'Power Book II: Ghost' Episode 6: Riley runs circles around Tariq, miffed fans say 'get rid of her sneaky a**'
As much as you might hate her, Cooper Saxe's niece Riley is one smooth operator in Episode 6. Despite getting caught red-handed by Tariq, going through his stuff, Riley managed to talk herself out of a tight corner by interrogating Tariq about Brayden. Tariq got distracted by her questions since he was worried about Brayden too. Which means Riley is safe, for now, despite skirting so close to being found out as Saxe's "informant".
However, fans are pretty angry about Tariq letting her snoop around despite being suspicious of her. By not paying attention to his stuff around her, it is tantamount to dropping the ball and giving her a pass just because she is Brayden's girlfriend. One user tweeted: "Ok Tariq you said you didn't trust Pink Head...sooo Why would you leave your stuff around 'ER, at least take your book bag with you when you leave the room...SMH".
Another said: "Tariq is giving Riley way too many passes, and it’s annoying that he hasn’t caught on yet to the fact that she’s up to something." One fan who was live-tweeting got agitated when Riley took screenshots of Tariq's incoming messages when he was out in the hallway talking to a jealous Diana. "She’s in the room violating. Get off the phone," said the tweet about how Riley was violating Tariq's privacy.
Ok Tariq you said you didn't trust Pink Head...soooWhy would you leave your stuff around'ER, at least take your book bag with you when you leave the room...SMH#PowerTV #PowerBookII #GhostStarz #PowerBook2 #PowerGhost— K' Rene'e Leaks Dillard (@Glamor14kt) December 7, 2020
Tariq is giving Riley way too many passes, and it’s annoying that he hasn’t caught on yet to the fact that she’s up to something #PowerBookII #PowerGhost #PowerStarz— Poohbaby🌈🖤 (@_PrettygirlaD) December 7, 2020
She’s in the room violating. Get off the phone. #PowerBook2 #PowerBookII #PowerGhost— B. Keith Taylor (@bkttwiitter05) December 7, 2020
Tariq even questioned her about why she was going through his stuff if all she was doing was waiting for Brayden. However, he dismissed her behavior as annoying but typical "curious cat" behavior that he would tolerate because she is Brayden's girl. On Twitter, there was outright hostility toward Riley, who was taking advantage of her relationship with Brayden to overstay her welcome in Brayden and Tariq's room in tonight's episode.
In fact, rather than Tariq interrogating her about her sketchy behavior, Riley was the one who ended up asking Tariq all the questions around if Brayden "was in trouble" and that he should tell her if he was mixed up in anything bad. After meeting Cooper Saxe, who warned her to stay away from Brayden, she was on a mission to prove that Brayden was not mixed up in Tariq's shady deals.
One fan commented: "They needa get rid of Riley sneaky assss she the feds?", with a laughing emoji. Another user said: "Sikes [Saxe's] niece has overstayed her uninvited welcome, just wanted to tell her...", while another was more direct, saying: "The one person I hate in the world right now is this pink headed b***h", after Riley's behavior tonight.
They needa get rid of Riley sneaky assss she the feds😂🗣 #PowerBookII— Poohbaby🌈🖤 (@_PrettygirlaD) December 7, 2020
Sikes niece has overstayed her uninvited welcome, just wanted to tell her........ #PowerBookII #PowerBook2 pic.twitter.com/u65KPJSvGI— Shayla Loroncia (@Sweetdivine81) December 7, 2020
The one person I hate in the world right now is this pink headed b***h #PowerBookII pic.twitter.com/Q00XkNc8iQ— Kash (@Dat_Shangaan) October 10, 2020
However, other keen viewers remarked that Riley was too smart for her own good and would end up tripping over her own feet. A classic example of this was when she assumed that Tariq was mad at her for drugging him and began covering for it by saying that she had actually meant to drug Brayden. But in reality, Tariq had no idea he was drugged at the party or that Riley was even capable of drugging people.
Though that conversation got interrupted by Diana, Tariq now has even more of a reason to have his guard up around Riley -- if he pays attention that is instead of dismissing Riley as just an annoying, party girl like he usually does. One tweet remarked: "Riley snitched on herself, about drugging Tariq...", while another said: "Riley done f**k up, questioning Brayden about Tariq".
Riley snitched on herself, about drugging Tariq...catching up #PowerTv #PowerBookII— Dija (@Snook_30Dija) December 7, 2020
Riley done fuck up, questioning Brayden about Tariq & he stop her, catching up #PowerTv #PowerBookII— Dija (@Snook_30Dija) December 7, 2020
Worse, Riley is also not smart enough to know that Brayden is in it with Tariq, acting like Tommy to his Ghost. These two are a power couple that Brayden and Riley never will be. In fact, in this episode, Brayden, forced by Cane, becomes a "corner boy", slinging drugs and making tons of money. It gives him a buzz of accomplishment that he has never got before and the sense he achieved something without it being handed to him.
However, Riley has no idea that Brayden is so pumped about being involved in the drug-slinging business with Tariq. Just like Tariq has a blind spot for her, Riley has a blind spot for Brayden -- something a tweet commented on, saying: "Ummm Riley, Brayden is involve & you don’t know it".
Ummm Riley, Brayden is involve & you don’t know it...catching up #PowerTv #PowerBookII— Dija (@Snook_30Dija) December 7, 2020
How Riley will react once she finds out that her current "love" Brayden loves selling drugs is still a huge question mark. Will she turn on him too? Or will she then try to protect Brayden, and by extension Tariq as well, from Saxe's "criminal investigation".
'Power Book II: Ghost' Episode 7 will air on Starz on Sunday, December 13, at 8 pm.