For a father-son duo on the outs, Lucious and Hakeem Lyon sure are good at teaming up to take out the competition.
Wednesday’s Empire featured the past and present CEOs using their collective scheming smarts to regain control of their company, leaving a trail of dead bodies in their wake.
After Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) films himself having sex with Camilla (Naomi Campbell) and sends the tape to her overprotective wife Mimi (Marisa Tomei), the Empire shareholder dumps her stock, allowing the family to buy it all back. (That they use Andre’s unborn son’s trust to buy the shares will probably come back to haunt them, but for now, it’s a good thing.)
Later, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) unwilling sets the second part of the plan in motion when she informs Lucious (Terrence Howard) of their victory.
“Just call your lawyers, they’ll tell you Mimi’s getting rid of all her stock,” she tells her ex. “She’s probably getting rid of that bitch Camilla right about now.”
“Really?” Lucious responds, cryptically adding, “Think I’d like to see that.”
When Lucious arrives at the penthouse, he finds Camilla wiping down the bathroom hardware, as Mimi lies dead in the bathtub.
“Nobody’s going to believe that she killed herself,” he tells her, recording the scene on his cell phone. “I mean, they might have if I hadn’t watched you pour that stuff in her drink.”
Infuriated, Camilla tells him to get out, unaware that Hakeem is the one who double-crossed her and sent Mimi the tape. Lucious threatens her with a gun, warning her of the consequences to come, and as the reality of the situation sinks in, he tells her she’d be better off committing suicide.
“That feeling you got right now? That’s prison, but a million times worse,” he threatens. “It’d be a whole lot easier and a whole lot less mess if you would just take a swig of whatever that was you made Mimi drink.”
She does, as Lucious departs with one last “Rot in hell,” seemingly having tied another loose end. But is Camilla really dead? Will the Lyons regain control of their company? Just how tragic are the consequences going to get?