#Empire Mid-Finale S3Ep9: A Furnace for Your Foe

Mid finale was a disappointment to me. So much action during the season. I thought it would lead up to an explosive finale. However,  the finale had it good moments. 

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Cookie planned a concert. The performance included Tiana, Hakeem, and Jamaal from the Empire roster. The concert will also benefit Angelo's campaign. Can Cookie pull off another successful concert for a good cause?  Remember she did a Free Lucious concert. 

Ms. Diana Dubois isn't so elegant after all. She knows how to get her hands dirty just a little bit.  She meets up with Lucious to get his help. Wow,  who would have known? Apparently, Angelo has a secret that is about to go public. Ms. Dubois seek help from Lucious to keep that secret buried. Now,  we all know Lucious does nothing without getting something in return. Ms. Dubois promise if he gets Edison the reporter to drop his story,  then she will end Angelo and Cookie's relationship. Now isn't they devil 1 and 2. Lol. 

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Jamaal is rehearsing for his performance. You can tell he isn't at his full potential or as the focus. To make matters worst Lucious shows up.  I don't know if he speech was motivational or a dagger to failure. But he makes it known Jamaal better sing no more songs of family secrets and harsh ships. 

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My OMG moment was seeing Anika waking up in Lucious bed. I knew in that house together would soon erase the hate. They may still dislike each other, but I think deep down the feelings remain. Good morning head was interrupted by Mama Leah entering the room vacuuming. No bobble head for you Lucious!!!  Lol!!  But,  Mama Leah punchline was the greatest. "I'm doing what she's doing except I'm sucking dirt out the carpet." Man,  I was in tears laughing. It clear and I mean very clear,  she doesn't like Anika. One insult too many,  Anika is fed up with Mama Leah.  She gives Lucious an ultimatum,  me or your mother. Now... Anika,  Anika, Anika!!! I guess boo kitty forgot this isn't a marriage of love. I kind of miss Cookie and Anika scenes together especially hearing Cookie call her Boo Boo Kitty. 

Cookie visits Jamaal. Even though Cookie has been dancing around Jamaal's addiction, I think she is fed up with waiting for Jamaal to kick his habit. Jamaal lies and tells Cookie he is off the pills. She took Jamaal's pills and disposed of them in the sink. She knows her kids because he tried to keep some pills in his snatch. Jamaal should know not to play with Cookie. You see the love and fear at the same time. She believes in, Jamaal so much. From the first episode of Empire,  we always knew that Jamaal and Cookie share a special bond. 

CHECK OUT THE SCENE OF DISPOSING JAMAAL'S PILLS!!! 

Yasssssss!!!!  Who else was happy to see Stingy Fingers on Empire. He cameo wasn't big but it was great to see. His lyrics helped put the fear Lucious needed in Edison,  the reporter. He threatens Edison without saying the words his self. Edison better drop that Dubois story line.  Lucious will keep his word if he doesn't. 

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Ms. Dubois backs out of her part of the deal with Lucious. Cookie's hood background is actually posting Angelo's campaign. Even though Lucious said he is Team Angelo, we know he doesn't like to be played. He may think the city needs another black Mayor but he doesn't want it to be Angelo. 

Nessa goes to see Andre. She finds him laying on the couch not his usual self. Andre opens up to Nessa. He tells her he has a bipolar disorder. Although Rhonda took care of Andre when he was having an episode;  Nessa isn't willing to walk in those shoes. Verses depending on her to get him through it,  she wants him to learn how to be strong and get his self through his bipolar. I respect Nessa for that thought but bipolar is serious. He will need her support and help. The highs and lows of bipolar can be deadly.  I hope they really play this to the full degree. People need to see just how serious mental illness can be. After not seeing Rhonda's spirit in a few episodes,  she reappears. Rhonda doesn't want Nessa to replace her. 

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The FBI has frozen Empire assests. Thank Tariq for that. Cookie has this concert but can't pay for vendors. Lucious tells Cookie he gonna fix it. We get another flashback of Cookie and Lucious. First kisses are unforgettable. Before Lucious leaves, he tries to tell Cookie Angelo has skeletons in his closet. Lucious truly hate seeing Cookie in love with and going hard for another man. She deserves happiness without drama, hurt and heartache Lucious. 

