Paying for a cab ride. Hurling an ultimatum (or a shoe) at her ex-husband. Offering up a prayer (or a flash of her lingerie) during a family meal. They’re all opportunities for Empire‘s Cookie Lyon to be fabulously, unforgettably quotable.
Over the first 10 episodes of the Fox drama’s breakout freshman season, in fact, Taraji P. Henson’s glamorous ex-con turned hard-charging label exec has practically broken Twitter thanks to fans’ affinity for repeating her crushing put-downs and truth-filled zingers.
Someday, we’ll all own a five-volume book set called The Wit and Wisdom of a Hot, Hot Cookie, but until then, we present to you our countdown of the character’s 22 greatest Season 1 quotes.
So, click through the gallery below for our take, then hit the comments with your thoughts on our rankings — and any Cookie bon mots you think we egregiously left out.