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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.

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Empire Finale

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Empire Finale!! The episode begins with Andre singing, he can actually sing but I should have known that is was dream. Andre had a psychotic break after last week’s episode when he confessed to the lady cop he was f$cking. He is now in the hospital, the Dubois’s have a doctor in the palm of their hands and he gave him enough drugs to almost kill himself.

Warren looked a hot a$$ mess, Jamal tapped that a$$ for playing him like a sucker. However, he has since come to his senses and he appeared at Jamal’s home to apologize and to reveal the rest of the revenge plot Diana Dubois has in store for his family. Jamal immediately informed Cookie and Lucious about the Dubois plot. Their plot worked, the Lyons infiltrated the Captain’s ball with a duet by Jamal and Hakeem. Cookie got on stage and revealed all over Diana’s secrets, for instance, kidnapping baby Bella, Andre could lose his life and now Luscious has been kidnapped. Diana was led by the police in handcuffs for kidnapping Bella. When Warren exposed his aunt Diana, that was it for Angelo, he vowed to handle his misfit a$$ cousin. Angelo located Warren in a hotel and a few minutes later Jamal showed up. Angelo pointed the gun at Warren and shot him in the shoulder, Jamal got pissed, how dare he shoot the man of his life even though he betrayed him. Jamal and Angelo struggled for the gun and Jamal shot and killed Angelo.

While in the hospital Lucious was right by Andre’s side, with the drugs in his system he confessed to Lucious that he was the one who set up the car bombing that claimed his leg and nearly his life. Before Lucious could even say anything, Claudia, the whacky a$$ nurse is standing over Lucious as she injected him with an altered mind drug.

“My sweet, sweet Dwight,” she cooed. “I told you I would never leave you. Never.”

Hakeem blackmailed Anika into giving him primary custody of Bella and I am so glad he got her back. Anika played for the wrong team, the Lyons always get what they want and need and now she has lost her daughter. “You will no longer use her as a pawn to get to me or my family,” he informed her.

Lucious gave Cookie an ultimatum: “Either you’re moving into my bedroom, or you’re moving out of the house.” She opted for Plan B.

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Bruno Mars: 24K Magic At The Apollo

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“Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo,” aired on CBS on last night and he did the damn thing.

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