*Spoiler Alerts Ahead*
Empire season 2 kicked off three months later with Lucious Lyon still locked up for killing Bunky Johnson and the tables have turned. Lucious was being held without bail, so Cookie decided to use it as an opportunity to hold a #FreeLucious concert to scout potential investors. One of those big time investors was Mimi (Marisa Tomei). Mimi was interested in investing a lot of money in Empire, but she also wanted to do more with Cookie than donate money. Catch my drift?
Back On The Farm…
While Lucious is in jail, we meet Frank Gathers (played by Chris Rock). Gathers is a formidable king pen that used to employ Lucious. He is the King Pen of all King Pens and happens to be the man Cookie snitched on to get a lighter sentence. Everyone is afraid of Gathers, except Lucious. When Jemel, Cookie’s cousin, asks for Lucious’ protection, the Empire king declines.
More Tables Turning
Jamal, Empire’s new boss, visits Lucious in jail to catch up. In a twist, they actually seem to be getting along. At the moment, Jamal is alone on this frontline for Empire because everyone else is plotting on the company. Ironically, his dad is all he has. However, the biggest take away from this conversation is Lucious’ crass question, “Who was that lesbian bitch?” in questioning Mimi’s presence near Cookie at the rally.
Cookie put together a lesbian party for Mimi, because Empire is ridiculous like that (ah, the mind of Lee Daniels), as another way to entice her to invest in the company. So far, so good, especially when Cookie forces Boo Boo Kitty to entertain Mimi’s flirting.
The Big Meeting
Eventually, the big meeting with Mimi goes down. Cookie and company think they have it in the bag, but someone gets in Mimi’s head, because she decides Empire will be nothing without Lucious, and if she invests, then he stays. Lucious then pops up on a big screen (because prisoners, can Skype now, I guess) and says, “Game over bitches.” So what had happened was, Lucious and Jamal are in cahoots while everyone else, who teamed up against them, is assed out.
Meanwhile, Back in Prison
Frank Gathers sits before a battered Jemel while eating his eye for lunch (seriously), bib and all. The twisted attempt was to figure out who snitched on him and Jemel sang like a jail bird. Now, we know Cookie is really in danger, but we also have questions like, how did they get so much free time in jail to rip people’s eyes out and then eat them like this is some bizarro, Hannibal Lecter cafe? Also, did no one hear Jemel screaming? Is this a minimum-security facility? Are the C.O.’s being paid to overlook certain infractions? What gives? (Note, Frank’s cannibalism was supposed to be majorly played up, but Fox was not into it).
Later on, Cookie gets a package just as her sister Carol tries to warn her that the roses she got were from Frank. Cookie then snatches the lid off her new package to reveal Jemel’s severed head, RIP. Again, how does one just get away with severing a head in jail?
Cookie tells everyone to meet at Lucious’ house because that’s the safest place to be, then visits Lucious in the pen to try to get him to fix the situation. You know Lucious still loves him some Cookie. Despite being a world-class jerk, he steps in like a lion to protect his family.
Lucious’ Big Score
Lucious tells Frank he’ll give his aspiring rapper daughter a record deal if he drops his beef with Cookie, but Frank doesn’t want to let it go. Frank says he has no problem with Lucious, but he has to teach Cookie a lesson for snitching. For a hot second, it seems like Luscious is with it, but then, the tables turn. Lucious gets Frank’s goons to turn against him. Subsequently, Lucious has his new goons terminate Frank. Beef settled. Lucious still runs this, but I’m not gonna lie, I was kind of looking forward to seeing more of Pookie’s new found gangsta.
Meanwhile, Cookie heads to Lucious’ house to tell all the refugees the drama is over, but Jamal is furious to see her and kicks her out for trying to take the label from him. That sucks. We all know that Lucious is making nice with Jamal at the moment, but this isn’t going to last.