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Season 4

Aired 5 months ago - May 23, 2018

As the Empire ownership bid presentation nears, Lucious must make a difficult decision to save the future of the company and his family, while Eddie shows no signs of backing down. However, Cookie reveals a potential upper hand in the power play for Empire, after doing a little digging into her past. Meanwhile, Andre makes a power play of his own, Hakeem's high spirits comes to a quick end due to a threat, Jamal and Tory struggle to cope with the success of their new music group, tension boils as the Lyons face Empire's most existential threat yet and someone's past mistakes leads to a deadly consequence. Season Finale. MORE -LESS

Aired 5 months ago - May 16, 2018

Cookie and Lucious fight to keep Empire in the family, as they prepare a livestream concert to crowdfund the amount needed to trump Eddie's plans. Meanwhile, the success of Jamal's new anonymous group climbs, Hakeem brings Haven to the showcase to make Tiana jealous, and Andre is put to the test and must decide between the family or his career.

Recap of Empire (2015) Season 4 Episode 17 (S04E17) - 1
And instead, we're over here arguing and arm wrestling
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And lately, we've been worried about everything but.
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and then come up with a new hook.
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- ♪ Hold up, hold up, hold up ♪ - ♪ 'Cause we down ♪
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But really, I mean, there's nobody here
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♪ My new one got some really big shoes to fill ♪
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Think he'll give us the money without any strings attached?
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And frankly, my beloveds,
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Thank you, Quincy. Hey, you said
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out from under us anyway.
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I don't. We don't belong in the back.
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if you don't have a Lyon by your side, Uncle.
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will lead Empire into this bright new era.
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- Oh. Forgot my jacket. I'll catch up. - All right.
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But we're talking about a lot more money
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No. You can't trust him or Anika for that matter.
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I need you to do something for me.
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- a-a second life. - Marmaduke.
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for you to treat me like I was really your son.
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Think about it.
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or was it that extra deep breath
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or don't accept me performing solo
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♪ The rap god, et cetera, surrounded by greatness ♪
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Hey, cut the music.
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Don't want to pick up your face?
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Hello, gentlemen.
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Lucious, h-he doesn't even respect your artistry.
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The company that will own Empire.
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exactly what it is that we're fighting for.
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♪ No sweat, last time that I checked ♪
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- is depending on it. - What, so you want me to risk
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You want to know why?
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then maybe y'all would think, my brothers and my sisters,
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♪ And I'm under your spell, we stuck just like glue ♪
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Wish I could be there. Empire forever.
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- We did it. - He ain't taking nothing.
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♪ Been gettin' money ♪
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Aired 5 months ago - May 09, 2018

When Cookie finally visits her mother, the two must confront their complicated past. Meanwhile, Lucious and Eddie continue their fight over Empire and Eddie makes a power play at the grand opening of Empire's 20 for 20 showcase. Then, Jamal and his band anonymously release their latest single and Hakeem tests out a career in film.

Aired 5 months ago - May 02, 2018

As Eddie fights for his place at Empire Entertainment and gets the board on his side, Lucious and Shine must find a permanent solution to keep him out. Meanwhile, Cookie is desperate to fulfill a promise to a friend before it's too late. Then, when tensions rise in Jamal and Tory's new band, Preacher Azal inspires Jamal with an idea to get everyone in sync. MORE -LESS

Aired 6 months ago - Apr 25, 2018

Lucious and Thirsty try to squash Eddie's takeover by confronting him with legal papers. Cookie recalls her complex relationship with her mother, while she continues her search for her friend's orphaned daughter. Meanwhile, Andre flounders, Hakeem anxiously prepares a release strategy for his 20 for 20 single and Jamal and Tory try to find a new team to make their own first non-Empire single. MORE -LESS

