Previously on Empire, ‘Unto the Breach’
This episode, in which Andre prayed away his mental illness, takes its name from the Bible. Nearly forty verses in both the old and new testaments speak on whether the iniquities of one generation will be punished through subsequent generations of the family. The verses can be contradictory. Some say God will forgive, but will not “clear the guilty,” punishing sins of the father through the third and fourth generations. Others state the sins of the father will not affect later generations.
The verses most relevant to this episode come from Ezekiel:
“The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”
This week Lucious asked a gun-wielding maniac to punish him for multiple sins, rather than punish his sons or his ex-wife. Cookie struggled to understand bipolar disorder, Jamal lost his boo, Lucious banished Camilla to London, and Malcom finally took those cookies.
Cookie’s best line: “Carol, girl, you know I told you, you’ve got to have that oil bubbling hot when you put your chicken in.”
Lucious B. Lyings: Lucious told Hakeem that Camilla accepted money in exchange for ending their relationship. He tried to run game on Cookie throughout the episode, hoping she could be convinced to re-marry him.
Number of times you wanted to slap Hakeem: It’s getting harder to hate on the kid, but he got two side-eyes this episode. 1. When he rapped live for his family, but his voice was autotuned. 2. When he sang “Drip, Drop” to baby Lola. Lola is not old enough for that song.
Most triflin’ character: Olivia’s abusive boyfriend Reg, aka “Scary Bird.”
Health check-up: Andre had his first psychotic break as a junior in college. A doctor was called, but Lucious refused to accept the doctor’s opinion that Andre had a serious mental illness. Vernon is back on them drugs. Lucious’ hands are shaking, but he’s far from fulfilling Camilla’s wish that he just die already.
Who should jump the line for relationship counseling: Baby Lola. Wait until she finds out that her grandpa is probably her father.
Lee Daniels Extraness: Andre’s music therapist got extremely inappropriate before asking him to pray with her, and his psychiatrist was named Dr. Sirak. It rhymes with Ciroc. What is going on at this clinic? They’re touching on patients and encouraging them to drink.
Best Cameo: Jennifer Hudson as Andre’s music therapist. Her acting wasn’t the best, but her voice was.
Best minor character moment: Malcolm saved the day by speeding back to the Lyon mansion after dropping Camilla off at the airport. He must have taken the HOV lane there and back.
The BET award goes to: “Lola,” featuring Jussie Smollett. I hope they put Hakeem on the remix.
Most unbelievable moment: When Olivia’s abusive boyfriend Reg pulled a gun on the Lyon family, Lucious confessed to sleeping with Olivia while she was married to Jamal! Little Lola slept through high-pitched screaming, a gunshot, and a hostage situation. That’s OK, because the next day, none of the adults seemed bothered by having watched a man die.
“Scary Bird” is no longer with us, and neither is Jamal’s second boo. What will Lucious do to Malcolm when he catches him with Cookie? Did you think you were watching a Tyler Perry production when Andre prayed away his mental illness? Weigh in with your comments below!