Empire

  1. Die But Once/Who I Am
    Episodes 11 and 12 Die But Once/Who I Am
    Empire Recap: Things Fall Apart Empire’s season finale encapsulated the best and worst of what this monster of a show has given audiences these past ten weeks.
  2. Sins of the Father
    Episode 10 Sins of the Father
    Empire Recap: Life With Father Now, that’s how you do a soap opera.
  3. Unto the Breach
    Episode 9 Unto the Breach
    Empire Recap: This Means War Is it wrong to root for the bad guy? 
  4. The Lyon’s Roar
    Episode 8 The Lyon’s Roar
    Empire Recap: In the Name of the King This week’s episode is jam-packed with inconsistencies, making it another prime example of how this show can go from intriguing to inept at a moment’s notice.
  5. Our Dancing Days
    Episode 7 Our Dancing Days
    Empire Recap: Modern Family It may take Empire a while to get past its watercooler tawdry-TV beginnings, but this week proves it’ll get there eventually.
  6. Out, Damned Spot
    Episode 6 Out, Damned Spot
    Empire Recap: Take Me to the River Character inconsistencies abound this week, making for a disappointing episode.
  7. Dangerous Bonds
    Episode 5 Dangerous Bonds
    Empire Recap: My Girl Got a Girlfriend Lucious gets a clean bill of health by playing dirty, while his sons continue trying to kill each other.
  8. False Imposition
    Episode 4 False Imposition
    Empire Recap: Attack on Titan Well, that was a surprisingly good episode.
  9. The Devil Quotes Scripture
    Episode 3 The Devil Quotes Scripture
    Empire Recap: 100 to 0 Real Quick Everything about this show is starting to seem hideously grotesque.
  10. The Outspoken King
    Episode 2 The Outspoken King
    Empire Recap: Let’s Tame Some Shrews! The women on this show are all kind of terrible.
  11. Pilot
    Episode 1 Pilot
    Empire Series Premiere Recap: I Got Mine This show is an amusing and tacky hot mess.
  1. Past Is Prologue
    Episode 18 Past Is Prologue
    Empire Season Finale Recap: Two Weddings and No Funeral Dang, Empire. You got me this time.
  2. Rise By Sin
    Episode 17 Rise By Sin
    Empire Recap: The Big Night They’ve finally done it. This is the perfect Empire episode.
  3. The Lyon Who Cried Wolf
    Episode 16 The Lyon Who Cried Wolf
    Empire Recap: American Horror Story The time has come for the question we didn’t dare ask: Has Empire righted itself?
  4. More Than Kin
    Episode 15 More Than Kin
    Empire Recap: The Ballad of Boo Boo Kitty When Lucious hears bad news, he always jumps to murder.
  5. Time Shall Unfold
    Episode 14 Time Shall Unfold
    Empire Recap: Dwight Walker’s Revenge When Empire just strips everything down, it really shines.
  6. The Tameness of a Wolf
    Episode 13 The Tameness of a Wolf
    Empire Recap: Happy Birthday, Cookie Oh no, the Hakeem face is still in the opening credits.
  7. A Rose by Any Other Name
    Episode 12 A Rose by Any Other Name
    Empire Recap: Hakeem & Cleopatra Everything on this show is a Shakespearean metaphor or a thinly veiled dick allusion.
  8. Death Will Have His Day
    Episode 11 Death Will Have His Day
    Empire Recap: Cookie Lyon Paper Company We’re really leaning into this Godfather thing, huh?
  9. Et Tu, Brute
    Episode 10 Et Tu, Brute
    Empire Recap: Is You Is or Is You Ain’t? Um, Jamal. You know you can be bisexual, right?
  10. Sinned Against
    Episode 9 Sinned Against
    Empire Recap: Crackhouse Walking Tour Cookie and Candace are all business in Philadelphia.
  11. My Bad Parts
    Episode 8 My Bad Parts
    Empire Recap: Softer Than Butter How does Empire do an entire episode about rap beef in 2015 without mentioning Meek Mill?
  12. True Love Never
    Episode 7 True Love Never
    Empire Recap: The Return of Mimi Complex characters? Logical plot development? This can’t be Empire.
  13. A High Hope for a Low Heaven
    Episode 6 A High Hope for a Low Heaven
    Empire Recap: Doin’ Too Much Symbolism was never your strong suit, Empire.
