#Empire S3 Ep15 "Civil Hands Unclean" Recap & Review #Coocious

Before I begin to give my recap and review, let me give my rating. I give this episode a (10) rating. I was holding my bathroom run to not miss what was going to happen next. When you don't want to go use the bathroom then you know the episode is juicy. Now, let's talk about this episode of Civil Hands Unclean.

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Lucious is in the studio working on his latest track for the Inferno album. Snoop Dogg makes a cameo as an investor for the Vegas deal. Jamaal is in the studio working on his last track for When Cookie Met Lucious. Amazing how father and son can't seem to make a smashing hit for their album. Lucious gets upset with the singer who doesn't have the voice he needs, so he kicks everyone out. Correction, he kicks everyone out he doesn't know. Meanwhile, Jamaal has a temper tantrum that leads Cookie to leave the studio in search of inspiration.

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Lucious thought Cookie accepted Angelo proposal, but Cookie informs him that they broke up. Just when Cookie was about to tell Lucious she is still in love with him; in walks Giuliana. She says Lucious he needs to get back in the studio and talk to Snoop.  If Cookie looks could kill, Giuliana would be dead. Lucious words come back to haunt him. Cookie reminds Lucious that he said Giuliana was the devil. He tried to deny it, but Cookie knows what he said. So do we!!! Cookie wants to know why Guiliana is in the studio with him. Giuliana comes back for Lucious and calls him darling. Don't know about y'all but I saw Cookie's eyebrow rise. Lucious stands there looking at Cookie. He sees the hurt and anger in her eyes. He apologizes for her break up with Angelo and walks out with Giuliana.

Lucious, Giuliana and Thirsty is in the studio trying to convince Snoop to partner up with this Vegas deal. Snoop is skeptical. He wants Jamaal on Inferno. The comparison of Jamaal and Lucious to Snoop and Dre on The Chronic album was interesting. However, it was an on point comparison. Snoop reminds Lucious that with Jamaal on the Inferno album that open doors to another demographic audience. Lucious tries to deny he needs Jamaal. However, he did have a talk with Jamaal. Jamaal turned him down.   

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Nessa told Cookie she thinks Andre about to do something stupid. Andre tries to stopped Cookie from seeing what he and Shine were preparing to do. Cookie is one firecracker, I swear. She makes it clear she would burn that laundromat down if he didn't move. She interrupts Andre, Shine, and the entourage loading guns to kill Lucious. She convinces them to have a dinner at her house and stand down. Cookie has a plan brewing. What is she up to? She knows Giuliana got her hooks in Lucious but can she get rid of Giuliana? Hmmmm!! It seems to me Lucious have a crazy kind of love for Cookie and Giuliana? Cookie convince Shine to stand down but for how long? Arriving at Leviticus, Hakeem tells  Lucious he wants his name on Bella's birth certificate. Lucious disregard Hakeem's feelings by basically telling him a name on the birth certificate doesn't make him ready to be a father. Their conversation was interrupted by the fire marshal closing the club. Angelo is making his own moves do to his heartache and friends in high places. He seats drinking and celebrating having the club close down for the night. Thirsty dropped the ball on this one. Before Lucious walked out his club, he took a shot at Angelo about almost becoming the Mayor. 

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Lucious is pissed about his club being close. He tells Cookie what Angelo did was about her. Cookie asked Lucious to give Angelo a pass. Lucious reminds Cookie how he rolls and he can't let it go. Just as Cookie was asking him to fix it together, Anika walks in. Anika wants to know when she can stop by the house to get her belongings. Cookie is confused. She wants to know why Anika is in a hotel. I want to know that answer as well. She just saved y'all butts from Tariq. Unfortunately, Giuliana walks in interrupting the conversation. Anika and Cookie both looks at Lucious like what; Giuliana has moved into the mansion. Wow! She is working the hell out of Lucious. Lucious tells Anika to move back into the house. Cookie is pissed and walks out. She swings her fur purposely to hit Lucious and Giuliana as they stand so closely to each other. Hakeem is fussing about Lucious denying him his right to fatherhood to Tori and Tiana. Wth!! Hakeem and Tiana's relationship has become a threesome. Hakeem has two girlfriends at one time no wonder he is feeling like the man. 

