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We come back to find Cookie leaving #Lucifer’s bedroom upset, then it cuts to the boys at Empire conference table in front of them are black gift boxes wrapped in gold ribbons all shaped differently, and in comes their evil ass father to profess his love and tell them he is not dying of ALS.
He directs each of them in turn to open there gifts Hakeem get a big ass gold chain with wings, an emblem of Empire’s Jet fleet which he now has at his disposal. Andre gets a gold cross and gets a $100 million and the Lyons Foundation from which to do his good works. Jamal get a septor and is handed the Empire, his brothers do not look pleased with idea.Cookie is even invited to he has a gift for her and everything, a miniature pillow.
Jamal, Andre and Hakeem have an impromptu meeting with the Jamal as the leader. As Becky serves them tea she informs them that Jamal has promoted her to A & R. He begins to spar with Hakeem a little and slips into the role so quickly Andre is prompted to clap at the perfectly executed impression of #Lucifer.
Cookie is summoned to a meeting with Jamal and #Lucifer. You can tell by the tone he’s talking to her in this is not going to end well for Cookie. He tells Jamal that his mother tried to kill him she tries to deny it but thanks to “her little boyfriend” he has a video to play, and he does, he shows Jamal the tape of Cookie and her pillow, effectively cutting off Cookie from Empire. It was so sad watching Cookie stand across the street and watch as her name was removed from the marquee.
Vernon returns from rehab and #Lucifer goes to pick him up personally. Vernon tries to be apologetic but it gets waved off a s “wishy washy” #Lucifer actually tells him he’s glad to see him and even that he needs him. if I was Vernon i’m not sure if I would took that ride, he might end up in the river next to Bunky chain dealing with #Lucifer evil ass.
My girl Cookie was having a hard time y’all after being ousted from the Empire due to Pillow Gate. Fresh off that disastrous meeting she’s snatched up by the feds. They pull her in tell her they want Lucious Lyon and that they know that #Lucifer killed Bunky and paid someone to take the fall. Cookie is having #dejavuallover again, she’s not saying nothing EVEN THOUGH he just kicked her to the curb for 2nd time in like a week.
Cookie is about that life, she will get back at #Lucifer her way, not theirs. She leaves without giving them them anything and flat out refuses to help them build a case against her baby daddy.
Cookie always has plans she goes to Hakeem who’s getting a hair cut, she grabs the broom from the barber and dismisses him to speak with her son. #dejavualloveragain Cookie Hakeem and a broom but this time she ain’t mad she’s calculated. She tries to talk Hakeem into coming aboard with her and them doing their own version of Empire. Hakeem tells her they don’t have to start from scratch anymore.
He takes her to a meeting with Andre and Anika. The two women immediately begin trading insults which quickly escalates in an epic cat fight the likes I haven’t seen since Dominique Devereux and Alexis Carrignton caught that fade in the 80’s. There was banter on who won, I gotta give it to Cookie they way she introduced #boobooKitty’s back to that pool table gave her the win in my eyes.
After the fight Andre and Hakeem are able to convince to ladies to work together in their shared hate of #Lucifer. #boobooKitty has the connect to corporate radier that will facilitate a hostile takeover of Empire. He offers up $250 million on $500 million they need with the stipulation that they put out and album for his “punk ass grandson” good one liner from #boobookitty.
Black Rambo appears early in the episode crashing #Lucifer and Jamal’s press conference with rage filled homophobia and declares publicly he’s not working for Empire if a “fairy” is at the helm. Jamal who if you really look back over the season, his gangsta been on fleek. He doubled over Hakeem with a gut punch, was not fazed a by bullets flying at Hoodrat Studios and dangled Berretti off a balcony Shug night style. So i wasn’t surprised when he showed up at Black Rambo show alone and accepted Black Rambos open invitation to battle. He got up there and listened to Black Rambo call him 18 versions of gay, Jamal proceeded to sing his face off at him giving him BARS, yes Jamal came in swinging and singing and walked off untouched.
Cookie and Vernon meet up where she asks him outright if #Lucifer killed Bunky. He explains how Bunky was trying to extort $3 million and threatening to pull down the IPO if he didn’t get it. Vernon seems so raw here fresh out of rehab he is nostalgic and pointedly asks Cookie “what happened to us” and urges Cookie to go see Jamal and put things right.
Vernon goes to see Andre in efforts to do the same put things right. He tries to sell Dre on making the best of Jamal running Empire and how they still need all hands on deck. Andre is not trying to hear it and calls Vernon his dads thug whose now Jamal’s thug. Vernon not feeling the greasy talk mugs him a fight ensues. Throughout the fight Vernon is trying to stop it but Andre is enraged and Vernon is forced to continue trading blows with a man he raised and considers family. Vernon gets the upper hand, Dre is on his back taking blows when Rhonda comes in screaming. She yells at Vernon to get off of him and when he doesn’t she grabs a statue and clocks him in the head, hard.
Dre is surprised to see her earlier in the episode she packed her rags and rolled salty about Michelle but more so about him conceding to Jamal. They have there moment and then realize Uncle Vernon aint saying nothing. Dre checks for a pulse, there isnt one he wants to call the cops but Rhonda is dead set against it. She finally gets him to go along with not calling the cops by screaming i’m pregnant.
It’s finally the day, Empire is at the New York Stock Exchange ready to push that green button on the start of Empire’s first day as a publicly traded company. Every one is there but Vernon, who Dre says he probably fell off the wagon again dad and does a little laugh.
After the morning at NYSE comes the “Lucius Lyons Sound” legacy concert, and everyone is on hand except Rita Ora who backed out cuz she’s #teamCookie all the way as the late Uncle Vernon put it. Hakeem and Jamal perform, What the Dj Say and kill it, Hakeem acting like everything is cool. Then Michelle performs with Juicy J another #Lucifer hits and guess what it aint a gospel song #Lucifer done turned her out already.
Jamal and #Lucifer have a moment they are alone waiting for tit to be there turn to perform when out of nowhere #Lucifer says Dwight Walker. Jamal asks who is that? That is me is #Lucifer’s answer and Cookie doesn’t even know that Lucius isn’t his real name, apparently when he was orphaned at 9 that Dwight was not about that life so created Lucius Lyon who could do anything.
He goes on to apologize to Jamal for the awful things he done to him and explains it was motivated by his love for him and his fear of what his life would be like as homosexual black male. Of course Jamal is overwhelmed receiving the admission of love he always sought but before Jamal really gets to respond the feds bust in and arrest #Lucifer for Bunky’s murder.
Jamal and #Lucifer both blame Cookie, #Lucifer screams st her that she’s a ghetto rat and always will be a ghetto rat.
Jamal takes his emotion right to the stage with incomparable Miss Patti Labelle, whew, I was hurt when they cut away from Patti singing to show Becky always on her job running along #Lucifer as they purp walk him out the building filling him in about the stock plummeting and the chatter about hostile takeover.
At the end #boobooKitty is in an Empire studio watching Hakeem record, Dre is at the Dr’s with the black widow who killed Uncle Vernon getting an ultrasound, and Cookie seems to have moved right into #Lucifer’s house.
So the season ends with Vernon dead, Cookie in cahoots with #boobooKitty, Jamal running Empire under threat of hostile takeover from HIS BROTHERS and Lucious #Lucifer Lyon in behind bars vowing to get revenge.
“The game is on bitches”