Empire (2015–…): Season 4, Episode 12 - Empire - full transcript

A Lyon health scare shakes up Empire; Andre and Jamal try to right their wrongs; Jamal makes a shocking revelation on live TV; Eddie's motives are questioned when numbers don't add up; Becky reveals the secret she's been keeping f...

Previously on Empire...

We're broke.

- You, me, the other ex-wife...
- Let me handle this.

Want to introduce you to Kelly Patel.

The king of Silicon Valley?

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

Leave the Lyons to me.

I am pregnant.

What did J Poppa say?

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

And so...

I'm really sorry.

The car bomb. It was me.


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


Get the doors.


What do we got?

Patient is a 47-year-old
African-American woman.

Sudden onset of extreme nausea,
dizziness, shortness of breath.

There they go with all that
talking; get her inside!

- Don't worry, we'll handle it. Let's go.
- What's happening to her?

- Where are they taking me?
- I don't know.

What's happening to her?!

- I'm sorry, sir.
- Let's go!

- Everybody move!
- Lucious?

- Watch your back!
- Make a hole, coming through!

Clear bay two, please.

Daddy, please, please! Wake up, Dad.

- Candace, what happened?
- Daddy had a heart attack.

I'm gonna go with him to the hospital.

Get the levels. Clear the room.

Page Dr. Set.

Let's go, move her.

Saturation's 100,

- BP 136/92, heart rate 100.
- What were you doing

when this started?
Were you under any stress?

Probably arguing with Lucious,
but that ain't nothing new.

Here's the EKG.

ST elevations in the
anterior lateral leads.

All right, she's having an MI.

Let's get her to the cath lab, stat.

Look here, man, you been singing
that same song for an hour.

- I need some info...
- Please, sir, be patient.

Let the doctors do their job.

You don't walk away from me

when I'm talking to you.

I will call in a helicopter

and move her to a real hospital.

Mr. Lyon!

Finally, some answers.

Ms. Lyon had a heart attack.


We don't know how serious

or whether she's suffered
permanent damage.

Now, we've taken her to the cath lab.

She gonna be all right, though, right?

The good news is that you
got her here quickly.

Now, I'll update you
when I know something.

But you better call your family.

It's gonna be a long night.

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

How is she?

Congratulations, Andre.

Excuse me?

Isn't this what you wanted?

What the hell are you talking...
What I-what I wanted?

When we were in Vegas, and you
wanted me and your mother dead.

- Oh, come on, man, I...
- Hold on, hold on, just stop.

Dre, why don't you just leave, man?

I'm not going nowhere, man.

She's my mother, too.

Go home, Dre.

Somebody will call your ass.

I swear, Mama's like a superhero.

How the hell did this happen?

I don't know.

I just wish that there was
something that we could do.


You want to pray?

You pray?

Every night, with Bella.

Yeah, okay.

Dad, you want to...

Y'all keep that to y'all selves.

You and me ain't said
much to each other.

I mean, you took my daddy from me,

my mother's love,

my leg, my memory.

So now what?

You couldn't get me, so now
you turned your wrath on her?

I never asked you for anything.

Everything I've
accomplished in this world,

I've done it without you.

But I'm gonna tell you something.

If you take Cookie from me,

if you take her from my boys,

I'm gonna rain down hell on your world

like you have never seen.


Ms. Lyon. I'm Dr. Stein,

the cardiologist Mr. Lyon requested.

You got lucky.

I don't feel lucky.

You had what's known as a STEMI.

A mild heart attack.

But we were able to
balloon open the artery,

so you didn't need a stent.

Now, you have to pass
a stress test first,

- but you should be home within a week.
- In a week?

This is very much related
to diet and stress.

Without some major lifestyle
changes, it could happen again,

and you might not be so
lucky the next time.

I'll have plenty of time to
lecture you later, but for now,

do you want to see your family?

Yes. Thank you.

Do you have a mirror?

Oh, let me check for you.


Here you go.

There she is.

- Ma.
- Oh, my babies.

Oh, my babies. Yes.

Pick up them long faces. Yeah?

I'll be all right.
I'm-a get through this.

We Lyons.

Cannot beat that view, Lupe.

It's nice.

Neighbors mind a little music?

It's more of a classical music crowd.

But they can always
broaden their horizons.

Trust me, this is the
perfect spot to unwind

when you wrap your tour.

