Episode Rating Scale: (7) Enjoyable
We are four episodes in, and I still have gotten my excitement moment of Empire yet. And where is Nessa? Why haven't we seen her yet? And why must Anika always betray the Lyons clan? Like really? Boo Boo Kitty be tripping if you ask me. And when is Lucious getting his memory back? I need Empire to turn up some heat. Let's talk about this episode.
The episode opens with Cookie telling Lucious about her prison time. It's nice to see what went on with Cookie in jail. I am pretty sure she has some stories to tell. Lucious remembered being at the jail with Jamaal but not visiting her. Lucious doesn't like how he treated Cookie in the past. He tells Cookie how he should not have abandoned her if he loved her. He is talking in the third person about his self. He promised to make up for how he treated her. Lucious wants to be a better man, but somehow I don't feel he will once he gets his full memories back. Their conversation is cut short because Cookie has to go to work. To support her, Lucious decides to go with her to Empire. Cookie didn't think it was a good idea at first, but she changed her mind. Before they could get out the door, Claudia returned asking where we are going. I was hoping she wasn't coming back. Lol.
Lucious arrived at Empire, and everyone is happy to see him. Unfortunately, no one knows Lucious doesn't have his memory. Cookie asked Jamaal and Lucious to help keep the family secret. Andre receives flowers. Who are they from? Porsha tries to him nosey, but he shuts her down. The Dubois is learning more of the Lyons secret. Warren to Ms. Dubois and Angelo about Lucious headaches, outbursts and lack of memory. She is enjoying every minute of the news she is hearing. I was hoping Warren fell for Jamaal, but I guess not. Angelo takes a shot at Warren about sleeping with Jamaal. He needs to get his self together and take responsibility in his downfall. Unbelievable how he suppose to had loved Cookie but allowing his mother to blindside her with all these secret weapons. I guess the hurt is more profound than the love.
Cookie, Lucious, Andre, Becky, and Claudia. Yes, I said Claudia. She went to Empire as well. As they prepare to listen to Hakeem new song, Claudia asked Lucious if he wanted ear plugs. He turned her down. I can't wait for Claudia to go bye bye. She is truly irritating me. Hakeem performs his new song for the 20/20 project. Hakeem asked Lucious does his new song reminds him of Jay-Z Blueprint. Lmao, Lucious come back with, I don't know much about the architect. Lol. Now that was funny. However, no one in the room likes his new song. Hakeem doesn't feel Hakeem is the Alpha to head the 20/20 project. Becky tried to bring up a past situation, but Andre cut her off. Andre came up with the idea of letting the Empire artist compete for the Alpha spot on the 20/20 project. He made it seem like it was Lucious's idea. Becky tells Lucious he saved the day again. She can't seem to tell Lucious is not himself. Is that a good or bad thing?
Everyone is gathered around to fight for the Alpha spot. Claudia approach Cookie about this being too much for Lucious. Cookie shuts her down and sends her home. The competition starts. Tiana performs, and Tori was up next. Cookie shuts her down. Cookie is very aggressive, and calmer Lucious say this is so wrong. Jamaal is being forced to compete. Tori talks Jamaal into doing a debut. But, Jamaal picked up that Cookie isn't allowing her to compete. Anika is shopping for Bella's birthday party. Angelo approaches Anika about contacting him to her. He tells her the Lyons will betray her again. A gentleman competes who had the voice to be the alpha. However, Lucious picked up that he was dealing with a more in-depth pain. He was in pain fro. His brother being shot. Lucious sent him home to be with his family and told him to come back once that was better. The gentleman seemed to appreciate that however Cookie didn't. Lucious doesn't like the cruelty that Cookie is giving the contestants. Cookie told Lucious "I am you," and then Cookie sends him home. Lmao, whoever thought you would feel sorry for Lucious. Lol. I did at that moment.
Jamaal opens up to Tori about Warren being his one. Sadly, Warren isn't the one. Lucious ends up in Andre's office. He sees the flowers on Andre desk and connects it with pain. Andre sees that his father is different. Lucious see that Andre is in pain. Andre brush it off and escorts his father out to get him home.
Anika and Hakeem is in Cookie's office planning Bella's and Prince birthday party. They are going back and forth about what is needed for Bella's party. Andre walks in with Lucious. Bad move. Anika doesn't know Lucious doesn't remember anything. Lucious was so lovely to her. Cookie tried to get Lucious out there before Anika started running her mouth. Too late!! She told him that she was in jail and it was his fault. Anika began to bring up all the rough stuff Lucious did to her. Why she do that? That sent Andre over the edge, and he tried to attack Anika. Cookie, Lucious, and Hakeem tried to calm him down. It's the anniversary of Rhonda's death. Nobody remembers because they are planning Bella's birthday party. Andre tells Lucious how his wife died. The flowers Andre received didn't come from no one in his family. He admits that protecting the family secrets was more important than Anika going to jail. He then walks out.
Cookie apologize to Claudia. Cookie admitted that she was right. Going to Empire was too much. Claudia gave Cookie a book to read. Cookie wanted to take Lucious to his old house but Claudia tells her no. She tells her it's too soon. She then ask her where is the place. She up to something.
Jamaal isn't happy with his new song. He changed the song. It's his turn to do this song for the competition. Tori thinks she is performing with Jamaal but Jamaal walk in with a change a plan. He decides to sing the song with Warren. They slam dunk the performance. Cookie liked it. Jamaal will be the Alpha.
Bella party has been planned. The Princess and the Prince theme. Her party was a celebration of Prince birthday as well. Everyone is dressed like Prince or like a princess. Hakeem and Jamaal's sing Let's Go Crazy. It looks like everyone is having a good time.
Lucious is having images of his past. Claudia walks in. Lucious says he doesn't like his self. He doesn't like the man he uses to be. Claudia tells him he is at a crossroads. She asked to take him somewhere. Andre shows up for Bella's party. Cookie apologizes for all them forgetting Rhonda. They make peace. Andre leaves and finds the Detective outside. She is the one that sent him the flowers. They almost kiss, but it was interrupted.
Back at the party, Angelo shows up with papers for Hakeem. Anika is taking him to court for sole custody. Amazing. She has just as many bad decisions as the Lyons. Cookie not happy with Anika new move especially after getting her out of jail. Mama Leah knew what she was doing when she got rid of Anika. She never just let things be. You can't blame the Lyons for pushing a pregnant woman down the steps and then over a balcony. Andre is going to get his revenge on Anika some way and somehow.
Ms. Dubois put Lucious condition in the newspaper. Warren didn't seem happy about that. He started the wheels in motion. You can't turn back the hands of time now. Lucious remembers sleeping under the Lyon of his childhood home. Claudia wants Lucious. What she going to do when Cookie finds out, she was betrayed? Stay tuned in.
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