Empire (2015–…): Season 4, Episode 11 - Empire - full transcript

On the brink of a lucrative tech deal, Eddie realizes that he must work on rebranding Empire. Cookie springs into action when a girl group from the past re-unites and threatens to expose secrets about Empire and Lucious. Meanwhile...

Previously on Empire...

Lucious' security will

rush him out the back entrance
trying to protect his ass.

That's when we get him.

There's been a shooting.
I think someone is dead.

You should go be back with your
baby mama with your clown ass.

We're broke.
You, me, the other ex-wife.

- It was a Ponzi scheme.
- Let me handle this.

I'm trying to save Dwight,
not hurt him.

What you have is not love.
You're toxic.

I decide who I am, not her.



Oh, God. I have to tell him.

♪ To be rolled out and then shaped ♪

♪ Sometimes a thing breaks ♪

♪ But I'm out to find it too ♪

♪ So the rest of it's on you... ♪

Move! Move!

Get away from the car!

Please don't hate me.

Lucious!

The bomb...

I-I tried to kill you...

Oh, hell no.

So what else is on the agenda?

I need you to use
all your police contacts



to get me all the information
from the night my car blew up.

Well, look, look, I got the files,

but, uh, it's a dead end.

Anything in particular
you're looking for?

Yeah.

Witness statements.

Especially those given by my family.

- I want to see Andre's.
- Are you serious?

- Okay, what's this about?
- I don't know.

A feeling and maybe a nightmare,

but... it's something
I got to explore.

Well, I got you.

Feels good to be back.

Uh, Porsha, call Eddie and, uh,

- see where we are with rehearsals.
- Okay.

I thought, since I'm back...

Mm.

Oh, man, I missed this.

Not as much as I missed you.

As a matter of fact, when you
coming back to my bed, woman?

Oh, Lord Jesus, Lucious.

We've been through a lot
these past couple of days.

Yeah, man. Forget that
crazy bitch Claudia

and all that stuff she went through.

Yes, she was crazy and a bitch,

but she said some things
in that cabin, and...

you and I said some things

that I just really
can't get out of my head.

You're my one, I'm your one.

Now what?

Just let me think about it, Lucious.

Give me some time.
I got a lot of work to do.

Uh, Cookie, Becky and the A&R team

waiting for you downstairs.

See? Work.

Don't forget Kelly Patel's

- coming by today.
- Wait. Kelly Patel,

- the tech giant?
- Yes. And

if he likes my proposal,

we got the money for
the back end of our 20 For 20.

Just got
to get that ink on the contract.

Not bad.

You just gonna let him take
the throne back that fast?

His face is on the label.

Look, he's hungry to make
some noise. Let him roar.

Don't get it twisted.
I still run this bitch.

Someone needs to stop Clearway Law.
Public shouldn't leave reviews for lawyers.

♪ We ain't like we used to be ♪

♪ We used to love each other... ♪

No.

Really?

God, no. Yes. And I love
this for the next look.

Just keep the belt,
but lose the jacket.

♪ What's left but to recover ♪

- ♪ We could have been so beautiful ♪
- ♪ So beautiful ♪

♪ Lovin' in the night, so beautiful ♪

- ♪ Hop in the ride, so beautiful ♪
- ♪ Live the life ♪

♪ Tell me what you like,
so beautiful ♪

- ♪ Time of your life, so beautiful ♪
- ♪ Let's go ♪

♪ Give it to ya right, so beautiful ♪

- ♪ Huggin' ya tight, so beautiful ♪
- ♪ Yeah ♪

- ♪ We could have been so beautiful ♪
- ♪ Yeah ♪

♪ Dead smiles, dead vibes,
split ties, why, why ♪

- ♪ Why? ♪
- ♪ Did they all die, like wait ♪

- ♪ Like wait ♪
- ♪ Can they be fixed or nah ♪

- ♪ Oh, yaa ♪
- ♪ Oh, yaa ♪

♪ 'Cause I really wanted
to try with you ♪

♪ With you ♪

- ♪ I really wanted to shine with you ♪
- ♪ With you... ♪

She looks good.

I told you I'd get her
snatched for the gods.

- Well done. Thank you.
- You're welcome.