You know, based on the stories I heard

about the partying you two do,

you should come to the next tour stop.

Ah, you must have me confused

with Eddie's ratchet
third wife, Giselle.

The one he left me for.

Ooh. No offense. Sorry.

- No offense.
- No. None taken.

I'm still the one Eddie calls
when he needs to close a deal.

But I see that I'm dealing
with a man who knows himself.

The type of man who
should be living here.

I like wifey number two.


- Celeste.
- Celeste.

Know what? I'll take it.

All right, Lupe.

My manager will hit you
later with the details.

- Good.
- Cool.



Selling this place
is a desperate move.

You know that, right?

"Desperate" is what you've made us.

You think I don't understand
what's at stake here?

- Come on.
- Look, not t-the way

you and that Giselle are running
out there, racking up more debt.

And the type of people you
two are borrowing from?


I'm scared.

Everyone will be paid

once I push this deal
through at Empire.

And we'll all be back where we belong.

I promise.

Uh, who told you to do all of this?

You need to be taken care of,
and I'm not taking any chances.

Excuse me.

Well, I hope you had

good enough sense not
to call my sisters.

I want to save you, not kill you.

At least you got that part right.

Had you asked me before
you did all of this,

I would've told you all I need

to feel better is to go back to work.

Yeah, I know that,
but right now, that's my domain.

Now, I've flown in the
best cardiologists,

nutritionists and trainer
from across the country.

All you need to think about
doing is just getting healthy.

I done sent Lucious
on a wild goose chase

so I could get some me time, and
here y'all are, breathing on me.

Ma, the only reason why
we all up under you

is because we love you.

You would do the same.

How you feeling, anyway?

Out of the loop.

What's going on at Empire?

What about my 20 For 20?

Well, Lucious got Empire handled.

Why we caring about the 20
For 20 right now, anyway?

Because it keeps me sane.

Look, if y'all want to
help me get better,

you can continue to
keep our legacy alive.

How about that?

All right, yeah, we could
do that, especially since

- it's so important to you.
- Yes. Thank you.

Oh, Hakeem?

Lucious and I still want you
to do that duet with Tiana.

So what are we, rewarding
chicks for dumping me, now, Ma?

Boy, just do it.

Your father and I already
approved the song.

You need to huddle up with publicity,

you need to figure out
what kind of reputation

you can salvage.

- All right.
- Love you, Ma.

And I love y'all, too.

Go be productive.

Dre, come on, man.

I really don't think she
needs the stress right now.

I just... I need to see that
she's okay with my own eyes.

Go on, let him in, y'all.

Is this my fault?

My heart?

Boy, you wish you were that important.

I broke the family, Ma.

I had a million chances

to change things,

but I didn't.


I know Lucious can drive
people to murder,


what you did hurt me, Andre.

It hurt me to the core.

I'm sorry, Ma.

I know you are, son.

I just hope it's enough.

So, corporate has decided

to pull your ads, temporarily,

because of the DuBois situation,

and if we don't respond
to this perfectly,

it can become permanent.

I understand. So, I'll just...

I'm gonna have to get
back into the studio,

drop a record and change
the conversation.

Okay, but any music you put out
right now will be tainted,

and so we've set up an interview

with Robin Roberts

so that you can apologize
for your actions.

Wait, apolo...

Why? Y'all do know that
if it wasn't for me

a whole other human being
would be-would be dead.

No, honey, I know that.
We-we all know that.

It's just that corporate

doesn't want consumers
thinking about murder

when they're picking out
their toaster. That's all...

Well, tell you what.
Tell corporate to find

another artist that's willing
to tap dance. It ain't me.

Honey, it really isn't personal.
It's just that...

Boy, do you know how much revenue

Empire's corporate partners generate?

Wait, I'm sorry... Wha... Mom?

Aren't you supposed to be resting?

Don't make me use

my heart attack

to guilt you into this, boy.

Jewish mothers ain't
got nothing on Cookie.

Yeah, all right. Fine,
but I'm not happy about it.

You ain't got to be. Love you.

All right. We're done, guys.
Thank you.

This woman...

I heard she was rolling
calls from the ER.

I swear if I even think about
her in that hospital bed,

- I'll never stop.
- Yeah.

How you holding up?

My situation is not
getting any easier,

but I have decided to terminate.

You still not gonna tell J Poppa?

I really don't see
what good telling him

would do for him...
or me, for that matter.

