Empire: “The Hardness of Mother,” Season 4, episode, 13 Image courtesy of FOX
In the episode entitled “The Hardness of Mother,” Cookie tries to manage life after her recent heart attack, but Lucious is so scared he’ll lose her again he keeps getting in her way. Meanwhile, Jamal’s star falls a little further and is disappointed to hear that his fans have turned a deaf ear to his new music, while Tianna lets her soaring star go to her head. And Shyne talks to Hakeem about mentoring a new act.
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During a family dinner at the Lyons’ castle, Cookie ask Lucious to attempt to forgive Andre so he can come home. Jamal and Hakeem look on silently while their parents discuss Andre. Cookie reminds Lucious he’s a difficult man to live with and everyone who has ever loved him has considered ending his life at some point. He promises to try with Dre and presents Cookie with a new gold watch.
Lucious continues trying to show Cookie he has changed. He works with Andre to figure out what Eddie plans for Empire Entertainment are so they can stop him. While Dre and his father go see Celeste about Eddie, an alarm on the gold watch Lucious gave Cookie goes on off. Lucious calls home to find out what has Cookie’s blood pressure so elevated. His queen is not happy to discover that her new trinket monitors her every move. After getting Lucious off the phone, she takes the watch off and demands that Porsha wear it in her place. As soon as she takes the watch off, Lucious calls again and tells her to put the watch back on or else. Cookie acts like the ordeal is getting on her nerves, but it’s easy to tell she’s…