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Since the FBI is gunning for Lucious because of Tariq, Lucious visits Tariq at FBI headquarters. Thirsty is right by his side. Tariq doesn't seem happy about this surprise visit. You have to love Lucious in this moment,  "You want me, here I am". His hands out in handcuff style. For the first time we see Lucious one step ahead of Tariq.  Lucious reveal Tariq's secret. His department was clueless that Lucious was his brother. Lucious has discovered Tariq's weakness. Thanks to his mother,  he learn that Tariq has daddy issues. Lucious plays on that by telling Tariq the memory of their father's death. He tells him his last words to him was taken care of your brother. He then tells Tariq that he never knew his name. Lucious gives Tariq their father's badge. Tariq hold on to that badge tightly. Lucious might have touched a soft spot with his brother. 

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The concert begins.  Cookie is looking for Jamaal but he hasn't arrived. Cookie leaves the concert to go check on Jamaal.  She arrived at his condo to find Jamaal on the couch experience withdrawals. As bad as Cookie doesn't want to give Jamaal his prescription drugs,  she might have to.  Jamaal was asked by Ms. Dubois to perform in this, concert. She needs Jamaal there and on that stage.  Against her better judgement, Cookie untighten that pipe and get Jamaal's pills out the drain. She did a light plumber duty dressed in her bedazzled dress and looking fierce. 

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Tiana and Hakeem performs her song Starlight. I guess Tikeem is back together. At the end of their performance Hakeem kisses Tiana. So she looked startled and surprised, the crowd chants their name as one "Tikeem". Hakeem tells Tiana he wants her to meet Bella. The smile on Tiana's face shows her happiness. This time they share a mutual passionate kiss. 

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We finally get closure when with Rhonda. Andre sits on the beach with Rhonda spirit in his arms. He is finally ready to let her go. He tells Rhonda all the plans they had, he now wants with Nessa. Rhonda felt Nessa was taking Andre from her when she first reappeared. I guess she was right. Andre promised to not let her down. One kiss, wedding band and Rhonda's spirit in the water is Andre's goodbye to his wife. But will we see her again? Rhonda made Andre promise to seek revenge on Anika, will he make Anika pay? 

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Shine had his own plan in motion. Since Lucious money is frozen by the FBI, Shine use this as a change to get a sit at Empire's table. He offers to give Lucious the millions of dollars he need. Thirsty made a valid point to Lucious, do you want to dace your ass or dance with wolves?  We all know Lucious like saving his own ass. 

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The big moment of the concert is here. Will Jamaal do it die? Cookie arrives with Jamaal. The crowd and his family anticipating his come back performance. Before Jamaal hits that stage, Cookie assures him that he got this. Jamaal gets on that stage and yassssss, he performs and kills it. The only problem is..... he is high. Although everyone including Jamaal is happy he came through, no one expected the next move. Cookie has committed Jamaal to a rehab. Jamaal is pissed but its needed. It was like an intervention. Will Jamaal forgive Cookie? 

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After everyone see Jamaal off to rehab,  Lucious strike again. Ms. Dubois shouldn't never backed out her agreement. Lucious brings Edison and his cameras to the park. Angelo past is now being told. Angelo has to explain his actions behind a DWI that ended with a female dead. The Lyon straights again. 

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What do we know?  Shine was playing Tariq for his own good. Tariq meets up with Shine at Lucious club. Apparently, Shine plan was to get Lucious money frozen by the FBI so he can get a piece of Empire. Tariq threatens to tell Lucious but Shine knows his ego is too big to do that. Tariq walks away pissed. Can't help but wonder is Tariq the same as his brother except with a badge? 

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Andre arrives at the club. He has a talk with Shine about being the snitch to Tariq. He let's Shine knows he has proof that he sold all his businesses before the FBI froze Empire assets. We have another alliance formed. Shine and Andre is potting to kill Lucious when Andre say the time is right. Honestly, it makes sense for one of Lucious kids to take his life. All the damage Lucious has cost, I feel his kids is his biggest enemy. But is Andre serious or has he truly lost his mind? Andre is always one step ahead of the everybody but they sleeps on him. I can't wait to see what Andre is planning. 

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The finale wasn't explosive but it gave us enough to tune in March 2017 for the rest of Season 3 episodes. Until then you can watch episodes on Hulu, Fox Now App or Comcast On Demand

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