by Kara Howland | via TV Goodness
One of the things I enjoy about this show is how Naturi Naughton‘s Tasha is constantly showing us just how smart she is. She uses the skills she has to get the information she feels she is owed. She sees and hears a lot and she’s well on her way to becoming a master manipulator – at least where Sinqua Walls‘ Shawn is concerned.
I don’t know why I keep underestimating her. Maybe it’s because Ghost does at well. In “I Gotta Go,” Tasha proves once again that she knows a lot about what is and isn’t going on.
Before Ghost opened his nightclub it seems like Tasha and her husband had the type of relationship where they told each other everything. We found out quickly that Tasha knows all about Ghost’s drug business. She even got rid of Ghost’s bloody shirt and suggested a brutal way for Ghost to show his rivals that he means business. In return, she expects Ghost to talk to her and to confide in her. He no longer does and it’s making her wonder what Ghost is really up to. As she says to Tommy, the club is only a symptom. She wants to know what the real problem is.
She’s also fiercely protective of her family. Even though Rayna is only in the fifth grade, she encourages her daughter to go for the lead in her school’s production of Annie. When another little girl gets the part, the school administrator is quick to remind Tasha that lead parts usually don’t go to fifth graders. But Tasha knows for a fact that the lead in last year’s play was a fifth grader and she was white. Tasha’s determined to make this happen for her daughter – even though Ghost tells her to leave it alone. She knows a way to help Rayna get what they both want for her. It’s good thing Jamie is so flush with cash.
I do wonder how far she’ll take things with Shawn. Tasha knows he’s her best bet for intel on her husband since Shawn is his driver and is with him constantly. But Shawn isn’t a member of Jamie’s trusted inner circle yet. Jamie needs to know that Shawn has his back 100% and won’t allow him to become more involved in the business until Shawn proves himself. Shawn volunteers to take Ruiz out, but he’s too high-profile a target. He doesn’t want to have to explain to Kanan why his son is dead. But in order to move up in the organization Shawn needs to start looking the part. And Tasha certainly approves. She knows Shawn has a crush on her and she uses it to her advantage. As I said, Tasha is a very smart woman.
Things aren’t going all that well with the federal investigation. Angela takes responsibility for getting the wrong information from Nomar. Frankie wants to know what excuse Saxe and Medina have for sitting outside his house while Anibal was murdered. If the reason he was killed is because Lobos isn’t happy, they can look into who the hitman might be. In order to do that they need to coordinate with the NYPD detective who’s working the case. Saxe calls Meredith Hanes a “power-tripping bitch,” but Angela thinks she can get her cooperation. Angela promises her federal resources to help her clear the case and that the NYPD will get all the credit if Meredith will help her track Nomar down.
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