Empire (2015–…): Season 4, Episode 18 - The Empire Unpossess'd - full transcript

As the Empire ownership bid presentation nears, Lucious must make a difficult decision to save the future of the company.

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Previously on Empire...

Welcome back, Eddie.

He's gonna convince

the board members
to sell Empire to Kelly Patel.

We'll buy Empire back
from the shareholders.

I'm going $700 million.

That photo is not what you think.

My son Blake's head
with so much stuff,

he don't know he's white anymore.

And I ain't seen or heard
from this dude

in 15 years!

I need a favor, all right?

Can y'all just hop onstage with me?

You guys can go ahead, but I'm out.

This is your scarf.

You were wearing it the night
that you killed Shine.

Either you withdraw your bid

for Empire, or you spend
the rest of your life in prison.

After all these years, Eddie,

this is what you're doing?

I brought you the deal of a lifetime,

and you just spit in my face.

Because I didn't want your deal.
Empire don't belong to you.

There wouldn't be no Empire
if I hadn't of paved the way.

Every door that you walk
through, I opened that for you.

That's it, right there.

Then I got bigger than you.

I sold more records,

went public,

and you were no longer the head Negro.

- That's your problem.
- No, you the problem.

What if I killed Shine...

after 30 years of friendship?

If I did that to him,
what do you think...

No! Not here.


You think I came up in-in
the Lyon's den without...

without a gun?

What you gonna do? You gonna stab me?

Go ahead, stab me.

Stab me!

All right, that gets you
out the door, then what?

Anything happens to me or to mine,

and my lawyer releases a statement

that puts out all of your little

ghetto deeds, your little ghettocides.

You know what?

The hundreds of millions of dollars

that you were gonna get
from the sale of Empire,

you're gonna sign that over to me.

'Cause you didn't want it.

- And you don't deserve it.
- Oh, I see.

So you a snitch, bitch, and a thief.

- Okay.
- Let's go.

So take your little sleezer slut

and get the hell out of my house.

Nobody's scared of
your guns around here.

Stop. Let's go.

- You better laugh.
- Let's go, Eddie.

Yeah, laugh, laugh now.

The joke's on you

'cause you should've
pulled the trigger, bitch.

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

All right, here.

No, no, no, no, no. Come on.

It doesn't matter if your father
pulled the trigger.

If the D.A. can prove that
he ordered a hit on Shine,

it's a wrap.

So if Eddie takes
the scarf to the police,

I can't beat it.


I can work miracles, you know that.

But they've been coming at you
for a long time,

and now with this supposedly
hard physical evidence,

they'll lock you up
and throw away the key.

We need leverage. Who has ideas?

Yo, we could throw some
distortion on the kick.

Nah. Keep it clean.

I'll bring the distortion.

Well, can we pay Eddie off?

No. He wants blood.

Then we snatch
something he cares about.

- Giselle?
- He doesn't care about her.

♪ I been on a roll ♪

♪ Since I walked up in the building ♪

♪ Now they can't forget the face ♪

♪ Everything I do is fast ♪

♪ You can't forget the pace ♪

♪ Yelling, "Who that young fella ♪

♪ Dripping, need an umbrella" ♪

♪ Um, tell 'em, I'm coming ♪

♪ Like a fortune teller ♪

♪ One better, don't exist,
I admit I'm clever ♪

♪ When you walk into the bank,
you not know one teller ♪

♪ Oh, my goodness, boy I'm back ♪

- ♪ And I'm winning ♪
- ♪ And I'm winning ♪

- ♪ That's a fact ♪
- ♪ That's a fact ♪

- ♪ I told 'em I'm-a do it ♪
- ♪ I'm-a do it ♪

- ♪ That's a wrap ♪
- ♪ That's a wrap ♪

♪ Said they coming for my spot

- ♪ But where they at? ♪
- ♪ Where they at? ♪

- ♪ Where they at? ♪
- ♪ Where they at? ♪

- ♪ Where they at? ♪
- ♪ Where they at... ♪

♪ Where they at? ♪

I have a way in,

but it disgusts me
just thinking about it.

