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    Game of Thrones Recap: Sibling Revelry Ses7, Ep 5

     

    With just seven hours to get the whole kit and caboodle ready for the Final Countdown, season seven has been moving at a breakneck pace, with machinations and murders dropping as fast as you can say “Euron Greyjoy shops at Hot Topic.” “The Spoils of War” is no exception, presenting us with a slew of hotly anticipated reunions, some of which viewers have been waiting for since season one (and book readers since 1996). But with the exception of a brief scene in King’s Landing, we spent the hour in either Highgarden, Winterfell, or Dragonstone. Thanks to this narrowed focus, the story gets to breathe a bit, allowing the cast to shine and setting up some delicious new tensions to unravel in the season’s remaining three episodes.

    Four long-sundered sibling pairs reunite: Sansa and Arya, Arya and Bran, Jon and Theon, and Jaime and Tyrion. But first, we see Bran bid farewell — if you can call it that — to Meera Reed, the fierce substitute sister who’s been by his side since the Sack of Winterfell. When Bran denies Meera the acknowledgement and emotional connection she clearly seeks, telling her that he isn’t really Bran anymore, it presages the other sibling-to-sibling moments soon to come. None of the Stark children, Lannister children, or Greyjoy children are what they were when this story began; if there is often real joy in their reunions, there’s an undercurrent of something dark as well.

    Arya and Sansa meet, after six seasons, in the crypt below Winterfell. It’s a moment that underlines the female-ward turn of this season, as the two sisters gaze upon the effigy of their father, Ned, whose legacy always loomed so large over his sons and daughters. When Arya says to her sister — mostly sincerely — that the title “Lady Stark” suits her, it not only mirrors Bran’s now-repeated assertions that he’s not Lord Stark, it also recalls the way Theon once wistfully said of Robb, “His life fit him better than his clothes.” Ned’s statue may not resemble the real man because “everyone who knew his face is dead,” but as Arya retorts, the two sisters are not. The resemblance may not be perfect, but Sansa and Arya are here to carry on his memory.

    Their reunion is a complicated one, and the scene provides a perfect platform to show just how good Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner are. Watch, for example, the way Arya’s eyes flutter a bit after she asks Sansa if Jon left her in charge and Sansa, somewhat tentatively, says yes. You can tell Arya has some thoughts about that, but she’s either politic enough now to not express them or she’s biding her time. Or when Arya tells Sansa that she has a list of people she’s going to kill, and the two sisters take a moment to decide if they’re going to be mutually delighted by the confession. Yes, a few lines of dialogue are a bit on-the-nose — like when Arya declares, “Our stories aren’t over yet” — but so much about the sisters’ loving, prickly, wary relationship plays out on the actresses’ faces, in the moments in between their lines.

    Arya’s reunion with Bran is as discomfiting as Sansa and Bran’s. As the two sisters approach Bran under the heart tree, they appear distant and out-of-focus, echoing the dispassionate way their brother seems to regard them now. Like Sansa, Arya climbs up to embrace her brother and gets a chilly reception as well as the revelation of a supernatural witnessing — he saw her trip to the Crossroads Inn and knows about her list. (But even as the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran doesn’t seem to have perfect omniscience, since he says that he thought she would go to King’s Landing — a plan that, of course, she abandoned to come back to Winterfell.)

    Bran also reveals that Littlefinger has given him the Valryian steel daggerthat was almost used to kill him back in the first season. The dagger was a key item early in the show: After Catelyn brought it to King’s Landing to try to find out who was behind the assassination attempt, Littlefinger told her that it was his, but that he lost it to Tyrion Lannister, which is why Catelyn took Tyrion prisoner. Littlefinger held the same dagger against Ned’s neck when he confessed that he’d betrayed him, and has presumably had it ever since. Incidentally, a very similar-looking dagger also appeared, Zelig-like, in one of Sam’s Citadel books about dragonglass, so I’m assuming that when Bran hands it to Arya, the stage is being set for a Chekhov’s dagger-type situation in which Arya water-dances that blade right into some White Walker ice-flesh. Is that why Bran gives it to her? Can he see that possibility in her future?