♪ 'Cause I'm a lion
and I'm not lyin' ♪

♪ I'm over here without you
and I'm not dyin' ♪

♪ And if you look up,
you probably see me flyin' ♪

♪ And since you jumped out
the plane, I became the pilot ♪

♪ It's kind of funny how life goes ♪

♪ 'Cause me and you
were such a light show ♪

♪ But then the power got cut
and it was beautiful ♪

♪ Before the power got cut ♪

♪ I gave up on you
when you gave up on us ♪

- ♪ We could have been so beautiful ♪
- ♪ So beautiful ♪

♪ Lovin' in the night,
so beautiful... ♪

And I see the way you look at her.

Is she about to be wife number four?

What makes you think I'm done
with wife number three?

Oh, whatever.

You're looking pretty damn good
in this... pantsuit.

- You know what?
- Mmm.

- Don't even try to charm me, Eddie.
- Mmm. Sexy.

I'm not here for any of that.

I'm just here to get
what I'm owed. You got it?

- Trust me, you will.
- Hmm.

♪ We could have been so beautiful. ♪

That's a cut on rehearsal.

Take five, everyone.

But what is the plan?

Because we are running
out of time. The bank...

Once I make Tiana Empire's MVP,

I'm gonna push through
a couple of deals here

that put me back on top.

Us back on top.

Oh, so now we're talking about us?

I just want my money, Eddie.

I want my money.

All right.

- Yo, Tiana.
- Thank you.

I seen how you looked at me
on stage today.

That was acting.

That's called "I miss you," idiot.

Listen, I'm sorry how I acted.

I didn't think
I would see Bella again.

Yeah, well, if you ever
treat me like that again,

it's on to the next.

- Eddie.
- What's up, man?

My man, thank you
for holding things down.

Anything for family.

Want to introduce you to Kelly Patel.

The king of Silicon Valley?

He needs no introduction
in this house.

Glad to see that you're back
running things, Lucious.

It's really nice to be back, man.

- It is.
- So,

Eddie tells me you've got a hell
of a deal for me.

- Absolutely. Uh...
- Hold up a sec, Cook.

I want to run this by you.
Now imagine this with your next

generation of phones and computers,

if it came with a free
subscription to Empire XStream.

Free?

Well, we're gonna give
it to you at a discounted

rate so you can pass it on
to your customers as a perk.

It's a perfect marriage
between Empire's hipness,

your hot tech.

The synergy will generate millions.

Where's the data to back
that up? And quite frankly,

I'm not certain
if Empire is a good fit for me.

Well, why don't you let me
get my people

to run these numbers by you,
and you'll see the fit.

Why waste time?

- Pardon?
- Look.

You already know how
our demographics mesh up.

Otherwise you wouldn't be here.

Now, if you would like
to negotiate how much

we're going to sell XStream
to you for, then let's talk.

But don't pretend
like you don't want this deal.

You and the whole damn world
knows that Empire is the king

of cutting-edge entertainment,

and that's exactly
what you want for your company.

It's true.

Hell yeah, it's true.
So are you in or out?

Yes?

This is gonna be fun.

Hell yeah, it's gonna be fun.

- There he is.
- Welcome back to the game, Eddie.

I'll run Kelly through some details.

- Lucious. It was a pleasure.
- My man.

- I know.
- Sounds good, boss.

- Thank you.
- Thank you very much.

Are you sure we can pull this
off without the Lyons' drama?

Nothing to worry about.
That's all behind them.

I appreciate you
bringing me home, man,

but don't you have rehearsal
for the showcase?

Yes, I do.

However, more importantly,

I have only one big brother.

So... welcome home.

This was the last place I saw Pamela.

She was so damn real.

Hmm.

If this deal with Kelly Patel's

gonna go through, we're
gonna have to be squeaky clean.

- Uh-huh.
- No scandals, no... no bad press.

What bad press?

Come on, brother. Your kidnapping,

- Hakeem's messy custody trial...
- Not to mention

Jamal beating up his ex
and then killing Angelo.

- All right, all right, all right.
- Hey.

I got some bad news,
and it ain't looking good.

Oh, God. Every time Porsha
comes in here with that tablet,

something done went wrong.
What is it now?

My cousin works for TMI and got
ahold of a teaser clip of TBD.

Who?

The Three Black Divas.

Wait a minute,
wait a minute, I dropped them

from the label years ago.

The full interview go live tomorrow,

and it ain't lookin' pretty.

TBD was one of Empire's first groups.

I mean, Lucious even gave us our name.

So when we heard about Cookie
Lyons' 20 For 20 project,

we thought we would get a call,

but clearly, she doesn't understand

how important we are
to Empire's history.

