Previously on Empire, ‘The Devils Are Here’
Exiled from Empire, Cookie, Hakeem, and Andre attempt to start their own label. This brings Tiana, Veronica, and Ghetto-Ass Studios back in the mix. Meanwhile, in prison, Lucious gets on the wrong side of an authority-abusing guard, McKnight (Ludacris), and struggles with the symptoms of his disease.
Lucious’ new attorney, Thirsty (Andre Royo), uses the skills he learned at the University of Guam to get Lucious a new bail hearing, and eventually released. Cookie better hurry up and get her label, Lyon Dynasty, off the ground because Daddy’s coming home.
Cookie’s best line:
“Did your Daddy drop you on yo head?”
Number of times you wanted to slap Hakeem: 3
When he leaked his entire album online and brushed off warnings why that was about 50 kinds of illegal from Andre, who has a ton of business degrees – and has heard of a hostile takeover, if you were wondering.
And when he decided to hold auditions for an all-girl group about 43 minutes after they decided to start their own label.
And “I’m gonna call them Rainbow Sensation. BOOM.”
Most triflin’ character:
Lucious. Andre comes to him, hat in hand, and apologizes for trying to take Empire away from Jamal. He is willing to prove himself to earn his father’s trust. Lucious tells him to trust in the God he loves so much because Lucious is the devil.
Lucious non-ALS really flares up when he’s denied his medication in prison. McKnight insinuates he’ll get his meds if he cooperates with the district attorney, Roxanne Ford.
Who should jump the line for relationship counseling:
Lucious and Andre. Lucious is still struggling to accept his son’s mental illness and shows zero compassion for him. Andre, like most children (even adults), just wants his father’s acceptance.
So, they just recorded albums in jail now? Okay.
Runner-up: Why does Roxanne have her titties out in court?
Best Family Moments:
Andre begs Cookie to let him go because he’s not ’bout that Ghetto-Ass Studios life. Rhonda pleads with Jamal to let Andre back into Empire and reveals she’s pregnant. I couldn’t tell if she was being manipulative for shady reasons or truly looking out for her husband.
Best minor character moments:
Everything involving Thirsty and his purple-ass suit.
Kelly Rowland as Lucious’ mother with the voice of an angel and mental illness demons.
The BET award goes to:
“Get No Betta 2.0” by Tiana (Serayah McNeill)