Slave to Memory
Cookie and Lucious devise an elaborate plan to take down Diana Dubois; Andre recovers from his mental breakdown; Shine tries desperately to protect his secret; Eddie Barker is concluding his tenure at Empire; someone’s life hangs in the balance.
Cupid Painted Blind
Diana DuBois’ master scheme unfolds; Cookie and Lucious take matters into their own hands; Andre wonders what Diana could have in store for him; Jamal’s sobriety is put to the test; Shine gives Hakeem advice.
The Lady Doth Protest
Cookie must find a solution when Calvin and Portia go on strike; Lucious tries to prove himself by arranging a deal on Hakeem’s behalf; Jamal and Andre express feelings for their significant others.
Fortune Be Not Crost
The Lyon family stands together as Anika and Hakeem begin a custody battle for Bella. Although they’re confident in Hakeem’s ability as a father, no one is prepared for the revelations her team brings to the trial. Meanwhile, Claudia grows more possessive over Lucious, who has unlocked a new way to understand music through his paintings. Also, Jamal introduces Warren to Lucious; Andre begins seeing a new therapist; and one of Becky’s old flames returns.
When the secret about Lucious’ memory is exposed, Cookie attempts to convince the board that he is fine by inviting the press to watch him produce the first 20 for 20 album. Eddie Barker jumps in to help Lucious get back in his groove and make music. Just as Andre’s feelings for Detective Pamela Rose intensify, she reveals information that’s been uncovered regarding the explosion. Meanwhile, Hakeem worries about his involvement with the DuBois clan and Claudia helps Lucious with a breakthrough.
Cookie announces that the number one album for Empire’s 20-For-20 will be a competition between all of the label’s top artists; the family plans a special prince and princesses-themed birthday party; Lucious finds himself at a crossroads.
When Cookie is denied a line of credit, she flashes back to her years in prison and compares her past struggles to her life now. Lucious continues to struggle with demons of his own and begs his family to tell him about the ways he’s wronged them, but they are reluctant to tell him the truth. Meanwhile, the NYPD is still on Andre’s case about the events that transpired in Vegas and one officer in particular catches his eye.
Toil and Trouble, Part 2
While Lucious prepares to launch Empire Las Vegas, Cookie pulls together a team of allies to wreak havoc on the opening.
Toil and Trouble, Part 1
After being banned from Leviticus Vegas, Cookie gathers a team of allies to seek revenge on Giuliana and steal her secret weapon; Jamal is encouraged to delay his album so he won’t have to compete with Lucious’ “Inferno.”