Empire: Season 4, Episode 17 – Bloody Noses and Crack’d Crowns
Cookie and Lucious fight to keep Empire in the family; they prepare a concert to get the money needed to trump Eddie’s plans; the success of Jamal’s new anonymous group climbs; Hakeem tries to make Tiana jealous; Andre must make a decision.
Empire: Season 4, Episode 18 – The Empire Unpossess’d
Lucious must make a difficult decision to save the company; Eddie shows no signs of backing down; Cookie reveals a potential upper hand in the power play; Andre makes a power play of his own; the Lyons face Empire’s most existential threat yet.
Hip-hop artist and CEO of Empire Entertainment, Lucious Lyon, has always ruled unchallenged, but a medical diagnosis predicts he will be incapacitated in three years, which prompts the sharks to circle. Without further damaging his family, he must decide which of his three sons will take over. His favorite, young Hakeem, is a gifted musician but values fame over hard work. Middle son, Jamal, is talented and shy but gay — embarrassing to Lyon. The oldest, Andre, is business-minded but lacks charisma. The reappearance of Cookie, his ex-wife, complicates things; she says he owes her for taking the fall for the drug-running that financed his early career.