Last night (Wednesday, September 23), Fox premiered the second season of Empire. The first season was a great success and became a favorite among many TV fans. On Twitter, Empire’s hashtag trended for the entire hour of the show’s premiere with fans tweeting and retweeting their reactions to the plot lines and Cookie’s memorable one-liners.
Missed what happened during last night’s premiere? We’ve got you covered.
It all began with a rally
It’s three months later as the first scene of season two opens with a #FreeLuscious rally. The rally is thrown to support Luscious who is in prison. If you remember, Luscious was arrested and booked for the murder of Bunkie and is serving time behind bars. But not for long.
Back to the rally, at the event we meet Mimi who Cookie is trying to win over in hopes of Mimi investing in Empire Entertainment. The plan is still to do a hostile takeover from Luscious and Jamal who as you remember is now the head of the record company. The takeover is something that neither Luscious nor Jamal know about. However, everyone else is in support of the takeover – Cookie, Andre, Hakeem and even Anika.
Hakeem and Jamal are still beefing which is to be expected since they are brothers. Nothing says consistent drama like a little sibling rivalry and these two do just that the entire episode. Jamal will eventually tell Hakeem that he’s killing his album. Hakeem believed it’s because Jamal fears competition with his little brother. As for their older brother Andre, he’s busy being paranoid about anyone that he and his wife murdered Vernon and covered it up.
Cookie receives a gift wrapped severed head
In the midst of Cookie and co., planning their hostile takeover, Cookie has to deal with an outside threat, Frank Gathers. You’ll remember Frank’s name as it was Cookie’s testimony that put Frank behind bars. As luck would have it, Frank and Luscious are in the same prison and so is Cookie’s cousin. Frank gets Cookie’s cousin to spill the tea on if Cookie snitched on him, while eating a piece of her cousin’s flesh. And although Frank is behind bars he still orchestrates a personal threat by sending Cookie’s cousin’s severed head in a wrapped gift box, complete with a bow. Cold blooded.
After Cookie visits Luscious in prison (although he never visited her when she served 17-years for drug dealing), Luscious puts Frank Gathers in his place and silences him for good by having Frank killed by the goons Frank believed were loyal to him.
Jamal is no longer team Cookie
As the episode comes to a close, Jamal washes his hands of Cookie, Hakeem, and Andre. He finds their plan to take over Empire behind he and his father’s back betrayal. He kicks them out of his “father’s house” but you know Cookie’s not leaving with a fight. She slaps the son she helped rise to prominence not once but twice but it may not be enough to keep Jamal’s respect.
The first episode of the season was filled with known-name celeb from entertainment to politics. Everyone from comedian/actor Chris Rock to activist Al Sharpton received acting credits, and this was within 15 minutes of the premiere. If the first episode is any sign of what we can expect for the rest of season two of Empire, fans of the show will be in for an exhilarating roller coaster of A-list celeb face time topped with deceit, betrayal and revenge.