And since this is my body,
it's my choice.

Absolutely. I completely agree.

I'm just saying, are you really
gonna be able to work with him,

keeping that type of secret?

I'm not keeping a secret.

I'm actually just keeping it private.

That's it. It's private.

And I know that you are fragile
right now, but so am I.

And I really cannot have
this fight with you anymore

- 'cause the thing is
- No, no, no. Stop. Come on.

- I've already made my decision. It's...
- I promise you.

No, I promise. I know. I'm not...

I'm not trying to fight. Uh-uh.

I'm actually just letting you
know that you don't have

to have it all handled, and it's okay

for Boss Becky to be scared.

Thank you, Jamal,

but Boss Becky ain't never scared.

You said no collaborations.

It's practically a bonus track, T.

Then why do it?

Plus he's gonna probably
think this means

I want to get back together.


If we make the best
possible Tiana-Hakeem duet

and it still pales in comparison
to your solo outings,

no one will be able to deny that
you're Empire's reigning star.


Cookie asked us to.

I'll do it for Cookie.


But on one condition.

I am not gonna record in
the same booth as Hakeem.

Him and all of his problems
can go work themselves out

in one of the smaller studios.

All right.

Getting kind of tough.

Cookie, this is Micah.

He's your new personal chef.

I understand that we're making

some heart-healthy dietary changes.

This is a simple
antioxidant kale salad.

Now, if you notice,
we have three juices here...

Eh. Can you take that kale down
to Juanita and have her fry it?

Come on.
Will you give him a chance?

This is what the doctor
said you should be eating.

Oh, so you talking to my
doctors without me now?

Micah, will you give us a moment?

You gonna have to do
better than that, Micah.

I ain't no damn rabbit.

You're not taking this seriously.

You won't even give me
a chance to help you.

I don't need you to help me, Lucious.

I can help myself and everybody
else like I've always done.

Don't need no Nurse Claudia
helping me through this.

We need to talk, Shine.

What are you still doing here?

I thought your crazy ass
was put on sabbatical.

I told Lucious everything.

About me.

That I tried to kill him,

that the car bomb was all my fault.

I left your name out of it.

They finally lobotomize
you or should I?

No more, Shine.

No more yelling. No more threats.

No more blood.

If I told my father your role,
he'd kill you,

then somebody from your
clan would clap back

and it wouldn't be over
until we were all dead.

Do you understand what
I'm saying to you?

I wiped your slate clean.

Are we done with this?

I need to hear you say it, Shine.

We're done.

Don't even think about it, Loretha.

Candace, what the hell
are you doing here?

Lucious needed some backup.


And you know, you really need to stop

pushing yourself so hard, Cook.

A heart attack at your age?

You're gonna mess around
and end up like Daddy.

Wow, is that not the sweet sound

of sirens that I hear?

And I thought I told
you not to call them.

Yeah, well, you wouldn't listen to me,

so I decided to call in
some reinforcements.

Ladies, you know the rules.

Yes, Lucious.

No red meat, no cheeses.

Yep. No liquor...

...for her. No carbs and a whole
lot of water. We got this.

I'll leave y'all to it.

Don't be surprised if I'm
the only one still alive

when you get back.

I hear I have you to thank for
Shine handing over his numbers.

Well, he was underreporting
his sales figures.

You know, Shine, you know, it's a
common occurrence around here,

but I took the measure to
keep it from happening again.

Everything's detailed there.

Thank you.
I will miss you around here.

Well, actually, Eddie,

actually, um...

...as I was checking Shine's math,

there was something I
couldn't figure out.

It's a small thing. Um...

why did you need his numbers

to move forward with the phone deal?

I love that you don't even
allow even the smallest detail

to go unnoticed, Andre.

You're exactly what this company needs

if it's gonna move forward
in this marketplace.

I don't know what Empire's
gonna do when you're not here.

Thank you.

Thank you very much for that.

I appreciate that, but, uh,
doesn't answer my question.

What's this really about, Eddie?

I'm not sure I know what you mean,

but I do know this...

...it's a shame. Really.

It's a damn shame that your
parents didn't allow you

to run this company.
Because with your brains,

there's no limit

to what you could achieve.

Thank you, my brother.

You outdid yourself on this.

- Hey, sis.
- Yes.

I wasn't sure which one you wanted,

- so I just grabbed all of them.
- Ooh, that's amazing.