    Bran has one more vision in the episode that almost slips by unnoticed. When Littlefinger gives him the dagger — which Sansa, rightly but perhaps unnecessarily, warns everyone was probably a trap, but who knows, because Littlefinger doesn’t make a ton of sense these days — Bran quotes to him, “Chaos is a ladder,” the exact phrase Littlefinger once used in an exchange with Varys way back in season three. Bran’s got his metaphorical third eye on you, Littlefinger.

    Over in Dragonstone, we see the third of our sibling reunions — a brief, bitter one between Jon and Theon, who’s come to ask Daenerys to help him rescue his sister Yara — but the main relationship is the one developing between Jon and Daenerys. Like Arya and Sansa in the crypt, Jon and Dany have an underground tête-à-tête in the dragonglass mines that flits between warmth and chilliness. Jon shows her a highly convenient set of cave drawings depicting the Children of the Forest and the First Men battling the White Walkers together. Meanwhile, it turns out that Daenerys doesn’t need supernatural sight to quote earlier episodes: When she tells him that she’ll aid him in the North if he bends the knee, and he says his people will never accept a Southern ruler, she asks of his people, “Isn’t their survival more important than your pride?” It’s a word-for-word quote of what Jon once said to Mance Rayder, the wildling leader who similarly refused to bend the knee to the “Southern king” Stannis. Jon, in turn, will remind Daenerys of something she once believed: Amid her intense frustration at the news from Casterly Rock, he tells her that if she brings three dragons to lay waste to King’s Landing, she’ll be no better than the terrible rulers who’ve come before her.

    The fourth and final sibling reunion is as moving as the ones between the Stark children, and no less so for the fact that it takes place in the middle of a battle and the two never actually exchange a word. Jaime, Bronn, and Sam’s cute brother Dickon are packing up all the gold in Highgarden to send off to the Iron Bank when ululations in the distance herald an onslaught of Dany’s Dothraki. (At this point, we just have to assume that people in Westeros have learned how to travel by tesseract.) Even more devastating than a surprise army, though, is Daenerys swooping in on Drogon, who begins laying waste to the Lannister forces — so professional-looking in their crisp reds — with giant jets of dragonfire. Between Daenerys’s airplane-size dragon and Bronn riding Qyburn’s scorpion like a tank, I couldn’t help thinking that this battle seemed almost mechanized — so different from that very bodily, medieval scrum we saw in the Battle of the Bastards.

    The heart of the scene, for me, is when we see Tyrion standing at a distance, watching the destruction of his brother’s forces. Earlier, Daenerys had accused him of deliberately botching his strategy because he doesn’t want to hurt his family after all. In this scene, a Dothraki says to him, “Your people can’t fight.” As we get another beat of wonderful, silent expressiveness from one of the show’s MVPs, we can see on Peter Dinklage’s face how painfully the barb lands. Later, as Tyrion watches Daenerys try to pull a giant arrow from a fallen Drogon, he mutters, “Flee, you idiot.” At first I thought he might be addressing Daenerys, who doesn’t see that Jaime is about to grab a spear and charge on her. But then it becomes clear that he’s addressing his elder brother, the only one in his family who ever had something like love for him. Just as Drogon turns his head and shoots out a jet of flame, someone — Bronn? Dickon? — rides up and knocks Jaime into the water. As we watch Jaime silently sink below the surface, a look of surprise on his face, we have to wonder if Tyrion has indirectly taken the life of yet another Lannister.

     


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    Claws - Sunday recap 8/6/17

    Why waste any time when the episode didn’t? Roller. Is. Back. He’s 100 percent alive and 100 percent different.

    While the nail crew is freaking out about what to do, and Dean is offering that maybe it’s a reincarnation of Roller, Jen’s weird square-dancing boyfriend drops off a potted plant. This is a weird affair, and I’m not even sure if it’s an affair. Desna gets Hank out of the shop and right behind him is Roller. Not a ghost. Not an apparition. Straight-up alive Roller. And then everyone screams. That was a delight. There should be more yelps in unison on TV.

    Desna is apprehensive about Roller and she flashes back to his murder. Surprisingly, Roller is totally chill and actually sweet. He gives her a big hug and everyone is staring with their mouths wide open. Can it be physical comedy if everyone is perfectly still? Roller doesn’t remember anything, except that he got shot through the chest. He says that a crazy lady took care of him in the swamp and he came straight to Desna. Desna thinks it’s a good idea to take him to Uncle Daddy. Everyone else in the shop goes with, but Virginia stays behind.

