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Empire Recap: Boooo-ty Call

You know that old adage, “Angel in the streets. Freak in the sheets.”

It certainly applied to Empire‘s Rhonda Lyon — Wharton grad, fashion exec and loving wife who purred like an about-to-be-satisfied cat whenever hubby Andre used to come home and share his deviant tales of sexual-financial-political conquest.

Now, however, the script has flipped. Rhonda’s not in the streets at all — she dead! — but her inconvenient fall from an umpteenth-story balcony at the start of Season 3 isn’t stopping her from bringing energy both celestial and filthy to the bed desk Andre is currently (and very unexpectedly) sharing with Nessa, the newest (and perhaps most talented) diva on the Empire Entertainment roster.

Oh yes, folks whose fandom intersects at the corner of Shondaland and Lee Daniels: Andre is gettin’ his Izzy/ghost sex on! And Rhonda is both an angel and a freak —although the aforementioned sheets are optional!

Yep, after sealing a $2.5 million deal to bring the highly sought-after Nessa to Empire — a process that involved Andre and his dad Lucious assaulting Nessa’s manager Shyne with a baseball bat/boot to the face — the P.Y.T. showed up at Andre’s office, where things got frisky in the amount of time it took Marvin Gaye to jump from the lyric “I got sick this mornin'” to the sentiment “let’s make love tonight.”

But just as Andre pulled the plug (not a euphemism) on the hookup and Nessa acknowledged the very recent loss of Andre’s wife, who to our wondering eyes should appear? But a come-hither blonde and nine words transcribed here: “We can do it together. We’ll both do it.

Oh, girl! Rhonda just went and put the “specter” in “panty inspector.”

In Andre’s mind, as he tackled Nessa like a pile of unpaid invoices on his blotter, Rhonda clawed at his back and whispered words of encouragement in his ear. This was not the kind of Cialis moment the pharmaceutical ads foretold. But the real burning question at the end of the episode had less to do with Andre’s fractured mental state than it did his physical well-being.

Indeed, as we headed for the credits, there was Shyne and a heavily armed group of minions, preparing to go to war against Lucious and Andre. However it ends, this is not going to be good for Empire’s NASDAQ valuation.

In other news from Season 3, Episode 4, “Cupid Kills”:

* Taraji P. Henson got a gorgeous showcase of an episode, as Cookie accepted an invite from Angelo to a hoity-toity opera gala, then handled some deeply personal business in the ladies’ room from a pair of bougie bitches who made the mistake of referring to the Lyon matriarch as a hood rat. OK, sure, Cookie may have stood out like a sore thumb in a skin tight, red minidress as she shouted “You better sing that, girl!” at the end of an opera diva’s glorious aria, but she’s no charity case, trust and believe. “Once I get finished whoopin’ both of y’all’s asses, you’re gonna wish you never met a hood rat like me,” hissed Cookie, winning the battle with a mere flick of water off her fingertips.

Angelo worked hard to make up for the awful evening by turning to Jamal for advice — try something other than a suit, dude! — but as the new love interests reconnected at a Tiana video shoot featuring a hook from La Boheme (flawless!), Lucious slithered in, impersonated the soprano, and laid down a warning for Angelo. Back in their teenage years, Lucious gave young Loretha her nickname, and beat to a pulp the educated young rival who tried to win her heart. Angelo, though, has money-money-power, too, and lest we forget: Cookie is as much if not more an alpha player in this triangle than either of her eager pursuers.

* Jamal worked overtime to win Freda Gatz a release on bail — after she’d been brutally beaten in prison. After his unlikely plan paid off — with the help of both Angelo and Jamal’s own PTSD counselor Philip — Jamal learned Lucious was behind not only the violent jailhouse assault, but that he’d gotten Freda to buy in to the situation, the better to play on Jamal’s emotions. Now that Freda’s lied to the court about having had prior psychiatric problems, Lucious reasoned, she’s in no position to bring him down for his involvement in the murder of her drug kingpin dad. If that wasn’t ugly enough, poor Jamal had to deal with Lucious boasting about the pride he felt watching his son help perpetrate a fraud in the criminal justice system. No wonder the traumatized artist can’t stop mixing pills and alcohol — a nasty combo that hasn’t been lost on ridiculously chiseled Philip.

* In brief: Becky got passed over for the head of A&R gig she’d been seeking for some random white dude who is thisclose to parodying his own self. Hakeem thought it was a good idea to use a suckling pig with an apple in its mouth and the Empire logo imprinted across its side (gah!) to entice Shyne and Nessa to the label. And it turns out Nessa is good with numbers: Herself + Andre + His Deceased Wife = Three Way!

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13 Comments
  1. Bigdede says:

    I love Andre and Nessa chemistry but that end scene was weird. A Threeway with a ghost!

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    It might be time to break up with Empire. I am bored :-(

  3. Shelby says:

    Is Jamal the only one who can see “Phillip the PTS support guy”? It occurred to me that a support guy shouldn’t be visiting Freda Gatz with Jamal…. He’d never get into a real NYC prison situation to be supportive. Has anyone else on the show ever seen or acknowledged him??? Phillip might just be a Percocet hallucination.

    • Chyna Jackson says:

      Shelby, I was thinking that same exact thought. Maybe Philip is dead and is some kind of guardian angel for Jamal.

  4. Interesting can’t wait to see what happens next week.

  5. Antwon303 says:

    I am actually enjoying season three thus far. I mean, it’s not season one quality/fun but it is leaps and bounds improved over season two. I am loving the fact we are seeing Tiana and Porsha again. I can do without Frieda. Loved Tiana’s song with the operatic tones. Is it me or was there some vibes between Jamal and the group counselor? He’s a cutie. I hope he sticks around. LOL @ Cookie’s bathroom scene. Taraji owned it from start to finish. I am glad Andre and Luscious whopped Shine’s ass. That dude had it coming but it looks like he’s about to hit back hard.

  6. Chyna Jackson says:

    I’m still in aww about ANDRE, NESSA, AND DEAD RHONDA’S SEXCAPADE😱😱😱😱. I hope to see Jamal and Freda collaborate on some music again, they are great togather when it comes to the music!!!!

  7. mrmcgee says:

    I like this season so far; it’s not frenetic and over the top like last year and I agreed: this was a good showcase for Taraji. Plus Taye Diggs fits right in.

  8. William says:

    It’s becoming abundantly clear that Lucious and Cookie’s relationship remains toxic even in the initial stages of their interaction. His possessive nature isn’t the least bit admirable as Lucious reduces Cookie to an object more than anything. Berating her so she can come back to him, asserting his dominance to reinforce the power dynamic. Cookie deserves so much more.

  9. Matt C. says:

    That ending scene was classic Empire craziness. Reminded me of season 1…except now, Rhonda’s dead!

  10. kirads09 says:

    My favorite parts had nothing to do with the “threeway” tbh.

    #1 Tiana’s song with the La Boheme backdrop was amazing.
    #2 Those little angels Angelo brought singing Frere Jacques for Cookie.
    #3 Becky not letting Lucious talk to her like he does others. She has done that before and I love her for it. I think deep down he respects her for stuff like that which is why he keeps her.

  11. Carls says:

    The threeway with the ghost was definitely a first for TV. But I’m still very disappointed with how the show dealt with Rhonda’s death. There just seemed a lack of any real concern for her death. No funeral. No support for Andre. It seems like a ‘c’ plot line, when that was the cliffhanger they left us with last year. And what sort of time has passed since her death? Andre must not have been that cut up about the loss of his wife if he’s already jumping in bed with someone else…

  12. RZ says:

    Sounds like I jumped ship before the show jumped the shark