That's 'cause while
we were climbing the charts,

she was somewhere
making license plates.

- Wow.
- And her man

- was dipping his pen in company ink,
- Okay.

- So to speak.
- Listen, Cookie ain't talkin'

- about the Empire sweatshop,
- Right.

Where they locked up young musicians

- until they produced a banger.
- Mm-hmm.

So we're announcing our reunion album.

It's gonna spill all the tea

- on Empire.
- And any label

that wants the reunion release

can buy it... for the right price.

Empire sweatshops.

If this interview drops,

Kelly Patel's gonna go bye-bye,

and this whole deal's gonna be dead.

No, I'm gonna fix this...

No, no, no, no, no.

I'll fix this.

Becky, Porsha, come with me.

All right.

- Oh, God.
- We got to get this under control.

Attention, shoppers. Now performing,

it's the Three Black Divas.

♪ You should be ♪

♪ Stronger than me ♪

♪ You've been here seven years ♪

♪ Longer than me ♪

♪ Don't you know ♪

♪ You're supposed to be the man? ♪

♪ Not pale in comparison ♪

♪ To who you think I am ♪

♪ You always want to talk it through ♪

♪ I don't care ♪

This is sad.

- ♪ I always have to ♪
- I mean, it's sad,

- sad, just sad.
- ♪ Comfort you when I'm there ♪

♪ But that's what I need you to do ♪

♪ Stroke my hair ♪

Tyler!

♪ 'Cause I've forgotten ♪

♪ All of young love's joy ♪

♪ Feel like a lady ♪

- Ooh, oh...
- ♪ And you my lady boy ♪

My phone's dead.

♪ Talk out... ♪

- ♪ I won't... ♪
- Check, check.

Hello?

- Oh, my God. It cut off.
- Get, get, get...

♪ You should be stronger than me ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah ♪

♪ You should be stronger than me ♪

♪ You should be... ♪

Okay, Brooke still has vocals,

but they definitely
need some new material.

Oh, girl, they need more
than new material, honey.

- They need some new wardrobe.
- Mm-hmm.

- And some new wigs.
- Girl.

Mmm.

♪ You should be ♪

♪ Stronger than me. ♪

Thank you,

- thank you.
- Clapping for this?

Welcome to Cord's grand opening.

We got some free gift bags for you.

Everybody just take one.

Here you go.

Thank you so much.

Welcome to Cord's. Welcome to...

Uh-uh. Don't act like
you don't know me.

Not with my name all up in
your mouth in the interviews.

Anything you have to say to us,
take it up with our publicist.

Girl, you're singing in a damn mall.

You can't even afford a publicist.

Gimme that. This is for you.

I knew it. I told you
they were gonna try to sue us.

We are not afraid of any lawsuit.

It's called free speech, sweetie.

Open it, sweetie.

Remember those? That's a contract.

For your reunion album.

What makes you think we want to...

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

I gotta hear this.

Well, see, underneath
all of that anger of yours,

I see a comeback.

A really big comeback.

Those are the best terms
you gonna find anywhere.

One condition, though...

snatch that interview before it airs.

Okay, guess I'll see you
in the studio.

Uh-uh-uh-uh.

I have a condition of my own.

Is it contagious?

We need an apology from Lucious.

He knows what for.

Get us that and
you got yourself a deal.

We'll be in touch.

Come on, let's get ready
for the second set.

Hey, hey, hey.

What's up, Uncle Eddie?

- Working on something?
- Yeah.

We'll have to knock the socks
off of this Kelly Patel

at the showcase tomorrow,
so I was thinking about

doing something new... maybe
previewing one of my new songs.

What you think?

Jamal, Kelly's not an artist.

He can be, you know,
just a little bit uptight.

You understand?

It's not some crazy song.
What's the problem?

Given your involvement with the, uh...

Angelo death,

it might be better
if you sit out the showcase.

That's a joke, right?

Just until the ink dries
on this tech deal.

You'll be right back in the spotlight.

Oh, I see.

So now all of Empire
is expected to bend over

to be in business with Kelly Patel.

My parents want me out?

No.

Not at all.

They'd never ask you to do that.

I'm coming to you,

and I'm telling you

what's best for the deal,

and what's best for your family.

It's entirely up to you.

You decide.

We'll talk later.

Yeah.

Wow, they spread this out for us.

Yes, they did.

And don't be putting
nothing in your purse,

like you usually do...
have some class.