    Uncle Daddy is meeting with his investors and their turtle when he sees his painting of his sons as two Jesuses on the wall start crying blood. He stands up as the music swells and sees Roller floating up the stairs bathed in light. When he realizes that Roller is real, he drops his Bloody Mary and Toby faints. Bryce hug-tackles Roller and says it’s a miracle. They bring in Dr. Ken to check Roller out and it seems to be just some run-of-the-mill PTSD-related amnesia. Roller wants to take Desna out to talk about some things and continue to be emotionally available.

    Uncle Daddy is going to throw another party. Do you think the writers’ room got together and was like, “All right, everyone! Let’s think of 13 different party themes and we’re gonna work each one into an episode”? This one is going to be a white party and I’m already excited. Desna and Roller go to get some shrimp, and talk about their relationship and if Roller remembers anything. Let’s get that one figured out. Roller? What do you remember? Nothing? Oh, no reason. Roller decides to recommit to Desna, and that starts with what Gladys taught Roller in bed.

    Roller comes in with no shirt on and takes Desna to bed. Desna starts to choke him because that’s what she remembers about him, but he stops her and says he doesn’t want that anymore. He asks her to get on top, which is television shorthand for “I respect this woman and her sexual agency.” He tells her she’s his everything and I melted. She wakes up the next morning to Jen’s entire family in her house. Jen is using buckwheat pancakes as an excuse to check up on Desna. The cute Haitian doctor stops by because he is the master of terrible timing. Roller comes out to check on her, and says it’s okay that she works fast and already has another boo. The cute doctor seems to be okay with Desna’s complicated life and kisses her. At the clinic, Roller is eager to get back in the game, but Bryce has been just crushing it. He even created a new digital program to create patient records.

    Uncle Daddy tells Roller he needs his rest, and the best place for that is the white party! I love the assortment of bodies and looks that exist at every party at Uncle Daddy’s. Uncle Daddy and Juanda welcome Roller back to the land of the living with a toast. Desna has a DRESS ON. It looks like if you took an amazing mesh bathing suit and made it a maxi dress. I need a link to whatever Instagram-based clothing store it came from. Roller also takes the opportunity to apologize about Virginia and say he’s willing to overlook Desna’s new boyfriend. Dean also reveals that he and Virginia are dating and they had sex. And she had an orgasm!

    Desna notices that someone is texting Roller asking him for money. Let’s keep an eye on that. Roller wants to get back in at the clinic and Bryce offers him the MRI truck. He flips out and calls Bryce a crackhead. Jen thinks it might be a good idea for Roller to take over the clinic again to maintain their sobriety. Polly is outside with Dr. Ken, and she offers that what he really wants is to be ridden while she squeezes his nipples. They dash off and bang in an outdoor shower.

    Roller goes to talk to some Russians in a sports car and tracksuits. They’re demanding $150,000, and then they’ll be finished with him. There’s no way for him to get the money. He’s got 24 hours. Roller dances with Desna and asks why he can’t find any of his stashes anywhere. A Champagne bottle pops and Roller passes out. When he comes to, he says he remembers who put the hit out on him and it was THE RUSSIANS! Oh, how convenient Roller. Uncle Daddy throws everyone out of the party so they can handle it. Desna sends Polly and Ann to the check-cashing place that’s owned by the Russians to get a handle on things. They find out that Roller has been giving the employees a large amount of money.

    Desna goes over the books at the clinic and discovers that Roller invented a company, Tigel, that’s legit spelled backward, and has been taking money from the clinic. He’s been embezzling money, and Polly thinks Desna needs to go right to Uncle Daddy. Bryce and Roller are already with Uncle Daddy, and Roller wants Uncle Daddy to go after the Russians. Uncle Daddy thinks now isn’t the time because any extra-nefarious behavior could attract the police or the DEA just as they’re trying to expand. Bryce and Roller start going at each other, and Bryce attacks Roller for insulting him. Speaking of the police, Arlene calls Ann and tells her that certain things about the Koons’ murder don’t add up, and she finds a fake nail on Roller’s dock. She also knows that Chip is a really crooked cop.

