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#Empire S3 Ep18: Toils & Trouble~Part 2~ The Finale!! Recap & Review #Coocious

Explosive, Explosive finale!  No other choice but to give this episode a (10) rating. Man oh man, I was on the edge of my seats. Let's talk and recap Empire Finale. It's was a don't move out your seat episode and filled with OMG moments.

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This episode open with  Lucious and Guiliana arriving in Las Vegas. After Mama Leah crazy episode, Lucious has her locked in a room. Mama Leah isn't too happy about that. But she apparently still losing her mind. Mama Leah feels like she had her son back. "It's not sanitary to keep that in here," Mama Leah said. I never expected what we saw. She had Tariq head as a trophy. Yes, Mama Leah is certifiable crazy. Jamaal and Cookie discuss why he decided to be a part of Inferno. Being a part of Inferno will get people excited for his album When Cookie Met Lucious. Sounds like a good idea, but we all know things doesn't go as planned for the Lyons. This album sounds like an excellent album.

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I hope this album have its soundtrack. That would be great. It's time they start making some videos for these songs. Jamaal told Cookie he is going to talk to Lucious about her coming to Vegas.  Cookie makes it clear; she will only be there to see him perform. I love Cookie and Jamaal relationship. It is very touching. Hakeem is losing his mind over his daughter being missing. He had an entourage of people at his condo. Bella has become his world. If they don't find Bella soon, I wonder what will that do to Hakeem. Anika tried to calm him down but get interrupted by a phone call. Mama Leah called Anika and told her to get her things and her mail unless she wants her to open it. Mama Leah can't stand Anika. I wouldn't go there if I were Anika.  Mama Leah is gone crazy, Anika might be her next victim.

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Charlotte makes it clear she wants no violence on the streets of Vegas. The Lyons might can't keep that promise. Andre and Shine discussed their take down and take over plan for Leviticus Vegas and Lucious. Shine asked Andre, "You really hate him that much." Shine was preferring to Lucious. Who knows just how much Andre has endured with Lucious being that he is the oldest. Andre want Lucious dead. Shine introduced him to a guy name Franco. He is an expert in blowing things up. Looks like Andre about to create some real fireworks and trouble for Leviticus Vegas and Lucious. He is truly his father's child but to me more dangerous.

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Lucious tells Hakeem he was close to finding Bella. He really was but who knows when they will find Bella. The family want Hakeem in Vegas but Hakeem doesn't want to go to Vegas. He wants to stay home, looking for his daughter. Hakeem wants to know why Anika acting so calm. It is strange. As a mother myself, I would be drinking shots, pacing the floor and and eyes blood shot red from crying so much. Anika too calm, very calm.. hmmmm. Cookie and Lucious tries to get him to understand as a mother you have to stay calm. I don't know about all that. A little calm and flooding thoughts sounds more right to me. Anika is at Lucious' house packing. Mama Leah is so happy to get rid of Anika. Her shots at Anika has been so funny. Anika was so clueless. Mama Leah got something up her sleeve. She was looking so devious. That smile was sneaky as hell.  She took Anika her mail on a tray. Now, when she suggested using the letter opener; Mama Leah had a nice smile. I just knew she was going to kill Anika. Anika is crazy for sitting there with Mama Leah. 

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Charlotte have a press conference about the opening of Leviticus Vegas. Charlotte introduced Andre to her husband. She looked worried . I guess she doesn't want her husband to know she sleeping with Andre. She was trying to get away from Andre so fast.  Andre threw his own shot at Charlotte about being on top. That smirk on his face was so devilishly. 

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 Lucious has lifted the black book off Cookie. She is invited to the Vegas opening. However, she isn't allowed to come backstage. Lucious plan to franchise his Empire. Cookie wants to know, " who will sit on the throne with him." Guiliana, what the hell!!!! How dare he not have Cookie by his side? Guiliana is a snake. How can he trust her? She in the board room so happy and signing papers. She really acting like Lucious' First Lady. Poor Cookie!! She have to watch the love of life with another woman. She ended things with Angelo because she finally realized, she will forever love Lucious. I guess she came to her sense too late. Then again, them stares Lucious give Cookie seems like love to me. But Cookie is hurt. 

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Jamaal and Becky is at Leviticus NY. It's open mic night at Leveticus. Jamaal has a little attractive going on with Warren. He was a performer who song Jamaal's song, Born to Love. Could Jamaal be getting a new love interest? 

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OMG! Anika goes to Ms. Dubois' house. She knew where the baby was and in on the baby being taking then missing. Thanks to Mama Leah, Hakeem followed Anika. I guess Mama Leah still has some sanity in that brain. Hakeem bangs on the door. Angelo enters the room telling him to calm down son. Hakeem tells him Angelo, "I am not your son and thank God my mother didn't marry your ass." I am glad as well. It looks like Angelo is backing the kidnapping of Bella. Oops, the fake kidnapping of Bella. Looks like Anika was in on this all a long. Wow! How cold is that? Maybe Andre should have killed her. Hakeem said he would do anything to see his daughter again. His wish came true. Ms. Dubois rung for them to bring Bella. Looks like Hakeem just agreed to betray his family in order to be in his daughter life. Looks like the Lyon family has meet their match. Ms. Diana Dubois is one devious woman. I must say, Phylicia Rashad is playing the hell out this role. I am loving her being a villian. 

