Empire Season 2 RECAP: Ep 5 Be True / Ep 6 A High Hope for a Low Heaven / Ep 7 True Love Never / Ep 8 My Bad Parts / Ep 9 Sinned Against / Ep 10 Et tu, Brute
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Empire Season 2, Episode 7, 8, 9 &10The busy life of a film, food and events blogger means you can't always be home to watch your favorite shows. So I missed doing an individual post on each of the last 4 episodes of EMPIRE, but you can be damn sure I watched them all on Demand.
I think what plays out best on the show is Cookie's relationship with her sons. She really knows how to talk to, handle and reach each one on their own terms; and in turn they look to her for approval. She's come a long way from those first few months out of prison where, Jamal just tried to be polite, Dre barely looked her in the eye and Hakeem out and out disrespected her. Cookie took it all and with love and determination earner her place as the matriarch. It's a shame though Cookie's striking out 3 for 3 in the romance department.
Lucious and Jamal's relationship has been good to watch too. Lucious may never really want his son to be gay, but it no longer has a bearing on how he treats him. He also really respects Jamal as an artist. Lucious gave Andre a hard time for weeks, but digging up dead uncles and procreating a grandchild goes a long way in Lucious' book. But oooh now things will never be right between he and Hakeem! It was bad enough that Hakeem just kept turning down any peace offering or bribe from his father, then publicly dissed him on TV by dropping his last name, but to vote Cookie's proxy to unseat Lucious as CEO of Empire, that just went too far. Like Cookie said, Lyon Dynasty is their company, but Empire is their legacy. When push comes to shove you don't let outsiders do the family harm.
Does anybody else feel a few of these episodes were too music heavy? Not the mid-season ender, but some of the others seemed like they just filled the show with performances so as not to have to write too much. It's not that I don't enjoy the musical guests, although I don't think Alicia Keys should quit her day job, as her acting chops needed some work, but really liked her duet with Jamal "You Matter". And I realize Jussie Smollett and Yazz the Greatest have become big artists both on and off the show, but some episodes seemed like Jamal would sing 5 songs, but only have like 2 actual spoken lines. And the Latin girl group is cute, but they get featured singing and rehearsing without much cutting away or editing.
The Lee Daniels cameo as himself, was on time. And $$$ this is the kind of cross promotion every show would kill to have - both the character Jamal and the actor Jussie Smollett land a Pepsi commercial!
Now we have to wait until March to see Lucious once again get back to full power. And we assume it's Anika who pushed Rhonda down the stairs, but could they surprise us with another person with a different motive?
While we wait I'll leave you with the best tweets from the last 4 weeks:
How Lucius gonna pass up on an interracial 3way? #Empire— Honest Jerks (@TheHonestJerks) November 12, 2015
Honestly the most disrespectful thing you can probably do in a rap battle is rap about everything but the person you are battling #Empire— GL (@ProbNotThatGuy) November 19, 2015
Candace, LORETHA and Carol. LORETHA. Where the deuce did LORETHA come from?? #Empire— Tiff, Doer of Stuff (@WhoIsTiffIsMe) November 26, 2015
Marisa Tomei went from being the white girl at Hillman, to the white girl about to run #Empire 😂😂— प्यार (@SebastianAvenue) December 3, 2015
Dear Santa can I please have #empire season 1&2 plus soundtracks? I've been an awfully good girl 😇🎅 @E4Tweets @EmpireFOX— Momma*nanna*me* (@chunksnanna) November 24, 2015
What the fuck wrong with hakeem. making my dad lose empire all because of the bogus cougar ass bitch #Empire— Saucin✨ (@_Gloyal) December 5, 2015
Empire Season 2, Episode 6:
A High Hope for a Low Heaven
|But is that pleasure or pain?|
Hakeem was in that video like, "I'm still alive. I'm still here!" #Empire pic.twitter.com/FwSM0PB2W8— مبارك (@WrittenByTerry) November 5, 2015
William Fichtner was this week's guest star. He goes by one name Jamieson, Jamal brings him on for ... I'm not even sure, but Jamieson & Lucious have an old beef that has a lot to do with Jamieson being gay. But Jamal just handles Lucious anymore and tells him Jamieson's in, stop all the nonsense and shake hands.
Andre decides if he's gotta run Gutter Records division of Empire than he's gonna weed out the bad apple artists that don't jive with his religious morals. He finds a kindred spirit in J Poppa who is about more than the streets, and is the son of a preacher.I think @EmpireFOX adds more new characters each week than any show on TV. @EmpireWriters stay on their toes! LOL #Empire— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) November 5, 2015
pastor andre got him rapping bible verses......in the club. turn up. 😭😭 #empire— ✈️blackIverson (@BossupFoe) November 5, 2015
Lucious is still trying to get Hakeem back at Empire and even though Lucious paid his ransom, Hakeem's still cold, turning down music from Lucious again; so LL gives his boom boom bang bang track to Freda Gatz, who he is really feeling, not sexually, but their moment free-styling in the car is a genuine bonding moment.
And speaking of bonding. The kidnapping may not have lasted long, but it does leave Hakeem with a bit of PTSD. He's all dazed and feeling helpless and crazy and can barely pull it together to perform with his Latino girl group. But Jamal & Dre talk him down and we get a nice Lyon brotherhood scene.
Keem pulls a gun on them and just when they're about to fire back, Cookie gets Keems gun and takes control of the situation, which wouldn't work cause those guys woulda smoked them both.
Then Becky's not the only one gettin some this episode. Cookie decides to take Laz up on his offer and shows up at his place, but when he takes off his shirt and turns to face us, we see that he's got the same long horn steer tattoos of the kidnappers.
Empire Season 2, Episode 5: Be True
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#Empire Lucious "There is no God, you just need to man the hell up" COLD— Tinsel & Tine (@tinseltine) October 22, 2015
Over at Lyon Dynasty Cookie's hired a new sexy tour manager Laz Delgado (Adam Rodriguez) and Tiana nearly got cut with a razor blade during what she thought were just two fans wanting a selfie, instead they jacked her for her bag. For a minute it really looked like they were gonna cut her pretty face.
The musical guest this week was Neyo as himself. Producing a track with Jamal and planning to go out on tour with him.
Thirsty is still trying to make himself invaluable to Lucious, hanging in his office and availing himself of his liqueur. Andre tells him his services are no longer needed. Actually, it was a big Andre episode as he had to go around to each family member as if he just joined AA and confess all his past sins and beg forgiveness, while inviting each of them to his baptism. They all came, but the whole thing brought on another Kelly Rowland, crazy mama flashback for Lucious of her punishing him by dunking him in a hot bathtub, so he hightailed it out of the church, leaving Dre to assume he didn't approve.
Episode ends with that same neighborhood wanna be crime boss and his thugs, kidnapping a bare chested Hakeem while running in the park. Next week is the World Series so we've gotta wait two weeks to see them take these fools down. Cause nobody messes with the Lyons and gets away wit it.
Check Out RECAPS from Weeks 1, 2 & 3
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