Hi guys! This week on Empire, Lucious and Jamal tried to finish their albums, Angelo‘s relationship with Cookie went officially sour, Cookie‘s uncertain of Lucious‘ intentions with Giuliana and Empire‘s future in Vegas and Hakeem made a public plea for Lucious to give him paternity of Bella.


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The episode opened with Lucious and Jamal in their separate studios working on their masterpieces; Inferno and When Cookie Met Lucious respectively. Both of them hated what they were working on so Cookie decided to go get some inspiration to help Jamal while Lucious kicked all of Snoop Dogg’s friends out of the studio for eating his food. Cookie ran into Lucious while she was fetching records for Jamal‘s inspiration and decided to tell him the big news about her and Angelo’s breakup, but before she could tell him the reason why they, Giuliana came in to get Lucious back into the studio.


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Snoop said he wasn’t ready to invest in Inferno Vegas but Lucious told him black people spent a lot of money in Vegas so it made sense. Snoop then said he would only be willing to invest if Jamal was part of the Inferno album.


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Lucious was reluctant about having Jamal on Inferno at first but he later asked him to sing on a track and Jamal refused and asked if his father was going to ground him. Lucious went on to threaten him with his contract at Empire and Jamal reminded him that Lucious was no longer the sole CEO of the company.


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Cookie showed up to the laundromat where Andre and Shine were plotting a hit on Lucious after Nessa apparently tipped her off that Andre might do something reckless. She recognized most of the guys from her old neighborhood in Philly and invited them all for dinner then told Andre they could run Vegas like a family especially after Lucious kicked Giuliana to the curb. Shine said that did not help him, since he was not part of the family, but Cookie said he was like a distant cousin.


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Hakeem was whining to Lucious and he said he was ready to finally have his name listed on Bella’s birth certificate but Lucious still didn’t believe he was ready.


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The baby daddy discussion was interrupted by firefighters and the fire marshal who told Lucious and Thirsty there was a violation so the club was closed for the night. It turned out Angelo was behind it and was laughing on a couch in the VIP section with his crew, smoking cigars and drinking Lucious’ brandy. Lucious stayed calm and ordered another round for him as he walked away.


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Lucious told Cookie what her ex-boyfriend had done but she told him not to do anything that would make things worse. He said that what Angelo did was about Cookie and he couldn’t let it go. Anika came in to tell Lucious she was on the way to the hotel and Giuliana also came in to tell Lucious she was going to the airport. Awkward! Lucious told Anika to move back into the mansion since Giuliana would be gone for a bit and Cookie just had to ask (on my behalf) “Oh, so she up in the mansion already?” then walked away saying they could handle Angelo‘s stuff another time. Anika also left (and I expected she and Cookie would have a “How To Get Giuliana Out of Our Lives” support group at some point) and Lucious had time to bid Giuliana goodbye.


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I mentioned last week that something was going on between Tory and Tiana and this week, they confirmed my theory. Hakeem vented to “his girls” (well according to him, if your girl got a girl…that’s two girlfriends) about his situation with his father about his daughter while they snuggled up in the bathtub and eventually hopped in to join them (presumably to have a threesome).


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At Cookie‘s, she had the guys over for some “comfort food” and Shine said somebody needed to marry her immediately upon tasting her food. Then she discussed her big plan which was to let Lucious set up in Vegas and take everything from him while he was distracted with Giuliana.


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Snoop met with Lucious and Thristy to tell them his financial adviser thought the Vegas deal was a bad idea. They tried to convince him to not listen but when they found out the financial adviser was Ezekiel DuBois, they knew there was more to it.


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Again, Lucious went to see Cookie and told her he was going to mess Angelo up but she pleaded with him to let her try to handle the situation first and went to see Angelo.


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Cookie tried to settle things with Angelo and offered to make a public statement that everything he said on the hot mic was just in the heat of the moment or throw a fundraiser. Angelo said it was not even about that but the fact that she and her drama destroyed generations of work his family had done. Then Angelo’s bodyguards (and his mama…he’s such a mama’s boy) came over and tried to pull Cookie away. Diana DuBois warned Cookie to stay away from Angelo as they walked into the building Cookie wasn’t welcome in.

“When my family decides to shoot, your entire family will burn to the ground”

Cookie called for a family meeting (Hakeem was too busy live streaming about his Bella situation to attend) to decide what to do about the DuBois’. Jamal decided to be the logical peacemaker and said he could go talk to them. Lucious asked Andre if that was the right thing to do since he had lived in their world and he nodded lightly. As Jamal went to make peace, Cookie told Lucious he should have taken Jamal for boxing class while she was in prison because he was too soft.


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Hakeem was live streaming from his apartment talking about Bella and being a father. He watched a documentary about how lions treat their cubs that made him realize family was over everything which inspired Elevated; a song related to all that. Late, he performed the song on his marble bathtub as he compared parenthood to leveling up.


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Jamal went to see Angelo at WOKE and tried to make amends as he apologized with class saying he wanted it for his mom so bad. Angelo said Cookie was right all along about them being from different worlds. Jamal then handed him a cheque for $5 million which Angelo tried to reject but Jamal said it was for an anonymous scholarship fund and every kid in WOKE would get a free ride to the college of their choice. Is that it Angelo? I’m quite disappointed!


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Back at the studio, Jamal was still having problems and Cookie was getting sick of it. She heard a beat and took Jamal to listen to it. He said that was exactly what he was looking for and asked Becky who made because he wanted it. Lucious passed by asking if they needed something then Cookie asked if the beat was his and Becky confirmed that it was.


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Jamal went into the studio where Lucious was trying to get another artiste to sing the hook but Jamal started singing instead from outside the booth and the other artiste told Lucious when Jamal was done that he might have found what he was looking for. Cookie passed by and they performed the song for her. Lucious told them that Snoop was still interested in investing if Jamal was involved and Jamal was excited that he had his final track for his album as they both agreed the song will go on both albums. Jamal went on to ask his parents to put the past behind them and Lucious should make an effort to be a better man and just make good music. Lucious said he was down but Cookie said she wasn’t having the “kumbaya” moment and left them to keep perfecting their song.


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Later that night, the whole family gathered for dinner. Lucious gave Anika her freedom with divorce papers and a $25 million settlement in return for all of her hard work but she did not look happy about or impressed by it. Cookie complained that it was more than he gave her which he replied that he gave her half the company but she reminded him that she worked hard for that. Lucious said he was moved by Hakeem’s podcast so he gave him his Empire Xstream channel back and his name on Bella’s birth certificate.


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Suddenly, Child and Family Services came with an actual SWAT team to take Bella away. Seemed quite excessive to me but what do I know. I feel like Tariq and Anika have some plan for her to get paid, get Bella away from the Lyons and run away with the money they both made or maybe its just the DuBois showing they can deal with the Lyons. Guess we would find out more next week.


Below is the trailer for the next episode; Absent Child


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