♪ Why does it feel like December? ♪

♪ Lately your touch has been
colder than winter ♪

♪ And I can remember it
differently, baby ♪

♪ It ain't been warm in forever ♪

♪ But that's what we get
when we can't seem ♪

♪ To figure it out ♪

♪ Really what we fighting about? ♪

♪ When I see you ♪

♪ I see a stranger
with one foot out the door ♪

♪ And I try and try to read you ♪

♪ What can I do to reach you? ♪

♪ Oh, oh ♪

♪ But I ain't come this far ♪

♪ To lose you ♪

♪ It's never been this hard. ♪

All right, piano lady.

That was beautiful.

Where is everybody?
Aren't we supposed to rehearse?

Well, Preacher is doing some sort of

"Breakfast Club" interview,

and everybody else

got great gig offers,
so it's just you and me.

Yeah. All right, well,

I guess they ain't tripping over
being in the spotlight no more.

Well, it's not exactly like
we can be Anonymous

when the entire world
knows who we are.

Come on, don't act like you didn't

enjoy yourself at the rent party.

Yeah, and I know exactly
what comes after that.

All of the tabloids and the media,

and that's exactly what I didn't want.

But we've dealt
with that before, Tory.

- You know, I mean...
- You were willing to sacrifice

me and the entire band

the second that
your family came calling.

Look, if everybody else wants
to chase fame, cool, let them.

But guess what, my friend,
we have fans

that are waiting for new music
from Anonymous.

Why don't you get some rest.

We'll meet later at Laviticus,
and we'll figure it out.


Well, well, it's just like you

to pick the bougie-est place in town.

- What do you want, Cookie?
- It's not what I want,

it's what you want.

You have proven to be quite
the opportunist who will...

bust it open for anyone, to get ahead.

And here you are, yet again,
sucking up to Eddie.

And for what?

To go back to being head of A&R?
That's your dream?

I'm gonna be CEO.

Is that... That's what
Eddie told you, huh?

Eddie is using you,

just like he used all of us.

And when he is done with you,

he will kick your ass to the curb.

What's your offer?

Get me that scarf, and you will
have your independent imprint,

all your own, no strings attached.

You will never hear from us again.

Besides, don't you want to run
something of your own?

Instead of working under a man
all your life?

I had something of my own, Cookie.

A career.

Friends. The love of my life.

But then you came along

and proceeded to take it all from me.

And now you walk in here

and act like you're doing me a favor

by offering me what you took from me.

So now you get to sit back and watch

while I sit on the throne
all by myself,

and there is nothing
you can do about it.

You cannot bribe me or threaten me

because I am not afraid of you
or your family anymore.

This is my time.

♪ ...allowances, finesse a...
with some counterfeits ♪

♪ But now I'm countin' this ♪

♪ Parmesan where my accountant lives ♪

♪ In fact, I'm downin' this
D'USSÉ with my boo bae ♪

♪ Tastes like Kool-Aid
for the analysts... ♪

Yo, I'm sorry I'm late.

♪ That is good, won't you sit it
on my taste bloods? ♪

♪ I get way too petty... ♪

♪ A.M. to the P.M. ♪

♪ P.M. to the A.M., funk ♪

♪ ... Out your diem, you just
got to hate 'em, funk ♪

♪ If I quit your BM... ♪


Tory. Nuh-uh.

Tory. What the...?

Tory? Tory?

Come on, come on. Why would you...?

Come on, come on. No, no. Uh-uh.

Somebody help us! Somebody!

Are we back at rehab?


Was that all a dream?

No, it wasn't a dream, Tory.

What were you thinking?

I wasn't.

I can't do this anymore, Jamal.

Being in the spotlight, it just...

It hurts too bad.

We just...

- We should... we do need to slow down...
- Jamal.

Haven't you ever
just wanted to be nobody?