All right.

You know, this is ridiculous.

They expect you to buy a
new cord every six months

when they come out with
some new gidgy-gadget.

Bigger scam than the drug game.

You ain't never lie.

Doesn't look like resting to me.

Don't you see me in bed?

Well, I'll take this

and this and this.

- Oh, and especially this.
- No, no.

G-G-Give me that.

Give me the phone, Loretha.

Kiss my ass, Candace.

All right.
Can you guys please stop it?

- She just had a heart attack.
- Yes.

Okay, all we got to
do is keep her alive

until Lucious gets back.

If she wants to do a little
bit of work, it's on her.

- She a grown-ass woman.
- I'm a grown-ass woman over here.

I know it's in our DNA to
take care of everything

and everybody,
but you have got to learn

to put you first for once.

- It's called self-care.
- Okay.

- Look it up!
- I will, soon as I find a cord.


I just want a little self-care.

That is some rich,
white-woman nonsense.

Maybe that's why they live
longer than us, Carol.

Uh, no. They live longer than us

because they have all the
wealth and the insurance.

I know. That's why I married one.

Oh, you married a white woman?

You know what I meant.

Okay, y'all sit on over there

and act childish and irresponsible.

Maybe Mom should be here.

She heard what happened.

She wants to see you.

I don't care.

That bitch left us.

I don't want nothin' to do with her.

I don't know why y'all
still dealing with her.

Because she's our mother.

Okay, Candace. You know what?

I'm-a need you to leave,

'cause you finna give me
another heart attack.

Yeah, I feel my blood
rising right now.


- I'll go.
- Thank you.

But I'm taking your gadgets with me.

Sorry about the plug.

You just let her get
away with everything.

I don't need these now.

And so the whole team agrees
that it would be really,

really great if you start...

testing out headlining
in some larger markets,

but also we don't want to
neglect the opportunity

to have you open up for some
more... established acts.

All right.

Do you maybe want to pretend

to be invested in your career?

Oh, I'm sorry,
I'm not excited to be here

while you gloat about dumping me.

I am not gloating about any...

This is really awkward
for me, too, okay?

So let's just get through this.

No, we can't just finish,

because I can't pretend like you.

I need to understand what happened.

Sometimes relationships
don't work out, okay?

It is what it is.

Our relationship was perfect.

It was better than ever.
You know it was!

Our relationship was great,

and ever since you've ended
things with me, Becky,

my brain has been on a loop.

I can't eat. I can't write, Becky.

What did I do?

- Just tell me.
- You know, I actually have

a lot of meetings to do today,

so can we just...

I'm pregnant.


I'm pregnant.

You're pregnant?


Okay... We could be...
We could figure this...

No, no, no...
Don't, don't, don't, don't,

don't start planning anything,

I'm not keeping it.

I don't get to have a say?

You know, I-I knew that this
would be really hard on you,

and that's why I didn't
want to tell you,

but I can't be pregnant right now.

I can't have a kid. I'm sorry.

Don't walk away from
me right now. Don't...

Damn it.

♪ Big shoes, big shoes ♪

♪ My new one got some
really big shoes to fill ♪

♪ Made moves, made moves ♪

♪ I moved on but I think
about you for real... ♪

Porsha, turn it off. Turn it off!

Why did Eddie change the song, hmm?

No, you tell him he needs
to call me and get...

I got to call you back.
I'm about to get phone-checked.

Why are you standing
there looking like that?

I still have a company to run.

Give it here.



You got five seconds to get back
in that bed before I raise hell.

This video

of you beating your boyfriend,

Warren Hall... Everyone's seen it.

- It's gone viral.
- Yeah, um...

Why?! Huh? Huh?!

Maybe we could, uh...

- we could stop playing it, please?
- Oh, sure.

But you know that was
followed by your involvement

in the shooting death
of former New York City

mayoral candidate Angelo DuBois.

So how do you explain
all this violence?

Well, first of all, that was
self-defense. You know?

Uh, but it certainly was a-an
unfortunate set of events

that took place.

But I think, honestly, if you...

if you talked to
anybody that knows me,

they would all say that
I'm not a violent person.

I'm-I'm sorry, Jamal.
I got to stop you there,

because the evidence
indicates otherwise,

and I want to ask you this.

Have you ever considered
anger management counseling?


I'm sorry.