  14. Be True
    Episode 5 Be True
    Empire Recap: It’s a Wonderful Gutter Life This episode was flipping tremendous.
  15. Poor Yorick
    Episode 4 Poor Yorick
    Empire Recap: My Heart Can’t Take It This show is what I see when my close my eyes at night to dream.
  16. Fires of Heaven
    Episode 3 Fires of Heaven
    Empire Recap: What Can’t Cookie Do? Is Empire set in a universe where the majority of hip-hop artists exist but also somehow don’t? 
  17. Without a Country
    Episode 2 Without a Country
    Empire Recap: Hashtags Do Come True I’m ready for the Better Call Thirsty spinoff after Empire is finished. 
  18. The Devils Are Here
    Episode 1 The Devils Are Here
    Empire Season Two Premiere Recap: Double-Crossing Divas This episode wasn’t so much of a thrill ride as expert table-setting and reminders of the damage these people are capable of doing. 
  1. Toil and Trouble, Part 2
    Episode 18 Toil and Trouble, Part 2
    Empire Season Finale Recap: Who? That was a legitimately great twist.
  2. Toil and Trouble, Part 1
    Episode 17 Toil and Trouble, Part 1
    Empire Recap: Ocean’s Fifty-Eleven It was only a matter of time until Empire pulled off a legit heist.
  3. Absent Child
    Episode 16 Absent Child
  4. Civil Hands Unclean
    Episode 15 Civil Hands Unclean
    Empire Recap: Drop It Like It’s Hot How hasn’t Snoop Dogg appeared on this show before?
  5. Love Is a Smoke
    Episode 14 Love Is a Smoke
    Empire Recap: The (Nia) Long Con Cookie, let those two trash fires burn hot together. You are seriously better off.
  6. My Naked Villainy
    Episode 13 My Naked Villainy
    Empire Recap: For My Queens Apparently, Lucious suffers from myasthenia gravis, and this is the first that any of us are hearing of it.
  7. Strange Bedfellows
    Episode 12 Strange Bedfellows
    Empire Recap: Happy Birthday, Hakeem! Oh, someone is definitely getting shot by the end of this season.
  8. Play On
    Episode 11 Play On
    Empire Recap: The Devil’s Chord How many more guest stars can Empire throw at us?
  9. Sound & Fury
    Episode 10 Sound & Fury
    Empire Recap: Batter Up Cookie has officially declared war against Lucious.
  10. A Furnace for Your Foe
    Episode 9 A Furnace for Your Foe
    Empire Recap: Follow the Money Takeem is the absolute worst couple name.
  11. The Unkindest Cut
    Episode 8 The Unkindest Cut
    Empire Recap: The Fashion Show “The Unkindest Cut” is a stunner of an episode.
  12. What We May Be
    Episode 7 What We May Be
    Empire Recap: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Welcome to Empire, Phylicia Rashad!
  13. Chimes at Midnight
    Episode 6 Chimes at Midnight
    Empire Recap: Hacked A cautionary tale about private email servers and nude photos.
  14. Cupid Kills
    Episode 4 Cupid Kills
    Empire Recap: Lucifer Lyon Empire is really taking the ridiculousness to new heights.
  15. What Remains Is Bestial
    Episode 3 What Remains Is Bestial
    Empire Recap: Mutually Assured Destruction Mariah Carey is flawless.
  16. Sin That Amends
    Episode 2 Sin That Amends
    Empire Recap: Post-Traumatic Lyon Disorder I love you, Empire, but I don’t know if you’re the right show to take on police brutality.
  1. Bleeding War
    Episode 4 Bleeding War
    Empire Recap: Me, Myself, and Lucious Finally, an answer to the question: Who else is a recording artist at Empire Records?
  2. Evil Manners
    Episode 3 Evil Manners
    Empire Recap: Who Is Lucious Lyon? Amnesia Lucious is not carrying his weight.
  3. Full Circle
    Episode 2 Full Circle
    Empire Recap: Memory Lane Remember when this show was vaguely about music?
  4. Noble Memory
    Episode 1 Noble Memory
    Empire Season-Premiere Recap: The Big Bang “I’m Cookie Lyon. I’m unforgettable.”

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