Empire Season 4 Episode 1 Recap: Faking It

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Lucious Lyon has been the icy family patriarch for the last few years on Empire, so we're glad he's finally getting a comeuppance for all of the crap he's pulled. 

When Empire Season 4 Episode 1 got underway, Lucious was all over the place. His amnesia had royally knocked his socks off, and he did not know much about his family. 

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But, that was alright because he had Demi Moore's Claudia by his side pulling strings to ensure he was not put in any situations that could make him do anything dangerous. 

Here's the thing: Any normal family would kick Claudia out of the house and warn her to steer clear of their family if she was getting that close to a patient. 

As Cookie put it perfectly on the Empire Season 3 finale, they were paying her, so she had no right to comment on what they were doing to bring Lucious back. 

As sad and desperate as it sounds, Cookie would love nothing more than to have her one true love return to his villainous ways. The way he cuts her off and claims he does not know anything about her clearly makes her want to vomit. 

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She tried so long to get him to see the light and ditch Giuliana for her that she probably feels she has been dealt a horrible hand. 

Claudia is deluded, and we got to find out that she was very into Lucious during the performance at Empire's 20th anniversary. She hated Cookie because she was fretting Lucious was going to remember her. 

In any case, this is a primetime soap opera, so it will not be surprising when it ultimately turns out that Claudia has a link to someone Lucious wronged in the past. 

There's no way this crazy nurse just appeared out of nowhere. She has to be part of a bigger plan because we're not buying that she was obsessed with Lucious from the get-go. 

Not much happened during the hour. It was mostly the calm before the storm, and that's okay. We got to see the multiple layers of this new and improved Lucious. 

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He has a conscience, no humor and is missing half of his leg. He put on quite the show during the Empire party to show off that all was right in the land of the Empire. 

Unfortunately, Cookie thought it was the real deal and found herself having to go toe-to-toe with Claudia who was wearing Anika's dress which she conveniently discovered in the closet. 

Cookie sure knows a snake when she sees one, and it's going to be a lot of fun to watch these two women fight for control of Lucious. He has to get his memory back sometime, but Claudia will see to it that his memories of Cookie are dark and full of misery. 

Elsewhere, Andre held the keys to the company, but he was battling with the guilt of being instrumental in putting his father in the position he was in. 

Shyne was worried about people ratting them out to the police, so he went on a mission to get rid of everyone who knew about it. Sooner or later, Andre will be the one to fess up. 

One person who won't be fessing up? The bomb maker, because Shyne sent him to hell with a gunshot to the head. 

Diana Dubois was pressing on with her plan to ruin the Lyons, and it resulted in her crashing Hakeem's home to threaten him with some incriminating pictures. 

Cookie would have trusted her son if he told her the truth about what was going on. This whole thing is going to blow up in Hakeem's face, and that's not going to do him any favors. 

Okay, so that's a wrap. What did you think of the episode?

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Empire continues Wednesdays on Fox!

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