Empire Snarks Back: Cookie Lyon's 22 Greatest Season 1 Zingers!

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.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Missy Kelly says:

    I’m beginning to believe that the sweetest nookie one can get from Cookie is her words! Getting a smackdown from Cookie seems like a great prize to give away at some charity auction. I watch and wait for the slap to hit!

  2. Runner says:

    I love “What can you do Yoko..?” Still makes me laugh! Great list.

  3. uk-usa-tvaddict says:

    I really love this show but I am really worried that this will turn out be like the 1st Season of The OC. The 1st season of that show was a lot of fun but they went through plots like no bodies business and then subsequent seasons were bad to the point that I gave up at least 1 season before it was cancelled. At least with Empire the number of episodes is less than the usual 22.

  4. lll says:

    Is it wrong to love the #1 quote, because that’s my favorite. How real was she?

  5. Ann75 says:

    To follow up the first Yoko line, I also like when Cookie said to Camilla in episode 10 “So Yoko, you got the tambourine under that fur?”.

  6. abz says:

    I thought it was “For a queen, you sure do keep a messy place. What you need is to get la cucaracha to clean up in here.”
    You also forgot to include “Shut up, Dora!”

  7. The Kaibosh says:

    Yup. That sure is an ass.

  8. Pixley says:

    I know it’s not an “original” quote, but I love Taraji’s delivery on “Bye, Felicia!”

  9. Diz says:

    Cookie is my favorite character on television right now. I love all her great lines, yoko has to be one of my favs.

  10. BrittBrat says:

    I laugh at all of these. Cookie is a mess and I love her for it!

  11. Cookie is spicy and funny my favorite is not a quote but I love “Boo Boo Kitty”

  12. Mer says:

    Taraji is killing it as Cookie and I just loved her lines.

  13. Tara says:

    I love you COOKIE!!!! YUR DA BEST!!!