Ladies, ladies, ladies.

Y'all look well.

Lucious Lyon. Look at you.

You haven't aged a day.

Nope. More like 20 years.

Um, forgive my tardiness.

I decided to stop
and commemorate our reunion

with, um, a couple gifts.
Open them, please.

Oh, wow.

Three lovely crystal chalices

for three lovely divas.

Cookie said that you guys felt

that you were owed an apology,

and I would like to say, sincerely,

if there's anything
that I've done in my past

that has offended you in any way, I...

am very, very sorry
that you feel like that,

and I hope that we can now be friends

and make music together.

That's what you call a "faux-pology."

What the hell else
did you expect, Brooke?

We haven't heard anything
about sabotaging

our album back in the day.

Probably as sorry
about that as you are about

kicking Tasha out the group
because she got too fat.

Wait, what?

- That's what that was?
- You was thick.

- You looked good, though.
- I was thick, and I did look good.

No, you know what? What you need to be

apologizing for is letting

that jailbird ex-wife of yours
run the show,

and cutting us out of 20 for 20.

Wait, no. No, let's not bring Cookie

into any of this, all right?

Oh, now you're all concerned
about Cookie.

We held you down and
kept the lights on up in here.

- You kept my lights on?
- Oh, yeah.

Oh, and I'm sorry, wh-where was Cookie

when you were feeling lonely

and, uh, needed a little company?

Okay, I see where this is going.

- Mm, do you?
- It's going nowhere, because, um,

maybe you guys aren't aware of it,

but after my accident,

I don't remember anything
that happened before that.

But if you want a "sorry,"

I will give you a "sorry."

I am so sorry that, um,

Three Black Divas is ancient history.

- That's low. That's low.
- We're done.

Okay, you know what? You can
stick your little showcase

where the sun don't shine,

'cause we already got an offer
from Phil Weiss's label.

He's gonna release our diss track

and burn your ass to the ground.

Well, that's cute, because I can fit

his promo budget in my sock.

It's better than standing
taking this bull. Let's go.

Well, do that. Um, but, Denise?

Time has been very favorable to you.

Not you.

- Oh...
- Let's go.

You smiling? You Sm... Oh, my God.

Are you smiling for real?
I can't believe you.

Lucious, you had one job.

One job.

You keep asking me to come back,

but you can't even do
what I ask you to do, Lucious.

I don't want this, I need ginger
ale. I can't drink that mess.

I been telling you, we
don't need them bitches.

It's not about them.

It's about me always doing
something for you,

but when I ask you to
do something for me, you...

All you got is excuses.

That ain't true.

Those bitches are somewhere

recording a diss track right now
with some other label.

A diss track that we can't even keep

Kelly Patel from hearing.

Just when I was five minutes
from solving one problem,

we got another one, thanks to you.

I've been solving problems
over here at Empire

for 20 years.

I don't need somebody to tell me
how to do my business.

Your business.
I can't with you, Lucious.

You know what, this whole ordeal
got me so nauseous.

No worries. Me and Eddie
will call those girls tomorrow

to fix your mess.

But you better pray that they are

calm, because if not,
this Kelly Patel deal is dead.

Ain't nothing dead, baby.

And I'm gonna show you how
to get this thing done

the old-fashioned Empire way.

Sorry, I thought it was empty.
I'll go.

You don't have to go.

I ain't really working.

Yeah, I heard that you
dropped out of the showcase.

You okay?

Sit down.

Yeah, I just...

feel, like, radioactive
around here now.

Well,

I...

am pregnant.

- Yeah.
- Becky.

Mm, no.

What'd J Poppa say?

You didn't tell him?

No, he's just...

he's just so extra-Christian.

If I told him,
he would want me to have it.

Oh, I see.

Yeah.

Got it. So, you don't want it?

I really don't know what I want.

You know, I...

I dreamed about exactly everything

- that's finally happening for me.
- I know.

And it's just the beginning.

And...

I worked really hard to get here.

And I am so sorry,

my emotions are just everywhere.

And I-I know that we haven't
talked in a really long time,

but I really, really missed you,

and I didn't know how to tell you,

but you were the only one
I wanted to talk to.

Aw... come here. Come here.

- I love you.
- I love you just as much.

♪ Time of your life ♪

- ♪ Whoo ♪
- ♪ Give it to you right ♪

♪ Huggin' ya tight ♪

♪ We coulda been so beautiful. ♪

That's solid. Perfect.

