Empire Episode 6 Recap

“Out, Damned Spot”

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Photo Credit: Fox 

Lil’ Kim’s “The Jump Off”ushers us into Empire’s sixth episode. Cookie’s experiencing that ‘what shouldI wear’ moment that always makes you want to tear off your clothes, don a thickfloor length robe and slide on your best plush bootie slippers and call it aday. Just when it seems like she might succumb to that notion, Cookie does one
better, putting on her best Vanity 6 camisole and sliding into a chocolate
sable. She rocks some sexy knee-high boots and commences to step out with her
old flame Lucious. Sadly, he cracks her face before the big reveal, but joke’s
on him and BooBoo Kitty who thinks she has the upper hand, talkin’ bout how her
engagement ring is modeled after the one Richard (I almost said Tim, lol!)
Burton gifted Elizabeth Taylor. Right around then is when Cookie lost her
patience with Lucious, flashed her purple cami, slapped her own ass and stalked
out of the room. I hollered like a stuck pig. Seeing Anika aka BooBoo Kitty’s contorted face after Cookie’s
dramatic exit was priceless. Y’all know we love to hate her, she’s so ice cold.

The rest of the episode is Vernon Turner (Malik Yoba),
Lucious’ chairman of the board for Empire Entertainment, working his own side
angle and Hakeem and Jamal working on their music careers. So I get Vernon’s an
old school friend of Lucious from the early days but he seems to be throwin’
shade and making promises I’m not sure he’ll keep. Plus he’s in cahoots with
Dre and thinks the oldest son should take over the company. Seriously, when do
we get a chance to learn more about Dre? He is a desperate character with a
dark side I don’t quite believe. I know we have a lot of characters here and
the ones orbiting for the most attention are Jamal and Hakeem, yet Dre is there
too. Are we going to get more intel on him and his wife? Right now there’s no
depth to them, she’s a pushy bitch and he’s a bipolar square who likes to stop
taking his meds.

I almost forgot about Elle Dallas (Courtney Love) former Empire
royalty. Turns out she was THAT chick who got Empire on the proverbial map. I have
a soft spot for Courtney Love and am excited to see her on the show. I’ve
always known about her work from all my riot grrrlll college buddies and
especially loved her band Hole’s “Live Through This” and “Celebrity Skin”
albums. I hope we get more of Dallas just blowing the roof off Empire. Miss
Cookie is helping her get her mojo back, that studio scene was classic. Cookie
was like, “take alla that shit off!! Your fur your jewels, get
grimy and basic like you are right now.” It’s not all bad; Cookie lets Elle
know it was her music that got her through 17 years of prison time.

Per usual Hakeem and Jamal are in their own worlds doing
their best Pinkey and the Brain, take over the world stunts. Hakeem makes me tired
with his wack ass lyrics and Papa-pandering. Jamal’s story line has always been
a positive for me although his rat-bastard father refuses to acknowledge his
talent because he can’t understand his life choices. This week that changed, in
the blink of an eye you can see the quick deterioration of his relationship
with his boyfriend made all the more dramatic by the closing scene of Olivia
(Rayven Simone), heavily made-up with little girl in tow, in Empire’s lobby
revealing (in front of the entire family and the general public) that Jamal’s her
baby’s daddy.  I think I turned around in
my chair and looked behind me, like ‘you not talkin’ bout Jamal are you?’

Can’t wait for next week! In a preview Jamal says something
insightful like, “but we only had sex once” to which his boyfriend—looking at
him like he’s the dumbest knee-grow in the world—retorts “it only takes once!” Insert
my hooting and hollering.

Random Observations:

·   Vernon has a sponsor

Derek Luke enters as Malcolm Devoe; new head of security. Something’s up with him though…Cookie was a little
too on THAT!

·     
Lucious is getting experimental meds for his ALS
from Russia

·      Jamal said he had ‘no one
special’ in his interview with Sway. Builds tension for the story but worries
me; I like his relationship

·     Anika tries to poach Portia

·     
Can we get Jamal’s “I Wanna Love You” on iTunes,
shoot let’s get an entire cd already!

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