‘Empire’ Goes to Church: Andre Gets Baptized, Cookie Can’t Keep Her Mouth Shut

Latest episode of the Fox hip-hop hit ends in a shocking cliffhanger

Last Updated: October 21, 2015 @ 10:59 PM

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Wednesday’s episode of “Empire”)

Just about every character got dragged into the drama on the latest episode of “Empire” Wednesday, which was titled “Be True.”

Episode 5 of the Fox hip-hop show’s sophomore season focused on Andre’s (Trai Byers) desire to get baptized to wash away some of his heinous sins. “I’m not a good person, mom,” he confessed to his mother, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). “I’ve done horrible things.”

After Andre told his reverend, “my family doesn’t go to church unless someone is in a casket,” they all rallied around him and even Lucious Lyon managed to attend his son’s religious ceremony without bursting into flames.

Of course, Cookie couldn’t keep her mouth shut, even in a holy place and tore into Lucious for spying on her. “Quit sending those tight-ass thugs to harass us … quit trying to turn each other against us, turn us into sinners like you,” she told her estranged husband.

The spiritual scene with a soap opera twist quickly fired up social media, with one Twitter user writing: “surprised Lucious didn’t burn up the moment he stepped inside that church.”

“Jesus not thinking about the Lyons. He send [sic] all their prayers to the spam folder,” wrote another.

Also in the episode, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) debated taking his boyfriend on tour with guest star Ne-Yo, a move that his domineering father strongly disagreed with. “First rule of the road is that you don’t bring your girlfriend,” Lucious warned .”I mean your boyfriend … because you need to be in seduction mode on that stage.”

Cookie also has aspirations to get her claws into concert promoter Laz Delgado, played by Adam Rodriguez, who made his chemistry-sparking debut.

The whole family will soon have bigger things to worry about than revenge and romance, however, as Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) fell victim to a violent kidnapping in broad daylight while running through the park in a shocking cliffhanger.

“Empire” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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