    At the salon, a very stylish Russian lady, Riva, comes in and kicks all the other customers out. They’ve got business to attend to. She wants to know why the gals have been poking around her check-cashing business. Desna comes right out and says that she killed Roller. Why? Someone explain this strategy to me. Riva reveals that Roller was working for her and double-crossing his family.

    Desna meets Roller at the marina and tells him she knows that he’s been doing something with Riva and her crew, and Roller throws her in the car. Desna says that the girls know where she is, and all she wants is for her and Virginia to be left alone. All Roller says is “get in the car, bitch.” Well, all that emotional vulnerability didn’t last long, did it?


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    Power recap Season 4-Ep 7 - Sunday Show 8/6/17  "You Lied To My Face"

    Tommy is back in New York. Fresh off his trip to Chicago, he heads to the stash spot, only to see B.G. tied up on the floor. B.G. tells him that Ghost and Kanan robbed the place and killed Tommy’s guy, Marcus, in the process. Surprised to learn that Kanan is still alive, Tommy picks up a call from Ghost and starts yelling, but Ghost asks him to meet somewhere so he can explain what happened.

    As soon as Tariq sees Tommy, he runs into his arms. Ghost explains Tariq’s kidnapping and the part Kanan played in everything, and Tommy tells Ghost about the ransom text Tasha received that showed a burnt arm, which she didn’t want to believe was Kanan’s. Of course, Tariq is still up to no good; he lies when asked if Dre knew that Kanan was alive.

    Tommy takes everyone home, and when they walk in, Tasha goes off on Tariq about his so-called overnight with his friend. Ghost tells Tasha their son was kidnapped by Kanan, while Tariq makes it a point to stand up to his mother about the lies she told about Shawn’s death.

    Ghost pulls Tasha into the bedroom, and even after all she did for him while he was in jail, he still tries to pull the “you had one job” card. Tasha lets him have it: “One job? I was dealing with your lying son, on top of scraping together money for your bail and playing wifey in court while your oblivious ass was sitting around in prison because Proctor didn’t want you stressed out.” As they argue, Raina overhears Tasha saying Ghost should’ve killed Kanan 10 years ago. She interrupts their conversation so she can see her dad for the first time since his release.

     

    Stern and his team make a surprise visit to the St. Patricks’ home so they can talk about his brand makeover, which includes an on-camera interview with the whole family. Even though he’s hesitant to have their kids anywhere on TV, Ghost doesn’t really have a choice, so he agrees.

    As for the prosecution, Maks calls in his old team to let them know they’re still suspended and that they should look for jobs in the private sector. Rubbing it in, Angela argues that Maks deserves suspension too, but apparently he made his status as the team newbie work for him.

    Although they’re not feeling Maks, that doesn’t stop Sandoval and Saxe from trying to form an alliance with him to “find” Greg’s killer. Sandoval’s new spin is to pin Donovan as the mole since he “found” the gun in the nightclub. Angela meets up with Donovan, who still believes Ghost is the killer, and starts asking the real questions. For instance: Who knew the surveillance was getting cut off? Angela asks for Donovan’s help; he’s the only one with access to the resources they need, even though he was relegated to a desk job.

    Saxe catches Maks in the subway station to get updates on Donovan, but Maks is more interested in what Saxe knows about Bailey. Saxe admits he met with Bailey about evidence he had on Ghost and Tommy, but Maks thinks he did it for his own selfish reasons — in the same way they’re trying to throw Donovan under the bus now.

    Sandoval is getting so desperate that he even makes plans to kill Donovan, until Donovan’s daughter answers the door instead. Her dad isn’t home; he’s at Angela’s place combing through the club raid footage that shows Sandoval going upstairs by himself. Just then, Saxe stops by to vent about Maks suspecting him of the murder and mentions that Sandoval thinks Donovan is the mole. Surprise — Donovan heard you.

     

    Tommy and Dre meet up at the warehouse where Julio was killed, and Tommy threatens Dre about Kanan. Dre lies again but gets off the hook, diverting Tommy’s attention to an alleged meeting Julio had without Tommy. They enter the warehouse to find Julio dead, and the tattoo cut from his neck is an indicator of a Toros Locos hit, which enters new disrespectful territory for Tommy and Ghost.

