#Empire~S4 Ep9: Slave to Memory ~ Recap & Review~ #fallfinale

 Episode Rating Scale: (10) Exceptional

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The finale was on fire. The Lyons shut the Dubois family down. Then ended with a bomb dropped confession from Andre. Followed by the coo-coo coming from Claudia. Yes, Claudia is back. It's one thing after another. The Lyons has more battles to fight and more demons to overcome. It's recap time.

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The episode opens with DJ Flex introducing Empire number one artist. Then comes Andre to the stage. Now was Trai singing? Was anyone else wondering that same thought? Andre is truly off in his world. Andre becomes agitated. Lucious is by his side. The doctor tells Lucious that Andre may not be the same was all the drugs is out his system. Lucious checked her very quickly. "You do understand my son is going to be perfectly fine, right," Lucious told her.  Now Lucious bid seeming like his self in this scene. He tells a comatose Andre, "the people who did this to you is going to pay." Is Lucious truly back? 

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Lucious keep saying he back. As Cookie is getting ready to attend Eddie's party, Lucious wants to know which Dubois he can take down. Cookie is still skeptical about Lucious return. She denies his involvement. Who is he going to be when the war comes to an end? Dwight can't handle violence but Lucious can. Cookie needs Lucious not Dwight right now. However, he again claims he is back. Cookie puts the conversation off until after Eddie's party.

Diana is preparing her Captain's Ball. She has top-notch security and she having background checks on all employees working the event. Angelo questions his mother about her timing. He feels she shouldn't be having this event. Angelo is a smart man. Nothing is going to keep the Lyons from that ball. Diana told Angelo she is at war with anyone. I like to know what she called all the treacherous moves she speaking. It all seems like war to me. The same part is Anika is team Dubois now. What is she Diana's assistant? I mean she gave Anika things to do like she an assistant. I am just saying. 

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At Eddie's party, the Lyons family tries to talk him into staying. With Lucious being back to himself, Eddie doesn't feel he is needed any longer. Cookie asked Eddie, "Do you think he back?" Eddie said let's find out. He called Lucious out. Lucious said, "he the worst man on the land. " Sounds like he back to me. Eddie and Lucious sit at the piano and sing a song. Now, is that Forest Whitaker is singing? Lol.

After the party, the Lyons have to strategize taking down the Dubois family. Cookie ready to give Lucious back his throne in his office but Lucious tells her to take her seat on her throne. Thirsty arrives. He tells Cookie Diana got it shut down. They will not be getting in there. Cookie thought they could pull the same scheme they did in Vegas. Remember when trying to take down Guliana; they used the catering service because Cookie was barred from the casino.  While they are trying to come up with a plan, Lucious is on the piano playing music. I guess. Cookie couldn't think of him playing that music. Cookie doesn't feel Lucious is back, so she is keeping them out the loop. Lucious gives Cookie the plan she needs to get into the Captain's Ball. Everyone love music so why not use music to get into the Captain's Ball; that's Lucious plan. Them bougie people don't know nothing about music Empire puts out. We all know Diana party is going to be bougie. But Cookie like Lucious plan. After the meeting, Thirsty runs into Becky. She is sitting at the bar crying. At Eddie's party, we saw Becky get nauseated from the smell of shrimp. When Thirsty mention hormones; Becky gets offended. She smacks Thirsty. Thirsty is very smart and figured out that Becky is pregnant. Will she tell JPoppa she is pregnant? 

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Jamaal gets an unexpected visitor. His back is turned, he doesn't see Warren just entered his condo. Jamaal gave him some bruises. Hearing Warren's voice, Jamal picks up at the knife.  Warren paid the doorman $10,000 just to see Jamal. That must be love. Instead of taking the money and leaving town, Warren used it to see Jamaal instead. Jamaal is trying to act like his feelings for Warren is dead, but you can tell he still loves Warren. Warren admits to deserving the beat down Jamaal gave him. Because he loves Jamaal and hates his aunt, he gives Jamaal some information that will bring Diana down to her knees. Warren truly messed up. I think Andre suffered the worst thanks to Diana. Warren should have told Jamaal once he fell in love with him. However, I feel they can work it out with time. Warren shouldn't give up on him. 

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Cookie and Lucious are headed out. Lucious feels his leg is causing people to feel he is less of man. He tells Cookie regardless of his leg and half of the memory, his family, is being an attack. He wants revenge. This all started with Cookie. Cookie broke Angelo's heart.  Because of that, Diana came after Cookie and her sons. Vengeance belongs to Cookie. Angelo gets in his car to find his driver isn't who he expected. Cookie and Lucious take over. Maybe Lucious is back. When Angelo doesn't agree to sign a confession about his mom actions against the Lyons; things get ugly. Lucious pistol whip Angelo and use him to get in the Captain's Ball. 