I think that what I would want

everybody to know about me,

- Robin, is that, - Okay.



When you're born into

a certain set of circumstances...

When you're born into a
certain set of circumstances,

you, uh...

you just, you...

I'm sorry.

I have rehearsed all
of this foolishness

with-with all of my handlers,

you know, but-but it's just not true.

- So, what is true?
- What's true is that

the entire DuBois family
tried to take mine down.

And I mean literally take us down.

You know, so, yes,
Angelo DuBois is dead,

but I would be lying if I
said that I was sorry about

something that he brought on himself.

You know, I almost lost my brother,

but I don't see none of the
press talking about this.

Like, not once. And most
recently I almost lost

the person that literally
means more to me

than anybody in the world.
So, you know,

what I've learned is
that life is very short,

and I'm just, uh... I don't know.

I just... I'm... I'm done.

I'm done with all of this,
and-and I apologize,

because I respect you a great
deal, but I'm-I'm done.

I'm done apologizing, I'm done
doing stupid interviews,

- and I don't want to it.
- Guess we are done.

That boy had one damn job.

You are exhausting me, Loretha.

Why must you be so damn stubborn?

Jamal just embarrassed
himself on national TV.

Look, that song that Hakeem
and Tiana got ain't tracking.

I... Empire just ain't
gonna make it without me.

Now, it pains me to say this,

but Lucious knows what he is doing.

You are not leaving this house
to fix some song. Back in bed.

You pain my ass.

- Well, back in bed.
- You're a pain in my...

- B-Back in bed.
- You know what, Cookie,

back in the day, you didn't
need no little fancy studio

to make good music.

You did it right in my garage,
remember that?

- So?
- So? So, maybe you need to

think outside the box on this one.

What have I told you about
enabling her behavior?

Look, it ain't no use
in trying to fight it.

She gon' do what she gon' do.

Plus, I already looked
up her little symptoms

on that WebMD thing, and she
need to walk her ass around.

- Get up and walk. Walk.
- No, she does not... No!

Are you crazy? No, you do not. Stop.

- Carol is right.
- Thank you.

"Carol is right,"
said no one ever.

If I can't go to Empire,

then Empire's coming to me.

Juanita what in the hell
is all those trucks

- doing in my driveway?
- I wanted to call you,

but Miss Cookie wouldn't let me.

Look, uh, can you put those
two mics closer together?

- Okay. - They might not fit,
but we can make it work.

What are you doing?

I'm saving Tiana's album.

Look, this place is not
gonna fall apart in a week

if you're just resting...
it's worked for 17 years.

I know, Lucious.
Please, let me do... Oh.

I tried to stop her.

Don't look like you tried hard enough.

Okay, what you are not gonna
do is disappear all day,

and then come back in here
and criticize a person

- that's been holding down the fort.
- This ain't no fort!

- She's supposed to be in bed resting!
- Excuse me.

Look, if you can't do
what I asked you to do,

maybe you need to get the
hell on out of here.

Whoa, whoa. Don't be hollering
at my sister like that.

We dropped everything to come
over here and help your ass out.

This is the thanks we get?

You haven't done anything, Carol.

I'm the one that's been trying
to get her back in bed.

All you've been talking
about is, "Cookie gon' do

- what Cookie gon' do." You...
- Candace,

I'm-a need you to calm down

before you pass out.

Now, look,

I have better doctors
than Daddy had, okay?

I'm-a be all right.

I-I'm not doing this for anybody else.

I'm doing this for me. See...

this music is what's gonna heal me.

Please, Lucious. Please.

You get one song.

One song. That's all I need.

Thank you. Okay, bye-bye. Bye-bye.

'Cause all your arguing

- is gonna give me another heart attack.
- That's it.

Say something.

Okay, um...
What do you want me to say?

Uh, I don't know.
Say something distracting.

Uh, talk about work. I don't care.

I'm sorry that I ruined
the interview for you.

I'm not really that sorry.

I probably ruined my career,
though, 'cause I'm free now.

Okay. Well, I'm free to never book

another live interview
for you ever again.

- Deal. I didn't want to do it to begin with.
- Never.

Rebecca Williams? Hi.

Just remember it's your choice.

You can go in there,
or we can get the car.

It's whatever.

I'm here.

If you want me to be.

What are you doing here?

I prayed on this,

and I do not agree with what
you are doing, but Becky...

Of course, I...

