The only way to watch Fox’s hit musical drama Empire is on the edge of your seat. After a three-month hiatus, the Lyons & Co. returned to television sets (and timelines) on Wednesday night (March 30) to the delight of live-tweeters and primetime show junkies.
Here are the biggest WTF moments from last night’s spring premiere titled “Death Will Have His Way.” Caution: spoilers ahead.
1. Rhonda loses the baby
The episode picked up right where the mid-season finale left off with Rhonda sprawled out on the floor of her mansion, bloodied from head to toe. Within the first five minutes of the episode, she loses her baby with Andre from her spill down a flight of stairs.
2. Hakeem becomes Empire CEO
Hakeem’s girl group, Mirage a Trois, rehearses “Crown” for NPR’s Tiny Desk concert and it goes from Destiny’s Child to Beyonce real quick after the Head-Lyon-In-Charge disrespects Laura and her backup squad. Camilla Marks (played by Naomi Campbell) then names Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) Empire’s new CEO, who celebrates by jumping on a boardroom table in an interesting suit.
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3. Lucious and Cookie have a moment
Mr. and Ms. Lyon awkwardly flirt when he tells her that she’s the boss.
— Kym Whitley (@kymwhitley) March 31, 2016
4. Laura and Hakeem do the deed
Depending on the perspective, the steamy romp was either cringe-worthy or lust-worthy. Hakeem also eventually sides with Camilla and breaks up with Laura to take the Empire crown.
5. Lucious hands Hakeem a gun
“If you want to be king, kill your father and sit on his throne,” he tells his son while giving him hardware with gloved hands.
6. Cookie whoops Hakeem’s behind
The Lyoness tries to beat sense into Hakeem, even splintering a sturdy broomstick.
7. Boo Boo Kitty might have her own agenda
Boo Boo Kitty (Lucious’ girlfriend Anika, played by Grace Gealey) says she “heard the news” of Rhonda’s injury and losing the baby, causing the Internet to point fingers. Rhonda also has flashbacks to her fall, showing a Christian Louboutin flat walking out of the front door. Could it be Anika?
Man who pushed Rhonda Down those stairs?!? My money is on Boo Boo Kitty #Empire
— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) March 31, 2016