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#Empire S3 Ep 11 "Play On" #Cookiecrazy

Before I start, let me give my rating of this episode. This episode gets a (10) from me. Angelo gave me life.

Cookie is home replaying the drustruction she created on Empire and Lucious. It seems like she tried to scrub the love of Lucious off her and out her soul. Meanwhile a serious clean up is being done back at Empire office. Cookie confided in her sister Candace. She explains how Lucious was her first. Everything for Cookie changed when her father put her out. In this moment, we get a flashback of Cookie losing her virginity to Lucious.For the first time, we see Candace and Cookie having a positive sisterly conversation. She actually seem genuine when she said, "you will not let Lucious Lyon ruin your life again." She said, "you just had a Cookie crazy moment." Lmao!! Cookie went all the way insane but it was awesome to watch.

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Anika arrives to work and greets Lucious with a kiss. Lucious covers for Cookie, he making it seem like someone else did this destruction. Thirsty hired a new bodyguard for Mama Leah. Mama Leah wasted no time noticing her bodyguard blooms like a woman but could be a man. "What are you a boy or man?", Mama Leah asked. LMAO!!! Mama Leah peeked her bodyguard eyeballing the females arriving for a dance audition. Mama Leah knows her bodyguard witness.  Marty will not be able to watch Mama Leah. Lucious is totally focus on Inferno which mean Jamaal's album is the last thing on his mind.

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Hakeem, Tiana and Becky holds audition looking for dancers for Tiana's new video. Hakeem tries to rush through the audition so Tiana can meet Bella. Well, Tiana has an issue with meeting Bella. Will this be an issue for this couple? Mama Leah walks in on the audition. She gets a dancer to distract Marty as she escapes. I told y'all, Marty wasn't time enough for Mama Leah. Mama Leah isn't as crazy as folks think. It was nice seeing her bond with Hakeem as well. 

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Jamaal and Tori is working on new music. Shine introduce Andre to all business partners including the street savages. Danger doesn't have open arms for Andre. Nessa doesn't seem too excited with Andre getting in so deep with Shine.  

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Angelo notice bruises on Cookie's wrist. She doesn't tell him the truth, however, what was she going to tell him. Cookie was trying to tell Angelo something but he a cut her off. How is Angelo going to feel when he finds out about the intense kiss Cookie and Lucious shared? Cookie arrived at Lucious's office. Anika and Lucious walk out the bathroom fixing their clothes. Yes, Cookie took a shit at Boo Boo Kitty. She basically wanted to ensure that Lucious wouldn't say anything about her Cookie crazy moment. How long will Lucious keep Cookie's secret?

Anika spoke with Becky about A&R projects. It was right of Anika to give Becky a real shot at A&R. Becky deserves her chance. She has her first point of contact assignment. Do your thang, Becky!!! Cookie called Tori a crackhead as she walks in her Tori metaphor of comparing music to the heroine. Tori and Jamaal are looking for a new sound. Cookie assists with this new sound. Cookie is keeping Jamaal's new project away from Lucious. It looks like Cookie might be liking Tori after all.

Mama Leah has her own mission, and she pays Tariq a visit. For some reason, she can't stand Anika. She tells Tariq, " Boo Boo Kitty knows something." LMAO!! And Tariq was like Boo Boo Kitty? " That's what his first wife calls her. Cookie can't stand her either." Mama Leah stated. That old lady is off the chain. LLS! Is Mama Leah trying to take Lucious down or Anika? Hmmmmm!!

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Jamaal is so hardheaded. Cookie told him to erase all his music when he was done. Jamaal leaves his music on the hard drive when he leaves. OMG! If course, Lucious hears Jamaal's new music. What will he do with it? Cookie is a going to be pissed at Jamaal. Tariq visits Anika with a subpoena. Poor Anika, things was just getting better for her. Looks like she is being forced to tell whatever information she knows and live in witness protection. 

Jamaal and Cookie walk into the studio to find Lucious. Jamaal booked the studio time for three months, but Lucious is throwing his curveball by taking the session time. Lucious so focus on the music, he doesn't hear Jamaal talking to him. Cookie tells Jamaal he doesn't hear you. I know that look. Another flashback moment occurs if Cookie is trying to tell Lucious she was pregnant but he was so into the music. Her voice or presence wasn't heard. Amazing how deep Cookie knows that man. 

