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”), Jamal thinks everyone should be on board, and Andre agrees he’ll be supportive — they all agree to support his Vegas deal. Anyway, Andre decides they should launch Jamal’s visual album with a party in Vegas and stream it on Empire Xstream — they’ll break into the town Lucious never could. Becky pulls Lucious into the studio to hear what Tory has been working on.
(Cue collective groan.) Of COURSE Andre has to make a family meal somehow into a business meeting. It’s a “hit” (like every song that ever exists in the Empire universe except that bad one Tiana didn’t want to record), and like they say on having a white girl singing black music is a surefire way to make bank.
It’s Lucious with braids and a thin, icky ponytail (not unlike the teeny ponytail he is sporting in present day… “This woman Andre is dealing with is very dangerous,” he explains. We watched her shoot her husband with barely a second thought!
what’s up with that), writing a song for Giuliana called “Crazy Crazy 4 U.” “I think I was put here just so I could write a song about you,” he tells her. Over at Empire, that deal is still very much underway — and Andre thinks he’s solved their problem of needing to present hit songs for Nessa to the Vegas commissioner in order to get the whole plan approved.
Lucious is smitten, but it’s hard to tell if Giuliana is feeling the same. He’s asked Tory Ash to write Nessa some hits, but when Tory swings into their meeting two hours late, she explains that Lucious has her on a tight contract for But maybe, just maybe, she can make an exception and write one thing for Nessa. When Tory leaves, Andre asks Giuliana what the deal is with her and his father. Cookie, on the other hand, is a master of gestures both big small.
Cookie interrupts Lucious’ reverie and hears the song, which he’s playing on the speakers in his office. “We met a long time ago,” she explains, “and he didn’t remember me, so clearly I didn’t make an impression.” Is she lying to Andre or to herself? And Cookie likes grand gestures, drama, showmanship. Case in point: the way she side-eyes Giuliana when they meet in Empire’s lobby with Andre and Lucious.
I've got work to do.'Her prodigious acting career earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her work in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.
She now stars on Empire as Cookie Lyon, who emerges from prison with designs on her music tycoon ex-husband Lucious' (Terrence Howard) business.
Thursday night was the airdate of Taraji's White Hot Holiday, a TV variety show she hostesses with musical performances from acts ranging from Chaka Khan to Fergie and comedy from such names as Jay Pharoah and Tituss Burgess.
This week, not only do we finally get the backstory for Lucious and Giuliana’s relationship — but Cookie and Angelo also prepare to take their relationship to the Next Level. She confides that Angelo hinted he’d propose if he won the primary, and since he won, well… She can’t believe he’s not planning to burn it all down, but he is content enough knowing that Cookie and Angelo will never have the passion Cookie and Lucious had.
We start with a flashback — and unfortunately, it’s not more Young Coocious. Then Lucious pivots and tells Cookie that Andre’s Vegas deal needs to stop.
Back in the present, Cookie asked if they know each other, and the answer she gets is, “We met once, years ago.” Lucious tells Giuliana he’s suprised Rafael let her leave Vegas — then Shyne makes a reference to Rafael in the past tense, and Lucious catches it.
He explains to Cookie that Rafael was a “big player in Vegas” and a “corrupt, ruthless, and despicable human being.” Talk about the only person who could make Lucious look like a good guy!