Yeah, sometimes.

But we also don't have to be
high to be nobody. We don't...

We don't have to be dead, you know.

You're never gonna be nobody.

You're Jamal Lyon.



I'm-I'm meeting my daughter for lunch.

Yeah, you were supposed to, but, um,

something came up,
and she asked me to...

Actually, I offered.

I thought it was about time
you and I met face-to-face.

Well, I... I'm thoroughly
acquainted with your face.

I mean, it's plastered
all over the walls.

It is all very impressive.

"20 For 20," huh?

Must feel good to have
a body of work to let you know

that all those years of toil
wasn't in vain.

Or in my daughter's case,
rotting in prison.

Cookie said you would be tough.

You surprised?

I'm Cookie's mama.

She's your daughter,

but you weren't always
her mother, were you?

Now, me and Cookie,
we've been through a lot

over the years,
and, I mean, some of the things

we went through wasn't that pretty.

But I never judged you
for your choices.

I'm asking you that
you don't judge us for ours.

I'm not gonna
rehash the past with you.

Cookie gave up her freedom,

years with her boys, because
she thinks she loves you.

Uh, whether I believe that or
not, it really doesn't matter.

What does matter is that you love her

just as much, in return.

I love her with all of my heart.

I promise.

Pretty words from a pretty man.

You tell my daughter to call me.


Listen, baby,

turning myself in is the
only way to save Empire.

Will you please sit down
and just talk to me?

No. Not if you're talking crazy.

Well, you act like there's
some other way out of this.

We have until tomorrow
to figure something out.

Anything we do will
either jeopardize you,

or jeopardize our family;
I'm not gonna allow it.

What do you want me to do, huh?

You want me to make a choice
between you or Empire?

- You sound crazy!
- What, you think

I want some has-been
to determine my fate?

To tear down my legacy?

It's my choice, it's not his,
and it's not yours.

We need to come up
with some dirt on Eddie.

Fabricate something.

I've already made my choice.

You know what? Give me a gun,
I'll put two bullets

in that bitch's skull.
You can't hear him squawking

- from six feet under.
- Stop, stop, stop.

Look at me.

Now, you've spent half of your
life in prison for our family.

It's my turn.

Let me be the man
that's worthy of your love.

- Please.
- No.

Lucious, there's got to be
a different way, come on.

Yo, what's the word?

Anything we need to know?

I need to talk to you, son.


I've decided to turn myself in
for Shine's murder.

Um, before I do this,
I need you to prepare a bid

to buy Empire back,
exterminate the rats,

and I need you to make sure
that there's a Lyon

that's seated on that throne.

I'm the one that should be
locked away, not you.

If I hadn't brought Shine
into my plans,

- you wouldn't be...
- Oh, no, no. You...

Let me take the fall, Pop.

All I've ever done is disappoint you.

Disappoint me?

You helped me build Empire.

You took it from the Philly
streets to Wall Street.

You did this, Andre!

I mean, she needs you.

I don't care about running
the company anymore, Pop!

I'm not talking about the company.

I'm talking about your mother.

She's gonna need you...

more than ever,
because I'm not gonna be there.

And out of all of them,

you're the one that's most like me.

What'd you say?

That fire in you?

I put that there.

I did that. That's the Lyon.

That's me.

And maybe you got sick,
because all those years,

you've been trying to suppress
your real nature.

I mean, you are a Lyon.

A Lyon roars,
and I put you in those schools

with white people... it's my fault,

because I was trying
to make you less threatening.

I did that.

And more than the others,
you have me in you.

You're the Lyon, son.

Pop, I...

I need you to promise me

that you're gonna
look after your mother,

and look after this family.

I promise.

I love you, son.

I-I love you too, Pop.

Andre, you got the bid prepared?

$750 million.

So that seals it.
We can get Empire back.

It's not that easy, son.

Look here.

You all need to know something. Um...

Eddie's trying to blackmail me.

He says if the bid doesn't go to him,

he's gonna pin Shine's murder on me.

