Andre, you’re playing with fire, boy. On the April 5 episode of ‘Empire,’ Andre and Giuliana get their flirt on, Anika explains herself, and Hakeem’s 21st birthday doesn’t exactly get off to a good start.
Hakeem is going all out for his 21st birthday. He kicks things off with a wild party that features waffles and a hot tub filled with syrup. Yes, really. Hakeem certainly never does anything half-ass.
After sleeping with Philip, Jamal has to deal with D-Major coming out on social media as a declaration of love. D-Major walks in to Jamal’s apartment and finds a shirtless Philip there. Well, this is awkward. D-Major and Jamal exchange some heated words. This reunion did not go as planned.
Anika is G-O-N-E. Cookie and Lucious want to know WTF is up. Meanwhile, Hakeem’s just ready to celebrate his birthday. He literally asks Hakeem for a Bugatti. Cookie and Lucious toss aside Hakeem because of the Anika drama.
Nessa performs a new song at Leviticus and, damn, this girl is talented. Andre only has eyes for her — until Giuliana shows up and starts to flirt. This woman is good. “Talent has no power,” she says, wooing Andre. “I want to be the boss.” This whole working together thing is not going to end well.
Lies & One Risky Plan
Angelo finds a gun in Cookie’s apartment, and he flips out. He’s running for mayor! She can’t have that lying around. It’s the gun she got from Lucious so that just makes everything worse. Cookie says she’ll get rid of it. Angelo asks her if she’s ever shot anyone. She lies straight to his face. She shot someone who tried to make a move on her when she was a teenager.
D-Major and Jamal finally talk. D-Major admits that he came out to get Jamal back. He’s really trying to be a good guy. Now that he’s out, he’s scared. People in the hip hop world are turning on him for being gay. Their conversation is interrupted by Cookie, who storms in and kicks D-Major out. Cookie tries to dish out some shade, but Jamal puts her in her place quickly by bringing up Lucious. They agree to focus on their own dirty laundry and not judge each other.
Cookie walks into the salon to get ready for her dinner with Angelo and runs right into Giuliana. There’s already so much tension between them, and they don’t even know each other. Cookie doesn’t have time to throw a fit because Lucious calls Cookie about Anika. Apparently, she’s back. She was hiding out with her family so she could make a plan. Lucious and Cookie are ready to kill her if Anika doesn’t save herself. Anika explains her plan: if she can make Tarik fall for her and prove it, then the case against Lucious will have to be dropped. It’s a good plan, Boo Boo Kitty. Lucious’ mom walks in and points the gun at Anika. Someone put this woman in a home!
Takeem = Official!
Tiana surprises Hakeem during his birthday celebration after telling him that she was on tour. Everything is great for Hakeem until a run-in with the club owner goes sour. The club refuses to give Hakeem the $50,000 he was promised because his family didn’t show up. A member of Hakeem’s crew for the night shows his gun, and the owner hands over the money.
Jamal talks to Philip about D-Major and admits that he doesn’t want D-Major. He knows what he has with Philip is special, he just wants to show D-Major some compassion. Philip’s heading out of Empire and runs right into Jamal’s ex. So awkward. D-Major makes a lewd comment and Philip throws a punch. YIKES!
Hakeem’s birthday party ends up at Leviticus. Tiana’s present is a super sexy performance. She also confirms they’re official! Jamal joins in on the fun on stage. He’s finally found his groove again. I love it. Hakeem hits the stage and busts out a quick rap. Meanwhile, one of Hakeem’s crew members, the one who showed the gun at the other club, punches Tiana’s friend in the face when she turns him down. Things just crumble from there. Fights ensue. Not a good look for Hakeem.
Run, Andre, Run
After Leviticus is cleared out, Andre blows up at Hakeem. Andre screams at his baby brother for putting the company at stake and not acting like an adult. As punishment, he takes Hakeem off Empire Xstream. Hakeem continues to make everything all about him, and Tiana refuses to take it.
Anika goes to Tarik and plays the victim really well. He swears to protect her. Boy, you are stupid. He totally falls for the hook, line, and sinker.
Giuliana meets with Andre at a bar. Andre is ready to get extra familiar with Giuliana, but she pulls back the reins. “I don’t ever touch another woman’s man without her permission,” she says to Andre. He claims that Nessa knows about all of this, but that is a LIE! They also talk about Vegas business, but that was not the main reason why Andre wanted to meet with G. Andre needs to watch himself. Giuliana is working with some shady people.
Hakeem goes to Lucious’ place to pick up Bella after a disastrous birthday. He ends up having a heart-to-heart with his father. Lucious reveals that Hakeem was born at home and delivered by him. He tells Hakeem to slow things down and enjoy the little things. He also praises Hakeem for getting his priorities straight. LOL. He obviously hasn’t heard what went down at Leviticus.
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