We all was excited about Empire being on our TV screens last night. Last week felt like eating cereal with sour milk without Empire, tasteless. Last night episode was a clear picture of how deep Cookie love is for Lucious. What we may be ...let's talk about that.
This episode opens with Cookie on the phone trying to get Tiana to the studio and Angelo popping up at Cookie's door with her favorite latte. As we know from episode 6, Cookie ended this relationship with Angelo so why the knocking at her door. Angelo must have fallen for Cookie because this man is fighting hard. He gives Cookie an ultimatum you are either in, or you are out. His aggressiveness about what he wants must have turned Cookie on, and she liked it. Sealed with a kiss and probably hot sex, it's safe to say Cookie is in. Cookie has a man now, and his name is Angelo Dubois.
Lucious has a business meeting with Jamaal. In this meeting, Jamaal has to watch Charlamagne of The Breakfast Club gave him Donkey of the Day and Turkey of the Day. Charlamagne doesn't bite his tongue about Jamaal' s absence from his music and performing. Artist who doesn't perform fades into the black. Jamaal needs to get back on his grind. He was shot but he alive. Lucious is only worried about numbers. Has he lost sight of the creativity of music and artists?
Nessa visits Andre at his office. She invites him to her brother's memorial and tells him Shine is pissed off. Andre agrees to come to the party and then enters Shine. Shine feels played once again by the Lyon clan. He informs Andre that Freda is no longer rapping and wants no part of Empire or the Lyons family. Andre was clueless of that information but promise to have Freda at the memorial party.
Jamaal arrives home to find Phillip and DMajor arguing about his blackout. Phillip is trying to get DMajor to help him get Jamaal off of drugs versus him giving him drugs. DMajor disregards Phillip's concerns by saying, Jamaal, is an artist and I am a producer we all take something. I agree with Phillip, Jamaal needs to get off of drugs. He is throwing away his career and almost overdose. If he keeps going down this road, he will need rehab, not a stage. DMajor leaves but before he leaves he gives Jamaal a bag of pills. He's a jerk. He doesn't care about Jamaal at all. I couldn't believe he told Jamaal, " I don't want to repeat the other night." Then don't give him pills dude!!! Phillip tries to talk to Jamaal, but Jamaal brushes him off. Cookie is on her way up to Jamaal's place, and she doesn't know about his blackout. That is why Jamaal told Phillip he would talk to him later. If Cookie knew Jamaal almost overdose, she would go postal.
Cookie mouth has no filter. She called Jamaal her "whoreish baby" . LMAO!!! Jamaal is working on new music and asked Cookie to check it out. Jamaal new music has a visual concept that includes videos of Cookie, Candace, Carol and their father. Cookie was loving the new sound and the videos until she saw her father. She tells Jamaal he can't use the videos, he had no right digging all this up and leave upset. I don't know about y'all but I was just as confuse as Jamaal. I saw happiness and love in the videos. Cookie saw something else.
Cookie was suppose to show up at a party to meet Angelo's mom for the first time. After her visit with Jamaal, I guess that kind of slipped her mind. Phylicia Rashad make her Empire debut as Diana Dubois. Diana looked around to see no Cookie. Diana asked Angelo is she being stood up by Ms. Cookie Lyon. This meet and greet was Cookie chance to show the elite community that she does belong in the elegant class as Angelo's woman.
Cookie arrives late to find Angelo playing at the piano with ladies surrounding. She dismiss the ladies Cookie's style which mean back off my man. Angelo isn't happy with Cookie and explains to Cookie, music to her family is politics to his family. Angelo made his point with that statement. Cookie explains to Angelo that she picked Lucious when she should have picked a man like him. The flashbacks of Cookie's childhood with her father truly open eyes to how much Cookie has truly lost because of Lucious.
Angelo and Cookie agree on a second chance meet and greet with his mother. What better way then a dinner, The Lyons meets the Dubois. Cookie go see Hakeem and Andre and tell them to be at the dinner. Unfortunately, Andre has already made plans to be at Nessa's brother memorial. He tried to get out the dinner but he told Cookie he will be there. Hakeem is still upset with Andre about Nessa
Jamaal visit Carol asking her why did Cookie freak out about the videos. Carol wants to tell Jamaal but she is afraid of Cookie. The only thing Carol would tell Jamaal is that it all started when Cookie met Lucious. Wow, is Lucious truly the demon of Cookie's life?