What the hell is wrong with him?

What, he's pulling crimes
out of thin air now?

To hell with him, Dad.

You need proof, first of all,
to convict somebody.

He's got it.

I killed Shine.

What the hell you just say?

Mom, you knew about this?

Shine came after your father, son.

Everybody comes after Dad.

How's that possibly a reason to...

Shine helped me plant the bomb

in Vegas.

You lying.

Calm down, boy.

Shine was nothing but a thug
who used every opportunity

to steal from this family.

Yeah, but he might have been a thug,

but while you were
finger painting with your nurse,

he had my back.

Sit down, Hakeem.

So, we lost Mom for 17 years,

now we lose you
for the rest of your life,

all to continue to save some company

that does nothing
but destroy our family?

Mal has a point.

Maybe we should think about this.

Yeah, maybe we need to think about all

that Empire consistently
takes from us.

Dad, if it's gonna save you,
then let Eddie have it.

What Empire... has taken from us?

What about what it's given us?

What about all the artists
that we create

that make music which comforts people,

that helps them through
the worst of times.

Look at what it's given
everybody here at this table.

I mean, we...

we make music
that will live eternally.

It's worth any sacrifice

that any of us will ever have to make.

Hey. It's good to see you.

The Patel bid.

Thank you.

Thank you.

As you all know,

the highest bidder,
whom we deem credible

and responsible, will win Empire.

Now the Eddie Barker, Kelly Patel bid.

$700 million.

We made way more than that
with the rent party.

- We got this.
- Yes!

I'll now open the bid
from the Lyon family.

Zero dollars?

- What?
- What?


This is rigged.

No, it's not.

You did this?

Yeah, I did it. Damn right, I did it.

See, what y'all don't understand
is that Empire

is not just a building.

It's not even just its artists.

It's us, the Lyons,

and we shouldn't pay another dime

for the Empire we built

when Empire's most valuable asset

is this family.

Does the board accept our bid?

The board accepts Eddie Barker
and Kelly Patel's

$700 million bid for Empire.


Thank you.

Why would you do that?!

You just gave away Empire!

I did it for that.

Yes, Empire is precious,

but your freedom means more to me.

That wasn't your call.

Our sons need their father,

and I need my man.

Hey, y'all can always rebuild Empire,

but you can't get that time back.

Exactly. We still got the money

from the rent party, so we good.

All the money we raised
with the rent party

has to be returned, since
our bid didn't go through.

- Those were the conditions.
- Look, we still gonna

make a killing off of selling
the Empire shares to Patel.

Yeah, well, Eddie is forcing us

to hand over that money in exchange

for keeping quiet about Shine.

You just the one with
the good news today, huh?

Shut up!

All I hear is fear.

I didn't marry a scared man,

and I damn sure did not bring

three scared men into this world.

Yes! We will have to rebuild
Empire from scratch.

Is it scary? Hell yeah!

Is it gonna be hard? Yes!

But you know what the difference is?

This time, I'm here,

and I done been through way too much

to give up now, so...
we have each other.

We made a plan...

and a promise that
we would not make a move

without the other person.

You didn't have that right.

No other music company has
ever accomplished what...

Don't forget to thank me, baby.

Let's talk business, shall we?

None of this would have existed
without me!

Not those gold records!
Not those plaques!

I did 17 years for this family.

You built this company on my back!

♪ Found a love I can lean on

Empire has been around
for almost 20 years

because of the love
and support of family.

I want you to know that I would

trade this company
and everything I've ever had

to make sure I never lose you again.

Uh... where's our car?

I forgot. That's, um, Empire's car.


- Hey, Webb.
- Yeah?

Will you get us a cab or something?

Yes, sir.

Lord, have mercy...

I know I should be angry

after all that's happened, but, man...

thinking about what you said in there

about that just being a building
without Lyons in it...

Empire's in the heart.

You were really willing
to go to prison

so we could keep Empire?

I was gonna go to prison for you.