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(WHISPERS): She has a little thing for me.
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all of his money, then he lost his mind,
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(CLASSICAL MUSIC PLAYING)
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- COOKIE: Good. - I have a surprise for you
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Well, she heard you was locked up, and she wants to see you.
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Let me tell you something, sweetheart.
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- Wh... You want me...? - Mm-hmm.
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Why wasn't Mr. Lyon invited to wh-whatever this is?
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has hit number one on the new R&B charts.
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I want to see you
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put your heart and soul into music, yeah?
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is that these days, my father wouldn't know originality
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I was above 'em, no bluffin', if, ands or buts
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- at a Philly basement party? - Yeah. So?
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(WHOOPING, EXCITED CHATTER)
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(LAUGHS) Yes, a colossal misunderstanding, Mr. Barker.
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won't even return my phone calls.
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all those years ago?
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- a bit of your time to talk. - Time's money.
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and you probably don't even listen
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Sweat
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Very impressive. You like a little Misty, girl.
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You are nobody's fool, okay?
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She's dying.
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Of my three girls,
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You didn't think twice about chucking your man here.
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very distinct definitions of that word.
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it's just as dangerous to push me around.
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I'll handle it.
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Uh, you know what's up when I pull up
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Okay, the turn up is real, party in the hills...
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Ice form in the physical, rare biblical
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That we could be more than just friends
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I see. So she blackmailed your ass. Okay.
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No question I would speed for cracks and weed...
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The hell are you talking about?
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from Eddie to Claudia to Andre...
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Firing squad?
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I've seen single-handedly how you bamboozled her.
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Those are those same papers I offered you the other day,
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that weak ass served you divorce papers.
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And you know what it's like to grow up without a mother.
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Nah, it's okay.
Aired 6 months ago - Apr 18, 2018

Although Lucious pressures Cookie to take it easy, she can't help but take matters into her own hands when she receives unsettling news about an old friend. Meanwhile, Tiana's new 20 for 20 single takes off, leading to an unexpected change in her demeanor. Also, Jamal struggles to rebrand his image, Hakeem adopts a new role as musical mentor and Andre recruits Lucious to help him uncover the truth about Eddie's intentions. MORE -LESS

Aired 6 months ago - Apr 11, 2018

A Lyon health scare shakes up Empire, as Cookie holds down the fort, in spite of it all. Both Andre and Jamal try to right their wrongs, and Jamal makes a shocking revelation on live TV with Robin Roberts. Eager to take Empire to new heights, Eddie's motives are questioned when numbers don't add up. Meanwhile, Hakeem and Tiana find common ground and Becky reveals the secret she's been keeping from J. Poppa. MORE -LESS

Aired 6 months ago - Apr 04, 2018

On the brink of a lucrative tech deal, Eddie realizes that he must work on rebranding Empire. Cookie springs into action when a girl group from the past re-unites and threatens to expose secrets about Empire and Lucious. Meanwhile, Hakeem makes a major move with Tiana, Andre continues to struggle with his guilt and Becky is faced with a difficult situation. MORE -LESS

Aired 7 months ago - Mar 28, 2018

Nurse Claudia takes her job to a new level, when she kidnaps Lucious. To find him, Cookie must race against time and use the skills she learned in prison to rescue him. Meanwhile, Andre, Jamal and Hakeem pick up the pieces from their battle with the Dubois family.

Aired 10 months ago - Dec 13, 2017

Cookie and Lucious devise an elaborate plan to take down Diana Dubois and her family once and for all. Andre recovers from his mental breakdown in the hospital, Shine tries desperately to protect his secret and Eddie Barker is concluding his tenure at Empire. Amidst the chaos, someone's life hangs in the balance.

Aired 10 months ago - Dec 06, 2017

Cookie and Lucious take matters into their own hands as they watch Diana DuBois' master scheme unfold. Meanwhile, Andre begins to spiral out of control, wondering what she could have in store for him. Also, Jamal's sobriety is put to the test and Shine gives Hakeem advice on how to maintain a balance between his work and personal life.

Aired 11 months ago - Nov 29, 2017

Production comes to a halt on Empire's 20-For-20 when Calvin and Portia, feeling overworked by their new producer, Eddie Barker, call for a strike, leaving Cookie to find a solution to the issue. In an attempt to prove that he can still be the man he was before the explosion, Lucious arranges a deal on Hakeem's behalf, not knowing the repercussions that could follow. Meanwhile, love is in the air for Jamal and Andre, who each express their feelings for their significant others, not knowing the secrets that are being kept from them. MORE -LESS

Aired 11 months ago - Nov 15, 2017

The Lyon family stands together as Anika and Hakeem begin a custody battle for Bella. Although they're confident in Hakeem's ability as a father, no one is prepared for the revelations her team brings to the trial. Meanwhile, Claudia grows more possessive over Lucious, who has unlocked a new way to understand music through his paintings. Also, Jamal introduces Warren to Lucious, Andre begins seeing a new therapist, and one of Becky's old flames returns. MORE -LESS

