If there is one thing we have learned from FOX’s scintillating hip-hop drama, it’s that there is only room for one queen of the Empire. Tensions continued to build in this week’s episode, as Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Anika (Grace Gealey) got down and dirty in their battles for the Empire throne and for the heart of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard). Things took a turn for the worse when Lucious takes Cookie’s advice to open Empire’s upcoming investor showcase with a performance by the newly sober Elle Dallas (Courtney Love), despite Anika’s opposition. When Elle arrived to the showcase glammed up and on her “A” game, Anika’s jealousy and insecurity brought out her malicious and evil nature. She sabotaged Cookie and Elle’s comeback by drugging Elle’s tea, leaving her incoherent and unable to perform.
In the end, Anika’s scheme did not pan out as she had planned. Lucious not only chose Cookie as the speaker at the investors’ showcase, but also finally gave in to carnal temptation and got a taste of the cookie! Cookie won the battle this week, but who will win the war?
We’ll be catching up with Rita McGhee in between scenes of Empire, airing every Wednesday on FOX at 9 p.m. ET, to chat about our favorite looks from the episode so be sure to check back in next week!