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Season 5

Aired 8 days ago - Dec 05, 2018

The financial security of the Lyon family is on the line as their LFM showcase quickly approaches. Kai's research for an expose on Empire uncovers some dirty activity within the company and causes conflict with Jamal. Meanwhile, Hakeem and Tiana finally reach an agreement on how best to move forward with their relationship, Andre struggles with his decision to let a new love interest in and Kingsley strikes a deal with Giselle. MORE -LESS

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What you need to do is take care of you...
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Mm-hmm.
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It's a two bedroom condo, Mr. Thomas Crown Affair.
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we got to be all about the money. Okay?
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So here's how I see it, Jeff.
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But together, we can run Empire and destroy Lucious Lyon.
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Well, open it anyway. It feels like it to me.
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Hot dogs, at the beach.
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Come here, come here, come here.
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we have discovered Empire's biggest client.
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The end, okay? We're starting a new one.
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Save it. This little sideshow is now damaging the parent company.
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One... No, no, no.
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Damn it, you stepped
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And "nubby"?
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You got commentary, Devon?
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I know you're sorry, Hakeem.
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You know, she's got a son. He's a good kid, you know.
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So if life is offering you something good,
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before, you said you look at my kids like they were your family.
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I mean,
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What?
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- before this showcase. - My man, my man. We got to talk.
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- Hold on, give me a second. - All right.
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but back then, obviously, he was just protecting his artists.
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I'm a victim of a partial-truth, you know that.
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I'm gonna hold off on the story for now, but, uh...
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So, no one's seen Lucious, right?
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♪ I'm thinking it's just an illusion ♪
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♪ Take these fragments out my lungs ♪
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- into some snitch? - Oh, my God!
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♪ Huh ♪
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Come back? Uh...
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♪ When you take a Lyon out the jungle this is what you get ♪
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♪ Keep that same energy, wonder why I'm winning ♪
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Everything I need to know about Jeff Kingsley
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but it just might work.
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Well, we can raise it.
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I don't know what to say.
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and our artists. You know what? As a matter of fact,
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- No. Stop, son. - No.
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Uh, no. Yeah, I know. I-I figured. I mean,
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No, baby. Cook... Now I got to go.
Aired 15 days ago - Nov 28, 2018

The cost of running Lyon Family Management starts to put pressure on Cookie and Lucious' relationship. When Kingsley pulls a power move of his own that has major financial repercussions for Lucious, Cookie thinks back to their early struggles. Kai becomes upset when Jamal announces their engagement on live TV and Tiana hits a crossroad with Hakeem, who refuses to set aside his beef with Blake. Meanwhile, Candace becomes vindictive after feeling betrayed by Cookie and Giselle uncovers a key to her future. MORE -LESS

Aired a month ago - Nov 14, 2018

In an effort to bridge the gap between Lyon Family Management and Empire, Lucious must play nice with Jeff Kingsley, so that the two companies can get girl group TBD back on the map. Meanwhile, Jamal grows frustrated with Cookie when she tries to steal his London artist, Wynter, out from under him, Andre works with the mother of one of his old inmates to help free her innocent son and Cookie realizes her sister is in danger. MORE -LESS

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but don't. You'll lose.
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- Oh. So you on his side? - No.
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You got cash for the pizza guy?
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what the hell are you doing here?
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Look, TBD are Empire artists who we now manage.
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They do all the work.
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- You get a check. You get a check. - What?
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He is just so technical and smart and handsome.
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When I am done, everybody in this city
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♪ Let's dance forever ♪
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Huge record deal.
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She is sweet.
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ended up crashing into a table full of champagne.
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Waiting to catch her at a time when she'll agree?
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Well, as soon as you sign with us, those worries
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I'm right in front of your face in this kitchen.
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You a pain in my ass, that's what you are.
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Oh, honey, I can. You know they used to battle real hard
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It's proven that when certain keywords are mentioned
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to arrange that so quickly.
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In the streets, around the cops.
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♪ So treat Tiana like your queen instead of acting like one ♪
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once and for all.
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it'll sell records for, like, one or two weeks,
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- Outside treating you well? - Ah, you know.
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I need a favor.
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- as a family, as "sistors." - Mm. Let me go get my face on.
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You need something?
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He thinks he can ambush me.
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'cause we don't have servants around here no more.
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Thank you.
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You ever feel guilty about it?
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that you can find with analytics or on a chart.
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But if you don't, then you should do yourself a favor
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♪ Da, da, da, da ♪
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You know she hasn't shown up and she's not answering the phone.
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I shouldn't have.
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His account matches the witnesses' initial description.
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What's going on?
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- Stop! - No, please, stop!
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Is that the police?
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- They had to calm him down. - You called the police?
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Aired a month ago - Nov 07, 2018

