Empire Finale Recap!!! Lee Daniels has a with always leaving us faithful viewers and fans with a cliffhanger and this finale was no different. After Cookie oversteps her bounds at one of Angelo’s press conferences, regarding the Captain’s Ball that was changed to the “The People’s Ball” and making it free for the people, will make Angelo relatable to the community. He is quite stuffy but he wants to feel like he is one of the people but in reality he isn’t and he needs Cookie by his side or he will not win as Mayor.
Angelo’s mother Diana meets Lucious at the last Ferris Wheel in Brooklyn and strikes a deal with the devil, she has no idea and she was warned last week about the Lyons, she’ll find out sooner rather than later. If Lucious can “persuade” a journalist to kill a story on her son, she’ll make sure Angelo and Cookie break up. But after Diana changes her mind on the deal, Cookie is helping her son in the polls, she can’t have the two split now, how would Angelo win his race for Mayor? Lucious is angry, but we all know that Lucious will always have the last laugh. Turns out that Angelo’s old DUI arrest might bring up old issues with a girl in the passenger seat of a car that he drove into a lake while intoxicated and supposedly let the girl in the water to drown. He claims that isn’t true and so does his mother, but of course she would say that, he’s her son. Mrs. Dubois found out what the Lyons were about especially Lucious.
Cookie takes Jamal’s pain killers and washes them down the sink even the pills he hides behind his cereal boxes. But the night of the People’s Ball, Cookie finds her son going through withdrawal and unable to perform, he begs her one last time for the pills or he can’t perform. As a mother, she did what she had to do, she grabs a wrench, opens up the pipes and gives her son just enough oxy to crush his big comeback performance.
He performed his a$$ off, as usual and that’s what the people were waiting for even if he was high as HELL. Even uptight Diana was grooving to the beat of his song, she likes Jamal. But as he exits the stage, Cookie, Lucious, Hakeem and Andre inform him that he has to go to rehab, they had a car waiting for him headed directly to a treatment facility to kick his out-of-control habit.
Tariq who is Lucious half brother definitely has a hard on for him and it all has something to do with their father. Tariq never knew him but Lucious did and it is really messing with Tariq. He uses cellphone footage of Freda’s freestyle rap to get a judge to freeze Empire’s assets for 30 days. Lucious swings by the fed’s office, and embarrasses Tariq with a very public moment about their shared paternity. No one in the Fed’s office knew that Lucious and Tariq were brothers and that their father was a Philadelphia Police Officer. Lucious gave Tariq their father’s badge, he needed something of his fathers I guess to feel whole, I don’t know because he is still coming after Lucious.
Shyne steps in offering to solve Lucious’ $50 million problem in exchange for a stake in the company. “Empire is the Iron Throne, and everybody wants to be king,” he says to a pissed off Tariq, who didn’t realize Shyne was feeding him intel on Lucious just for his own personal gain. But it’s Andre who ultimately wields the biggest sword this week which we’ll get to in a second.
Andre finally reveals his bipolar disorder to Nessa, and how Rhonda helped him manage it. “I’m not gonna do any of those things for you,” she say. “I want you to learn to do them for yourself.” This leads to one final hallucination scene of Andre on the beach with Ghost Rhonda. She approves of his new merger and encourages Andre to proceed with making Nessa a star and ultimately taking over Empire. One last thing, she says, “promise me you will destroy that bitch that murdered me and killed our baby.”
Of course he will, he is going to handle Anika one way or another. Andre throws his wedding ring into the water, then reveals to Shyne that he knows that he liquidated his assets two weeks before Lucious’ assets were frozen. He’s turned King Shyne into a rook for now, telling him to respect the heirarchy “’til it’s time to kill my father.” And the look on Andre’s face says he really means it. Andre is out cold and he is more like Lucious than any of his brothers.
Andre having lost his wife and lost his child, has become the most ruthless of all his brothers and he’s learned a lot from his father, too. Lucious always seems like he’s three steps ahead, crushing the people who plot against him.
Lucious should really pay attention to what’s going on around him. The hack Andre pulled off a couple episodes ago with French Montana’s [Vaughn], Lucious had no idea that Andre had anything to do with it. Andre is going to take Lucious down but I don’t really believe he will go as far as kill his father, I think he may be trying to set Shyne up and get him out of the picture.
Diana and Lucious made promises to each other, he fulfilled his, he did what he had to do. But she, reneged and that isn’t something you can play with especially when it comes to Lucious. Now she really understands Lucious’ vengeance. She’s obsessed with her son, but not Lucious, she messed with the wrong guy.
Looking forward to the next season of the hit drama series coming in March 2017!! Empire never disappoints me, every season is better than the last season.
Queen Sugar Finale
Queen Sugar Finale aired and it left us with a lot of questions and that’s the way a show should end. One of the best drama series on tv right now, hate the season ended but it gives us a reason to get ready for next season!!