You know, you been talking
a lot of smack

about us getting back together,

you wanting me back and respecting me.

For the first time, I can feel it.

Hey, we gonna take this place back.

Hi, um, Jamal Lyon to see Tory Ash.

Mr. Lyon. We...
tried to call you earlier.

I'm sorry, I kind of got wrapped up

in some family stuff. How's she doing?

Tory suffered a grand mal seizure.

It's not uncommon for people
suffering with addiction.


We tried to resuscitate her...

Wait, what do you mean
"resuscitate her"?

She's gone, Jamal. I'm sorry.

I heard what happened to Tory.
I'm so sorry, baby.

Yeah, it's really sad.

Why are you packing?

'Cause I'm leaving, Ma.

I need to... get out of here
and go somewhere.

Oh. Oh, I get it.

You need a vacation. I...

No, Ma, it's not like that.

I'm really leaving.

I need to be nobody for a minute.

And I can't do that here.

But, Jamal, it's more important
now than ever

that the family sticks together.


That's what I've always done...

but th-there's always
gonna be something, Mom.


Where you gonna go?

I don't even know, I just, I...

I just want to disappear.

No. No, Jamal.

You are a part of my heart.
You can't disappear.

Ma, I need for you to let me go.

All right? Please.

No, no. No, no...

I love you.

I love you so much.

I want two maybe three security guys.

- Okay.
- Guide these people along.

Ha! I can't believe
that this day is finally here.

- I mean, we did it.
- Finally.

We actually beat them.

Look, I think,
for the press conference,

you should be a little less gleeful...

- Okay.
- And focus more on the future

of Empire under our new leadership.

- Okay?
- Okay, I know, girl, I know,

but you don't know
my history with this family.

- I can only imagine.
- You just got to give me

this moment.

All right.

Just... little moment.

- I'll see you in there.
- I'll be right there.

Congratulations, Anika.

I just wanted to wish you the best.

Do I need to call security?

Oh, no. No need.

You bested the Lyons
at business. You won.

I'm done blaming you, Anika.

I don't have to.

You know, I know what it's like
to have a guilty conscience.

How it can haunt you.

It's time for both of us to move on.

We got a lot more life to live
without holding on to the past.




Good luck.

You, too.

You're just gonna give it all up?

Ma, you don't understand.

You're damn right,
I do not understand.

You gave up prime years of your life,

you said so your magnificent
Empire could be built,

and now you're just
gonna toss it away to somebody?

We had no choice.


I get it.

Got something to do
with old yella, don't it?

Lucious is a changed man, okay?
I love him.

- Okay? So just...
- Girl. Girl.

I can't fight you on this.

But do not let your love
for a grown man

who is not your son

make a fool out of you, again.

I'm sorry,
am I interrupting something?


No, you didn't.

I got to go.


- We'll see you.
- Okay.

- Soon.
- Yes.

- All right, Cookie.
- Okay.


How much of that did you hear?

I heard enough.



if we're gonna start over,

I think we should do it the right way.

Yes, you're right. That is why we have

to get on this talent,
because, you know, Jamal is...

What are you doing down there?

Cookie, I want you to be my wife,

and I want to start over
as your husband.

Lucious, get off the floor,

with that gimp leg and...

I thought that might shut you up.

Now, baby, I know, um...

I've given you
more than enough reasons to...

to doubt me,

and I'm sorry for that.

But with this ring, I promise
that I'm going to love you

for the rest of my life

and that...

I want you to marry me.

Cookie, will you marry me?

Okay, I mean,
if-if-if this is real, then...

I really need you to put us first,

Lucious, put me first,
put... me before Empire,

before anybody. I-I have to...

Come on, man, you gonna say yes or no?


Make you sweat a little.

It's beautiful.

- Come on.
- Come on where?

- I want to call the judge.
- No, not now. We need the boys.

- The boys have to witness this.
- No... Wait.

My babies got to see this.

This moment...

I don't want to lose it.


