Episode Rating Scale: (7) Enjoyable
The dysfunctional Lyons clan is back on our TV screens. The season premiere was a little disappointing to me. I didn't expect a big bang instantly but I needed a little more turn up. But this episode gave me one good, tears falling laughter.
The season 3 ended with Lucious waking up from a coma with no memory of his life. Season 4 opens with Cookie giving an Interview about Empire 20th Anniversary. As Cookie gives her interview, you can't help but wonder where is Lucious? Cookie is very good at having the right words to cover up her family's pain or tragedies. Is this one of those times? Cookie is running the Empire right now. The 20th anniversary of Empire will have a live TV program. The Empire crew is preparing for the show. Jamaal and Hakeem are rehearsing for their performance. Then you see Dre doing an interview. Season 3 ended with Dre getting the Empire. His attack on his father caused him the Empire. How is Dre dealing with that? In his interview, he almost publicly stated he rather have the Empire than his father. We all know Dre deeply hates his father, but he also loves his mother and brothers. Anything he does or will affect them too. He tells the interviewer to not use that footage however with the media; they never listen. Will this footage come out later?
Finally, we see Lucious. Cookie and Lucious arrive at what looks like a pre-celebration to the 20th anniversary of Empire. Queen Latifah makes a special guest as Carlotta. She approaches Lucious about helping out her girl group. Cookie is doing her best to end this conversation. I guess Lucious memory is still resting in la la land. You can tell he is off. When Cookie and Lucious walk away he tells Cookie he doesn't know who that was. Walking into Leviticus, you got fans, lights, crew, and other people so happy to see Lucious. He must feel trapped in outer space because he doesn't remember anything. The impact of it leaves him screaming get away from me and trying to get out of people's way.
Rewind to 24 hours before that moment of fear happened. Thirsty approach Andre about the Las Vegas coming to question him again. Dre just wants this over and his name to stay clear. It looks like the blame for the car bombing is being blamed on Guiliana. We all know it was Shine and Dre. Even though Dre tried to stop it after it was too late. Dre should be aware by now he can't control Shine.
Cookie is running the company. Everyone is coming at her about everything. Good thing she has Dre to help her. But that could be a good and bad thing. Hakeem gets a visit from Diane. Unbelievable! The biggest enemy the Lyons has had is Diane Dubois. She is determined to make Cookie pay for causing Angelo his political career. Season 3, Diane kidnap baby Bella. Hakeem made some deal with her to get his daughter back. Anika is MIA. Oops, Anika is in jail. Lucious mother set that plan in motion. Looks like Hakeem been taking care of his daughter with help from Diane. She reminds Hakeem to stick to their visit with pictures. How would Cookie feel about this? As Hakeem points out, she will lay them paws on him. Dangerous ground Hakeem on but he loves his daughter. Dre visit Shine at a cookout. Dre feels someone is snitching. Why after five months Las Vegas police still investigating? Shine is still salty. Dre promises to him doesn't seem to be lining up. Sadly, the plan wasn't needed. Dre had the Empire, and the car bombing changed all that. The board asked Cookie to stay on until Lucious return. So you see Shine, the need for revenge cost you all plan to backfire. He should have listened when Dre called it off.
Diane has everyone in a position where she wants them. Jamaal's new love interest is Warren Dubois. He was planted to make Jamaal fall in love with him but then what? I truly feel that plan is going to backfire. Warren is going to fall for Jamaal. Honestly, I hope he does. The Lyons need to be one step ahead of Ms. Dubois because right now; she is winning.
Lucious arrives home with his therapist played by Demi Moore by his side. His staff and family greet him at the door. Now we knew Lucious lost his memory, but we didn't know he lost a leg. Lucious got injured badly. Now we can say it's karma, but hmmmmmm let's be good folks. Lol. Lucious, who now wants to be called Dwight had changed his mind about his anniversary appearance. He has disconnected with Lucious. Could his subconscious be eating at him? Could Lucious subconscious be feeling remorseful about the things he has done? Is his memory blocked because he knows his wrongdoings caused so much pain? Why are Lucious memories blocked? The golden question.