Aired a year ago - Nov 08, 2017

When the secret about Lucious' memory is exposed, Cookie attempts to convince the board that he is fine by inviting the press to watch him produce the first 20 for 20 album. Eddie Barker jumps in to help Lucious get back in his groove and make music in the studio. Just as Andre's feelings for Detective Pamela Rose intensify, she reveals information that's been uncovered regarding the explosion. Meanwhile, Hakeem worries about his secret involvement with the DuBois family and Claudia helps Lucious with a breakthrough. MORE -LESS

Aired a year ago - Oct 18, 2017

The race is on when Cookie announces that the number one album for Empire's 20-For-20 will be a competition between all of the label's top artists, giving Jamal a bold idea for his newest song. On the heels of Bella's first birthday, the family plans a special "Prince and Princesses"-themed birthday party, including a special Prince tribute, but the special day brings back haunting memories for one of the Lyons. Meanwhile, Lucious is at a crossroads, as he tries to put to rest the anger from his past life. MORE -LESS

Recap of Empire (2015) Season 4 Episode 4 (S04E04) - 1
*EMPIRE* Season 04 Episode 04 Title: "Bleeding War"
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but her fat ass was the least of my worries.
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Lucious, I'm gonna be here for a long time, okay?
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Not unless he really want to come, just, I guess.
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and, on the inside, it-it... it made me strong.
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Uh-uh, uh-uh-uh. Tell him to get
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That does not entitle you to be a snob.
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♪ I'm self-made, my own boss ♪
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'Cause I got to keep it real, track by track.
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with some crazy, Machiavellian scheme to save the day.
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So that means all of you are competing for the Alpha spot.
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Okay, didn't you say that, um,
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♪ Let him know what it is, show him what's he's neglecting ♪
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You're a beat jacker?
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Plus, didn't Lucious and Mary J. Blige do a duet back in the day?
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that the warriors had to leave?
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You hear that, Lucious?
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But I don't think it's time for you to be an Alpha right now.
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I came to Empire with you today to help you heal the pain.
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♪ I like your smeared lipstick ♪
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♪ The plug. ♪
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- Yeah. - I don't know.
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I thought you were helping Cookie choose the first album.
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There's absolutely no way that I can get that many berets
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and she wasn't in there long enough to break a nail.
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- Just breathe. - Just breathe.
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I told you my wife died, Pop,
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identifying, uh, the crossroads?
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Back when he was, uh...
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I should sing about the way that I love.
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I was working on the song all night long.
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Don't pay attention to anybody. Just sing to me.
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♪ Is like a drug ♪
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We got our Alpha.
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We're gathered here today to get through this thing called life.
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That's exactly what I told him, but what do I know?
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Let's get nuts
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- ♪ Let's go, let's go - ♪ Let's go
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It's not Bella's fault.
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Enjoy the sneak preview.
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but I thought you might be in for a tough day.
Aired a year ago - Oct 11, 2017

When Cookie is denied a line of credit, she flashes back to her years in prison and compares her past struggles to her life now. Lucious continues to struggle with demons of his own and begs his family to tell him about the ways he's wronged them, but they are reluctant to tell him the truth. Meanwhile, the NYPD is still on Andre's case about the events that transpired in Vegas and one officer in particular catches his eye. MORE -LESS

Aired a year ago - Oct 04, 2017

With Leah still insisting that he is a monster, Lucious sneaks away in hopes of finding out what type of person he was before the explosion. Cookie panics that Lucious has gone missing on Claudia's watch, until she realizes he found his way to Uncle Eddie, a music icon who has since become family to the Lyons. Meanwhile, with Anika still behind bars, Hakeem and Tiana grow more comfortable as a family, and Becky makes a rash decision regarding Jamal's new song. MORE -LESS

Aired a year ago - Sep 27, 2017

On the brink of Empire Entertainment’s 20th anniversary, Lucious is making his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas, while all members of the Lyon family, as well as Lucious’ nurse, Claudia, have their own interests in Lucious regaining his physical and mental faculties. Crossover episode with Star Season 2, Episode 1.