‘Empire’ Video Recap: Cameos, Name Drops, and a Forecast of Shade

     October 1, 2015


On this episode of the Empire Recap Show, Tamara Dhia, Courtney Perdue, Quinn Marie, and David Griffin (subbing for Jamiah Brown) discuss: Season 2 Episode 2, “Without a Country,” which was once again full of celebrity cameos, name drops, drama and a forecast that was high in shade.

After Lucious squashed Cookie’s attempts to take control of Empire Records she, along with Hakeem, Andre, and Anika start a record company of their own, Lyon Dynasty Records. Back in prison Luscious struggles to get access to his medication in jail, but still finds time to drop a new single, “Snitch Bitch,” that shoots straight to the top of the charts.


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During this recap, the hosts tackle everything from the introduction of new characters (Andre Royo, Becky G, and Kelly Rowland) to the Lyon brothers continuing allegiance changes. Are they team Cookie or team Lucious? They break down every plot line, discuss the music, the characters and give their predictions on what to expect from the next episode. Strap in and press play!

Empire stars Terrence HowardTaraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Malik Yoba, Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, and Serayah, and airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox.

Having taken TV audiences by storm in its record-setting first season, EMPIRE enters Season Two as the No. 1 series on broadcast television. From its jaw-dropping storylines to its chart-topping hip-hop soundtrack, EMPIRE instantly gained a legion of die-hard fans, creating a social media frenzy and making “Cookie” a household name.

The series recently was nominated for three Emmy Awards, including one for Taraji P. Henson in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. It also has received four TCA Award nominations, including Program of the Year, Outstanding Program, Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Individual Achievement in Drama (Henson). Henson and Howard both recently won the BET Awards for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, and Henson also won the NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year.

LUCIOUS LYON (Howard) is the king of hip-hop.  An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years.  But, after battling what he believed to be a terminal disease, Lucious challenged his sons (Jussie Smollett as JAMAL, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray as HAKEEM and Trai Byers as ANDRE) to compete for his throne, a task made all the more complicated by the return of their mother and Lucious’ ex-wife, COOKIE (Henson), who was released from prison.

Season Two will pick up three months after Lucious’ shocking arrest and incarceration at the end of last season. Knowing Lucious won’t be held much longer in prison, Cookie and her allies within the Lyon family make a desperate attempt to seize control of the company. But as the Lyons continue to battle each other, a bigger external threat emerges that could force them to unite.


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