Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) and James (Omari Hardwick) —whose name we’ll switch based on who he wants people to see him as— seem to be reconnecting even as Tariq interviews to attend the boarding school in Connecticut. He gets in, which is great because Tariq’s boys want to ensure he didn’t snitch about the woman’s death in the robbery gone wrong. Ray Ray checks in on Brains and his friend to find out what happened during the home robbery. Sadly, after saying Tariq was the one who caused the homeowner’s death, they’re killed by Ray Ray. He now knows of Tariq’s involvement in the robbery and shows up at school to take him —unsuccessfully— but scares Reina.
Angela’s (Lela Loren) sister Paz (Elizabeth Rodriguez) is staying with her in the aftermath of Sandoval pulling a gun on her. Angela is offered a job but it’s not the leadership role that she wants. She’s told that the new head of the Criminal Division will be either Maks or Saxe. Angela and Proctor then talk about working together in the private sector, but she’s not interested in that either. Maks tells her to come work for him after he gets the job as head of the Criminal Division, but she turns it down. In a move that no one saw coming, Angela becomes Head of Criminal, blindsiding Maks and Saxe.
Tommy (Joseph Sikora) thanks Teresi (William Sadler) for having Sandoval killed. In return, Teresi asks for a meeting. Tommy learns he’s part Sicilian and that his mom, Kate, has proof that Teresi is his biological dad. Tommy threatens her life so that she reveals that Teresi gave him his last name, but Kate changed it. Tommy ends the relationship with his mother and returns to snorting cocaine. He meets Teresi and tells him that he also wants to meet the rest of their family.
James and Councilman Tate (Larenz Tate) are working on building the Queens Children’s Center together. Simon Stern says that James will just be the face of the business for loan purposes, but will be out of the business dealings. James says he’s 51 percent owner of the business since it’s a minority-owned contract and he wants more control. Tate says he’ll handle it, which he does at the meeting to vote on whether James will get the go-ahead. The vote is postponed until the contract is altered, to Simon’s dismay. Now that James has his contract, Councilman Tate tells James to “take care of” Alphonse, one of the guys from the hood, who Tate calls a “community liaison.”
Tasha (Naturi Naughton) tells Silver (Brandon Victor Dixon) that she plans to divorce James and invest the alimony in weave shops with Keisha (La La Anthony). She wants to be legit and get away from Tommy’s drug business. Tasha and Silver blow off a big night for James to be alone together. You know that wasn’t a good idea… Elsewhere, Maria, whose boyfriend was killed last season, recognizes Ghost’s voice from the news.
Dre (Rotimi) continues his plan to become the biggest drug dealer in New York by burning the drug shipment with Cristobal. His primeras are all looking to separate from Tommy, but they give him time to buy more drugs to sell. Tommy believes it was the Jimenez who torched his shipment, so he wants to kill them and Cristobal.
Tommy goes to Jason for more drug money, but he isn’t listening. Next, he tries to get Tasha to clean the money through the weave shop but she’s not interested. Tommy then tries to reconcile with Keisha so she will do it but she walks away from him. After a fight, Ghost gives Tommy the money, but it’s too late. All the primeras leave Tommy, as does Dre. Dre’s plan seems to be working. However, Dre tries to have Kanan (50 Cent) killed but he kills both of his attackers instead.
Destiny is Tariq’s girlfriend but also Ray Ray’s cousin — so unfortunately they set Tariq up. Tariq runs and Reina confronts Ray Ray, who kills Reina. This is obviously Tariq’s fault and he watches her get shot. The ramifications are going to be huge for the last episode of the season next week!