Empire is back, baby! The so-so season rebounded with a jaw-dropping finale that warrants an OMG meter. Let’s go!
This episode, “Past Is Prologue,” picks up three weeks later. Frank Gathers’ daughter, Freda Gatz, found out that her mentor Lucious was responsible for her dad’s death in prison. She shot at him, but Jamal ended up taking the bullet. Now he’s in a wheelchair, still healing from his wounds. It’s two days before Hakeem’s wedding, but Jamal has given up on music until “the cycle” of death and incarceration ends. He doesn’t blame Freda, whom he calls a victim. Lucious visits Freda in prison, claims innocence in Frank’s murder and patches things up so he can run tell Jamal: “I ended the cycle today; she ain’t mad no more.” As for Freda, Lucious offers to pay for her legal representation. #FreeFreda
In the last episode, it looked as if Lucious’ mom, Leah Walker, was about to expose Lucious’ lie about her being dead when she showed up at the hospital during a press feeding frenzy. But we’ll never know because Lucious’ shady lawyer, Thirsty Rawlings, pulled her away offscreen. I’d give Empire a demerit for dropping the ball on that storyline, but so much else is going on in this episode, it gets a pass.
Boo Boo Kitty tells the Lyons that the feds questioned her and Shyne Johnson’s name came up. Years ago, Lucious did a job for bigwigs Tommy Davoni and Rosey Perkins. There was a troublesome rapper, and Lucious and Shyne “took care of it.” Cookie goes to Shyne to find out what it would take to keep him quiet. Shyne wants two things: a publishing deal for his nephew and an invitation to Hakeem and Laura’s wedding. He can have my invite.
Before we get to the wild wedding, let’s talk about the new family drama! Read more, here!