...I love you, and I do not want you

to go through this without me.

Thank you.


I'll be waiting.

We're gonna come right in here.

Are you sure about this, Cookie?

I am positive.

You are not going to
get the same outcome

if y'all are not in the same room,

feeding off of each other.

You get it?

Trust me. Hit it.

- ♪ Big shoes, big shoes ♪
- ♪ Big shoes ♪

♪ My new one got some
really big shoes to fill ♪

- ♪ Made moves, made moves ♪
- ♪ Moves ♪

♪ I moved on, but I think
about you for real ♪

♪ Big shoes, big shoes ♪

♪ My new one got some really
big shoes to fill... ♪

Cut it, cut it. Cut it, cut it, cut it!

I need y'all to perform,

like, uh... be profess...

Wait, wait, baby.

- Mom!
- Baby. Baby.

- Sit down, sit down.
- This is stupid, Dad.

- We got to stop.
- I'm okay.

- I just got up too fast.
- Be calm.

I'm okay, boy. Stop overreacting.

Mom, you can't work.

The doctor said you're supposed
to be resting right now.

- Look...
- I'm not doing this

if this mean she wind up
back in the hospital.

Boy, finish the song,
and learn how to put

your differences aside
and be professional!

Come on.

- You need to stay seated.
- I'm okay.

I just got up too fast.

- Okay, don't get up...
- Come on, let's...

let's kill this song.

For her.

Okay, enough of that talking.

Sell this song.

Be professional.

Energy, energy.

♪ TaKeem ♪

♪ What up, baby? ♪

- ♪ Big shoes, big shoes ♪
- ♪ Shoes ♪

♪ My new one got some
really big shoes to fill ♪

- ♪ Made moves, made moves ♪
- ♪ Moves ♪

♪ I moved on but I think
about you for real ♪

- ♪ Big shoes, big shoes ♪
- ♪ Shoes ♪

♪ My new one got some
really big shoes to fill ♪

- ♪ Made moves, made moves ♪
- ♪ Moves ♪

♪ I moved on, but I think
about you, I still ♪

- ♪ Think about you ♪ - ♪ About you ♪

♪ For real, think about you, I still ♪

- ♪ Think about you for real ♪
- ♪ For real ♪

♪ Think about you, about you ♪

♪ Been thinking about your
body in the worst way ♪

♪ Like, good God Almighty,
Lord, have mercy ♪

♪ That birthday sex like every day ♪

♪ Reminiscing over you like Mary J. ♪

♪ I still thinking about
you touching on my body ♪

♪ Still thinking about you,
I don't want to fight it ♪

♪ You the one that got me
thinking about calling ♪

♪ I'm a sexaholic, sexaholic for you ♪

- ♪ Big shoes, big shoes ♪
- ♪ Shoes ♪

♪ My new one got some
really big shoes to fill ♪

♪ Made moves, made moves ♪

♪ I moved on, but I think
about you for real ♪

♪ Big shoes, big shoes ♪

♪ My new one got some
really big shoes to fill ♪

- ♪ Made moves, made moves ♪
- ♪ Made moves ♪

♪ I moved on, but I think
about you, I still ♪

♪ Think about you, for real ♪

♪ Think about you ♪

♪ I still think about you for real ♪

♪ Think about you, 'bout you... ♪

Why the 911 text?

Did Lupe pull out of the deal?

I called his overpaid ass.

I told him we weren't selling.

Why in the hell would you do that?

Your favorite.

W-We can't afford that anymore.

We're celebrating.

Celebrating what?

I got the final piece of the puzzle.

We're about to be flush with cash.

Please tell me this is real.

It's real.

It's definitely real.

I mean, it's not so bad.

It could use some bacon bits, though.

We need to talk.

- Not now, Andre.
- This can't wait, Pop.

Okay? Now, listen to me.

I've been going over the Patel
deal Eddie's been running.

Hey, hey, hey, Andre,
nobody asked you to do that.

Be glad I did, Ma.

You let Eddie into Empire

and he is about to steal
it from under you.

You guys wanted to see me?

What's going on?

You feeling okay, Cook?

Um, Andre tells us

that, uh, the numbers

you're looking at are way too
expansive for a phone deal.

He thinks you're putting
together a portfolio

to make Empire look
attractive to a buyer.

Yeah, now, I was telling Cookie

earlier that I think...

...that's-that's insane, right?