Nova is sitting with her reporter friend at the farmhouse while her friend interviews one of the farmers that works at the farm. Darla shows up; she wants to get some of her things from inside the house, but Nova isn’t having it, she already doesn’t trust Darla, and can’t understand why she never told anyone the truth about Blue, and why she would tell now? Darla held on to this secret for 7 years. Darla tries to explains her lies, she chose what she thought was best for Blue, but Nova tells her; she chose lies, not what was best.
Charley is so mad at the Landry’s, they are affecting her mill and her money, she confronts Jacob Boudreaux, who admits he has been worried about Charley’s next game plan. He admits to spreading rumors about her farm. He wants Charley, he is intrigued by her, he begins to flirt with her and she is just playing a game.
Another farmer lets Ralph Angel know they can’t work with the Queen Sugar mill anymore; they’re nervous about all the rumors. At the mill, Charley is on the phone trying to save her mill but the owners are worried about the rumors and the machinery at the mill isn’t working properly, but those are lies coming from the Landry’s.
Hollywood receives a phone call from the lawyer from the rig lawsuit, who tells him that the company settled for triple the amount they originally thought they would. Hollywood screams to V that they are now rich. Hollywood is the type of person who will share his money with the world.
Ralph Angel confronts Darla about her lies and she tells him she couldn’t remember who she slept with at that time and she did what she thought was best for Blue. Ralph Angel tells Darla they are over, he can’t trust her at all but he will always be Blue’s father. He then picks Blue up from Aunt V, Blue was sleep but he woke up once he saw his face and asked his pop where has he been? Ralph Angel explained to him it was harvest time and he told Blue how he got his name.
I love the relationship Ralph Angel and Blue have, he loves his pop, to take him away would break Ralph Angel’s heart and tear Blue up.
Empire has returned and I am so happy, this episode didn’t disappoint but the last few were a disappointment. So how does Lucious go from not remembering his past and not walking to walking and remembering more of his past every day? I am so confused but this episode was definitely entertaining.
Hakeem and Anika are in family court fighting each other for full custody of baby Bella. I must say, Hakeem stepped up to the plate to be the best father he could be and now he’s fighting Anika for his daughter. The morning of the hearing, of course Hakeem has his family in court with him as well as Tiana.
The courtroom is full of vultures, who will do whatever it takes to get the next story to sell, they have cameras and picket signs in the court room. This female judge wasn’t playing with anybody and she seems like a tough judge. I didn’t know Angelo was an attorney, I thought his cousin was the attorney but I guess not because he is Anika’s attorney and everyone knows that he is only trying to get back at Cookie for humiliating him. Angelo gives his opening argument, the judge sends best wishes to his mother.
Angelo goes all the way in on the Lyons and praises Anika when he doesn’t even know her. Does the judge know that Anika killed her future son in laws baby by pushing her off the balcony? Anika is very sneaky, she always has a trick bag with her and this makes no difference. While Angelo praises Anika, he doesn’t praise Hakeem, he talked about his drug and sex parties. Angelo calls The Lyons criminals and thugs, he says they are not in a position to have baby Bella with them at all. Anika did do time, her skeletons came out in court and she was still able to get full custody of her daughter.
Hakeem is definitely worried about his baby, Angelo calls Cookie to the stand, and prison comes up. Cookie is smart, her street smartness gives her game, she knew how to handle herself in court. She talks about Hakeem and how he’s a wonderful father to his daughter, the kind of parent she wanted to be but couldn’t. Angelo brings up the fight between Anika and Cookie, calling Cookie violent but never saying anything bad about Anika. At one point in her life Anika was going to kill herself and she asked Cookie to take care of Bella. All of a sudden whack a$$ Angelo brings up that Cookie had thugs beat him up.
Lucious is back, the real Lucious but I’m still not convinced that he ever lost his memory, I believe he was just playing his part. Lucious decides he wants to testify and he gets that chance, when Angelo asks Lucious about his past as “the scariest man in music,” Lucious claims he can’t remember due to his memory loss. Lucious loves Bella and all the memories she’s given him, because of Bella, he wants to try and change his ways for the best!
Hakeem, decides to fire his lawyer and speak for himself, he really didn’t have a legitimate reason as to why he fired him but he did and that was that. He gets Anika on the stand asking personal questions about Bella. Then Hakeem reminds her that his door was always open; he wanted her to get to know Bella, but she had to file this custody suit on him.
Mrs. DuBois has returned just in time to throw Hakeem under the bus, she gets on the stand and talks about how she finds Hakeem a very pleasant young man, which she knows because he’s spent every Tuesday afternoon with her for the past five months. The look on Cookie’s face was priceless. Mrs. Dubois also videotaped their meetings, he betrayed his family when he says terrible, damning things about every single member of his family: Jamal has his pills, Andre has his illness, he also says Andre’s baby dying was “probably for the best”, Hakeem wishes Cookie was still in jail, and Lucious is a monster.
Of course the judge rules and gives Anika full custody of baby Bella. Hakeem is devastated, the entire Lyon family is hurting for Hakeem and Bella.