    Dre puts on an ignorant act and tries to promote himself now that Julio is gone. Tommy gives him the gig, but he wants him to set up a meeting with the Toros Locos about Julio’s death. Tommy then visits Ghost at Truth to tell him what happened; Ghost tries to talk Tommy out of getting revenge, but Tommy is his own man now, and he doesn’t listen.

    Tommy and Dre roll up to the meeting with the Toros Locos, and Julio’s killer (the one Dre colluded with) pawns off one of his guys as the culprit. Tommy kills the guy, but he’s not done. In exchange for Julio’s death, he wants the Toros Locos’ territory back, along with a meeting with the Jimenez. Dre is not making promises he can’t keep, especially since Tommy is getting wary of him.

    Tommy meets with the Jimenez and airs out his grievances with a pretty hefty request: their old territory back, plus six Toros Locos corners in exchange for Tommy killing Lobos and the Toros Locos killing Julio. They don’t feel like they owe Tommy for Lobos until Tommy makes it clear that Lobos survived the hit they had on him and that it was Tommy who finished the job. Crickets. The Jimenez just ran out of chips to play. 

    After everything that’s happened with Tariq, Tasha tells Raina to stay away from Kanan. Raina wants the truth and makes it clear she’s not here for her mother’s lies, so Tasha tells her enough to somewhat quell her concerns.

    Tasha reaches out to Silver for advice about this on-camera interview she’s been signed up for. Although Silver thinks it’s a bad idea, Tasha has to do it for image purposes in case Ghost gets re-indicted. “If he is going to do the interview, it has to be letter perfect,” Silver says. “You’re part of the image. You’re part of the redemption story. You’ll be there to course-correct if he says something wrong.”  That boy’s good — so good that Tasha feels confident in him representing her husband, but he doesn’t want to anymore. That being said, it doesn’t take much convincing to get Silver to stay.

    James and his family sit down for the interview, and he gets grilled about the case and his relationship with Angela. The interviewer holds nothing back and zeroes in on the fact that Tasha isn’t wearing her wedding ring. Tasha, looking to Silver, puts on the performance of a lifetime, replying that she sold the ring to support their family and insisting that she’s willing to rebuild her life with James. Okay. We know what’s up.

    Ghost meets up with Proctor to grill him on not telling him that Ruiz’s wiretap surfaced, which is when Proctor tells him that Tommy killed the Homeland Security agent in Proctor’s apartment. Proctor tries to convince Ghost that the tape was destroyed, but Ghost doesn’t seem to buy it.

     

    Meanwhile, Tasha is at karaoke with Silver and his friends, where she performs Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” like she’s singing the song right to Silver — which doesn’t help how obviously smitten he is. He kisses her as they leave.

    The next morning, Tasha is fresh faced and thinking about Silver as Ghost surprises her with a new wedding ring. He’s grateful for the way she came through in the interview, and he waxes poetic as he puts the ring on her finger: “First time I did this, it was because you made me a better criminal. 

    ter everything that’s happened with Tariq, Tasha tells Raina to stay away from Kanan. Raina wants the truth and makes it clear she’s not here for her mother’s lies, so Tasha tells her enough to somewhat quell her concerns.

    Tasha reaches out to Silver for advice about this on-camera interview she’s been signed up for. Although Silver thinks it’s a bad idea, Tasha has to do it for image purposes in case Ghost gets re-indicted. “If he is going to do the interview, it has to be letter perfect,” Silver says. “You’re part of the image. You’re part of the redemption story. You’ll be there to course-correct if he says something wrong.”  That boy’s good — so good that Tasha feels confident in him representing her husband, but he doesn’t want to anymore. That being said, it doesn’t take much convincing to get Silver to stay.

    James and his family sit down for the interview, and he gets grilled about the case and his relationship with Angela. The interviewer holds nothing back and zeroes in on the fact that Tasha isn’t wearing her wedding ring. Tasha, looking to Silver, puts on the performance of a lifetime, replying that she sold the ring to support their family and insisting that she’s willing to rebuild her life with James. Okay. We know what’s up.

    Ghost meets up with Proctor to grill him on not telling him that Ruiz’s wiretap surfaced, which is when Proctor tells him that Tommy killed the Homeland Security agent in Proctor’s apartment. Proctor tries to convince Ghost that the tape was destroyed, but Ghost doesn’t seem to buy it.