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Angelo gets Cookie and Lucious on the ball. He warns his mother the Lyons was at the ball. Before you know, Cookie and Lucious are dancing with an audience watching. Afterwards, Jamaal and Hakeem take to the stage and perform the son Trapped. Diana secrets come to light. Warren drops the bomb on Diana kidnapping Bella. Then Cookie revealed everything Diana has done. Now, I wanted this takedown to go differently. I feel Cookie should have gotten a few smacks in there. Remember that smack she gave Nessa. Yeah, Diana needed a few of those. 

The OMG moment for me was the news Hakeem dropped. Anika was apart of Bella's kidnapping. Unbelievable. I am confused about Anika. She wanted Bella to be the heir to Empire. That's why she pushed Rhonda downstairs. So why team up with Diana Dubois? Anika should know by down you can't keep the Lyons down too long. Now, she lost it all AGAIN. But, you truly see Hakeem's growth in this scene. He could have sent Anika to jail, but he didn't. However, she better hope Diana doesn't throw her under the bus to save herself. So happy Hakeem got his daughter back. Bella will continue to make an honest and decent man out of him. 

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Cookie continues to throw Diana under the bus at the Captain's Ball. Diana shows her to true colors. She calls her guest pathetic. As Diana tries to leave the ball, she is stopped by the police. She thinks they are there for Cookie but boom; Diana is arrested for kidnapping Bella. Angelo arrives at the hotel where Warren is waiting for Jamaal. Warren thought he was opening the door for Jamaal, but unfortunately, it's a gun-packing Angelo. Warren gave the Lyons clan everything they needed to destroy the Dubois family. So Warren put love over family. I hope that means him and Jamaal are going to try to work past his deceitfulness in the beginning. Angelo has lost his mind. Sadly, he really could have to rebuild his life.  Jamaal arrives and sees Angelo pointing a gun at Warren. Angelo shoots Warren. Jamaal and Angelo wrestle with a loaded gun. I was hoping Jamaal didn't get shot again. Boom, Angelo goes down. Is Angelo dead?  Will Jamaal go to jail? Will Warren still be in the picture? How is Diana going feel when she finds out her son is dead? Sometimes revenge backfires. Unfortunately for Angelo, his need for revenge didn't end as he expected. 

The ball is over. Lucious is headed to see Andre. After the takedown of Diana, Cookie is exhausted. She heads home instead. Lucious wants to know if Cookie is moving out or in his bedroom. Cookie decides to move out. She feels they need to take things slow this time. I think that's a good idea. As a family, they have been through a lot. Then Lucious is still battling with identity issues. I don't feel Cookie made the wrong decision. Her and Lucious have a love that has been tested with plenty trial and errors; it's best for them to take it slow. Rekindle a place of new found love. 

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Back at Empire, Eddie is about to leave. But his ex-wife storms in and dropped a bomb on him. It looks like Eddie invested all his money into a scam. Bad investment equals broke for Eddie. His wife who appears to be living an expensive life wants answers. How is Eddie going to fix this and take care of multiple families? Whatever his plan is, I hope it doesn't include betraying Cookie and Lucious. Eddie has been helping Cookie at Empire. He has some ideas in his head. That's what he told his ex-wife. I have to say; Nicole Ari Parker gets more beautiful with age. I would love to see more of her on Empire. Cookie needs a best friend it something. Lol.  Whatever Eddie have in mind, it better not be betrayal is all I have to say. Shine already is unworthy and has no loyalty to Cookie and Lucious. They don't need anything old friend with secret intentions.

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Back at the mansion, Cookie was moving out back to her place. She changes her mind and stays at the mansion. At the hospital, Shine visit Andre. Lucious walks in just in time. Shine was about to kill Andre. Shine knows Andre is breaking down. It's only a matter of time before Andre tells the truth. And boom he did.  Once Shine leaves, Lucious tells Andre they clapped back on the Dubois family. Now, Andre is very sedated.  He says out loud, "Pop, please forgive me." He then says, " The bomb. I tried to kill you." Can you say the look on Lucious face was a pure shock? But what did Lucious expect? Every change they had to take Anika down for the killing of his wife and child; Lucious saved his self. Before Lucious could respond, he was injected with a needle in his neck. Claudia is back, and a woman scorned but in love with Dwight. Lucious waked up and trapped with Claudia. Cookie wakes up to Lucious being MIA. 

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The Lyons family just can't get a break. The plot has thickened. The Dubois family has been taken down, but they left scars on the Lyons cub. Hakeem lost Tiana. Can he get her back? Jamaal found and lost love. Will Warren and Jamaal remain a couple? Jamaal killed Angelo (maybe). How will he regroup from murdering someone? We all saw what happened to him when he got shot.   And then there is Andre. Will Andre return to his full brain? Will he be affected physically in any other way? Healing takes time but these some heavy wounds to carry. How will Lucious get away from Claudia? How will Lucious deal with Andre's confession? How will Cookie find Lucious?  

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Empire ended the fall season on a high note. You can help but wish it was Spring already. The questions we have, we want answers. Unfortunately, we have to tune in Spring 2018.  Take a SNEAK PEEK at what to look forward to next year. 

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