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Shine and Andre talk about a new project in Vegas. First, Shine makes it clear to Andre he knows about the pills he is taking. He tells Andre, Nessa tells him everything. I like how Andre laughs Shine off. Andre is truly becoming his own version of Lucious. Wow!!! Anika makes Hakeem take Bella. What is she up to? Is she turning herself into Tariq but leaving Bella behind? Porsha see some suspicious people looking for Cookie. She grabs Cookie and warns her some suspicious people looking for her. After a phone call to Angelo, Cookie is in an alley hiding behind a trash can waiting for Angelo to pick her up. He tells her he found out her parole is being violated for socializing with a known felon. Angelo gets her violation rescinded. He is done with Lucious at this point. He tells the driver to take him to Lucious's house. Cookie tried to speak but he cut her short. "You can get dropped off or go with me", Angelo puts his foot down. Cookie sat there quiet with a smirky smile on her face. Cookie approve of this clap back. 

Derrick thinks him and Jamaal about to have missing you sex. Jamaal ends his relationship with Derrick romantically and musically. In order to stay clean, Jamaal has to follow the steps of truth and honesty. Derrick is still in the closet about his sexuality so it is best to end the relationship. Tiana and Becky is waiting for Hakeem to arrive to direct her new video. Before she could finish her this is so important to me rant, Hakeem show up with Bella. Tiana immediately thinks Hakeem is trying to force her meeting Bella on her. Get over yourself Tiana. I was so glad to hear the maturity in Hakeem. He appears to be more responsible with his relationship and fatherhood.  

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Angelo gets straight to the point when he see Lucious. Lucious facial expression was priceless. He had no idea why Angelo was coming for him. Angelo tells Lucious, " You lost her and I got her. Get over it! " Man oh man!!!!! Angelo informs Lucious that Cookie's parole was violated. Lucious makes it clear he had nothing to do with that. He also makes it clear he knows how to get a woman interested in but not like that. Angelo isn't too much of a punk as him and Lucious was about to face off. Cookie steps in and a ringing phone interrupted this toe to toe fight. Man, I wanted to see that. LMAO!!! Lucious tells Cookie that Tariq is behind her violation. Cookie refuse to go down again for Lucious but Lucious reminds her she started this mess. This time he is correct. Cookie testified in the grand jury, she had the right hand of Frank Gathers killed by her cousin Jemel, Jemel was killed and head delivered to Cookie then Cookie visit Lucious for help. Lucious handled it the problem by killing Frank Gathers. Lucious makes it clear, he clean up his family messes. In this case, he truly did that. Angelo end his phone call. Lucious takes a shot at Angelo but Angelo comeback was on point. "You had to scratch your way into power. I was born with mine." Oooooouuuuuuu!!!! Even Cookie said Oooooouuuuuuu. LMAO!!! Before Angelo left with his woman he tells Lucious, "If I do decide to come for you, you will feel a kind of pain you never experienced. Believe that!! Anika is on a bus crying. Where she going? Did she meet Tariq?

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Lucious meets with Jamaal. He is babbling about his Inferno project. As the music begin to play, Jamaal hears a familiar cord. Tori comes out on stage playing her guitar. Jamaal couldn't believe it. Lucious is enjoying his sabotage moment. Jamaal walks out. He trusted Tori but now she has betrayed him. Jamaal might have a new love.

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Angelo, Candace and Cookie is having dinner together. Candace makes a statement, "Her sister deserves a proper  wedding." Cookie has a flashback moment of the day she married Lucious. Cookie apologize to Angelo for Candace but Angelo wasn't faced by marriage. If he become Mayor, will he pop the question to Cookie?

Shine and Andre takes a business deal with Raphael. The meeting goes left when he introduced his wife Giovanni played by Nia Long. He smacks her and Andre wasn't feeling that. Giovanni shoots her husband and Shine shoots his right hand. Giovanni and Andre agrees to conduct business to take over Vegas. Nessa who? Will this be Andre's new love interest? The touch of that face was a little intimate between them two. 

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Empire has raised the bar this season. Who will take down who first? Stay tune!!! If you missed this episode, you can catch it on Comcast On Demand or Fox Now App. 

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