Cookie tries to talk Lucious into appearing at the anniversary. If he doesn't appear, the board of Empire is going to ask questions. Cookie plea is interested in Claudia. Cookie doesn't like her, and she wears the look of it all over her face. She tries to get Cookie to back off. In their sidebar conversation, Cookie wants to know why he doesn't have his memory? All Claudia is repeating is he needs time.
Tiana is in the studio working, and her session is interrupted. What happened with the threesome relationship? Back at the mansion, Lucious is listening to his music. He doesn't like his own lyrics. Claudia sees him getting antsy, so she cuts it off. The confusion in Lucious head has to be crazy. He thinks Tiana is Bella's mother. Lmao. He truly doesn't remember how dysfunctional his life was. Cookie wants the family to be the only people to see Lucious in this condition. She is a little upset to hear Tiana has been to visit. To Hakeem, Tiana is family. Juanita brings Bella in the room. Awww, Bella is so precious. Lucious is playing with Bella. Cookie needs Lucious to get his memory back. She suggested looking at photo album. This is the biggest test Cookie, and Lucious has fought in all seasons. As Lucious looks at photo albums, he makes a clear observation. Cookie is in none of the pictures. He asked, "were you taking the pictures?". Wow!! I must say, seeing him rediscover who he is, who he was and who he wants to will be interesting. Cookie tells him they were apart for 17 years. He facial expression was priceless. Like we now seeing Lucious with a heart.
The Las Vegas police have arrived. They questioned Becky. Shine approach Becky about what was asked. Funny how Becky said the truth. It seems like a new lead has open with some pop stars. Some familiar names Shine knows. To change the subject, Shine start to flirt with her.
Warren checks in with Ms. Dubois. She doesn't happen about Warren's progress with Jamaal. Warren makes excuses for his lack of progress. He tells her that Jamaal is still dealing with Lucious almost death. Ms. Dubois has become the new cold-hearted SOB on the show. She makes it's clear that she doesn't care about what Jamaal is going through. She wants to destroy every Lyon piece by piece. Warren promised not to let her down. I think he will, at least I am hoping he does.
Shine updates Dre on what he find out. He found the cops asked about the bomb maker. Shine is staking out Franco as he is talking to Dre. Looks like Dre and Shine isn't out the clear just yet. Who is talking to Las Vegas police? Cookie has had enough of the therapist. Is she trying to get Lucious memory back or is she trying to keep him for herself? Cookie witness a very tender moment between Lucious and Susan. We all heard him ask to kiss her. So again Cookie has to fight another chick away from her man? Cookie tells her to pack her stuff and get out. I don't really like this role for Demi Moore or this look on her. Demi is sexy but she looks so homely looking in this role. But it could just be me, lol. I agree with Cookie. Susan is truly up to something. She claims Lucious will confuse trusting her with something else. Nah, she want that man. Cookie know it too.
In the kitchen Lucious and Cookie share a heartful conversation. She felt in Vegas they had one. She tells him about that night in Vegas. She tells him he saved her life. Cookie tells him he did a good thing. We have known Lucious to be selfish so that could have very well been Cookie. Tears rolling down her face, Lucious tells Cookie not to cry. Terrance Howard is an awesome actor, I tell you. The emotion he puts into roles be amazing. Its also hard to deny the on screen chemistry of him and Taraji.
