Previously on Empire, ‘Fires of Heaven’
“Alas, poor Vernon! I knew him, Lucious.”
Roxanne Ford wastes no time in retaliating against Lucious for his successful bail hearing. She has the FBI raid the Empire offices and Dynasty’s. To present a united front, the family decides to collaborate on a song/video. Because nothing shows the FBI you mean business like a hot beat.
Hoping to get back into Lucious’ good graces, Andre decides to dig up Vernon’s dead body to make Ford’s case go away.
Ford makes Cookie an offer, which Cookie uses to her own advantage to tank Lucious’ radio deal. Jamal and Hakeem come to blows on the set of their video. Drowning his sorrows in liquor, Hakeem stumbles upon Valentina 2.0. Cookie refuses to trust Anika.
Cookie’s best line
“Tell me a grandma that’s got an ass like this.”
Number of times you wanted to slap Hakeem: 0
You know, his attempts at being a “mogul” are laughable, but you have to admire his drive to separate from Lucious and his willpower in resisting his father’s plays to win him back.
I’m also not mad at him for slicing that ugly-ass painting.
Most triflin’ character
I’m sorry. I gotta go with Porsha hopping her ass over that turnstile.
Via more flashbacks: Lucious told a social worker that he wanted to stay with his mom, who had been reported as displaying erratic behavior.
Who should jump the line for relationship counseling
Why are Jamal and Michael together? Guadalupe has serious insecurities and hasn’t made any strides in coming to terms with the negative side of Jamal’s profession. I’m sick of seeing him pout.
Best Family Moments
“I’m ride or die.” – Rhonda
You go, girl! Seriously, I would have gone with my husband, too, if for no other reason than to make sure he didn’t fuck up and land us both in jail. And it’s a good thing Rhonda did go because Andre would have never noticed all the trees with holes.
Special mention to the absolute look of terror on Rhonda’s face when Andre admits God’s been talking to him.
Adam Busch’s chest hair.
Best minor character moments
Thristy has easily become one of my favorite characters. He’s shady as fuck, yes. But they’ve also played Roxanne Ford as a dirty prosecutor so I’m okay with it.
Him waking up Lucious (in bed with some new random) with coffee and news of the feds impending visit was hilarious.
“How’d you get in here?”
“What do you mean? I slept over in the guest room with the twins. By the way, thank you for that. I needed it.”
The BET award goes to
Ain’t About the Money (featuring Jussie Smollett and Yazz)
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So far this show has been able to maintain a balance where we can enjoy the family drama between the Lyons, but also experience genuinely heartfelt family moments. Taraji needs an Emmy for the flashback prison scene alone. Still not thrilled with the lack of development in Anika. I was really looking forward to her and Cookie working together. It’s always more interesting to watch people who don’t get along try to cooperate than watching them fight. This season has featured about one good episode for me. I’m downloading ‘Ain’t About the Money.’