Cookie cooks dinner as she said she would.  Andre tells Cookie Giuliana is dangerous, but Cookie thinks it's  payback for her being with Angelo.  Cookie comes up with a plan for Lucious to do all the work to get this Vegas deal. Cookie is trying to keep the peace and hope Lucious comes to his senses about Giuliana. The outcome of Lucious not dropping Giuliana will be Cookie, Andre, and Shine taking Vegas from Lucious. Looks like Cookie feeling a little jealous of Giuliana. 

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Cookie called in some help for Jamaal tracks. Too bad the heat of Jamaal's magic is missing for the moment. Snoop have to back out his investment into the Vegas deal. He was advised by his financial advisor that it's not good timing. Lucious seems to think he has the gift of persuasion. To not involve Snoop, he asked for Snoop financial advisor name to introduce his self to him. His name is Ezekiel Dubois. The Dubois has fired back again. After that information, Lucious confronts Cookie. He tells her to call that bitch ass ex. boyfriend and tell him to back off. Cookie has no idea what he is talking about. Lucious patience was tested by the Dubois for the last time. He takes his gun out saying he will deal with Angelo his self. Jamaal runs out the booth screaming dad why you have a gun. Cookie follows behind Lucious. Jamaal grabs Cookie's arm and ask her where she is going. She tells Jamaal to get his hands off of her. Cookie tries to talk sense into Angelo. She tells him she doesn't belong in his world. Angelo said, "You destroyed my world." Cookie did try to be the woman Angelo needed but her love for Lucious is just too strong. She offered to make a public announcement saying Angelo was lying. Angelo feels Cookie doesn't understand the damage she caused and how deep it goes for his family. Angelo feels Cookie meeting Lucious started a chain reaction of destroying generations of hard work for his family. I just can't believe how Cookie is being blame for his choices because he loved her. Angelo need to take some ownership in destroying his hard work. Cookie showed him time and time again who she was and how she feels about Lucious. He could have walked away. Ms. Dubois arrived with bodyguards protecting her just as Cookie was asking Angelo to back off of Lucious. She warns Angelo that Lucious will light him up. Before we know it, Cookie is being grabbed and yelling, "Get off me bitch." She is confronted by Ms. Dubois who isn't shocked by Cookie's ratchetness. Ms. Dubois got some fire power of her own. She gives Cookie a threat of her own. "When my family decides to shot, your entire family will burn to the ground." Omg!! Ms. Dubois can be nasty ratchet too. I love Mrs. Rashad playing this character. She is so spicy with it.

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Cookie arrived at Empire pissed off about her unhappy encounter with Ms. Dubois. She is pissed that her family was threatened by a snobby rich old lady with the power of her own. Cookie makes her family aware that they are a target by Ms. Dubois, not Angelo. Jamaal tries to calm her down and talk sense into Cookie and Lucious. He tells them their need to clap back gets the family in this kind of situations. Cookie is not trying to hear Jamaal's advice.  "That's what we do, clap back," Cookie expressed with clapping hands. Lmao!! Andre seating in this discussion with nothing to say and a whatever look on his face. Is Andre feeling defeated? This isn't the Andre we have seen the entire season. Jamaal suggested the Lyon family for once taking the high road instead of the low road. Cookie come back to that was, " What you learned that from Michelle Obama?" Lmao!!! Cookie shots are too funny. Jamaal says he can make peace with the Dubois. Lucious asked Andre was Jamaal right. Andre has dealt with people like the Dubois; so he would know better than Cookie and Lucious. Andre agreed with Jamaal. Cookie doesn't trust Ms. Dubois. She knows her threat is towards her family. She is concerned for Hakeem since he is MIA in this conversation. Jamaal assures her Hakeem is at home. Cookie is on 1000 right now. She tells Jamaal, "You need to watch who you are trusting. I don't trust that fake ass, Claire Huxtable." Lmao!!!! You get the joke. The Cosby Show is all I am going to say. Lmao!!! Cookie so pissed off with Ms. Dubois and irritated by Jamaal's niceness. She told Lucious, Jamaal is too damn nice and called him a punk. You should have put him in boxing classes when he was young. Lmao!!! Cookie punchlines gave me life this episode. Lucious tried to give Cookie a comforting touch, but she yanked her arm away. 

