During the midseason premiere of Empire, things got off to a fiery start as Lucious launched his new project, “Inferno,” without Cookie’s co-CEO blessing. But Cookie had some tricks up her sleeve for this family war, and when she brought Lucious’s confused mother up on stage, the media at the event seemed shocked.
With Jamal recovering at a rehab center, the family went to offer support, but things immediately got ugly with Lucious and Cookie arguing over whose fault it was that Jamal was at the center in the first place. Rumer Willis guest starred as Tory Ash, another rehab patient that Jamal later bonds with over their love of music.
In addition to that drama, Andre made some not-so-idle threats about killing Lucious, and Nessa and Tiana came to blows after trying to outshine each other at a concert.
But perhaps the biggest eyebrow raiser was Lucious appointing his new wife, Anika, as head of A&R, leaving Cookie to work out some major feels, which she ultimately channeled into destroying all of Lucious’s possessions with a baseball bat. She even got in one good whack to his head. After shattering every piece of glass available, she thrashed a grand piano. Then she and Lucious momentarily turned that rage into passion with a make-out session on the piano. Cookie cut it off, though, saying, “No. I said I was done with you. I meant that.”
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