     

    Meanwhile, Tasha is at karaoke with Silver and his friends, where she performs Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” like she’s singing the song right to Silver — which doesn’t help how obviously smitten he is. He kisses her as they leave.

    The next morning, Tasha is fresh faced and thinking about Silver as Ghost surprises her with a new wedding ring. He’s grateful for the way she came through in the interview, and he waxes poetic as he puts the ring on her finger: “First time I did this, it was because you made me a better criminal. But yesterday, you made me a better man.” Tasha is pleasantly taken aback, and Ghost looks hella good saying it to her. He seals the new ring with a kiss, asking Tasha to look the part tonight at the club for Stern and company. Unfortunately, she’s been over them for some time now.

    Ghost is hobnobbing at the club with Stern’s people when he gets approached by Queens Councilman Rashad Tate (played by the handsome Larenz Tate), who suggests checking out a property in his area before committing to anything with Stern. Ghost likes the sound of that since Stern’s people aren’t interested in placing businesses in boroughs outside Manhattan. Stern wants James to stay away from Rashad, but James reminds Stern that he’s a silent partner.

    Silver pops up at the club and sees Tasha with her wedding ring on, which doesn’t make him too happy. Later, he goes to the apartment to talk, one thing leads to another, and just like that, Silver is sleeping with his client’s wife. This could get ugly.

    Tommy stops by the club to see Ghost after the event, and Ghost asks him to call Teresi, which leads to Ghost admitting that Teresi helped him cover up the marshal’s murder. He also confronts Tommy about killing the Homeland Security agent. Ghost is paranoid about the situation with Proctor, but he acknowledges their criminal way of doing things. “You f—ed up when you killed the agent and I f—ed up when I killed the marshal, so here we are yet again, needing each other to set some s— straight.” Ghost agrees to talk to Proctor, and Tommy agrees to call Teresi — who says he’s Tommy’s father.

    Tommy insists that his father is dead, but Teresi describes meeting Tommy’s mother in detail and says he has a “thing” for redheads. Sounds about right. His only request is for Tommy to come see him.

    As for Maks, he isn’t letting up, and he sets his sights on Proctor, whose apartment is the last place Bailey’s phone was traced to. Maks asks Proctor if Ghost and Tommy got rid of Bailey, and Proctor plays it cool. Using a scare tactic, Maks invites Proctor to come over to the dark side to save himself since they’re probably going to kill him anyway. As Maks drives away, we see Ghost watching from the shadows. Yikes.


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    ‘Power’ Season 4, Episode 1 Recap: ‘Grown Folks’ Problems’

    Spoilers ahead:

    Season 4 starts out right where we left off a whole year ago. James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) has been arrested for the murder of FBI agent Greg Knox. (Andy Bean) Ironically, with all the BS Ghost HAS done, this is a murder he didn’t commit. But ex-girlfriend Angela Valdez (Lela Loren) doesn’t care – she’s been betrayed and believes that Ghost did the deed.

    Sandoval, (David Fumero) Angela’s boss, who actually did kill Knox is throwing away the gun when his deputy Cooper calls to tell him Ghost has been arrested. Whew! Sandoval holds onto the weapon. Sure, how that go wrong?

    Tariq (Michael Rainey, Jr.) is still missing – in the clutches of Kanan (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) and Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose). It doesn’t look good for Tarik but now that Ghost has been arrested, Dre has an idea where Tariq might be. Of course, Dre (Rotimi Akinosho) also knows Kanan is alive and hanging with Tarik. How does neither Ghost nor Tommy (Joseph Sikora) have their ears to the street and don’t know Kanan is alive?

    Yay! Keisha (La La Anthony) is also alive after her mysterious disappearance last season. Tommy hid her from Milan and then killed him, so Keisha is free to go back to her salon, despite the fact that Tasha and Tommy are washing money there. But hey, she lives, so that’s a good thing. Tasha (Naturi Naughton) finds out that Ghost has been arrested from Proctor (Jerry Ferrara) who has his own problems – his ex/baby mama is on drugs again so he’s gotta take his daughter and get Ghost out of jail. Problems.