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Charlotte and Andre about to have sex. Don't seem like she worried about her hubby now. He tells her he made a video of them having sex.  Andre is now extorting Charlotte. Boom, payback a mother.

Cookie is backstage. ookie calls Shine and tells him you understand what I mean when I say take care of my family. Lucious catch Cookie backstage when he told her not to be. Guiliana arrived, talking about Cookie doesn't respect boundaries. Lucious calls for security and Cookie said, "they goon better not put his hands on me. I know that damn much". Cookie is such a feisty woman. She be going  so hard, lmao. Lucious tells Cookie listen with both ears. He tells her, this club, my money, my fruits and my  labor, my kids is all for the woman he love. He had his finger pointed in Cookie face. You can see the steam brewing as she smack Lucious hand out her face. The poison of the snake is gone. Lucious tells Giuliana to kick rocks. Lucious makes it crystal clear, Cookie is the love of his life. He said, " always was and always will be." Giuliana thought she owned Leviticus Vegas but Lucious bamboozled her. Yassssssssss!!!! She was signing everything over to him. Lmao. Reading is fundamental and you can't trust no one. Boom, Giuliana!!! Cookie and Lucious finally got it together. I agree with Lucious, they both made sacrifices. I mean some harsh and deep sacrifices. Cookie wanted to be mad but she couldn't be. Lucious didn't tell her his plans and for some reason, it was all to see a look on her face. He takes her and and tell her come on.

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Jamaal comes on stage. Leviticus Vegas present When  Cookie Met Lucious.  Unbelievable!!!!! Jamaal performs his song Mama. Lucious admits that Cookie was right about Jamaal's album.  Jamaal knew about Lucious secrets. Cookie had her own plan in motion. She calls off whatever she had planned for Shine and his boys to do. Shine wasn't happy about that. This was such a touching moment. Jamaal calls Cookie to the stage  and sings to her. Awwww!!! So beautiful it was.

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Hakeem arrives in Vegas. Lucious asked can it wait. He went and performed a song for When Cookie Met Lucious. Omg, these last scenes had me so teary eyed. Seeing Lucious being the family man he should  have always been. Lucious finally realized  his family is everything. Jamaal  cheering him on to come get his girl. Lucious singing to Cookie, kissing her and smiling.... beautiful moments. The flashback of Cookie and Lucious was perfect. Terrence Howard voice was amazing.

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Omg, the damn performer at Leviticus is a Dubois. He was sent to target Jamaal. The Dubois Family has some major clap back for the Lyons. Sadly, they don't see it coming.

Hakeem tells his family Anika found Bella. The family is so happy. He show the family a picture of him holding Bella. Lucious question who house was he in. I can't believe Hakeem lied and said it was Anika parents house.  I understand but hate that he is put in this position thanks to Anika. Lucious just set her up for life, how can she betray the Lyons. Cookie going to beat her down when she find out. You played with her grandbaby. That's a no-no.

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Mama leah calls Anika again. She tells her she want to send her the rest of her mail. Anika about to get the surprise of her life. Mama Leah hangs up and the police is in front of her. Next thing you know, the police is Anika's hotel room and arresting her for the murder of Tariq. Mama Leah one bad mama. 

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Cookie sees Barry and his wife. Barry is the guy her father wanted  her to marry. Seeing Barry and his wife so happy,  Lucious decides to see the world with Cookie. I assume marriage and all. Cookie and Lucious tells Jamaal, Hakeem and Andre that they are stepping down from the day to day operation of  running Empire. Lucious hands the Empire over to Andre. He gives Andre the castle. Jamaal and Hakeem are artist  and Andre is the one to take Empire to the next level.  Lucious admits he was scared of Andre. He tells him his condition cause him to be powerful. Hakeem and Jamaal heads back to New York. Andre tells Shine his father just handed him the company. Shine feels betrayed. He tells Andre he is going to finish what he started. Andre tried to take the device to initiate the bomb. He didn't succeed. Shine tells his boys to take Andre but And got away. He run and warn his father to not get in the car. Next thing you know, Lucious push Cookie hard as hell to the ground but out the way. The car blows up. Omggggg!!!!! All the tender moments ended sadly. 

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Three months later, Lucious is in a coma. Jamaal, Hakeem, Cookie and Andre all by his side. His nurse comes played by Demi Moore. She is very touchy felly with Lucious. Cookie ready to beat her down. Just as the family about to leave, Jamaal notice his father eyes open. Drop your jaw and hit the floor.... Lucious wakes up from coma and doesn't know anyone. Noooooooooo!!!!! Now is not the time for this to be happening. The Dubois Family is coming. The Lyons doesn't need to be weak right now. They are under attack and the Lyons are man down. 

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This was a powerful and interesting finale. I am so ready for fall to get here. These months is going by fast so Empire will be back on our TV screens. Get your snacks ready and schedules cleared because Season 4 is going to be full of heat. Stay tune and get prepared!! 

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