So this reaction post is a little late going up because I fucked my back up and I am on some meds that keep be zonked out like 85% of the day and between sleeping, eating, and pill popping I just now got to watch the episode.
I am not going to do the play by play because to be frank I am tired and still a little out of it from these pain pills and the muscle relaxers they got me on so I will just discuss some of the highlights.
This episode is one of my favorites so far. I loved some of the family moments we got. I LOVE that Cookie made some progress with Hakeem. I LOVE that Jamal bonded with Lola. I LOVE that Hakeem and Jamal are back on track as brothers. But I need someone to give a shit about Andre.
I think his isolation and neglect is the reason he can harm his family so easily and the reason he only thinks of himself. Even from an outsiders perspective it seems like he is the only one who does care about himself outside of Rhonda so for him it has to bee worse. He and Cookie haven’t had a moment since she came home and I need her to try with him the same way she is with Hakeem.
That being said I loved the insight and the development Andre got with this episode. He is supremely flawed and fucked up but I can officially say I love the fuck out him in my own way because I can understand his motivations and put a name to his feelings now. The moment at the end of the episode with the gun fucked me up. And that scream gave me chills. Damn Trai Byers can act!
Andre’s marriage to Rhonda makes more sense to me now too. Some holes were filled in in terms of their actions and I have to say I am glad she took a stand for herself even if he took it as a personal slight. I feel like their marriage isn’t going to last which saddens me because I feel like if it was built on healthier foundation it would have the potential to be one of the best relationships on the show.
But can we be surprised about the failure of Andre’s treatment of women when he had Lucious as an example. Lucious’s punk ass had some damn nerve calling his family a disgrace when he is a him.
Like I had to pause the Hulu stream when this fool said that and blink a few times. For real Lucious? Your family is a disgrace? Let’s rehash some facts here partner. You killed Cookie’s cousin then fucked her and then screwed her over. You proposed to Anika on your wedding anniversary with Cookie and then gave Cookie a rose the same night and then fucked Cookie the moment Anika went out of town then blamed Cookie for it. You threw one son in the trash can and abused him and blackmailed him and denied him his identity, you berate yet another son at every turn to the point where he feels like he isn’t good enough and wants to kills himself and neglects his mental health when you are the one who ain’t shit, and the last one you let get away with whatever he wants and he is a spoiled entitled brat which is why I am glad he is spending some time with Cookie and Jamal who actually give a fuck about him and are not trying to farm him out to the public as a Mini Me so that they can make money off of him and be immortalized through him like your dumb ass.
Not to mention the fact that Lucious had Anika’s dad commit fraud, beat the shit out of someone’s manager, pinned the murder he committed on someone else, strong armed Titan into signing with him, wore white to Bunky’s funeral and gave a eulogy where he praised himself and bashed the man when he is the one who put him in the damn casket. Lucious is Lucifer and he wants to call someone a disgrace. Lucious if you don’t miss me with that shit and gone somewhere and wither away and die all fucking ready. Excuse me…rant over.
Still not here for Boo Boo Kitty. But Anika is coming for Lucious and I am so fucking ready for it! She better not go after Cookie in the process. Lucious is the one who lied to her. No Cookie shouldn’t have slept with him knowing they were together but Cookie is not Anika’s man and I understand why she did it. Lucious is the one who caught Cookie in a weak moment even though he tried to play the damn victim. I still don’t care about Anika’s feelings cause I am not over what she did to Elle but if she is coming for Lucious she has fair weather fan in me for that one.
Now on to the most important moments of the episode. Cookie and Camilla’s scenes gave me life. She read that woman to filth on sight. I cackled. I been telling ya’ll about Oedipus and his complex for weeks and Cookie basically called him out on it and I screamed! Watching Taraji and Naomi play off each other was like the greatest thing ever seen on television. I need more scenes with them. Give me all the scenes! Also can we thank all that is good and holy that Hakeem said he ain’t trying to have Camilla be his fake mother no more? I ain’t here for her being his “queen” neither though. I feel like he saw some truth in what Cookie was saying because that woman is trying to run him and at the end with Jamal he mentioned that Camilla had hyped his head up so the boy has some brains after all.
Hakeem is starting to grow up a little and I am here for it. He finally got his issues out on the table with Cookie. He squashed the beef with Jamal and actually came to see him as a brother out of support and pride and not about business and to use him. That is character growth and I hope it continues.
Now even more important JAMALLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LIVE!!!!!!!!!!! My baby came out and it was EPIC and I hollered!!!!! I am so happy that Jamal was able to fight his fear and live his truth. Also I feel like Ryan fell a little bit in love with him at that moment like did ya’ll see his face? But who wouldn’t have. I did and I thought I could love Jamal more. I miss Michael but I love Eka and him being on the show is a gift.
Anyway I am so happy that Jamal came out and that he did it on his terms. Like everyone was so hype and Cookie was so proud I cried. Hell even Vernon looked proud. Lucious was pissed and I cackled cause fuck him that’s why and because I live for Lucious’s misery and discomfort. I feed myself on Lucious’s man pain and Jamal and Cookie’s joy! HA!
I feel like without this hanging over his head and with him taking the steps to accept himself and be who he is as a person and an artist Jamal is about to do some big things. Especially with Cookie and Hakeem’s support.
Speaking of Cookie! Just….every episode has me stanning for her more. Like how? Cookie my sun and stars! Gah! Watching her say goodbye in that flashback broke my heart. I understand why she is clinging to this idea of family that she lost so hard but Lucious is not worth it and I am happy Jamal was looking out for her this episode because she made her see some hard truths. I loved that she realized the only real love she has got since she got out is from her kids and that is what she needs to focus on. Not Lucious. Let that asshole die trembling shaking and lying to himself and blaming the world.
The only one qualified to run Empire at this point is Cookie but I want better for her. The funny thing is the Legacy album would have been hot just like every other idea Cookie has came up with since she came out of the joint. She has been out of touched and locked up for seventeen years and all these fools have more experiences and she stays killing the game. That is why she needs to be the one running things and not just acting like she is as everyone was saying. But I don’t want her running Empire. I want her to have her own shit. I want her to have her own company and her own man and take her kids with her and I want Lucious to stew in it and realize he lost everything and then die! Cause lets be real if Cookie hooks up with someone else *coughMalcolmcoough* Lucious is going to flip shit, if she leaves Empire and starts her own company he will try and fail to take her down, and if she takes his kids he will be crying and cursing his “disgrace” of a family from his hospital bed and he will work himself into a sweaty frenzy and hopefully go into cardiac arrest so we don’t have to be bothered with his ass no more. Though in truth as much as I rag on him he is one of those characters I love to have. He still ain’t shit though.
That being said I am hoping Cookie can really let go of Lucious and the past and move forward and focus on her career and her children like she said. With the prison flashback and her staring at the picture I am not so sure though…sigh. Either way I love her and she is forever the heart of this damn show.
I am too excited for next week as usual! I swear this show will kill me!