    Tommy’s running the drug operation and Dre’s running the club. Julio (J. R. Ramirez) is the new distro and he’s already pulling rank by getting his booty call Sue a job at the club. Meantime, Dre’s gotta keep the club going, get Tariq back from Kanan and deal with this BS. Problems.

    Dre does extract Tariq from Kanan by promising him and jukebox 50K a week of drug money. Hope that’s coming out of Dre’s cut, ’cause otherwise how could that go wrong? Dre immediately heads to the top of the list of characters unlikely to survive this season along with Angela and Tarik. We wish to hell it could be Kanan, but not sure if 50’s ego will let that happen.

    Tariq tells Tasha the ransom demand was a joke when he fell asleep hanging with some new friend. Tommy wants to know who this ‘Slim’ is but Dre plays it off. Tommy assures Tasha that Kanan is dead. Ha!

    Tasha’s gotta bail out Ghost, but guess what? There’s no money. Ghost sold the stocks and took the emergency fund likely when he was running away with Angela. Oh, boy does he regret that now. He thought he could put it back – says everyone when they take money they shouldn’t.

    Angela has the gall to appear at Tasha and Ghost’s apartment to execute a federal warrant. She should know they won’t find anything there, but it’s a little revenge. Tasha and Keisha are disgusted as is Raina (Donshea Hopkins) who confronts Angela about the betrayal.

    Meanwhile, back at the office, Angela arresting Ghost isn’t doing her career much good. Since she was ‘f-ing’ the murder suspect and the defendant, she’s pretty much burnt career wise. But so is the entire office. John Mak (Sung Kang), the new prosecutor guy this season, has already set up an OG jail informant, Terry Terasi (badass actor William Sadler, so you know it’s real) to snitch on a case but it looks like he’s going to get involved with Ghost in some way. Also, Mak moved the investigation to his office where Sandoval will be the second chair. John tells Angela he needs her help, but she’ll be no chair at all. Ouch. Angela better figure out her next play because after Ghost’s trial, it doesn’t look like she’ll have a job at all.

    Tommy has to win Petar’s (Aleksandar Popovic) confidence since the Serbs already know about Ghost’s arrest. Petar told them, so he’s gotta stay around to keep tables on the operation. Petar tells Tommy he’s gotta be transparent otherwise we know how the Serbs get down. Tommy calms the troops – it’s business as usual. He also lets Dre know to toe the line. Poor Dre. He’s gotta jump through a lot of hoops this season.

    At jail, Tasha comes through. She needs clean bail money and Ghost tells her where to get it. He doesn’t tell her that he’s being targeted by a sadistic marshal, Williams (Charlie Murphy, in sadly, his last role) who doesn’t like cop killers.

    Ghost is losing all around. In his bail hearing, Proctor looks like he’s going to get bail. They’ve got the clean money. But John takes care of that and convinces the judge the alleged murdered of a federal agent deserves no such mercy. Bail denied.

    In the closing scene, Ghost gets his ass kicked by Williams and another marshal. This looks like a long season for Ghost.

    QUOTABLE: Tasha to Angela when Angela questions why Ghost was sleeping in the den: “I didn’t want any bedbugs to transfer from your place.”

    KILL LIST: 1. Dre. 2. Angela 3. Tarik 4. Kanan (we’ll update the order as the season goes on.

     


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    Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Heads To Jail

     

     Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star Abby Lee Miller was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison for hiding $775,000 worth of income and bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the U.S. without reporting it.

    U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti also fined Miller $40,000 — on top of the $120,000 in currency she’s forfeiting as part of guilty pleas entered last year — and ordered her to spend two years on probation after prison.

    Miller, 51, filed for bankruptcy, just as her star was rising in late 2010, after defaulting on a $245,000 Florida condominium mortgage and a $96,000 mortgage on her Abby Lee Dance Company studio in Penn Hills, a Pittsburgh suburb.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Melucci told the judge that Miller went from being a “dance mom in the bankruptcy case to dance con” by hiding her income.

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Agresti nearly approved a plan to let Miller repay her creditors at lower interest rates and longer terms before he saw her on TV one night and figured she must be making far more than the $8,899 in monthly income she initially declared. It’s a crime to deceive a bankruptcy judge about one’s income and assets because that information is used to determine how much and how soon creditors will receive in the court-ordered repayment plan.

