Think about the children!
Everyone is fighting and a few things happened on Empire Season 5 Episode 8 to push the story forward, but the lasting images that will stick with most fans are the opening scene and the closing one.
I can't shake the image of Bella aiming the gun at her bickering family before pointing it at herself. Hopefully, the gun isn't loaded, or someone will take it from her before anything serious happens.
Hakeem is a certified idiot, but maybe this incident with Bella will knock some sense into him. He needs to squash this ridiculous beef with Blake. It's long overdue for them to put their issues to bed. It's affecting too many people now, including Hakeem's children.
If the image of Bella cocking that in the same way he did during his stupid confrontation with Blake doesn't get him, then he can't be saved. It's understandable that he has dealt with a lot and is struggling, but all of his antics are getting old.
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The flash forward at the top of the hour revealed that Cookie isn't the one in that casket. Not that there were doubts about that. Lucious was shown washing his bloodied hands, and Cookie came in to tell him that someone was in surgery, and then she asks him whose blood he was washing off.
Lucious, I just got a call that he was in the hospital. Is that blood? Lucious, what did you do? What did you do?!
Cookie Permalink: Lucious, I just got a call that he was in the hospital. Is that blood? Luscious, what did... Added: November 28, 2018 Of course, it cut away before he ever gave a real answer. So whose blood was on Lucious' hands literally and figuratively? Who are your guesses as to who may be in that casket?
Kai is someone who comes to mind now. He was on the periphery of the Lyon family, and there was some tension for a bit, but you're only as good as what you can contribute to the family.
Lucious sought Kai's help as a journalist after they realized Kingsley is working with the Feds and spying on Empire fans, patrons, and supporters via apps. Lucious, Thirsty, and Andre knew they couldn't be the ones to drop the dime on this story; it had to come from a legitimate news source.
It's like an unspoken rule that Jamal cannot be happy for long on this series, so nothing good can come from Kai being drafted into the Lyon's Den. Jamal tried to keep Kai apart from Lyon business, but the lure of a breaking story is like catnip for a journalist.
Kai also felt he had something to prove after he faced some repercussions and blowback from Jamal professing his love for him to the public. I get both sides of this. Jamal is happy and in love, and he shouldn't have to hide that from anyone.
On the other hand, Kai worked hard to get where he is, and he didn't want his relationship with Jamal overshadowing his career and his reputation. He ..