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Hakeem is home and preparing for his All Girl party. As always he is live streaming. As he is recording, his attention gets focus on his TV. He is watching a mother lion protecting her cubs. His lightbulb just got turned on. Jamaal visit Angelo. He tries to talk Angelo into believing that he changed Cookie and she became scared. Angelo believe when people show you who they are, believe them. That is a true quote right there. Jamaal gives Angelo a check for $5 million dollars. The check is for Angelo's foundation. At first, Angelo didn't want to accept the check. He didn't want Lucious pay off. However, the check is an anonymous donation. Angelo accepts the check. Smart move, now call your mother off before she gets all y'all killed. 

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Lucious is back in the studio trying to get his track perfect. Jamaal gives him the good news that the Dubois family situation was resolved. He also suggest that Lucious check out Hakeem's live streaming. Jamaal is happy to see his little brother growing up into a man.  Lucious watch his baby boy express how seeing the lion protects her Cubs, helped him understand he has to do the same with Bella. He doesn't care who name is on the birth certificate that is his daughter. He lets the world know he has a daughter. Hakeem just became "Elevated". Lucious gives a smile as he see his baby boy become a man. 

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Jamaal is still trying to complete his track but he can't find the right beat. Cookie tells him to get his head in the game. He so  lost right now, he feels he should be singing background for Lucious. She reminds him he needs to get focus. Jamaal's album and Lucious album suppose to drop at the same time. Cookie needs Jamaal to finish  these tracks. Becky is listening to a beat that Cookie feels Jamaal needs to hear. When Jamaal here it, he loves it. The beat belongs to Lucious. Sorry Jamaal, you can't have that one. Lucious brings another singer in the studio to complete his track.  Well, that singer can't bring it either. Jamaal sings his lyrics over Lucious track. The beat he needed and the voice Lucious needed. I guess Jamaal will be on the Inferno album after all. When Jamaal and Lucious work together, it's always amazing music. Cookie listen to the song and she is feeling it. Cookie tried to negotiate a spot in Vegas for Jamaal and that this track appear on both albums.  Lucious response pisses Cookie off. Just to mention Giuliana's name make her blood boils. But, to say she will not agree to that; hmmmmm, you added flames to an already burning fire. Jamaal steps in and say what he wants. He want the family to work together as a family and focus on the music. Lucious agrees to that suggestion. Cookie tells Jamaal you just made a deal with the devil and she will be there to pick up the pieces of his heart. Cookie is normally right about Lucious. His word and good nature should never be taken seriously with his family. He always stab them in the back.

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The family gatherings together with all the Lyons never goes well. Again, the family is all together having lunch. It appears as  if the family is coming together, accepting each other and celebrating all their victories. Lucious presents Anika with divorce papers and a $25 million settlement.  Mama Leah is happy about this divorce. Cookie felt insulted because that was more money then what Lucious offered her. Lucious said, " I gave you half of my company with your greedy ass." Lmao!!! Hakeem gets his wish. Lucious hands him an envelope with Bella's birth certificate. His name is now on Bella's birth certificate. All seems well in the Lyons family. The happy moment comes to an end. Child Protective Services comes into Lucious home. CPS takes custody of Bella for child endangerment. What is going on? Who is behind this? The Lyons has so many enemies, no telling who set this in motion. Did the Dubois family clap back again?

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