Wednesday night, the spring premiere of Empire was on. We finally got to see the fates of the Lyons since we last saw them a few months ago. As usual, they packed a lot into this episode. Let’s go character by character since I will be here all night writing an opus if I have to try an explain the entire episode.
Rhonda. I’m gonna start here because this is the thing I was most wanting to get answers for. What happened when she got pushed down the stairs? Well we still don’t have a clear answer of who, only a short vision of flat shoes with red bottoms, likely men’s Louboutins. Rhonda is alive, however, but the baby unfortunately did not make it. She blames herself even though she had nothing to do with it but also doesn’t remember that she was pushed until the end of the episode.
Lucious is not struggling as much as I thought he would be in this episode. There is a lot going on what with Rhonda’s accident and Camilla taking Empire from him. He seems upset but not as devastated as he was during the Fall finale. He is now working with Cookie at Lyon Dynasty and spent a full scene trying to convince Hakeem to kill him which was just bizarre.
Cookie is the glue holding everyone together at this point. She gives Hakeem another broomstick whooping upon sight but is otherwise pretty tame with the family. She reveals that she had a miscarriage to her sons, letting them know they would have had a sister but ultimately she wanted them to know that Rhonda and Andre would be okay. She came at Camilla sideways but then worked out a plan to have Empire buy Lyon Dynasty so that she can take over Empire from the inside. We know Cookie’s an evil genius.
Andre is devastated as expected. He is trying to be strong for Rhonda but when he is alone, he kind of loses it. There was also a moment when he arrived at the hospital that he was really upset and Lucious and Jamal had to hold him down and Cookie said something to the effect that “they’ll come take you away”. That was a little awkward and kind of weird. But in the end he did do a good job brokering the deal with Empire and Lyon Dynasty. Dude is a business genius.
Jamal is Jamal. Mostly positive, there for everyone, not really having too many problems. We didn’t see a lot of stuff going on with him. His manager hated on him for dating a woman but that’s about it.
Hakeem was the major focus of this episode. We knew that he voted to have his dad removed from the company. In this episode he tries to be there for his family but they don’t want him because of what he’d done. He makes a play and becomes CEO of Empire and comes to his senses enough to play ball for the Lyon Dynasty deal. I can’t tell what’s going on with him and Camilla but he seems to actually be in love with Laura so we’ll see what happens with that.
Anika had a short stint in the episode. She is the one I previously thought pushed Rhonda down the stairs, but after seeing those flat Louboutins, it’s hard to tell. We do know she’s creeping around being jealous and hiding her pregnancy. She was so disrespectful though when, unbeknownst to Rhonda, she was referring to her own child when she said that there would be an heir to Empire. What a weird creeper. I hate to see how far she’s fallen from a bougie debutante to a crazy, but what can I do?
Camilla is just there. I don’t really have much else to say about that.
We didn’t see much of Becky or Porsha this week. Also Hakeem’s girl group were featured as well as his relationship with Laura. He treats her like crap and then takes her virginity. Overall it was a good episode, as melodramatic and soapy as can be which is why I love it. I will be tuning in next week to see what happens. Pow!