Cookie goes back to Jamaal's place. Cookie needs Jamaal at the dinner and Jamaal needs answers from Cookie. Jamaal is tired of the secrets in this family, but that's funny cause he has one. Cookies explain to Jamaal that her father put her out after finding drugs and money in his house. Three days after that, her father had a heart attack and died. Candance blamed her for their father death, and she blames herself. Cookie dad was her life, and Lucious became her life after her father's death. Omg, so much pain caused by one man. All roads lead back to Lucious. Cookie and Lucious love story get deeper with each season and episode. You have to admit, an unconditional love like that is powerful. The more we learn, the more we crave and understand why they are who the are.
Cookie seek helps from Candance on etiquette to impress Angelo's mother. Impressing Angelo's mother is in full affect; Cookie even redecorated her house since the dinner will be held at her house. I didn't like that new look of her house.
Lucious sabotage of Cookie's dinner starts with Hakeem. Lucious knows Hakeem can't take care of a baby. He leaves him alone with Bella knowing Hakeem suppose to be at Cookie's dinner. At Cookie's place, Jamaal arrives high as hell. Cookie is mad and tells him to go put some water on his face. The Dubois arrive.
Cookie introduce Jamaal to Diana. She is looking like what has my son gotten me into. Cookie tells Diana that Jamaal is a free spirit to cover up for him being high. Hakeem arrives with a crying Bella. As he enters in the house, he yelling at Jamaal for not answering his phone. Diana said oh, another free spirit. Leave it to Jamaal to call Diana on her shots fired. Jamaal told her, "you mad shady". He high and loose lip. Jamaal better be quiet before he get smacked or beat with a broom.
Cookie is ready to serve dinner, but Angelo tells her his mom is allergic to seafood. Before she can come up with a plan, there is a knock at the door. Cookie thinks it's Andre, but she opens the door to find Anika and Lucious. The sabotage begins. He just needed a reason to show up.
Lucious comes in screaming at Hakeem for taking Bella out the house without telling someone. Angelo got this not tonight look on his face. Lucious introduce his self to Diana as Cookie's ex-husband. Anika as his wife who just gave birth to his granddaughter. He told Diana how Cookie was in jail for 17 years and he had to take care all the kids. Jamaal tried to defend Cookie but Lucious hinted at the fact Jamaal was high. Lucious is so heartless. I see you met the gay one; this is the irresponsible one and where is the crazy one, he preferred to Andre who isn't there. This man talks about his kids with no love.
Cookie had enough of Lucious game. She takes charge like she always does. She tells Diana, yeah this my family. We are one twisted tree, but I wouldn't trade one gay, irresponsible or crazy for anybody. This, my family, take it or leave it. Then Cookie yells at Jamaal to sing a song. Yes, she did just drop the mic.
WATCH THIS CLIP OF HOW LUCIOUS TRIED TO SABOTAGE COOKIE'S DINNER, BUT SHE Takes CHARGE!
Jamaal sung the song he wrote about Cookie. Hearing the song with the visual of the flashbacks of Cookie's childhood was heart touching. I think it got to Lucious as well because he left.
Andre didn't attend Cookie's dinner. Nessa is looking for Dre who hasn't showed up at the memorial party yet. Shine tries to comfort Nessa and tells her this where you belong and this is your family. I guess he is wrong because Andre shows up with Freda. Freda has decided she isn't going to rap anymore but Andre gives her a pep talk. Use your voice to pick yourself up. It's your choice to stop, fight and stand up. Encouraging words.
Nessa is happy to see Andre. Andre does attempt to leave but Nessa ask him to stay. Nessa gets on the stage and performs her song Heart of Soul dedicated to her brother. Could Andre be falling for Nessa? Because he missed his mother's dinner to be there for Nessa. Freda takes the stage and she decides to stand up. She spits her bars about her father and Nessa sing the hook about family. Shine is, always up to something so of course he is recording the entire performance.
Cookie did make a good impression on Angelo's mother. Everything isn't always as it seems. Diana had some family secrets herself. Her family didn't come from money either. She hasn't forgotten where she came from. Even though she likes the fire in Cookie, she makes it known to Cookie not to put that fire out on her son.
This episode ends with Lucious looking at a half naked Anika and Angelo making plans to put Cookie to bed. Could Lucious and Anika end up back in love? Will Angelo and Cookie relationship last for a few seasons? I guess we have to stay tune.
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