‘Empire’ Finale: The Cookie-Anika Catfight of Your Wildest Dreams Is Here — And It’s Brutal (Video)

Taraji P. Henson and Grace Gealey go all out in punching, choking, drink-throwing slapfest

Last Updated: March 19, 2015 @ 12:47 PM

So how’d you like that “Empire” finale, boo boo kitty?

The explosive two-hour episode aired on Wednesday, and with it a catfight for the ages: Taraji P. Henson‘s Cookie Lyon versus Grace Gealey’s Anika Calhoun. The smackdown made Dynasty’s Alexis and Krystle’s rumble in the lilypod look like child’s play.

Cookie, as the weary matriarch returning to her successful clan after 17-years in jail, pegged Anika as a nemesis from the start. Debutante Anika was on the arm of Cookie’s ex and “Empire” leading man Lucious (Terrence Howard), with one women undercutting the other at every turn , verbally. Until tonight.

Cookie and Anika tussle in a heart-stopping, surprisingly violent turn of events. Situated in penthouse billiard room, Cookie saunters to Anika swirling a cocktail.

“Tell me why I shouldn’t throw this drink in your bitch-ass face?” Cookie asks, to which Anika responds, “Because you’ll never get up off the floor, bitch.”

What ensued was a drink-tossing, punching, slapping, hair-pulling, jewel-snatching, pool-table-damaging brawl. And it was amazing.

Cookie and Anika Catfight

Cookie and Anika Catfight

Cookie and Anika Catfight

Cookie and Anika Catfight

Cookie and Anika Catfight

Cookie and Anika Catfight

Cookie and Anika Catfight

Cookie and Anika Catfight

Cast members had previously teased a catfight, which had social media users anxious for the water-cooler moment.

 

After the fight aired on the east coast, reactions were predictably stunned.

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