    Miller eventually coughed up $288,000 in TV income she didn’t initially report in 2012, then federal investigators found she’d hidden nearly $550,000 more from personal appearances, dance sessions and merchandise sales.

    Defense attorney Robert Ridge asked the judge to not hold Miller’s celebrity against her, saying Miller “was ill-equipped to deal with the brand that she became.”

    The “Dance Moms” star was known for her brash behavior and pursuit of perfectionism from her dance students. The show followed a class of Miller’s elite students and the perilous relationship she has with the girls’ mothers. Critics of “Dance Moms” accused Miller of being emotionally abusive toward the girls, and many episodes show her students dissolving into tears after a harsh critique.

    Miller announced in March that she was leaving the show. She’s now working out of a dance studio near Los Angeles, and Conti agreed to recommend that federal prison officials let her serve her sentence as close to her new business base of operations as possible. Miller must report to prison in a few weeks.

    Ridge told the judge that Miller accidentally became famous when she let TV producers use her studio for a show about young dancers, only to have the producers center the show on Miller after her fiery encounter with an angry parent.

    Conti told Miller that the prison sentence and other punishments are “not about the fame. It’s really about what anyone who’s going to commit bankruptcy fraud” will face. “There’s going to be serious consequences,” Conti said.

    Miller told the judge that she opened a bank account not authorized by the court so she could pay bills and otherwise run her business affairs while he bankruptcy proceedings ground on. Melucci contends Miller was “extremely arrogant” and opened the account so she could receive and spend income away from Judge Agresti’s prying eyes to “satisfy her enormous greed.”

    “‘Dance Moms’ became a hit and I became a laughingstock of reality TV,” Miller told the judge, referring both to her on-camera persona and her later legal troubles. “Why didn’t I hold myself to the same standard I hold my dancers to? Had I done that, I wouldn’t be here today.”


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    Blame Game: Phaedra Says THIS Is Who Told Her Kandi And Todd Wanted To “Bill Cosby” Porsha

     

    Phaedra Reveals The “Source” Of The Kandi Rumor

    Looks like just about ALL of those stories about the RHOA reunion are shaking out to be true.

    If you’ll recall, rumors swirled that not only was Phaedra booted from the show but that she took a member of production down with her, claiming that all the Kandi rape/drug BS came from HIS mouth, originally.

    Now a Bravo insider is reporting to Page Six that Phaedra did indeed try to loop production into her slanderous hearsay, bu Andy and crew shut that isht down quickly:

    “Phaedra tried to blame producers for manipulating the scenario, and it was cut from the reunion show. They’re not allowed to break the ‘fourth wall’ and talk about production. It may not have been entirely Phaedra’s fault, but she has to take the fall.”

    A source close to Phaedra also says the editing made her look crazy(er?) due to the lack of mention of who her “source” for the information was…

    “[It was] a producer who told her the drug and rape story, which she repeated to another cast member. It snowballed. The editing was not kind to her.”

    Sounds like she really did try to peg that nasty rumor on Carlos King

    However, a Bravo rep insisted that “Production is not involved” in Phae’s fanciful tales.

    SMH! Phaedra is really still riding this lie, huh? She did say she’ll never let anyone see her sweat…


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    GREENLEAF'S new season - Oprah Hints That Mavis May Pick Up A Drug Habit…And A Man?

    The season premiere of Greenleaf airs tomorrow, March 15th and Oprah. who serves as the executive producer and cast member on the hit show as Mavis McCready, talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about why she decided to give her character a few issues this season.

    The season premiere of Greenleaf airs tomorrow, March 15th and Oprah. who serves as the executive producer and cast member on the hit show as Mavis McCready, talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about why she decided to give her character a few issues this season.

    “I was looking at some of the episodes from last year and I was thinking, Mavis is boring me. She needs a drug habit or a man. So we’re going to bring her back and she has both. Everybody is involved in a mess this year,” Oprah said.

    How is Greenleaf different from the Oprah Winfrey Show?

    “I spent half of my life looking at stories and trying to explore them in a way where people can see the best and worst of themselves, and now I get to explore that with drama. You can say a lot through drama…it took me a 100 episodes to do that with talk.”



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