In an effort to sign more artists, Cookie and Lucious make a bet to see who can find someone first. While Lucious bets on the chance to meet an up and coming rapper in a high stakes poker game, Cookie takes to the streets to find untapped talent in a set of auditions. Meanwhile, Hakeem refuses to leave the studio when his rage inspires what he considers his best music yet and Jamal finds himself at a crossroads when Becky claims he’s spending too much time with Kai. MORE -LESS

Aired a month ago - Oct 31, 2018

Lucious and Cookie prep their new artist Devon (guest star Mario) for a premiere listening party, but worry he may not be ready for that kind of pressure. Hakeem is determined to convince Tiana that he’s matured, but she has a hard time letting go of everything they’ve struggled through the past couple years. Meanwhile, Cookie becomes concerned about Jamal. MORE -LESS

Aired 2 months ago - Oct 17, 2018

The Lyon family works to get back in their groove with a brand-new project underway. As Cookie and Portia attempt to sign Devon, who has just the sound they’re looking for, Andre tries to prove himself useful to Lucious on the business side of things. Not having heard from Kai, Jamal panics and looks back at their history together. At Empire, the new management entangles itself with a dangerous tie from the Lyon family’s past. MORE -LESS

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You're worried about crow's feet in lockdown?
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Okay, what I need you to do is get through this stack, okay?
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♪ I don't want to, no... ♪
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He hasn't checked in? Are they saying he's missing?
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♪ One night ting is not what I came for ♪
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What are you a, you a tourist, or something?
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I used to sneak in here and look at it when I was a kid.
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I never remember you going to collect without backup, Pop.
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Over the job, over us.
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- You think that's him? - I hope not.
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that cut through all of the clutter.
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I'm gonna bring him down right now. I'll call you back. Hi!
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Because I'm not gonna let this talented young brother
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You know when he see Empire,
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- Welcome home. - Thank you, Sonny.
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Mm-hmm.
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You were in there 'cause you got caught.
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And what we need to do is take you
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And the data tells us that a male R&B singer
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there's still a little magic left in what we do around here.
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Does that mean you like it or you don't like it?
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working out of their house, right?
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Yes. God has blessed you, Devon.
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Look, Kingsley's a Boy Scout, okay?
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but the today Lucious walks into my place
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I'm coming back here, man. I want my money.
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when they took your name and gave you a number,
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♪ I don't care who knows ♪
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Who said there's a story?
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- Definitely. - Okay, cool.
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♪ One more minute ♪
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It's a gift.
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Uh, you know, I have another meeting I should get to.
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- Mm-hmm. - He said that to me when he hired me
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Babe, you've been working hard.
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this is, this is really nice, but we can't, Hakeem.
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No, I just gave him up to Empire.
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Empire showed me a whole nother world.
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Welcome home, baby.
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I'm HIV-positive, but I'm undetectable.
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What's going on? You okay?
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before he left, but, um...
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No, that's all right, Mal. I'll go with you.
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Does that mean that he's dead?
Aired 2 months ago - Oct 10, 2018

Cookie and Lucious push to get back in the music game, but they’ll need the whole family and some old allies to make serious sacrifices in order to do so. Meanwhile, Andre finds a risky way to make a name for himself among his fellow inmates.

Aired 2 months ago - Oct 03, 2018

Cookie and Lucious learn the difficulties of launching an artist without Empire Entertainment’s resources, and their future with new artist Treasure is jeopardized. So when they receive two interesting offers that will launch them back into power in the music industry, they make a surprising decision. Meanwhile, Jamal decides to put his family first and move back to New York, leaving Kai with some tough decisions. MORE -LESS

Aired 3 months ago - Sep 26, 2018

Two years after losing Empire to Eddie Barker, Cookie and Lucious are still in the midst of picking up the pieces. The family is now completely dispersed and coping in their own ways after experiencing unimaginable tragedies. Meanwhile, in an effort to reclaim the Lyons’ position in the music industry, Cookie sets her eyes on a talented new singer and rapper, Treasure. MORE -LESS