Eddie? It's crazy, right?

I wanted to be the one to tell you.

But shame on me for-for
thinking that I could

hide something from
your number one son.

He's right?

This is great news, great news.

Kelly Patel is putting together

a formal offer to buy Empire.

His company wants to, uh,
break into the creative space,

and I was able to get them
to agree to a dollar amount

that you wouldn't even believe.

I'm really confused, Eddie.

Because you were the one

who convinced me not to
sell Empire XStream, so...

A different situation.

You were gonna gut the company.

This-this deal helps
to keep it together,

with the two of you still in charge.

Wait, but, wait, who in the
hell gave you permission

to make deals on my behalf?

Don't let your ego get
in the way of this deal.

Oh. My ego.

Maybe you should check
yours right now.

You know what?

This is a now or never opportunity.

Well, then, it's easy for us,
'cause it's never.

- Nev... what are you talk... Seriously?
- Eddie, Eddie, Eddie.

Eddie, look, it's a
good deal on paper.

No, it's a great deal...
G-Get your hands off of me.

I was out there, living my life.

Happily retired.

And you guys, you-you
pulled me back in.

And, like a fool, I said yes.

And then I negotiate a deal

that would make Empire
bigger than ever,

and y'all don't even
want to consider it.

Eddie, you gonna have to tell me
where all this is coming from.

Let me talk, I'm trying to tell
you where it's coming from.

I stepped in when you needed me.

I saved your ass.

And after months... months...

of damn near killing myself
to save this company,

y'all won't even give me
the benefit of the doubt.

Or is the problem that you're scared?

You want to keep this company small

'cause the thought of having to
compete with the big boys...

Hey, uh...

Watch your mouth, Eddie.

Empire ain't small.

Yeah, but it's nothing compared
to what it could be, Cook.

I'm on the phone every damn day,
talking to these major labels.

And they laugh at this place.

You should hear what these
white folks are saying

behind your back.

They think that Empire is a joke.

And y'all ain't nothing but a
bunch of shucking and jiving

North Philly monkeys to them.


And you know what? I-I...

If you don't take this deal,

maybe they're right.

Well, you know what, Eddie,
because you and me,

we're... we're old friends,

I think that maybe you're just, um...

you're tired, and you need some rest.

So, as your friend,

I'm going to give you ten seconds

to get the hell out of my house.

I need to fly out to
Palo Alto tonight.

Better that I, uh, give the bad
news to Kelly Patel myself.

That's a good idea,
Eddie, and you know what?

While you're there, why don't you
take some time for yourself?

You know? Get some rest.

- Yeah.
- Take a couple days off.

Mm-hmm? Relax.

Track him, Thirsty.

I want to know the moment
he gets his black ass

on that plane to San Francisco.

Hey, wait, wait.

Andre's already taking care of that.

Cook, will you get off the phone?

You text me with any updates, okay?

Will you hang up the phone?

This is all my fault.

I let him in.

So it's up to me to make sure
that door closes behind him.

I'll see what I can do about
Jamal in the morning.

I should've been there for
that Robin Roberts interview.

Will you stop?

Honey, there's nothing left

for you to fix...
you fixed everything all day.

There's... The only thing
you won't fix is yourself.

- I mean, look at me.
- So much to do...

I've been sitting here,
worried about you,

- 'cause you keep pushing yourself...
- It's okay.

- ...and pushing yourself into the...
- It's okay.

You're in the...

It's all right, you know?

Your sister was right.

Cookie does what Cookie does,

and that's all that Cookie does.

Regardless of who she leaves behind,

even though you're the love of my l...

You need to get some rest, baby.


I just need some sleep, that's all.

I don't want to die, Lucious.

I don't want to die.

I just got everything back.

I got you back, I got my
family back, I got my life,

and I-I... I'm not...
I'm not ready to leave it.

I got too much to do, Lucious,
I got too much love to give.

I'm not... I-I don't want to...
I'm... I'm so scared, Lucious.

No, don't you ever be
afraid of nothing,

'cause the other night,
I had some harsh words with God.

And I made it clear to him,

so it'll be a long time
before he'll ever try

and take you away from me,
do you understand that?

It's okay.

I-I just need to get some rest.

- I think all of this stress is just...
- Cookie.

- ...is-is getting to me, you know?
- Cookie. Cookie.


I love you.

I love you, too, Lucious.

That's all that matters.

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