“Sins of the Father”
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“Sins of the Father” picks up with Dre’s story. After lastweek’s spectacular basketball ballet, he was bound to get himself committed.This week the episode opens with Dre in a cozy sweat suit sitting on anoverstuffed couch surrounded by family and the golden light of dozens ofburning candles, which struck me as an interesting choice since he is supposed
to be in a psyc ward.
The family’s there to support Dre and talk to his doctor.
Dre is mute. Cookie rejects the bi-polar diagnosis. Jamal and Hakeem cast
sympathetic glances and Lucious is a no-show. Enter Jennifer Hudson’s
character, Michelle White, who pitches the idea of music therapy to this
musical group. The irony? Dre doesn’t seem to particularly care about the music
part of the music biz, although as I write this I’m reminded of last week’s
“Lean on Me” moment between the brothers in the elevator and maybe, just maybe
I have to take the irony comment back.
What I enjoy about this episode the most is the character
development we get to see with Dre. He’s spent a lot of time being the
uncomfortable presence in the room. He’s fought for his father to really see
him, but Lucious has proved incapable of doing so thus far. This was made
poignantly clear in the first ‘sign of psychosis’ flashback during Dre’s
college years. We see he acts impulsively and aggressively when in the grips of
this disease. We also see his wife Rhonda when she was just his girlfriend. I
was so happy when, later in the episode, she blasted Lucious for misjudging her
as a country club rich girl. She should have pulled a Cookie and poked a long
nail in his face and called him BooBoo Kitty!
Meanwhile back at Empire headquarters Lucious is busy
working his Pinky and the Brain plan to take over the world. Although he’s more
Brain than Pinky, he has a Pinky-esque moment when he actually speaks on
marrying Cookie. ‘Scuse me? Oh yeah and
Vernon’s there too, but sadly I’m starting to think his days might be numbered.
He knows what happened to Bunky and he won’t cease and desist from looking like
he needs to chew a whole roll of antacids when in Lucious’ company.
The show continues down the IPO-signing, Dre in hospital
route until Olivia reappears disembarking from a bus presumably from
out-of-town. As soon as her stilettos hit the ground a blast from her
not-so-distant past grabs her elbow steers her to the club where we see Vernon
pushing around some coke in a folded up piece of wax paper contemplating
whether or not to ruin his sobriety. Yes, I realize that’s a run-on sentence,
but I did that on purpose to illustrate how fast and confusing that piece of
the story is.
Later a disheveled Vernon barges into the boardroom interrupting
‘family’ night and ushering in Olivia and Reggie aka Scary Bird. Scary Bird
waves a gun around, Jamal quickly realizes Scary Bird is who Lola’s been
referring to when she says she’s scared and then Lucious drops the “I’m the
baby’s Pappy” routine, further alienating Cookie and his sons. No need for the
DNA test I’ve been requesting, Lucious is Lola’s father.
Random Thoughts (most reserved
for Hakeem and Camilla this week):
The Mary J Blige flashback is confusing because
she looks like a pre-jail Cookie. Was she Lucious’ client or an old girlfriend?
Will Jamal’s newfound big brother status with
Lola, rekindle his relationship with Ryan?
Cookie to Camilla and Hakeem “Y’all all
new Anthony and Cleopatra,” states Hakeem referring to him and Camilla. “Y’all know that’s a tragedy, you
know they die in the end, right?” quips Jamal…he’s my favorite.
I’m sorry “Age Ain’t Nothin’ but a Number” is
painful but Hakeem and Camilla seem proud. “The older the berry the sweeter the
juice…” was painful but funny. Oh for the days of “Drip Drop.” Note: I wrote
this before Hakeem later sang “Drip Drop” to Lola.
Nice to get a little more Camilla, but curious
why she left the country but didn’t take the money. Guess that was her showing
her love, but why go? Did I miss something? Tell me.
Who else thought Jennifer Hudson was going to
suggest carnal delights over prayer? Me too.
Is that a Kara Walker painting in Lola’s room? Nice touch.
I can’t wait to see what happens in the two-hour finale!