You see? Hard work pays off.

Thank you, Eddie.

All right, this is what
we're gonna do. The VMAs

are gonna be the coming out party

for your new look and your new sound.

Gonna book you on a worldwide tour.

- Kimmel, Fallon, and Colbert.
- Oh, what?

But you're gonna have to be all in.

You're gonna have to eat,
sleep and breathe music.

I am so grateful.

I'm all in.

Are you sure about that?

'Cause I saw you lip-locked
at the rehearsal with Hakeem.

I couldn't believe it.

Tiana.

Tiana, look at me.

You don't got time to be distracted.

Got room for only one man
in your life,

and he's sitting right
in front of you.

You understand?

- Mr. Lyon?
- Yes?

The ladies are here.

Oh. Please send them in.

Ladies, thank you so much for coming.

Please have a seat.

So, they tell us we're
finally getting a royalty check.

Ladies, you know Phil Weiss.
He's the owner

of Righteous Records.

I see what this is.

Now that we have a label deal,

you want to apologize for real?

Well, it's too late.

Hey, sticky fingers,

this ain't the dentist's office.

Put those back.

And you, my friend, you need

to pull back on that divatude,
'cause I think

- you got it twisted.
- I'd like to say

that, after a brief but...

healthy negotiation, Empire
has acquired Mr. Weiss's label.

- It was a lot of money, girls.
- Wait...

- So what does that mean for us?
- It means we own yo' ass.

But we have a contract.

Which is now the property of Empire.

Your name, performing right,

and copyright now belong to us.

- I'm-a call our lawyer.
- His punk ass

is on Empire's payroll as well.

Now, effective immediately,

you three are not allowed
to perform at a car wash,

a baby shower or a bar mitzvah

without the express written permission

of Empire Entertainment.

This is how it's gonna work, Divas.

You're gonna take back
that diss track immediately.

And you're going to apologize,
and this is

what you're gonna say.

Come here. Word for word.

So I'm gonna need you to memorize it.

And you're gonna perform
at the showcase

with smiles on your face.

And if all goes well,

we will keep our word
and give you your reunion album.

See, I think you ladies still got it.

And Empire will go all out,

but you got to play nice.

I think that's "check."

Oh, and before you leave,

will you be so kind
as to apologize to my queen?

'Cause without Cookie,
there is no Empire.

- Sorry, Cookie.
- Sorry.

Accepted.

Drag your ass to rehearsal.

Uh, with smiles, ladies;

we just saved your careers.

I think that's "checkmate."

It was great doing business
with your shady ass.

Damn, that felt great.

I will call Eddie,
and he can... call Kelly...

Are you okay?

Uh...

I guess I'm just a little dizzy
from, um,

inhaling all that smoke
from putting all the fires out.

How many times have I told you
I'm back?

Over a hundred.

Yeah, well, I'm not
telling you anymore.

I'm telling you we are back,
you and me.

You need to remember
that we're a team.

Can't be doing deals without me.

Me, remember Cookie Lyon?

You're unforgettable.

I know.

Brother Andre?

We've missed you, son.

I reached out after Rhonda's passing.

I didn't think I'd find
any comfort here.

God betrayed me.

God would never betray you, Andre.

Mm.

Why are you here, Andre?

Family's having
a welcome home dinner for me.

And the thought of them sitting there,

smiling at me,

after all I've done is hurt them...

It's too much.

What did you do?

Mm.

Excuse me.

If you can't confess your sins to God,

then confess to those you've harmed.

It'll make you whole again.

What if I don't deserve
to be whole again?

Thank y'all for coming
to the 20 For 20 Showcase!

Yes! Are you ready
for some more Empire music?!

I got a surprise for y'all.

Do y'all remember
the Three Black Divas?

Well, baby, they are back!

And they are bigger and better
than ever, honey!

Feast your eyes on this!

♪ I was hearing it in the streets ♪

♪ You was out here
loving somebody but me ♪

♪ Giving all my loving to her
and to she ♪

♪ And you know it ain't cool ♪

♪ Oh, no ♪

♪ And I ain't too blind to see ♪

♪ How it goes down,
looking at every piece ♪

♪ Ain't take long,
puzzle became complete ♪

♪ Now I'm cool on you ♪

They still got it.

