Previously on Empire, ‘Lyon’s Roar’
The title of this episode comes from Shakespeare’s play Henry V. In the third act, the king gives a speech to his soldiers to embolden them for battle against the French. “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead,” the king shouts. He tells them to harden their faces, and “imitate the action of the tiger.” As if talking to our Lyons instead, Henry V says, “”Dishonor not your mothers; now attest that those whom you called fathers did beget you.”
This week Anika drew the line, the Lyons family went to war, Porsha lead the charge, and Andre’s sanity was a casualty.
Cookie’s Best Line: “Come on, let’s go grab this ho’s clothes. Help her move out.”
Lucious B. Lyings: To Hakeem: “Why do you think I picked you to be the one who watches and learns firsthand? I’m handing you the baton.” I don’t think Lucious has decided on any of the boys, and may not leave the company to any of them.
Number of times you wanted to slap Hakeem: Only once. He proposed to blow up the Creedmore offices with C4.
Most triflin’ character: I don’t think anyone was triflin’ this episode. Anika did betray the company, but Lucious and the company have betrayed her as well. As Shakespeare’s Henry V said, “Be copy now to men of grosser blood, and teach them how to war.” That’s exactly what Anika did. She acted the way men do on this show, and she fought back.
Health check-up: Lucious was fine. We saw Andre flush all his pills, in case we’d forgotten he wasn’t taking them. As some people do in a manic phase, Andre spent extravagantly by purchasing a Lamborghini. He was screaming, fighting, and knocking things over. It became clear Lucious and Jamal are fully aware of Andre’s emotional instability, if not his actual diagnosis. Lucious had Andre’s wife commit him to a 48-hour involuntary psychiatric hold. When Andre is released, will Lucious use this as a wedge in their marriage?
Who should jump the line for relationship counseling: Lucious and Boo Boo Kitty.
Lee Daniels Extraness: Why on God’s green earth was Jamal half naked in his video for All of the Above? It was out of Jamal’s character to recreate D’Angelo’s How Does It Feel visuals with a bright ass Empire logo in the background.
Best Cameo: Estelle as British singer Delphine. I saw Estelle open for John Legend years ago, and she slays.
Best Minor Character moment: Porsha took Anika’s money and “spied right back on yo’ ass!”
The BET award goes to: It’s a tie! Conqueror, featuring Jussie Smollett and Estelle; and All of the Above, featuring Jussie Smollett. I love the uplifting lyrics of the former, and the Prince homage of the latter.
Most unbelievable moment: Empire and Creedmore had a stand-off on the street with guns blazing. So, Black men can pull out guns at a busy intersection and the police won’t come faster than a speeding bullet? This is not my America.
Who do you think was the best soldier in the Great Creedmore Battle? Although I commend Cookie for putting the G in Ghetto Ass Studio, methinks the king should knight Porsha. Weigh in with your comments below!