The family has dinner by the pool. The food isn't appealing for Cookie. Lucious seems to like Cookie fire still. Lucious tried to get to know his family again. He asked Andre about his life. Andre admits his wife died. Lucious asked Jamaal about who he is dating. This The family has dinner by the pool. The food isn't appealing for Cookie. Lucious seems to like Cookie fire still. Lucious tried to get to know his family again. He asked Andre about his life. Andre admits his wife died. Lucious asked Jamaal about who he is dating. This Lucious is okay with Jamaal being gay. Jamaal talks about his relationship with Warren. It seems like he like Warren. And he knows Hakeem, Bella, and Tiana is a family. Cookie needs Lucious to remember, so she asked did he listen to more of his music. He admits he like this one song. Lucious requested the song to get played. He soon learns, he didn't write the song. At that moment, we see a flashback of Cookie in jail. Cookie wrote the song while she was in jail. Like, I really would like to know Cookie jail story. Seventeen years is a long time to be in jail, and we do not know what she endured in there. That experience had to have some kind of effect on her feelings for Lucious. Jamaal is the one that tells him the truth. He explained he had writer's block the while working on his forth album. He explained Cookie changed his sound. Looking at the album, Lucious see Cookie didn't receive any credit for writing the song. Lucious didn't like that and felt that wasn't right. He wanted bro to know how that made Cookie feel. Cookie didn't want to answer the question. Lucious pushed for her to answer. Claudia tried to end this conversation, but Lucious said he was ok. All the faking seemed to irritate Hakeem. Hakeem wants to tell him the truth about everything. Andre tells him they can't talk about anything painful with him. Not revealing the kind of man he was is supposed to be the method for Luscious to get his memory back. Hmmmmmm! What's a Lyons dinner without a brotherly fight? Hakeem tells Andre he is just as shady as Lucious. Well, Hakeem is right about that. He calls Dre out on thinking he better than the rest of them. Dre tries to leave, but Claudia stops him. They all trying so hard to paint a happy picture for Lucious. The truth is the happy Lyons moment with Lucious are so far and in between. Man, did Hakeem bring it so raw and uncut? He said right now Lucious is a one leg hopping bitch. Lmao!!!! Now here comes Jamaal. Jamaal calls Hakeem out on his wannabe gangsta ass. Lmao!!!! Man, they hit so below the belt. Lucious sitting there so lost. Claudia is trying to calm everyone down. All I was saying was, welcome back to the Lyons Den. Lmao. It all because of too much for Lucious. He tells them all to shut up. At this point, he doesn't want to be there anymore. He grabs his crutches and hops away. Please forgive me y'all. I laughed my ass off at the getaway. Lucious looked like a kangaroo hopping with one leg in roadrunner speed. Hahahaha!!! This was mine in tears moment. I just could not stop laughing.
Lucious tries to escape the drama of a family he doesn't remember. They run after him. Claudia tells them do not crowd him. Now, we never really saw Lucious house to this degree. I love that house. That scenery is beautiful. I couldn't help but notice how beautiful this scene was with the scenery. But anyway. Lucious has his out comeback for his family. How can you tell me about me when you don't know you? That's what I took from Lucious statement. He said, " all of you trying to tell me who I am suppose be, and Y'all don't like your selves." Now, how interesting is this storyline for real. Lucious thought of jumping in the water didn't happen. Andre, Jamaal, and Hakeem all grabbed him. They all apologized for the messiness and forcing of his memories to return. Once again, the Lyons has to pull it together.
Fast forward to the current 24 hours of the beginning of the episode. Backstage Lucious is flipping out. The hurt in Cookie eyes is unimaginable. Hakeem, Jamaal, and Tiana hit the stage. Cookie calms Lucious down. Cookie may need Lucious to show up on the stage but not at destroying his recovery. Claudia shows up wearing Anika's dressed. Cookie sees a moment between Claudia and Lucious that's she doesn't like. Claudia tells Lucious focus on what's real and in front him. The only thing in front of him is her. I truly feel she is up to something. This is a weird recovery method she doing. On the stage, Jamaal presents Lucious, and he didn't come out. Did Cookie take him home after his breakdown? He was very scared and confused.
After a second delay, Lucious appears on stage. For a minute there I thought Lucious was back to himself. He shows the fans his leg but says he still on top. Then he presents Jamaal and Hakeem performance of his song Love Me. As he and Cookie sit holding hands, it's a shot of Claudia in the background. She doesn't look happy about this connection Cookie and Lucious making.
Meanwhile, Shine calls Dre. Shine has Franco in the car. Before you know but with Dre on the phone, Shine kills Franco. Did that help close the Vegas case or add more suspicion? We have to wait to see. The anniversary celebration comes to an end. Lucious remind Cookie that he isn't who he used to be. He wishes he could remember, but he just doesn't. Then he asked for Claudia and her not too far away either. As Lucious walks arm to arm with Claudia, away from Cookie; Cookie calls Lucious name. She makes it clear; he will remember Cookie Lyon because she is unforgettable. Let's not forget irreplaceable as well.
I may not be very impressed with this episode, but I know it's going to get better. The plot is going to heat up; we just have to be patient and stay tuned in. If you missed this email catch up on Comcast On Demand or download the Fox app
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