'Empire': 5 Weirdest Moments From This Week's Episode
Aside from a few soap operatic directorial choices (what was up with Lucious' exaggerated facial expression while hugging Jamal? We get it, he's jealous), last night's episode of Empire, "What's Love Got to Do With It," was another excellent entry in this compelling season. From a near-threesome to the right to bear arms in a recording studio, here are the weirdest moments from last night (Nov. 11).
Lucious Lyon and his new business partner Mimi (Marisa Tomei, delicious as ever) celebrate skeezily forging a partnership with a streaming service by sharing a prostitute. Except...not so much. First, a mysterious phone call derails Mimi, and then memories of his mentally ill mother act as a cold shower for Lucious. So no, Empire didn't actually show a threesome on TV. Hey, after all, it is network.
Jamal Cheats on His Dad With His Mom
In a subplot set up like a romantic tryst, Jamal meets Cookie at a restaurant, gets drunk and then spends all night recording with his mom behind his father's back. When Hakeem walks in, Jamal ducks down and slinks out like a guilty interloper.
Lucious Brings a Gun to the Recording Studio
Pushed to dig deeper into his traumatic childhood, Lucious takes the gun his mother (Kelly Rowland, as seen in flashbacks) would play Russian roulette with into the studio to add an extra edge to his "Boom Boom Boom Boom" collab with protégé Freda Gatz (Bre-Z). Incidentally, "Boom" x 4 is one of the best songs Empire has turned out yet.
New York: The Most Welcoming City on Earth
Hakeem's protégé/love interest Laura (Jamila Velazquez) stops foot traffic in Manhattan by singing an impassioned Spanish-language version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Yes, she sounded great, but the show totally overdid it -- they made it seem like busy New Yorkers are all too happy to stop, cheer and clap along with random street singers. As video of Erykah Badu singing in Times Square has proven, it doesn't matter who you are -- in New York, people are just too damn busy and/or ornery for your street singing shenanigans.
Lucious Beats Down a Potential Business Partner
Even though he was supposed to let a potential biz partner beat him at boxing, Lucious opts to K.O. him cold when the dude calls his lyrics "shallow." Okay, maybe this isn't a weird moment per se, but it's pretty fun to watch on repeat.