♪ Used to be so down, I was for you ♪

♪ All day, but the truth
gon' come through ♪

♪ To the light like it always do ♪

- ♪ I see ♪
- ♪ I saw ♪

♪ So don't call,
don't try to come 'round here ♪

♪ Sayin' sorry, we're done,
all done here ♪

♪ 'Cause ain't nothing
you can say to me at all ♪

♪ And you should know that ♪

♪ I ain't feeling you no more ♪

♪ It's a damn shame ♪

♪ Used to be my boy ♪

♪ Be my love ♪

♪ But I can't rock with you... ♪

Well, well.
Look who's out the nuthouse.

I'm surprised the doctors
released your ass so quickly.

What do you want, Shine?

I just want to make sure

my name's not coming
out of your mouth.

Our arrangement still stands.

I'll handle my business,
and... you handle yours.

Who's ready for more 20 For 20?

Yeah, next up, give it up for J Poppa!

You know, you're my ride or die, T.

Me and Bella, can't imagine
no days without you.

So, uh...

Will you marry me?

Oh, my God.

Oh, my God.

Um...

Keem, you know I've never
loved anyone until I met you.

And...

I love Bella like she's my own.

Then say yes.

But we just made up.

I-I need time to think about this.

Think about?

What you need to think about?

I can't have any
distractions right now.

This ain't a distraction.

I'm sorry, Keem.

There she go.

Look at you, baby.

I didn't know you were here.

Did you hear 'em out there
like, "J Poppa!"

I got to talk to you, okay?

What is it, baby? Huh?

You know,
we both have so much going on.

With your career and my career.

Yeah, it's great, right?

We're both rolling together
like we should be.

No, no, no. You are not hearing me.

Sometimes you meet the right person,

but at the wrong time.

Screw timing. All right?

Do I look like I care about timing?

- I'm in love with you.
- No, please.

I cannot do this.

I don't think that we should see
each other anymore, and so...

No.

Please don't make this hard.

I'm really sorry. I'm sorry.

Becky. Becky.

- At least ten percent.
- Uh, ten percent.

- Ten percent.
- Oh.

Well, here's to ten percent.

Here's to ten percent.

If only all of our partnership
launches went this smoothly.

Look at that.
Both companies up double digits

in after-hours trading.

The Street loves this deal.

It's a natural fit.

I don't mind saying, I'm excited.

Me, too.

So, you're ready
to move forward, then?

When do we tell the Lyons
that I'm buying Empire?

Leave the Lyons to me.

Well...

I have a board meeting

in Palo Alto at 7:00 tomorrow, so...

Always a pleasure.

My love.

- So good to see you.
- You, too.

Yes! All right.

That's what I'm talking about.

Mm.

I forgot how fun you were.

Daddy's gonna get you all the
money you want, and then some.

Pour me some more champagne.

Oh.

But don't stop.

To Andre.

Like the Lyon you are,

- you roared your way back to life.
- Champagne?

To you, Andre.

- To Dre.
- Dre.

You know, your father
and I have been talking,

and we want you to know
that nothing's going to change.

We still believe in you.

So, at the appropriate time,
your mother and I are still

going to hand the business over to you

and you will have the reins of Empire.

Just like we discussed in Vegas.

Yeah, but-but that was before.

Like we said, no time soon.

But when you're ready...

...you deserve it.

Yeah, so shut up, Dre.

- Yeah, you the one.
- Yes, indeed.

What's wrong?

- Nothing.
- Dinner is served.

Yeah, let's eat.

You followed my recipe
for that mac and cheese, right?

Yes, Miss Cookie, I did.

Then it should be good.

Um...

this is supposed to be a celebration.

Why all the long faces?

Jamal, what's wrong with you?

- Mom, nothing, I'm eating.
- Boy.

I mean, I don't really
appreciate being benched.

Well, that's funny coming
from you; you're the one

that asked to sit out today.

The deal went through, anyway, Jamal.

Pick your lip up. Hakeem,
what's your damn problem?

I asked Tiana to marry me.

Lord Jesus.

Well, I guess y'all talking again.

I love her,
and now that I got Bella back,

- I'm ready to lock it down.
- You know what?

- I, for one, approve.
- Okay.

Let's just find out what she said.

- Hakeem.
- She said she had to think about it.

Oh.

What? Why everybody made that face?

Baby, sometimes when people
say they'll think about it,

it's just a... a nicer way to say no.

Really?

But if two people
are destined to be together,

then you'll find your way.
Keep your head up, Hakeem.

Nice cleanup.

