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The Lyons get ready to go to the mattresses on Empire

(Photo: Chuck Hodes/Getty Images)
(Photo: Chuck Hodes/Getty Images)
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Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • Hello, Mr. Hardaway! Way to pin all of your family’s hopes—and responsibilities—on your daughter, Loretha.
  • “Cookie” was inspired by the name on her father’s employer’s van, but I’m not surprised Lucious couldn’t dig any deeper for a pet name. After all, he was ripping off Doug E. Fresh/Slick Rick in his rap.
  • Seeing little Freda Gatz imperiled in prison breaks my heart, but I guess it proves that if you come at the king, you best not miss.
  • Which reminds me, when is Thirsty coming back? He will be back, right?
  • I know Andre’s being charged with resisting arrest and assault of a police officer, but would that really mean that all beat cops would give him the stink-eye? Or did that guy just assume they were some of Shine’s associates?
  • Speaking of Shine, he is damn savvy. Don’t let the warehouse office or stolen goods fool you.
  • Protest music is a siren’s song for Andre, while Angelo uses a children’s song to serenade Cookie. Interesting music choices.
  • For the most part, I think Cookie is above Lucious’ manipulation, but her new A&R guy is so obviously lame that I have to wonder if she’s not pushing Becky to rise to the challenge. In either case, I’m with her.
  • Porsha’s back! And with some great romantic advice for Cookie: “You better get snatched for your date.” Obviously.
  • Cookie might co-own a “multibillion dollar enterprise,” but new money remains new money.
  • Freda and Jamal’s relationship always rang true for me, so I am fully invested in him springing her from jail (well, temporarily). I am hoping Lucious is full of shit about having set the whole thing up.
  • The parallels between Cookie/Tiana and La Bohème parallels were a little weak, but I will never say no to some Puccini.
  • Tiana’s clapback track sounded like an old Rihanna song, which might be why Empire’s struggling.
  • But my heart did sing when Cookie said “Pain, say hello to power.” Then I promptly scoffed when she told Angelo they “could make some great music together.” Goddamnit, writers—there is no way the same person said both of those things.
  • So, uh, how about that ghost threesome? Or hallucination threesome?

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