It's a good thing this show has a more or less permanent jail-cell set, because at this point, Ronnie goes there to visit Jamal. She fixes him with a steely glare forged in the Borg Cube. Jamal knows why she's there. "I'm not testifying against my brother. I told you where to find him. That's all I'm saying. Now get out." Here's a question: if there's no tape of the liquor store robbery, and the witnesses can't place Amaad, then what on earth is Jamal in jail for? They need evidence to hold Amaad, but not to hold Jamal? I suppose Jamal confessed to being present at the robbery, but only to Harry, and if those conversations can't be used against Amaad now that Harry is unconscious, they surely can't be used against Jamal either. So, basically: gluh? Ronnie keeps trying to talk, and Jamal keeps interrupting her. She threatens to take him to see Harry in the ICU, and he points out that he didn't do that to Harry and that, in fact, the fact that his brother did it for him is part of the reason it's hard for him to testify. "Man, don't you get that? I don't like what he did, but he did it for me." Little do they both know that Amaad was, once again, saving his own ass when he stabbed Harry, not avenging anything. Ronnie tells Jamal to take responsibility for his role in all of this, because he's one who brought Harry into it in the first place. "What about you? You turned me into the police. That's what set my brother off. Maybe Harry's lying in that bed because of you." Ronnie hits Jamal in the face. No, really, she does. He calls for the guard. Ronnie lowers her voice and says, "You are gonna testify because it's the right thing to do." Jamal says, "Look, I'd give Mr. Senate my blood. I'd give him a kidney. Whatever he needs, I'll give it to him. But I can't give him my brother. I won't." Um even a brother who doesn't give a crap that he destroyed your once-promising future? I mean, really, how sad is this arc, after everything Jamal has been through, to end up in frigging jail instead of at Williams? It breaks my heart. Kind of.
Episode Report CardKey Grip: B+ | 729 USERS: B-
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