

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