Andre.

This party's for you.

You haven't touched your food.

Uh, Pop, may I have a word with you?

In private?

Of course.

I-I w-went to church today.

Tried to make peace.

I know what it's...

what it feels like to feel incomplete.

I mean, ever since the explosion,

losing my leg, and my mind,

I keep having these dreams,
you know...

more like nightmares...

where I'm trying to...

put all the pieces together.

But it's like this puzzle, it seems...

like something's missing.

That's what I want
to talk to you about, Pop.

Yeah, I know, um...

Thirsty said that Giuliana

was overheard threatening me

before the explosion.

Now, I know Giuliana.

But a car bomb... that's-that's
too complicated for her.

That takes somebody
a little more cunning.

More calculating.

I need to tell you something.

I've been keeping this from you.

I can't keep it anymore.

It's okay.

Just say it.

The reason that you almost died,

the car bomb...

...it was me.

It was you?

You planted the bomb?

Yeah.

I tried to call it off, Pop.

I wanted to believe

that love made me save you,

but I know the real reason is
because you gave me the company.

I made my peace, Pop.

You do what you have to do.

I won't stop you.

I'm sorry.

Are you out of your mind?!
What the hell is...?

You almost killed your mother!

You almost killed your mother!

- What is happening?!
- Dad!

- What the hell is wrong with you?
- He's got a gun.

- Dad!
- You almost killed your mother!

- It was him!
- Get off of him!

It was him!

- It was him!
- Get him out of here!

It was him!

It was him!

"It was him," what, baby?

He tried to blow you up.

He tried to kill us.

Okay. Okay.

It was him.

It was him.

My beautiful little boy...

tried to kill me because

I wouldn't give him my Empire.

He's not well, Lucious.

He's sick.

I know that.

That's why he's still alive.

He planned this, Cookie.

He almost killed you,
and that's why I'm so angry.

You don't think
I'm angry, Lucious? Huh?

I mean, if this is true,

then I'm-I'm just
as heartbroken as you.

Wait, wait, "If"?

He admitted it.

Don't you know, for the rest
of my life, every step I take,

I'm reminded that my...

my boy wanted me dead.

All right, man, keep it 100.

Tell us those pills
ain't out your system yet.

What, so he imagined this, too,
like his girlfriend?

No, it's real.

I did it.

We grew up in a violent crib.

Dad was shady as hell.

Oh, so Lucious made him do it?

Look, that's not what I'm saying.

I'm just trying to make sense
of this mess.

You know, one time,
Lucious put a gun in my hand...

- ...and told me to shoot him.
- You know what, man?

We could sit here all day
sharing evil Lucious stories.

The son of a bitch threw me
in a trash can when I was a kid.

He made me marry a girl...
blah, blah, blah.

Put it in a damn song.

I went to sleep a thousand
and one nights dreaming

about putting a cap in his ass,
but I didn't.

You want to know why? Because
you don't kill your father!

Okay.

Look, man, if I could-if I could
take it all back,

and-and give up my leg for his,

give up my life for his,
I'd do it... I can't!

At least I told him.

I told him.

Yeah, at least.

I guess you should just feel
all better about yourself now.

I'm out of here.

I don't know who you are,

or what you turned into,

but somebody stole our big brother.

I don't know what to do with him.

If you love me like you say
you do, Lucious, just...

please, don't hurt him.

I'm just so disappointed
because I don't...

I don't know our boy.

Who is he?

Well, don't act like

we don't have blood on our hands.

Hey, this ain't on us.

We had nothing to do with this.

Are you sure? Huh?

Because you pitted your sons
against each other

when you thought you was gonna die.

Yeah, but that was then, I mean,
and we worked past that, babe,

we... we were gonna
be a family, and now,

how in the hell
can we ever even imagine

being a family again?

He confessed, Lucious.

Okay? That's a start.

Maybe he-he's coming back
to his right mind.

No, I think you living
in a fantasy, hon.

My baby, my son...

he's not capable...

Lucious...

Hey, you... Hey, hey.

Hey. Hey, hey, hey.

Hey, baby, you okay?
Come here, come here.

Come on, come on.
Are you okay? What's wrong?

I... c-can't catch my breath.

Juanita!

- Hold on.
- My arm.

- Hello?
- 911. What's your emergency?

Hello. My wife, uh, um,
my wife... Something's wrong.

I need an ambulance.

I need an ambulance.
Please send an ambulance...

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