As we head towards the season finale of Empire, things are definitely heating up for the Lyon family. This week’s episode places a focus on the children – specifically Andre’s (Trai Byers) dealing with his cancer, and Kingsley (A.Z. Kelsey) trying to sell Lucious (Terrence Howard) out to the FBI.
There will be spoilers below.
Towards the beginning of the episode, Cookie (Taraji P.Henson) and Lucious attend church. Here Teri(Meta Golding) is speaking to the congregation about Andre. The pastor gives a speech about “getting your house in order”. This motivates Lucious to attempt to make peace with Kingsley, which he does by visiting Tracy (Amanda Detmer).
When Lucious visits white Tracy, it seems that he has convinced her to give him a fair chance to make things right with Kingsley. Kingsley, in the mean time, has been convinced by the FBI to visit Lucious wearing a wire. He realises that he has taken it too far when he starts questioning the Trust tour funds. This prompts him to visit his mother to find out the true story of “when Tracy met Lucious”. However, when Kingsley arrives to visit his mother, we see that she is not honouring her discussion with Lucious.
While Lucious is dealing with the demons of his past, Cookie has developed a friendship with Damon Cross(Wood Harris). She has turned to him as a friend at a hard time, but this is a very dangerous friendship. Cookie summarises it when she is contemplating the situation with Carol(Tasha Smith), saying that “Lucious wouldn’t understand”.
Throughout this episode Andre is still battling cancer although he is responding well to treatments. The doctor tells them that after his next treatment he may be cancer free. This is a cause for celebration among the whole family. Cookie runs into trouble soon after as her way of celebrating is by visiting Damon Cross. It seems like she is stuck in a cycle of ending up in a situation where something may happen between them. Once again we see her finally leave his apartment, and apparently end their friendship for good.
Lucious and Kingsley meanwhile have a reunion, where Kingsley takes off his wire, and Lucious admits his mistakes when it came to Tracy. This results in them bonding and Lucious bringing Kingsley to family dinner at their house, much to the surprise and anger of his family. After Lucious reminds them all that he has made up with all of them previously, Andre and Kai(Toby Onwumere) announce that they are getting married sooner rather than later. This is somewhat successful in lifting the mood, and the whole family raises a glass in toast to this.
As this is happening we see the FBI searching the Trust tour for narcotics, as they have a search warrant for the entire tour. This is the bomb that seems like it’s about to go off, so it will be interesting to see what comes of it next episode.
Empire airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.