- Come on.
- Okay.


You're not answering your phone.

Well, I ain't got nowhere I got to be.

Nobody I got to see.
Thanks to your man Eddie

taking my Empire.

Thank you.

Look, Hakeem, my head
has been all switched up

in every which way lately,
with my-my...

career and my album, with Eddie.

Look, I ain't got time
for whatever this is.

I'm pregnant.

And it's yours.

I haven't been with anyone else,

because I can't seem to be
with anyone else but you.

And right now I am so scared,
and I don't know what to do.



You're pregnant with my baby?

Don't worry.

We're gonna figure this out.

It's always been me and you, Tiana.

Leading Empire into the
future is our new CEO...

Anika Calhoun.

Thank you.

Thank you, Eddie. Thank you so much.

Wow. This is surreal,

to be able to return
to the Empire family

and, um, to...
I guess, sit on the throne.

Um, but with my amazing team behind me,

I just know that there is nothing that

we won't be able t...

Okay, um...

I'm sorry.

Questions. Any questions?

- Ms. Calhoun.
- Yes?

What are your goals for Empire as CEO?

Well, um, the first goal that we
were thinking about implementing

- that we think will really...
- I have a question.

Are you aware
of the remarkably high number

of CEOs who are clinical psychopaths?

What is happening?

Ms. Calhoun?

This is your new CEO?

Can this bitch even pass a drug test?

- Okay.
- Mm-mm.

- Let me step in for a second.
- Mm-mm. Mm-mm. No. No. I'm good.

- Okay.
- I am good. Um...

- Ms. Calhoun! Ms. Calhoun!
- Ms. Calhoun!


Can there even be an
Empire without the Lyons?

Well, um, during Empire's
most profitable years,

I was the head of A&R,
and so I have no doubt that...

How many lives did you destroy
to get your little come-up...


I have to go.

I have to go. I have to go.

Uh, Ms. Calhoun just needed
to get some fresh air.

But I just wanted to say

that this-this moment
is surreal for me

because I grew up with...

What did you do to me?

Smile for the cameras.

I need you to promise me

that you're
gonna look after this family.

You are a Lyon.

A Lyon roars.

I know what it's like

to have a guilty conscience.

How it can haunt you.

Karma's a bitch.

What the hell?

You know, when we did this
the first time...

they just checked the I.D.s
to make sure we were legal,

then voilà, we were married.

I want more this time.

Well, I can... poot out some vows...

right off the dome, if you'd like.

Oh, well, did you bring a DJ?

You gonna strike up a beat,

gonna freestyle?

I've found simple works best.

Just speak from your heart.

Are you ready?

You are my breath.

You're my song.

You're the chorus
that plays in my head.

You're the lights that I see
when I close my eyes.

You're my everything, Cookie.

We've been through the fire...

and I know our future holds
more storms,

but... what I do know

is that with you by my side,

I can get through anything.

No other human ties are more tender,

no other vows more sacred
than those you assume now.

♪ 'Cause, baby, there ain't
no mountain high enough ♪

♪ Ain't no valley... ♪

In your journey through this life,

I require and charge you both

to remember
that love and loyalty alone

will avail as the foundation
of a happy home

and meaningful life.

♪ It's time to be a man now ♪

♪ I don't need it,
you can keep your money ♪

♪ I don't want it ♪

♪ If you're gonna throw it up
in my face ♪

♪ Makes the world go round... ♪

♪ If you're ever in trouble,
I'll be there on the double ♪

If these solemn vows
be kept inviolate,

your life will be full
of joy and peace.

Two separate souls
joined together as one,

to share desires,

dreams, memories

and all uncertainties.

♪ Don't you know that
there ain't no. ♪

Hakeem... he's got a gun!

Dad, what are you doing?!



and Cookie...

I now pronounce you

husband and wife.

♪ 'Cause, baby, there ain't
no mountain high enough ♪

♪ Ain't no valley low enough ♪

♪ Ain't no river. ♪

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