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Empire: Did Donald Trump/Billy Bush Fiasco Inspire Cookie/Angelo Twist?

The following story contains spoilers from this week’s Empire. Proceed at your own peril.

Hell hath no fury like the Dubois family scorned.

In Wednesday’s Empire, Cookie rejected Angelo’s marriage proposal and then indirectly torpedoed his political career when his subsequent meltdown was caught on a hot mic (sound familiar?). Below, Ilene Chaiken assesses the fallout from the scandal and weighs in on whether a certain Access Hollywood tape inspired the plot twist. 

TVLINE | Is it just me or does Angelo have some serious anger management issues? That was quite a freakout. 
I would argue that his freakout was justified. Cookie pushed him to the brink. She humiliated him.

TVLINE | Is it fair to say that Good Guy Angelo is a thing of the past?
You will see a different Angelo going forward.

TVLINE | It seems like his mom is going to be the one to lead the anti-Cookie charge. 
Cookie fulfilled her worst fears. Diana is an ambitious mother. She worked long and hard on behalf of her son. She’s not going to take lightly that Cookie just destroyed years of planning and ambition. And she is going to deliver [retribution] in a very big way.

TVLINE | Was the hot mic twist by any chance inspired by a certain Donald Trump/Billy Bush scandal?
[Laughs] Certainly the [the Access Hollywood tape] was fresh in our minds when we broke the episode.

TVLINE | I feel like it’s worth noting that Cookie never actually accepted Angelo’s proposal on air. Yet, strangely, everyone assumed she had. 
In a romantic moment like that, the whole world is conditioned to think the woman is just going to fall to her knees and say, “Oh my goodness, yes!” It didn’t occur to anyone that Cookie’s incredible emotional reaction was anything other than joy. But, of course, Diana was reading it.

TVLINE | In non-Cookie news, Tariq is on the run. Was that the last we’ll see of him?
He makes a surprising reappearance in a later episode this season.

TVLINE | That is Rumer Willis doing all of her own vocals when Tory sings, yes? She sounds good.
Absolutely. She’s got an amazing voice. We cast Rumer in this role after hearing her sing. When we conceived of this character we wanted an Amy Whinehouse vibe, both musically and in terms of the character. And we talked about how hard it was going to be to find an actress who could also sing like that. But then Jussie [Smollett] sent me a clip of Rumer doing a cover of an Amy Winehouse song and she just blew us away.

TVLINE | Was it just a coincidence that you would go on to cast her mom, Demi Moore
Total coincidence. Demi was on our list, and the fact that Rumer was on the show and doing incredible work and having such a good time helped us in getting Demi to even consider [joining the cast]. She’s never done anything like this before.

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  1. Brian says:

    Liking Rumer Willis on this, but not really caring for the Nia Long character. Just not buying her as this hard-ass chick.

  2. oreomau says:

    Hey…It’s Amy Winehouse….thanks!

  3. Nty says:

    Rumer is incredible

  4. fernando933 says:

    Love Rumor on Empire I hope she stays for a long time

  5. William says:

    I genuinely like Nia Long’s character on the show. Her antagonistic ways are delicious, which is a shame given the offset turmoil she’s situated in. It would’ve been interesting to see what they could do with Giuliana long term.

  6. Sally McLinn says:

    Another good — over the top show. And Lucious never fails to surprise me. What’s he up to now?

  7. Chel says:

    Still interested in seeing lucious and cookie remarry, cookie gave of herself 17 years and kids for him I want her to win in the end not interested in seeing her say yes to her proposal

  8. blessed says:

    i really luv the show last night,i was thinking that Angelo was playing cookie,i dnt knw that he love her so much,but she should’nt have acted that way

  9. Tika says:

    Angelo likes Cookie a lot, she’s eye Candy with a dark past, but he loves it for his public images, his mom can win a round but never the war with the Lyons.I want to see Becky get a bit more lines, Empire please consider Macy Gray as a guest I can see her in this mix

  10. abz says:

    I don’t feel sorry for Angelo at all. I hate characters on shows that try to trap their partners into accepting marriage proposals by doing it so publically. And frankly Cookie didn’t even give an actual response before he went straight to putting the ring on her finger. Angelo cares for Cookie, but his public image is clearly more important to him. Please just get rid of Taye Diggs/Phylicia Rashad. Both their characters and this whole Angelo storyline is boring.
    Rumer Willis has been one of the best parts of this half. I’m shocked at her singing voice. She definitely should release an album. I hope we get to hear her sing more.
    Still not sure how I feel about Nia Long’s character. I like her but I don’t care for all the drama surrounding her. Don’t care for Tariq either.

    • cccloc says:

      This Lucious – Juliana storyline is combustible! This is real soap opera! I love it.

    • Gift says:

      Very true @abz, Angelo is not innocent at all. I’m sure he’s got Alot to hide nd just pretending to good. I’m glad cookie ended everything. He can go to hell. This next episode was amazing!